Interstate 76 East - Weld County

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Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 east
Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 straddle the Lochbuie town line north to milepost 28.5, where the Hudson town limits take over. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Weld County 4 spans both I-76 and the adjacent BNSF Railroad. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Advancing northeast five miles from the Adams County line, I-76 & U.S. 6 east approach Colorado 52 (Main Street). Exit 31 is the primary interchange for Hudson. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The Town of Hudson is located at 5,024 feet above sea level, and it is one of the several dozen incorporated towns in Weld County. Founded in 1887, Hudson began as a stopping point along the Burlington Northern Railroad, which parallels Interstate 76 from Denver all the way to Nebraska. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Eastbound Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 reaches Exit 31 for Colorado 52 (Main Street) in Hudson. Colorado 52 ventures east to Prospect Valley and Wiggins. Westward, Colorado 52 connects with U.S. 85 at Fort Lupton, Interstate 25 near Dacono, U.S. 287 south of Longmont, and Colorado 119 (Diagonal Highway) near Niwot. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Confirming marker for Interstate 76 posted along the west side of Hudson. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Keenesburg lies seven miles ahead, following by Brush, where U.S. 34 branches southeast from the I-76 corridor, in 57 miles. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The next exit along eastbound is Exit 34 for County Road 49 (Kersey Road). Kersey Road (old Colorado 37) travels north to Kersey and U.S. 34, east of Greeley. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 34) with County Road 49 (Kersey Road) on I-76 & U.S. 6 east. The bridge to the east of the interchange offers a grade separation between the BNSF Railroad and County Road 16. The south side frontage road connects Exit 34 with CR 49 south via CR 16 east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Visible next to this reassurance marker by milepost 35, the south side frontage road east to Keenesburg is former U.S. 6 and Colorado 2. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Heading east, the freeway reaches Exit 39 and the town of Keenesburg in four miles. Fort Morgan lies 45 miles ahead. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Market Street in Keenesburg doubles as unsigned Business Spur I-76 north to County Road 18 and south to Old Highway 6 and Elm Street by the town center. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Exit 39 leaves Interstate 76 east for Business Spur I-76 (Market Street). Keenesburg is home to over 1,100 people, and its motto is "Where a handshake is still part of doing business." Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 angle northeast between Ennis Draw and the BNSF Railroad siding of Tampa over the next several miles. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Fort Morgan replaces Brush on this mileage sign, 40 miles from the city over 10,000. Photo taken 04/22/17.
After passing through Keenesburg, Interstate 76 passes through open fields and ranch land. Wildflowers often populate the landscape of the high plains during the warm summer months. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A few trees, which have been sparse since leaving Denver, appear in the median as Interstate 76 and U.S. 6 approach the settlement of Roggen. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Travelers along I-76 & U.S. 6 east reach the diamond interchange (Exit 48) with County Road 73 in three quarters of a mile. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Exit 48 departs I-76 & U.S. 6 east for Weld County 73 south to Colorado 52 and adjacent County Road 399 (old U.S. 6 / Front Street) into Roggen. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 crosses over Weld County 386 beyond this confirming marker. A westbound off-ramp (Exit 49) connects with the county road north to Painter Ranch. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A rural stretch takes I-76 east 16 miles to Wiggins. Sterling is now 75 miles away. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The freeway turns northeast, away from the parallel BNSF Railroad for a nearly ten mile straight away toward Empire Reservoir. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The south side frontage road merges onto Interstate 76 & U.S. 6 east midway between milepost 51 and 52. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The freeway directly overlays old U.S. 6 & SH 2 to Exit 60. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Mileage sign posted 11 miles from Wiggins, 28 miles from Fort Morgan and 73 miles from Sterling. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Now at Milepost 56, the vast and open Northern Colorado Plains are stark in contrast when compared to the urban density found along I-76 in metro Denver. An off-site rest area lies ten miles ahead at Exit 66A. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Typical of western states, the ranch exit with County Road 91 (Chappleton Lane) receives one guide sign. Photo taken 04/22/17.
County Road 91 dog legs east on a frontage road en route to U.S. 34 at the Green City Flats. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 bee lines northeast to a diamond interchange (Exit 60) with the north side frontage road and ranch areas. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Empire Reservoir appears along the northern horizon in this scene from I-76 near milepost 59. The reservoir was formed by the construction of eight dams, totaling nearly five miles in length, starting in May 1906. Water from the South Platte River filled the revoir through a 21 mile long inlet ditch.1 Photo taken 04/22/17.
The frontage road east from Exit 60 leads motorists to Colorado 144. Colorado 144 begins and heads north to Empire Reservoir, U.S. 34, Orchard and Goodrich. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Exit 60 leaves I-76 & U.S. 6 east for SH 144. SH 144 totals 28.80 miles in a loop north along the South Platte River to Weldona and east to Log Lane Village. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Wiggins appears in the distance beyond this reassurance marker posted after Exit 60. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The South Platte River and Interstate 76 converge at Fort Morgan, 19 miles to the east. The two parallel one another northeast to Sterling (64 miles). Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 crosses the Morgan County line, a mile and half south of Empire Reservoir. Photo taken 04/22/17.


 

Sources:

  1. "The Empire Reservoir of the Bijou Irrigation District, Colorado, and Its Eight Dams." Engineering News-record: 1907, 57(01), 08. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/.


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04/22/17 by AARoads

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