Colorado State Highway 1

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State Highway 1
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length10.053 mi [1] (16.179 km)
Major junctions
South endUS 287.svgColorado 14.svg US 287 / SH 14 in Fort Collins
North endI-25.svgUS 87.svg I-25 / US 87 in Wellington
Location
Counties Larimer
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
US 650.svg US 650 SH 2 Colorado 2.svg

State Highway 1 (SH 1) is a 10.053-mile (16.179 km) state highway in Larimer, Colorado, United States, that runs from U.S. Route 287 (US 287)/SH 14 just north of the city line of Fort Collins, northeast to Interstate 25 (I-25)/US 87 at Wellington.

Larimer County, Colorado U.S. county in Colorado

Larimer County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 299,630. The county seat and most populous city is Fort Collins. The county was named for William Larimer, Jr., the founder of Denver.

Colorado U.S. state in the United States

Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.

U.S. Route 287 in Colorado

U.S. Highway 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.

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Route description

SH 1 in Wellington, March 2016 Wellington, Colorado.JPG
SH 1 in Wellington, March 2016

The road passes through an area of Colorado Piedmont, between Fort Collins and Wellington. It furnishes the principal road connection between those two communities and passes through a primarily suburban region north of Fort Collins, along the east side of Terry Lake, where it is becomes Terry Lake Drive. Northward, it passes south of Waverly and south of the WWV radio towers, which are visible from the road. In Wellington, it becomes Cleveland Avenue, a readily used road in that town. Although the area running aside the road was traditionally agricultural, it has been the site of rapid housing growth in recent years, particularly near Wellington.

The Colorado Piedmont is an area along the base of the foothills of the Front Range in north central Colorado in the United States. The region consists of a broad hilly valley, just under 5000 ft in elevation, stretching north and northeast from Denver in the valley of the South Platte River, as well as along the Arkansas River valley southward from Colorado Springs. The region includes much of the populated and cultivated area of Colorado. The name Colorado Piedmont also refers to the physiographic section of the Great Plains province.

Waverly, Colorado human settlement in United States of America

Waverly is a small unincorporated community in rural eastern Larimer County, Colorado, United States. It is primarily an agricultural community, consisting of a group of houses along County Road 15 surrounded by ranchlands north of Fort Collins and west of Wellington. The only public buildings in town are a fire station of the Wellington Fire District, as well as the Waverly School, a former schoolhouse. The community has gained local notoriety in recent years because of recent subdivision growth along County Road 15, as well as by efforts of local citizens to manage growth and repel possible annexation attempts.

WWV (radio station) Shortwave radio station broadcasting time signals

WWV is a shortwave radio station, located near Fort Collins, Colorado. It is best known for its continuous time signal broadcasts begun in 1945, and is also used to establish official United States government frequency standards, with transmitters operating on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz. WWV is operated by U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the oversight of its Time and Frequency Division, which is part of NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

History

The route was numbered in the 1920s. During that time, it followed US 85 from New Mexico to I-25, where it continued north along US 85 to Denver, and began as various roads throughout the city that merged. It then paralleled the current route of US 287 towards Fort Collins, then along its current route from Fort Collins to Wellington. From Wellington, it followed various roads back to the current I-25, where it continued north and terminated at the Wyoming border. By 1938, the entire route was paved as part of a major project. In 1954, a section north of Fort Collins was removed, leaving only the portion south of that point. In 1957, the portion north of Fort Collins was returned to the route. However, the entire portion from Fort Collins to the New Mexico border was closed in 1968. Since then, the routing has not significantly changed. [2]

U.S. Route 85 (US 85) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, north to the Canadian border in Fortuna, North Dakota. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 85 begins at the New Mexico state line south of Starkville and ends at the Wyoming state line south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

New Mexico U.S. state in the United States

New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern region of the United States of America; its capital and cultural center is Santa Fe, which was founded in 1610 as capital of Nuevo México, while its largest city is Albuquerque with its accompanying metropolitan area. It is one of the Mountain States and shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and Arizona; its other neighboring states are Oklahoma to the northeast, Texas to the east-southeast, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua to the south and Sonora to the southwest. With a population around two million, New Mexico is the 36th state by population. With a total area of 121,592 sq mi (314,920 km2), it is the fifth-largest and sixth-least densely populated of the 50 states. Due to their geographic locations, northern and eastern New Mexico exhibit a colder, alpine climate, while western and southern New Mexico exhibit a warmer, arid climate.

Denver capital city of the state of Colorado, United States; consolidated city and county

Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is named after James W. Denver, a governor of the Kansas Territory. It is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Larimer County.

Locationmi [1] kmDestinationsNotes
Fort Collins 0.0000.000US 287.svgColorado 14.svg US 287 / SH 14  Fort Collins, Laporte Southern terminus
Wellington 9.96016.029I-25.svgUS 87.svg I-25 / US 87  Fort Collins, Cheyenne Diamond interchange; Exit 278 on I-25
10.05316.179Frontage RoadNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References

  1. 1 2 "Highway Data Explorer". Colorado Department of Transportation . Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  2. Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 1-19" . Retrieved 2010-05-17.
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