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Route 138 is a north–south state highway in Massachusetts. From the state line in Tiverton, Rhode Island to Milton, Route 138 runs as an extension of Rhode Island Route 138, which is itself an extension of Connecticut Route 138.

Massachusetts Route 138 marker

Route 138
Map of southeastern Massachusetts with Route 138 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length43.58 mi[1] (70.14 km)
Major junctions
South end Route 138 in Tiverton, RI
 
North end Route 28 in Milton
Location
CountiesBristol, Norfolk
Highway system
Route 137Route 139

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Route descriptionEdit

Running generally north, Route 138 crosses from Rhode Island into Fall River, where it meets the southern terminus of Route 79 at exit 5 of Interstate 195, then begins a concurrency with Route 79 and later, U.S. Route 6. Routes 138 and 6 then travel off of Route 79 and over the Brightman Street Bridge into Somerset, where the concurrency with U.S. Route 6 splits at an intersection with Route 103. Route 138 proceeds through Dighton and into Taunton, intersecting Route 140 and U.S. Route 44 at Taunton Green. In Raynham, the route has an interchange with Interstate 495 at exit 8 before continuing into Easton, where it intersects Route 106 before beginning a brief concurrency with Route 123 near Stonehill College. Route 138 meets the western terminus of Route 139 at the beginning of an extremely short concurrency with Route 27 in downtown Stoughton, before crossing into Canton and meeting Interstate 93/U.S. 1 at exit 2 (Exit 2A is for Route 138 south, while 2B is for Route 138 North). The route finally enters Milton, travels by Curry College and the Neponset Valley Parkway, and terminates at Route 28, directly before that route crosses the Neponset River and enters Boston.

HistoryEdit

During the Blizzard of 1978, Route 138's intersection with Interstate 93 (which at the time still had Route 128 concurrent with it) gained some notoriety as the location shot of photos taken featuring cars trapped in the snow along the underpassing freeway.[2]

Parts of Route 138 follows the route of the "Old Bay Road," which was the earliest line of travel between Boston and Taunton.[3]

 
Route 138 at the foot of Great Blue Hill

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[4]kmDestinationsNotes
BristolFall River0.00.0  Route 138 southContinuation into Rhode Island
2.43.9  Route 79 northSouthern terminus of Route 79 and concurrency with Route 138
  I‑195 – Providence, RI, New Bedford, Cape CodExit 5 on I-195
2.94.7  US 6 east (North Davol Street)Southern terminus of concurrency with US 6
3.55.6   Route 79 north to Route 24 – Taunton, MiddleboroNorthern terminus of concurrency with Route 79
Somerset4.97.9   US 6 west / Route 103 west – SwanseaNorthern terminus of concurrency with US 6; western terminus of Route 103
Taunton17.928.8   US 44 / Route 140 – New Bedford, Cape Cod, Norton, Mansfield, FoxboroTraffic circle around Taunton Green
Raynham22.135.6  I‑495 – Middleboro, Cape Cod, Mansfield, MarlboroExit 8 on I-495
Easton25.741.4   Route 106 to Route 24 – West Bridgewater, Mansfield
28.045.1  Route 123 west – Easton, NortonSouthern terminus of concurrency with Route 123
28.646.0  Route 123 east – Brockton, AbingtonNorthern terminus of concurrency with Route 123
NorfolkStoughton33.954.6   Route 27 south / Route 139 east – Brockton, Whitman, Randolph, HolbrookSouthern terminus of concurrency with Route 27; western terminus of Route 139
34.054.7  Route 27 north – Sharon, WalpoleNorthern terminus of concurrency with Route 27
Canton39.563.6    I‑93 / US 1 to I‑95 (Route 128) – Dedham, Braintree, BostonExits 2A-B on I-93 / US 1
Milton44.171.0  Route 28 – Milton, Randolph, BostonNorthern terminus outside Mattapan Square
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2007 Road Inventory
  2. ^ http://www.mass.gov/
  3. ^ Frederic J. Wood, 1919, "The Turnpikes of New England", p. 118.
  4. ^ Google (May 17, 2019). "Massachusetts Route 138" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 17, 2019.

External linksEdit

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