Colorado State Highway 3

State Highway 3 (SH 3) is a short north–south state highway in La Plata County, Colorado, United States (almost entirely within the southern part of the city of Durango). It follows the former alignment of U.S. Route 160 (US 160) and U.S. Route 550 (US 550) south of downtown, lying across the Animas River from the modern highway constructed about 1980.

State Highway 3 marker

State Highway 3
Map of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado with SH 3 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length2.444 mi[1] (3.933 km)
Major junctions
South end US 160 / US 550 in Durango
North endSanta Rite Drive in Durango
CountiesLa Plata
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 2SH 5

Route descriptionEdit

SH 3 begins in southern Durango at US 160/US 550 (Camino del Rio), just south of that route's crossing of the Animas River to the Durango Mall. SH 3 travels northward along the former alignment of US 160/US 550 (an even older alignment[citation needed] is now County Road 209, Sawmill Road), following the eastern bank of the Animas River for about 1.75 miles (2.82 km). After leaving and re-entering the city of Durango, SH 3 ends at Santa Rita Drive, which curves to the southwest before meeting US 160/US 550 about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) later.[2][1] The former alignment of US 160/US 550 does not use Santa Rita Drive, but instead continues north on East Eighth Avenue and turns west on College Drive to Main Avenue, where the two routes used to split.[3][4]


A new alignment of US 160/US 550 was built in 1979-1980, crossing the Animas River twice south of downtown Durango. The old road east of the river was redesignated SH 3 in 1981-1982.[5]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in La Plata County.

Durango0.0000.000   US 160 / US 550 (Camino del Rio) – Bayfield, Cedar Hill (New Mexico)Southern terminus
2.1943.531Santa Rita Drive – US 160/US 550Northern terminus; road continues north as East Eighth Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway Data Explorer, accessed November 2013
  2. ^ Google Maps including Street View photographs, accessed November 2013
  3. ^ United States Geological Survey, Durango East 1:24000, 1965
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey, Durango West 1:24000, 1970
  5. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation, official highway maps: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

External linksEdit

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