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Author Topic: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west  (Read 4830 times)

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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2021, 09:31:11 AM »

i want to say i remember back when i was a kid, that i-270 was signed 'north' where you got on it at quebec, back when stapleton airport was still there.

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why not sign things with the other points of the compass... like 'northwest' i-270 or something..?
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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2021, 10:08:33 AM »

i want to say i remember back when i was a kid, that i-270 was signed 'north' where you got on it at quebec, back when stapleton airport was still there.

*gets worm can opener*
why not sign things with the other points of the compass... like 'northwest' i-270 or something..?

I feel like North is probably accurate for 270.  I would think a good chunk of that traffic is going from I-70 west to I-25 north, not saying on US36 towards Westminster/Boulder. 

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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2021, 10:51:19 AM »

The biggest 3di culprit for being signed in a perpendicular cardinal direction compared to most of its routing is I-278. Seems weird that I'm going "east" when the road is bending to the west at a particular moment, and the overall road is much more N-S.
why not sign things with the other points of the compass... like 'northwest' i-270 or something..?
Ohio used to sign the many diagonal US routes in the state like that. For example, US 42 was signed "N-East (northeast)" and "S-West (southwest)" before. Not sure why it was changed.
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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2021, 03:58:06 PM »

I can provide another (fictional) alternative to the dilemma.  Perhaps US 285 should either end at CO-470 or multiplex with CO-470 to end at I-70.  This would keep all of US 285, even in the Denver metro, as a primarily N-S route.  C-30 can take over the remaining part of US 285.
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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2021, 10:48:41 PM »

I can provide another (fictional) alternative to the dilemma.  Perhaps US 285 should either end at CO-470 or multiplex with CO-470 to end at I-70.  This would keep all of US 285, even in the Denver metro, as a primarily N-S route.  C-30 can take over the remaining part of US 285.

You could also have US-285 end at parent US-85/Santa Fe Avenue as pretty much the "expressway" portion of US-285 ends there and I would assume the majority of US-285 traffic headed to/from downtown Denver and points north would choose US-85 Santa Fe over I-25.
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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #30 on: July 22, 2021, 03:47:13 PM »

I dislike it when 3-digit US Highways do not connect with their "parent" routes. Either keep 285's terminus at Interstate 25 or retract it to its junction at US 85. Technically, US 285 does also connect with US 85 in Santa Fe, NM, but since US 85 has long been de-signed in New Mexico (and through much of Colorado south of Castle Rock), I'm not counting it.
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Re: Opinion: US 285 should be signed east-west
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2022, 11:53:26 PM »

Slightly OT(concerning numbering and not directional signage) and late to the party, but...

My first impression driving 285 was that it served as a sort of a rural, secondary, "back side of the rockies" alternative to I-25 between NM and Colorado.I think it would make more sense to route it up to Leadville and terminate on I-70 at Copper Mountain. That way it's easy to understand that if I wanna get off 70 west of eisenhower and go to Santa Fe, the only route I have to follow is 285.

CO 17 from Alamosa up through Hooper should also be 285 since it's a more direct route up the state. Change the section of 285 between Saguache and Monte Vista to an extension of CO 15

The urban part of 285 and the leg between the metro and fairplay would make more sense if it was an extension of CO 30.

« Last Edit: January 27, 2022, 11:57:28 PM by JKRhodes »
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