Colorado State Highway 96

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State Highway 96 marker

State Highway 96
Map of eastern Colorado with SH 96 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 207.45 mi[1] (333.86 km)
Major junctions
West end: SH 69 in Westcliffe
 
East end: K-96 at Kansas border
Location
Counties: Custer, Pueblo, Otero, Crowley, Kiowa
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 95 SH 97

State Highway 96 (SH 96) is a state highway in eastern Colorado. Its western terminus is an intersection with SH 69 in Westcliffe. Its eastern terminus is at the Kansas state line, east of Towner, where it continues as K-96.

Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway[edit]

The section of the highway between Pueblo and Silver Cliff is designated as part of the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway.[2]

The highway passes and intersects many major highways and several state highways along its 207-mile route. In Custer County, Highway 96 crosses the Wet Mountains and passes through the San Isabel National Forest. Its highest point is Hardscrabble Pass at 9,085 feet.

History[edit]

The route was established in the 1920s, when the routing was exactly as it is today. Several portions were paved by 1946 including the segment from Pueblo to Boone, Olney Springs to Sugar City, and from Haswell to the Kansas state line. The segment of SH 96 concurrent with US 50 was constructed as an expressway by 1957. The entire route was paved by 1964.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[4] km Destinations Notes
Custer Westcliffe 0 0.0 SH 69 – Walsenburg, Salida Western terminus
16.5 26.6 SH 165 south – Rye, Colorado City Northern terminus of SH 165
Wetmore 26 42 SH 67 north – Florence Southern terminus of SH 67
Pueblo Pueblo 52 84 SH 45 (Pueblo Boulevard)
56 90 SH 227 south – Salt Creek Northern terminus of SH 227
58 93 SH 47 west Eastern terminus of SH 47
58 93 US 50 west – Cañon City Western terminus of US 50 concurrency
61 98  – Pueblo Memorial Airport
61.5 99.0 SH 233 south (Baxter Road) Northern terminus of SH 233
64 103 SH 231 south Northern terminus of SH 231
70 110 US 50 east – La Junta Eastern end of US 50 concurrency
Boone 75 121 SH 209 south Northern terminus of SH 209
Crowley SH 167 south – Fowler Northern terminus of SH 167
Crowley 99 159 SH 207 south – Manzanola Northern terminus of SH 207
Ordway 105 169 SH 71 south – Rocky Ford Western end of SH 71 concurrency
SH 71 north – Punkin Center Eastern end of SH 71 concurrency
Kiowa Eads 165 266 US 287 north – Kit Carson Western end of US 287 concurrency
168 270 US 287 south – Lamar Eastern end of US 287 concurrency
US 385 south – Lamar Western end of US 385 concurrency
Sheridan Lake 193 311 US 385 north – Cheyenne Wells Eastern end of US 385 concurrency
Kansas state line
Greeley 207.5 333.9 K-96 east – Tribune Eastern terminus; continuation into Kansas as K-96
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 96". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  2. ^ America's Byways.Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway map.
  3. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 80-99". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
    "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
    "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
    "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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