Colorado State Highway 72

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State Highway 72 marker

State Highway 72
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 51.01 mi[1] (82.09 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑70 in Wheat Ridge
  SH 93 in rural Jefferson County
SH 119 at Nederland
North end: SH 7 east of Allenspark
Location
Counties: Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 71 SH 74

State Highway 72 (SH 72) is a 51-mile-long (82 km) state highway passing through the foothills and the eastern edge of the Front Range.

View of Continental Divide from State Highway 72 west of Wondervu

Route description[edit]

The route is a mainly rural, scenic, mountainous highway; not having many junctions. It begins at I-70 (Exit 266) in Wheat Ridge as Ward Road. It continues north through the western parts of Arvada where it becomes Coal Creek Canyon Rd. The highway continues west-north-west through Coal Creek Canyon and aptly named Wondervu, across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Pinecliffe, eventually joining the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway northbound. For three miles along the Byway it coincides with SH 119. The two routes diverge at Nederland. From Nederland, SH 72 continues north along the Byway past Ward to its terminus with SH 7 east of Allenspark.

History[edit]

The route was established in the 1920s, when it began at 46th Avenue in Denver and headed northwest to Nederland. The section of the present-day SH 72 north of Nederland was designated as SH 160. By 1936, the southeastern terminus had been moved to SH 58, itself since relocated. The section from SH 93 east was paved by 1946, and the route was paved entirely by 1958. In 1968, SH 160 was deleted and SH 72 took the route from Nederland to Raymond.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Jefferson Wheat Ridge 0.00 0.00 I‑70 Interchange
Arvada 10.65 17.14 SH 93
Boulder Nederland 29.37 47.27 SH 119 South end of SH 119 overlap
32.37 52.09 SH 119 North end of SH 119 overlap
  54.06 87.00 SH 7
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 71". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  2. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 60-79". Retrieved 2010-05-29.