K-51 (Kansas highway)

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K-51 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 79.095 mi[1] (127.291 km)
Major junctions
West end: County Road M at Colorado State Line between Baca County, CO and Morton County
  US-56 near Rolla
East end: US-83 near Liberal
Counties: Morton, Stevens, Seward
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
US-50 K-52

K-51 is a west-east state highway in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Kansas. 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]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Morton 0.000 0.000 County Road M west Continuation into Colorado
7.871 12.667 K-27 south Western end of K-27 concurrency
Richfield 22.265 35.832 K-27 north Eastern end of K-27 concurrency
Rolla 39.746 63.965 US-56 west Western end of US-56 concurrency
Stevens 47.994 77.239 K-25 south Western end of K-25 concurrency
Hugoton 56.211 90.463 US-56 east / K-25 north Eastern end of US-56/K-25 concurrency
Seward 79.095 127.291 US-83
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi