Massachusetts Route 203

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Route 203 marker

Route 203
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length: 5.18 mi[1] (8.34 km)
Existed: early 1970s – present
Major junctions
West end: Centre Street in Jamaica Plain
  MA Route 28.svg Route 28, Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan
East end: I-93.svgUS 1.svgMA Route 3.svgMA Route 3A.svg I-93/US 1/Route 3/Route 3A in Dorchester
Counties: Suffolk
Highway system
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
US 202 Route 204

Route 203 is a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) state-numbered route in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, running from old U.S. Route 1 in Jamaica Plain east to Interstate 93/U.S. Route 1/Route 3 and Route 3A at Neponset. It runs along 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 continued under DCR.[2][3]


For more details on this topic, see Southern Artery.

Route 203 was formed 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 U.S. Route 1 and split to the east along present Route 203. Route 3 turned south at Granite Avenue to join the Southeast Expressway in Milton, and Route 3A began where Route 3 turned. With the renumbering, Route 3 was kept on the Southeast Expressway into downtown, Route 3A was truncated to its current end, and the former Route 3 and Route 3A became Route 203. While the former routes had been signed north–south, the new route was signed east–west.

The only other change has been the removal of U.S. Route 1 from the west end of Route 203; it no longer ends at a numbered route at its west end.