K-12 (Kansas highway)

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K-12 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Existed: 1985 – 1987
Major junctions
West end: K-7.svg K-7 in Shawnee
East end: Missouri state line at Kansas City
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-10 K-13

K-12 was a state highway in the U.S. state of Kansas, created in the mid-1980s. Its alignment was changed during its existence.


K-12 was commissioned when the first section of the current K-10 freeway was completed from K-7 in Olathe, Kansas to I-435 in Lenexa, Kansas. K-10, at the time, overlapped K-7 from Olathe north to Shawnee Mission Parkway.

When the K-10 freeway segment from Lawrence to Olathe was completed, K-10 was signed for the entire length (both sections) of the expressway, and K-12 was displaced.

When K-10 was designated on the expressway between Lawrence and Lenexa, K-12 was realigned north to take the place of the former K-10 alignment. It followed Shawnee Mission Parkway from K-7 in Shawnee, Kansas. It turned north on Merriam Drive in Merriam, Kansas, which follows into Kansas City, Kansas. Merriam Lane turns into Southwest Blvd. near US-169, and K-12 ended not far east at the Missouri state line.

Since K-12 existed entirely within the city limits of the cities it traverses, it was turned back to the cities in 1987 according to KDOT policy.[1]



  1. ^ Resolution Designating City Connecting Links in State Highway System (City of Merriam) (PDF), Kansas Department of Transportation, August 1, 1987, retrieved November 28, 2009 

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