K-32 (Kansas highway)

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K-32 marker

K-32
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 32.197 mi[1] (51.816 km)
Major junctions
West end: US-24 / US-40 near Lawrence
  K-7 in Bonner Springs
I‑435 near Edwardsville
I‑635 in Kansas City
East end: US-69 in Kansas City
Location
Counties: Douglas, Leavenworth, Wyandotte
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

K-31 K-33

K-32 is an approximately 35-mile (56 km) state highway that runs from Lawrence to Kansas City in the U.S. state of Kansas, generally paralleling the course of the Kansas River. Its western terminus is just outside of Lawrence at US-24/US-40. Its eastern terminus is in Kansas City at US-69 (the 18th Street Expressway).

Route description[edit]

K-32 begins in extreme northeastern Douglas County at an intersection with US-24 and US-40 northeast of Lawrence. From this intersection, K-32 heads east along Linwood Road through rural parts of Leavenworth County, passing through the town of Linwood. The road crosses into Wyandotte County and the town of Bonner Springs 8.884 miles (14.297 km) east of Linwood.[1]

In Bonner Springs, K-32 proceeds east on Kump Avenue until forced to turn northeast by the Kansas River. The highway then has an interchange with K-7. At this point, K-32 becomes a divided highway and runs alongside a Union Pacific rail line.[2] Now bearing the name of Front Street, the route continues east into Edwardsville south of the Lake of the Forest. In Edwardsville, it picks up the name of Kaw Drive.

On the Edwardsville–Kansas City line, K-32 has an interchange with I-435, the Kansas City beltway. The highway, still following Kaw Drive, continues northeast through the southwest portion of Kansas City. The highway then comes to an interchange with the Turner Diagonal. Here, K-32 departs from Kaw Drive, instead turning east to cross the river. Upon reaching the shore, the highway picks up Kansas Avenue, which it follows east alongside the BNSF rail yard. The highway has another interchange, this time with I-635, as it enters a heavy industrial area. East of I-635, K-32 crosses the Kansas River again before coming to an end at an interchange with the 18th Street Expressway, which also carries US-69.

History[edit]

Originally, the Turner Diagonal bore the route designation of K-132, which continued east onto Kansas Avenue. K-32 continued straight through the interchange along Kaw Drive, staying north of the Kansas River. The highway then passed through an interchange with I-70, then part of the Kansas Turnpike. This interchange has since been reconfigured and is now part of the I-70/I-635 interchange complex. Upon passing through the interchange, Kaw Drive changes names to Park Drive. K-32 continued east along Park until reaching 18th Street and Central, where the highway turned southeast. K-32 followed Central through Downtown Kansas City, Kansas before coming to an end at I-70 at what is now Exit 422D.[3] For a time, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of this stretch of road was concurrent with US-40. When the Kansas Turnpike Authority ceased collecting toll for the parallel stretch of I-70, US-40 was realigned to use the freeway.[citation needed]

In 1993, the K-132 designation was removed from the state highway system and the portion of the Turner Diagonal west of Kaw Drive reverted to city control. K-32 was realigned onto the Kansas River bridge and Kansas Avenue, replacing K-132 east of Kaw Drive.[citation needed]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Douglas   0.000 0.000 US-24 / US-40 Western terminus
Wyandotte Bonner Springs 19.116 30.764 K-7 Interchange
Edwardsville 23.592 37.968 I‑435 Partial cloverleaf interchange
Kansas City 28.196 45.377 Turner Diagonal Interchange, old K-132
30.487 49.064 I‑635 Partial cloverleaf interchange
32.197 51.816 US-69 Interchange, western terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kansas Department of Transportation. "Pavement Management Information System". Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. Official State Transportation Map (Map) (2007–2008 ed.). Kansas City inset.
  3. ^ Rand McNally (1979). Kansas City (Map).