State Highway 83

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Colorado 83 starts in Colorado Springs, then parallels Interstate 25 to the east. Entering the Denver metropolitan area from the southeast, Colorado 83 passes by Castle Rock, then travels through Parker before entering Centennial and Aurora. Through southwestern Aurora, Colorado 83 changes from a two-lane rural highway into a major commuter route. Colorado 83 parallels Cherry Creek as it enters Denver, then comes to its northern terminus at Colorado 2 (Colorado Boulevard) near Glendale.

Colorado 83 south
Colorado 83 (Parker Road) turns southeast from the Kennedy neighborhood in Denver to meet Interstate 225 at Peoria Street. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 83 upgrades into an expressway through I-225. A high flyover carries traffic from Parker Road north to I-225 south. Photo taken 11/10/03.
A folded diamond interchange joins SH 83 (Parker Road) with Dam Road and Vaughn Way just east of I-225. Photo taken 11/10/03.
The succeeding ramp from SH 83 southbound leads to Hampden Avenue east through south Aurora. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Dam Road stems southwest from SH 83 and Vaughn Way to Cherry Creek Dam, which is located within Cherry Creek State Park. This section of SH 83 was reconstructed in the early 2000s. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Taking the off-ramp to Hampden Avenue, the mainline for Colorado 83 remains with four through lanes. Hampden Avenue is disconnected from the other section of Hampden Avenue west of Havana Street by Cherry Creek State Park and John F. Kennedy Park. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 83 turns south along the east boundary of Cherry Creek Lake State Park to Centennial. Hampden Avenue forms a suburban arterial east from Parker Road to Conservatory Parkway in Aurora. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Cherry Creek State Park is bordered on the north by Interstate 225, east by Colorado 83 (Parker Road), and southwest by Jordan Road and Belleview Avenue. The park contains the Cherry Creek Lake reservoir, and it is very popular for hiking, bicycling, and other outdoor activities. One of the main entrances to the park is located at Lehigh Avenue from Parker Road. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Approaching Colorado 88 (Arapahoe Road) west on Colorado 83 (Parker Road) south at Centennial. Colorado 88 leads to Interstate 25 via Arapahoe Road, then angles northwest to Greenwood Village, Englewood, Littleton and Denver via Belleview Avenue. Photo taken 11/10/03.
A parclo interchange joins SH 83 and SH 88 at the Foxfield and Centennial limits. Arapahoe Road east continues as an locally maintained arterial. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 83 (Parker Road) and Colorado E-470 come together at a commercialized exchange at Parker in northern Douglas County. A toll road, E-470 leads west and south to I-25 and C-470 and north to I-70 at Gun Club Road. Photo taken 11/10/03.
E-470 north provides a high speed route to Denver International Airport (DEN) from the Douglas County suburbs. The beltway uses all electronic tolling (AET). Photo taken 11/10/03.
West from Parker Road, E-470 constitutes a growing commuter route to Interstate 25 Centennial and Lone Tree. C-470 extends the beltway west to Littleton and Golden. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 83 scenes
Hampden Avenue west at Colorado 83 (Parker Road) in the city of Aurora. Photo taken 11/10/03.

Photo Credits:

11/10/03 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 225

Page Updated 05-01-2017.