SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has started the process of renumbering highway signs.
On Sunday, crews started changing exit numbers on Route 140, which runs between Taunton and New Bedford. That will soon expand to every major highway in the state, to meet federal standards.
Massachusetts is one of three states that has yet to change its exit signs, including Maryland and New Hampshire. If they don’t do it, the state could miss out on federal funding.
“If we’re one of the last to do it….why not get on board with the rest?,” said Dave Presz of Chicopee.
Here in western Massachusetts, you’re going to notice things will be a bit different on the Mass Pike.
Exits will be renumbered based on their mile marker. For example, Exit 9 to I-84 will be changed to Exit 78. Fifteen miles west of that exit is Palmer’s Exit 8, which will become Exit 63.
Jennifer Carr from Chicopee told 22News the changes could complicate things. “Just the way I’ve been taught, the numbers go in sequential order. So it’s like ‘wait a minute did I miss it?'”
While people get used to the change, there will be a sign for the old exit number and that will be there for at least two years.
Here are the new exit numbers for the western Massachusetts section of the Mass Pike:
- Exit 1 becomes Exit 3
- Exit 2 becomes Exit 10
- Exit 3 becomes Exit 41
- Exit 4 becomes Exit 45
- Exit 6 becomes Exit 49
- Exit 7 becomes Exit 54
- Exit 8 becomes Exit 63
Massachusetts Department of Transportation says the new signs will also have a sign with the old number. Those signs will be up for about two years while we get used to it.
Keep in mind, if you are driving in that area and you are using your GPS, it may not be updated and will tell you to take the old exit number.