The Western Interstate 76 is a diagonal route that generally follows the South Platte River between Denver, Colorado, and Big Springs, Nebraska. This is one of two sections of Interstate 76 in the country; the other Interstate 76 is located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Representing a branch off Interstate 80 to Denver, the section of Interstate 76 in Colorado and Nebraska was designated as Interstate 80S until 1975. With AASHTO mandating an elimination of suffixed Interstate routes, partially due to driver confusion, I-80S was renumbered.


Interstate 76 east
Interstate 76 departs from the Centennial State of Colorado and enters the Cornhusker State of Nebraska south of the railroad siding of Barton. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A reassurance marker for I-76 was added by this variable message sign by 2012. The assembly advises motorists of closures or restrictions along Interstate 80 during times of inclement weather or poor traffic conditions. Photo taken 04/22/17.
One mile south of Interstate 80, the transcontinental route that crosses Nebraska between Pines Bluffs and Omaha, on I-76 east. Exit 102 is numbered based upon the mileage of I-80. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Road 4, an unpaved ranch road, spans Interstate 76 on the half mile approach the trumpet interchange (Exit 102) with I-80. Sidney, a city of less than 7,000, is 45 miles to the west. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Exit 102 loops away from I-76 east to join I-80 west for the 145 mile drive to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 ends as the two lanes of the mainline merge directly into Interstate 80 east ahead of Ogallala. Omaha lies 351 miles to the east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 west
NDOR references the short stretch of Interstate 76 in Deuel County as a north-south route. The first confirming marker stands ahead of the Road 4 overpass. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The first exit from Interstate 76 westbound departs in five miles for Julesburg, Colorado. Denver is 186 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 04/22/17.



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04/22/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 05-11-2017.