State Route 79, 8 and 82 in Colorado
State Route 79 in Colorado
According to allcitycodes, State Route 79, commonly known as State Highway 79 or SH 79 is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road forms a north-south route across the High Plains, from Bennett to Prospect Valley. SH 79 is 38 kilometers long.
SH 79 begins at the village of Bennett at a junction with Interstate 70, 25 miles east of Denver. SH 79 then passes through the village of Bennett and then north across the barren High Plains, with little elevation change. The road is straight between Bennett and the Prospect Valley terminus and ends at SH 52.
SH 79 is one of the original state highways of the 1920s and ran from Bennett to Prospect Valley. The road was completely paved in 1963. In 1963, SH 79 was also extended a little south to the newly constructed I-70 at Bennett.
Every day, 5,300 to 5,700 vehicles use the SH 79.
State Route 8 in Colorado
State Route 8, more commonly known as State Highway 8 or SH 8, is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road connects Morrison and Lakewood in western Denver metropolitan area. SH 8 is 14 kilometers long.
SH 8 begins south of Morrison at a Trumpet interchange with US 285, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The road is single-lane and heads north into the village of Morrison, then east into the Denver metropolitan area. Between the State Route 470 ring road and Lakewood it is a 2×2 divided highway. SH 8 ends at State Route 391 in the Lakewood suburb.
SH 8 was one of the original long-haul routes through Colorado from the 1920s. SH 8 then ran from US 285 at Antero Junction via Denver and Limon to the Kansas state border east of Kit Carson. The parts outside Denver were paved in phases between 1932 and 1946.
The original SH 8 has been largely replaced by other roads, between Antera Junction and Denver by US 285, between Denver and Limon by I-70, and between Limon and the Kansas border by US 40. In 1968 the road was shortened to the current route.
The connection with US 285 south of Morrison was already constructed in or before the 1990s. In 1991 the SPUI opened connection with the SR-470.
Every day, 3,700 vehicles run between US 285 and Morrison, 13,000 vehicles on SR-470, and 7,000 to 12,000 vehicles continue to Lakewood.
State Route 82 in Colorado
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State Route 82, commonly known as State Highway 82 or SH 82 is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road forms an east-west route through the Rocky Mountains, from Glenwood Springs through Aspen and the Independence Pass to Granite. SH 82 is 137 kilometers long.
SH 82 to Independence Pass.
SH 82 begins in the town of Glenwood Springs on Interstate 70, just west of Glenwood Canyon. The road heads southeast and follows a series of valleys. Glenwood Springs is 1,800 meters above sea level and the road rises steadily to the winter sports resort of Aspen, which lies at 2,400 meters. It is a fairly long stretch between Glenwood Springs and Aspen that is designed as a 2×2 divided highway.
SH 82 runs on Aspen’s Main Street, and after Aspen it follows an ever-higher valley, eventually culminating in the 3,686-foot Independence Pass, one of the highest roads in Colorado. It is one of the few mountain passes in the state that lies above the tree line. Nearby are numerous mountains with peaks above 4,000 meters. The road then descends to Twin Lakes, which is 2,800 meters above sea level, where the road ends near Granite on US 24.
SH 82 is one of the original 1920s state highways. The road was still unpaved at the time. The section between Glenwood Springs and Aspen was asphalted in 1938. The route over the Independence Passwas asphalted in 1969. With the growth of winter sports traffic to Aspen, SH 82 had to be doubled to 2×2 lanes between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. This started in the mid-1960s at Glenwood Springs. By 1972 the road to Carbondale had been doubled to 2×2 lanes. In 1988 the Basalt single lane bypass opened and by 1995 the route between Carbondale and Basalt had been doubled to 2×2 lanes. Between 1998 and 2004, the section between Basalt and Aspen was doubled to 2×2 lanes, the last section being at Snowmass Canyon. In 2017, Grand Avenue’s bridge over the Colorado River and I-70 in Glenwood Springs was replaced.
The section between Glenwood Springs and Aspen typically handles 17,000 to 25,000 vehicles per day, with peaks of 29,000 vehicles in Glenwood Springs and Aspen itself. After Aspen, the intensity drops sharply, with only 1,000 vehicles crossing Independence Pass. This rises to 1,500 vehicles off US 24.