Texas State Highway Loop 168

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State Highway Loop 168 marker

State Highway Loop 168
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 0.074 mi[1] (0.119 km)
Existed: 1945 – present
Major junctions
West end: FM 947 in Tenaha
East end: Loop 157 in Tenaha
Location
Counties: Shelby
Highway system
Loop 167 Spur 169

Loop 168 is a state highway loop in the town of Tenaha in Shelby County, Texas.[1][2]

Route description[edit]

The western terminus of Loop 168 is at FM 947. The route travels to the east along Wall Street before ending at Loop 157 one block north of that route's intersection with US 59 / US 84.[1][2]

According to TxDOT, Loop 168 is the shortest numbered route in Texas, with a total length of 0.074 miles (0.119 km), or approximately 391 feet (119 m).[1][3] However, Spur 200 has a certified length of only 0.050 miles (0.080 km).[4]

History[edit]

When originally designated in 1945, Loop 168 connected with US 59 at both ends; the western terminus was at US 59 / US 84 one block further south, with the route turning along Main Street to an intersection with US 59, and the eastern terminus was at its present location, at the former alignment of US 59 through northeastern Tenaha. In 1950, the western end was moved to its current location, with FM 947, which was commissioned in 1948, being designated over that section of Main Street.[5] In 1983, when US 59 was rerouted to the east, the old route through Tenaha along Center Street was actually designated as Loop 168, and the one-block route along Wall Street was designated as a spur connection. It is unclear as to whether this change was signed, as in 1985, old US 59 had its designation changed to Loop 157, and Loop 168 reverted to its previous routing.[1][6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Tenaha, Shelby County.

Mile[7] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 FM 947 (Main St.) – Timpson Western terminus
0.07 0.11 Loop 157 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 168". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 592. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/592.pdf. Retrieved April 18, 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ Texas Department of Transportation. "State Highway, Loop and Spur Facts". Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 200". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 947". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 157". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Google Inc. "Overview map of Texas State Highway Loop 168 Distances Between Interchanges". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Wall+St&daddr=Wall+St&hl=en&geocode=FfNs5wEddO1h-g%3BFQlv5wEdXvFh-g&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=19&sll=31.943866,-94.245513&sspn=0.001948,0.004128&ie=UTF8&ll=31.94409,-94.24492&spn=0.001948,0.004128&z=19. Retrieved April 18, 2011.