Interstate 76 east
Interstate 76 branches north from I-70 at a wye interchange. I-70 stays east into Denver, while I-76 curves north to meet SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard) at Exit 1B. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The first confirming marker stands by the Marshall Street underpass as I-76 reduces to two eastbound lanes. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The initial stretch of I-76 parallels Clear Creek to unincorporated areas of Adams County. Photo taken 08/11/16.
SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard) leads north from the diamond interchange (Exit 1B) with Interstate 76 to Westminster, where it ends at U.S. 36 (Denver Boulder Turnpike). South from Exit 1B, the principal arterial straddles the Denver city and Jefferson County line to U.S. 285. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Passing over Tennyson Street, motorists on Interstate 76 east next reach Exit 3 with U.S. 287 (Federal Boulevard) in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The freeway traverses the Lowell Ponds State Wildlife Area along side Clear Creek ahead of U.S. 287 (Exit 3). Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interchange sequence sign outlining the approach to the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 3) with U.S. 287 and Exit 5 with Interstate 25. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 287 (Federal Boulevard) constitutes a north-south arterial from Business Loop I-70 & U.S. 40 (Colfax Avenue) in west Denver to Westminster, Federal Heights and SH 128 (120th Avenue) near Broomfield. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Advancing northeast, I-76 enters an industrial area at Pecos Street (Exit 4) in one half mile. Directional cloverleaf interchanges with Interstates 25 and 270 follow. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The freeway spans Union Pacific Railroad tracks, 60th Street, and a BNSF Railroad line on the northern shift between Exits 3 and 4. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Pecos Street leads north from the diamond interchange (Exit 4) with Interstate 76 to U.S. 36 (Denver Boulder Turnpike) and the city of Thornton and south to Chaffee Park and Sunnyside in Denver. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 25 ventures north from the Globeville neighborhood of Denver to cross paths with Interstate 76 in unincorporated Adams County. The busy commuter freeway is ten lanes wide plus two tolled express lanes. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Eastbound reassurance marker posted ahead of the 62nd Avenue overpass. Industrial businesses and junk yards line both sides of the freeway to I-25. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The Pecos Street on-ramp forms an auxiliary lane to Interstate 25. All traffic bound for I-25 north to Fort Collins and south through Denver to Colorado Springs departs in unison in one half mile. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 270 begins from I-25 and U.S. 36 (Denver Boulder Turnpike) to the immediate north of I-76. The urban loop crosses Interstate 76 at the ensuing exchange en route to southwest Commerce City. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Prior to 1989 construction to complete I-76 east to I-25, a trumpet interchange joined the two freeways. Interstate 76 fully opened to traffic at Exit 5 on September 15, 1993.1 Photo taken 08/11/16.
Traffic from I-76 east separates for Interstate 25 south through the North Washington industrial area toward the Denver Central Business District and north to the suburbs of Thornton, Northglenn and Westminster. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 270 travels 7.09 miles southeast to Interstate 70 at Stapelton in east Denver. U.S. 36 overlays the route, but is unsigned. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The eastbound freeway expands to four lanes ahead of the two-lane departure of Exit 6 for I-270 east. Limon is the control point, for the continuation of Interstate 70 beyond Aurora and the Denver metropolitan area. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interests to Denver International Airport (DEN) are directed along Interstates 270 and 70 east to Pena Boulevard. Pena Boulevard is a locally maintained freeway connecting I-70 north through the Gateway/ Green Valley Ranch area to the airport passenger terminal. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Beyond I-270, Interstate 76 shifts northward again between Thornton and Commerce City, meeting SH 224 and U.S. 6-85. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Exit 6 departs for Interstate 270 east through Commerce City. There is no access to westbound as the movement is counter intuitive. When I-270 was completed in 1970, a trumpet interchange joined the two freeways here. Construction of the extension west to I-25 between June 2000 and August 2003 included a $21 million revamp of the exchange.2 Photo taken 08/11/16.
Continuing east from I-270, Interstate 76 crosses the South Platte River as it flows north to Brighton. Photo taken 08/11/16.
An auxiliary lane opens along eastbound to the half diamond interchange (Exit 8) with Colorado 224 (74th Street). Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 combines with U.S. 6-85 beyond 74th Street ahead of 88th and 96th Avenues to Commerce City. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Passing over a Union Pacific Railroad line, Exit 8 leaves I-76 east for Colorado 224 (74th Street). Colorado 224 travels just 3.63 miles as a minor arterial west to Colorado 53 (Broadway) and east to U.S. 6-85 (Vasquez Boulevard). Photo taken 04/22/17.
Drivers partition for SH 224 (74th Street) west across the South Platte River into unincorporated Welby and east into Commerce City. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A wye interchange brings U.S. 6 east & 85 north onto I-76 east. The freeway expands to six overall lanes to Exit 10 with 88th Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Interstate 76 traverses an area of wetlands west of Burlington Ditch and east of Thornton Lakes beyond SH 224. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A wye interchange brings U.S. 6 east & 85 north onto I-76 east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76-U.S. 6 east & 85 north
The freeway expands to six overall lanes to Exit 10 with 88th Avenue. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 10) with 88th Avenue. 88th Avenue leads east to SH 2 at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and west across Thornton. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Forthcoming 96th Avenue follows the northern boundary of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge by suburban areas of north Commerce City to Buckley Road. The road connects with the E-470 beltway at Exit 31 outside Denver International Airport (DEN). Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 and U.S. 6-85 advance north one quarter mile to 96th Avenue (Exit 11). Photo taken 04/22/17.
Eastbound traffic reaches the off-ramp (Exit 11) for 96th Avenue. 96th Avenue ends just to the west at Monaco Street. Monaco Street spans the South Platte River to McKay Road in east Thornton. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 85 emerges from Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 east at the succeeding exit after 96th Avenue. U.S. 85 is a major north-south route through Northern Colorado. Beyond Brighton, the US highway travels to Fort Lupton, Ione, Platteville, Greeley, Eaton and Ault as an expressway-grade facility. Business routes serve the downtown areas of most cities and towns along the way. This changes north of Ault, where traffic thins substantially, and the highway narrows to two lanes. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Approaching the wye interchange (Exit 12) with Canam Highway and the continuation of U.S. 85 north through Brighton. Construction underway from October 2016 to late 2017 or early 2018 improves the geometry of the westbound curve along I-76 where it merges with U.S. 85 south. Resurfacing with new concrete, drainage improvements and lighting changes are included in the $10 million project.3 Photo taken 04/22/17.
Long since replaced, a diagrammatic button copy overhead separated traffic at the left side ramp (Exit 12) for U.S. 85 north. Interstate 76 separates from the South Platte River between the split with U.S. 85 at north Commerce City and Fort Morgan. The South Platte River follows U.S. 85 north to Greeley, then turns east along U.S. 34 and Colorado 144 to Fort Morgan. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 east
Interstate 76 spans a Union Pacific Railroad line east of the split with U.S. 85. Photo taken 04/22/17.
I-76 & U.S. 6 become more rural as they parallel Burlington Ditch and O'Brian Canal. Several subdivisions still appear along the corridor through Brighton. Long distance travelers otherwise reach Fort Morgan in 66 miles and Sterling in 114 miles. A previous sign here listed Brush at 76 miles in place of Sterling. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The speed limit on eastbound Interstate 76 increases to 75 miles per hour just ten miles east of I-25. The freeway will remain at this speed limit for much of its journey across Northeastern Colorado. Photo taken 08/29/04.
SH 44 (104th Avenue) crosses over Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 ahead of milepost 14. The east-west route goes for 4.96 miles from Colorado Boulevard in Thornton to SH 2 in Commerce City. Photo taken 04/22/17.
SH 2 converges with I-76 & U.S. 6 at the ensuing diamond interchange (Exit 16). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Sign changes made at Exit 16 greened out Colorado 2. The state highway ends at Exit 16 from the south otherwise. Photo taken 04/22/17.
There is no direct connection from Interstate 76 east to the E-470 toll road. Motorists are directed to follow Sable Boulevard north from Exit 16 to 120th Avenue east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
120th Avenue extends east to E-470 at Exit 34 in north Commerce City and west across Thornton and North Glenn to become Colorado 128 and U.S. 287 through north Westminster. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Previously there were two trumpet interchanges here: Exit 16 to SH 2 south and Exit 17 for SH 51 (Sable Boulevard) north. SH 2 overtook SH 51 along Sable Boulevard north to SH 7 (Bridge Street) in Brighton. The extension was later turned back north of I-76. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Colorado 2 begins at Cherry Hills Village from U.S. 285 (Hampden Avenue). It follows Colorado Boulevard north through Denver, then merges with U.S. 6-85 (Vasquez Boulevard) briefly in Commerce City. Northeast of Commerce City, Colorado 2 follows an old alignment of U.S. 6, parallel to the BNSF tracks. The old road merges onto Interstate 76 at Exit 16. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 pass below E-470 at milepost 18. The outer beltway loops west to I-25 at Northwest Parkway at Broomfield and south by Denver International Airport (DEN) to Aurora and I-25 at C-470 at Lone Tree. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The flyover from northbound E-470 to I-76 east was completed in 2003. A loop ramp also provides direct access to E-470 south from I-76 west. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The next exit along eastbound Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 is Exit 20 with 136th Avenue. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Four interchanges serve the city of Brighton from Interstate 76 east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Reassurance marker posted ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 20) with 136th Avenue. The BNSF Railroad line runs just east of the freeway within the vicinity of Barr Lake. Photo taken 08/29/04.
136th Avenue spurs east from Exit 20 to Barr Lake and west to U.S. 85 (Canam Highway) and Brighton Road. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Continuing northeast, I-76 & U.S. 6 meet Eagle Boulevard at a diamond interchange (Exit 21) in one mile. Photo taken 04/22/17.
West from Exit 21 to 27th Avenue, 144th Avenue was realigned and renamed to Eagle Boulevard. Photo taken 08/29/04.
I-76 runs between old U.S. 6 to the east and Prairie Center Parkway, a commercial boulevard, to the west. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The northeast suburbs extend along Interstate 76 to Lochbuie, located 4.75 miles north of Barr Lake. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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Exit 21 departs I-76 & U.S. 6 east for Eagle Boulevard west to the Prairie Center big box retail area and 144th Avenue east to adjacent Barr Lake State Park. Photo taken 08/29/04. Second photo taken 04/22/17.
Straddling eastern reaches of Brighton, motorists on I-76 & U.S. 6 east next meet Bromley Lane at Exit 22. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Bromley Lane also connects to Barr Lake State Park; it approaches the park from the northeast, offering access to the dam and most recreational areas via Piccadilly Road south. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interchange sequence sign posted 3.25 miles ahead of Baseline Road and the Adams / Weld County line, and 9.5 miles from SH 52 at the town of Hudson. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Bromley Lane extends west from the diamond interchange (Exit 22) with Interstate 76 to the Adams County Courthouse and the south end of the Brighton street grid to U.S. 85. 152nd Avenue continues the road east through rural areas toward Horse Creek Reservoir. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Progressing north, Interstate 76 travels three miles to the town of Lochbuie and 104 miles to Sterling. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A sign replacement made ahead of the 160th Avenue overpass replaced Julesburg (162 miles) with Junction I-80 (163 miles). Photo taken 04/22/17.
The Lochbuie exit from I-76 connects with Baseline Road. Baseline runs along the county line west between Lochbuie and Brighton to North 50th Avenue. Photo taken 08/29/04.
A diamond interchange (Exit 25) joins Baseline Road with Interstate 76 on the southeast side of Lochbuie. Baseline Road / 168th Avenue doubles as County Road 2. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 and U.S. 6 enter Weld County. With a land area of 3,999 square miles, Weld County reaches as far north as Wyoming. Greeley, located at the cross roads of U.S. 85 and U.S. 34, is the county seat. Photo taken 04/22/17.


 

Sources:

  1. Interstate 76 - 50th Anniversary of the Interstate System. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
  2. Interstate 270 - 50th Anniversary of the Interstate System. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
  3. "I-76 construction at US 85 starts in October." CDOT, construction announcement. September 2016.


Photo Credits:

08/29/04, 08/11/16, 04/22/17 by AARoads

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Interstate 270
U.S. 6
U.S. 85
Colorado 2

Page Updated 05-10-2017.