K-14 (Kansas highway)

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K-14 marker

K-14
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 219.276 mi[1] (352.891 km)
Major junctions
South end: US-160 / K-2 in Harper
 
North end: N-14 at the Nebraska state line north of Mankato
Location
Counties: Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Rice, Reno, Kingman, Harper
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-13 K-15

K-14 is a north–south state highway which runs most of the length of the U.S. state of Kansas. The highway runs through the central part of the state.

Route description[edit]

K-14 begins on its southern end at US-160 in the town of Harper in Harper County. From there, it travels north into Kingman County, crossing the Chikaskia River near the community of Rago. K-14 continues north to Kingman, where it crosses the South Fork of the Ninnescah River and meets US-54/US-400. K-14 travels east with US-54/400 for approximately 10 miles (16 km) before turning north again near Waterloo, and continuing into Reno County, where it crosses the North Fork of the Ninnescah River. K-14 meets K-96 just south of South Hutchinson, and are duplexed for 3 miles (4.8 km), until they meet US-50 and K-61, where all four routes run concurrently for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the west, when K-14 and K-96 turn north and pass through Nickerson, and US-50 and K-61 continue west.

The two highways enter Rice County just south of Sterling before passing through the town. The highway then crosses the Arkansas River before encountering Lyons,and US-56, at which point K-96 splits from K-14 and continues west along US-56 toward Great Bend, while K-14 continues north into Ellsworth County. In the historic town of Ellsworth, the highway crosses the Smoky Hill River and continues north to I-70. K-14 travels east along I-70 for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) before exiting and resuming north into Lincoln County, where K-14 passes through the Smoky Hills Wind Farm.

K-14 passes north through Lincoln and Mitchell Counties, crossing the Saline River in the town of Lincoln and the Solomon River in Beloit (the largest town along the highway). The highway jogs to the west for close to 2 miles (3.2 km) at the Mitchell/Jewell county line before continuing north into Jewell County. K-14 passes through the town of Jewell and meets US-36 just east of Mankato. K-14 is duplexed with US-36 for three miles (5 km) as it heads east, before splitting off again to the north. K-14 passes over White Rock Creek at the far western end of Lovewell Reservoir and continues north into Nebraska near the town of Superior, Nebraska, where the highway continues as Nebraska Highway 14.

The northern and southern halves of the highway differ fairly significantly in terms of terrain and landscape. The southern half of K-14 travels over fairly flat terrain in the valley of the Arkansas River. Just north of the intersection with K-4 in southern Ellsworth County, K-14 passes into the Smoky Hills region, traveling over a series of broad, rolling hills, providing several scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside. The portion of the highway between Lincoln and Beloit is particularly hilly.

History[edit]

Until 2013, K-14 followed US-54/US-400 west out of Kingman for 4 miles. From there it went north to K-61 and through Arlington and continued north, then met K-96 south of Sterling.[2]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Harper Harper 0.000 0.000 US-160 / K-2 – Anthony, Wellington Southern end
Kingman Rago 12.506 20.126 K-42
Kingman 26.162 42.104 US-54 / US-400 west (D Avenue) Southern end of US-54/US-400 overlap
29.909 48.134 40th Avenue Interchange; southern end of freeway
30.617 49.273 70th Avenue
36.321 58.453 US-54 / US-400 east Northern end of overlap with freeway; northern end of US-54/US-400 overlap
Reno 57.459 92.471 K-96 east Southern end of K-96 overlap
South Hutchinson 60.184 96.857 US-50 east / K-61 north (John Neal Memorial Highway) / Main Street north Interchange; southern end of US-50/K-61 overlap
61.696 99.290 US-50 west / K-61 south (John Neal Memorial Highway) Partial cloverleaf interchange; northern end of US-50/K-61 overlap
63.402 102.036 6th Avenue Interchange
65.084 104.743 4th Avenue Interchange
67.606 108.801 Wilson Road / Nickerson Boulevard Interchange
Rice Lyons 94.319 151.792 US-56 / K-96 west (Main Street) Northern end of K-96 overlap
105.895 170.421 K-4
Ellsworth 120.214 193.466
K-14 Truck north / K-156 – Great Bend
Southern end of K-14 Truck
Ellsworth 122.347 196.898
K-140 east / K-14 Truck south (15th Street)
Western end of K-140; northern end of K-14 Truck; serves Ellsworth County Medical Center
129.800 208.893 I-70 / US-40 west Exit 219 on I-70; southern end of I-70/US-40 overlap
132.713 213.581 I-70 / US-40 east Exit 221 on I-70; northern end of I-70/US-40 overlap
Lincoln Lincoln 147.514 237.401 K-18
157.111 252.846 K-284 east Western end of K-284
Mitchell Beloit 178.516 287.294 US-24 / K-9
Jewell Jewell 193.566 311.514 K-28 east (Delaware Street)
Mankato 201.600 324.444 US-36 west Southern end of US-36 overlap
204.053 328.391 US-36 east Northern end of US-36 overlap
219.276 352.891 N-14 Contunuation into Nebraska
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]