Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 West

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U.S. 6 Former Business Loop I-76 West
Former reassurance markers for Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 posted along Chestnut Street west after CR 370 (Riverview Road) in Sterling. The business shield was removed by 2007. Photo taken 08/29/04.
4th Street leads U.S. 6 west two blocks south from Chestnut Street to Colorado 14 (Main Street). Photo taken 08/29/04.
Trailblazers for SH 14 and 113 were posted ahead of the Chestnut Street Viaduct on Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 westbound. The SH 113 shield was eventually replaced with U.S. 138. Photo taken 08/29/04.
U.S. 138 (3rd Street) east connects U.S. 6 with Colorado 113 north to Sidney, Nebraska. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Westbound U.S. 6 (Chestnut Street) and the former Business Loop I-76 reach 3rd Street (U.S. 138 eastbound). U.S. 138 separated into a one-way couplet using Third Street north and 4th Street south to Broadway Street. Photo taken 08/29/04.
One block further west, the business route turned south with U.S. 6 onto 4th Street. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Continuing southwest, Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 left the one-way couplet of 4th and 3rd Streets to follow Division Street south. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Division Street in turn transitions U.S. 6 onto Front Street at Columbine Park. U.S. 6 parallels Union Pacific Railroad tracks southwest along Front Street to 6th Street, where Business Loop I-76 resumes. Photo taken 08/29/04.
Business Loop I-76 U.S. 6 West
Business Loop I-76 begins as U.S. 6 leaves Sterling ahead of Chambers Drive. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Speed limits increase to 65 miles per hour as Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 west upgrade to a four-lane divided highway. Photo taken 04/22/17.
With only one interchange serving Sterling from I-76 directly, Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 provide an alternate route to Interstate 76 west via Atwood. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A rural stretch southwest from Sterling leads Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 to the community of Atwood. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Colorado 63 begins in Atwood and heads south 27.5 miles to U.S. 34 at Akron. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Spanning the South Platte River, SH 63 links U.S. 6 (Front Avenue) with Interstate 76 at Exit 115 in 3.1 miles. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Overall SH 63 travels 56.41 miles between Atwood and U.S. 36 at Anton. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Continuing west from Atwood, Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 travel six miles to Merino, 21 miles to Hillrose and 28 miles to Brush. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The Logan County road numbering system uses decimal places, referencing the distance west or south to the county line. County Road 29.7 heads north through agricultural areas to County Road 14.8. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Reassurance markers posted after County Road 29 1/2, which crosses the South Platte River. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Deer crossing sign posted on the northern outskirts of Merino. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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Merino is a rural town with a population of around 300. Business Loop I-76 follows Platte Street by the town center and Merino High School. Photos taken 04/22/17.
Shields for Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 at Platte Street and Lincoln Avenue in Merino. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The small town of Hillrose lies 15 miles south of Merino along Business Loop I-76 west. Brush follows in another eight miles. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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Business Loop I-76 and U.S. 6 turn south to span both the UP Railroad and South Platte River. Photos taken 04/22/17.
A low rise bridge built in 1966 carries Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 over the South Platte River. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The rural highway angles southwest through the northwest corner of Washington County. Photo taken 04/22/17.
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Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 run just west of Prewitt Reservoir from north of milepost 387 to south of milepost 385. Photos taken 04/22/17.
County Road Q provides the link with Interstate 76 in Washington County. The county road spurs 1.1 miles south to Exit 102. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Interstate 76 travels across hilly terrain to the south while the business route remains within the flat agricultural areas surrounding the South Platte River. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Crossing into Morgan County beyond the intersection with County Road 36 north on Business Loop I-76 west. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The BNSF Railroad line accompanies Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 southwest from milepost 378 into the town of Hillrose. Photo taken 04/22/17.
A town of less than 300, Hillrose lies 4,165 feet above sea level. U.S. 6 follows Railway Street across town, with the street grid falling to the east. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Leaving Hillrose, Business Loop I-76 reaches the city of Brush in seven miles. Fort Morgan debuts on mileage signage at 17 miles out. Photo taken 04/22/17.
County Road 33 ventures south from Hillrose to meet Interstate 76 at Exit 95. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Confirming shields for Business Loop I-76 & U.S. 6 west at County Road W. Speed limits resume at 65 miles per hour. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Advancing west, Business Loop I-76 passes by the railroad siding of Camden. Photo taken 04/22/17.
Business Loop I-76 and Interstate 76 converge at a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 92) midway between Hillrose and Brush. U.S. 6 turns west here along an implied overlap with I-76. Photo taken 04/22/17.
The exchange at I-76 was formerly a full cloverleaf interchange, but the loops from the freeway to U.S. 6 were removed. Photo taken 04/22/17.

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

Page Updated 05-03-2017.