Interstate 225

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Interstate 225 marker

Interstate 225

I-225 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 11.959 mi[2] (19.246 km)
Existed: 1976[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-25 / US 87 in Denver
  I-70 Bus. / US 40 / US 287 in Aurora
North end: I-70 / US 36 in Aurora and Denver
Highway system

Colorado State Highways

SH 224 SH 227

Interstate 225 (I-225) is a spur route of Interstate 25 in Colorado. It is the only auxiliary route of Interstate 25, and one of two auxiliary Interstate highways in the state of Colorado. I-225 traverses Aurora and small portions of Denver and Greenwood Village. It runs north from Interstate 25 to Interstate 70. It intersects with Interstate 70 Business/U.S. Highway 40/U.S. Highway 287, known locally as Colfax Avenue. Construction on the freeway began in 1964 and continued progressively through many years until final completion in 1976.

Route description[edit]

The southern end of I-225 begins at an interchange with Interstate 25, as a typical two lane interstate with a 65 mph speed limit. The road then traverses from the southern end northeastward through southern Denver, with Cherry Creek State Park and Cherry Creek Lake on its east side.[3] After exits with DTC Boulevard and Yosemite Street in Greenwood Village,[4] a large suburb of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area, the road becomes three lanes with a fourth auxiliary lane traversing the Denver/Greenwood Village city limits. The highway interchanges with State Highway 83 at the northern boundary of Cherry Creek State Park. Following the exit at SH 83, the freeway enters a suburban area of Aurora,[5] where it turns northward, narrowing back to two lanes and having a 55 mph speed limit, and has exits at Iliff Avenue, Mississippi Avenue, and Alameda Avenue, also signed as State Highway 30.[6] After crossing Sand Creek, the freeway interchanges with Colfax Avenue, also signed as U.S. Highway 40, U.S. Highway 287 and Interstate 70 Business. After the exit, I-225 enters Adams County, continuing through the city of Aurora. The route then crosses a railroad[7] and continues north, where it interchanges with Interstate 70.[2] The northbound ramp to westbound I-70 reenters Denver, and the eastbound I-70 to southbound I-225 ramp originates in Denver but enters Aurora as it passes under the westbound I-70 to southbound I-225 ramp. The highway recently has gone under construction to widen to three lanes in each direction from Colfax to Mississippi, and later will be expanded from Mississippi to Parker, completing construction. The Colfax Avenue exit has also been reconstructed to include a 17th Place ramp for direct access to Anschutz Medical Campus.

History[edit]

picture of a bus station near the highway
The Dayton RTD station in Aurora is located in the center of Interstate 225.

Construction on I-225 began in May 1964 at Interstate 70. A section from Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue was opened in 1966. Five years later, a segment between Mississippi Avenue and Parker Road was opened, and construction began on another segment south of Parker Road, completed in May 1975. The rest of the route between Yosemite Street and Interstate 25 was completed in May 1976.[1] Since completion of construction, the road has retained its original designation from I-25 to I-70.[5]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
City and County of Denver 0.00 0.00 0 I-25 – Colorado Springs, Denver Signed as exits 0A (south) and 0B (north)
Arapahoe Greenwood Village 0.673 1.083 1A DTC Boulevard, Tamarac Street Signed as exit 1 northbound
1.333 2.145 1B Yosemite Street Southbound exit
Aurora 3.946 6.350 4 SH 83 (Parker Road)
5.373 8.647 5 Iliff Avenue
6.886 11.082 7 Mississippi Avenue
7.921 12.748 8 Alameda Avenue
8.953 14.408 9 SH 30 (6th Avenue)
Adams 9.901 15.934 10A I-70 Bus. (Colfax Avenue) / US 40 / US 287
10.151 16.336 10B 17th Place Southbound exit is via exit 10. Opened on February 15, 2013.[8]
AdamsDenver line AuroraDenver line 11.997 19.307 12 I-70 / US 36 – Denver, Limon Signed as exits 12A (west) and 12B (east)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff. "Interstate 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff. "Segment Descriptions for Highway 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation. Denver (Map). Cartography by CDOT. http://apps.coloradodot.info/dataaccess/. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation. Greenwood Village (Map). Cartography by CDOT. http://apps.coloradodot.info/dataaccess/. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Microsoft. "I-225". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://www.bing.com/maps/#JmNwPTM5LjcwMzMyNDE3NjM3MTA3Nn4tMTA0Ljg1NDA3ODg4ODg5MzEzJmx2bD0xMiZzdHk9ciZydHA9cG9zLjM5LjYzNTIyNzcxNTM4MjExXy0xMDQuOTA3NDQ4NzY4NDcxMjNfbmVhciUyMEktMjUlMkMlMjBEZW52ZXIlMkMlMjBDTyUyMDgwMjM3X19fYV9+cG9zLjM5Ljc3Mjc2MTk0NjQ1ODY0Xy0xMDQuODI5Njg0MzUzODg3MzRfX19fYV8mbW9kZT1EJnJ0b3A9MH4wfjB+. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Staff. "Interchange Information of Highway 225". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation. Aurora (Map). Cartography by CDOT. http://apps.coloradodot.info/dataaccess/. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  8. ^ "New Fitzsimons Interchange at I-225 and Colfax in Aurora to be unveiled Monday". Denver Post. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing