K-5 (Kansas highway)

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K-5 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 24.039 mi[1] (38.687 km)
Major junctions
West end: US-73 / K-7 in Leavenworth
  I‑435 in Kansas City
I‑635 in Kansas City
East end: US-69 in Kansas City
Counties: Leavenworth, Wyandotte
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

K-4 K-7

K-5 is a 24-mile-long (39 km) state highway in northeastern Kansas. Remaining completely in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it connects Leavenworth to Kansas City.

K-5's eastern terminus at U.S. 69 in Kansas City.

Route description[edit]

K-5 begins at US-73/K-7 in Leavenworth, from where it heads southeast. From here to Interstate 435, it is part of a scenic route for travelers. In the Lansing area, it runs along N 8th Street. After leaving Lansing, K-5 follows Wolcott Drive. Later, K-5 merges onto southbound Interstate 435, splitting off at the second exit, onto Leavenworth Road. K-5 follows Leavenworth Road east until it meets Interstate 635 northbound. It then splits off onto its own freeway alignment, which lasts for about 2 miles (3.2 km) until it turns onto Sunshine Road. It then ends at US-69 just south of the Fairfax Bridge. K-5's directions changed recently from west–east to north–south around 2010.

The Kansas state legislature passed Statute 68-1038, which designation the portion of K-5 between US-73/K-7 to I-435, then from I-435 to US-69, and southward on US-69 to the Oklahoma border, as the Frontier Military Scenic Byway.[2]


Originally, the portion of K-5 between I-635 and US-69 in Kansas was planned to be designated as I-635. The interstate was planned to head eastward from where it meets K-5 until it meets US-69, at which point it would turn northward and cross the Fairfax Bridge over the Missouri River. However, the plan was never carried out and the highway segment between I-635 and US-69 in the northern area of Kansas City is designated as the current K-5.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Leavenworth Leavenworth 0.000 0.000 US-73 / K-7 Western terminus
Wyandotte Kansas City 10.067 16.201 I‑435 north K-5 joins I-435 southbound and leaves westbound
13.063 21.023 I‑435 south K-5 leaves I-435 southbound and joins westbound
21.797 35.079 I‑635 south K-5 joins I-635 northbound and leaves westbound
22.499 36.209 I‑635 north K-5 leaves I-635 northbound and joins eastbound
24.039 38.687 US-69 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi