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Colorado State Highway 14

State Highway 14 (SH 14) in the U.S. state of Colorado is an east–west state highway approximately 237 miles (381 km) long. One of the longest[citation needed] state highways in Colorado, it traverses four counties along the northern edge of the state, spanning a geography from the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, and including North Park, the Poudre Canyon, and the Pawnee National Grassland. It provides the most direct route from Fort Collins westward via Cameron Pass to Walden and Steamboat Springs, and eastward across the plains to Sterling.

State Highway 14 marker

State Highway 14
Map of northern Colorado with SH 14 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length236.92 mi[1] (381.29 km)
Major junctions
West end US 40 near Muddy Pass on the continental divide
 
East end US 6 in Sterling
Location
CountiesJackson, Larimer, Weld, Logan
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 13SH 15

The highway is two-lane along its entire route, except for portions near Fort Collins where it is concurrent with U.S. Highway 287, and east of Fort Collins near its interchange with Interstate 25.

The western terminus of the highway is on the continental divide, at a junction with U.S. Highway 40 at the summit of Muddy Pass along the border between Jackson and Grand counties. The eastern terminus is at a junction with U.S. Highway 6 in Sterling.

The entire length of the highway is kept open year-round. Despite its western end being on the continental divide itself, Route 14 through Cameron Pass can be one of the more reliable routes across the Front Range mountains in stormy winter weather.

Route descriptionEdit

 
SH 14, here concurrent with US 287, north of Bellvue at Teds Place. Goat Hill near Bellvue can be seen in the background.

Going eastward from Muddy Pass southeast of Steamboat Springs,[2] it transverses through North Park, first going northeast to Walden, then southeast through Gould along the valley of the Michigan River. It then transverses along the southern end of the Medicine Bow Mountains at Cameron Pass, where it enters Larimer County. It then descends through the pass to the northwest along the valley of Joe Wright Creek to Chambers Lake, traveling though the mountains along the valley of the Cache la Poudre River and passing through the Poudre Canyon. It joins U.S. Highway 287 southbound at Teds Place, a longtime local landmark just east of the mouth of the Poudre Canyon. It is concurrent with U.S. Route 287 southward to Fort Collins, where it splits from 287, going east from downtown Fort Collins along East Mulberry Street and reaching Interstate 25 at exit 269. East of I-25, it enters Weld County and passes through Ault, where it intersects U.S. Highway 85. East of Ault, it enters a sparsely populated area of the high plains in eastern Weld County, where it passes through three small towns, Briggsdale, New Raymer, and Stoneham. Along this stretch it passes alongside several parcels of the Pawnee National Grasslands. Its eastern terminus at Sterling is in central Logan County, along the South Platte River, just across the river from Interstate 76.

 
SH 14 looking at the Nokhu Crags in the Never Summer Mountains

HistoryEdit

 
SH 14 crossing the Colorado plains in rural Weld County, near the Pawnee National Grassland.

The section of the road in Fort Collins that is concurrent with Jefferson Street and Riverside Avenue follows a section of the Overland Trail, a stage route and emigrant trail used in the 1860s. The section in Fort Collins was known as the "Denver Road". The section up the Poudre Canyon was built in the 1920s.

The route as a Colorado state highway was established in the 1920s from its current western terminus all the way to Nebraska. In 1926, US 38 took over its routing from Sterling, its current eastern terminus, to Nebraska. The route was paved in 1936 from Fort Collins to Ault.[3] The entire route was paved by 1963, and the eastern section of the route concurrent with U.S. Highway 6 east of Sterling was eliminated in 1968.[3] The only gap left was eliminated in 1979.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Jackson0.0000.000  US 40Western terminus at Muddy Pass
Walden32.96853.057  SH 125 southWest end of SH 125 overlap
34.09054.863  SH 125 northEast end of SH 125 overlap
Larimer121.713195.878  US 287 north – La Porte, LaramieWest end of US 287 overlap
Fort Collins128.934207.499  SH 1 northSouthern terminus of SH 1
134.770216.891  US 287 southEast end US 287 overlap
138.968223.647  I-25 – Denver, CheyenneI-25 exit 269
Weld144.152231.990  SH 257 southNorthern terminus of SH 257
Ault153.370246.825  US 85
Raymer205.236330.295  SH 52 southNorthern terminus of SH 52
211.807340.870  SH 71 northWest end of SH 71 overlap
215.828347.341  SH 71 southEast end of SH 71 overlap
LoganSterling236.824381.131  US 6 westOne-way westbound
236.924381.292  US 6 eastEastern terminus; one-way eastbound
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation. "Segment list for SH 14". Retrieved 2007-05-12.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ The United States (Map). National Geographic. October 2006.
  3. ^ a b Salek, Mathew E (December 19, 2009). "Colorado SH 14". Retrieved April 3, 2010.

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