Interstate 70 East - Denver City/County

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Interstate 70 threads between Berkeley Lake Park and Willis Case Golf Course just into the Denver city limits. 04/23/17
U.S. 287 meets Interstate 70 for the first time along Federal Boulevard at Exit 272 by the Chaffee Park and Sunnyside neighborhoods. 04/23/17
A half diamond interchange (Exit 271B on I-70 west) adds traffic from Lowell Boulevard as Interstate 70 continues 2.25 miles east to I-25. 04/23/17
Interstates 25 and 70 come together at what is locally known as the Mousetrap Interchange. The busy exchange was rebuilt in stages from 1987 to 2003 to eliminate left side ramps and reduce weaving traffic. 04/23/17
U.S. 287 (Federal Boulevard) travels north to Westminster, Federal Heights and SH 128 (120th Avenue) and south from Exit 272 to Highland, Jefferson Park and U.S. 40 (Colfax Avenue) at Sun Valley. 04/23/17
Pecos Street connects I-70 with Chaffee Park and Sunnyside in one mile at Exit 273. 04/23/17
48th Avenue accompanies both sides of I-70 through the Denver street grid ahead of Pecos Street (Exit 273). The freeway shifts south from 48th Avenue ahead of Interstate 25 (Exit 274) and the 46th Avenue Expressway alignment through Elyria Swansea. 04/23/17
Eastbound reassurance marker for I-70 posted by the Zuni Street underpass. 04/23/17
Forthcoming Exit 274 forms a distributor roadway east through the Mousetrap Interchange (I-25) to Washington Street at Globeville. 04/23/17
Construction in 2012-13 converted Exit 273 into a dumbbell interchange. Pecos Street runs north to North Washington in Adams County and south to Highland Gateway Park at 32nd Avenue. 04/23/17
Interstate 25 travels 298.88 miles through Colorado, joining the Denver metropolitan area with Fort Collins and Cheyenne, Wyoming to the north, and Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad to the south. 04/23/17
An array of interchanges line Interstate 25 & U.S. 85-87 (Valley Highway) south for Downtown Denver between I-70 and Business Loop I-70 & U.S. 40-287 (Colfax Avenue). Valley Highway is a 1950s-built freeway encircling central Denver along the South Platte River. 04/23/17
Eastbound I-70 expands to four lanes ahead of Interstate 25. The freeway spans several sets of BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the approach to Exit 274. 04/23/17
All traffic bound for both directions of Interstate 25 and Washington Street departs in unison from I-70 east at Exit 274. 04/23/17
The I-70 mainline narrows to four overall lanes across Interstate 25. Provisions were made during the T-Rex project for future expansion. 04/23/17
A high flyover shuttles motorists onto Interstate 25 north ahead of Thornton in Adams County. I-25 constitutes a busy commuter freeway north to Loveland, Greeley and Fort Collins. 04/23/17
Exit 274 separates into ramps for Interstate 25 south through Denver to Centennial, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs and Washington Street to Globeville and Five Points. 04/23/17
Interstate 70 U.S. 6 East U.S. 85 North
Interstate 70 progresses east to cross the South Platte River into the Elyria Swansea area of Denver. U.S. 6 east & 85 north accompany the freeway along an implied overlap from I-25 to Vasquez Boulevard (Exit 276A). 08/28/04
Ramps from I-25 join the distributor roadway from Exit 274 ahead of the diamond interchange with Washington Street. 08/28/04
A ten lane viaduct carries I-70 traffic east to Colorado 265 (Brighton Boulevard) north at the Denver Coliseum. 08/28/04
Eastbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 275) with Brighton Boulevard south to Five Points and Colorado 265 north to Commerce City. Brighton Boulevard is the former alignment of U.S. 6 & 85. 08/28/04
The succeeding three off-ramps join Interstate 70 east with the Elyria Swansea area. Exit 275C departs next for York Street south and 45th Avenue east. 08/28/04
Exit 275C drops down to the one-way couplet of York and Josephine Streets by an industrial area east of the UP Railroad. U.S. 6 east & 85 north split with I-70 for Vasquez Boulevard north to Commerce City in one half mile. 08/28/04
The substandard nature of the 46th Street Expressway viaduct is quite apparent along I-70, with a lack of shoulders and a guard rail median. The five year Central 70 Project will reconstruct this stretch of freeway to travel below grade. 08/28/04
Forthcoming Steele Street leads south from Exit 276A to the Clayton and Skyland neighborhoods to City Park Golf Course. 08/28/04
U.S. 6 east & 85 north lower from Interstate 70 east at Exit 276A to use Steele Street north to connect with adjacent Vasquez Boulevard. U.S. 6 & 85 follow the arterial 6.1 miles north through a mixture of industrial and retail areas to merge with Interstate 76 east to Brighton. 08/28/04
Interstate 70 east
Four lanes of 46th Avenue travel directly below the six-lane viaduct to the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 276B) with Colorado Boulevard (SH 2). 08/28/04
Back to back off-ramps depart in quick succession for Colorado 2 (Colorado Boulevard) and the Stapleton Drive frontage road system to Dahlia, Holly and Monaco Streets. Colorado 2 runs south to City Park, Cherry Creek, and University Hills, ending at U.S. 285 (Hampden Avenue). North from Exit 276B, the state highway combines with U.S. 6 & 85 into Commerce City. 08/28/04
Prior to 2000, Quebec Street south to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was designated as Colorado 35. The state highway was truncated north to Exit 278, following the closing of Stapleton International Airport. 08/28/04
Quebec Street doubles as SH 35 north to Northfield Boulevard and East 53rd Place between Commerce City and Stapleton in Denver. South from I-70, Quebec Street widens into a parkway between residential areas of Northeast Park hill and big box retail south of Smith Road. 08/28/04
Exit 279B departs Interstate 70 east below the ending mainline of I-270. Central Park Boulevard was constructed as part of the Stapleton Denver Project, the redevelopment of the old airport site. 08/28/04
Interstate 70 U.S. 36 East
U.S. 36 transitions from an unsigned overlap with Interstate 270 to join I-70 east to Exit 316 near Byers. 08/11/16
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 280) joins Interstate 70 with Havana Street to the immediate east of Central Park Boulevard (Exit 279B). 08/11/16
The first sign for Interstate 225 (Exit 282) precedes Havana Street. I-225 loops south from Interstate 70 at east Stapleton through the city of Aurora and west back into Denver at Hampden South. 08/11/16
Exit 280 loops away from I-70 east to Havana Street. Havana Street serves a number of warehouses and distribution businesses north to 56th Avenue and south to Smith Road. 08/28/04
CDOT started work on a $25 million project to replace the Interstate 70 bridge over Havana Street in May 2015. Construction included ramp improvements, lighting upgrades and the addition of a tunnel for the USG Railroad line.1 08/11/16
Parallel to Havana Street, Peoria Street separates industrial northeast Stapleton from the Montbello community north from Exit 281 to 56th Avenue. Peoria Street and Interstate 225 south both lead to the Anschutz (Fitzsimons) medical campus in north Aurora. 08/11/16
Interstate 70 east reaches the diamond interchange (Exit 281) with Peoria Street. Exit 282 follows in one mile for I-225 south to Cherry Creek State Park, Greenwood Village and Denver Tech Center. 08/11/16
Exit 282 with I-225 south is the first of seven interchanges serving the city of Aurora from Interstate 70 eastbound. 08/11/16
Three lanes depart from I-70 east in one quarter mile at the semi-directional T interchange (Exit 282) with Interstate 225 south. The commuter freeway parallels RTD light rail and varies between six and eight overall lanes. 08/11/16
The 12.43 mile urban loop of Interstate 225 joins I-70 and Denver International Airport (DEN) with Interstate 25 south to Castle Rock and Colorado Springs. The freeway was completed in 1976. 08/11/16
Interstate 70 and U.S. 36 cross the Adams County and Aurora city lines midway through the exchange with Interstate 225. Succeeding ramps follow for Chambers Road to Montbello and Gateway in Denver (Exit 283) and the Peña Boulevard freeway (Exit 284). 08/11/16

  1. "I-70 Over Havana Bridge Replacement." Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project web site.

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08/28/04, 08/11/16, 04/23/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 25
Interstate 270
U.S. 6
U.S. 85
State Highway 2

Page Updated 05-08-2017.

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