Texas State Highway Loop 363

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State Highway Loop 363 marker

State Highway Loop 363
H.K. Dodgen Loop
Route information
Length17.1 mi[1] (27.5 km)
Existed1962[1]–present
Highway system
Loop 362Spur 364

Loop 363 (also known as the H.K. Dodgen Loop) is a state highway loop that encircles the Texas city of Temple in Central Texas.

Route description[edit]

Loop 363 starts at Interstate 35 (I-35, General Bruce Drive) in the northern part of Temple. The highway travels in a southeast direction from here through sparsely populated areas of the city, traveling close to the eastern border of the city limits. Loop 363 has an interchange with State Highway 53 (SH 53, Adams Avenue) near Hector P. Garcia Elementary, before slightly turning in a southwest direction. Shortly after the interchange with SH 53, the highway has another interchange with Avenue H/Little Flock Road. Loop 363 junctions with U.S. Highway 190 (US 190)/SH 36 and SH 95, beginning an overlap with US 190/SH 36. At Spur 290 (1st Street), the highway runs as a freeway. The freeway section of Loop 363 runs through a heavily developed area in the city's southside. At the interchange with I-35, US 190 leaves the highway and 363 runs in a northward direction. Loop 363 then has interchanges with Farm to Market Road 2305 (FM 2305, Adams Avenue) and Airport Road. This is the western terminus of SH 53 and the end of the concurrency with SH 36 which continues to the northwest. After this interchange, the highway runs through sparsely populated areas of the city again. After the intersection with Industrial Boulevard, Loop 363 turns back to the east and runs by a Walmart distribution center and the main Wilsonart plant, before running back to I-35. The stretch between Airport Road and I-35 is under construction as of 2015, varying between freeway grade and unlimited divided highway. This is expected to be completed entirely at freeway grade in 2017.

History[edit]

Loop 363 was designated on June 26, 1962, running from I-35 to US 190. On July 30, 1965, Loop 363 extended northwestward from I-35 to SH 36. On January 31, 1967, Loop 363 extended eastward concurrent with US 190 and northward to I-35. On February 25, 1987, Loop 363 extended from I-35 to SH 36, completing its current route.

Junction list[edit]

Clockwise (CW) reads down and counterclockwise (CCW) reads up. The entire route is in Temple, Bell County.

mikmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0 I-35 (General Bruce Drive) – Waco, Austin
FM 438 east
SH 53 – Seaton, TempleInterchange
Avenue H, Little Flock RoadInterchange
US 190 east / SH 36 south / SH 95 south – Cameron, HollandInterchange; CCW end of US 190/SH 36 overlap, future I-14
Spur 290 north (1st Street) – TempleCCW end of freeway; CCW Left Exit
5th Street
FM 1741 (31st Street)CW exit is via the 5th Street exit, access to Scott & White Memorial Hospital
57th Street, Oakdale Drive
I-35 / US 190 west – Austin, Waco, KilleenCW end of US 190 overlap, future I-14
Wildflower LaneCCW exit only
FM 2305 (Adams Avenue) – Belton Lake
SH 36 north / SH 53 east – Gatesville, TempleCW end of SH 36 overlap
Industrial Blvd
Wendland Rd
Lucius McCelvey DrCW End of Freeway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 363". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 28, 2014.