Friday, June 6, 2014

Spurs, Bypasses and Beltways: Colorado, Connecticut and Delaware

The James Peak group sits on the Continental D...
The James Peak group sits on the Continental Divide, just NE of Berthoud Pass. Photo taken from the Genesee Park bridge over I-70 (Exit 254), 20 miles west of downtown Denver. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Colorado has two auxiliary interstates which are both in the Denver area. Interstate 225 is 12 miles long and connects I-70 and I-25. This highway starts its journey south at Exit 282 of I-70. I-225 goes south through Aurora and then joins I-25 at Exit 200. Interstate 270, a short highway of five and a half miles, begins at Exit 217 of Interstate 25 and ends at Exit 279 of Interstate 70.

In Connecticut Interstate 384 leaves I-84 and travels east for eight and a half miles to US 44 near Bolton. Interstate 291, which begins its journey from I-91 at Exit 35,  joins I-84 at Exit 61 after 6.40 miles. Interstate 691 leaves I-84 at Exit 27 and travels east for almost 9 miles crossing I-91 and ending in Meriden. Finally, Interstate 395 uses its 67 miles to link I-90 at Auburn, Massachusetts with I-95 in East Lyme, Connecticut.

Interstate 95 has two auxiliary highways in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Interstate 295 comes into Delaware from the east where it is a toll road known as the New Jersey Turnpike. After crossing the Delaware River it maintains the toll status for one exit, but the last two exits before it joins I-95 are toll-free. Interstate 495 is just over 11 miles long and connects I-95 in Newport with I-95 in Claymont. This highway runs to the east of I-95  and travels along the Delaware River for a while.
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