K-15 (Kansas highway)

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K-15 marker

Eisenhower Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length257.141 mi[1] (413.828 km)
Major junctions
South end SH-18 southeast of Dexter
North end N-15 north of Morrowville
CountiesCowley, Sumner, Sedgwick, Harvey, Marion, Dickinson, Clay, Washington
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

K-15 is a Kansas state highway originating at the Oklahoma state line and continuing to the Nebraska state line where it is then signed as Nebraska Highway 15. It is signed as State Highway 18 once the highway enters Oklahoma. It is 206 miles[2] (332 km) long. Throughout Kansas, it is signed as the Eisenhower Memorial Highway due to its route through Abilene, where the Eisenhower Memorial Museum and Library is located.[3]

Route description[edit]

From the Oklahoma state line, K-15 runs north for 8 miles (13 km) before turning west for 4 miles (6.4 km) and overlapping US-166. It then returns to a due north course for 9 miles (14 km) to Dexter. Then, it heads west for 3 miles (4.8 km) where it again overlaps, this time with US-160.

K-15 concurrent with I-135 and US-81

At Winfield, K-15 follows US-77 west to Udall and then turns north then cuts through Mulvane. It then continues traveling north through Derby, finally joining I-135 and US-81 in Wichita. K-15 is a multilane divided highway beginning immediately southeast of Mulvane at its intersection with K-53. K-15 follows this four-lane alignment through both Mulvane and Derby until merging with I-135 in south Wichita.

K-15 follows the I-135 alignment to US-50, where it exits after less than a mile onto Kansas Avenue (old US-81) in Newton. It goes through Newton and North Newton then continues north to US-56 in Marion County. It overlaps US-56 east for 6 miles (9.7 km) then continues north through Durham before crossing K-4. It keeps heading towards Abilene, where it crosses I-70, and continues north to K-18.

K-15 overlaps K-18 another 4 miles (6.4 km) before returning north and crossing US-24 at Clay Center. K-9 joins K-15 for 12 miles (19 km), then departs. K-15 overlaps US-36 for 6 miles (9.7 km) before returning north to end at the Nebraska border, becoming N-15.


K-15 once split into two routes near Washington. The K-15W fork is the present-day routing of K-15, while K-15E was redesignated as part of K-148. K-15 was the only state route in Kansas to fork in this manner.[2]

Junction list[edit]

Cowley0.0000.000 SH-18 southContinuation into Oklahoma
7.87012.666 US-166 east – SedanSouth end of US-166 concurrency
11.82019.022 US-166 west – Arkansas City, WinfieldNorth end of US-166 concurrency
24.03938.687 US-160 east – BurdenNorth end of US-160 concurrency
Winfield33.89354.545 K-360 west
36.59258.889 US-77 south (Main Street) / US-160 west (9th Avenue) – Wellington, Arkansas CityNorth end of US-160 concurrency; south end of US-77 concurrency
47.05075.720 US-77 north – El DoradoNorth end of US-77 concurrency
Udall53.00985.310 To K-55 west / Clark Street – Belle Plaine
SumnerMulvane61.71199.314 K-53 west (119th Street South)Interchange
Sedgwick73.093117.632 I-35 / Kansas TurnpikeExit 45 on I-35/Kansas Tpke.
Wichita74.297119.569Southeast Boulevard northInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
I-135 / US-81 southInterchange; south end of I-135/US-81 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit 3A on I-135
Overlap with I-135/US-81
HarveyNewton101.083162.677 I-135 north / US-50 east (US-81 north) – Salina, EmporiaNorth end of I-135/US-81 concurrency; south end of US-50 concurrency; exit 30 on I-135
101.841163.897 US-50 west – HutchinsonInterchange; north end of US-50 concurrency
105.793170.257 I-135 / US-81 – Salina, WichitaExit 34 on I-135
MarionGoessel117.064188.396 K-215 west – Goessel
125.042201.236 US-56 west – McPhersonSouth end of US-56 concurrency
126.526203.624 K-168 north – Lehigh
Hillsboro131.040210.888 US-56 east (200th Street) – MarionNorth end of US-56 concurrency
DickinsonElmo153.095246.383 K-4 (600 Avenue) – Gypsum, Hope
Abilene171.143275.428 I-70 / US-40 – Topeka, SalinaExit 275 on I-70
177.539285.721 K-18 west (3000 Avenue) – BenningtonSouth end of K-18 concurrency
181.505292.104 K-18 east (3000 Avenue) – Junction CityNorth end of K-18 concurrency
Clay188.561303.460 K-197 west – Industry
194.524313.056 K-82 east (7th Road) – Wakefield
Clay Center205.578330.846 US-24 (Crawford Street) – Beloit, Manhattan
211.564340.479 K-80 west – Morganville
county line
218.491351.627 K-9 west (Parallel Road) – ConcordiaSouth end of K-9 concurrency
Washington223.011358.901 K-115 west (Palmer Avenue) – Palmer
230.585371.091 K-9 east / K-148 (10th Road) – Blue Rapids, AgendaNorth end of K-9 concurrency; K-148 east is former K-15E; K-15 north of this point is former K-15W
Washington237.619382.411 US-36 east (7th Street) – MarysvilleSouth end of US-36 concurrency
243.966392.625 US-36 west (17th Road) – BellevilleNorth end of US-36 concurrency
257.141413.828 N-15 northContinuation into Nebraska
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Kennedy, Richie. "Routelog". Kansas Highways 7.0. Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-04-10.
  3. ^ K.S.A. 68-1023

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