Colorado State Highway 83

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State Highway 83 marker

State Highway 83
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 77.26 mi[1] (124.34 km)
Major junctions
South end: SH 21 in Gleneagle
North end: SH 2 in Denver
Counties: Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 82 US 84

State Highway 83 is a state highway that runs from SH 115 interchange in southern Colorado Springs to SH 2 at Leetsdale Dr. / Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The first 21 miles, from SH 115 to SH 21, is now maintained by the city of Colorado Springs; signage is inconsistent within the city limits.

Route description[edit]

The highway begins in southern Colorado Springs at the intersection of SH 115 and the terminus of SH 83 which is called South Academy Blvd. It runs east then north through the center of the city, where it is called North Academy Blvd. Several city intersections have been upgraded with overpasses (at Proby Parkway, US 24 and Woodmen Rd) to avoid making this just another city street. The highway continues north then northwest through the city, and then just before connecting to I-25 it turns directly north and speed up to 55 mph. After paralleling I-25 for several miles, it turns east as it overlays Interquest Parkway. The highway is solely named SH 83 beginning in far northeastern Colorado Springs, at the intersection of CO 21 and InterQuest Parkway. From there it becomes a 60 mph rural highway, continuing northward through rural countryside for 30 miles to Franktown, through a tree heavy and hilly portion of Douglas County, and passing the east border of Castlewood Canyon State Park, then intersecting SH 86. The route becomes a six lane divided expressway at Bayou Gulch Road with a 55 mph speed limit. The route continues on and enters the City of Parker and the southeastern portion of the Denver Metropolitan Area, where it interchanges with E-470. After, it enters Arapahoe County just north of E-470 and descends into Centennial where it interchanges with Arapahoe Road, which recently was upgraded to a grade-separated interchange. SH 83 continues as a 55 mph an expressway as it enters Aurora, intersecting Hampden Avenue and Interstate 225. The route enters suburban Aurora, and it becomes more of a city street, dropping to a 45 mph speed limit and narrowing to 4 lanes. It soon enters the Cherry Creek district of Denver and ends at Colorado Boulevard/SH 2.

Major intersections[edit]

Note that miles 0 - 21 have been turned over to the city of Colorado Springs for maintenance. As of 2013, most signage still includes SH 83 designations.

County Location Mile[2] Junction Notes
El Paso Colorado Springs 0 SH 115 – Cañon City, Colorado Springs Southern terminus of SH 83; Interchange
1 Magrath Avenue Interchange
1 Westmeadow Drive
Security 2 I‑25 – Denver, Pueblo
2.5 US 85 / US 87 – Fountain
2.5 Hartford Avenue
3 Bradley Road
Colorado Springs 4 Milton E. Proby Parkway east - Airport Sign.svg Colorado Springs Airport
4.5 Hancock Expressway
6 US 24 (Fountain Boulevard) – Manitou Springs, Limon
8 Platte Avenue – Downtown Interchange
15.5 Woodmen Road Interchange completed 2012.
21 SH 21 south (Powers Boulevard)
28.5 SH 105 west – Monument
Douglas Franktown 51 SH 86 – Castle Rock, Elizabeth
Parker 62 E-470 to I‑70 – Limon, Denver International Airport Interchange
62 E-470 to I‑25 – Colorado Springs
Arapahoe Centennial 65.5 SH 88 (Arapahoe Road) Interchange complete in December 2011.
Aurora 70 Hampden Avenue east Interchange
70.5 Vaughn Way, Dam Road
71 I‑225 – Greenwood Village, Aurora
72.5 SH 30 (Havana Street)
Denver 77.5 SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard) Northern terminus of SH 83
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 83". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  2. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway Data, accessed October 2009: note that not every interval between mileposts is exactly a mile, explaining why more exits than expected are at the exact milepost