A typical scene along the Mass Pike in rural Massachusetts. Interstate 90 leaves the Exit 9 interchange with Interstate 84 alongside Wells State Park on the 15-mile drive to Exit 8 at Thorndike. New Boston Road passes over the turnpike ahead. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 90 mileage sign posted eight miles east of the Palmer Interchange (Exit 8). Albany, New York lies 103 miles to the west via the Mass Pike and the Berkshire Extension of the New York Thruway. Photo taken 08/09/04.
One half mile east of the Exit 8 trumpet interchange to Massachusetts 32 (Thorndike Street). Massachusetts 32 joins the Mass Pike with the town of Palmer at junction U.S. 20 (Park Street) to the south. The state highway continues north of Interstate 90 four miles to Gibbs Crossing and seven miles to Ware. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Exit 8 leaves Interstate 90 westbound for Massachusetts 32 (Thorndike Street). Use U.S. 20 (Main Street) west from Palmer to Massachusetts 181 (Sykes Street) north for Belchertown and Amherst. Massachusetts 32 continues south from Palmer and U.S. 20 to Monson, South Monson, and Connecticut 32 to Stafford Springs. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 90 reassurance shields along the Massachusetts Turnpike generally include the Mass Pike trailblazer. The assembly west of Exit 8 is no exception. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Westbound at the Ludlow Service Plaza of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Service plazas along Interstate 90 include travel amenities such as food, fuel, and tourist information. The next plaza lies over 30 miles to the west near Chester. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 90 westbound at the Exit 7 trumpet interchange with Massachusetts 21 (Center Street) at Ludlow. Massachusetts 21 ventures north from U.S. 20 (Boston Road) to junction Massachusetts 141 (Main Street) and the Mass Pike. The state highway progresses northeast to Ludlow Center and ten miles to U.S. 202 at Belchertown. Photo taken 08/09/04.
A look at the two-mile guide sign for Interstate 291 an Exit 6 on Interstate 90 westbound. Interstate 291 provides an urban loop between the Mass Pike and Interstate 91 at downtown Springfield. Traffic interests to Interstate 91 southbound for Hartford, Connecticut should use Interstate 291 west. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Continuing west through Ludlow toward the Exit 6 trumpet interchange. Traffic departing Interstate 90 ahead meets Interstate 291 at the intersection with Burnett Road. Burnett Road stems east from Interstate 291 to Holyoke Street north of Ludlow. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Three interchanges serve the city of Springfield from the Massachusetts Turnpike. They are Exit 6 (Interstate 291), Exit 5 (Massachusetts 33), and Exit 4 (Interstate 91 & U.S. 5). Interstate 291 comprises 5.44 miles of freeway between Burnett Road & Interstate 90 and Interstate 91. U.S. 20 merges with Interstate 291 between Exits 5 and 1. Photo taken 08/09/04.
Button copy overheads remain in use at the Exit 6 ramp departure to Interstate 291 west and Burnett Road east. Exit 5 joins Interstate 90 with Massachusetts 33 (Memorial Drive) and Montgomery Street two miles ahead. Photo taken 08/09/04.
After departing the Exit 6 toll plaza, drivers meet Burnett Road and the westbound beginning of Interstate 291 at a signalized intersection. An older style guide sign directs motorists onto the freeway to the left. Interstate 291 enters the Springfield city limits one half mile to the south. Photos taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 291 westbound guide sign posted at the intersection with Burnett Road. Interstate 291 sees five interchanges within the city of Springfield. Photos taken 08/09/04.