Utah State Route 203

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State Route 203 marker

State Route 203
Harrison Boulevard
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-126
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 6.14 mi[2] (9.88 km)
Existed: 1941[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US-89 in South Ogden
North end: SR-39 in Ogden
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-202 SR-204

State Route 203 (SR-203) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Utah. Spanning 6.1 miles (9.8 km), it serves as a north/south principal arterial road through eastern Ogden, connecting US-89 (Washington Boulevard), Weber State University, and SR-39 (12th Street).

Route description[edit]

State Route 203 begins in South Ogden at the intersection of Harrison Boulevard and Washington Boulevard (US-89.[2] From there, it travels north via Harrison Boulevard through eastern Ogden, in the shadow of the Wasatch Range, passing Weber State University, Ogden High School, and the Ogden River before ending at 12th Street (SR-39) just below the mouth of Ogden Canyon.[2][3]

History[edit]

Part of Harrison Boulevard was first added to the state highway system in 1911 as what would become Utah State Route 39.[4] State Route 39 originally ran east up 24th Street to Harrison Boulevard, then north along Harrison, then turning east on Valley Drive up Ogden Canyon. Later, in 1935, Harrison Boulevard south of SR-39 was added to the state highway system as Utah State Route 103, running from Route 39 (24th Street at the time) south to Route 5 (modern US-89).[5] Harrison Boulevard north from SR-39 at Valley Drive to 2nd street was added in 1941 as Route 203, designated as continuing north on Harrison, past the Utah State Tuberculosis Sanatorium to 2nd Street, then west to the Army Supply Depot.[1][6] At this time, some 7.4 miles (11.9 km) of Harrison Boulevard, from 2nd Street in the north to Route 5 in the south, was in the state highway system, covered by three routes.

In 1953, the northern section of Harrison Boulevard was removed from SR-203, leaving that route entirely on 2nd Street.[1][7] In 1964, SR-39 was realigned from Harrison and 24th to the new roadway constructed on 12th Street at the mouth of Ogden Canyon west to Washington Boulevard. At the same time, SR-203 was extended south along Harrison, re-adding the stretch between 2nd Street and Valley Drive, acquiring what had formerly been part of SR-39 between Valley Drive and 24th Street, and absorbing SR-103 in its entirety. As a result, SR-203 now ran from the Army Depot east along 2nd Street to Harrison, then south to the end of Harrison at present-day US-89, while SR-39 ran straight up 12th Street, and SR-103 was deleted from the state highway system until the route number was reused the following year.[1][4]

In 1969, a number of minor state highways were deleted, and State Route 203 was not immune. The northmost 3.3 miles (5.3 km) of the route were removed, comprising the roadway from SR-39 north to 2nd Street and west to the Army Depot, leaving the north end of SR-203 at SR-39 (12th Street), where it still remains.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Weber County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
South Weber 0.000 0.000 US-89 (Washington Boulevard) Southern terminus
Ogden 2.420–
2.945
3.895–
4.740
SR-284 SR-284 is a loop around Weber State University with four outlets onto SR-203.
3.920 6.309 SR-79 (30th Street)
6.137 9.877 SR-39 (12th Street) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "State Route 203 Highway reference" (PDF). Utah Department of Transportation. Nov 2008. Retrieved 24 Jan 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "State Route 203 Highway reference" (PDF). Utah Department of Transportation. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 24 Jan 2012. 
  3. ^ Google. "Utah State Route 203" (Map). Google Maps. Google. 
  4. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 39".  (3.02 MB), updated October 2007, accessed May 2008
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1935). Chapter 37: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. Route 103. From junction with route 39 in Ogden southerly via Harrison Avenue to junction with route 5 near Uintah, Utah. 
  6. ^ Utah State Legislature (1941). Chapter 34. Session Laws of Utah. Route 203. From route 39 near Harrison Boulevard in Ogden, northerly via the Utah State tuberculosis sanatorium to Second street, thence west to the army supply depot. 
  7. ^ Utah State Legislature (1953). Chapter 45: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. Route 203. From Harrison Boulevard in Ogden west on Second Street to the Army Supply Depot.