Vermont Route 103

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Vermont Route 103 marker

Vermont Route 103
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length: 42.036 mi[1] (67.650 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 5 in Rockingham
  VT 100 in Ludlow
North end: US 7 in Clarendon
Location
Counties: Windham, Windsor, Rutland
Highway system

State highways in Vermont

VT 102 VT 103A

Vermont Route 103 (abbreviated VT 103) is a north–south state highway in southern Vermont, United States. It runs from Rockingham in the east to Clarendon near Rutland in the west. The Vermont Country Store's second branch is one attraction along the route, as well as the Okemo Ski Resort in Ludlow.

Route description[edit]

VT 103 is a major arterial road for Vermont, being the most direct path from Boston and southeastern New England to Rutland and the Green Mountains ski areas and attractions. Although U.S. Route 4 is a shorter and slightly better road across the Green Mountains to Rutland, it is a direct east–west road intersecting Interstate 91 significantly north of the diagonal 103. Numerous proposals to widen 103 into a two-lane freeway or similar limited-access roadway have failed, even though a substantial power company right of way shadows the road for much of its length.

Vermont Country Store location on VT 103

VT 103 begins at U.S. Route 5 in Rockingham just east of Interstate 91 and just north of Bellows Falls. From there, it interchanges with I-91 at exit 6 and proceeds northeast to a pair of intersections with Meetinghouse Road, a loop road connecting VT 103 to the Rockingham Meetinghouse. Farther northwest, the route passes by one of Vermont Country Store's two locations and intersects Williams Road and Lower Bartonsville Road, a pair of local roads leading to the Worrall Covered Bridge and the Bartonsville Covered Bridge, respectively. VT 103 continues as a wide sweeping road into Chester, Windsor County, where it briefly overlaps VT 11 and crosses the Williams River on a new bridge.

Ludlow Baptist Church and Black River Academy

Just north of Chester, VT 103 passes through Stone Village, an area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, houses made of local granite line both sides of VT 103. Outside of Stone Village, the road varies from a narrow and winding shoulder-less 2-lane between the river and mountains to a more wide-shouldered road. This variation remains until the village of Ludlow, where the route passes by the Ludlow Baptist Church and the Black River Academy near the village green. A few blocks to the west, VT 103 intersects VT 100 and joins VT 100 north past the Okemo Ski Resort into the town of Ludlow, where the concurrency ends roughly 1 mile (2 km) north of the village. While VT 100 continues north and parallels the county line, VT 103 turns west and crosses into Rutland County.

Across the county line in Mount Holly, VT 103 passes within a few miles of the Crowley Cheese factory as it heads into the Shrewsbury village of Cuttingsville with even more variations in road quality. Outside Cuttingsville, it proceeds through Clarendon, where it crosses over the conjoined Long and Appalachian Trails and intersects Airport and East Clarendon Roads, two local roadways leading, respectively, to the Kingsley and Brown Covered Bridges. Shortly after the junction with East Clarendon Road, VT 103 intersects VT 7B, the former routing of U.S. Route 7, before terminating at modern US 7 adjacent to the Rutland Airport, just south of Rutland.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Windham Rockingham 0.000 0.000 US 5 – Bellows Falls
0.035–
0.255
0.056–
0.410
I‑91 – Springfield, White River Junction, Brattleboro Exit 6 on I-91
Windsor Chester 9.242 14.874 VT 11 east – Springfield Southern end of concurrency with VT 11
9.629 15.496 VT 11 west to VT 35 – Manchester, Grafton Northern end of concurrency with VT 11
14.394 23.165 VT 10 – North Springfield, Springfield Western terminus of VT 10
Cavendish 19.307 31.072 VT 131 – Proctorsville, Cavendish Western terminus of VT 131
Village of Ludlow 22.449 36.128 VT 100 south – Weston, Londonderry Southern end of concurrency with VT 100
Town of Ludlow 24.283 39.080 VT 100 north – Tyson, Plymouth Northern end of concurrency with VT 100
Rutland Mount Holly 33.525 53.953 VT 140 to VT 155 – East Wallingford, Wallingford Eastern terminus of VT 140
Wallingford 33.924 54.595 VT 155 – East Wallingford, Weston Northern terminus of VT 155
Clarendon 41.842 67.338 VT 7B
42.036 67.650 US 7 – Wallingford, Rutland
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Traffic Research Unit (May 2013). "2012 (Route Log) AADTs for State Highways" (PDF). Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development Division, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2015.