Interstate 70 in Kansas

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Interstate 70 marker

Interstate 70
Route information
Maintained by Kansas DOT
Length: 424.15 mi[1] (682.60 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-70 / US 24 at Colorado state line
  US-24 near Levant
US-83 / US-40 near Oakley
US-283 in WaKeeney
US-281 in Russell
I-135 / US-81 in Salina
US-77 in Junction City
K-177 south of Manhattan
K-4 west of Topeka
I-470 / US-75 on west side of Topeka
US-75 in Topeka
US-40 / K-4 / Kan. Tpk. / I-470 east of Topeka
K-10 between Lecompton and Lawrence
US-40 / US-59 / US-24 in Lawrence
K-7 / US-73 / US-24 / US-40 in Bonner Springs
I-435 in Kansas City
I-635 in Kansas City
I-670 in Kansas City
East end: I-70 / US 24 / US 40 / US 169 at Missouri state line
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

US-69 K-71

In the U.S. state of Kansas, Interstate 70 contains the first segment to start being paved and to be completed in the Interstate Highway System. It extends from the Western border to the Eastern border covering 424 miles (682 km) and passing through several of the state's principal cities in the process.

Route description[edit]

I-70 crossing on the Lewis & Clark Viaduct over the Kansas River from Kansas to Missouri in Kansas City, as seen from Quality Hill.

I-70 is concurrent with US-24 from the Colorado state line until US-24 splits at Levant and runs north of I-70. At Colby, I-70 begins to turn southeast until it reaches Oakley, where US-40 joins with I-70 for a concurrent journey through most of the state. The route remains flat until it reaches the county line between Russell and Ellsworth counties, where the road begins to travese rolling hills.

At Salina, Interstate 135 begins its journey southward toward Wichita, and I-70 continues through Abilene and Junction City, where the road begins to run through the Flint Hills.

In Topeka, I-70 intersects a child route, I-470, twice. The second time it is intersected, the Kansas Turnpike merges, making I-70 into a toll road. This is one of only two sections of I-70 that are tolled (the other is along the Pennsylvania Turnpike), with the maximum toll distance costing $6.25 as of 2012. I-70 carries this designation from Topeka to Bonner Springs. It is the eastern terminus of the turnpike, and from there to 18th Street and extending on to the Kansas eastern border, the highway is free.

I-70 enters Missouri via a main northern route on the Lewis and Clark Viaduct above the confluence of the Kansas River and Missouri River and a route designated "Alternate I-70" which has signs for I-70 as well as Interstate 670 just south of Kansas City main downtown area.

The southern route is called the Jay B. Dillingham Memorial Highway after the former Kansas City Stockyards chairman.[2]

From Exit 275 at Abilene to the Missouri state line, the road is named the Dwight D. Eisenhower-Harry S. Truman Presidential Highway. It retains the designation until Exit 16 in Missouri at Independence, the location of Truman's presidential library.

History[edit]

The section of I-70 that is now the Kansas Turnpike was finished by 1956 and opened to traffic.[3][4] West of Topeka, the freeway was constructed from Topeka west to Salina at its junction with U.S. Route 81, as well as from Ogallah to Grainfield.[5] From Salina, the freeway was completed through Wilson the next year. A segment of I-70 from Levant through Ogallah was finished by 1965.[6] Another section was built the following year connecting Wilson to Grainfield.[7] The freeway was completed through Kansas with a last section near the Colorado border in 1970.[8]

Exit list[edit]

Exit numbers correspond to the mileposts where they're located (numbered east from the Colorado border), except for those at miles 381, 386, 388, 396, and 408, which are part of the Kansas Turnpike and use its mileposts (numbered north from the Oklahoma border) instead.

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Colorado–Kansas state line 0 0 I-70 / US 24 continue west into Colorado
Sherman   1 2 1 K-267 – Kanorado
  9 14 9 County Road 11
  12 19 12 County Road 14
Goodland 17 27 17
US-24 Bus. east / K-27 – Sharon Springs, St. Francis
19 31 19
US-24 Bus. west – Goodland
  27 43 27 K-253 – Edson
Thomas   36 58 36 K-184 – Brewster
  45 72 45 US-24 east – Levant Eastern terminus of US-24 concurrency
Colby 53 85 53 K-25 – Leoti, Atwood
  54 87 54 Country Club Drive
  62 100 62 County Road K
  70 113 70 US-83 – Oakley, Rexford
Logan
No major junctions
Gove   76 122 76 US-40 west – Oakley, Sharon Springs Western terminus of US-40 concurrency
  79 127 79 Campus Road
  85 137 85 K-216 – Grinnell
  93 150 93 K-23 – Grainfield, Gove
  95 153 95 To K-23 north – Grainfield, Hoxie
  99 159 99 K-211 – Park
Quinter 107 172 107 K-212 / Castle Rock Road – Quinter
Trego   115 185 115 K-198 north – Collyer
  120 193 120 Voda Road
WaKeeney 127 204 127
US-40 Bus. east / US-283 – WaKeeney, Ness City
128 206 128
US-40 Bus. west to US-283 north – WaKeeney, Hill City
  135 217 135 K-147 – Ogallah
  140 225 140 Riga Road
Ellis Ellis 145 233 145 K-247 – Ellis
  153 246 153 Yocemento Avenue
Hays 157 253 157
US-183 Byp. – Hays, La Crosse
159 256 159 US-183 – Hays, Stockton
  161 259 161 Commerce Parkway
  163 262 163 Toulon Avenue
  168 270 168 K-255 – Victoria
  172 277 172 Walker Avenue
Russell   175 282 175 Gorham, 176th Street Former K-257
  180 290 180 Balta Road
Russell 184 296 184
US-40 Bus. east / US-281 – Russell, Hoisington
  189 304 189
US-40 Bus. west / Pioneer Road
  193 311 193 Bunker Hill Road
Dorrance 199 320 199 Dorrance Former K-231
Ellsworth   206 332 206 K-232 – Wilson, Lucas
  209 336 209 Sylvan Grove
  216 348 216 Vesper
  219 352 219 K-14 south – Ellsworth West end of K-14 overlap
  221 356 221 K-14 north – Lincoln East end of K-14 overlap
  225 362 225 K-156 – Ellsworth, Great Bend
Lincoln   233 375 233 Beverly, Carneiro
Saline   238 383 238 Brookville, Tescott
  244 393 244 Hedville, Culver
  249 401 249 Halstead Road
  250 402 250A–B I-135 / US-81 – Wichita, Concordia Northern terminus of I-135.
Salina 252 406 252 K-143 (Ninth Street)
  253 407 253 Ohio Street
  260 418 260 Niles Road
Dickinson Solomon 266 428 266 Solomon Road former K-221
  272 438 272 Fair Road
Abilene 275 443 275 K-15 – Abilene, Clay Center
  277 446 277 Jeep Road
  281 452 281 K-43 – Enterprise
  286 460 286 K-206 – Chapman
Geary   290 467 290 Milford Lake Road
Junction City 295 475 295 US-77 / K-18 west – Marysville, Herington West end of K-18 overlap
296 476 296
US-40 Bus. east (Washington Street)
298 480 298 East Street, Chestnut Street
Grandview Plaza 299 481 299 J Hill Road, Flinthills Boulevard (US-40 Bus.)
300 483 300
US-40 Bus. west / K-57 – Council Grove
No westbound entrance
  301 484 301 Fort Riley, Marshall Field
  303 488 303 K-18 east – Ogden, Manhattan East end of K-18 overlap
  304 489 304 Humboldt Creek Road
  307 494 307 McDowell Creek Road
  311 501 311 Moritz Road
  313 504 313 K-177 – Council Grove, Manhattan
Riley   316 509 316 Deep Creek Road
  318 512 318 Frontage Road
Wabaunsee   322 518 322 Tallgrass Road
  324 521 324 Wabaunsee Road
  328 528 328 K-99 – Wamego, Alma
  330 531 330 K-185 – McFarland
  332 534 332 Spring Creek Road
  333 536 333 K-138 – Paxico
  335 539 335 Snokomo Road
  338 544 338 Vera Road
  341 549 341 K-30 – Maple Hill
  342 550 342 Keene-Eskridge Road
  343 552 343 Ranch Road Private interchange for Hudson Ranch
Shawnee   346 557 346 Carlson Road
  347 558 347 West Union Road
  350 563 350 Valencia Road
  351 565 351 Frontage Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
  353 568 353 K-4 west (Auburn Road) West end of K-4 overlap
Topeka 355 571 355 I-470 east / US-75 south – Topeka West end of US-75 overlap. Western terminus of I-470.
356 573 356 Wanamaker Road
357 575 357A Fairlawn Road Signed as exit 357 eastbound
357 575 357B Danbury Lane Westbound exit only
358 576 358A US-75 north East end of US-75 overlap; signed as exit 358 eastbound
358 576 358B Gage Boulevard Signed as exit 358 eastbound
359 578 359 MacVicar Avenue
361 581 361A Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
361 581 361B 3rd Street, Monroe Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
362 583 362A 4th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
362 583 362B 8th Avenue Signed as exit 362 eastbound
362 583 362C 10th Avenue, Madison Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
363 584 363 Adams Street, Branner Trafficway
364 586 364A California Avenue
364 586 364B Carnahan Avenue, Deer Creek Trafficway
365 587 365 Rice Road
366 589 366 US-40 east / K-4 east – Valley Falls Last free exit eastbound, East end of US 40/K-4 overlap
367 591 East Topeka Interchange toll plaza
West end of toll road
367 591 I-470 west / Kan. Tpk. west West end of Kansas Turnpike overlap, westbound I-70 exits turnpike on exit 183, eastbound exit and westbound entrance for I-470 are via exit 366
Douglas   381 613 197 K-10 east – Lecompton, Lawrence Access to Lecompton provided by CR 438.
Lawrence 386 621 202 To US-59 south – Lawrence
388 624 204 US-40 / US-59 to US-24 – Lawrence
Leavenworth Tonganoxie 396 637 212 Tonganoxie, Eudora
Wyandotte Kansas City 401 645 Eastern Terminal toll plaza
East end of toll road
408 657 224 K-7 / US-73 north / US-24 west / US-40 west – Leavenworth, Bonner Springs Last free exit westbound, west end of US 24 / US 40 overlap
410 660 410 110th Street
411 661 411A–B I-435
414 666 414 78th Street
415 668 415 Turner Diagonal, College Parkway Signed as exits 415A (Turner Diagonal) and 415B (College Parkway) eastbound
417 671 417 57th Street
418 673 418A–B I-635 Signed as exits 418A (north) and 418B (south) eastbound, westbound exit is part of exit 419
419 674 419 Park Drive, 38th Street
420 676 420A US-69 south (18th Street Expressway) West end of US-69 overlap, east end of Kansas Turnpike
420 676 420B 18th Street north
421 678 421A Railroad Yard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
421 678 421B I-670 east to I-35 south Eastbound exit and westbound entrance, however, westbound traffic can turn around at exit 421A
422 679 422A US-69 north (7th Street Trafficway) East end of US-69 overlap
422 679 422B US-169 south (7th Street Trafficway) West end of US-169 overlap
422 679 422C Service Road
422 679 422D Central Avenue
423 681 423A Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
423 681 423B James Street, 3rd Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
423 681 423B Washington Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
423A Fairfax District Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Kansas–Missouri state line I-70 / US 24 / US 40 / US 169 continue east into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary Routes of I-70 in Kansas[edit]

I-70 has two auxiliary routes in Kansas:

  • I-470 - a loop around the southern side of Topeka, signed as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Highway and overlapping the Kansas Turnpike on the southeast side of town.
  • I-670 - an alternate route for I-70 travelers through downtown Kansas City, signed as the Dillingham Freeway and as Alternate I-70.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System - table 1". Federal Highway Administration. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Interstate 70 in Kansas". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kansas+City,+MIssouri&ie=UTF8&ll=39.099094,-94.607606&spn=0.00801,0.017338&z=16&om=1. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "Big Impact Seen For Local Area In Superhighway". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. October 24, 1956. pp. 1–2. 
  4. ^ "KTA Officials Say Traffic Heavy on Pike This Morning". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. October 20, 1956. 
  5. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. 1963-1964 Kansas State Highway Map (Map). http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps.asp. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  6. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. 1965 Kansas State Highway Map (Map). http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps.asp. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  7. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. 1966 Kansas State Highway Map (Map). http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps.asp. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  8. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. 1970 Kansas State Highway Map (Map). http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps.asp. Retrieved February 27, 2011.

External links[edit]


Interstate 70
Previous state:
Colorado
Kansas Next state:
Missouri