U.S. 6 East - Golden, Lakewood, Denver

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U.S. 6 emerges from Clear Creek Canyon to intersect Colorado 93 north to Boulder and Colorado 58 (Golden Freeway) east to Interstate 70 at Wheat Ridge. U.S. 6 turns south onto 6th Avenue to bypass Downtown Golden. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Heading south from Clear Creek, U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) upgrades to a controlled access expressway. This reassurance marker stands just beyond Heritage Road (County Road 93) south. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 runs just south of the Jefferson County Government Center and Courthouse in Golden. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A wye interchange follows with the eastbound beginning of C-470 (Centennial Parkway) to I-70, Bear Creek Lake Park and Littleton. Photo taken 08/11/16.
C-470 constitutes a suburban freeway encircling the southwest Denver metro area to Interstate 25 at Lone Tree in Douglas County. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interests to I-70 from Golden are split between C-470 for westbound toward Grand Junction and U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) to Colfax Avenue for Interstate 70 east. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Johnson Road travels south from Golden Road to become an on-ramp for C-470 westbound from U.S. 6 (6th Avenue). Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 40 and Business Loop I-70 (Colfax Avenue) angle northeast across U.S. 6 at the succeeding traffic light along 6th Avenue eastbound. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A RIRO links U.S. 6 east with U.S. 40 west by adjacent Sixth Avenue Place business park. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 40 (Colfax Avenue) leads southwest to County Road 93 and I-70 at Mount Vernon Canyon. CR 93 formerly was SH 26, a state highway linking I-70 with Morrison and Red Rocks Park. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 40 follow all of Colfax Avenue across the Denver metropolitan area. The commercial arterial leaves Golden for Colorado Mills mall in Lakewood. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Business Loop I-70 appears at milepost 275 on U.S. 6 east. The business route overlays U.S. 40 to Downtown Denver and east Aurora. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) upgrades to a full freeway east from U.S. 40. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Indiana Street north and Denver West Colorado Mills Boulevard south come together at a diamond interchange with U.S. 6 after milepost 276. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 passes under the Interstate 70 mainline. Ramps connect I-70 east with U.S. 6 and from 6th Avenue west to I-70 west. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Indiana Street arcs south by the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to become Eastworth Avenue, the main entrance to the Sixth Avenue West Estates. Colorado Mills mall lies a short distance to the north. Photo taken 08/11/16.
6th Avenue Frontage Road lines the south side of the U.S. 6 freeway east from Indiana Street to Red Rocks Community College. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Entering the city of Lakewood, U.S. 6 next meets Union Boulevard and Sims Street in one mile. Union Boulevard heads south through Lakewood toward Green Mountain Village, while Simms Street travels north through Lakewood toward Wheat Ridge. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Eastbound U.S. 6 reaches the off-ramp for Union Boulevard and Simms Street. This diamond interchange serves the western entrance into the Denver Federal Center. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A tied arch bridge carries the RTD W-Line as the light rail line turns north to eventually parallel Colfax Avenue into Denver. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange lies one half mile ahead on U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) with Colorado 391 (Kipling Street). Kipling Street / Parkway travels south through Lakewood, changing into a locally maintained arterial south of the U.S. 285 freeway. The parkway extends south to Ken Caryl Ranch and C-470. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Motorists depart U.S. 6 east for Colorado 391 (Kipling Street) south to the eastern entrance for the Denver Federal Center and Jeffco Stadium. A loop ramp follows for Colorado 391 north to Wheat Ridge and Interstate 70. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A split diamond interchange lies just east of SH 391 with the 6th Avenue Frontage Road system for Garrison and Carr Streets. Garrison Street travels south to the Bonvue and Meadowlark Hills neighborhoods and north to the Lakewood Acres and Villages communities. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The subsequent exit along U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) eastbound is the cloverleaf interchange with Colorado 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard). Photo taken 08/11/16.
With the south frontage road directly alongside the U.S. 6 eastbound mainline, speed limit signs on both roadways include the unique designators of Freeway and Frontage Road. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Residential streets tie into the 6th Avenue Frontage Road system on both sides of the U.S. 6 freeway. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A slip ramp from the south frontage road brings traffic onto eastbound U.S. 6 after the Carr Street crossing. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Colorado 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard) south serves Lakewood and some unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, then connects to Chatfield State Park. The state highway north travels through Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Westminster. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Colorado 95 (Sheridan Boulevard) represents the Lakewood and Denver city line south from Edgewater to U.S. 6 and Jewell Avenue. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Sound walls separate the U.S. 6 freeway from the adjacent frontage roads through the vicinity of Lakewood Country Club and the Country Club Hills and Heights neighborhoods. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Eastbound U.S. 6 at the diamond interchange with Colorado 95 (Sheridan Boulevard). The 14.38 mile long state highway goes north to Sloan Lake, Mountain View and Lakeside and south to Harvey Park and Bear Valley in Denver. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Continuing east from SH 95, U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) enters Denver between the Villa Park and Barnum neighborhoods. The freeway meets SH 88 (Federal Boulevard) at Barnum and Interstate 25 (Valley Highway) in two miles at Baker and Lincoln Park. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Speed limits reduce to 55 miles per hour east from Sheridan Boulevard. With the sound wall in place, the freeway distinction on this particular assembly is no longer necessary. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Concrete barriers separate the six-lane freeway from single lane frontage roads to the north and south. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) lowers below the street grid at Perry Street on the half mile approach to SH 88. SH 88 extends Federal Boulevard one mile south from U.S. 287 and Colfax Avenue (U.S. 40), between Sun Valley and Villa Park, to U.S. 6. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The south frontage street splits into Lowell Boulevard south and an auxiliary lane for U.S. 6 east. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 gradually descends toward the South Platte River and the three-level systems interchange with Interstate 25. Knox Court passes overhead. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Colorado 88 (Federal Boulevard) heads south through Denver to the city of Sheridan. The state highway turns east along Belleview Avenue from Englewood east. Federal Boulevard north carries U.S. 287 to the city of Westminster. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The Barnum Park Bridge connects a system of trails at adjacent Barnum and Sandos Parks. The pedestrian span was added during the 2014-15 reconstruction of U.S. 6. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Three lanes partition from U.S. 6 east beyond the Federal Boulevard overpass for Interstate 25 north to Thornton and Fort Collins and south to Centennial and Colorado Springs. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Work in 2014-15 added a frontage road linking the exit ramp from U.S. 6 to Federal Boulevard with parallel Bryant Street. Additionally a flyover was built, providing full access from SH 88 to I-25 and the continuation of the 6th Avenue freeway east into Lincoln Park. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Segment G of U.S. 6 concludes a 27.41 mile stint that started at I-70 near Idaho Springs at Interstate 25. U.S. 6 makes implied overlaps with I-25 north and I-70 east to Vasquez Boulevard at the Elyria Swansea neighborhood. U.S. 85 also follows I-25 north from Santa Fe Drive to I-70 east as an unsigned concurrency. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Two lanes branch southward onto Interstate 25 to Baker, Platte Park and University Hills in southeast Dover. U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive) emerges from the freeway nearby to Overland. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 25 parallels the South Platte River as it circumvents Downtown Denver along Valley Highway, a 1950s built freeway for U.S. 87. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A high flyover shuttles motorists from U.S. 6 east onto Interstate 25 north ahead of Business Loop I-70 & U.S. 40-287 (Colfax Avenue). Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the NFL Denver Broncos, appears on the northern horizon. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Downtown Denver skyline rises beyond the 8th Avenue viaduct to the northeast. Photo taken 08/11/16.
U.S. 6 Archive - east
U.S. 6 (Sixth Avenue) east at Colorado 88 (Federal Boulevard). This stretch was rebuilt in 2014-15 with a concrete roadway. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The Bryant Street off-ramp from U.S. 6 east was eliminated by 2014. A frontage road was added from Federal Boulevard in its place. Photo taken 08/28/04.
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Sign changes made at the former Bryan Street exit include the debut of arrow per lane (APL) signs for Interstate 25. Photo taken 11/10/03. Second photo taken 08/28/04.
6th Avenue east and the ramps for Interstate 25 used to split at the South Platte River. This partition was moved further west to better separate traffic Photo taken 08/28/04.
6th Avenue east and the ramps for Interstate 25 used to split at the South Platte River. This partition was moved further west to better separate traffic interests. Photo taken 11/10/03.

Photo Credits:

11/10/03, 08/28/04, 08/11/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 25
State Highway 470

Page Updated 04-19-2017.

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