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Project Overview

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: This illustrative plan shows key features of the Methuen Rotary Interchange Reconstruction Project.

The interchange will be reconfigured as a partial cloverleaf interchange with no rotary.

Routes 110 and 113 will be combined and will travel straight under I-93. A new southbound on-ramp to I
-93 will be built in the northwest quadrant for traffic coming from the east. The existing southbound on- ramp will be reconfigured and will provide access to I-93 from the west. In the northeast quadrant,
construction of a new northbound on-ramp to I-93 will require taking two houses on Lowell St./Route 113
near the existing rotary and building a new signalized intersection at Route 110/113. A noise barrier will be built on the east side of the new on-ramp from just north of the new Route 110/113 and will end just
south of Forest Street. Haverhill Street/Route 110 will be widened from the intersection with Lowell
St./Route 113 to the end of the project at Burnham Road/Green Street. The house at 252 Haverhill Street will be taken for this widening.

North Lowell St./Route 113 will be widened and the house at the corner of Branch Street will be taken. The northbound off-ramp from I-93 will follow a slightly realigned alignment of the existing ramp, accommodating only traffic destined east on Route 110/113. A noise barrier will be built, and it will start close to Riverside Drive and will end where Noyes and Lincoln streets intersect. A new northbound off- ramp in the northeast quadrant will be built for traffic headed west on Route 110/113. Queues that currently back up from the one northbound off-ramp onto I-93 will be reduced.

New and improved sidewalks will be provided on Haverhill Street/Route 110, Lowell St./Route 113, North Lowell St./Route 113, and Lowell St./Route 110 within the project limits. On Route 110/113 a sidewalk will be provided on the north side only. Bike lanes will be provided on Route 110/113 and where feasible on other roadways. The project will impact wetlands, but an off-site location—the former Loosigian Farms at 18 Lowell Boulevard—will be used to wetland mitigation as required.

  • 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.