MassDOT is transforming the Methuen Rotary area. Major improvements at the I-93 and Route 110/Route 113 Interchange, also known as the Methuen Rotary, will replace the rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange. The reconfiguration will address congestion and safety problems at the rotary, where most intersections operate at level of service F, or failing, during peak hours. The new configuration will eliminate dangerous merges at some locations in the interchange area that contribute to a crash rate 7½ times higher than the statewide average.
MassDOT conducted a number of studies over several years to evaluate alternatives to improve the interchange. Close to 20 alternatives were studied, and the alternative that replaces the rotary with a partial cloverleaf was selected in 2009. For reports and other documents from the preliminary design and environmental permitting phase and the feasibility study, visit the Archives page.
The key features of the alternative include:
- Four realigned/reconstructed I-93 on- and off-ramps;
- New I-93 southbound loop on-ramp and I-93 northbound loop off-ramp;
- Realignment of Route 110/113 including construction of new signalized intersections on the east and west sides of the interchange;
- Construction of a new bridge carrying I-93 over relocated Route 110/113;
- Removal of the two existing I-93 bridges over the existing rotary roadways;
- Reconstruction of the Route 110/Riverside Drive/Bolduc Street and Route 113/Branch Street intersections on the west side of the interchange;
- New traffic signal equipment at the Route 113/Forest Street and Route 110/Burnham Road/Green Street intersections;
- Mitigation for unavoidable wetland impacts will transform former Loosigian Farms site on Lowell Boulevard;
- New sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and shoulders; and
- Noise barriers at two locations.