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Street grid (Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area)

A uniform street-naming system is used in the Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area, covering Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and parts of Broomfield and northern Douglas County. However, there are significant areas within the metro area that do not conform to the master grid of street names below. Northern Douglas County, save for the names of the major arterials extending into Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Parker, falls into this category. Also, a significant area in unincorporated Adams County generally bounded by bounded by 70th, Pecos, 88th, and York largely has its own street names. Finally, the City of Littleton has largely maintained its own set of names, though these names are interspersed with the metropolitan street grid names.

Broomfield is an interesting case. Recent development in that area has seen a merging of Boulder County addressing and Broomfield names with Metro Denver addressing and names. A drive up a recently completed stretch of Sheridan Boulevard illustrates this fact. Cross streets are ordered 14th Ave, 15th Ave, 134th Ave, 18th Ave, 136th Ave, etc. Generally, the boundaries follow the old county boundaries along 120th and Sheridan, but addressing has become messy for developers north of 144th within Broomfield.

Finally, Jefferson County has different names for its major east-west arterials than does Arapahoe County. South of Belleview, the order goes; Bowles, Coal Mine, Ken Caryl, and Chatfield. In Arapahoe County, the order goes Belleview, Orchard, Arapahoe, Dry Creek, and County Line.

This list represents the extent of the master grid as of 2008. As a general rule, the grid is complete or mostly complete in all of Denver, Englewood, Aurora north of Colfax and west of Chambers, eastern Lakewood, and much of Wheat Ridge. In many other areas, the streets twist and turn significantly, but are still named as if they were aligned to the grid.

The east-west meridian is Ellsworth Ave., and the north-south meridian is Broadway. Though Broadway is a major arterial, Ellsworth is a minor residential street.

Most of the north-south streets are arranged in alphabetical progression. The first alphabet west of Broadway is named after indigenous tribes of North America. For the first three alphabets west of Broadway, there is one street and one 100 of numbering per letter; beyond that, and east of Colorado Blvd., there are two streets per letter. East-west avenue names are not alphabetized except for the stretch from Amherst to Union (which are all named after colleges and universities) and from Arapahoe Rd. south to County Line Rd.

Grid names for avenues south of County Line Rd. do exist, down to two past Lincoln Ave (the 10000 block). However, they have never been implemented in Douglas County (except for Lincoln Ave.) Therefore the grid effectively ends at County Line save for a few named avenues south of Chatfield Ave. in Jefferson County near Kipling Street.

East of Powhaton Road the grid names are incomplete, as this area is undeveloped, and the existing alphabetical naming of streets ends with Quail Run Street.

Avenues north of 168th exist briefly in Weld County, up to 197th Way on the far east side of where the metro area would extend into Weld County. However, Weld County does not formally recognize the Denver grid system, and new developments immediately north of 168th in Erie do not use numbered avenues (though Sheridan Blvd. newly extends into Erie as Sheridan Parkway).

Downtown grid

When the Town of Auraria was founded its streets were laid out on a grid that paralleled Cherry Creek, which roughly runs diagonally from the northwest to the southeast. Auraria soon became part of Denver, and before the cardinal-direction grid was established the Denver street grid followed this Cherry Creek-orientated grid. The grid has persisted to today, and downtown Denver thus has its own grid.

Outside of downtown the diagonal grid exists in a few sporadic places. A small remnant of the grid is found on the west side of the 25 freeway around 15th Street. In addition, Morrison Road and Park Avenue are two collector routes that follow the diagonal grid that still exist.

Morrison Road exists in Lakewood, stopping at Wadswsorth Blvd. but picking up again at Sheridan and continuing to Knox Ct./Alameda Ave.

Park Avenue West extends from the west side of the Interstate 25 at 32nd Ave. and continues through downtown. After it leaves the downtown area, it becomes Park Avenue and continues through Uptown and North Capitol Hill before terminating at a three-way intersection with Colfax Avenue and Franklin Street.

Broadway becomes Brighton Blvd. at Blake St. and continues following the diagonal grid until Commerce City, and then continues segmented to Brighton.

There are no 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 41st, or 42nd Streets today.

List of downtown streets (NW/SE)

1st St.
4th St.
5th St.
7th St.
...
Park Ave. (instead of 23rd St.)
...
40th St.
43rd. St.
44th St.

List of downtown streets (NE/SW)

Cheyenne Pl. (100)
Cleveland Pl. (200)
Court Pl. (300)
Tremont St. (400)
Glenarm St. (500)
Welton St. (600)
California St. (700)
Stout St. (800)
Champa St. (900)
Curtis St. (1000)
Arapahoe St. (1100)
Lawrence St. (1200)
Larimer St. (1300)
Market St. (1400) (called Walnut St. northeast of Park Av, and southwest of 10th St. on the Auraria Campus.)
Blake St. (1500)
Wazee St. (1600)
Wynkoop St. (1700)
Wewetta St. (1800) (Brighton Blvd. occupies this spot in the grid from about 29th St. to I-70)
Delgany St. (1900)
Chestnut St. (2000)
Weston St.
Bassett St.
Little Raven St.
Water St. (2300)
Platte St. (2400)
Central St. (2500)
Boulder St. (2600)
Erie St. (2700)

List of streets east of Broadway (0 E/W)

Lincoln (100 E)
Sherman (200 E ...)
Grant
Logan
Pennsylvania
Pearl
Washington
Clarkson
Emerson
Ogden
Corona
Downing
Marion
Lafayette
Humboldt
Franklin
Gilpin
Williams
High
Race
Vine
Gaylord
York
University Boulevard (only exists south of 6th Avenue. In Denver, it is considered the 2350 East block, but south of Denver it functions as the 2400 East block.)
Josephine
Columbine
Elizabeth
Clayton
Detroit
Fillmore
Milwaukee
St. Paul
Steele
Adams
Cook
Madison
Monroe
Garfield
Jackson
Harrison
Colorado Boulevard (4000 E)
Albion
Ash
Bellaire
Birch
Clermont
Cherry
Dexter
Dahlia
Eudora
Elm
Fairfax
Forest
Glencoe
Grape
Hudson
Holly
Ivanhoe
Ivy
Jasmine
Jersey
Kearney
Krameria
Leyden
Locust
Monaco
Magnolia
Niagara
Newport
Oneida
Olive
Pontiac
Poplar
Quebec
Quince
Roslyn
Rosemary
Syracuse
Spruce
Trenton
Tamarac
Ulster
Uinta
Valentia
Verbena
Wabash
Willow
Xanthia
Xenia
Yosemite
Akron
Alton
Beeler
Boston
Chester
Clinton
Dallas
Dayton
Emporia
Elmira
Florence
Fulton
Galena
Geneva
Hanover
Havana
Iola
Ironton
Jamaica
Joliet
Kenton
Kingston
Lansing
Lima
Macon
Moline
Newark
Nome
Oakland
Oswego
Paris
Peoria
Quari
Quenton
Racine
Revere
Salem
Scranton
Troy
Tucson
Ursula
Uvalda
Vaughn
Victor
Wheeling
Worchester
Xanadu
Xapary
Yost
Yuba
Potomac
Zion
Abilene
Anaheim
Billings
Blackhawk
Carson
Crystal
Cimarron
Sable Boulevard
Dawson
Dearborn
Delta
Dillon
Eagle
Elkhard
Evanston
Fairplay
Fraser
Granby
Chambers Road
Hannibal
Helena
Idalia
Jasper
Joplin
Kallispell
Kittridge
Laredo
Lewiston
Memphis
Mobile
Norfolk
Naples
Nucla
Olathe
Ouray
Buckley Road / Airport Boulevard
Pagosa
Pitkin
Quintero
Richfield
Rico
Rifle
Salida
Sedalia
Telluride
Truckee
Uravan
Ventura
Waco
Walden
Yampa
Zeno
Tower Road
Andes
Argonne
Bahama
Biscay
Cathay
Ceylon
Danube
Dunkirk
Ensenada
Espana
Flanders
Fundy
Genoa
Gibraltar
Halifax
Himalaya
Iran
Ireland
Jebel
Jericho
Kirk
Killarney
Lisbon
Liverpool
Malaya
Malta
Nepal
Netherland
Odessa
Orleans
Perth
Picadilly Road
Quatar
Quemoy
Riviera
Rome
Shawnee
Sicily
Tempe
Tibet
Ukraine
Valdai
Versailles
Wenatchee
Winnipeg
Yakima
Zante
Gun Club Road
Algonquian
Addison
Biloxi
Buchanan
Catawba
Coolidge
Duquesne
De Gaulle
Elk
Eaton Park
Flat Rock
Fultondale
Glasgow
Grand Baker
Goldbug
Haleyville
Harvest Road
Irvington
Ider
Jackson Gap
Jamestown
Kewaunee
Kellerman
Langdale
Little River
Millbrook
Muscadine
Newbern
Newcastle
Oak Hill
Old Hammer
Patsburg
Powhaton Road
Queensburg
Riverwood
Robertsdale
Shady Grove
Titus
Trussville
Undergrove
Valleyhead
Vandriver
(end of maximum connected urban extent as of 2008)
(W)
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
Monaghan Road
(A)
Bentley
(C)
Del Rey
Electra
(F)
Gadsden
Great Rock
Hayesmount Road
Indian Hill
Iredell
Jalna
Joppa
Kenuil
Kenvil
Lakewood
Lane Wood
Lindark
Maywood
Meadow Woods
Northridge
Overton
(P)
Queensview
Rayburn
Red Lane
Shadow Wood
Stroil
Timber Cove
Tree Harvest
Umpire
(V)
Watkins Road
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)
Eclectic
Eclipse
Fountain Hill
Gentry
Hanover
Haskill
Imboden Road
Inyokern
(J)
Kio
Kirby
(L)
(M)
Nashville
(O)
Perrytown
Quail Run
(R)
Snow Lake
(T)
Ulm
(V)
West Fork
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
(A)
(B)
Cavanaugh Road
Avery
Barksdaly
(C)
(D)
(E)
Flint Ridge
Flint Rock
(G)
(H)
Indianfield
(J)
Kiefer
Last Chance
Lookout Hill
Manila Rd.
Musk Ox
Nutmeg
Oakleaf
Peterson Rd.
(Q)
(R)
Split Rock
Tom Bay
Tumbleweed
(U)
(V)
(W)
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
(A)
(B)
(C)
Dutch Valley Rd.
(E)
(F)
(G)
Harback
(I)
(J)
Kincaid
(L)
(M)
(N)
(O)
Penrith Rd.
(Q)
(R)
Sand Creek
(T)
(U)
Ventress
(W)
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
(A)
(B)
Converse Rd.
Cannon
(D)
Eastover
(F)
(G)
(H)
(I)
(J)
Kiowa-Bennett Rd.
Kyle
Lena View
(M)
(N)
(O)
Provost
(Q)
(R)
(S)
(T)
(U)
Vanderhoof
(W)
(X)
Yulle Rd.
(Z)
Ajax
Barres
(C)
Donoven
Doppler
(E)
(F)
(G)
(H)
(I)
(J)
(K)
(L)
(M)
(N)
(O)
Piggott Rd.
Quarterland
Renshaw
Rose Hill
(S)
(T)
(U)
(V)
Wagner
Yerkes
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
Ance
Asoka
Basil
Comanche
Defoe
(E)
Flandin
(G)
Headlight Rd.
(I)
(J)
(K)
(L)
(M)
(N)
(O)
Pass Meby
(Q)
(R)
Short Beach
(T)
(U)
(V)
(W)
(X)
Yellow Jacket
(Z)
(A)
Bradbury Rd.
(C)
(D)
(E)
(F)
(G)
(H)
(I)
(J)
(K)
(L)
(M)
(N)
(O)
(P).
(Q)
Rio Osa
(S)
(T)
(U)
Vindale
(W)
(X)
(Y)
(Z)
(A)
Blomingdale
Calhoun-Byers Rd. (68000 E)

List of streets west of Broadway (0 E/W)

Acoma (100 W)
Bannock (200 W ...)
Cherokee
Delaware
Elati
Fox
Galapago
Huron
Inca
Jason
Kalamath
Lipan
Mariposa
Navajo
Osage
Pecos
Quivas
Raritan
Shoshone
Tejon
Umatilla
Vallejo
Wyandot
Xinca (not on a grid '00)
Yuma (not on a grid '00)
Zuni (2400 W)
Alcott
Bryant
Clay
Decatur
Eliot
Federal Boulevard (3000 W)
Grove
Hooker
Irving
Julian
Knox Court (3450 W)
King
Lowell Boulevard (3600 W)
Meade
Newton
Osceola
Patton Court (3950 W)
Perry
Quitman
Raleigh
Stuart
Tennyson
Utica
Vrain
Winona Court (4700 W)
Wolff
Xavier
Yates
Zenobia
Sheridan Boulevard (5200 W)
Ames
Benton
Chase
Depew
Eaton
Fenton
Gray
Harlan
Ingalls
Jay
Kendall
Lamar
Marshall
Newland
Otis
Pierce
Quay
Reed
Saulsbury
Teller
Upham
Vance
Webster
Wadsworth Blvd. (7600 W)
Yarrow
Yukon
Zephyr
Allison
Ammons
Balsam
Brentwood
Carr
Cody
Dover
Dudley
Estes
Everett
Field
Flower
Garrison
Garland
Holland
Hoyt
Independence
Iris
Jellison
Johnson
Kipling St. (10000 W)
Kline
Lee
Lewis
Miller
Moore
Nelson
Newman
Oak
Owens
Parfet
Pierson
Quail
Queen
Robb
Routt
Simms St.
Swadley
Tabor
Taft
Union
Urban
Van Gordon
Vivian
Ward Rd.
Wright
Xenon
Xenophon
Youngfield
Yank
Zang
Zinnia
Alkire
Arbutus
Beech
Braun
Bristol
Cole
Coors
Deframe
Devinney
Eldridge
Ellis
Fig
Flora
Gardenia
Gladiola
Holman
Howell
Indiana St.
Isabell
Joyce
Juniper
Kendrick
Kilmer
Loveland
Lupine
McIntyre St.
Moss
Nile
Noble
Orchard
Orion
Pike
Poppy
Quaker St.
Quartz
Rogers
Russell
Salvia
Secrest
Terry
Torrey
Ulysses
Utah
Umber
Violet
Virgil
Wier
Windy
Xylon
Yankee
Yule
Zeta
Zodiac
Antero
Anvil
Blanca
Crestone
Culebra
Devil's Head
Dunraven
El Diente
Foothills Road
Gilbert
Gore Range
Garnet
Handies Peak
(end of maximum connected urban extent as of 2008)

List of avenues south of Ellsworth (0 N/S)

Bayaud
Cedar
Alameda Ave.
Dakota
Virginia
Center
Exposition
Ohio
Kentucky
Tennessee
Mississippi Ave.
Arizona
Louisiana
Arkansas
Florida
Iowa
Mexico
Colorado
Jewell Ave.
Asbury
Evans
Warren
Iliff
Wesley
Harvard
Vassar
Yale Ave.
Amherst
Bates
Cornell
Dartmouth
Eastman
Floyd
Girard
Hampden Ave.
Ithaca
Jefferson
Kenyon
Lehigh
Mansfield
Nassau
Oxford
Princeton
Quincy Ave.
Radcliff
Stanford
Tufts
Union
Layton
Chenango
Grand
Belleview Ave.
Centennial
Progress
Prentice
Crestline
Berry
Dorado
Powers
Ida
Orchard Road./Bowles Ave.
Lake
Maplewood
Fair
Caley
Weaver
Peakview
Euclid
Arapahoe Road/Coal Mine Ave.
Briarwood
Costilla
Davies
Easter
Fremont
Geddes
Hindsdale
Irwin
Dry Creek Road/Ken Caryl Ave.
Jamison
Kettle
Long
Mineral
Nichols
Otero
Phillips
County Line Road/Chatfield Ave. Kingsley
San Juan
Teton
Unger
Ute
Vandeventer
Weld
Xapapa
Yancey
Zebulon
Athens
Avalon
Baden
Belfast
Cambridge
Cannes
Danzig
Dunklee
Eden
Edenburg
Finland
Freiburg
Lincoln Ave.
Greenwich
Hamburg

List of avenues north of Ellsworth (0 N/S)

1st Ave.
...
6th Ave.
...
Colfax Ave. (instead of 15th)
...
20th Ave. (Montview Blvd. east of Colorado Blvd.)
...
32nd Ave. (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. east of Broadway)
...
34th Ave. (Bruce Randolph Ave. between Downing and Dahlia)
...
38th Ave.
...
40th Ave.
...
44th Ave.
...
52nd Ave.
...
56th Ave.
...
58th Ave.
...
64th Ave. (Ralston Rd. in Arvada)
...
72nd Ave.
...
80th Ave.
...
84th Ave.
...
88th Ave.
...
92nd Ave.
...
96th Ave. (Thornton Pkwy. in Thornton)
...
104th Ave.
...
112th Ave.
...
120th Ave.
...
128th Ave. (Midway Blvd. in Broomfield)
...
136th Ave.
...
144th Ave. (Dillon Road in Broomfield)
...
160th Ave.
...
168th Ave.
(end of maximum connected urban extent as of 2009)
...
197th Ave.

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