Soldiers Field Road

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For the eastern continuation of this parkway, see Storrow Drive.
Soldiers Field Road
Soldiers Field Road.png
Soldiers Field Road highlighted in red
Maintained by Massachusetts DCR
Length 4.3 mi[1][2] (6.9 km)
Coordinates 42°22′22″N 71°7′45″W / 42.37278°N 71.12917°W / 42.37278; -71.12917Coordinates: 42°22′22″N 71°7′45″W / 42.37278°N 71.12917°W / 42.37278; -71.12917
West end US 20 in Brighton
I‑90 / Mass Pike in Allston
East end Storrow Drive in Fenway–Kenmore

Soldiers Field Road is a major crosstown parkway in Boston, Massachusetts, running west to east from U.S. Route 20 in the northwest corner of Brighton to the Boston University Bridge.[1] It follows the course of the Charles River and also passes by the campuses of Harvard University and Boston University.

Although considered a "major crosstown street", the road has a 10-foot height restriction due to viaduct crossings. In 2013 one of these crossings was the site of a serious bus accident.[3] Speed limits range from 30 to 40 miles per hour (48 to 64 km/hr) on various segments of the road.

Route description[edit]

Looking eastbound in the Allston neighborhood

Soldiers Field Road is one link in a nearly nine-mile continuous roadway along the southern bank of the Charles River, continuing to the east as Storrow Drive, David G. Mugar Way, and Embankment Road, and to the west as Nonantum Road.


Portions of the current alignment of Soldiers Field Road were originally part of the Charles River Speedway, which was built in 1899. The speedway ran from just west of Telford Street to the site of the Eliot Bridge (which wasn't built until 1950).[4] The only surviving building relating to the speedway is the Charles River Reservation (Speedway)-Upper Basin Headquarters, which formerly housed administrative and logistical personnel for the Metropolitan District Commission.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Suffolk County. All exits are unnumbered.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Brighton 0.0 0.0 US 20 (Beacon Street) / Nonantum Road west – Watertown Square, Newton, Brighton Center Western terminus at a traffic circle
Allston 0.7 1.1 Western Avenue / Arsenal Street – Brighton Center, Watertown Interchange
2.0 3.2 Route 2 / US 3 / Fresh Pond Parkway – Arlington Partial interchange
2.5 4.0 Harvard Street – Harvard Square, Allston, Cambridge Interchange
3.1 5.0 I‑90 / Mass Pike / Western Avenue / Cambridge Street – Central Square, Cambridge Interchange; tolled access to/from I-90
Fenway–Kenmore 4.1 6.6 University Road – Brookline Eastern terminus; eastbound exit and entrance
4.1 6.6 Storrow Drive east Continuation beyond University Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs -
  2. ^ a b Google (November 23, 2014). "Soldiers Field Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "After Harvard Visit, Dozens Injured in Bus Crash". USA Today. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Allston Trotting Parks". Brighton Allston Historical Society. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 

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