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Colorado 470 east / outer loop
C-470 winds south between Green Mountain and Thunder Valley Motorcycle Park as it leads away from I-70 and the Golden city limits. Photo taken 08/29/04.
The trail system for William Frederick Hayden Park spans Centennial Parkway on the approach to the 2008-opened diamond interchange (Exit 3) with Alameda Parkway. Photo taken 08/29/04.
SH 8 (Morrison Road) traverses the distant rock cut across the Hog Back from the subsequent exit along C-470 south. The U.S. 285 freeway follows from south Morrison in 4.5 miles. Photo taken 08/29/04.
SH 8 constitutes a four-lane boulevard east from Exit 4 along the north side of Bear Creek Lake Park to SH 391 (Kipling Parkway). The state highway ends at SH 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard). Photo taken 08/29/04.
The third lane of C-470 east defaults traffic into the single point urban interchange (Exit 4) with SH 8 (Morrison Road). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Colorado 8 was designated in place of U.S. 285 when the route shifted south onto a new freeway in 1970. The state highway takes Bear Creek Avenue through the Morrison business district before turning south at Colorado 74. Colorado 74 connects with Red Rocks Park, while Colorado 8 ties into U.S. 285 at Turkey Creek Canyon. Photo taken 08/29/04.
An auxiliary lane opens along the freeway south from Morrison Road to Exit 5A with U.S. 285 south. U.S. 285 travels a scenic route southwest from the Denver metropolitan area to the Park County town of Fairplay. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Centennial Parkway curves southeast around Soda Lakes and Bear Creek Late Park to the cloverleaf interchange (Exits 5A/B) with the U.S. 285 freeway. Quincy Avenue ties into C-470 at the succeeding exit from the Friendly Hills community. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 285 originates from University Hills in Denver along Hampden Avenue at I-25 and Colorado 30. Following Hampden Avenue, the highway runs west to Cherry Hill Village through Englewood, upgrading to a freeway from Sheridan west to Lakewood and the entrance to Turkey Creek Canyon. Photo taken 08/29/04.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 6) joins C-470 with Quincy Avenue to the immediate south of U.S. 285. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Exit 5B loops onto U.S. 285 east to Bear Valley and Harvey Park in southwest Denver. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 remains just east of the Hog Back south 1.75 miles to Bowles Avenue (Exit 7) and four miles to Ken Caryl Avenue (Exit 10). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Quincy Avenue spans C-470 just ahead of the loop ramp at Exit 6. The residential street parallels U.S. 285 east to Harriman Park. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Quincy Avenue lines the west side of C-470 to end just south of Exit 6 at Belleview Avenue. Belleview Avenue comprises a residential arterial east from the Bergen Reservoirs to SH 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard). Belleview Avenue west ascends onto the Hog Back to the Willowbrook community and Red Rocks Country Club. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Confirming marker posted as C-470 curves west between the Bergen Reservoirs and Mountain West Business Center. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Bowles Avenue meets C-470 at a diamond interchange (Exit 7) in one half mile. The ensuing exits serve the Ken Caryl Ranch community. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Exit 7 parts ways with C-470 east for Bowels Avenue east to the West Meadows, Foothill Green and Powderhorn neighborhoods. The arterial extends east to Southwest Plaza mall, Bowles Crossing Shopping Center and the town of Columbine Valley. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 passes through a swath of green space by Meadows Golf Club on the one mile approach to Exit 9 with Ken Caryl Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 9) with Ken Caryl Avenue on C-470 east. The four-lane boulevard leads west to The Valley section of Ken Caryl Ranch and east to Ken Caryl Ranch Plains. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Centennial Parkway arcs southeast along side Deer Creek Golf Club and the Meadow Ranch community to Exit 12 with Kipling Parkway. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Forthcoming Kipling Parkway travels north, parallel to Wadsworth Boulevard, from Ken Caryl Ranch and Stony Creek to Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Exit 12 ties into the south end of a commercial strip along Kipling Parkway north to Chatfield Avenue. Kipling Parkway ends nearby at the Chatfield Bluffs development and Ute Avenue west to Jefferson Corporate Center. Photo taken 08/29/04.
The subsequent exit lies 1.25 miles ahead at the Meadowbrook Heights community. Meeting C-470 there is SH 121, a nearly 31 mile route from the south end of Wadsworth Boulevard at the Lockheed Martin plant, to U.S. 287 in Broomfield. Photo taken 08/29/04.
This interchange sequence sign references only the upcoming diamond interchange with Colorado 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard) and U.S. 85 in Douglas County. The missing entry implies a connection with Colorado 75 (South Platte Canyon Road), which is only accessible from westbound via a RIRO. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Chatfield State Park spreads to the south of C-470 and east of Colorado 121. Waterton Canyon lies south from Wadsworth Boulevard along South Platte River Road in Pike National Forest. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 eastbound at the off-ramp for SH 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard. The state highway forms a controlled access arterial north to neighborhoods including Columbine Knolls, Columbine West and Woodmar Village. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Curving northeast around Chatfield Lake, Centennial Parkway straddles the south side of the Columbine Hills community and South Platte Reservoir to a diamond interchange with U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Reassurance marker posted after Wadsworth Boulevard. Adjacent Chatfield Lake was formed by the creation of a dam along the South Platte River. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Continuing east by the south end of SH 75, C-470 and U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive) come together in two miles. U.S. 85 parallels the South Platte River north as a well traveled commuter route through Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan to Denver at the Overland neighborhood. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Following the Littleton city limits, C-470 briefly enters the southwest corner of Araphoe County ahead of U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Having crossed both the South Platte River and Douglas County line, C-470 east reaches the exit for U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive). Route 085B, the second independent segment of U.S. 85 inventoried by CDOT, travels 26.20 miles overall from I-25 at Baker in Denver south to Sedalia and Founders Parkway in Castle Rock. Photo taken 08/29/04.
A trio of diamond interchanges over the course of three miles link C-470 with the north Douglas County community of Highlands Ranch. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Lucent Boulevard stems south from County Line Road at McLellon Reservoir to C_470, Highlands Ranch Parkway and South Broadway. The road was named for the telecommunications company. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Office buildings in Highlands Ranch Business Park appear along the south side of C-470 as the freeway advances east one mile to Broadway. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 traverses Dad Clark Gulch ahead of Broadway. Broadway winds south through Highlands Ranch. North across the Arapahoe County line, Broadway transitions into a commercial arterial through southeast Littleton. Photo taken 02/02/02.
County Line Road and Dad Clark Drive parallel C-470 in close proximity to University Boulevard and Colorado 177 north. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Interchange sequence sign outlining the final three mainline exits from C-470 east. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Colorado 177 is an urban route totaling 6.11 miles from C-470 at Highland Ranch to Southglenn in Centennial, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village and U.S. 285 at Wellshire in Denver. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Commercialized frontage lines both sides of the 470 beltway east from David A. Lorenz Regional Park to Interstate 25, 3.5 miles ahead in Lone Tree. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 crosses Big Dry Creek one mile out from the diamond interchange with Quebec Street. Quebec Street is a north-south road that appears in various parts of Denver. It is best known as the gateway to the former Stapleton International Airport, on the section formerly designated Colorado 35. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Quebec Street leads north to Foxridge and Willowcreek in Centennial and south along the Lone Tree city line to east Highlands Ranch and Highland Heritage Regional Park. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Yosemite Street, located one half mile ahead, serves an array of retail and offices west of Interstate 25 in both north Lone Tree and south Centennial. Photo taken 08/29/04.
C-470 east transitions to the E-470 tollway in one mile at the four level interchange with Interstate 25. Photo taken 02/02/02.
A half diamond interchange provides eastbound only access from C-470 to Yosemite Street. E-470 begins in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Yosemite Street heads south toward the Acres Green and Heritage Hills neighborhoods and north to Park Meadows mall. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Centennial Parkway maintains three eastbound lanes to the ramp departure for Interstate 25. Photo taken 08/29/04.
E-470 advances east from C-470 two miles to Peoria Street south of Centennial Airport (APA). Photo taken 08/29/04.
The E-470 beltway provides a high speed and less congested route north to Denver International Airport (DEN) in place of Interstates 25 and 225 to Pena Boulevard. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Two lanes partition for both Interstate 25 north to the Denver Tech Center and south to Castle Rock from the beginning of E-470. E-470 uses Limon as the control city for Interstate 70 east from Aurora. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Interstate 25 constitutes a heavily traveled corridor north into Denver and south to Colorado Springs. Photo taken 08/29/04.



Photo Credits:

02/02/02, 08/29/04 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 25
U.S. 6
U.S. 285

Page Updated 04-17-2017.