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U.S. Route 34 (US 34) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Granby, Colorado, to Berwyn, Illinois. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 34 is a 260-mile-long (420 km) road that spans across northern Colorado. It begins at US 40 in Granby and ends at the Nebraska border, where it continues as US 34, east of Laird.

U.S. Highway 34 marker

U.S. Highway 34
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length259.529 mi[2] (417.671 km)
Existed1972[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 40 in Granby
  US 36 in Estes Park
US 287 in Loveland
I-25 / US 87 near Loveland
US 85 in Greeley
US 6 / I-76 in Fort Morgan
US 385 in Wray
East end US 34 near Laird
Location
CountiesGrand, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Washington, Yuma
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 30SH 35

Route descriptionEdit

 
View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at an altitude above 11,000 feet
 
View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at Rainbow Curve

Granby to Rocky Mountain National ParkEdit

The route begins in Granby at US 40. It then follows the Colorado River Valley near Granby Lake and enters Arapaho National Recreational Area.[3]

Trail Ridge RoadEdit

After entering Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado's Front Range,[citation needed] US 34 follows the North Fork Colorado River through Kawuneeche Valley. It passes over Milner Pass and reaches the Alpine Visitor Center. Then it continues east, passing its highest point at 12,183 feet[4] near Fall River Pass. It exits the park at US 36 at Deer Ridge Junction.

US 34 here is the highest continuous highway in the United States.[4]

This section of US 34 requires a $30 national park entrance fee, making this segment into a toll road.

Estes Park to LovelandEdit

From here, it passes by Estes Park as Eisenhower Boulevard, has a business route and enters Loveland, becoming a four-lane expressway. Here, it intersects I-25 and U.S. Highway 287.

Greeley to Nebraska borderEdit

At Greeley, it passes by U.S. Highway 85 in a complex interchange[1] and U.S. 34 Business, and crosses the South Platte River. It also has an interchange with SH 257.[5] From here, it is no longer an expressway. It intersects SH 144 and SH 39, then joins I-76 at Wiggins. It leaves, and follows the North Fork Republican River east into Nebraska, where it intersects SH 71, SH 52, SH 63, SH 61, SH 59, and U.S. Highway 385.

HistoryEdit

Parts of the route were originally designated as US 38. US 34 was extended into Colorado in 1939.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
GrandGranby0.0000.000  US 40 – Granby, Denver, Hot Sulphur Springs, Steamboat SpringsWest end of route
Grand Lake14.68323.630West Portal Road – Grand Lake and Villageformer SH 278
LarimerDeer Ridge Junction (RMNP)53.75886.515  US 36 east – Moraine Park, Bear Lake, Estes Park
Rocky Mountain National Park55.54689.393Old Fall River Road – Endovalley
57.68692.837Fall River Entrance Station
Estes Park60.96598.114 
  US 34 Bus. east (Elkhorn Avenue)
62.08199.910MacGregor Avenue – Devils Gulch, Glen Havenformer SH 262
62.507100.595   
    US 36 / US 34 Bus. west (Elkhorn Avenue / St. Vrain Avenue) to SH 7 – Lyons
Drake75.584121.641  CR 43 – Glen Havenformer SH 262
85.617137.787  CR 27 – Masonvilleformer SH 186
Loveland91.924147.937  US 287 south (Cleveland Avenue) – Longmont, Central Business District
92.009148.074  US 287 north (Lincoln Avenue) – Fort Collins
96.250154.899  I-25 (US 87) – Denver, Fort Collins
WeldGreeley102.476164.919 
  US 34 Bus. east (10th Street) – Greeley
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
102.804165.447  SH 257 – Windsor, Milliken
111.233179.01223rd Avenue / 27th Street
112.772181.489  
   US 85 south / US 85 Bus. north (8th Avenue) – Denver, Greeley
West end of US 85 overlap
113.136182.075  US 85 north – CheyenneEast end of US 85 overlap
115.411185.736 
  US 34 Bus. west
117.251188.697  CR 49 – Hudson, Keenesburgformer SH 37 south
Kersey119.178191.798  CR 53 / 1st Street – Kerseyformer SH 37 north
Morgan144.470232.502  SH 144 – Orchard, Jackson Lake State Park
149.164240.056   SH 39 / SH 52 – Goodrich, Wiggins
149.345
66.288
240.347
106.680
  I-76 west (US 6 west) – DenverWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; western end of I-76 overlap
73.130117.691Long Bridge RoadI-76 exit 73; former SH 144
75.704
158.794
121.834
255.554
  I-76 east (US 6 east)Eastern end of I-76 overlap
Fort Morgan162.962262.262   SH 52 north (Main Street) to I-76
Brush172.414277.473   SH 71 north (Colorado Avenue) to I-76West end of SH 71 overlap
173.570279.334  SH 71 south – Last Chance, LimonEast end of SH 71 overlap
173.852279.788   To US 6 / I-76 – Sterling
WashingtonAkron196.336315.972  SH 63 (Cedar Avenue) – Sterling, Anton
Otis209.305336.844  SH 61 north (Dade Street) – Sterling
YumaYuma223.345359.439  SH 59 (Detroit Street) – Haxtun
Wray249.931402.225  US 385 (Dexter Street) – Holyoke
259.529417.671  US 34 east – Haigler, McCookNebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Salek, Matthew E. (January 30, 2010). "Colorado US 34". Retrieved March 17, 2010.[self-published source?]
  2. ^ a b "Segment Descriptions for Highway 34". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  3. ^ The United States (Map). National Geographic. October 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Destinations: Trail Ridge Road, Colorado". Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "Interchange Information for Highway 034". Retrieved March 30, 2010.


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