Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Marshall A. Feldman


The Cranberry Highway runs through Wareham, Massachusetts as Route 6/28 from the end of Interstate 495. Prior to 1987 it was the only route onto Cape Cod from the west and northwest and had an average daily traffic volume of approximately 38,000 year-round. On Saturdays and Sundays from May through August the average daily traffic would exceed 60,000 cars, creating severe congestion along the Cranberry Highway. On August 11, 1987, an extension to Route 25 from the end of Route 495 to the Bourne bridge opened, effectively bypassing the Cranberry Highway. Since the opening of this route, traffic has declined over fifty percent.

This study examines the effects of the Route 25 bypass on the Cranberry Highway. Specifically, this research focuses on measuring impacts on traffic, business, and land values along the Cranberry Highway.