Colorado State Highway 3

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State Highway 3

SH 3 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length2.444 mi[1] (3.933 km)
Major junctions
South end US 160 / US 550 in Durango
North end US 160 / US 550 in Durango
CountryUnited States
CountiesLa Plata
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 2 SH 5

State Highway 3 (SH 3) is a short north–south state highway in La Plata County, Colorado, United States (almost entirely within the southern part of the city of Durango). It follows the former alignment of U.S. Route 160 (US 160) and U.S. Route 550 (US 550) south of downtown, lying across the Animas River from the modern highway constructed circa 1981.

Route description

SH 3 begins in southern Durango at US 160/US 550 (Camino del Rio), just south of that route's crossing of the Animas River to the Durango Mall. SH 3 travels northward along the former alignment of US 160/US 550 (an even older alignment[citation needed] is now County Road 209, Sawmill Road), following the eastern bank of the Animas River for about 1.75 miles (2.82 km). After leaving and re-entering the city of Durango, SH 3 turns onto Larry Valdez Way, which curves to the southwest before meeting US 160/US 550 about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) later.[1] The former alignment of US 160/US 550 does not use Larry Valdez Way, but instead continues north on East Eighth Avenue and turns west on College Drive to Main Avenue, where the two routes used to split.[2][3]


A new alignment of US 160/US 550 was built in 1979-1980, crossing the Animas River twice south of downtown Durango. The old road east of the river was redesignated SH 3 in 1981-1982.[4]

Major intersections

The entire route is in La Plata County.

Durango0.0000.000 US 160 / US 550 (Camino del Rio) – Bayfield, FarmingtonSouthern terminus
2.1943.531East 8th Street – Historic Durango
2.4443.933 US 160 / US 550 (Camino del Rio) – Silverton, CortezNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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