State Route 1 in Colorado
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State Route 1, commonly known as State Highway 1 or SH 1 is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road connects Fort Collins and Wellington in the Front Range north of Denver. The road is 16 kilometers long.
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Beginning in the north of the town of Fort Collins at an intersection with US 287, the road runs north through the suburbs of Fort Collins, east through exurbs and then north again into the town of Wellington, where SH 1 meets a connection with Interstate 25 ends 33 kilometers south of the border with the state of Wyoming.
State Highway 1 was one of the 19 original Colorado state highways of 1923 intended for long-haul traffic. SH 1 then ran north-south across the state, from the New Mexico state border through Denver to the Wyoming state border. Interstate 25 was later overlaid and parallel to it. The road was mainly paved in the 1930s. The route was eventually shortened to the current remaining section between Fort Collins and Wellington.
Fort Collins has been growing into a fairly large city since the 1980s, so there has also been some suburbanization and exurbanization along State Route 1, especially since the 1990s. The road is no longer really rural between Fort Collins and Wellington.
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9,500 vehicles drive daily in Fort Collins, dropping to 4,000 vehicles halfway through and 9,000 vehicles in Wellington again.
State Route 10 in Colorado
State Route 10, commonly known as State Highway 10 or SH 10 is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road forms an east-west connection in the south of the state, between Walsenburg and La Junta. SH 10 is 116 kilometers long.
SH 10 begins in Walsenburg, a village on Interstate 25. SH 10 is an extension of US 160, which is a major east-west route through southern Colorado. SH 10 runs mainly in a northeasterly direction through a flat steppe area. Apart from ranching, little farming is possible. There are no real places between Walsenburg and the terminus La Junta, one only crosses the SH 71. The easternmost portion of SH 71 to La Junta does pass through agricultural land, irrigated from the Arkansas River. SH 10 ends on the west side of the town of La Junta on US 50.
SH 10 was one of the original state highways from the early 1920s and ran from the Utah border near Dove Creek to Walsenburg. In 1936 the route was extended from Walsenburg to La Junta. SH 10 has largely been replaced by US 160 between Cortez and Walsenburg and US 491 between the Utah state border and Cortez.
The road from Walsenburg to La Junta was asphalted in the late 1950s. In 1968 SH 10 west of Walsenburg was scrapped in favor of US 160 and US 491. SH 10 has hardly been upgraded since the asphalting.
Every day, between 400 and 600 vehicles use the SH 10. In Walsenburg this is 700 vehicles and 1,200 vehicles at La Junta.
State Route 100 in Colorado
State Route 100, commonly known as State Highway 100 or SH 100 is a short state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road connects the village of Vilas with US 160 in Baca County in the southeast of the state, 600 meters long.
The original SH 100 emerged as early as the 1920s as the number of today’s US 160 in the sparsely populated southeast of the state. US 160 then ran east from Trinidad on a more southerly route to Branson, after which SH 100 ran north from Branson, then east on today’s US 160 to Walsh at the Kansas state border. In 1939 SH 100 was extended east to the Kansas border. Most of the road was paved in the 1950s, except near Kim, which was not paved until 1963. In 1965 SH 100 got a spur south to the village of Vilas. In 1968 SH 100 was dropped in favor of US 160, but the spur remained as SH 100.
Every day 400 vehicles use the SH 100.
State Route 101 in Colorado
State Route 101, commonly known as State Highway 101 or SH 101 is a state route in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road runs in the southeast of the state, from Las Animas south across the High Plains. SH 101 is 34 kilometers long.
SH 101 begins in Las Animas, a small town in the Arkansas River valley, located on US 50. It is also the only place on the route. SH 101 heads south across the barren steppe and parallels a railroad track. After 34 kilometers, SH 101 ends at an intersection with unmade county road K. The road then continues as a dirt road to Pritchett.
SH 101 was one of the original state highways from the 1920s and ran from Las Animas to Pritchett at the time. In 1939 the route was extended south to near the Oklahoma state border. In 1954, the section between a rail siding called Toonerville and the Oklahoma border was handed over to the counties. The current road was paved in 1968.
2,600 vehicles drive daily in Las Animas, dropping to less than 100 vehicles per day on the southern portion until the end of SH 101.