K-143 (Kansas highway)

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K-143 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 4.658 mi (7.496 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑70 / US-40 in Salina
North end: US-81 north of Salina
Counties: Saline
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

K-141 K-144

K-143 is a state highway in Saline County, Kansas. The route runs 4.658 miles (7.496 km) in a general north-south direction through lands mostly used for agriculture from an interchange at Interstate 70 (I-70) in northern Salina, Kansas to a junction with U.S. Route 81 (US-81). The southern part of the route is a four-lane divided highway while the rest is a two-lane highway. It has an annual average daily traffic (AADT) between 1,580 and 4,133 vehicles. The route is paved with three different pavement types, and is not a part of the National Highway System. It was first designated as US-81 Alternate in the early 1970s with the designation being changed to K-143 in the early 1980s.

Route description[edit]

K-143 begins at an interchange with Interstate 70 in the northernmost parts of Salina, Kansas.[1] For the first 0.9 miles (1.4 km) of the route, the highway travels due north through commercial and agricultural land within the Salina city limits.[1][2][3] A short distance after this, K-143 transitions from a divided four-lane highway into a two-lane highway.[1] It then crosses the Saline River and continues north through primarily agricultural land north of Salina.[2][3] At 2.7 miles (4.3 km), K-143 turns northwest and follows a gently curving path in that direction for the remainder of the route,[2][3] ending at an interchange with US-81.[1] The total length of the route is 4.658 miles (7.496 km).[1] K-143 has an AADT of 4,133 vehicles in the southernmost 0.9 miles (1.4 km) of the route, with an AADT of 1,580–1,595 vehicles in the remainder of the route.[1] The route is paved with a combination of full-design bituminous pavement, composite pavement, and partial-design bituminous pavement.[1] K-143 is not a part of the National Highway System.[4]


K-143's route was established between 1970 and 1971 as US-81 Alternate.[5][6] The numbering was changed to K-143 between 1981 and 1983.[7][8]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Saline County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Salina 0.000 0.000 I‑70 / US-40 Interchange
  4.658 7.496 US-81 Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff. "Pavement Management Information System Query". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Saline County, Kansas (2008). Saline County, Kansas Existing Land Use map (PDF). http://www.saline.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=%2bBRbJrZLz0A%3d&tabid=2223&mid=3145. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Google Map with K-143 highlighted". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=N+9th+St&daddr=KS-143+N&hl=en&ll=38.899851,-97.631207&spn=0.071473,0.169086&sll=38.899717,-97.630863&sspn=0.071473,0.169086&geocode=FfE0UQId-I0u-g%3BFfgAUgIdwxMu-g&vpsrc=6&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=13&t=h&z=13. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  4. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (2008) (PDF). National Highway System (Map). http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/GISMaps/NHS_2008.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (1969) (PDF). Kansas Official Highway Map (Map) (1970 ed.). Section C8. http://www.ksdot.org:9080/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps/1970Mapside.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (1970) (PDF). Kansas Official Highway Map (Map) (1971 ed.). Section C8. http://www.ksdot.org:9080/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps/1971Mapside.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  7. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (1980) (PDF). Kansas Official Highway Map (Map) (1981–1982 ed.). Section C8. http://www.ksdot.org:9080/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps/1981-82Mapside.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  8. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Planning (1983) (PDF). General Highway Map Saline County, Kansas (Map) (1983 ed.). http://www.ksdot.org:9080/burtransplan/maps/PastPublishedCounty/saline1983.PDF. Retrieved 2011-11-03.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing