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Then And Now: The Construction Of Route 128

Each week, Lynnfield Patch runs a photo from the town's past and talks about what's there today.

Here's an image dating back to the construction of Route 128 in the early 1950s. This was a major project for both the North Shore and South Shore at the time and Wikipedia has a very informative page with more about that time.

For those who enjoy those "Images of America" books filled with vintage local photos, there's also an entire edition devoted to the construction of 128, with photos from Lynnfield and many of the other nearby towns the highway connects with.

This photo also sort of symbolizes the changes that came to Lynnfield after World War II as it began to transform from a rural/farm community to more of a suburban/bedroom community.

Each week, these photos are provided by the Lynnfield Historical Society. Are you interested in joining them? Just send a $15 check to Bob Gillon, Lynnfield Historical Society Treasurer, 300 Main Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940. Include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Julia Hallenborg January 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I remember riding my bike everyday to watch 128 being built. Houses were being moved - they didn't take the houses down - some were sold and they were moved to other parts of town, The last one to be moved was Roulier's house from Green Street to Prospect Ave. Still owned by the family.
William Laforme (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Hi Julia, I'm told that I had a relative who was among the workers on that road back then. I'm going to have to pick up that vintage photo book for 128 this winter. - Bill Laforme
Ernie Hutchins January 03, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Hi Julia----Do you remember the Sunday afternoon that it opened? Traffic was backed up for for a quarter mile at the Main Street on ramp. My father took the family for a test ride that day. Bumper to bumper traffic. It was to much for just two lanes! Within a few years the "Bangs Farm", (Kitty) was taken by E.D. and the Main Street interchange was much in larged.

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