K-5 (Kansas highway)

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K-5 marker

Frontier Military Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 24.072 mi[1] (38.740 km)
Major junctions
South end: US-69 in Kansas City, Kansas
North end: US-73 / K-7 in Leavenworth
Counties: Wyandotte, Leavenworth
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-4 K-7

K-5 is a 24-mile-long (39 km) state highway in northeastern Kansas. Remaining completely in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it connects Leavenworth to Kansas City.

K-5's eastern terminus at U.S. 69 in Kansas City.

Route description[edit]

K-5 begins on Sunshine Road at US-69 just south of the Fairfax Bridge. From there, it heads west until it turns off of Sunshine Rd. onto its own freeway alignment, which lasts for about two miles (3.2 km). It then merges onto Interstate 635 south, then follows Leavenworth Road west until it meets Interstate 435. K-5 merges onto northbound I-435, splitting off two exits later. After heading north on 97th Street, and turning onto Hutton Road, it then follows Wolcott Drive towards Lansing. Inside the Lansing area, it turns onto 8th Street, then onto Muncie Drive in Leavenworth. K-5 then ends at 4th Street (US-73/K-7) in Leavenworth.

K-5 mostly parallels the Missouri River for its entire run. The road's direction signs changed from west–east to north–south around 2010, although portions of it in Kansas City are still signed west–east.

In 2015, The Kansas state legislature passed Statute 68-1038, which designation the portion of K-5 between US-73/K-7 to I-435, then from I-435 to US-69, and southward on US-69 to the Oklahoma border, as the Frontier Military Scenic Byway.[2]


Originally, the portion of K-5 between I-635 and US-69 in Kansas was planned to be designated as I-635. The interstate was planned to head eastward from where it meets K-5 until it meets US-69, at which point it would turn northward and cross the Fairfax Bridge over the Missouri River. However, the plan was never carried out and the highway segment between I-635 and US-69 in the northern area of Kansas City is designated as the current K-5.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Wyandotte Kansas City 0.000 0.000 US-69 (7th Street Trafficway) Southern terminus; continues east as Sunshine Road
0.333 0.536 Sunshine Road west / McCormick Road north East end of freeway section
0.816 1.313 10th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.738 2.797 18th Street
2.242 3.608 I-635 north I-635 exit 8
2.440 3.927 I-635 south West end of freeway section; I-635 exit 7; access to I-635 south from K-5 east via 38th Street
11.009 17.717 I-435 south / Leavenworth Road west I-435 exits 15A-B; cardinal direction change: westbound becomes northbound, southbound becomes eastbound; south end of freeway section
11.809 19.005 16 Donahoo Road Exit number follows I-435
14.005 22.539 I-435 north I-435 exit 18; north end of freeway section
Leavenworth Leavenworth 24.072 38.740 US-73 / K-7 (4th Street) Northern terminus; continues west as Muncie Road
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 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2015 Statute". Kansas State Legislature. Retrieved September 3, 2016.