Colorado State Highway 61

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State Highway 61

Map of northeastern Colorado with SH 61 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length40.8 mi[1] (65.7 km)
Major junctions
South end US 34 at Otis
North end
US 6 to I-76 at Sterling
CountryUnited States
CountiesWashington, Logan
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 60 SH 62

State Highway 61 (SH 61) is a 40.8-mile (65.7 km) state highway in northeastern Colorado. SH 61's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 34 (US 34) in Otis, and the northern terminus is at US 6 in Sterling.

Route description

SH 61 begins at an at-grade intersection with US 34 at the south side of Otis. It begins straight northward through town, in which roads are laid out in a grid-like pattern. The road then exits the town, entering sparsely populated wilderness. Near the Washington - Logan county line, the road abruptly turns westward and eastward again, crossing the boundary a few miles later.[2] It then meets its northern terminus at US 6 east of Sterling. Interstate 76 (I-76) is accessed by following US 6 west from the northern terminus.[3]


The road was established in the 1920s, when it connected US 36 near Cope to US 38 (former) near Sterling. When US 38 was moved around 1930, the terminus was redefined as SH 154, which took its place. The section from its current terminus at Otis to US 36 was deleted and the northern terminus was adjusted to US 6, which later became I-76, in 1954. The route was entirely paved three years later.[4]

Major intersections

WashingtonOtis0.0000.000 US 34 (First Avenue)Southern terminus
US 6 to I-76 – Julesburg, Sterling, Holyoke
Northern terminus; to I-76 exit 125
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment Descriptions for Highway 61". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-04-12.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Washington County (PDF) (Map). Cartography by CDOT. Colorado Department of Transportation. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-14.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Logan County (PDF) (Map). Cartography by CDOT. Colorado Department of Transportation. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2010-06-14.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 60-79". Retrieved 4 November 2010.

External links

Media related to Colorado State Highway 61 at Wikimedia Commons