Directions to Monarch Place

From the North

Take I-91 south to Exit 7 (Springfield Center, East Columbus Avenue). Take first left onto Boland Way. The entrance is on your right after the first set of lights. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is on the 13th Floor.

From the East

Take I-90 west (Mass. Turnpike) to Exit 6. Turn left onto I-291 west to Exit 2B (Dwight Street). Turn left and proceed ½ mile and turn right onto Harrison Avenue. Go straight through first set of lights, entrance is on your left. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is on the 13th Floor.

From the West

Take I-90 east (Mass. Turnpike) to Exit 4. Take I-91 south to Exit 7 (East Columbus Avenue). Take first left onto Boland Way. Entrance is on your right after the first set of lights. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is on the 13th Floor.

From the South

Take I-91 north to Exit 4. Proceed straight along East Columbus Avenue until you reach Boland Way. Turn right onto Boland Way. Entrance is on your right. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is on the 13th floor.

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