Massachusetts Route 203

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Route 203

Route 203 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Massachusetts DCR and MassDOT
Length5.34 mi[1] (8.59 km)
Existedearly 1970s–present
Major junctions
West endCentre Street in Boston
Major intersections Route 28 in Boston
East end I-93 / US 1 / Route 3 / Route 3A in Boston
CountryUnited States
Highway system
US 202 Route 204

Route 203 is a 5.34-mile-long (8.59 km) east-west state highway located wholly within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The western terminus is at Centre Street (formerly U.S. Route 1) in Jamaica Plain and the eastern terminus is at the Southeast Expressway (Interstate 93 / US 1 / Route 3) and Route 3A in Neponset. Route 203 is poorly signed, but runs along part of the Arborway, Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard, all parkways formerly part of the Metropolitan District Commission system of parks and roads.


Morton Street

Prior to the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in 2009, the route was owned and maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR, previously the Metropolitan District Commission). On November 1, 2009, the Msgr. William Casey Highway overpass in Jamaica Plain, Morton Street in Mattapan and Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester were transferred to MassDOT, while the Arborway continues to be maintained under the DCR.[2][3]


Route 203 was designated in the early 1970s as part of a large Boston-area renumbering. Most of the route had been part of Route 3, which came south along the Jamaicaway with US 1 and split to the east onto the Arborway and along present Route 203. Route 3 turned south at Granite Avenue to join the Southeast Expressway in Milton, and Route 3A began southbound at the same location.

With the renumbering, Route 3 was rerouted onto the Southeast Expressway (I-93) into downtown, Route 3A was truncated to its current end in Neponset (although it is technically concurrent with Route 3 between Boston and Burlington), and the former alignment of Routes 3 and 3A were redesignated as Route 203. While the former routes had been signed north–south, the new route was signed east–west to better reflect its actual direction of travel.

In the 1980s, US 1 was removed from its surface alignment in Boston and instead cosigned with I-95 and I-93. As a result, Route 203 no longer terminates at a numbered route at its western end.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Boston, Suffolk County.

Jamaica Plain0.0000.000Centre Street / Arborway northWestern terminus, Arborway continues north without designation
Forest Hills1.11.8Circuit DriveSouthern terminus of Arborway
Mattapan2.5814.154 Route 28 (Blue Hill Avenue)
I-93 / US 1 / Route 3 north – Boston

Route 3A south / Neponset Avenue – Neponset, Quincy
Morrissey Boulevard north
Eastern terminus; exit 12 on I-93.
Partial interchange, no access to I-93 south from Route 203 east, or from I-93 to Route 203. Access via Granite Avenue (exit 11).
Northern terminus of Route 3A (southern segment).
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009 (Section 177)". The 186th General Court of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Pazzanese, Christina (September 12, 2009). "A big concern on two major parkways". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 5, 2009.