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For the other Interstate 76, see Interstate 76 (east)
Interstate 76 shield
Interstate 76
Main route of the Interstate Highway System
Length: 188.10 mi[1][2] (302.72 km)
Formed: 1975
West end: I-70 Arvada, CO
Major
junctions:
I-25 in Welby, CO
East end: I-80 near Big Springs, NE
< SH 75 CO SH 78 >
< US 75 NE US 77 >

Interstate 76 (I-76) is an Interstate Highway that runs from Interstate 70 in Arvada, Colorado (near Denver) to an intersection with Interstate 80 near Big Springs, Nebraska.

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Route description

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Colorado

In Colorado, I-76 is a diagonal route extending from Arvada to the Nebraska state line. The northeastern two-thirds of this route, from Wiggins to the Nebraska border, is parallel to the South Platte River. It also features one of the longest business routes in the nation, which is Business Loop I-76 through Fort Morgan, Brush, Hillrose, Merino, Atwood, and Sterling. [3]

Nebraska

In Nebraska, I-76 stretches just over three miles (5 km). It is signed as a north–south direction, as opposed to the east–west designation in Colorado. Its entire route is located in Deuel County, parallel to the South Platte River and U.S. Highway 138. Its only interchange is at Interstate 80, numbered exit 102 based on I-80's mileage.

History

Until 1975, both the western segment of Interstate 76 and a portion of the eastern Interstate 76 were signed as Interstate 80S. The western segment of I-76 was redesignated from I-80S in 1975, in accordance with AASHTO policy to remove the letter suffixes from Interstate Highway System routes.

I-76 was conceived in August 1958. The Colorado portion was planned and built first. In December 1969, the Nebraska Department of Roads worked together with the Colorado Department of Highways to open a three-mile (5 km) long route connecting Interstate 80 with the rest of I-80S in Colorado.[1] The original western terminus of I-76 was at I-25, as planned. The western extension to Interstate 70 was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s. By its (?) completion in November 2002, the total cost was about $45.5 million.[1]

In 1968, Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85 was open to the general traffic to the Denver vicinity after all the structures located throughout the route were completed, as well as meeting the criteria of the Interstate standards. Structures connected several interchanges; each one connecting Interstate 270, U.S. Highway 85, Dahila Street, Washington Street, 74th Avenue, and York Street. The completion also included structures in which each cross the Burlington Canal, Platte River, and the Union Pacific Railroad. By October 24, 1970, the route was open to traffic from Sedgwick to Julesburg, as well as the completion of the route, connecting from its western terminus of I-25 in Colorado to its eastern terminus at I-80 near Big Springs, Nebraska.[1]

In July 1976, the already-completed route, I-80S, was renumbered to I-76 in accordance with AASHTO policy to remove the letter suffixes from Interstate Highway System routes and to avoid the confusion of this route with Interstate 80, as well as the elimination of most suffixed routes. This prompted the replacement of around 500 signs in eliminating I-80S. By around the year 1990, six additional miles were planned and constructed west of I-25. Consequently, the highway reached Interstate 70 at Arvada, Colorado and made the city of what is now the current western terminus of I-76. By October 2002, all of I-76 was open to the general traffic.[1]

Exit list

County Location Mile[1][2] # Destinations Notes
Jefferson Arvada 0.000-
0.538
I-70Limon, Grand Junction Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.000 1A SH 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.768 1B SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard)
Adams
3.223 3 US 287 (Federal Boulevard)
4.210 4 Pecos Street
5.777 5 I-25Fort Collins, Colorado Springs Westbound exit to I-25 north is via exit 6B
6.803 6A I-270 east – Limon, Denver International Airport Signed as exit 6 eastbound
6.803 6B I-270 west – Boulder Westbound exit and entrance only
8.052 8 SH 224 (74th Avenue) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
9.483 9 US 6 west / US 85 south – Commerce City West end of US 6/US 85 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
10.466 10 88th Avenue
11.549 11 96th Avenue
12.502 12 US 85 north – Greeley, Brighton East end of US 85 overlap; no eastbound entrance
Commerce City 16.477 16 SH 2 (Sable Boulevard) / 120th Avenue – Denver International Airport
18.079 18 E-470 south – Limon, Airport Sign.svg Denver International Airport Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Brighton 19.723 20 136th Avenue
21.081 21 144th Avenue
22.407 22 Bromley Lane
25.145 25 SH 7 west – Lochbuie, Brighton
Weld Hudson 31.480 31 SH 52Hudson, Fort Lupton
34.412 34 Kersey Road
38.925 39 Keenesburg (I-76 Bus. south)
47.972 48 Roggen
49.236 49 Painter Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
57.219 57 County Road 91
60 SH 144 east – Orchard
Morgan 63.883 64 Wiggins Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
66.099 66A SH 39 / SH 52 – Goodrich, Wiggins
66.288 66B US 34 west – Greeley, Estes Park West end of US 34 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
73.130 73 Long Bridge Road
75.280 75 US 34 east / I-76 Bus. east – Fort Morgan East end of US 34 overlap
78.852 79 SH 144Weldona
Fort Morgan 80.139 80 SH 52 , Fort Morgan
81.648 82 Barlow Road – Fort Morgan
85.713 86 Dodd Bridge Road
88.695 89 Hospital Road
89.643 90 SH 71 to US 34Brush, Akron, Limon, Snyder Signed as exits 90A (south) and 90B (north)
91.693 92 US 6 east to US 34Brush, Yuma East end of US 6 overlap
95.382 95 Hillrose
Washington 102.086 102 Merino
Logan 115.197 115 SH 63Atwood
Sterling 124.756 125 US 6 to SH 61 south – Holyoke, Otis, Sterling
133.511 134 Iliff
140.846 141 Proctor
148.880 149 SH 55Crook
155.288 155 Red Lion Road
Sedgwick 164.933 165 SH 59Sedgwick, Haxtun
172.017 172 Ovid
Julesburg 180.221 180 US 385Julesburg
State line
Deuel 2.48 102 I-80 west – Sidney Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.15 I-80 east – Omaha Eastbound exit and westbound entrance

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Main Interstate Highways (major interstates highlighted)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3
Lists  Primary  Main - Intrastate - Suffixed - Future - Gaps
Auxiliary  Main - Future - Unsigned
Other  Standards - Business - Bypassed

Simple English

[[File:|80px|right]] Interstate 76 is an Interstate Highway in the United States. It goes from Arvada, Colorado northeast to Big Springs, Nebraska. The route is 187.34 miles (301.49 km) long.[1]

References

Main Interstates (numbers that end in 0 or 5 are colored pink)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3


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