Interstate 35 in Kansas

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This article is about the section of Interstate 35 in Kansas. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 35.

Interstate 35 marker

Interstate 35
Route information
Maintained by KTA and KDOT
Length: 234 mi (377 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑35 at the Oklahoma state line
  Kansas Turnpike in Avon Township
I‑135 / I‑235 / US-81 in Wichita
I‑335 / Kansas Turnpike / US-50 in Emporia
I‑435 / US-50 in Lenexa
I‑635 / US-69 in Kansas City
North end: I-35 at the Missouri state line
Highway system
Kansas numbered highways

Interstate 35 (I-35) is an Interstate Highway in the US that runs from the Mexican border near Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minnesota. In Kansas, the highway goes from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City at the Missouri border, with a length of 235 miles (378 km). Along the way, I-35 passes through Wichita, the state's largest city, linking it to Emporia, Ottawa, and Kansas City and its Johnson County suburbs.

Route description[edit]

Oklahoma border to Emporia[edit]

Main article: Kansas Turnpike

I-35 enters Kansas from Oklahoma where the southern terminus of the Kansas Turnpike is located. After passing exit 4 for US Highway 166 (US-166) in South Haven, the interstate passes through a toll plaza, making I-35 into a toll road. The highway then passes US-160 in Wellington, then the Belle Plaine Service Area, the first of three on I-35, and the first of six on the turnpike. After the service area, the turnpike continues due north to Wichita and intersects I-135. After the I-135 interchange, the turnpike turns northeast and goes around Downtown Wichita. I-35 passes through Wichita's suburbs and in the process intersects US-54 and US-400. Ten miles (16 km) north of the Wichita area lies the Towanda Service Area. Thereafter, the route intersects US-77 and various state highways in El Dorado. After El Dorado, the highway enters the Flint Hills region of Kansas. After passing the Cassoday interchange, the turnpike begins its 25-mile-long (40 km) stretch with no exits. The only stop along the way is the Matfield Green Service Area. Located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Cassoday, it is also the last service area on I-35. After the remaining twenty miles (32 km) with no exits or services, I-35 leaves the turnpike in Emporia. Here the interstate meets I-335, which the Turnpike carries towards Topeka.

Emporia to Kansas City[edit]

I-35 passes through a toll plaza, to continue on its own alignment running eastward through east-central Kansas. At Ottawa, it turns to a more northeasterly direction. After passing through the Kansas suburbs of the Kansas City Metro Area, it then crosses the state line into Missouri and into Downtown Kansas City.

History[edit]

The original plan for Interstate 35 was to follow US 50 from Newton, as well as US 81 and US 177 to the Oklahoma state line. But when Kansas Turnpike was created, a part of Interstate 35 was created south of Emporia. The Newton segment was declined, and there was another implication for US 50 that traveled north (which is known today). The segments from Olathe to Shawnee was created by 1962. The relocations of US 75 and K-31 were finished by 1975. Interstate 35 in Kansas (as known today) had its final modification in 1976.[1]

The Kansas Department of Transportation worked with the Burns & McDonnell engineering company to design a new interchange at Homestead Lane in Johnson County as a diverging diamond.[2] The first interchange of its kind in the state, it opened September 28, 2013.[3]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[4] km Exit Destinations Notes
Oklahoma–Kansas state line 0.00 0.00 I‑35 continues south into Oklahoma
Kansas Turnpike ends
Sumner Guelph Township 4 US-166 to US-81 – Arkansas City, South Haven Last free exit northbound
Avon Township Southern Terminal toll plaza
Southern end of toll road
19.21 30.92 19 US-160 – Winfield, Wellington
Harmon Township 26 42 Belle Plaine service area
SumnerSedgwick
county line
Belle PlaineSalem
township line
33.41 53.77 33 K-53 to US-81 – Mulvane
Sedgwick Salem Township 38.31 61.65 39 To US-81 – Haysville, Derby
Wichita 43.38 69.81 42 I‑135 / I‑235 / US-81 – South Wichita, Salina
45.86 73.80 45 K-15 – Wichita
51.21 82.41 50 US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue)
53.80 86.58 53 K-96 – Wichita
Butler Bruno Township 57 Andover
Towanda Township 65 105 Towanda service area
El Dorado 71.71 115.41 71 K-254 to K-196 – El Dorado
76.72 123.47 76 US-77 / Nick Badwey Plaza – El Dorado North
Cassoday 93.45 150.39 92 K-177 – Cassoday
Chase Matfield Township 97 156 Matfield Green service area
Lyon Emporia 127.89 205.82 127 I‑335 north / Kansas Turnpike – Topeka, Kansas City Northern terminus of Kan. Tpk concurrency
Emporia Interchange toll plaza
Northern end of toll road
127A US-50 – Emporia, Newton Last free exit southbound
128 Industrial Road
130 K-99 (Merchant Street)
131 Burlingame Road
133 US-50 west (6th Avenue) Southern terminus of US-50 concurrency
Jackson Township 135 County Road R1
138 County Road U
141 K-130 – Neosho Rapids, Hartford
Coffey Lebo 148 K-131 – Lebo
Key West Township 155 US-75 – Lyndon, Burlington
Osage Melvern 160 K-31 north – Melvern Southern terminus of K-31 concurrency
162 K-31 south – Waverly Northern terminus of K-31 concurrency
Franklin Williamsburg 170 Williamsburg, Pomona Formerly designated as K-273
Homewood Township 176 Homewood
Ottawa 182 Eisenhower Road
183 US-59 south – Garnett Southern terminus of US-59 concurrency
Harrison Township 185 15th Street
Ottawa 187 K-68 – Ottawa, Louisburg
188 US-59 north – Lawrence Northern terminus of US-59 concurrency
Franklin Township 193 Tennessee Road
Wellsville 198 K-33 – Wellsville
Miami
No major junctions
Johnson Edgerton 202 Edgerton
Gardner Township 205 Homestead Lane Diverging diamond interchange
Gardner 207 Gardner Road
210 US-56 west – Gardner Southern terminus of US-56 concurrency
Olathe 214 Lone Elm Road, 159th Street
215 US-169 south / K-7 – Paola Southern terminus of US-169 concurrency
217 Old Highway 56 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
218 Santa Fe
220 119th Street
Lenexa 222A I‑435 east / US-50 east To I-49 Northern terminus of US-50 concurrency
222B I‑435 west
224 95th Street
225A 87th Street
225B US-69 south (Overland Parkway) Southern terminus of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Merriam 227 75th Street
228A 67th Street
228B US-56 east (Shawnee Mission Parkway) / US-69 north / US-169 north Northern terminus of US-56 / US-69 / US-169 concurrency
229 Johnson Drive
Overland Park 230 Antioch Road
231A I‑635 north
231B US-69 south (Metcalf Avenue) Southern terminus of US-69 concurrency
Mission 232A Lamar Avenue
Wyandotte Kansas City 232B US-69 (18th Street Expressway), Roe Avenue Northern terminus of US-69 concurrency
233 Mission Road, Southwest Boulevard Southbound exit has additional ramp to 37th Ave
234 US-169 (7th Street Trafficway, Rainbow Boulevard) Signed as exits 234A (US-169 south, Rainbow Boulevard) and 234B (US-169 north, 7th Street Trafficway) northbound
235 Cambridge Circle
Kansas–Missouri state line 235.00 378.20 I-35 continues north into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

There are five auxiliary routes branching from I-35 in Kansas:

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ "Kansas Highways Routelog". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "SW Johnson County Interchange: Diverging Diamond Interchange". Kansas Department of Transportation. November 19, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Danedri (October 3, 2013). "Intermodal, logistics park, interchange open". The Gardner Newss (Gardner, Kansas). Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "National Highway Planning Network" (ESRI shapefile). Federal Highway Administration. September 20, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 


Interstate 35
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Oklahoma
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