K-96 (Kansas highway)

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K-96 marker

K-96
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 300.201 mi[1] (483.127 km)
Major junctions
West end: SH 96 at the Colorado state line
 
East end: US-54 / US-400 in Wichita
Location
Counties: Greeley, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Ness, Rush, Barton, Rice, Reno, Sedgwick
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-95 K-98

K-96 is a 300-mile-long (480 km) state highway in central and southern Kansas. Its western terminus is at the Colorado state line east of Towner, Colorado, where it continues as Colorado State Highway 96; its eastern terminus since 1999 is at U.S. Route 54/U.S. Route 400 in eastern Wichita.

The eastern terminus was once at the Missouri state line, where the road continued as Route 96. With the construction of US-400, K-96 was either concurrent with or bypassed by this road, and the road was decommissioned east of the current eastern terminus. It was concurrent with U.S. Route 75 between Neodesha and Independence; and from Independence to Columbus, it was replaced with a realigned U.S. Route 160. East of Alternate U.S. Route 69, it was turned over to the county. In Missouri, Missouri 96 was terminated at Route 171, and the section between Missouri 171 and the Kansas state line was turned into Missouri Supplemental Route YY.

Route description[edit]

K-96 begins at the Colorado border in Greeley County, just east of Towner, Colorado. It heads east from this point, bypassing Horace and crossing K-27 in Tribune. After crossing into Wichita County, it bypasses Selkirk to the south and meets K-25 in Leoti, before running south of both Marienthal (served by K-167) and Modoc. K-96 junctions with US-83 in Scott City, followed by 24 miles (38.6 km) without another highway junction until K-23 at Dighton.

After leaving Dighton, K-96 runs parallel to Walnut Creek, providing access to a George Washington Carver Monument and passing north of Beeler. It meets US-283 at Ness City. East of Ness City, K-96 runs through Bazine, Alexander, and Nekoma. It crosses US-183 at Rush Center, then bypasses Timken and runs through Albert and Heizer, gradually curving south to enter Great Bend.

In Great Bend, K-96 begins a concurrency with US-56 and crosses US-281. The two highways pass through Ellinwood and Chase before entering Lyons, where K-96 heads south with K-14, while US-56 continues east to McPherson and Interstate 135. K-96 and K-14 pass through Sterling and then turn east. K-14 and K-96 continue east until Nickerson, where it takes a more southeast course to bypass Hutchinson to the west and south. Through South Hutchinson, it has a brief quadruple concurrency with US-50 and K-61.

After splitting from US-50 and K-61, K-14 splits off to continue south. K-96, heading southeast, provides access to, but does not directly serve, the Amish community of Yoder, while also going through Haven, Mount Hope, and Maize before entering Wichita.

Throughout the Wichita metropolitan area, K-96 is a freeway. It concurs with Interstate 235 until that route ends at I-135, which it briefly follows southward until it splits off westbound onto its own freeway alignment. It continues eastbound until reaching the Jabara Airport, where it curves south. K-96 has an interchange (exit 53) with Interstate 35 (the Kansas Turnpike) before it ends at a trumpet interchange with US-54/400.

K-96 between Rush Center and Wichita is a part of the National Highway System.

Between Hutchinson and Wichita, K.S.A. 68-1044 designates K-96 as the State Fair Freeway (even though it is not a full freeway).

History[edit]

View along K-96 in Scott City

The Wichita-Hutchinson segment was straightened in the early 1970s, bypassing the towns of Maize and Mount Hope. In recent years, urban sprawl has brought the highway within city limits. Near the Amish community of Yoder, symbolic warning signs were placed on the road to warn drivers of the presence of carriages on the cross streets.

By 1996, the roadway had been widened to a four-lane expressway, and the symbolic warning signs near Yoder were not retained, as the signs did not comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices at the time. An interchange was built at Yoder Road; however, carriage traffic still crossed the roadway at-grade. In September 2000, a minivan heading home from the Kansas State Fair struck a carriage, killing the elderly occupants and their horses. The driver of the van could not see the carriage in time to avoid the accident, and was cleared of wrongdoing. The Kansas Department of Transportation received bad publicity in the wake of the accident because of the removal of the carriage warning signs. Despite the non-compliance with the MUTCD, new symbolic signs were installed along the roadway in 2001. The expressway segment of K-96 has been posted with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) since the repeal of the national speed limit. This has also been a contention in accidents along this stretch, and some state legislators have attempted to write legislation to lower the speed limit along this stretch.

Major junctions[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Greeley 0.000 0.000 SH 96 west Continuation into Colorado
Tribune 15.922 25.624 K-27 (Broadway Avenue)
Wichita Leoti 37.578 60.476 K-25 (4th Street)
45.449 73.143 K-167 north Southern terminus of K-167
Scott Scott City 62.058 99.873 US-83 (Main Street)
Lane Dighton 85.918 138.272 K-23 (Main Street)
Ness Ness City 117.161 188.552 US-283 (Pennsylvania Avenue)
Rush Rush Center 149.772 241.035 US-183
Barton Great Bend 179.549 288.956 US-56 / K-156 west (10th Street) West end of US-56/K-156 concurrency
181.326 291.816 US-281 (Main Street) – Russell, St. John
185.121 297.923 K-156 east East end of K-156 concurrency
Rice Lyons 212.196 341.496 US-56 east (Main Street) / K-14 north (Grand Avenue) East end of US-56 concurrency; west end of K-14 concurrency
Reno 238.909 384.487 Wilson Road / Nickerson Boulevard Interchange
241.431 388.546 4th Avenue Interchange
242.931 390.960 6th Avenue Interchange
244.819 393.998 US-50 west / K-61 south (John Neal Memorial Highway) Partial cloverleaf interchange; west end of US-50/K-61 concurrency
South Hutchinson 246.331 396.431 US-50 east / K-61 north (John Neal Memorial Highway) / Main Street north Interchange; east end of US-50/K-61 concurrency
249.056 400.817 K-14 south East end of K-14 concurrency
Yoder 253.892 408.600 Yoder Road Interchange
Sedgwick 278.627 448.407 119th Street West At-grade intersection; west end of freeway section
Maize 279.669 450.084 Maize Road / 53rd Street
Wichita 282.419 454.509 Ridge Road
283.466 456.194 55th Street West Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
284.469 457.808 West Street
286.015 460.297 I-235 south West end of I-235 concurrency; I-235 exit 13
286.503 461.082 Meridian Avenue – Valley Center Signed as Meridian Ave. eastbound, Valley Center westbound
287.473 462.643 15 Broadway Street Exit number follows I-235
288.413 464.156 I-235 ends / I-135 / US-81 / K-15 north East end of I-235 concurrency; I-235 exit 16A; west end of I-135/US-81/K-15 concurrency; I-135 exit 11B
289.619 466.097 I-135 / US-81 / K-15 south East end of I-135/US-81/K-15 concurrency; I-135 exit 10
289.710 466.243 29th Street North / Hydraulic Avenue No westbound entrance
290.714 467.859 Hillside Street
291.749 469.525 Oliver Avenue
292.749 471.134 Woodlawn Road
293.725 472.705 Rock Road
294.908 474.608 Webb Road
296.086 476.504 Greenwich Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
296.886 477.792 21st Street North
297.895 479.416 13th Street North
299.450 481.918 I-35 / Kansas Turnpike / 127th Street East Exit 53 on I-35/Kansas Tpke.
300.201 483.127 US-54 / US-400 – Augusta Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 

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