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State Highway 103, or SH 103, is a state highway that runs through east Texas from an intersection with SH 7 near the Neches River through Lufkin to an intersection with SH 21 near the Louisiana state border. The route was originally designated in 1926.

State Highway 103 marker

State Highway 103
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length63.05 mi[1] (101.47 km)
Existedby 1933–present
Major junctions
West endTexas 7.svg SH 7 near Redtown
 US 69.svg US 69 at Lufkin

I-69 (Future).svgUS 59.svg Future I-69/US 59 at Lufkin

US 96.svg US 96
East endTexas 21.svg SH 21
Highway system
SH 102SH 104

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

SH 103 begins at an intersection with SH 7 just east of the Neches River. It then travels generally eastward to the western outskirts of Lufkin. The route then briefly travels northeast along State Loop 287 and US Route 69 before entering Lufkin coinciding with the business route of US 69. At Atkinson Drive, it turns east and proceeds out of town. It crosses two arms of Lake Sam Rayburn before reaching its eastern terminus at SH 21 just west of Milam, and 10 miles from the Louisiana border. The entire route covers 63.05 miles.

HistoryEdit

SH 103 was originally designated on February 17, 1925 from Centerville east through Crockett to Lufkin, and SH 103 was conditional on location and construction.[2] On March 28, 1927, another SH 103 was created as a renumbering of SH 104 from Ranger to Morton Valley (as it was unsure if the other SH 103 would be built). This SH 103 was eliminated by 1930. As a result, there was only one SH 103 from Centerville east through Crockett to Lufkin. On December 1, 1930, SH 103 was cancelled.[3] SH 103 was restored on January 22, 1931.[4] By 1933, the route had only been built between Crockett and Ratcliff, and was only an improved earth road. On July 15, 1935, only the already constructed section from Crockett to Ratcliff remained.[5] The section from Ratcliff to Lufkin was restored on February 25, 1937.[6] On September 26, 1939, the western section from Crockett to Ratcliff was reassigned to SH 7. On October 30, 1939, before signage was changed, SH 103 extended east to Milam, replacing SH 293 (note that SH 103 was to be taken over by SH 293 on September 26, 1939). By 1940, sections around Lufkin were completed, but did not connect to earthen roads to the west. On January 22, 1940, the section of SH 103 from Ratcliff to the Neches River was cancelled. On March 26, 1942, SH 102 was extended west 3.5 miles from the Neches River. On September 14, 1944, SH 103 was extended west to Ratcliff. On June 14, 1961, SH 103 was truncated to rerouted SH 7, which was built along a new route and part of cancelled FM 327 (the rest of FM 327 became part of FM 1819). On June 21, 1990, one small section of SH 103 from Loop 287 to Business US 59 was transferred to Business US 69.

A spur route, SH 103A, was designated on January 23, 1939 from Lufkin to Milam.[7] On September 26, 1939, SH 103A was renumbered as SH 293.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Angelina  SH 7 – Crockett, Nacogdoches
  FM 1819 north
  FM 2021 east – Clawson
  FM 706 southwest end of FM 706 overlap
  FM 706 northeast end of FM 706 overlap
Lufkin   Loop 287 south (North John Redditt Drive) / Spur 339 south (North Raguet Street) – Downtown Districtwest end of Loop 287 overlap
  Loop 36 south – Keltys
   US 69 north / FM 2680 north – Tylerinterchange; west end of US 69 Bus. overlap
   US 69 south / Loop 287 north (Ellen Trout Drive) – Nacogdoches, Beaumont, Houstoninterchange; east end of Loop 287 overlap
  FM 2251 north
  
   BL I-69 / Bus. US 59 north (North Timberland Drive)
west end of Bus. I-69/US 59 Bus. overlap
  Loop 266 south (Hoskins Street)
    
     BL I-69 / Bus. US 59 south / Bus. US 69 south (North Timberland Drive) to SH 94 / East Atkinson Drive – Downtown District
east end of Bus. I-69/US 59 Bus. / US 69 Bus. overlap
    
     Future I-69 / US 59 / US 69 / Loop 287 (North Medford Drive)
interchange; U.S. 59 is the future Interstate 69
  FM 842
  FM 326 south
  FM 1669 south – Huntingtonwest end of FM 1669 overlap
  FM 1669 north – Marion Ferry Parkeast end of FM 1669 overlap
NacogdochesEtoile  FM 226 north – Woden, Nacogdocheswest end of FM 226 overlap
  FM 226 south – Shirley Creek Parkeast end of FM 226 overlap
  FM 95 north – Chireno
San Augustine  FM 1277 – Broaddus
  FM 1992 north
  SH 147 south – Broaddus, Zavallawest end of SH 147 overlap
  SH 147 north – San Augustineeast end of SH 147 overlap
  FM 705 – San Augustine
  FM 3279 south
Chinquapin  FM 1751
  US 96 – Bronson, San Augustineinterchange
Rebecca  FM 3229 south
Sabine   FM 1 south / FM 3229 north – Bronsonwest end of FM 1 overlap
  FM 1 north – Rosevineeast end of FM 1 overlap
Rosevine  FM 1592 – San Augustine, Hemphill
  FM 2784 south (Woodland Hills)
  SH 21 – Milam, San Augustine
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, [1]
  2. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676899.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673799.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673800.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673871.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673893.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676256.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)