U.S. Highway 6 - Sixth Avenue (Eastbound)

U.S. 6/6th Avenue East
Upon reaching Golden and exiting Clear Creek Canyon, U.S. 6 east reaches its first major junction of the metropolitan area: Colorado 93 north to Boulder via Foothills Road; Colorado 58 freeway east to Interstate 70 and Interstate 76; or U.S. 6 east to downtown Denver via 6th Avenue, which becomes a freeway after passing the intersection with Business Loop I-70/U.S. 40/Colfax Avenue in Golden. Photo taken 11/10/03.
After crossing through Golden and intersecting Business Loop I-70 and U.S. 40 (Colfax Avenue) and Interstate 70, U.S. 6 follows the Sixth Avenue freeway east on a direct line toward downtown Denver. The first exit on the nascent freeway is Indiana Street. Use Indiana Street south to the 6th Avenue south frontage road west to connect to Jefferson County Fairgrounds; use the south frontage road east to Red Rocks Community College. Collectively, this area is referred to as "6th Avenue West." Photo taken 08/28/04.
One of the few remaining instances of substandard signage (featuring all-capital lettering) is this advance sign for the next exit along eastbound U.S. 6: Simms Street and Union Boulevard. Union Boulevard heads south through Lakewood toward Green Mountain Village, while Simms Street travels north through Lakewood toward Wheat Ridge. Photo taken 08/28/04.

Eastbound U.S. 6 reaches the offramp for Union Boulevard and Simms Street. This interchange serves the western entrance into the Denver Federal Center; the Kipling Street interchange serves the east entrance into the Federal Center. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The skyline of downtown Denver comes into view as eastbound U.S. 6 meets the offramp to Simms Street northbound and Union Boulevard southbound. From here, U.S. 6 will travel due east toward downtown Denver. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound U.S. 6/6th Avenue is the nearly complete cloverleaf interchange with Colorado 391, Kipling Street. From this interchange, Colorado 391 follows Kipling Street north toward Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, while Kipling Street travels south through Lakewood, changing into a city street south of the U.S. 285 interchange. The road name changes from Kipling Street to Kipling Parkway when it turns from due south toward the southwest. Photo taken 08/28/04.
These overhead signs indicate that the first ramp connects eastbound U.S. 6 to southbound Colorado 391/Kipling Street; the second ramp connects to northbound Colorado 391/Kipling Street. Use southbound Colorado 391 to the eastern entrance to the Denver Federal Center and the Jefferson County Stadium; use Colorado 391 north toward northern Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound U.S. 6 is the connection to Garrison Street, which is afforded by a slip ramp onto the south frontage road. Once on the frontage road, the next major intersection is Garrison Street, which travels south toward the Bonvue neighborhood in Lakewood. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound is Junction Colorado 121, Wadsworth Boulevard. To the south, Colorado 121 serves Lakewood and some unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, then connects to Chatfield State Park and the Lockheed Martin facility south of Colorado 470. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The south frontage road is very close to the U.S. 6 freeway, as evidenced in this photo. Owners of homes adjacent to U.S. 6 have the freeway right in their front yards, due to the lack of soundwalls and the at-grade construction of U.S. 6/6th Avenue. The frontage road has posted speed limits that are difference from the freeway, so the freeway's speed limit signs are annotated with the word "freeway" below the speed limit. This is a newer "Series E" U.S. 6 shield, which is increasingly common in the Centennial State. Photo taken 08/28/04.
A slip ramp from the south frontage road brings traffic onto eastbound U.S. 6 after the Garrison Street crossing. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound U.S. 6 reaches the interchange with Colorado 121, Wadsworth Boulevard. The first offramp connects to southbound, while the second offramp loops onto northbound. This is a full cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound U.S. 6 is the junction with Colorado 95, Sheridan Avenue. Through this area, Colorado 95 serves as the boundary between the city of Lakewood and the city/county of Denver. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Soundwalls have been erected on this modernized stretch of U.S. 6, offering a break for nearby residences. It is unclear if soundwalls are also planned for the areas that currently do not have them. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The Colorado 95/Sheridan Avenue interchange is a diamond interchange. Use Sheridan Avenue north to Lakewood Gulch Park and Sloan Lake. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound is the interchange with Colorado 88, Federal Boulevard. Located within Barnum Park, this interchange is well landscaped and manicured (see next photobox). Photo taken 08/28/04.
Colorado 88 travels north for a few blocks through the Sun Valley neighborhood, then transitions into northbound U.S. 287 en route to Fort Collins. To the south, Colorado 88 follows Federal Boulevard through Valverde, then turns due east onto Belleview Avenue. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The penultimate exit on U.S. 6/6th Avenue east is Bryant Street. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The right lane of eastbound U.S. 6 becomes exit only for Bryant Street, a local street that leads into the Valverde neighborhood south of U.S. 6. This is the last exit prior to the bridge over the South Platte River and junction with Interstate 25/U.S. 85-87. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound U.S. 6 reaches the Bryant Street offramp. After this exit, U.S. 6 splits into three ways: north Interstate 25/U.S. 85-87 and the continuation of eastbound U.S. 6 to downtown; south Interstate 25/U.S. 85-87 to Littleton via Santa Fe Drive, Centennial, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs; and east 6th Avenue into downtown Denver. The signs were replaced between 2003 and 2004; note the state name is now included in the Interstate 25 shields. Photos taken 08/28/04 and 11/10/03.
Now approaching the Interstate, U.S. 6 is no longer signed. Only a good map will help aid motorists in following U.S. 6 north on Interstate 25, east on Interstate 70, north on Colorado 2, and east on Interstate 76. This picture shows 6th Avenue continuing east into the downtown area; the ramp carries the connection to Interstate 25/U.S. 85-87. The newer sign shows the additional lane connecting to southbound Interstate 25. Photos taken 08/28/04 and 11/10/03.
View of the transition ramp from eastbound U.S. 6/6th Avenue onto Interstate 25/U.S. 85-87. The left lane exits north and the right lane heads south. Photos taken 08/28/04 and 11/10/03.

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