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Encyclopedia > Route 6A (Massachusetts)
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Route 6A
Length: 42.82[1] mi (68.91 km)
(in two sections)
Formed: ca. 1950
West end: Sandwich Road in Bourne
Major
junctions:
Route 132 in Barnstable
US 6 in Orleans

US 6 in Truro Image File history File links Derived from public domain images featured at: http://commons. ... Image File history File links MA_Route_6A.svg 600 mm by 600 mm (24 in by 24 in) Massachusetts Route shield, made to the specifications of the 1996 edition of Construction and Traffic Standard Details (sign M1-5). ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... Image File history File links US_6. ... Image File history File links US_6. ...

North end: US 6 in Provincetown
Massachusetts State Highway Routes
< Route 6 Route 7 >

Route 6A is the name for parts of former US 6 on Cape Cod. Most of "Route 6A", as the locals call it, is also known as the Old King's Highway. Combining the 2 major sections (and the apparent "silent multiplex" with US-6 through Eastham, Wellfleet, and South Truro), the highway is approximately 62 miles long. Image File history File links US_6. ... A rather strange Route 27 shield. ... Image File history File links US_6. ... Image File history File links US_7. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Astronaut photo of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the Easternmost portion of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ...

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History

  • Route 6A was first signed upon partial completion of the Mid-Cape Highway, which was Cape Cod's first freeway in 1953, traveling between the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne and Route 132 in Barnstable.
  • A second stretch in 1954 was signed when a US 6 bypass was constructed in Truro and Provincetown, although in Provincetown, Route 6A was signed along Bradford Street instead of US 6's former routing on Commercial Street, as the latter road had become one-way westbound.
  • A third stretch in 1956 was signed between Route 132 in Barnstable and the Orleans/Eastham town line when the US 6 freeway was completed.
  • Route 6A does not officially exist in Eastham or Wellfleet, though mile markers on the Truro/Provincetown section (which start at Mile 53.0) suggest a silent multiplex with US 6 through the gap.
  • The road is generally considered to be Cape Cod's most historic and scenic highway.
The 18th-century Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouthport is one of the many historic attractions along Route 6A on Cape Cod.
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The 18th-century Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouthport is one of the many historic attractions along Route 6A on Cape Cod.

Astronaut photo of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the Easternmost portion of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... High-capacity freeway interchange in Los Angeles, California. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... The Sagamore Bridge carries U.S. Highway 6 across the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Cape Cod with the rest of Massachusetts, USA. Most traffic approaching from the north follows Massachusetts Route 3, which ends at US 6, just north of the bridge, and provides freeway connections from Boston and Interstate... Bourne is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts State Highway 132, or Route 132, is a highway in Barnstable, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. ... Barnstable is a city located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; it is the county seat of Barnstable County6. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: P-town Settled: 1700 â€“ Incorporated: 1727 ZIP Code: 02657 â€“ Area Code: 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Massachusetts State Highway 132, or Route 132, is a highway in Barnstable, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. ... Barnstable is a city located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; it is the county seat of Barnstable County6. ... Orleans is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Eastham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Eastham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Wellfleet, MA Wellfleet is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: P-town Settled: 1700 â€“ Incorporated: 1727 ZIP Code: 02657 â€“ Area Code: 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Astronaut photo of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the Easternmost portion of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... Highway in Pennsylvania, USA For other uses, see Highway (disambiguation). ...

Routing

Although some maps have Route 6A starting at the Bourne Bridge Rotary along Sandwich Road, it actually starts some feet east of the Sagamore Bridge, according to state signage. From there, it goes thus: The Bourne Bridge carries Massachusetts Route 28 across the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Cape Cod with the rest of Massachusetts, USA. Most traffic approaching from the north follows Massachusetts Route 25, which ends at Route 28, just north of the bridge, and provides freeway connections from Interstate 495 and Interstate... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with traffic circle. ... The Sagamore Bridge carries U.S. Highway 6 across the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Cape Cod with the rest of Massachusetts, USA. Most traffic approaching from the north follows Massachusetts Route 3, which ends at US 6, just north of the bridge, and provides freeway connections from Boston and Interstate...

Route 6A ends at a signalized intersection with US 6 at Herring Cove, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, at approximately Mile 62.0. It is signed East and West between Bourne and Orleans, and signed North and South in Truro and Provincetown. Bourne is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Sandwich, MA Sandwich is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Barnstable is a city located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; it is the county seat of Barnstable County6. ... Seal of Yarmouth, MA Yarmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: none Official website: http://www. ... Seal of Brewster, MA Brewster is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Barnstable County being coextensive with Cape Cod. ... Orleans is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: P-town Settled: 1700 â€“ Incorporated: 1727 ZIP Code: 02657 â€“ Area Code: 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7th, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, encompasses 43,500 acres (176 km²) of ponds, woods and beachfront on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ... Bourne is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Orleans is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Compass rose with north highlighted and at top North is one of the four cardinal directions, specifically the direction that, in Western culture, is treated as the primary direction: north is used (explicitly or implicitly) to define all other directions; the (visual) top edges of maps usually correspond to the... A compass rose with South highlighted South is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. ... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: P-town Settled: 1700 â€“ Incorporated: 1727 ZIP Code: 02657 â€“ Area Code: 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ...


Some maps erroneously have the northern Route 6A having its southern terminus at US-6 along Mayflower Avenue in Provincetown. However, since Mayflower Avenue is an extremely narrow private road of questionable maintenance, and there is no access from East US-6 to Mayflower Avenue, the reason for this misunderstanding is unknown.


References

  1. ^ MassHighway, Location Survey Sheets for Mile Marker Program

External links

  • Cape Cod Web "Along 6A"
  • Old King's Highway
  • Smithsonian Route 6A article
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