Colorado State Highway 64

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State Highway 64 marker

State Highway 64
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 73.7 mi[1] (118.6 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 40.svg US 40 in Dinosaur
  Colorado 139.svg SH 139 near Rangely
East end: Colorado 13.svg SH 13 near Meeker
Location
Counties: Moffat, Rio Blanco
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 63 SH 65

State Highway 64 is a 74-mile (118 km) long two-lane state highway connecting the towns of Dinosaur and Meeker in the western part of the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in both Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.[2] The western end of State Highway 64 is part of the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, while the eastern end is a junction with State Highway 13 near Meeker, Colorado. Its largest amount of traffic is 6600 near Rangely.[2] It is classified as a Minor Rural Highway by the Colorado Department of Transportation.[3]

Route description[edit]

The route begins at a junction with US 40 in Dinosaur where it is named Stegosaurus Freeway, following the tradition of naming the roads in Dinosaur after names of dinosaurs.[4] After passing 8th Street and exiting the town, SH 64 continues on in the Colorado Plateau bearing south-southeast as Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, crossing into Rio Blanco County after another mile. 4.2 miles after it enters Rio Blanco County, SH 64 curves to the east and starts heading southeast to Rangely. Once past Rangely, it bends northeast to bisect the town of Angora. From there, it bends back southeast following the White River valley through White River City, situated next to Rio Blanco Lake. It continues until it reaches a junction with State Highway 13 three miles away from Meeker.

History[edit]

State Highway 64 was originally built in the 1920s.[2] At that time, the highway started from south of Dinosaur and went west into Utah, but it was changed in the middle of the 1940s.[2] The format of the road shifted several times over the next two decades. In 1939, a spur line was constructed to continue southwest of Meeker. In 1946, the western end was moved from south of Dinosaur to US 40, which was a route already situated within Dinosaur, at that time called Sandy Springs.[2] About a decade later, the spur line built in 1939 was eliminated. The following year, all of State Highway 64 was paved.[2] There have been no other construction developments on the highway since then.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Moffat Dinosaur 0.00 0.00 US 40
Rio Blanco Rangely 19.79 31.85 SH 139 south
Meeker 73.70 118.61 SH 13
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 64". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Salek, Matthew E. (2010-01-30). "Colorado Routes 60-79". Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Classification for SH 64". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaur, Colorado". www.dinosaurdiamond.org. Retrieved 2010-05-30.  Other street names include Brontosaurus Boulevard and Triceratops Terrace.