I-95 / Route 128

Larry Weil kc1ih@mac.com
Fri Apr 5 14:40:41 EDT 2013

At one time there were also plans to extend MA 213 from 93 into Lowell.  You can see where the land was cleared just west of 93 in Methuen.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

Sent from my iPhone, so please excuse the brevity.

On Apr 5, 2013, at 1:55 PM, Bob DeMattia <bob.bosra@demattia.net> wrote:

> The cancellation was part of a larger cancellation of the entire I-695 beltway.
> The north end of I-695 would have connected onto I-93 (remember those
> ramp "stubs" on the overpass ?).  The south end of I-695 would connect
> into the unusually large (at the time) intersection of Mass Ave/I-93 by the
> old steam plant.
> Before it was cancelled, some homes were torn down.  Melnea Cass boulevard
> is built where part of I-695 was to be built.
> As for I-95, I've found some maps that show it joining I-695 and looping around
> counterclockwise to continue up the north shore.   I-95 would then continue 
> northeast through the Saugus salt marsh, past Lynn and Salem, and eventually 
> join up with the part that was built north of 128.
> Not too long ago, you could see where they graded the land.  It ran parallel and 
> Northwest of route 107.   Sometime in the last ten years, they  finally removed 
> the grading.
> Here's a map from 1965:
> http://www.brorson.com/maps/BostonHighwayPlan_1965/BostonHighwayPlan_1965.jpg
> We had our wedding reception about the same time they started removing most of the
> 128 signage  (1992).  I remember having to send out extra instructions to people from 
> out of town because our original directions carelessly said "Rt. 128".
> Had all this been built, traffic reporters would have had more roads to cover, but arguably
> a little less congestion on I-93.  I knew I could get a radio angle in here somehow.
> Bob

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