State Road 163

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Indiana 163 is a short, nine-mile highway that stretches from the Illinois state line in southern Vermillion County east through the town of Blanford and city of Clinton. After passing through the Vermillion County seat of Clinton, SR 163 crosses the Wabash River and proceeds east to U.S. 41 where the highway ends.

Before the Indiana 63 expressway was built in the 1970s, Indiana 63 had followed Indiana 163's route west through Clinton before continuing to the north. The original Indiana 163 was a spur route off of SR 63 that went from Clinton westward to the Illinois state line during that time. Once Indiana 63 was rerouted, Indiana 163 took over the routing from Clinton east to U.S. 41.

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Indiana 163 heads east from the intersection with Indiana 63 through a commercial area that takes advantage of the access to the four-lane expressway. Photos taken 10/15/12.
Halfway to town, Indiana 163 meets up with Hazel Bluff Road and continues in a northeast direction toward the Clinton city limits. Hazel Bluff Road leads southwest from Indiana 163 to Indiana 63, providing a quicker route to Terre Haute from Clinton in lieu of SR 163. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 (Hazel Bluff Road) heads downhill as it descends from a bluff that forms the western edge of the Wabash River valley. The city of Clinton lies with that valley just off the river. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163, now Western Avenue, enters the city of Clinton. With a population of 4,893, the city is Vermillion County's largest, containing about a third of the county's population. It represents the business center of Vermillion and parts of Parke Counties. Clinton is also best known for its Italian-American population and its Little Italy Festival which brings 75,000 visitors every Labor Day Weekend. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 follows Western Avenue to 9th Street, a major north-south street across the west side of Clinton. 9th Street heads north to become Washington Street through the community of Fairview Park. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 turns south onto 9th Street as Western avenue ends. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 follows 9th Street south one and half blocks to Elm Street. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 resumes an eastward course along Elm Street from 9th Street toward the Wabash River. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 (Elm Street) travels four blocks east through a residential neighborhood before entering the Clinton central business district. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Entering Downtown Clinton, Indiana 163 (Elm Street) prepares for another turn to the south at the Main Street intersection. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 follows Main Street south from the central business district for two blocks while Elm Street continues east to Water Street along the Wabash River. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Indiana 163 makes one more turn to the east onto Walnut Street as Main Street continues south toward West Central Community Hospital. Photo taken 10/15/12.
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Indiana 163 leaves the city of Clinton as it crosses the Wabash River and enters Parke County (17,399). Parke County is best known as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. The bridge over the Wabash River replaced a previous truss bridge that crossed the river at Elm Street in 1963. Photos taken 10/15/12.
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Indiana 163 passes underneath a CSX railroad track that follows the Wabash River from Terre Haute north through Clinton. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Now approaching the eastern terminus of Indiana 163 at U.S. 41. This portion of U.S. 41 consists of a two-lane route through Attica and Rockville. Long distance travelers between Northwest Indiana, Terre Haute, Vincennes and Evansville follow the SR 63 expressway to the west, with Indiana 163 representing the closest U.S. 41 gets to Indiana 63 besides at their endpoints. Photo taken 10/15/12.
Nationally, U.S. 41 goes for 2,000 miles from Copper Harbor, Michigan south to Miami, Florida. Here, it's a 15-mile drive south to Terre Haute and 11 miles northeast to the Parke County seat of Rockville. Photo taken 10/15/12.
An end shield for Indiana 163 is posted at the eastern terminus with U.S. 41 in southwestern Parke County. Photo taken 10/15/12.
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Passing by the first westbound reassurance marker for Indiana 163 as the state road leaves U.S. 41. Photo taken 03/09/12.
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Indiana 163 passes underneath a CSX railroad track that follows the Wabash River from Terre Haute north through Clinton. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 163 spans the Wabash River into both Vermillion County (population 16,212) and the city of Clinton (population 4,893). A sign proclaims the Little Italy Festival, held every Labor Day weekend with as many as 75,000 attendees, for Clinton, which is well known for its Italian-American population. Photo taken 03/09/12.
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Indiana 163 crosses the Wabash River over a nondescript 1963-bridge. This span replaced a truss bridge that previously carried SR 163 to Elm Street in Clinton. Photos taken 03/09/12.
Upon entering Clinton, Indiana 163 will make a right turn onto Main Street from Walnut Street. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Main Street heads south from the intersection with Walnut Street to the West Central Memorial Hospital that serves Clinton and surrounding areas. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 163 follows Main Street for one block before turning west onto Elm Street at the central business district of Clinton. Photo taken 03/09/12.
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Leaving Downtown Clinton, Indiana 163 (Elm Street) heads through a residential neighborhood in the central part of Clinton. Photos taken 03/09/12.
Coming up to the intersection with 9th Street, which Indiana 163 follows to the north for one and a half blocks. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 163 follows 9th Street north to the intersection with Western Avenue, where Indiana 163 will make another turn to the west to head out of Clinton. Photo taken 03/09/12.
9th Street continues north as a major north-south road through Clinton to become Washington Street through adjacent Fairview Park before ending Indiana 63. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 163 follows Western Avenue to Hazel Bluff Road out of the city of Clinton. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Hazel Bluff Road branches to the southwest in the direction of Indiana 63, providing an easier access point to the expressway in the direction of Terre Haute. Indiana 163 curves northwest to a commercial area ahead of its junction with SR 63. Photo taken 03/09/12.
The town of St. Bernice is the next and last town that Indiana 163 goes through before entering the state of Illinois. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 163 becomes commercialized on the approach to the Indiana 63 expressway. Photo taken 03/09/12.
The Indiana 63 expressway crosses paths with Indiana 163 ahead. Before the expressway was built, Indiana 63 had followed Indiana 163 from U.S. 41 west to Downtown Clinton where it proceeded off to the north along Main Street. At that time, Indiana 163 was a spur route of Indiana 63. Photo taken 03/09/12.
Indiana 63 constitutes a 61.4-mile portion of the expressway route between Northwest Indiana and Terre Haute. The state road overtakes U.S. 41 in importance due to the geography of the US highway to the east, which made upgrading it cost prohibitive. It's a 13-mile drive south to Terre Haute and 32 miles north to Interstate 74. Photo taken 03/09/12.



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03/09/12, 10/15/12 by Thomas Decker

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Page Updated 05-07-2013.