Colorado State Highway 90

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State Highway 90 marker

State Highway 90
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 41.9 mi[1] (67.4 km)
Major junctions
West end: SR-46 at the Utah border
  SH 141 at Vancorum
East end: US 550 at Montrose
Highway system

Colorado State Highways

SH 89 SH 91

State Highway 90 is a 41.9 mi (67.4 km) long state highway at the western edge of Colorado.

Route description[edit]

SH 90 begins in the west at the border with Utah where it becomes Utah State Route 46 which continues westward to meet U.S. Highway 191 about twenty miles (32 km) south of Moab, UT. From the Utah border the road passes eastward for about 34 miles (55 km) through a very remote area, first along a section of La Sal Creek, then over a pass and though Paradox Valley, where it crosses the Dolores River Bridge near the town of Bedrock. After leaving the valley, it joins up with State Highway 141 at Vancorum where this portion of the road ends. The road then reappears approximately eight miles west of Montrose and travels into downtown Montrose where its western end occurs at its intersection with U.S. Highway 550. The two sections of the road are joined by a 49-mile (79 km) section composed mostly of unpaved road and a brief stretch of SH 141 neither of which are officially part of SH 90. Thus the official length of the road is 41.9 miles (67.4 km), but driving from one end to the other will require traveling at least 89 miles (143 km). If only paved routes are used, that distance increases considerably.

History[edit]

The route was established in the 1920s without the current gap. In 1954, all was cut out except the current eastern section, and the current western section was added back in 1963. The route was also entirely paved by 1963.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is located in Montrose County, Colorado.

Location Mile[1] Destination Notes
0.000 SR-46 at the Utah state line West end of route
Vancorum 33.874 SH 141 End of western section
Gap in SH 90
81.533 CR 59 / CR 90 Begin eastern section
Montrose 89.858 US 550 (Townsend Avenue) East end of route

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Segment Descriptions for Highway 90". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 80-99". Retrieved 04-11-2010.