K-51 (Kansas highway)

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K-51 marker

K-51 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length79.095 mi[1] (127.291 km)
Major junctions
West endCounty Road M at Colorado State Line between Baca County, CO and Morton County
  US-56 from Rolla to Hugoton
East end US-83 near Liberal
CountiesMorton, Stevens, Seward
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

K-51 is a 79.095-mile-long (127.291 km) west-east state highway in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Kansas. K-51 begins at the Colorado state line as a continuation of County Road M and travels eastward and ends at U.S. Route 83 (US-83) near Liberal. It travels through portions of Morton, Stevens, and Seward counties.

Route description[edit]

K-51 begins at the Colorado state line, acting as a continuation of County Road M. The highway travels due east through fields. K-51 then turns north onto K-27, forming a 10 mile (16 km) long concurrency. K-27 leaves at Richfield. K-51 runs eastward for a few miles before heading south towards Rolla. In Rolla, US-56 is met, and K-51 turns east onto US-56, crossing into Stevens County. Both routes then pick up northbound K-25, with all three routes heading into Hugoton. In the city itself, US-56 and K-25 turn north, leaving K-51 to head east on its own. The route goes eastward, entering Seward County. K-51 comes to an end north of Liberal at US-83.


Until 1983, the portion of K-51 between Hugoton and US-83 was shared with a previous alignment of US-270.[2]

Junction List[edit]

Morton0.0000.000County Road M westContinuation into Colorado
7.87112.667 K-27 south – ElkhartWestern end of K-27 concurrency
Richfield22.26535.832 K-27 north (Main Street) – Johnson CityEastern end of K-27 concurrency
Rolla39.74663.965 US-56 west (1st Avenue) – ElkhartWestern end of US-56 concurrency
Stevens47.99477.239 K-25 south – Guymon OKWestern end of K-25 concurrency
Hugoton56.21190.463 US-56 east / K-25 north (Main Street) – Satanta, UlyssesEastern end of US-56/K-25 concurrency
Seward79.095127.291 US-83 (Road I) – Sublette, LiberalEastern terminus; road continues as Road 13 (unpaved)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/bureaus/burTransPlan/maps/HistoricStateMaps/1981-82Mapside.pdf