Ranch to Market Road 473

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Ranch to Market Road 473 marker

Ranch to Market Road 473
Route information
Length39.733 mi[1] (63.944 km)
Existed1945–present
Major junctions
West end SH 27 in Comfort
  US 87 in Comfort
RM 1376 in Sisterdale
RM 474
FM 3351 in Kendalia
US 281
East end RM 32
Location
CountiesKendall, Blanco
Highway system
FM 472RM 474

Ranch to Market Road 473 (RM 473) is a 39.733 mi (63.944 km) ranch to market road in Kendall and Blanco counties, Texas.[1]

Route description[edit]

RM 473 begins in Comfort, at an intersection with SH 27.[2] The route travels through the business district of Comfort, intersecting US 87. While RM 473 does cross I-10, it does not have a direct junction with the freeway. Outside of Comfort, RM 473 continues eastward to Sisterdale, where it has a brief concurrency with RM 1376. It continues eastward through Kendalia and intersects US 281 south of Twin Sisters. The two routes stay merged for about two miles; US 281 continues north while RM 473 resumes a generally eastbound direction. RM 473 ends at an intersection with RM 32.[1][3]

History[edit]

The route was originally designated as FM 473 on July 9, 1945, as a short route connecting US 87 in Comfort to Nichols Ranch 4.7 miles to the east. This route was extended several times: to 4.7 miles east of Nichols Ranch on February 25, 1949, to Sisterdale on July 14 of that year, to RM 474 on December 18, 1951, and to US 281 on December 17, 1952 (replacing FM 1622). The designation was changed from a FM to RM route on October 1, 1956. The addition of the section between US 281 and RM 32 occurred on November 26, 1969. Also, while the official designation has not been amended, signage does indicate that the route begins at SH 27, and not at US 87 (or its successor business route).[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The total mileage in the table below is greater than that given by TxDOT, because the concurrency with US 281 is not included in its official description or mileage; however, the route is signed as concurrent.

CountyLocationmi[4]kmDestinationsNotes
KendallComfort0.00.0 SH 27 – Center PointWestern terminus
0.40.64 US 87 – Boerne, Fredericksburg
Sisterdale12.420.0 RM 1376 north – LuckenbachWestern end of RM 1376 concurrency
13.221.2 RM 1376 south – BoerneEastern end of RM 1376 concurrency
19.230.9 RM 474 – Boerne
Kendalia26.442.5 FM 3351 – Bergheim
Blanco33.954.6 US 281 south – San AntonioWestern end of US 281 concurrency
Twin Sisters35.857.6 US 281 north – BlancoEastern end of US 281 concurrency
41.566.8 RM 32 – FischerEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Ranch to Market Road No. 473". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 372. OCLC 867856197.[dead link]
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 402. OCLC 867856197.[dead link]
  4. ^ Google (2011-01-05). "Overview map of Farm to Market Road 473 Distances Between Interchanges" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-01-05.