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State Highway 163 or SH 163 is a 203-mile-long (327 km) state highway in the western part of Texas, United States.

State Highway 163 marker

State Highway 163
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length203.109 mi[1] (326.872 km)
Existed1930–present
Major junctions
South end US 90 at Comstock
  I-10
US 190
US 67
US 87
North end BL I-20 at Colorado City
Highway system
SH 162SH 164

Route descriptionEdit

SH 163 runs almost directly north from its originating junction with U.S. Highway 90 at Comstock near the Rio Grande, the southern border of the state. The road passes east of the Seminole Canyon State Historical Park and along the Devils River to the ghost town of Juno. The highway continues north to Ozona at Interstate 10 and to Barnhart, where it junctions with U.S. Highway 67, and on to Sterling City. The highway is co-routed with U.S. Highway 87 at Sterling City, but then diverges after a few miles to continue northward to Colorado City and a final junction with Interstate 20 Business Loop (former U.S. Highway 80).[2]

Counties traversed by the highway include Val Verde, Crockett, Irion, Tom Green, Sterling, and Mitchell. Most of the terrain covered by the highway is sparsely populated ranch country.

HistoryEdit

The original formation of the highway on March 19, 1930 included only the section from Ozona to Barnhart.[3] On January 18, 1937, SH 163 extended south to Comstock. On September 27, 1957, SH 101 and RM 379 were cancelled and combined into the additional sections of SH 163 from Barnhart to Colorado City.[1][4][5]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Val VerdeComstock0.00.0  US 90 – Sanderson, Del Rio
41.366.5  RM 189 east
Terrell67.1108.0  RM 1973 south
Ozona81.6131.3  I-10 / 15th Street, 14th Street – Fort Stockton, El Paso, SonoraI-10 exit 365
82.0132.0  Loop 466 (11th Street)
84.8136.5  SH 137 north – Big Lake
96.2154.8  US 190 – Iraan, Eldorado
IrionBarnhart111.3179.1  US 67 (Reagan Street) – Big Lake, San Angelo
123.5198.8  RM 2469 east – Mertzon
Tom Green
No major junctions
Sterling156.5251.9  RM 2139 south
Sterling City163.0262.3   US 87 south / SH 158 east (4th Street) – San Angelo, Robert LeeSouth end of US 87/SH 158 overlap
165.8266.8  SH 158 west – MidlandInterchange; north end of SH 158 overlap
166.7268.3  US 87 north – Big SpringNorth end of US 87 overlap
Mitchell188.5303.4  FM 2183 west
193.2310.9  FM 670 north – Westbrook
200.2322.2  FM 2836 north – Lake Colorado City
203.4327.3  FM 1229 north
205.4330.6  FM 1983 north
Colorado City207.0333.1   BL I-20 (2nd Street) to SH 208 – Big Spring, Sweetwater, Snyder
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 163". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  2. ^ Rand McNally: The Road Atlas 2002, Rand McNally and Company 2001 ISBN 0-528-84446-6
  3. ^ "Minute Order 003673791" (PDF).
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 101". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 379". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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