Interstate 91 north
A collector/distributor lane departs Interstate 91 northbound from within the directional T interchange with I-291 for U.S. 20 (North End Bridge) west and Massachusetts 20A (Plainfield Street) east. Pictured here is the Exit 9A ramp departure to MA 20A (original U.S. 20) east to Main Street (junction MA 116) and Carew Street. A slip ramp allows travelers from Interstate 291 west to make the connection to the North End Bridge here as well. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Westbound drivers merge from I-291 onto Interstate 91 north ahead of the Plainfield Street (U.S. 20) over crossing. The next exit serves North Springfield and the city of Chicopee via Massachusetts 116 (Main Street). MA 116 follows Main Street north from MA 20A (Carew / Plainfield Streets) to Chicopee Street in Chicopee. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 9B loops onto Plainfield Street west ahead of its transition into West Street and the North End Bridge. U.S. 20 spans the Connecticut River between Springfield and West Springfield. The US highway meets U.S. 5 at the east banks of the river, before continuing onward to Westfield. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Leaving central Springfield on Interstate 91 north, one quarter mile south of Exit 10 to Main Street. Dover Street connects the exit with Massachusetts 116 and Springfield Street for interests to North Springfield. Photo taken 06/28/05.
A diagrammatic overhead advises motorists of the impending split of Interstate 391 north to Chicopee and Holyoke from Interstate 91 north. Exit 10 leaves here for Main Street (Massachusetts 116) otherwise. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Since there is no Exit 11 on northbound, motorists are provided with a "Next Exit 12" overhead, as Exit 11 serves Birnie Avenue along southbound. This would not be necessary with a mileage-based exit numbering system. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 391 provides a direct route to the Holyoke city center via Exit 12. Travelers remaining on Interstate 91 north will reach Holyoke in 4.5 miles at Exit 15 (Lower Westfield Road). Photo taken 06/28/05.
One half mile ahead of the Interstate 91/391 split (Exit 12) on northbound. I-91 turns west at Exit 12 to span the Connecticut River between Chicopee and West Springfield while I-391 continues the freeway northward toward the Chicopee city center before also crossing the Connecticut River at Holyoke. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The next Interstate 91 interchange joins the freeway with U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) at Exits 13A/B. Motorists are advised of the exit on the left-hand side to reinforce that it is an Interstate 91 exit, since I-1 turns left to cross the river at the northbound beginning of I-391. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 91 makes a near 90 degree turn at the split with Interstate 391. The six-lane freeway is signed with a 50 mph advised speed in both directions here. I-391 meanwhile heads north and sees two interchanges with Massachusetts 116 at Chicopee. The freeway ends in 4.46 miles at High Street in Holyoke otherwise. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Northbound reassurance marker posted by the Exit 13A overhead for U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) north at the Connecticut River. U.S. 5 parallels the west banks of the river from the West Springfield city center to west Holyoke. Photo taken 06/28/05.
An unusual interchange joins Interstate 91 with U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) at West Springfield. The interchange resembles an infinity symbol from above, with circular ramps joining movements from both the freeway and surface arterial below. Departing here is Exit 13A for Riverdale Street northbound. Riverdale Street carries U.S. 5 north a short distance to I-90 at Ashleyville. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 13A follows quickly for U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) southbound into West Springfield. Riverdale Street constitutes a four-lane commercial arterial by a number of big box retail stores and shopping centers from Interstate 91 to the split with Elm Street north of the city center. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The ramp to U.S. 5 south is unusual that it joins with the Exit 13B ramp of Interstate 91 southbound to make the connection to Riverdale Street. Viewed here is the slip ramp to I-91 Exit 13B for U.S. 5 south from the loop ramp of I-91 north. Return access to I-91 south is provided for drivers that merged onto the ramp from U.S. 5 (Riverdale Street) south. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the trumpet interchange (Exit 14) for the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). Interstate 90 follows the tolled Mass Pike from the New York state line to Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. The toll road sees four Springfield area interchanges, with Exit 4 at Holyoke being the westernmost. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 91 carries six lanes through the West Springfield and Holyoke areas. Massachusetts generally uses large reassurance markers on their Interstate mainlines such as this one. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The Massachusetts Turnpike mainline passes underneath Interstate 91 a half mile south of the off-ramp (Exit 14) to Interstate 90. Interstate 90 provides a direct route to Albany and the Capital District 80 miles to the west and Boston 92 miles to the east. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 14 departs Interstate 91 north, one mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 15) with Lower Westfield Road. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The access road between Interstates 91 and 90 ties into an access road with U.S. 5 (Riverdale Road). The east-west road allows for direct access between Interstate 91 and Riverdale Road independent of the spur onto the Massachusetts Turnpike. Photo taken 06/28/05.
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Travelers continuing to the Mass Pike approach the Exit 4 toll plaza. The toll road uses a ticketed based system where tolls are levied based upon miles traveled. For westbound passenger vehicles, the Massachusetts Turnpike was untolled between Springfield and the New York State line from 1996 until October 2013. Photos taken 06/28/05.
The signature Mass Pike pilgrim hat accompanies Interstate 90 overheads beyond the toll plaza at the Exit 4. Eastbound travelers reach the Worcester area (junction Interstate 290 & 395) in 44 miles. The next westbound exit serves Westfield in five miles. Photo taken 06/28/05.

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06/28/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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Interstate 90 - Massachusetts Turnpike
Interstate 291
Interstate 391

Page Updated 09-23-2006.