Today was a beautiful day, so I decided to take a short road trip. During this little Saturday jaunt I saw this mile marker sign, and a few others that were the same except for the mile number. Now, you can take a look at a U.S. road map and try to find this highway. Or just CLICK HERE to find out about U.S. 76. You will see that it is a 548 mile long highway that stretches from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina; traversing parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
Yet here I am in the Centennial state of Colorado, many miles from these eastern states. So what's up with the U.S. 76 highway shields? Well, CDOT's clueless sign makers are at it once again. These markers are actually along the western version of Interstate 76, and should carry a red, white, and blue interstate shield, or none at all. Instead we have the wrong highway denoted for several miles along the freeway, showing U.S. 76 in a state where the highway doesn't exist!
This highway, I-76 is a bit of an anomaly anyway, as it has two distinctly separate highways with that designation, and both were once known as Interstate 80S. The eastern I-76 goes from Lodi, Ohio; through Pennsylvania (largely as the Pennsylvania Turnpike); and ends in New Jersey.
The western I-76 is almost entirely within Colorado. This is perhaps fitting, as Colorado is known as The Centennial State, as it was admitted to the union in 1876, the centennial year of the United States. This highway begins as a split from I-70 just west of Denver, Colorado; and heads northeast toward Nebraska's panhandle, where only about a mile or so is actually in that state. The highway ends as it merges onto Interstate 80 near the northeast corner of Colorado.