Colorado State Highway 45

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State Highway 45

Pueblo Boulevard
Map of Pueblo County in south central Colorado with SH 45 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length9.126 mi[1] (14.687 km)
Major junctions
South end I-25 in Pueblo
Major intersections
North end US 50 in Pueblo West
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 44 SH 46

State Highway 45 (SH 45), also known as Pueblo Boulevard, is an expressway in the city of Pueblo. It is 9.126 miles (14.687 km) long. Its southern terminus is at Interstate 25 (I-25) and its northern terminus is U.S. Route 50 (US 50). Plans are waiting to be approved to expand the expressway to six lanes, build a new interchange with US 50, and fix lane narrowing.

Route description

The route begins at I-25. It traverses just south of Lake Minnequa and the Minnequa Business District in southern Pueblo. It intersects SH 78 and SH 96.[2] The route then continues, intersecting several other city streets. The road comes to an end at US 50. The street continues northwest as Wildhorse Road in Pueblo West.


The route started as a rural highway in the 1960s, with the first section from I-25 northwest to SH 96 opening by 1966. By 1973, it was extended north to 11th Street, and was completed north to US 50 by 1975.


Because of growing population in Pueblo, especially in the western side around SH 96, an extension of Highway 45 into a major highway in the area has been proposed. In theory, it would be useful to alleviate traffic jams in the area. SH 45 is planned to eventually continue northeast from US 50 to I-25 around Milepost 103.[2]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Pueblo County.

I-25 / US 87 – Colorado Springs, WalsenburgSouthern terminus; I-25 exit 94
SH 78 south (Northern Avenue) – Beulah
Northern terminus of SH 78
SH 96 (Thatcher Avenue) – Westcliffe
Pueblo West9.03814.545 US 50 – Cañon City, PuebloNorthern terminus; Road continues north as Wildhorse Rd.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment Descriptions for Highway 45". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-03-13.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Salek, Matthew E. (January 30, 2010). "Colorado Routes 40–59". Retrieved August 28, 2010.

External links

Media related to Colorado State Highway 45 at Wikimedia Commons