Massachusetts Route 140
Route 140 is a 107.8-mile (173.5 km) long state highway which passes through parts of southeastern and central Massachusetts. The highway follows a southeast-northwest trajectory, running from U.S. Route 6 in New Bedford just north of Buzzards Bay northwest to an intersection with Massachusetts Route 12 in Winchendon, a few miles south of the border with New Hampshire.
The southern 19 miles (30 km) of Route 140 runs as a freeway between New Bedford and Taunton south from exit 12 off Route 24 to its southern terminus at US-6.
New Bedford to Taunton
Route 140 begins at an intersection with US Route 6 (Kempton Street) and Brownell Avenue in Downtown New Bedford. This intersection is signed as Exit 1 when traveling southbound on Route 140, but the exit number has no meaning when traveling northbound. About a mile north, Route 140 comes to its first interchange, a cloverleaf with Interstate 195, which connects Providence to Cape Cod. Route 140 then curves slightly to the right to avoid New Bedford Regional Airport, which is accessible from the Hathaway Road exit (#3). Route 140 eventually leaves New Bedford and enters East Freetown, providing an exit that drops off near the center of the village. Route 140 then runs parallel to Long Pond before curving slightly west. The freeway section of Route 140 ends a few miles north at Exit 12, which is for Route 24. Meanwhile, Route 140 runs along County Street towards downtown Taunton.
Exit list (Alfre M. Bessette Memorial Highway)
The New Bedford Expressway has 12 numbered interchanges. The southbound intersection with U.S. Route 6, despite being an at-grade intersection, is signed as Exit 1 on the overhead guide sign. The I-195 interchange was formerly signed as Exits 2E and 2W, but have been resigned as Exits 2A and 2B. Likewise, the interchange with Route 24 formerly signed Exits 12N and 12S are now signed as Exits 12A and 12B.
State highway, state road or state route (and the equivalent provincial highway, provincial road or provincial route) can refer to one of three related concepts, two of them related to a state or provincial government in a country that is divided into states (including the Australia, India, Mexico, and the United States) or provinces (including Canada and China):
A road numbered by the state or province, falling below numbered national highways in the hierarchy. Route numbers are used to aid navigation, and may or may not indicate ownership or maintenance.
A road maintained by the state or province, including nationally-numbered highways and un-numbered state highways
Depending on the state, state highway may be used for one meaning and state road or state route for the other. A third meaning, used in some countries such as New Zealand, uses the word "state" in its sense of a nation. By this meaning a state highway is a road maintained and numbered by the national government rather than local authorities.