Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 West

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Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 Spur west
Trailblazers for U.S. 34 and SH 71 direct travelers from I-76 southwest. Route 006J ends here, with Route 034E (U.S. 34 Spur) taking over as the CDOT inventoried route south to the U.S. 34 mainline (Route 034B). Photo taken 04/22/17.
A loop ramp provides return access to Sterling via Interstate 76 east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 34 Spur travel 0.932 miles south to U.S. 34 through an industrial area outside the Brush city limits. Photo taken 04/22/17.
U.S. 34 Spur shield assembly posted south of Interstate 76. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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Curving more westerly, Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 34 combine just west of Brush Municipal Airport (7V5) at a wye intersection. Photos taken 04/22/17.
East from Brush, U.S. 34 ventures 22 miles to Akron and 49 miles to Yuma. Photo taken 04/22/17.
U.S. 34 and Business Loop I-76 combine west through Brush and Fort Morgan. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 west
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 expand into five-lanes. A BNSF Railroad line spans the arterial just west of their merge. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Colorado 71 north ties into Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 from industrial areas east of Beaver Creek. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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SH 71 runs nearly the height of the state, from U.S. 350 near Timpas to the Nebraska state line north of Stoneham. South from Brush, the state highway continues 37 miles to Last Chance and 73 miles to Limon. Photos taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76-U.S. 34 west & Colorado 71 north
The subsequent shield assembly references just U.S. 34, as SH 71 combines with Business Loop I-76 west into Brush. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76, U.S. 34 and SH 71 narrow to two lanes across both Beaver Creek and an at-grade crossing of the BNSF Railroad. The Brush city limits lie just ahead, despite the sign referencing one mile. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Brush lies around 70 feet high in elevation than Hillrose, reflecting the gradual rise of the Great Plains along Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 34 westbound. The highway expands into a five-lane commercial boulevard (Edison Street) across the city. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Colorado 71 branches north from U.S. 34 (Edison Street) along Colorado Avenue to continue north from Brush to Snyder. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Colorado 71 crosses paths with Interstate 76 at Exit 90 in northern reaches of the city. The state highway forms a multi state route with Nebraska 71 to Kimball. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 west
Business Loop I-76 is again omitted as U.S. 34 continues west from SH 71 (Colorado Avenue). Photo taken 04/22/17.
The first traffic light along Business Loop I-76 west since Sterling, and U.S. 34 since Akron, is located at Clayton Street in Downtown Brush. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 reappears along U.S. 34 west at Ray Street. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Traffic lights along Edison Street west at the Brush Fire Department, west of Ray Street. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Hospital Road leads north from Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 (Edison Street) to the second Brush interchange (Exit 89) along Interstate 76. Photo taken 04/22/17.
West from Hospital Road, Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 remain within the Brush city limits for another mile. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A rural stretch of highway ensues west from Brush on the nine mile drive to Fort Morgan. Greeley lies 60 miles ahead on U.S. 34. Photo taken 04/22/17.
County Road 24 links U.S. 34 with Interstate 76 at a diamond interchange (Exit 86) one mile to the north. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Farm land and several homesteads line Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 34 west toward Fort Morgan. This shield assembly stands ahead of County Road 22. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 runs along the Fort Morgan city limits west from Mostly Road / County Road 21. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Barlow Road connects Interstate 76 in northeastern Fort Morgan. A $2 million project started in September 2016, reconstructed the intersection with Barlow Road and upgraded the traffic signals.1 Photo taken 04/22/17.
Continuing west from Barlow Road, U.S. 34 follows Platte Avenue toward Downtown Fort Morgan. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Platte Avenue maintains four lanes to the traffic light with Sherman Street. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Shield assembly for Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 34 west at Platte Avenue and Sherman Street. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The north branch of Colorado 52 lines Main Street from Downtown Fort Morgan to Interstate 76 at Exit 80. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Overall segment B of SH 52 totals 25.09 miles from U.S. 34 (Platte Avenue) in Fort Morgan to SH 14 near Raymer. An implied overlap takes the highway west with U.S. 34 to Wiggins, where segment A begins and heads south and west to Keenesburg and Fort Lupton. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76-U.S. 34 & Colorado 52 west
Six blocks west of Main Street (SH 52) on Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 at West Street. Photo taken 04/22/17.
An array of shops and food establishments line the western extent of Platte Avenue to the city line. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Crossing Fort Morgan Canal, Business Loop I-76 leaves Fort Morgan. Wiggins lies 14 miles ahead via Interstate 76 and U.S. 6-34. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 transitions back into a rural highway on the 3.3 mile drive to Interstate 76. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The last shield for Business Loop I-76 stands after County Road 16. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 veers southwest to cross paths with Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 34 at a parclo interchange. Photo taken 04/22/17.
I-76 east heads back across the north side of Fort Morgan by Log Lane Village. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Route 034B formally ends at the North Frontage Road for Interstate 76. U.S. 34 silently merges with the freeway west to Wiggins otherwise. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 ends at the westbound on-ramp to Denver. Photo taken 04/22/17.

Sources:

  1. "September start likely for work on redoing Barlow Road/U.S. Highway 34 intersection." Fort Morgan Times (CO), August 18, 2016.


Photo Credits:

04/22/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 05-03-2017.