K-8 (Kansas highway)

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K-8 marker

K-8
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 17.254 mi[1] (27.768 km)
Southern segment
Length: 1.275 mi[1] (2.052 km)
South end: SH-8 near Kiowa
North end: K-2 in Kiowa
Northern segment
Length: 15.979 mi[1] (25.716 km)
South end: US-36 near Athol
North end: N-10 near Franklin
Location
Counties: North: Smith South: Barber
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-7 K-9

K-8 is the name of two separate state highways in Kansas, United States. The southern highway is a 1.3-mile-long (2.1 km) road, linking Oklahoma State Highway 8 (SH-8) to the town of Kiowa. The northern highway links U.S. Route 36 (US-36) near Athol to Nebraska Highway 10 (N-10) near the town of Franklin.

Route description[edit]

Southern highway[edit]

Classified as a major collector road,[2] the southern K-8 is a continuation of SH-8, linking northern Oklahoma to the town of Kiowa.[3] Approximately halfway between the state line and the northern terminus, the highway crosses a single track originally belonging to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, which is now part of BNSF Railway's Kansas Division.[4][5]

Northern highway[edit]

The northern K-8, also classified as a major collector road,[6] begins at an intersection with US-36 near Athol, traveling north through rural farmland in northern Smith County. The highway terminates at the Nebraska state line, where the roadway continues as N-10.[7]

History[edit]

K-8 was constructed between 1918 and 1932,[8][9] traveling south-north through the middle of the state. By 1940,[10] the highways were truncated to their current segments. US-281 has replaced the former statewide K-8 as the primary link between Oklahoma and Nebraska.[11] The northern section was renumbered as K-11. In 1959, K-11 was transferred back to K-8, and K-8 was on its current route.

Major intersections[edit]

Southern highway[edit]

The entire route is in Barber County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.000 0.000 SH-8 – Burlington Southern terminus, continues into Oklahoma as SH-8
Kiowa 1.275 2.052 K-2 (Main Street) – Hardtner, Hazelton Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Northern highway[edit]

The entire route is in Smith County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Athol 0.000 0.000 US-36 – Kensington, Smith Center Southern terminus, roadway continues south as County Road 515
15.979 25.716 N-10 – Franklin Northern terminus, roadway continues north into Nebraska as N-10
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d e Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Barber County (PDF) (Map). Functional Classification. Kansas Department of Transportation. January 12, 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Google (January 4, 2011). "K-8 South" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kansas Railroad Map (PDF) (Map). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kansas Operating Division (PDF) (Map). BNSF Railway. January 1, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Smith County (PDF) (Map). Functional Classification. Kansas Department of Transportation. November 4, 2003. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Google (January 4, 2011). "K-8 North" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Official Map Kansas State Roads (PDF) (Map). 1 in ≈ 10 mi. Kansas Highway Commission. August 7, 1918. 
  9. ^ Kansas State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Kansas Highway Commission. 1932. 
  10. ^ Kansas State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Kansas Highway Commission. 1940. 
  11. ^ Google (January 4, 2011). "K-8 (Kansas highway)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 4, 2011.