Colorado State Highway 94

State Highway 94 (SH 94) is an 85.5-mile-long (137.6 km) east–west Colorado state highway that goes east beginning from US 24 just east of Colorado Springs and ending at U.S. Highway 40/U.S. Highway 287 in rural Cheyenne County west of Wild Horse. The highway serves Schriever Air Force Base and the towns of Ellicott, Yoder, and Rush, where it then crosses through rural country. It also serves the Punkin Center area where it comes to a junction with SH 71. It then passes through more very rural country until it reaches a stop at US 40/287 west of the unincorporated town of Wild Horse.

State Highway 94 marker

State Highway 94
Map of eastern Colorado with SH 94 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length85.57 mi[1] (137.71 km)
Major junctions
West end US 24 near Colorado Springs
  SH 71 at Punkin Center
East end US 40 / US 287 near Wild Horse
Location
CountiesEl Paso, Lincoln, Cheyenne
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 92SH 95

Throughout most of its length, the highway runs due east–west, pointing exactly at Pikes Peak. Under good conditions, the peak can be seen as far east as the rise between mileposts 78 and 79.

"Garbage Hill" gets its name from the Colorado Springs landfill located north of the highway. Originally, the entrance to the landfill was partway up the hill, but currently the entrance is from Blaney Road at the top of the hill. At the bottom of the hill, which is the eastern side of Jimmy Camp Creek valley, there are wrecking yards and two motocross tracks. This hill is one of the most severe hills on Highway 94, having a climbing lane.

HistoryEdit

The route was established in the 1920s, with the eastern end swerving north then east, ending at Boyero. By 1954, the eastern end no longer swerved north, and by 1970 the eastern end was extended to US 40/287 near Aroya with the entire highway paved.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

 
Looking west down "Garbage Hill" several miles outside Colorado Springs.
 
Looking west in Rush, Pikes Peak is in the distance.
 
SH 94 looking west with Pikes Peak in the background.
CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
El PasoColorado Springs00.0  US 24 – Colorado Springs, FalconWestern terminus
LincolnPunkin Center54.587.7  SH 71 – Limon, Ordway
Cheyenne86138   US 40 / US 287 – Limon, Kit Carson, Hugo, Wild HorseEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 94". Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  2. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 80-99". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2014.

External linksEdit

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