Highway 142

Northfield, MassachusettsJan 31, 20030 Comments

Highway 142 connects Bernardston and Northfield MA with the Vermont towns south of Brattleboro. The limit on the Vermont side of the line is a steady 50 and drops to 25 within 150 yards of the border after you cross into Mass. The speed limit continues to fluctuate randomly for the 5 miles it takes for 142 to connect with Massachusetts 10 at Bernardston. A quarry for a contruction company is about 3.5 miles south of the Vt/Ma line. The police wait here completely obstructed from view, sometimes without any lights at night. Tickets on the road start at $250 and go up from there. Officers are also known for asking to search vehicles- it isn’t really optional- either you consent or you are going to be very late for work. This is a major commuter route for employees of Lane construction, Cersosimo lumber and a route to I-91 for residents of southern VT towns. Leaf peepers also tend to take this ‘back road’. I can’t believe this town isn’t taking in at least 50% of its revenue from tickets. Well known area speed trap.

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