U.S. Route 287 in Colorado

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U.S. Route 287 marker

U.S. Route 287
Map of Colorado with US 287 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 385.22 mi[1] (619.95 km)
Major junctions
South end: US-287 / US-385 at the Oklahoma state line
 
North end: US 287 at the Wyoming state line
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
US 285 SH 291

U.S. Route 287 (US 287) is the portion of a north-south highway in Colorado that travels from the Oklahoma state line just south of Campo to the Wyoming state line north of Fort Collins.

Route description[edit]

View south along U.S. Highway 287 in Larimer County, Colorado

Heading from the Oklahoma border, US 287 and US 385, upon entering the state, pass through Campo, and make an interchange with US 160 south of Springfield. In Lamar and Carlton, the highways split at an interchange with US 50, where US 287 continues north, this time concurrent with US 50. Just outside the town the highways make a sharp turn toward the west, and the road heading north is SH 196. South of Wiley, US 50 heads west, while US 287 turns north toward Wiley. East of Eads, Colorado US 287 turns toward the west again, briefly merging with SH 96. In Eads SH 96 continues west, while US 287 moves north. Just east of Kit Carson, US 287 again turns toward the west and merges with US 40. East of Limon, the two highways make two interchanges with I-70 before entering Limon. After a brief concurrency with US 24, the two highways merge with I-70. Near the outskirts of Aurora US 36 merges with the group of highways as well.

Just past E-470, I-70 and US 36 split to follow a more northerly course, while US 287 and US 40 continue west into Downtown Denver on Colfax Avenue. The I-25, US 6, US 87, and US 85 interchange marks US 287's second junction with its parent route, US 87. Shortly thereafter, at a cloverleaf interchange with Federal Boulevard, SH 88 runs south, US 40 continues west, and US 287 turns north on Federal Boulevard. After crossing I-76 and then US 36 for a second time, US 287 turns west onto 120th Avenue where it overlaps SH 128. Just before meeting US 36 again in Broomfield, US 287 bends back to the north, leaving CO 128 to continues west. At Baseline Road in Lafayette, SH 7 joins US 287 for about a mile, before it splits to the west on Arapahoe Avenue towards Boulder. US 287 intersects SH 119 as it enters Longmont on the very busy Main Street, then intersects SH 66 at the north edge of town. The road bypasses Berthoud en route to Loveland, where US 287 splits into the pair of one-way streets. US 287 passes through Fort Collins on College Avenue, merging with SH 14 at Jefferson Street. On the edge of the mountains, SH 14 splits and heads west into Poudre Canyon, while US 287 continues north into Wyoming. The section of US 287 between Fort Collins, Colorado and Laramie, Wyoming carries very heavy truck traffic and was once considered dangerous.[2]

History[edit]

The original US 287 only traveled from Denver past the Wyoming state line in 1935. In 1940, US 287 was expanded past the Oklahoma state line (to Port Arthur, Texas), replacing US 285.

After a head-on crash on the highway in 2001, there were people lobbying for a widening of US 287 at the Wyoming state line. Their request was answered in April 2009.[2] Throughout 2012, the highway was expanded to three lanes north of Fort Collins, was resurfaced, and contained shoulders to prevent such accidents.[1]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Baca 0.000 0.000 US-287 / US-385 south / SH-3 east Continuation into Oklahoma
Springfield 28.777 46.312 US 160 – Trinidad, Johnson City
Prowers 40.772 65.616 SH 116 – Two Buttes, Lycan
Lamar 77.639 124.948 US 50 east / US 385 north (Olive Street) – Granada Northern end of US 385 overlap; southern end of US 50 overlap
85.188–
85.451
137.097–
137.520
US 50 west – La Junta Interchange; northern end of US 50 overlap
Wiley 87.371 140.610 SH 196 – Kornman, McClave
Kiowa 110.590 177.977 SH 96 east – Sheridan Lake Southern end of SH 96 overlap
Eads 113.420 182.532 SH 96 west – Haswell Northern end of SH 96 overlap
Cheyenne 133.240 214.429 US 40 east – Cheyenne Wells Southern end of US 40 overlap
Kit Carson 134.149 215.892 SH 59 – Seibert
Aroya 153.819 247.548 SH 94 – Colorado Springs
Lincoln 193.281 311.056 I-70 Bus. begin / US 24 east / I-70 Southern end of I-70 Bus./US 24 overlap; I-70 exit 363
Limon 194.552 313.101 I-70 – Weigh Station I-70 exit 361; eastbound exit signed to SH 71 north
194.950 313.742 SH 71 north (1st Street) – Brush Southern end of SH 71 overlap
196.007 315.443 SH 71 south (Indiana Avenue) – Ordway Northern end of SH 71 overlap
197.031 317.091 US 24 west – Colorado Springs Northern end of US 24 overlap
197.579 317.973 I-70 Bus. end / I-70 east – Weigh Station Northern end of I-70 Bus. overlap; southern end of I-70 overlap; I-70 exit 359
See I-70
ArapahoeAdams
county line
Aurora 266.715 429.236 I-70 Bus. begin / I-70 (US 36) – Denver Northern end of I-70 overlap; southern end of I-70 Bus./US 40 overlap; no southbound access to I-70 west; I-70 exit 288; serves Denver International Airport
Arapahoe 272.516 438.572 I-225 I-225 exit 10
City and County of Denver 278.232 447.771 SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard)
282.065 453.940 I-25 (US 6 / US 85 / US 87) / Auraria Parkway – Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs I-25 exit 210A
282.700 454.962 SH 88 south (Federal Boulevard south) Interchange
I-70 Bus. / US 40 west (Colfax Avenue west) Interchange; northern end of I-70 Bus./US 40 overlap
285.752 459.873 I-70 – Grand Junction I-70 exit 272
Adams Berkley 286.913 461.742 I-76 – Fort Morgan I-76 exit 3
Westminster 289.367 465.691 US 36 (Denver-Boulder Turnpike) – Boulder, Denver Interchange
294.711 474.291 SH 128 east (120th Avenue east) Southern end of SH 128 overlap
City and County of Broomfield 298.100 479.745 SH 121 south / SH 128 west Interchange; northern end of SH 128 overlap
BroomfieldBoulder
county line
BroomfieldLafayette line 300.886 484.229 Northwest Parkway Northwest Pkwy. exit 52
Boulder Lafayette 301.825 485.740 SH 42 west (Empire Road) – Louisville
304.273 489.680 SH 7 east (Baseline Road) – Brighton Southern end of SH 7 overlap
305.361 491.431 SH 7 west (Arapahoe Road) – Boulder Northern end of SH 7 overlap
310.390 499.524 SH 52 – Niwot, Dacono, Fort Lupton
Longmont 314.902 506.786 SH 119 (Ken Pratt Boulevard) to I-25 – Boulder
318.326 512.296 SH 66 – Estes Park, Platteville, Ute Creek Golf Course
Larimer Berthoud 325.529 523.888 SH 56 east – Museum, Berthoud Business District
Campion 329.160 529.732 1st Street in Berthoud Interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
330.023 531.121 SH 60 east (SE 42nd Street)
Loveland 332.028 534.347 SH 402 east (14th Street SE)
334.053 537.606 US 34 (Eisenhower Boulevard) – Estes Park, Greeley Serves McKee Medical Center
Fort Collins 339.128 545.774 SH 392 east (Carpenter Road) to I-25
346.874 558.240 SH 14 east (Jefferson Street) to I-25 – Ault, Denver Southern end of SH 14 overlap
348.635 561.074 SH 1 north (Terry Lake Road)
355.856 572.695 SH 14 west (Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway) – Walden, Poudre Canyon Northern end of SH 14 overlap
385.223 619.956 US 287 north Continuation into Wyoming
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Colorado US 287". Retrieved February 12, 2016. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "Wyo begins widening 287". Casper Star-Tribune. Associated Press. April 19, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Highway Data Explorer". OTIS: Online Transportation Information System. Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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U.S. Route 287
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