Directions to Salem
Traffic to Salem is expected to be significant during the month of October, particularly on weekends. Generally, motorists travel to Salem via Route 114 East. We would strongly discourage your using this route during October weekends. Instead, you are advised to take alternate routes to Salem in order to minimize travel time.
Please note: Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Access to the parking garage on weekends will be via Brown Street.
Additional street closures may be made based on public safety needs of the festival.
From / To Route 90 - MassPike
To Salem: Continue on I-90/Masspike East and take Exit 25 (South Boston) and follow signs to rejoin I-90 East to Logan Airport/1A. Follow Route 1A all the way into Salem.
From Salem: Take Route 1A South to the Ted Williams Tunnel. From the tunnel take Exit 25 to South Boston surface streets. Take a left on Congress Street, left on West Service Road and right onto the South Boston Bypass Road. Take a right onto northbound Frontage Road to the I-90 West on-ramp.
From Points South
Route 1 North or Route 95 North to Route 129 South. Follow Route 129 South to Route 107 North, and follow into Salem.
Route 128 North to Take Exit 44B to Lynn/129 East. Enter Goodwin Circle (Rotary) and take the Salem Street/Peabody exit. Salem Street turns into Lynnfield Street. Lynnfield Street turns into Washington Street. At the intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 28 (Centennial Drive). Follow Centennial Drive and take right on Summit Street. Follow and take left onto Lynnfield Street. Lynnfield Street will turn into Washington Street. At intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 26. Follow Lowell Street through Peabody Square. Lowell Street will turn into Main Street. Follow signs into Salem.
From Points North / Cape Ann
Take Route 128 South to Exit 24. Follow Endicott Street to intersection with Route 35 (Water Street). Take Route 35 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 22. Take Route 62 East to Route 1A South. Cross bridge, and follow Route 1A South into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 20. Take Route 1A South, and follow into Salem.
From Points North / New Hampshire & Maine
Take I-95 South to Route 128 North. Follow directions above to either Exit 26, 24, 22, or 20 to Salem.
Take I-95 South to Route 1 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take I-93 South to I-95/Route 128 North. Follow directions above for Route 128 North.
The path to progress isn't always pretty!
There are several construction projects happening and planned in Salem through 2019. These include the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum, expansion of Salem State University, curb-to-curb improvements of Canal Street, and conclusion of the National Grid Cable Replacement Project.
For construction updates, including traffic impacts, please visit BuildingSalem.com.