Massachusetts Route 140

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Route 140

Alfred M. Bessette Memorial Highway
Route 140 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length107.76 mi[1] (173.42 km)
Major junctions
South end US 6 in New Bedford
Major intersections I-195 in New Bedford
Route 24 in Taunton
US 44 in Taunton
I-495 in Mansfield and Franklin
I-95 in Foxborough
Route 9 in Shrewsbury
US 20 in Shrewsbury
I-290 in Shrewsbury
I-190 in Sterling
Route 2 in Westminster
North end Route 12 in Winchendon
CountryUnited States
CountiesBristol, Plymouth, Norfolk, Worcester
Highway system
Route 139 Route 141
Route 63MA Route 64.svg Route 66

Route 140 is a 107.76-mile-long (173.42 km) north—south state highway which passes through Bristol, Norfolk and Worcester counties in Massachusetts. The highway follows a southeast-northwest trajectory, running from U.S. Route 6 (US 6) in New Bedford just north of Buzzards Bay northwest to an intersection with Route 12 in Winchendon, a few miles south of the border with New Hampshire.[2]

The southern 19 miles (30 km) of Route 140 between New Bedford and Taunton is a freeway known as the Alfred M. Bessette Memorial Highway, or more commonly, the Taunton-New Bedford Expressway.

Route description

New Bedford to Taunton

Route 140 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 6 (Kempton Street) and Brownell Avenue in Downtown New Bedford. This intersection is signed as exit 1 when traveling southbound on Route 140. About a mile north, Route 140 comes to its first interchange, a cloverleaf with Interstate 195, which connects Providence to Cape Cod. Route 140 then curves slightly to the right to avoid New Bedford Regional Airport, which is accessible from Hathaway Road (exit 3). Route 140 eventually leaves New Bedford and enters East Freetown, providing an exit that drops off near the center of the village. Route 140 then runs parallel to Long Pond before curving slightly west. The freeway section of Route 140 ends a few miles north at exit 20 (formerly 12), which is for Route 24. Meanwhile, Route 140 runs along County Street towards downtown Taunton.

Route 140 runs partially concurrent with Route 79 Truck in order to bypass certain sections of Route 79 proper. The two designations are concurrent from exit 16 (Route 79) (old exit 10) to exit 20 (Route 24). At exit 20, Route 79 Truck leaves Route 140 for Route 24, where the truck route meets its parent at exit 11 (formerly 9) on MA-24.

Taunton to Wrentham

From the final interchange with Route 24 in Taunton, Route 140 extends northwest towards Taunton Center, having a 0.3 mi (0.45 km) concurrency with US 44, just east of Taunton Center. As the two proceed to Taunton Green, a rotary begins with Route 140, US 44, and Route 138. Route 140 splits off from the rotary, passing the Bristol County Courthouse and heading northwest from the Green along Court Street. Route 140 brings its way through the northwest portion of Taunton, into Norton, past Wheaton College, and sharing a brief junction with MA-123. As Route 140 crosses the border from Norton to Mansfield, it passes by the Xfinity Center before reaching a junction with Interstate 495. Route 140 shares a brief stretch of highway interchange with I-495, as the route then splits off and heads north through Mansfield Center, intersecting MA-106. Route 140 crosses into Foxboro, bearing an interchange with Interstate 95, and further north a junction with US-1 North, with the US-1 South exit being another mile up the road in Wrentham. Route 140 loops through Wrentham Center, sharing a junction with Route 1A, and past King Philip Regional High School, into Franklin.

Route 140 southbound entering Upton

Franklin to Upton

Route 140 enters Franklin from Wrentham, passing through Franklin Center, consisting of Dean College and Franklin/Dean College Station of the Franklin Commuter Rail line. Route 140 bypasses Franklin High School, and enters its second interchange with I-495 and also the second junction of the Franklin Commuter Rail line, at Forge Park/495 station, the final stop on the line. At this point, Route 140 extends west and heads into Bellingham. Route 140 spends a brief time in Bellingham, sharing a brief concurrence with Route 126, which extends north to I-495, and south into Woonsocket, Rhode Island. As Route 140 exits Bellingham, the road sharply turns north into the eastern edges of Mendon and Hopedale for a total of nearly three miles. Route 140 then enters Milford in a northwest trajectory, staying parallel to the Milford/Hopedale border for the route's duration in Milford. Route 140 enters a junction at Milford Regional Medical Center with Route 16, which leads westbound into Mendon and Hopedale Center, and eastbound to Route 85 and Route 109, both with terminations at Route 16. Route 140 enters a final small portion of Hopedale, then proceeds into the eastern part of Upton, passing through Upton Center and bypassing both Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School and Nipmuc Regional High School.

Grafton to West Boylston

Route 140 enters Grafton through the southeast, proceeding north and sharply turning west into Grafton Center and the town common. Route 140 bears right, northward, down a mile-long hill that ends at a traffic light that begins a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) concurrency with Route 122. Routes 140 and 122 proceed north through North Grafton, passing under the Mass Pike. Immediately after crossing under the Mass Pike, Route 122 splits off to west towards Millbury and Worcester, while Route 140 begins a concurrency with the western terminus of Route 30, and heads towards Shrewsbury. The concurrency with Route 30 is 14 mile (0.40 km) long, as Route 30 splits east towards Grafton station of the MBTA Commuter Rail's Framingham/Worcester Line, Tufts Animal Hospital, and the town of Westborough. As Route 140 enters Shrewsbury it briefly becomes an undivided, high-speed wide-median route, where it meets with U.S. 20 at an overpass. 1.8 miles (2.9 km) later, Route 140 meets Route 9 at an underpass. Route 9 West serves as the main road into Worcester from Shrewsbury and Northborough, while eastbound heads in the direction of Westborough and towards Interstate 495. Route 140 extends north into Shrewsbury Center and shares an interchange with Interstate 290 at the northern edge of town. Just north of the interchange, Route 140 enters Boylston, where it meets Route 70. After Route 70, Route 140 passes the South Bay of the Wachusett Reservoir and continues northwest into West Boylston, where, in the town center, it begins a brief concurrency with Route 12. The two routes extend north for 0.8 miles (1.3 km), crossing over the Wachusett Reservoir via a causeway, after which Route 12 splits north towards Sterling. Route 140 extends northwest from this intersection, soon after passing the Old Stone Church, and continues for 1.1 miles (1.8 km) alongside the Thomas Basin before crossing the Stillwater River into the historic village of Oakdale. From the village, Route 140 continues north into the western portion of Sterling.

Sterling to Winchendon

As Route 140 enters Sterling, it encounters an interchange with Interstate 190, which connects Worcester to the south with Leominster and Fitchburg to the north. Route 140 travels northwest to an intersection with Route 62 right before entering Princeton. Route 140 then joins Route 31 in East Princeton. The two routes run concurrently for 1.6 miles (2.6 km), after which Route 140 continues northwest into Westminster, passing between Wachusett Lake and Wyman Pond north of Mount Wachusett. Route 140 runs north from the mountain until meeting Route 2, a controlled-access highway, and the parallel surface road Route 2A at an interchange. Route 140 runs northwest concurrently with Route 2, bypassing the Westminster town center, before leaving the highway at the following interchange. From Route 2, Route 140 continues northwest into Gardner, running northeast of the city center, during which it intersects Route 101. The route turns north upon entering Winchendon where Route 140 ends at an intersection with Route 12. Route 12 continues northwest into the town center, crossing U.S. Route 202 before proceeding to the New Hampshire border.


Previous designation

Route 64

LocationWest BoylstonGardner

The section of modern Route 140 from West Boylston to Gardner was numbered Route 64 when it was first commissioned by 1933. By 1939, the entirety of the route was redesignated as Route 140, effectively extending existing Route 140 northwest, which had previously ended in Grafton.[3]

In 1947, the Massachusetts Department of Public Works announced plans for a "Relocated Route 140", one of the first steps as part of its statewide expressway program. Between 1955–1970 the current route was widened and straightened, while the section south of Taunton, which runs to New Bedford, was built as an expressway. The New Bedford Expressway was to serve as a spur from the Fall River Expressway, connecting to points in the Boston metropolitan area. The creation of this spur was considered a key component of revitalizing the old port city of New Bedford.[4]

Prior to the building of the freeway section, County Street (the section of road beginning at the Taunton River, and also known as County Road) brought the road southward through East Taunton, Berkley, Lakeville and East Freetown. The road, which runs parallel to the freeway and crosses it in Lakeville, merged with Route 18 in East Freetown, just north of the New Bedford city limits. The old alignment begins in front of the Silver City Galleria in Taunton.

Highway improvements

A section of Route 140 in Franklin was widened from two to four lanes wide. The $22 million project began in 2003 and was completed in 2007.[5]

In Fall 2013, the ramp from Route 140 to I-495 south at Exit 11 (now Exit 30) in Mansfield was completed.[6] This ramp removed the need for traffic exiting the Xfinity Center in Mansfield to use a significant two-lane portion of Route 140.[7]

Major intersections

CountyLocation[8]mi[8]kmOld exit[9]New exit[10]DestinationsNotes
BristolNew Bedford0.00.01 US 6 – New Bedford, Fairhaven, DartmouthSouthern terminus; at-grade intersection; continues south as Brownell Avenue
1.21.92E-W[11]2A-B I-195 – Fall River, Cape CodSigned as exits 2A (east) and 2B (west);[10] exits 24A-B on I-195
1.52.43 Hathaway RoadTo New Bedford Airport
3.25.14Mount Pleasant Street / Kings Highway – Acushnet
5.08.05Phillips Road / Church Street – Freetown
5.79.26 Route 18 (Ashley Boulevard)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
6.810.97Braley Road
Freetown9.815.8810Chace Road – East Freetown, Assonet
PlymouthLakeville12.219.6912County Road – Lakeville
BristolTaunton16.025.71016 Route 79 – Lakeville, Myricks
18.730.11119Stevens Street / County Street – East TauntonSigned as exits 19A (Stevens Street) and 19B (County Street) southbound[10]
19.230.91220 Route 24 – Fall River, BostonNorthern terminus of freeway; signed as exits 20A (south) and 20B (north)[10][11] exit 17 on Route 24
US 44 east – Cape Cod
Southern terminus of US 44 concurrency
US 44 west / Route 138 – Providence, Raynham, Somerset
Northern terminus of US 44 concurrency
Norton29.948.1 Route 123 – Brockton, AttleboroBrief concurrency with Route 123
I-495 south – Taunton, Cape Cod
Southern terminus of I-495 concurrency; no direct southbound access from I-495 north
I-495 north – Marlboro
Northern terminus of I-495 concurrency
35.457.0 Route 106 – Plainville, Mansfield
I-95 to I-495 – Boston, Providence RI
Exits 13A-B on I-95
40.064.4 US 1 – Norwood, Boston, N. Attleboro, Providence RIAccess via local roads
Route 115 north – Norfolk, Millis
Southern terminus of Route 115
Wrentham43.069.2 Route 1A – Plainville, Woonsocket RI, Walpole, Dedham
Franklin49.078.9 I-495 – Marlboro, Lowell, Taunton, Cape CodExit 43 on I-495
Route 126 south – Woonsocket RI
Southern end of concurrency with Route 126

Route 126 north – Holliston
Northern end of concurrency with Route 126
WorcesterMilford56.490.8 Route 16 – Milford, Holliston, Mendon
Route 122 south – Northbridge, Providence RI
Southern terminus of Route 122 concurrency

Route 122 north to I-90 (Mass Pike) – Worcester

Route 30 east
Northern terminus of Route 122 concurrency; western terminus of Route 30; southern terminus of Route 30 concurrency
Route 30 east – Westboro
Northern terminus of Route 30 concurrency
Shrewsbury70.892114.090 US 20 – Northboro, Framingham, Marlboro, Worcester, AuburnInterchange
72.7117.0 Route 9 – Framingham, Boston, Worcester, LeicesterAccess via local roads
75.9122.1 I-290 – Marlboro, WorcesterExits 26A-B on I-290
Boylston77.8125.2 Route 70 – Boylston Center, Clinton, Worcester
West Boylston80.7129.9
Route 12 south – Worcester
Southern terminus of Route 12 concurrency

Route 12 north to Route 110 – Clinton, Fitchburg
Northern terminus of Route 12 concurrency
Sterling83.9135.0 I-190 – Leominster, Fitchburg, WorcesterExit 9 on I-190
86.2138.7 Route 62 – Princeton, Sterling
Route 31 south – Princeton
Southern terminus of Route 31 concurrency
Route 31 north – Fitchburg, Ashby
Northern terminus of Route 31 concurrency
Route 2 east / Route 2A – Concord, Boston, Westminster, Fitchburg
Southern terminus of Route 2 concurrency
Route 2 west / West Main Street south – Athol, Greenfield, Westminster
Northern terminus of Route 2 concurrency
Gardner100.3161.4 Route 101 – Gardner, Templeton, Ashburnham
Winchendon107.76173.42 Route 12 – Fitchburg, WinchendonNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory
  2. ^ "Massachusetts Atlas and Gazetteer." Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. First Edition, 1998.
  3. ^ Home: MA 140
  4. ^ "New Bedford Expressway (MA 140)".
  5. ^ "Projects". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
  6. ^ "Projects". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
  7. ^ Barrett, Chris (July 9, 2010). "Mass. DOT to begin work on ramps connecting Route 140, I-495". Providence Business News. Providence, Rhode Island: Providence Business News. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "MassDOT Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Major highway routes and exits". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 15, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d "Route 140 Renumbering" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. December 5, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Street Atlas of Metro Boston and Eastern Massachusetts." Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Arrow Map, Inc. 2003 Edition.