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Colorado State Highway 83

State Highway 83 (SH 83) is a state highway that runs from SH 115 interchange in southern Colorado Springs to SH 2 at Leetsdale Dr. / Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The first 21 miles, from SH 115 to SH 21, is now maintained by the city of Colorado Springs; signage is inconsistent within the city limits.

State Highway 83 marker

State Highway 83
Map of central Colorado with SH 83 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length77.26 mi[1] (124.34 km)
Major junctions
South end SH 115 in Colorado Springs
North end SH 2 in Denver
CountiesEl Paso, Douglas, Arapahoe, Denver
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 82US 84

Route descriptionEdit

SH 86 (lower left corner to top) and SH 83 (left to right) in Franktown

The highway begins in southern Colorado Springs at the intersection of SH 115 and the terminus of SH 83 which is called South Academy Blvd. It runs east then north through the center of the city, where it turns into North Academy Blvd after the intersection with Pikes Peak Avenue, the north-south demarcation point for the city. Several city intersections have been upgraded with overpasses (at Proby Parkway, US 24 and Woodmen Road) to avoid making this just another city street. The highway continues north then northwest through the city, and then just before connecting to I-25 it turns directly north and the speed limit increases to 55 mph. After paralleling I-25 for several miles, it turns east as it overlays Interquest Parkway. The highway is solely named SH 83 beginning in far northeastern Colorado Springs, at the intersection of CO 21 and InterQuest Parkway. From there it becomes a 60 mph rural highway, continuing northward through rural countryside for 30 miles to Franktown, through a tree heavy and hilly portion of Douglas County, and passing the eastern border of Castlewood Canyon State Park, then intersecting SH 86. The route becomes a six lane divided expressway at Bayou Gulch Road with a 55 mph speed limit. The route continues on and enters the City of Parker and the southeastern portion of the Denver Metropolitan Area, where it interchanges with E-470. After, it enters Arapahoe County just north of E-470 and descends into Centennial where it interchanges with Arapahoe Road, which recently was upgraded to a grade-separated interchange. SH 83 continues as a 55 mph expressway as it enters Aurora, intersecting Hampden Avenue and Interstate 225. The route enters suburban Aurora, and it becomes more of a city street, dropping to a 45 mph speed limit and narrowing to 4 lanes. It soon enters the Cherry Creek district of Denver and ends at Colorado Boulevard/SH 2.

Major intersectionsEdit

End of SH 21 at SH 83 in Colorado Springs

Note that miles 0-21 have been turned over to the city of Colorado Springs for maintenance. As of 2013, most signage still includes SH 83 designations. All exits are unnumbered.

El PasoColorado Springs0.00.0  SH 115Southern terminus; SH 115 exit 44
2.03.2  I-25 – Pueblo, Colorado SpringsI-25 exit 135
3.04.8   US 85 / US 87Interchange;
10.016.1  US 24
21.033.8  SH 21 south (Powers Boulevard)Southern terminus of state maintenance; road continues south as Interquest Parkway; northern terminus of SH 21
Black Forest28.545.9  SH 105 west – MonumentEastern terminus of SH 105
DouglasFranktown51.082.1  SH 86 – Castle Rock, Elizabeth
Parker62.099.8    E-470 to I-25 / I-70 – Limon, Denver International Airport, Colorado SpringsSouth end of freeway; E-470 exit 5
Foxfield tripoint
65.5105.4  SH 88 (Arapahoe Road)Interchange; Eastern Terminus of SH-88
Aurora70.0112.7Hampden Avenue east
70.5113.5Vaughn Way / Dam Road
71.0114.3  I-225 – Greenwood Village, AuroraNorth end of freeway; I-225 exit 4
county line
AuroraDenver line72.5116.7  SH 30 (Havana Street)
City and County of Denver77.5124.7  SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 83". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. ^ "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2014.

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