U.S. Route 36
|Length:||1,414 mi (2,276 km)|
|Existed:||1926 – present|
|West end:||US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO|
|I-75 in Piqua, OH|
|East end:||US 250 / SR 800 at Uhrichsville, OH|
U.S. Route 36 is an east–west United States highway that runs for 1,414 miles (2,276 km) from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado to Uhrichsville, Ohio. The highway's western terminus is at Deer Ridge Junction, an intersection in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, where it meets U.S. Route 34. Its eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 250 in Uhrichsville, Ohio.
Route description 
US Route 36 begins at US 34 at Deer Ridge Junction in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, just west of Estes Park. It then passes through Boulder and Denver on its way to Kansas. Between Boulder and Denver, the road that is now US 36 was originally built as the Denver-Boulder Turnpike. It serves today as a major arterial freeway in the Front Range Urban Corridor. Between Denver and Byers, US 36 exists in unsigned overlaps with I-270 and I-70, while some parts of its original route are signed separately as Colorado State Highway 36. After it diverges from I-70 in Byers, US 36 is a relatively lightly-traveled two-lane rural highway to the Kansas state line.
US-36 passes through all 13 counties in Kansas which border Nebraska. The highway enters the Sunflower State from Colorado in Cheyenne County and shares a 7-mile (11 km) concurrency through the town of St. Francis with K-27, the first north–south route intersected in Kansas. K-27 splits east of St. Francis and heads south toward Goodland, and US-36 then continues through Bird City and McDonald before intersecting K-25 in Atwood, the seat of Rawlins County.
US-36 continues east through Decatur County, intersecting with US-83 in Oberlin before beginning a concurrency with K-383 in Norton County, a concurrency which runs for 12 miles (19 km) through the city of Norton, where it crosses US-283. K-383 splits in eastern Norton County and bends northeast toward Almena and the Nebraska state line, while US-36 enters Phillips County, picking up a brief concurrency with US-183 in Phillipsburg.
The highway passes through the small towns of Agra and Kensington before reaching Smith Center, the seat of Smith County, where US-281 joins US-36 for a 12-mile (19 km) concurrency. Near Lebanon, US-36 passes about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the Geographic center of the contiguous United States, which is indicated by a marker where US-281 splits northward to Lebanon. The road then passes through largely unpopulated areas, except for the tiny town of Mankato in Jewell County.
At Belleville, the seat of Republic County, US-36 intersects US-81, a four-lane expressway which heads south toward Concordia and Salina, where it becomes Interstate 135 and continues south toward Wichita. US-81 northbound is a four-lane, at-grade expressway into Nebraska, where it passes through Hebron and Geneva before reaching Interstate 80 at York.
After passing through Washington County, US-36 picks up brief concurrencies with US-77 in Marysville, the seat of Marshall County, and with US-75 in Fairview. Between the junctions with US 77 and US 75, the highway passes through Nemaha County and its seat, Seneca.
In Hiawatha, the seat of Brown County, US-36 intersects the concurrency of US-73 and US-159, before entering Doniphan County for its final trek through the state, passing through Troy, Wathena and Elwood before crossing the Missouri River on the Pony Express Bridge and entering Missouri.
The section of US-36 from Washington, Kansas to St. Joseph, Missouri is officially called the Pony Express Highway because it marks the starting section of the Pony Express. It crosses the Missouri River on the Pony Express Bridge. From the western junction with K-383 to the Missouri state line, US-36 is part of the National Highway System.
Except for wider sections in towns and passing lanes on hills, US-36 through Kansas is mostly a two-lane surface road. However some of the principal intersections all along the road are grade-separated diamond interchanges. From the Little Blue River just west of the K-148 junction to the US-77 North junction just west of the Big Blue River at Marysville, US-36 is a four-lane divided surface highway. From Hiawatha to west of Wathena, the road is a two-lane freeway. After passing through Wathena as a surface street (Riverside High School in Wathena fronts the westbound lanes), it becomes a four-lane freeway to the Missouri state line.
On August 3, 2005, residents of Macon, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, and Ralls counties approved Proposition 36B, which excludes Ralls County from the Transportation Development District and allows for the construction of a 4-lane US 36 to be constructed without Ralls County's participation. This construction would serve as an extension of Interstate 72 west from Hannibal to Cameron and would make US 36 four lanes across Missouri.
All of US 36 in Missouri is named the V.F.W. Memorial Highway. The section from St. Joseph to Hannibal parallels the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which was the reason St. Joseph was selected for the Pony Express. The two towns were the second and third largest cities in the State of Missouri prior to the American Civil War. Prior to the establishment of the railroad in the late 1850s, the stagecoach route was called the "Hound Dog Trail."
With the passage of Proposition 36B, the US 36/I-72 Corridor Transportation District was created to help fund construction to convert the remaining 38 miles (61 km) of 2-lane highway between Macon, Missouri and Monroe City, Missouri by September 30, 2010. East of the Monroe City exit, US 36 is a 4-lane highway to US 61, where I-72 takes over the alignment.
In the state of Illinois, U.S. 36 runs concurrent with much of Interstate 72. It enters from Missouri across the Mississippi River on the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, and runs east, crossing Interstate 55 in Springfield. At the U.S. Route 51 bypass in Decatur, U.S. 36 leaves I-72 and runs due east through downtown Decatur. U.S. 36 then continues east, through Tuscola and several smaller communities, all the way to the Indiana border.
US 36 enters Indiana near Dana in Vermillion County. It then passes through the towns of Montezuma, Rockville, Bainbridge, Danville, and Avon before entering Indianapolis. The original route through Indianapolis consisted of Rockville Rd., Washington St.. West St./Michigan Rd. (Now Dr. Martin Luther King St.) 38th St. and Pendleton Pike. However, US 36 is now concurrent with Interstate 465 south of Indianapolis. East of The Circle City, US 36 travels northeast through Lawrence, McCordsville, Pendleton, Losantville, Modoc, and Lynn before exiting into Ohio.
US 36 enters Ohio in Darke County near the small village of Palestine, Ohio. In Ohio it travels through Darke, Miami, Champaign, Union, Delaware, Knox and Coshocton Counties before reaching its terminus at Uhrichsville in Tuscarawas County. It conjoins with US Route 127 in Greenville for about 5 miles (8.0 km). It also conjoins with US Route 33 in Marysville for about 5 miles (8.0 km).
Major intersections 
- I-25 at Welby, Colorado
- I-270 from Welby to Denver, Colorado - concurrency 5 miles (8.0 km)
- I-76 at Welby, Colorado
- I-70 from Denver to Byers, Colorado - concurrency 37 miles (60 km)
- I-225 in Aurora, Colorado
- US 81 in Belleville, Kansas (four-lane divided highway becomes Interstate 135 69 miles (111 km) to the south in Salina)
- I-229 in St. Joseph, Missouri
- I-29 in St. Joseph, Missouri
- I-35 in Cameron, Missouri
- US Highway 65 near Chillicothe, Missouri
- US Highway 63 near Macon, Missouri
- US Highway 61 near Hannibal, Missouri
- US Highway 24 near Hannibal, Missouri
- US Highway 54 ends at US 36 west of Pittsfield, Illinois in Pike County, Illinois. Prior to the decommissioning of US 54 from this point to its original eastbound terminus in Chicago, US 36 and US 54 formed a concurrency from here to Springfield, Illnois.
- I-72 from Hannibal, Missouri to Decatur, Illinois - concurrency 135 miles (217 km)
- I-172 in northwestern Pike County, Illinois, west of Hull, Illinois and east of Hannibal, Missouri
- Old U.S. 36 intersects I-72 near Winchester, Illinois
- U.S. Route 67 near Jacksonville, Illinois
- I-55 in Springfield, Illinois - concurrency 6 miles (9.7 km)
- U.S. Route 51 near Decatur, Illinois
- I-57 at Tuscola, Illinois
- Illinois Route 1 in Edgar County, Illinois
- U.S. Route 41 in Rockville, Indiana
- The I-74 and I-465 concurrency on the west side of Indianapolis, Indiana
- I-65 in Indianapolis, Indiana
- I-70 in Indianapolis, Indiana
- I-465 near Lawrence, Indiana, east of Indianapolis
- US Route 27 near Lynn, Indiana
- U.S. Route 127/Ohio State Route 571 near Greenville, Ohio
- I-75 in Piqua, Ohio
- US Route 23 in Delaware, Ohio
- I-71 in Delaware County, Ohio west of Sunbury and east of Delaware
- I-77 at Newcomerstown, Ohio
See also 
- Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 02:55, 4 July 2006 (UTC).
- The Associated Press (2002-08-24). "A look at Missouri's named highways and bridges" (LexisNexis).
- The Hound Dog Trail: The Economy of Cameron - cameron-mo.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007
|Browse numbered routes|
|← SH 35||CO||SH 36 →|
|← I-35||KS||K-39 →|
|← I-35||MO||Route 37 →|
|← IL 35||IL||IL 37 →|
|← US 35||List of State Roads in Indiana||SR 37 →|