Interstate 495 acts as a bypass route for Interstate 95 and for points to/from Interstate 90 in eastern Massachusetts. The freeway originally encompassed the freeway from Interstate 95 near Foxboro to Interstate 95 near the New Hampshire state line. A later extension lengthened the Interstate southeast along Massachusetts 25 to meet Interstate 195's eastern end at Wareham. Massachusetts 25 remains as the freeway designation from there southeast to U.S. 6 at Buzzards Bay. U.S. 6 continues the freeway east to Cape Cod.
Interstate 495 north
A full cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 495 with 95 at Exits 13B/A near Mansfield. Interstate 95 travels south 12 miles to Pawtucket and then Providence. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Business Spur Interstate 495
Business Spur Interstate 495 was the designation for the Lowell Connector between Interstate 495 and Massachusetts 3A (Thorndike Street) in the city of Lowell. Business Spur Interstate 495 was decommissioned in the 1980s, but one shield remains in place along Plain Street on its approach to the freeway in Lowell. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Business Spur Interstate 495 as it appeared on the official 1970 Massachusetts Highway map.