Colorado State Highway 66

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State Highway 66 marker

State Highway 66
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 22.7 mi[1] (36.5 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 36 / SH 7 southeast of Lyons
  US 287 at Longmont
I‑25 / US 87 near Longmont
East end: US 85.svg US 85 in Platteville
Location
Counties: Boulder, Weld
Highway system

Colorado State Highways

SH 65 SH 67

State Highway 66 is a 22.7 mi (36.5 km) long east-west state highway in Boulder and Weld counties in Colorado. The highway extends from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at a junction with U.S. Highway 36 southeast of Lyons, proceeding east through the northern edge of Longmont, to Platteville where it ends at U.S. Highway 85. Although a number of western states retain their "state highway 66" as the decommissioned U.S. Route 66, the "Mother Road" did not run through Colorado, and State Highway 66 has no connection to the famed Historic Route 66.

Route description[edit]

Modern SH 66 begins as a continuation of Ute Highway, southeast of Lyons at a signalized T intersection where U.S. Highway 36 turns south towards Boulder on North Foothills Highway. From here, the route heads eastward along Ute Highway through open grassland, passing several small reservoirs and streams.[2] Near a junction with CR 37, the road passes McCall Reservoir, Independent Reservoir, and Burch Lake before passing by McIntosh Lake. It passes through the northern edge of Longmont, where it meets US 287. Continuing eastward, the land on the side of the road transitions to farmland. After crossing the Boulder/Weld county line, the road heads east in a straight line, crossing Interstate 25 at Exit 243 near Mead, continuing on to Plattville which it enters on Justin Avenue, crossing Business US 85 at Main Street before ending at U.S. Highway 85.

History[edit]

The route was established in the 1920s, when it began at US 87 (now moved) in Longmont and headed west to Estes Park. The section east of Longmont, which now extends to Platteville, was added in 1939, when the older portion of the route was paved. The rest of the route was paved by 1960. In 1967 when the bonds for the Denver-Boulder Turnpike were paid off, U.S. Highway 36 was extended to Estes Park along SH 66. Gradually the signing of the overlapping segment was reduced to just "US 36", leaving an orphan segment of SH 66 signed within Estes Park. In 2007 this remnant of SH 66 in Estes Park was turned back and it was truncated to its junction with US 36 southeast of Lyons. However, even today mileposts are measured from Estes Park, with the road officially beginning at Milepost 26.89.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] Destination Notes
Boulder Lyons 28.69 US 36 / SH 7 End of overlapping non-chargeable section
Longmont 36.62 US 287
Weld Mead 42.73 I‑25 / US 87 Interchange
Platteville 51.23
US 85 Bus. (Main Street)
51.38 US 85
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Segment Descriptions for Highway 66". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Bing Maps". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 60-79". Retrieved 2010-05-18.