Farm to Market Road 171

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Farm to Market Road 171 marker

Farm to Market Road 171
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 37.212 mi[1][a] (59.887 km)
Existed: 1945 – present
Major junctions
West end:
Bus. US 287 in Wichita Falls
  SH 240 in Wichita Falls
SH 79 in Byers
East end: FM 2332
Location
Counties: Wichita, Clay
Highway system
FM 170 FM 172

Farm to Market Road 171 (FM 171) is a farm to market road in Wichita and Clay counties, Texas.[1]

Route description[edit]

FM 171 begins in Wichita Falls at an intersection with Bus. US 287 north of the Wichita River.[2] The route travels east on Lincoln Street to SH 240. These two routes are concurrent northbound along King Boulevard before FM 171 turns back to the northeast along Jefferson Street. In the outskirts of Wichita Falls, FM 171 intersects FM 1740 and then FM 890, which provides access to Sheppard AFB. From here, the roadway is known as the Upper Charlie Road (as opposed to FM 1740, referred to as Lower Charlie Road or simply Charlie Road). The route crosses the Wichita–Clay county line and meanders through the farming areas of Clay County. It intersects FM 1177 and then FM 2393 near Thornberry.[3] The highway turns to the east, crossing FM 810 south of the community of Charlie. FM 171 then enters Byers, where it has a brief concurrency with SH 79 through downtown, before it resumes its journey eastward. The roadway then turns southward, roughly paralleling the Red River and the Oklahoma state line, before FM 171 reaches its eastern terminus at FM 2332.[2]

FM 171's roadway is generally two-lane and shoulderless, except for the section in the Wichita Falls metropolitan area (from its western terminus to its junction with FM 890) and during its concurrency with SH 79 in Byers.

History[edit]

FM 171 was first commissioned in Clay County on June 11, 1945. Its original designation was from Byers across SH 148 south of Charlie to Wichita Falls. (SH 148 north of Petrolia would become FM 810 in 1948.[4])The designation was extended eastward to 2 miles east of Byers on October 31, 1957. On November 7, 1958, US 287 was rerouted in downtown Wichita Falls, and the FM 171 designation was extended along Lincoln Street to its current western terminus. The eastern terminus was extended to the south, first to a county road on May 2, 1962, and then to its current location at FM 2332 on June 1, 1965.[1]

On June 27, 1995, the mileage in the Wichita Falls metropolitan area, from the eastern terminus at US 287 Bus. to the intersection with FM 890, was transferred to Urban Road 171 (UR 171). As with other highways with the urban road designation, TxDOT continues to sign the route using the standard Farm to Market Road marker.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[6] km Destinations Notes
Wichita Wichita Falls 0.0 0.0
Bus. US 287 (Scott St.)
Western terminus
0.3 0.5 SH 240 east (King Blvd.) West end of SH 240 concurrency
0.5 0.8 SH 240 west (King Blvd.) East end of SH 240 concurrency
  1.9 3.1 FM 1740
  2.9 4.7 FM 890 (E. McKinley St.)
Clay   11.9 19.2 FM 1177 – Cashion
  12.9 20.8 FM 2393 – Dean, Jolly
  19.1 30.7 FM 810 – Petrolia, Charlie
Byers 27.3 43.9 SH 79 north (Main St.) – Waurika, Oklahoma West end of SH 79 concurrency
27.5 44.3 SH 79 south (Main St.) – Petrolia East end of SH 79 concurrency
  37.6 60.5 FM 2332 – Stanfield Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The certified length given is shorter than the actual mileage, as the TxDOT description of FM 171 considers it to be discontinuous at SH 240 and SH 79.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 171". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 388. Retrieved 2011-04-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 387. Retrieved 2011-04-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 810". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Urban Road No. 171". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  6. ^ Google (2011-04-06). "Overview map of Farm to Market Road 171 Distances Between Interchanges" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-04-06.