Rhode Island Route 103
Route 103 in red, Route 103A in blue
|Maintained by RIDOT|
|Length||11.8 mi (19.0 km)|
|Existed||1923 (truncated 1932)–present|
|West end||I-195 in East Providence|
|Route 114 in Barrington|
|East end||Route 103 in Swansea, MA|
|Rhode Island Routes
Route 103 is a numbered state highway running 11.8 miles (19.0 km) in Rhode Island, United States. It runs from Interstate 195 (I-195) in East Providence to the Massachusetts state line in the town of Warren, where the road continues as Massachusetts Route 103. Route 103 is a major commercial corridor in East Providence.
Route 103 begins at the eastbound Exit 1D off-ramp of I-195 in East Providence, running along Warren Avenue until the intersection with Route 114. Route 103 turns south with Route 114 along Pawtucket Avenue, with Route 114 soon separating. Route 103 continues south then veers to the southeast along Willett Avenue as it heads towards the town of Barrington. In Barrington, it continues east as County Road, then meets with and overlaps Route 114 for a second time as the routes cross the Barrington and Palmer rivers into the town of Warren. Route 103 separates from Route 114 along Child Street as it continues east towards the Massachusetts state line, where the road continues as Massachusetts Route 103.
Route 103 was an original route assigned in 1923. It used to be much longer, extending 38 miles (61 km) through Providence and along present-day Route 14 to Connecticut, where it used to continue as Route 103. In 1932, Connecticut renumbered its 1920s Route 103 to Route 14. Rhode Island renumbered the portion of Route 103 west of Providence to match the new Connecticut route number.
At one time, the main road east from Providence (at first NE 3, now U.S. Route 6 or US 6) used Route 103 rather than the current US 6 alignment. Maps disagree on when the change to the current alignment took place. However, rather than using Warren Avenue to the Washington Bridge, the main road continued north on Pawtucket Avenue to Waterman Avenue, and used Waterman Avenue over the old Red Bridge to Providence. When the main road was moved to current US 6, it at first continued to use Waterman Avenue via MA 114A and County Street to the state line.
The current alignment of Route 103 along Warren Avenue in East Providence was also US 6 before I-195 was built. Some signs still mark it as US 6, including some signs placed since 2000.
|Providence||East Providence||0.0||0.0||I-195 west / US 6 west / US 1A south – Providence||Western terminus, exit 1D on I-195 / US 6 / US 1A eastbound|
|0.7||1.1||Broadway to I-195 west|
|0.9||1.4||I-195 east – Fall River, MA||Exit 2 on I-195|
|1.3||2.1||US 1A / Route 114 north (Pawtucket Avenue)||Western terminus of concurrency with Route 114|
|2.2||3.5||Route 114 south (Wampanoag Trail)||Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 114|
|Riverside||3.7||6.0||Route 103A east (Bullocks Point Avenue)||West end of Route 103A|
|5.4||8.7||Route 103A west (Crescent View Avenue)||Traffic circle, east end of Route 103A|
|Bristol||Barrington||6.5||10.5||Route 114 north – Providence||Interchange, u-turn required to exit Route 114|
Western terminus of concurrency with Route 114
|Warren||9.8||15.8||Route 114 south (Main Street)||Eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 114|
|Route 136 (Arlington / Metacom Avenues)||One-way pair|
|11.8||19.0||Route 103 east – Swansea||Continuation into Massachusetts|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|Length||2.0 mi (3.2 km)|
Route 103A is a 2.0-mile (3.2 km) loop route of Route 103 in the Riverside section of East Providence. It leaves Route 103, continuing straight along Bullocks Point Avenue where Route 103 veers southeast on Willett Avenue. At the south end of Bullocks Point Avenue in Crescent Park, Route 103A turns east onto Crescent View Avenue, which later ends back at Willett Avenue/Route 103. Route 103A was coordinated as a numbered State Highway in 2001.