Interstate 135

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Interstate 135 marker

Interstate 135
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length 95.738 mi (154.075 km)
Existed September 13, 1976 – present
Major junctions
South end I-35 / Kansas Turnpike in Wichita
  US-81 in Wichita
I-235 in Wichita
K-15 in Wichita
US-54 / US-400 in Wichita
I-235 / K-96 / K-254 in Wichita
US-50 / K-15 in Newton
US-56 in McPherson
K-4 near Lindsborg
North end I-70 / US-40 / US-81 in Salina
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-131 K-136

Interstate 135 (abbreviated I-135) is a 95.7-mile-long Interstate Highway in central and south-central Kansas, USA. I-135 runs between the cities of Salina and Wichita. The route also runs through the cities of McPherson, Newton, and Park City. The interstate's northern terminus is at the junction of Interstate 70 and its southern terminus is with Interstate 35 (the Kansas Turnpike).

Until 1976, I-135 was designated as I-35W. It is the longest 3-digit "spur", with an odd first digit, in the Interstate system.[1]

Route description[edit]

I-135 begins at this exit from the Kansas Turnpike.
I-135 ends at this interchange with I-70.

I-135 begins from the south at Exit 42 on the Kansas Turnpike. (The exit is signed as I-135, I-235, US-81/Wichita/Salina.) US-81 joins I-135 half a mile later, and remains concurrent with it for the rest of its length. Less than a mile from the Kansas Turnpike tollbooth, I-235, a loop around the western side of Wichita, branches off the highway. I-135 continues northward from there, running just east of the Wichita downtown area. It reunites with I-235 at Milepost 11 at the loop's other end.

I-135 leaves Wichita and continues northward to Newton where it turns northwest around milemarker 33. The freeway continues in this direction for 20 miles (32 km), returning to a due north course at McPherson.

The stretch of I-135 in Saline County from the Saline-McPherson county line to the highway's terminus at Interstate 70, is designated as the Ben E. Vidricksen Highway.[2]

The route ends on the northwest side of Salina, at its intersection at I-70. The road continues as US-81 north of this interchange.


Interstate 35W
Location Kansas
Existed 1971[4]–September 13, 1976[3]

Construction on the Canal Route portion of I-135 (in Wichita, where the Chisholm Creek Canal runs through the median of the highway) was begun in 1971.[4] This portion of the route took eight years to complete with a cost of $32 million.[4]

Until September 13, 1976, I-135 was signed as I-35W. The Interstate's full length was completed in December 1979.[3]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Sedgwick Wichita 0.000–
I-35 / Kansas Turnpike – Oklahoma City, Kansas City Southern terminus; Kansas Turnpike toll booth; I-35/Kansas Tpke. exit 42; trumpet interchange.
0.464 0.747 1A US-81 south (47th Street South) South end of US-81 overlap; last free exit southbound
0.815 1.312 1C I-235 north I-235 exit 1A southbound, to 135 north; tri-stack interchange.
2.319 3.732 2 Hydraulic Avenue
3.211 5.168 3A K-15 south (Southeast Boulevard) Southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of K-15 overlap
3.943 6.346 3B Pawnee Street
4.931 7.936 4 Harry Street
5.431 8.740 5A Lincoln Street
5.965 9.600 5B US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue) Signed as exit 6A southbound
6B 1st Street North, 2nd Street North Signed as exit 6C southbound
7A Central Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
7B 8th Street North, 9th Street North
8 13th Street North
9.003 14.489 9 21st Street North
10.574 17.017 10 K-96 east / 29th Street North, Hydraulic Avenue Signed as exits 10A (K-96) and 10B (29th St., Hydraulic) northbound; south end of K-96 overlap
11.780 18.958 11A K-254 east – El Dorado Left exit and entrance southbound
11B I-235 south / K-96 west – Hutchinson North end of K-96 overlap; I-235 exits 16A-B
13.206 21.253 13 53rd Street North
14 61st Street North
16 77th Street North
17 85th Street North
19.233 30.953 19 101st Street North
22 125th Street North
Harvey 25.274 40.675 25 K-196 east – Whitewater, El Dorado
Newton 28.277 45.507 28 CR-576 (SE 36th Street)
30 US-50 west / K-15 north – Hutchinson South end of US-50 overlap; north end of K-15 overlap; serves Newton Medical Center; left exit and entrance northbound
31 First Street, Broadway Street
32.653 52.550 33 US-50 east – Peabody, Emporia Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US-50 overlap
34.777 55.968 34 K-15 – North Newton, Abilene
Hesston 40.520 65.211 40 Lincoln Boulevard
McPherson 46.102 74.194 46 K-260 west – Moundridge Counterclockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital and Moundridge Municipal Airfield
48.682 78.346 48 K-260 east – Moundridge Clockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital
54 CR-445 (Comanche Road) / CR-319 (18th Avenue)
58.388 93.966 58
US-81 Bus. / K-61 – McPherson, Hutchinson
McPherson 60.509 97.380 60
US-56 / US-81 Bus. – McPherson, Marion
63 Mohawk Road Opened 2017
65 CR-448 (Pawnee Road)
Rest Area, located in the median; left exits and entrances
72.934 117.376 72 CR-429 (Smoky Valley Road) – Lindsborg, Roxbury
Saline 77.863 125.308 78 K-4 west – Bridgeport, Lindsborg South end of K-4 overlap; former US-81
81.959 131.900 82 K-4 east (Assaria Road) / Falun Road North end of K-4 overlap
86.011 138.421 86 K-104 east (Mentor Road) / Smolan Road
Salina 88 Water Well Road
89 Schilling Road
90 Magnolia Road
92.389 148.686 92 Crawford Street
93.435 150.369 93 K-140 west (State Street)
95.738 154.075 95A-B US-81 north / I-70 / US-40 – Concordia, Topeka, Hays Northern terminus; north end of US-81 overlap; signed as exits 95A (I-70 east) and 95B (I-70 west); I-70 exits 250A-B; freeway continues north as US-81 (Frank Carlson Memorial Highway); cloverleaf interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Shortest and longest 3-digit interstates". 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "1970s". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Canal Route on I-135". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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