Albert Slack Memorial Highway
Map of Essex County in northeastern Massachusetts with Route 213 highlighted in red
|Length||3.5557 mi (5.7223 km)|
|West end||I‑93 in Methuen|
|Route 28 / Route 113 in Methuen|
|East end||I‑495 in Methuen|
Route 213 is a short 3½ mile state highway in Massachusetts. It connects Interstate 93 with Interstate 495 in Methuen, Massachusetts, just south of the New Hampshire border. It is a four-lane, controlled access highway along its entire length. The highway is a northern bypass of Route 113, which serves the downtown area, and derives its own number from it.
There is a nearby shopping center known as The Loop, so called because of the designation of Route 213 as the 'Loop Connector'.
Route 213 begins in the west as an offshoot of I-93 at its northernmost exit in Massachusetts, Exit 48, just south of the New Hampshire state line. It begins by traveling to the east for less than a half mile before meeting Route 28 (Broadway) at Exit 2.
Route 28 southbound provides access to the downtown area which Route 213 bypasses (it is a northern bypass of Route 113, which cuts west-to-east through the city). Route 28 northbound parallels I-93, crossing into Salem, New Hampshire and becoming New Hampshire Route 28 after approximately one-half mile.
Route 213 continues eastward for about another mile before interchanging with Route 113 (Pleasant Street), with access between Route 113 and westbound Route 213 facilitated by nearby Howe Street. Another half mile or so to the east, Route 213 interchanges with Route 113 again, via a short connecting road to Exit 4. This exit provides nearby access to The Loop. Route 213 continues a short distance to the east, crossing underneath Route 113 before ending at an interchange with I-495.
The road was initially planned to start in Lowell at US-3 at a point between exits 31 and 32. From there, it was to have run north, crossing the Merrimack River roughly at the site of the current Rourke Bridge. It would then continue north through a portion of the Lowell-Dracut State Forest before turning east through until crossing I-93 in Methuen and ending at I-495. However, environmental regulations, a growing opposition in both Lowell and Dracut, and a projected insufficient demand for the road caused the state to permanently kill the portion of the highway between US-3 and I-93.
The expressway (which at this time was known as "Relocated Route 113") between I-93 and the current Exit 3 interchange was completed on September 11, 1962, when it was ceremonially named the Albert Slack Memorial Highway. The eastward extension to I-495 was completed in 1964, and Massachusetts Department of Public Works officially designated the road as Route 213. State officials unsuccessfully submitted for inclusion of Route 213 in the Interstate Highway System in 1970, in an attempt to gain federal funding for the project. The submission was rejected by the Federal Highway Administration.
Route 213 was officially designated as the Loop Connector in October 2000 by the Massachusetts legislature.
Interchanges were to be renumbered to mileage-based numbers under a project scheduled to start in 2016, however this project has been indefinitely postponed by MassDOT. The entire route is in Methuen, Essex County.
|0.02||0.032||1||I‑93 – Boston, Concord, NH||Exit 48 on I-93; signed as exits 1A (north) and 1B (south)|
|0.82||1.32||2||Route 28 – Methuen, Salem, NH|
|2.15||3.46||3||Route 113 – Methuen||Access between Route 213 West and Howe Street|
|2.82||4.54||4||Route 113 (Pleasant Valley Street)|
|3.56||5.73||5||I‑495 – Haverhill, Salisbury, Lawrence, Lowell||Exit 47 on I-495; signed as exits 5A (north) and 5B (south)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- The Roads of Massachusetts Archived 2006-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Executive Office of Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning - 2005 Road Inventory
- Loop Connector (MA 213)
- The General Court of Massachusetts. Chapter 293: An Act Designating State Highway Route 213 in Methuen as the Loop Connector. October 5, 2000. Retrieved on July 26, 2014.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015). "COMMBUYS - Bid Solicitation FAP# HSIP-002S(874) Exit Signage Conversion to Milepost-Based Numbering System along Various Interstates, Routes and the Lowell Connector". Retrieved January 6, 2016.
- Robert H. Malme (2017). "Massachusetts Interstate Exit Numbers List". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. 2007. "Interchange Exits List (MA 213). Downloaded from: http://www.eot.state.ma.us/default.asp?pgid=planning/disc/interchanges&sid=dtable Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine August 7, 2011.
- "Street Atlas of Metro Boston and Eastern Massachusetts." Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Arrow Map, Inc., 2003 Edition.
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