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For the other Interstate 76, see Interstate 76

Interstate 76 (I-76) is an Interstate Highway that runs from Interstate 70 in Arvada, Coloradomarker (near Denvermarker) to an intersection with Interstate 80 near Big Springs, Nebraskamarker.

Route description

Colorado

In Coloradomarker, I-76 is a diagonal route extending from Arvadamarker to the Nebraskamarker state line. The northeastern two-thirds of this route, from Wigginsmarker to the Nebraska border, is parallel to the South Platte River. It also features one of the longest business routes in the nation, which is Business Loop I-76 through Fort Morganmarker, Brushmarker, Hillrosemarker, Merinomarker, Atwoodmarker, and Sterlingmarker.

Nebraska

In Nebraskamarker, I-76 stretches just over three miles (5 km). It is signed as a north-south direction, as opposed to the east-west designation in Colorado. Its entire route is located in Deuel Countymarker, parallel to the South Platte River and U.S. Highway 138. Its only interchange is at Interstate 80, numbered exit 102 based on I-80's mileage.

History

Until 1975, both the western segment of Interstate 76 and a portion of the eastern Interstate 76 were signed as Interstate 80S. The western segment of I-76 was redesignated from I-80S in 1975, in accordance with AASHTO policy to remove the letter suffixes from Interstate Highway System routes.

I-76 was conceived in August 1958. The Colorado portion was planned and built first. In December 1969, the Nebraska Department of Roads worked together with the Colorado Department of Highways to open a three-mile (5 km) long route connecting Interstate 80 with the rest of I-80S in Colorado. The original western terminus of I-76 was at I-25, as planned. The western extension to Interstate 70 was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s. By its (?) completion in November 2002, the total cost was about $45.5 million.

In 1968, Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85 was open to the general traffic to the Denvermarker vicinity after all the structures located throughout the route were completed, as well as meeting the criteria of the Interstate standards. Structures connected several interchanges; each one connecting Interstate 270, U.S. Highway 85, Dahila Street, Washington Street, 74th Avenue, and York Street. The completion also included structures in which each cross the Burlington Canal, Platte River, and the Union Pacific Railroad. By October 24, 1970, the route was open to traffic from Sedgwickmarker to Julesburgmarker, as well as the completion of the route, connecting from its western terminus of I-25 in Colorado to its eastern terminus at I-80 near Big Springs, Nebraskamarker.

In July 1976, the already-completed route, I-80S, was renumbered to I-76 in accordance with AASHTO policy to remove the letter suffixes from Interstate Highway System routes and to avoid the confusion of this route with Interstate 80, as well as the elimination of most suffixed routes. This prompted the replacement of around 500 signs in eliminating I-80S. By around the year 1990, six additional miles were planned and constructed west of I-25. Consequently, the highway reached Interstate 70 at Arvada, Coloradomarker and made the city of what is now the current western terminus of I-76. By October 2002, all of I-76 was open to the general traffic.

Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Jeffersonmarker Arvadamarker 0.000-
0.538
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.000 1A Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.768 1B
Adamsmarker
3.223 3
4.210 4 Pecos Street
5.777 5 Westbound exit to I-25 north is via exit 6B
6.803 6A Signed as exit 6 eastbound
6.803 6B Westbound exit and entrance only
8.052 8 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
9.483 9 West end of US 6/US 85 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
10.466 10 88th Avenue
11.549 11 96th Avenue
12.502 12 East end of US 85 overlap; no eastbound entrance
Brightonmarker, Commerce Citymarker 16.477 16
18.079 18 , Denver International Airportmarker Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Brightonmarker 19.723 20 136th Avenue
21.081 21 144th Avenue
22.407 22 Bromley Lane
25.145 25
Weldmarker Hudsonmarker 31.480 31
34.412 34 Kersey Road
38.925 39 Keenesburgmarker (I-76 Bus. south)
47.972 48 Roggenmarker
49.236 49 Painter Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
57.219 57 County Road 91
60
Morganmarker 63.883 64 Wigginsmarker Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
66.099 66A
66.288 66B West end of US 34 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
73.130 73 Long Bridge Road
75.280 75 East end of US 34 overlap
78.852 79
Fort Morganmarker 80.139 80
81.648 82 Barlow Road – Fort Morganmarker
85.713 86 Dodd Bridge Road
88.695 89 Hospital Road
89.643 90 Signed as exits 90A (south) and 90B (north)
91.693 92 East end of US 6 overlap
95.382 95 Hillrosemarker
Washingtonmarker 102.086 102 Merinomarker
Loganmarker 115.197 115
Sterlingmarker 124.756 125
133.511 134 Iliffmarker
140.846 141 Proctor
148.880 149
155.288 155 Red Lion Road
Sedgwickmarker 164.933 165
172.017 172 Ovidmarker
180.221 180
State line
Deuelmarker 2.48 102 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.15 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance


References

  1. Colorado @ RockyMountainRoads.com - Interstate 76
  2. The History of I-76 in Colorado
  3. The History of I-76 in Colorado
  4. The History of I-76 in Colorado
  5. The History of I-76 in Colorado
  6. Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway Data, accessed October 2007
  7. Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book, 2007


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