U.S. 285 North - Lakewood to Denver

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U.S. 285 north
The forthcoming freeway portion of U.S. 285 commences at Colorado 8. Exits along U.S. 285 are unnumbered. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 emerges from Turkey Creek Canyon through the foothills west of Lakewood. This strip of U.S. 285, and Colorado 8 leading north, fall within the Morrison town limits. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 8 leads north to Red Rock Park, which is internationally known as a music concert venue. Many performing artists have recorded their concerts in this natural amphitheater. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Entering the trumpet interchange with SH 8 north on U.S. 285 north after milepost 248. SH 8 travels north into Morrison, meets SH 74 (Evergreen Parkway), then turns east into Lakewood. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Continuing northeast, U.S. 285 passes south of Mount Glennon into a full cloverleaf interchange with C-470. Photo taken 11/10/03.
C-470 comprises one third of the 270-degree beltway around the Denver metropolitan area. The freeway encircles the Jefferson County suburbs of Ken Caryl eastward en route to U.S. 85 by Littleton and I-25 & U.S. 87 at Lone Tree. Photo taken 11/10/03.
C-470 north runs along the west side of Lakewood to Interstate 70 at Golden. I-70 crosses north Denver east to Limon and exits the area through Mount Vernon Canyon toward Grand Junction. Photo taken 11/10/03.
The eastbound ramp for C-470 departs U.S. 285 north beyond milepost 249. C-470 and the tolled E-470 beltway lead motorists from Centennial to Aurora and Denver International Airport (DEN). Photo taken 11/10/03.
Golden is ignored in favor of Grand Junction for C-470 westbound ramp from U.S. 285. C-470 extends north between Dinosaur Ridge and Green Mountain to Morrison, I-70 and U.S. 6 in Golden. Photo taken 11/10/03.
East from the C-470 beltway, U.S. 285 straddles the Lakewood city line and Bear Creek Regional Park to Simms Street at milepost 252. Photo taken 11/10/03.
The Friendly Hills subdivision lines the south side of U.S. 285 just out of view by this confirming marker. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 angles northeast through the trumpet interchange with Simms Street south. Sims Street heads south to a roundabout with Quincy Avenue by the Harriman Park and Lakehurst West neighborhoods. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 391 follows Kipling Street 9.64 miles north through Lakewood and past the Denver Federal Center before ending at Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge. Photo taken 11/10/03.
The Denver skyline comes into view as U.S. 285 passes by The Homestead Golf Course ahead of milepost 253. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Kipling Street continues south from the diamond interchange with U.S. 285 as a locally maintained arterial to Marston in southwest Denver. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 travels east and next meets Colorado 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard) at a diamond interchange after milepost 254. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 121 leads south from U.S. 285 past Marston Lake to Chatfield State Park and Waterton. Wadsworth Boulevard leads the route north into Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster and Broomfield. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Frontage roads (Hampden Avenue) accompany the U.S. 285 freeway east to the parclo interchange with SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard) north. Historically the exchange with Sheridan Boulevard consisted of a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 enters the Denver city limits through the Bear Valley community. Two exits remain along the freeway east to SH 88 (Federal Boulevard) in the city of Sheridan. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 95 commences a 14.38 mile route from U.S. 285 at Fort Logan in Denver. The highway leads north along the Denver-Lakewood city limits into Arvada and Westminster before ending at U.S. 36. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Bear Creek Park lines the south side of U.S. 285 and the Harvey Park South neighborhood to the north. An interchange sequence sign references the next three junctions, two of which are at-grade intersections. Photo taken 11/10/03.
Paralleling Bear Creek, U.S. 285 next meets Lowell Boulevard south and Knox Court north in the northwest corner of Sheridan. Photo taken 11/10/03.
The continuous freeway for U.S. 285 ends at the traffic lights for Lowell Boulevard south to Mullen High School and Knox Court north to the continuation of Lowell Boulevard through the Harvey Park South in Denver. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 remains a controlled access expressway to a diamond interchange with Colorado 88 (Federal Boulevard). Photo taken 11/10/03.
Colorado 88 lines Federal Boulevard north to Ruby Hill, Athmar Park and Valverde in Denver. The state highway ends where U.S. 287 overtakes Federal Boulevard north from Colfax Avenue at Sun Valley. The state highway extends south through Sheridan to Belleview Avenue east across Littleton and Englewood. Photo taken 11/10/03.
East from SH 88, U.S. 285 sees a RIRO for an RV park before intersecting River Point Parkway at the River Point retail development. Brady Court ties into the six lane expressway from the north. Photo taken 11/10/03.
U.S. 285 proceeds east from River Point Parkway to meet U.S. 85 (Santa Fe Drive). U.S. 85 leads north as an a semi-expressway (complete with HOV lanes) en route to Interstate 25 at the Baker area south of Downtown Denver. Photo taken 11/10/03.

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11/10/03 by AARoads

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