U.S. Route 63 in Missouri

U.S. Route 63 (US 63) is the portion of a north-south highway that runs through Missouri from the Arkansas state line near Thayer to the Iowa state line near Lancaster.

U.S. Route 63 marker

U.S. Route 63
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length337.748 mi[1] (543.553 km)
Existed1926–present
Major junctions
South end US 63 at the Arkansas state line
 
North end US 63 at the Iowa state line
Location
CountiesOregon, Howell, Texas, Phelps, Maries, Osage, Cole, Callaway, Boone, Randolph, Macon, Adair, Schuyler
Highway system
US 62I-64

Route descriptionEdit

 
Jefferson City Bridge

The highway passes south-to-north through Missouri, from Arkansas to Iowa, serving cities such as Rolla, Jefferson City, Columbia, Moberly, Macon, and Kirksville. Notable routes that are intersected include U.S. Route 60 in Howell County, Interstate 44 at Rolla, U.S. Route 50 (which it shares a concurrency with into Jefferson City south of the Missouri River until it reaches the junction with U.S. 54), U.S. Route 54 (which it overlaps in Jefferson City from the junction with U.S. Route 50 and crosses the Missouri River with on the Jefferson City Bridge), Interstate 70 at Columbia, U.S. Route 24 at Moberly, U.S. Route 36 at Macon, and U.S. Route 136 at Lancaster.

 
Stonehenge next to U.S. Route 63

The road enters the state (passing the Oregon County line) at Thayer. Immediately after leaving Thayer, U.S. 63 intersects Route 19, then continues into Howell County on a two-lane highway with alternating passing lanes, en route to West Plains. The highway then widens to a four-lane divided highway, bypassing West Plains to the south and west, then continues on a divided highway to Willow Springs. The route then joins US Route 60, and the two highways run concurrently northwest to Cabool.

North of Cabool, the highway returns to two-lane status (with alternating passing lanes), passing through Houston and intersecting Route 32 in Licking. The highway then enters Phelps County and passes through Rolla, the home of Missouri University of Science and Technology, and becomes locally known as Bishop Avenue. In Rolla, Route 63 intersects Route 72, and later, Business Loop 44. The Business Loop runs concurrently with Route 63 past the University's campus to Interstate 44, where the Business Loop ends. As it leaves Rolla, the highway quickly narrows to two lanes, crossing into Maries County toward Vienna, intersecting Highway 42. After entering Osage County, Route 63 passes through Freeburg and Westphalia. A few miles north of Westphalia, Highway 63 widens to a four-lane divided highway, and almost immediately intersects US Route 50, and the two highways head west toward Jefferson City, the state capital. After passing through downtown on the Whitton Expressway, the route leaves Route 50, joining the eastbound direction of US Route 54 to cross the Missouri River into Callaway County.

After crossing the river, Route 63 exits Route 54, and heads north on a four-lane divided highway. About five miles north of US 54, the highway enters Boone County, then after five miles more, leaves the Ozark Plateau, entering the Columbia area. Highway 63 passes along the eastern edge of Columbia, but gains freeway status for about 10 miles through town. In the north part of town, Route 63 intersects Interstate 70. There is no direct connection between Route 63 and I-70; access to and from the Interstate is via an at-grade connector road, which intersects I-70 at a simple Diamond interchange. The route then leaves Columbia, returning to expressway status, and intersects Route 22 near Clark, right on the Boone-Randolph county line. After passing by Clark proper, U.S. 63 gains a Business Route, which passes through the otherwise-bypassed town of Renick, then passes through the city of Moberly. Mainline Route 63, meanwhile, upgrades to a freeway for about four miles as it passes through Moberly, intersecting US Route 24 at an interchange on the northern end of town.

Heading north, U.S. 63 enters Macon County just north of Jacksonville, and heads toward the city of Macon. Through town, the highway narrows to a two-lane city street, with a center left-turn lane. Near the northern edge of town, US 63 intersects US Route 36, which is part of the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway. Leaving Macon, the highway re-gains expressway status, and passes by La Plata before crossing into Adair County. South of Kirksville, the route interchanges with a Business Route, which passes through the ÷city proper, while mainline Route 63 narrows to two lanes and enters a newly-constructed bypass to the east of town. While on the bypass, the highway intersects Route 6 and Missouri Route 11, and the two east-west state routes form a three-mile long Wrong-way concurrency with each other following US 63. Leaving the Kirksville bypass, US 63 returns to a two-lane surface highway, and enters Schuyler County. Near Lancaster, the highway intersects US Route 136, which briefly overlaps with Route 63 into Lancaster itself. There, Route 136 turns east, while Route 63 continues north into Iowa, exiting Missouri about five miles north of Lancaster.

HistoryEdit

U.S. 63 in Missouri was Route 7 from 1922 to 1926.

Junction listEdit

All exits are unnumbered.

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Oregon0.0000.000  US 63 south – Mammoth SpringContinuation into Arkansas
Thayer1.2021.934  
   Route 142 / US 63 Bus. – Lanton
Southern terminus of Route 142 concurrency
1.8232.934  Route 142 – DoniphanNorthern terminus of Route 142 concurrency
3.2295.197  
   Route 19 / US 63 Bus. – Alton
4.5147.265  Route OO
Koshkonong10.30116.578  Route F – Cover Prairie Conservation Area
11.06417.806  Route Z – Warm Fork Conservation Area
11.58618.646  Route M – Rover
Howell22.17335.684  Route PP – Cover Prairie Conservation Area
West Plains24.43239.319  Route ZZ
24.91040.089 
  US 63 Bus.
25.99441.833  Route 17 – LantonSouthern terminus of Route 17 concurrency
27.21943.805  US 160 – Gainesville, SpringfieldSouthern terminus of US 160 concurrency
27.88044.869  Route K – Pottersville
29.04846.748    US 160 / Route 17 / Route CC – Doniphan, Mountain ViewNorthern terminus of US 160 / Route 17 concurrency
29.85048.039 
  US 63 Bus. / McFarland Street / Girdley Street
Interchange
33.15453.356  Route 14 – Ava
Pomona38.36061.734    Route N / Route PAccess to West Plains Regional Airport
42.38068.204  Route UU
Willow Springs45.51473.248  US 60 – Mountain View, Poplar BluffInterchange; southern end of freeway; southern terminus of US 60 concurrency
46.43374.727 
  To US 60 Bus. / Industrial Drive
48.50878.066   Route 76 / Route 137 – Ava, Raymondville
50.73981.657 
  US 60 Bus.
Interchange; northern end of freeway
TexasCabool59.41095.611  
   US 60 / US 60 Bus. – Mountain Grove, Springfield
Northern terminus of US 60 concurrency; southern terminus of US 60 Bus. concurrency
60.95398.094 
  US 60 Bus.
Northern terminus of US 60 Bus. concurrency
62.10799.952  Route PP
66.078106.342  Route H – Elk Creek
Simmons69.933112.546  Route Z
71.152114.508  Route UU
Houston76.940123.823   Route 17 – Mountain ViewSouthern terminus of Route 17 concurrency; access to Texas County Memorial Hospital
77.141124.146  Route 17 – WaynesvilleNorthern terminus of Route 17 concurrency
77.888125.349   Route B / Route F – Raymondville
80.557129.644  Route E
88.093141.772   Route P / Route BB
Licking91.392147.081   Route 32 to Route 137 – Lebanon, Salem, Willow Springs
Sherrill97.289156.571  Route CC – White River Trace Conservation Area
Phelps100.465161.683  Route K – Duke
Edgar Springs105.142169.210  Route H – Lenox, Salem
105.969170.541   Route M / Route FF – Flat, Spring Creek
117.948189.819  Route W
Rolla124.465200.307  Route 72 – Salem
124.860200.943  BL I-44 (Kingshighway)Southern terminus of BL I-44 concurrency
125.093201.318  Route BB – Saint James
125.345201.723   Route E to I-44 – Gasconade RiverAccess to Missouri University of Science and Technology
126.161203.036  I-44 – Springfield, Saint LouisI-44 exit 186; Eastern terminus of BL I-44
Maries134.218216.003  Route P
Vichy137.315220.987  Route 68 east – Saint James
138.081222.220  Route FF
138.587223.034   Route 28 east – BelleSouthern terminus of Route 28 concurrency; access to Rolla National Airport
142.879229.941  Route A
147.596237.533  Route 28 west – DixonNorthern terminus of Route 28 concurrency
147.975238.143 
  Route 28 Spur
Vienna150.246241.797  Route 42 – Iberia, Belle
151.122243.207  Route AA north – Argyle
OsageFreeburg160.516258.325  Route P west – Koeltztown
166.109267.327  Route E east – Rich Fountain
168.790271.641  Route T south – Koeltztown, Argyle
Westphalia172.454277.538  Route 133 south – Meta
175.420–
175.625
282.311–
282.641
  US 50 – Saint Louis, Linn, UnionSouthern terminus of US 50 concurrency
ColeSchubert178.755287.678   Route J east / Route M west – Taos, Osage City
Jefferson City180.576290.609Militia Drive
183.088294.652McCarty Street
184.721297.280Eastland Drive
185.875299.137Clark Avenue
186.367299.929Lafayette StreetAccess to Lincoln University
187.388301.572  
   US 50 Bus. west (Missouri Boulevard) to US 54 west
At-grade intersection; eastern end of freeway; eastern terminus of US 50 Bus.
187.476–
187.749
301.713–
302.153
   US 50 / US 54 – Kansas City, Sedalia, Fulton, Lake of the OzarksNorthern terminus of US 50 concurrency; southern terminus of US 54 concurrency
Missouri River187.952–
188.081
302.479–
302.687
Jefferson City Bridge
CallawayJefferson City188.713303.704  Cedar City Road / Airport RoadAccess to Jefferson City Memorial Airport
189.176–
189.493
304.449–
304.959
   US 54 / Route 94 east – Fulton, Mokane, Jefferson City, Lake of the OzarksNorthern terminus of US 54 concurrency
Boone200.701322.997  Route A west – Hartsburg
Ashland203.706327.833   Route M west (Broadway Street) / Route Y east – Wilton, GuthrieInterchange
Elkhurst207.716334.286    Route 163 north / Route H east – Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State ParkInterchange; access to Columbia Regional Airport
Columbia212.874342.587Discovery ParkwayInterchange; southern end of freeway
214.168344.670Grindstone Boulevard / East New Haven Road
215.486346.791    Route 740 west (Stadium Boulevard)Access to the University of Missouri and University Hospital
216.486348.400   Route WW east (Broadway Street) – WilliamsburgAccess to Downtown Columbia, Boone Hospital Center, and University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital
217.022–
218.352
349.263–
351.403
   To I-70 / US 40 – Kansas City, Saint LouisI-70 exit 128
218.836352.182Vandiver Road
219.745353.645  Route B (Paris Road) – Hallsville
220.214354.400Brown Station Road
221.958357.207East Prathersville Road
Prathersville223.245359.278  Route 763 south (Range Line Street) – ColumbiaInterchange; northern end of freeway; southbound exit and northbound entrance
229.814369.850  Route 124 east – HallsvilleSouthern terminus of Route 124 concurrency
230.645371.187  Route 124 west – HarrisburgNorthern terminus of Route 124 concurrency
235.038378.257  Route NN
237.090381.559  Route CC – Sturgeon
BooneRandolph
county line
Sturgeon238.559383.923   Route 22 / Route F – Centralia, RuckerInterchange
RandolphClark241.224388.212   Route B / Route P – Higbee
246.386396.520 
   US 63 Bus. / Route NN – Renick, Moberly
Moberly250.225402.698  Route M – Middle GroveInterchange
251.825405.273  Route EE (Rollins Street)Interchange
253.861408.550  US 24 – Kansas City, QuincyInterchange
254.863410.162 
   US 63 Bus.
Interchange; access to Omar N Bradley Airport - MBY
Cairo258.674416.295   Route K / Route Z
Jacksonville264.109425.042  Route J – Duncans Bridge
MaconExcello267.828431.027   Route T / Route Y – College Mound
Macon273.817440.666   Route PPAccess to Macon-Fowler International Airport
275.902444.021 
   US 36 Bus.
Access to Samaritan Hospital
276.045–
276.057
444.251–
444.271
    
   US 36 / Route 110 (CKC) – Saint Joseph, Hannibal
Interchange
279.643450.042  Route DD – Ten Mile
Atlanta285.319459.176  Route M – Economy
287.842463.237  Route J – Elmer
292.375470.532  Route NN
La Plata295.028474.802  Route 156 – South Gifford, Novelty
Adair298.319480.098  Route E – Wilson
Millard302.056486.112   Route KKAccess to Kirksville Regional Airport
Kirksville304.438–
304.933
489.945–
490.742
 
  US 63 Bus. north (South Baltimore Street)
Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
307.140494.294   Route 6 / Route 11 – Edina, BrookfieldSouthern terminus of Route 6 / Route 11 concurrency
309.136497.506   Route 6 / Route 11 – Milan, BaringNorthern terminus of Route 6 / Route 11 concurrency
312.432502.811 
  US 63 Bus. south (North Baltimore Street)
Interchange
314.788506.602  Route T – Sperry
318.981513.350  Route A – Downing
SchuylerGreentop320.179515.278  Route K
Queen City324.035521.484   Route E / Route W – Worthington
325.112523.217  Route O
327.583527.194   Route P / Route U – Lancaster
330.468531.837  US 136 – UnionvilleSouthern terminus of US 136 concurrency
Lancaster332.587535.247   US 136 / Route 202 – Glenwood, KeokukNorthern terminus of US 136 concurrency
337.748543.553  US 63 north – BloomfieldContinuation into Iowa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (August 16, 2017). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
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