Interstate 25 North - Denver County

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Interstate 25 & U.S. 87 north
As drivers enter the Denver city limits, a three lane on-ramp from Belleview Avenue and the Denver Tech Center partitions with two lanes joining the I-25 mainline through Hampden South and a single lane for the departing I-225 to Aurora. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Union Avenue crosses over I-25 just ahead of the separation with Exit 200 for Interstate 225 north. I-225 straddles the Denver city line northeast to Cherry Creek Reservoir and State Park and the Kennedy neighborhood at SH 83 (Parker Road). Photo taken 06/29/08.
Exit 200 veers underneath a flyover carrying motorists from SH 88 east and Belleview Avenue onto Interstate 25 north. The overpass was part of the overall redesign of the directional T interchange with I-225 to eliminate left side ramps and weaving traffic. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Continuing north between the Southmoor Park and Hampden South neighborhoods, I-25 & U.S. 87 next meet U.S. 285 and SH 30 at Hampden Avenue. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Although primarily a north-south route, U.S. 285 approaches Interstate 25 from the west at Exit 201. U.S. 285 starts in Texas, then heads north via Santa Fe, New Mexico, into Colorado. The US highway terminates at the I-25 overpass, and SH 30 begins east from that point along Hampden Avenue. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Interstate 25 follows a linear route northwest from I-225 to Exit 201. U.S. 285 (Hampden Avenue) upgrades to an expressway west of U.S. 85 in Sheridan and a full freeway from Bear Valley in southwest Denver to the C-470 beltway at Lakewood. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Exit 201 parts ways with I-25 north for Colorado 30 (Hampden Avenue) east to the Denver neighborhoods of Hampden and Hampden South, as well as the city of Aurora via a 90-degree turn onto Havana Street northbound. The state highway makes a horseshoe shaped route east to end along side the E-470 toll road on Gun Club Road. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Shield assembly posted at the end of the northbound off-ramp from Exit 201. Hampden Avenue varies from a five-lane boulevard to six-lane parkway west from I-25 to the Wellshire neighborhood in Denver, Cherry Hills Village and SH 177 (University Boulevard) south from Englewood. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Interstate 25 runs along side residential areas of University Heights to a diamond interchange (Exit 202) with Yale Avenue. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Yale Avenue travels west from Exit 202 to University Park and SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard) and east through an island of unincorporated Arapahoe Island to James A Bible Park. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Evans Avenue crosses paths with Interstate 25 along a commercial strip west to SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard) and east between the Goldsmith and Virginia Village neighborhoods in one mile. Photo taken 06/29/08.
One quarter mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 203) with Evans Avenue. Evans Avenue travels west to Denver University and Chamberlain Observatory, while eastbound Evans Avenue connects with Iliff Avenue. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Turning westerly, Interstate 25 quickly reaches Exit 204 for SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard). Colorado Boulevard doubles as SH 2 north from U.S. 285 (Hampden Avenue) on the city line north across Denver to Glendale and Commerce City. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Drivers taking Exit 204 merge onto a distributor roadway from Evans Avenue prior to reaching Colorado 2.
Per a 1957 Gousha map, Colorado Boulevard carried U.S. 87 north from the I-25 freeway (then known as Valley Highway, which was incomplete between University Boulevard and Colfax Avenue) to Colfax Avenue (U.S. 36-40-287). Colfax Avenue took all four routes west to Park Avenue, where U.S. 87 turned north along side U.S. 287 to rejoin Valley Highway via 23rd and Fox Streets. Photo taken 06/29/08.
Advancing west, I-25 passes between the Cory-Merrill and University Park neighborhoods ahead of the single point urban interchange (Exit 205) with University Boulevard. Colorado 177 follows the four lane boulevard north to U.S. 285 at Englewood, and historically extended north to Valley Highway. Photo taken 06/30/08.
The campus of Denver University lies just south of Exit 205 along University Boulevard. The Steele Street overpass here was one of many bridges replaced during 2002-04 construction during the T-REX project. Photo taken 06/30/08.
University Boulevard runs north along the Washington Park and Belcaro neighborhoods to Denver Country Club golf course and Cherry Creek Shopping Center at 1st Avenue. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Curving north by Veterans Park, I-25 next reaches a distributor roadway (Exit 206) for Downing Street, Emerson Street and Washington Street. Photo taken 06/30/08.
The succeeding off-ramps from I-25 north serve the Platt Park and Washington Park West neighborhoods. U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive) winds north through the Overland community to merge with the freeway in 2.25 miles. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Exit 206 consists of a split diamond interchange using frontage streets (Butchtel Boulevard) between Downing and Washington Streets. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Interstate 25 drops below grade from Exit 206 to viaduct over the BNSF and UP Railroads at milepost 207. The subsequent exit joins the freeway with Lincoln Street north and Broadway south via Ohio Avenue west. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Downing Street heads north from Exit 206 to Washington Park. Emerson and Washington parallel to the west as a one-way pair of residential streets. Photo taken 06/30/08.
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Decorative overpasses carry cross streets above Interstate 25. These were built during the T-REX project completed in 2006. Photos taken 06/30/08.
Lincoln Street north and Broadway south form a one-way couplet from Exit 207 and Ohio Avenue to Capitol Hill and the Central Business District (CBD). U.S. 85 traveled along Broadway north to 8th Avenue (then U.S. 6) in 1957. U.S. 6-85 then followed Broadway north onto Brighton Boulevard before turning east onto 46th Avenue (now I-70) to their shared alignment on Vasquez Boulevard at Elyria Swansea. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Interstate 25 mirrors the course of the South Platte River through industrial areas northwest to U.S. 6 (6th Avenue) and U.S. 40-287 (Colfax Avenue) over the ensuing 3.25 miles. Photo taken 06/30/08.
The Washington Street on-ramp merges onto I-25 north at the Logan Street overpass. Drivers north leave the T-REX reconstructed section of Interstate 25 (Valley Highway) just ahead over Broadway. Photo taken 06/30/08.
Continuing north, a lane drop occurs at Exit 207B for Santa Fe Drive (U.S. 85 south) and Alameda Avenue (SH 26 west). Alameda Avenue west from the bridge over I-25 to SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard) represents the 2.97 mile extent of SH 26. The state highway was designated around 1966 and used to extend west to Golden. Photo taken 06/30/08.
The Broadway Viaduct bridge lead motorists west to Exit 207B and the Baker area south of Downtown Denver. U.S. 85 combines with I-25 north from Santa Fe Drive for a hidden concurrency to I-70 east.
The I-25 and Santa Fe Drive project started on July 11, 2011 replaced the I-25 bridges over Santa Drive. Work included adding a new flyover from U.S. 85 north to I-25 north to eliminate a left side ramp. It also realigned I-25 from the Broadway viaduct to a point just south of Alameda Avenue and expanded the freeway to provide eight continuous lanes. This phase was completed in May 2014.1 Photo taken 06/30/08.
Santa Fe Drive progresses north from Exit 207B as a local street to the Lincoln Park community. Alameda Avenue joins Baker with Speer to the east and the Athmar Park and Valverde communities to the west. Photo taken 06/30/08.

Sources:

  1. I-25 and Santa Fe Drive - Completed Construction Phases. Colorado Department of Transportation, project web site.


Photo Credits:

06/29/08, 06/30/08 by AARoads

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