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Interstate 225 (I-225) is a connector spur route of Interstate 25 in Colorado. It is the only auxiliary route of Interstate 25, and one of two auxiliary Interstate highways in the state of Colorado. I-225 traverses Aurora and small portions of Denver and Greenwood Village. It runs north from Interstate 25 to Interstate 70. It intersects with Interstate 70 Business/U.S. Highway 40/U.S. Highway 287, known locally as Colfax Avenue. Construction on the freeway began in 1964 and continued progressively through many years until final completion in 1976.

Interstate 225 marker

Interstate 225
I-225 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length 11.959 mi[2] (19.246 km)
Existed 1976[1] – present
Major junctions
South end I-25 / US 87 in Denver
  I-70 Bus. / US 40 / US 287 in Aurora
North end I-70 / US 36 in Aurora and Denver
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 224SH 227

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Route descriptionEdit

The southern end of I-225 begins at an interchange with Interstate 25, as a typical two lane interstate with a 65 mph speed limit. The road heads northeastward through southern Denver, [3] and after exits with DTC Boulevard and Yosemite Street in Greenwood Village,[4] the road becomes three lanes with a fourth auxiliary lane traversing the Denver/Greenwood Village city limits. With Cherry Creek State Park and Cherry Creek Reservoir on its east side, the highway interchanges with State Highway 83 at the northern boundary of the park. Following the exit at SH 83, the freeway enters Aurora,[5] where it turns northward, maintaining three through lanes, auxiliary lanes at each exit, and a 65 mph speed limit to its northern terminus at I-70,[6] and has upgraded exits at Iliff Avenue, Mississippi Avenue, Alameda Avenue, and 6th Avenue (also signed as State Highway 30).[7] After crossing Sand Creek, the freeway interchanges with Colfax Avenue (also signed as U.S. Highway 40, U.S. Highway 287 and Interstate 70 Business), and then with 17th Place (serving the Anschutz Medical Campus).[7] After the exit, I-225 enters Adams County, continuing through the city of Aurora. The route then crosses a railroad[8] and continues north, where it interchanges with Interstate 70.[2] The northbound ramp to westbound I-70 reenters Denver, and the eastbound I-70 to southbound I-225 ramp originates in Denver but enters Aurora as it passes under the westbound I-70 to southbound I-225 ramp.[5]

HistoryEdit

 
The Dayton RTD station in Aurora is located in the center of Interstate 225.

Construction on I-225 began in May 1964 at Interstate 70. A section from Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue was opened in 1966. Five years later, a segment between Mississippi Avenue and Parker Road was opened, and construction began on another segment south of Parker Road, completed in May 1975. The rest of the route between Yosemite Street and Interstate 25 was completed in May 1976.[1] The portion from I-25 to SH 83 / Parker Road was rebuilt as part of the T-REX Project completed in 2006.[9] The highway was later widened between Parker Road and Mississippi Avenue to three lanes, as part of a project to widen the entire freeway to I-70; construction on this portion took place between May 2012 and November 2014.[10]

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
City and County of Denver0.000.000  I-25 – Colorado Springs, DenverSigned as exits 0A (south) and 0B (north)
ArapahoeGreenwood Village0.6731.0831ADTC Boulevard, Tamarac StreetSigned as exit 1 northbound
1.3332.1451BYosemite StreetSouthbound exit
Aurora3.9466.3504  SH 83 (Parker Road)
5.3738.6475Iliff Avenue
6.88611.0827Mississippi Avenue
7.92112.7488Alameda Avenue1975
8.95314.4089  SH 30 (6th Avenue)
Adams9.90115.93410A    I-70 Bus. (Colfax Avenue) / US 40 / US 287
10.15116.33610B17th PlaceSouthbound exit is via exit 10. Opened on February 15, 2013.[11]
AdamsDenver
county line
AuroraDenver line11.99719.30712   I-70 / US 36 – Denver, LimonSigned as exits 12A (west) and 12B (east)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Staff. "Interstate 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff. "Segment Descriptions for Highway 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ Denver (Map). Cartography by CDOT. Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Greenwood Village (Map). Cartography by CDOT. Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Microsoft; Nokia (June 14, 2010). "I-225" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Staff. "I-225 Widening Project". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Staff. "Interchange Information of Highway 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Aurora (Map). Cartography by CDOT. Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ T-REX Factbook- Project Background Page 6, https://web.archive.org/web/20041111094231/http://trexproject.com/trex_content/about/trex_2003_factbook.pdf
  10. ^ "I-225 Widening". Colorado Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Fitzsimons Interchange at I-225 and Colfax in Aurora to be unveiled Monday". Denver Post. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 

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