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Colorado State Highway 2

State Highway 2 (SH 2) is a state highway of the U.S. state of Colorado. It runs for approximately 20 miles (32 km) north–south entirely within the urbanized environment of the Denver Metropolitan Area. It is one of the major north–south thoroughfares of east Denver, where it is known as Colorado Boulevard.

State Highway 2 marker

State Highway 2
Colorado Boulevard, Sable Boulevard
Map of north central Colorado with SH 2 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length19.880 mi[1] (31.994 km)
Major junctions
South end US 285 in Denver
 
North end I-76 / US 6 in Brighton
Location
CountiesDenver, Arapahoe, Adams
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 1SH 3

Route descriptionEdit

 
I-25 exif for SH 2

On its southern end, it begins at U.S. Route 285 (US 285) in Cherry Hills Village in Arapahoe County just south of the Denver city limits. It goes north through Denver, intersecting Interstate 25 (I-25) and US 87 at exit 204. It intersects SH 83 near Cherry Creek and then US 40, US 287 and Interstate 70 Business (I-70 Bus.), which is also known as Colfax Avenue, east of downtown Denver. It passes along the east side of Denver City Park. It intersects I-70 at exit 276, then merges with US 6 and US 85 through Commerce City until it branches off from US 6 and US 85 to the northeast, passing along the northwest boundary of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. It terminates at its northern end at I-76 and US 6 at exit 15 on the south edge of Brighton.

HistoryEdit

 
State Highway 2 looking south from just north of Ellsworth Avenue in Denver

The route was established in the 1920s beginning at US 40 at the Utah border. It then followed US 40 all the way to Denver, where it followed Colfax Avenue through Denver. It then followed various streets northeast along US 85 north to Greeley, where it turned abruptly eastward along US 34 to US 6, where it continued to Sterling and finally along US 138 to the Nebraska border. By 1946, the route was rerouted in an Area northeast of Denver. It was then changed in 1950 so it followed Colfax Avenue east through Denver. The route was rerouted in 1968 from US 285 to I-80S (now deleted). The now-deleted portion along Quebec Street was changed in 1971, and the route was finally corrected to its current routing in 1998.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
City and County of Denver0.0000.000  US 285 (Hampden Avenue)Southern terminus
2.1213.413   I-25 / US 87I-25 exit 204
4.3777.044  SH 83 south (Leetsdale Drive)Northern terminus of SH 83
5.9939.645    US 40 / US 287 / I-70 Bus. (Colfax Avenue)
8.72514.042  I-70I-70 exit 276B
AdamsCommerce City9.84015.836   US 6 west / US 85 south (Vasquez Boulevard) (CanAm Highway)Southern terminus of US 6/85 concurrency
10.040–
10.339
16.158–
16.639
   I-270 / US 36I-270 exit 2
10.86017.477   US 6 east / US 85 north (Vasquez Boulevard) (CanAm Highway)Northern terminus of US 6/85 concurrency
17.75028.566  SH 44 west (104th Avenue)Eastern terminus of SH 44
Brighton19.88031.994   I-76 / US 6Northern terminus as of 2010; I-76 exit 16
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Segment list for SH 2". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 1-19". Retrieved 2010-05-17.

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