Bannered routes of U.S. Route 81

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U.S. Route 81 marker

U.S. Route 81
Highway system

Five bannered routes of U.S. Route 81 exist. One of these is in Oklahoma, two are in Kansas, and two are in North Dakota.

Rush Springs business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: Rush Springs, Oklahoma
Existed: 1971–present

The southernmost Business US-81 is in the town of Rush Springs, Oklahoma. It begins south of the town, following Rush Street into the central business district. In the middle of downtown Rush Springs, there is a four way stop with Blakeley Avenue. Blakeley carries Oklahoma State Highway 17, which has its eastern terminus at Business US-81. The business route continues north on Rush Street before angling to the northwest to rejoin mainline US-81.

Business US-81 in Rush Springs is signed with a US-81 shield with a small "B" appended after the number. This method of signing business routes is unusual for Oklahoma.

Business US-81 was originally part of mainline US-81. On May 10, 1971, US-81 was relocated to run west of town, and Business US-81 was designated along the old alignment.[1]

McPherson business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: McPherson, Kansas
Existed: 1970–present

The second Business US-81 in Kansas is in McPherson. This route is 6 miles (9.7 km)[citation needed] long. It begins at the intersection of I-135, US-81, and US-56 east of McPherson. It goes west on Kansas Ave. for about two miles (3 km) in a concurrency with US-56 and turns south on Main Street for two miles (3 km), passing Central Christian College and National Cooperative Refinery Association. At K-61, it exits east in a two-mile (3 km) "wrong-way" concurrency with K-61 before ending at I-135 and US-81 southeast of McPherson.

The McPherson BUS US-81 first appeared on the Kansas Department of Transportation Map in 1970 when Interstate 35W (now Interstate 135) was completed between McPherson and Salina.[2]

Fargo business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: Fargo, North Dakota

Grand Forks business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Former routes[edit]

San Antonio business loop[edit]

Business US Highway 81
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Business U.S. 81 was divided in San Antonio on the north side & south side. The north side began downtown along Broadway, then made a right over on Austin Highway. The northern sectioned ended @ JCT I-410 & I-35. It's replaced by Loop 368.

The south side also began outside downtown San Antonio along Nogalitos street. Then made a right along Laredo Highway where it would meet up with I-35. This route is rplaced by Loop 353 & the street was renamed New Laredo Highway.

McPherson County business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: McPherson County, Kansas

Lindsborg business loop[edit]

U.S. Route 81 Business
Location: Lindsborg, Kansas
Existed: 1970–present

Business US-81 in Lindsborg began at the intersection of Interstate 135, US-81, and K-4 north of Lindsborg on an older routing of US-81. It shared a four-mile (6 km) concurrency with K-4, which turns to the west in south Lindsborg. As of October 2012, Business 81 ended at this junction. Prior to this, it went for another mile south before turning east on Smoky Valley Road, ending three miles (5 km) later at I-135 and US-81. This BUS US-81 had a total length of 8 miles (13 km).[citation needed]

The Lindsborg business loop appeared in 1970, at the same time as the McPherson loop.[2]


  1. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, US 81". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation. Official State Transportation Map (Map) (1970 ed.). Retrieved 2008-05-12.