Washington State Route 163

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State Route 163 Pearl Street SR 163 is highlighted in red. Route information Auxiliary route of SR 16 Defined by RCW 47.17.317 Maintained by WSDOT Length: 3.37 mi[2] (5.42 km) Mileage does not include ferry route Existed: 1991 (current route)[1] – present Major junctions South end: SR 16 in Tacoma North end: Tahlequah ferry terminal in Vashon Location Counties: Pierce, King Highway system State highways in Washington Interstate US State Scenic Former PSH 1964 renumbering Former ← SR 162 SR 164 → State Route 163 (SR 163) is a 3.37-mile-long (5.42 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Washington. The highway serves the city of Tacoma and the community of Ruston in Pierce County before traveling via a ferry route to the community of Tahlequah on Vashon Island in King County. SR 163 begins at an interchange with SR 16 in Tacoma and travels north as Pearl Street through Ruston to Point Defiance, where the designation continues onto the MV Chetzemoka ferry to Tahlequah. SR 163 was established during the 1964 highway renumbering, extending from Sumner to Auburn. The highway was previously a part of the Pacific Highway during the early 20th century, but was designated as a branch of State Road 5 and Primary State Highway 5 (PSH 5) until 1964. SR 163 became SR 167 during the late 1960s and was moved to Pearl Street in 1991, with the ferry route being added in 1994. Contents 1 Route description 2 History 3 Major intersections 4 References 5 External links Route description[edit] SR 163 begins as Pearl Street at a partial cloverleaf interchange with the SR 16 freeway in Tacoma north of Tacoma Community College.[3][4] Pearl Street travels north, serving Woodrow Wilson High School and Truman Middle School,[5][6] before leaving Tacoma and entering Ruston and serving Point Defiance Elementary School.[7][8] The highway re-enters Tacoma at Point Defiance Park and passes the Science and Math Institute before traveling onto the Point Defiance–Tahlequah Ferry.[9][10][11] The ferry, operated by Washington State Ferries (WSF), is on a 1.7-mile-long (2.7 km) route and is served by the Kwa-di Tabil class MV Chetzemoka traveling at a speed of 15 knots (17 mph) for a 15-minute crossing.[12] The ferries depart from Port Defiance and head north across the Dalco Passage to the community of 한국야동