WEST End: Stoplight, US 69/E. 14th St., Des Moines, Polk County
Iowa 163's roots go back to US 63, which originally ended in Des Moines. After 63 was rerouted north of Oskaloosa, the route was renamed US 163, which was only around for less than four years before being demoted to a state highway. It still deserves the number more than that impostor in southeastern Utah, though. See more information about US 163 below.
Facing west on 163
Facing west on 163 from concrete island
In December 2001, the stoplights were strung up. It looks better now. Notice the double left-turn lanes.
Facing north on 69 (December 2001 / July 2005)
Oops! Just south of University Avenue is where 69 splits into southbound 14th Street and northbound 15th Street. As the two roads come together again, you used to see this sign (left). It should read "Jct 163". Now, though (right), it's completely out of whack. East 65 with interstate colors? Maybe I-235, but not 65.