Why Portsmouth, NH? Why not Danvers?
January 2, 2014 2:10 PM Subscribe
I live off Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, and if I want to go north, the sign indicates 95N Portsmouth, NH, and if I want to go south, the sign says 95S Providence, RI. How are these seemingly random cities chosen?
posted by kinetic to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There are closer "big" cities than either of these and it's gotten me to wondering: how are these route designations made? How is it decided that Portsmouth is the northern destination and not, say, Salem, MA? All along interstate highways, who decides what cities are written on signs and on what basis? (And I've been to Portsmouth and yes, it is lovely, but not a reason you'd get on a highway from the Boston area.)