U.S. Route 138

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U.S. Route 138 marker

U.S. Route 138
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 38
Length: 71.29 mi[1][2] (114.73 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 6 in Sterling, Colo.
  I-80 near Big Springs, Neb.
East end: US 30 near Big Springs, Neb.
Location
States: Colorado, Nebraska
Highway system

U.S. Route 138, commissioned in 1926, is an east–west U.S. Highway in Colorado and Nebraska that runs predominantly northeast to southwest paralleling the South Platte River and Interstate 76. Like all spurs of the former U.S. Route 66 and U.S. Route 99, U.S. Route 138 is an orphan route. U.S. Route 38 was commissioned in 1926, but U.S. Route 6 was extended over it to Long Beach, California (but was truncated to Bishop in 1964). Therefore, U.S. 138 still meets its former parent route.

Route description[edit]

Colorado[edit]

U.S. 138 begins in Sterling at U.S. 6 and Business Loop 76. It goes northeast and intersects Colorado State Highway 113 southwest of Iliff. It becomes more easterly as it goes through Iliff, Proctor and Crook, where it intersects Colorado State Highway 55. It continues on to Sedgwick, where it meets Colorado State Highway 59. After passing through Ovid, it then meets U.S. Highway 385 west of Julesburg, and they overlap into Julesburg. Also in Julesburg, U.S. 138 intersects Colorado State Highway 11. U.S. 138 then leaves Julesburg going northeast and enters Nebraska.

Nebraska[edit]

Shortly after entering Nebraska, U.S. 138 intersects Interstate 80. It continues east from I-80 and enters Big Springs. At Big Springs, U.S. 138 turns north and ends at U.S. Highway 30.

History[edit]

The western terminus is in Sterling, Colorado, where it met U.S. Route 38 from 1926 to 1931 (US 38 became U.S. Route 6); the eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 30 north of Big Springs, Nebraska. US 138 is an example of a "child" route that has long outlived its "parent"; before U.S. Route 99 was decommissioned in 1964, US 138 was the only US route to not have a "parent" route.

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location mi[1][2] km Destinations Notes
Colorado Logan Sterling 0.000 0.000 US 6 to I-76 / SH 14 – Holyoke, Atwood, Brush, Fort Collins Western terminus
8.970 14.436 SH 113 north – Peetz, Sidney
Crook 27.503 44.262 SH 55 south – Fleming
Sedgwick Sedgwick 43.413 69.866 SH 59 south – Haxtun, Yuma
54.810 88.208 US 385 north – Chappell, Sidney West end of US 385 overlap
Julesburg 56.956 91.662 SH 11 north to I-80
58.534 94.201 US 385 south to I-76 – Holyoke Interchange; east end of US 385 overlap
  59.823
0.00
96.276
0.00
Colorado–Nebraska state line
Nebraska Deuel 3.06–
3.51
4.92–
5.65
I-80 – Sidney, North Platte Interchange; exit 101 on I-80
Big Springs 9.44 15.19 L-25B to I-80
11.47 18.46 US 30 – Ogallala, Chappell Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book" (PDF). Nebraska Department of Roads. 2015. p. 280. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
Browse numbered routes
SH 136 CO SH 139
N-137 NE US 159