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What: Completion of the Massachusetts Turnpike
When: Feb. 18, 1965
Where: Newton to Boston 

  • The 11-mile Boston extension of the Massachusetts Turnpike opens, completing the final leg of Interstate 90 from the New York border to downtown Boston. 
  • Sluggishness in the financial markets delayed bond financing for the final phase, which was considered a requirement for the Prudential Insurance Co.’s plans for a new headquarters in Back Bay. 
  • A Boston Globe reporter marveled at the ease of travel on the new highway compared with the congestion of the “Storrow sorrow” commute. 

“God looked upon his work and saw that it was good. Today, we have looked upon this Turnpike and saw that it was good.” 

— Eric F. MacKenzie, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston 

This Month in History: Completion of the Massachusetts Turnpike

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