Texas State Highway 163

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State Highway 163
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 203.109 mi[1] (326.872 km)
Existed: by 1939 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 90 at Comstock
  I‑10
US 190
US 67
US 87
North end: I‑20 Bus. at Colorado City
Highway system
SH 162 SH 164

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

Route description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The original formation of the highway in 1939 included only the section from Comstock to Barnhart. In 1957 State Highway 101 and Ranch to Market Road 379 were cancelled and combined into the additional sections of SH 163 from Barnhart to Colorado City.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Val Verde Comstock 0.0 0.0 US 90 Southern terminus
  SH 189
Crockett Ozona I‑10 – Fort Stockton, El Paso, Sonora, San Antonio
  SH 137
  US 190
Irion Barnhart US 67
Sterling Sterling City US 87
Mitchell Colorado City I‑20 Bus. Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "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

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