Business Loop I-76 East

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Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 east
Business Loop I-76 begins and combines with U.S. 34 east from Interstate 76 at Exit 75. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 expand into a four-lane commercial boulevard (Platte Avenue) through Downtown Fort Morgan. Platte Avenue intersects Sherman Street at the third of four signalized intersections through the city. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 east
A rural stretch of Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 east in northwest Washington County, after CR Q. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Prior to 2007, Business Loop I-76 was well-signed along with U.S. 6 through the city of Sterling. The route now ends along U.S. 6 north of Chambers Road at milepost 403. Photo taken 04/22/17.
U.S. 6 east & former Business Loop I-76 east
U.S. 6 follows Front Street between the Union Pacific Railroad and Columbine Park through the south side of Sterling. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 6 turns north onto Division Avenue from Front Street. The two main intersections in the city lead to Colorado 14 west to Fort Collins and U.S. 138 northeast to Julesburg.
A replacement assembly was posted further ahead of the turn onto Division Street, with an I-76 trailblazer posted in place of Business Loop I-76. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Eastbound U.S. 6 takes Division Street north toward the city center of Sterling. Nicknamed "A Colorado Treasure," the city was home to 18,211 people as of the 2010 census. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 partitioned into a one-way couplet along 3rd and 4th Streets through Downtown Sterling. All business loop signs in Sterling were replaced in 2007 with trailblazers for I-76, which is a fairly common signing practice for Interstate business loops after the halfway point. Photo taken 08/29/04.
What was the first reassurance shield assembly for eastbound Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 along 3rd Street. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Three blocks northeast of Division Street, 3rd Street reaches the intersection with Colorado 14 (Main Street). A left turn at Main Street from 3rd Street takes Colorado 14 traffic out of Sterling and onto a route that travels north and then west toward Fort Collins along the Front Range. This is the eastern terminus of lengthy Colorado 14. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 6 (3rd Street) and Business Loop I-76 east at Colorado 14 (Main Street) in Downtown Sterling. A variety of shops and restaurants line the downtown strip. Photo taken 08/29/04.
A worn Business Loop I-76 was posted on the signal mast arm at 3rd and Main Streets. By 2007, this was replaced with a trailblazer for Interstate 76. Photo taken 08/29/04.
The next major intersection is only two blocks further northeast along 3rd Street, where the business route and U.S. 6 met U.S. 138. Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 turned east along Chestnut Street to cross the railroad on a viaduct, while U.S. 138 continues northeast on the 3rd/4th Street one-way couplet. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Although U.S. 138 travels northeast to Julesburg, this sign advises through traffic to Julesburg to follow Business Loop I-76/U.S. 6 east to Interstate 76. Located at the cross roads of U.S. 6 and U.S. 385 about 50 miles east of Downtown Sterling, Holyoke is the seat of Phillips County. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Looking east on Chestnut Street from the corner at 4th Street (westbound U.S. 138) toward the 3rd Street traffic signal, a button copy mileage sign provided the distance to Denver (124 miles) and Holyoke (50 miles) via Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 east. The Denver mileage is via Interstate 76 west, while the Holyoke mileage is via U.S. 6 east. The sign was removed by 2007. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 6 spans Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the Chestnut Street Viaduct east from U.S. 138 (3rd Street). Photo taken 08/29/04.
A mileage sign posted on eastbound U.S. 6 (Chestnut Street) at the South Platte River provides the distance to Julesburg via Interstate 76 in Sedgwick County, and Holyoke via U.S. 6 in Phillips County. I-76 and U.S. 6 do not intersect again after leaving Sterling. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Leaving the South Platte River area, U.S. 6 approaches Interstate 76 by a collection of traveler services. Photo taken 08/29/04.
A diamond interchange joins U.S. 6 and the former east end of Business Loop I-76 with Interstate 76. This exchange originally was a six-ramp parclo, with loop ramps on the north side of U.S. 6. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Interstate 76 ventures southwest from U.S. 6 to Brush and Fort Morgan. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 6 eastbound reaches the off-ramp for I-76 west. Business Loop I-76 ended at the eastbound on-ramp toward Julesburg and Nebraska. Beyond Sterling, U.S. 6 continues toward Fleming, Dailey, Haxtun, Paoli and Holyoke. Photo taken 08/29/04.



Photo Credits:

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

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U.S. 34

Page Updated 05-03-2017.