K-177 (Kansas highway)

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K-177 marker

K-177
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 102.871 mi[1] (165.555 km)
Tourist
routes:
Flint Hills Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end: US-54 east of El Dorado
  I‑35 / Kan. Tpk. in Cassoday
US-50 near Strong City
US-56 in Council Grove
K-4 along the MorrisWabaunsee county line near Alta Vista
I‑70 / US-40 in extreme northeast Geary County
K-18 in Manhattan
North end: US-24 in Manhattan
Location
Counties: Butler, Chase, Morris, Wabaunsee, Geary, Riley
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

US-177 K-178

K-177 is a state highway in central Kansas. It runs from US-54 near El Dorado to Manhattan, passing through the Flint Hills. It is part of the Flint Hills Scenic Byway and the Prairie Parkway.[2]

Route description[edit]

From its beginnings east of El Dorado, K-177 heads northward to provide access to El Dorado Lake. It then approaches the Kansas Turnpike and runs parallel to it before having a junction with it (exit 92). It then passes through Matfield Green and Bazaar before reaching Cottonwood Falls, Strong City, and US-50.

The Flint Hills.

Flint Hills Scenic Byway is a portion of K-177 located in the Flint Hills region of the state, stretching from Interstate 35 at Cassoday in the south to US-56 at Council Grove in the north. Along the byway there are rolling hills and some of the only tallgrass prairie left in North America. It is a National Scenic Byway.

North of Strong City, K-177 passes through the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. In Council Grove, it meets US-56. It has a brief concurrency with K-4 near Alta Vista before having an interchange (exit 313) with Interstate 70. Nine miles north of I-70, it ends at US-24 in Manhattan.

From I-70 to US-24, K-177 is named the Coach Bill Snyder Highway, in honor of the long-time Kansas State University football coach who transformed the Wildcats from the worst team in major college football into consistent winners.[citation needed]

K-177 is two lanes from US-54 to I-70 and a four-lane expressway from I-70 to US-24.

History[edit]

K-177 was signed as K-13 until 1965.[3] It previously ended at US-77 before El Dorado Lake was completed.[3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Butler   0.000 0.000 US-54 Southern terminus
Cassoday 18.753 30.180 I‑35 / Kan. Tpk. I-35/KTA exit 92
Chase Strong City 46.423 74.711 US-50
Morris Council Grove 65.662 105.673 US-56 Western terminus of US-56 concurrency
65.830 105.943 US-56 Eastern terminus of US-56 concurrency
Morris–Wabaunsee
county line
  78.275 125.971 K-4 Southern terminus of K-4 concurrency
  79.275 127.581 K-4 Northern terminus of K-4 concurrency
Geary   94.249 151.679 I‑70 / US-40 I-70 exit 313
Riley   101.979 164.119 K-18 Eastern terminus of K-18 concurrency
Manhattan 102.559 165.053 K-18 Interchange, western terminus of K-18 concurrency
102.871 165.555 US-24 Interchange, northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation. "Pavement Management Information System". Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Richie. "Kansas Highways Routelog". Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation: Historic State Maps