U.S. Route 50 in Kansas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 50 in Kansas. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 50.

U.S. Route 50 marker

U.S. Route 50
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 447.93 mi[1] (720.87 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 50 / US 400 at Colorado state line

US-83 in Garden City
US-400 in Dodge City
US-56 from Dodge City to Kinsley US-281 near St. John
I-135 / US-81 / K-15 in Newton
I-35 in Emporia
US-59 in Ottawa
US-169 / K-7 in Olathe
I-35 / US-169 / US-56 / I-435 in Lenexa

US-69 in Overland Park
East end: I-435 / US 50 at State Line Road between Leawood, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-49 K-51

In the U.S. state of Kansas, U.S. Route 50 (US-50) is a main east–west highway serving the southwest, central and northeastern parts of the state. Kansas City is the only metropolitan area US-50 serves in the state but the highway does serve several other larger towns in Kansas such as (from west to east) Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Newton and Emporia.

Route description[edit]

US-50 enters the state running concurrently with US-400, which joins US-50 at Granada, Colorado. The first town it runs through is Coolidge. Syracuse is the first county seat (Hamilton County).

US-50 then enters Kearney County and passes though the towns of Lakin and Deerfield before entering Finney County. West of the Old US-50 and Big Lowe Road overpass in Holcomb US-50 splits into four lanes and the speed limit increases to 70 MPH until east of the intersection with US-83. The highway then tapers back into two lanes at the 3rd Street intersection and remains so until the intersection with Bus-50 south of town. US-50 then passes though the towns of Ingalls, Cimarron, Dodge City, Kinsley, and Hutchinson before it heads to Newton. In Newton, US-50 joins Interstate 135 for a short time before it angles northeast to Emporia, another meat-packing town as well as the home of Emporia State University. US-50 then joins I-35 and it overlaps that interstate for most of the rest of the way in Kansas.

US-50, along with I-35, then passes through a place known as "BETO Junction," which is where it meets US-75 north of Burlington. The letters in the acronym stand for Burlington, Emporia, Topeka and Ottawa, which are the cities to the south, west, north and east, respectively.

From there, US-50 passes through Olathe and meets I-435 in Lenexa. At this point. US-50 leaves I-35 and joins I-435 for the rest of its trip in Kansas.


US-50 once had a split into two branch routes in Kansas.[2] Branch routes were once common along the U.S. highway system but have always been discouraged. Branch routes that remain exist mostly in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The US-50 split began in Garden City and ended near Baldwin City. In Garden City, the split began at Kansas Avenue and Main Street. US-50N continued east on Kansas Ave. and went through Jetmore, Larned, Great Bend, Lyons, McPherson and Baldwin City. US-50S ran along current US-50. The routes rejoined near what is now the intersection of US-56 and K-33.

US-50N was replaced by US-156 from Garden City to Great Bend and US-56 the rest of the way. US-156 is now known as K-156. The split was removed during the late 1950s.[3][4]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi
km Exit Destinations Notes
Hamilton Coolidge 0.000 0.000 US 50 / US 400 west – Lamar Continuation into Colorado
Syracuse 16.094 25.901 K-27 north (McDow Street) – Tribune West end of concurrency with K-27
16.624 26.754 K-27 south (Main Street) – Johnson City East end of concurrency with K-27
Kearny Lakin 43.965 70.755 K-25 (Main Street) – Ulysses, Leoti
Finney Holcomb 59.848 96.316 Big Lowe Road – Holcomb Diamond interchange
Garden City 65.848 105.972
US-83 north / US-50 Bus. east / US-83 Bus. south – Garden City, Scott City
Diamond interchange; west end of concurrency with US-83
69.618 112.039 K-156 (Kansas Avenue) / Mary Street Pair of half-diamond interchanges with one-way ramps connecting Mary Street and K-156
71.156 114.514
US-83 south / US-50 Bus. west (Fulton Street) – Garden City, Liberal
Partial cloverleaf interchange; east end of concurrency with US-83
Gray Cimarron 102.427 164.840 K-23 (Main Street) – Meade, Dighton
Ford 116.681 187.780 US-400 east – Greensburg, Hugoton East end of concurrency with US-400
Dodge City 126.349 203.339 US-56 west / US-283 south – Dodge City, Minneola West end of concurrencies with US-56 and US-283
Wright 128.085 206.133 US-283 north – Jetmore East end of concurrency with US-283
Edwards Kinsley 156.245 251.452 US-56 east – Great Bend East end of concurrency with US-56
157.363 253.251 US-183 (Niles Avenue) – Greensburg, La Crosse
Belpre 175.192 281.944 K-19 north (Larned Street) – Larned
Stafford 194.427 312.900 US-281 – Great Bend, Pratt
Reno 232.954 374.903 K-61 south (John Neal Memorial Highway) – Pratt Interchange; west end of concurrency with K-61
238.462 383.767 K-14 north / K-96 west (Nickerson Boulevard) – Lyons Partial cloverleaf interchange; west end of concurrencies with K-14 and K-96
South Hutchinson 239.974 386.201 K-14 south / K-96 east / Main Street north – South Hutchinson, Wichita Diamond interchange; east end of concurrencies with K-14 and K-96
240.957 387.783 Scott Boulevard / McNew Road Diamond interchange
Hutchinson 242.535 390.322 K-61 north (Ken Kennedy Freeway) / Lorraine Street south – McPherson Interchange; east end of concurrency with K-61
Yoder Road Interchange
Harvey 264.566 425.778 K-89 south (Hertzler Road) – Halstead
Newton 271.238 436.515 Meridian Road north Partial cloverleaf interchange
272.514 438.569 Anderson Avenue Interchange
273.514 440.178 K-15 north (Kansas Avenue) Partial cloverleaf interchange; west end of concurrency with K-15
274.272 441.398 I-135 / US-81 / K-15 south – Wichita Full Y interchange; east end of concurrency with K-15; west end of concurrency with I-135/US-81; I=135 exit 30
31 First Street / Broadway Street Pair of half-diamond interchanges with one-way ramps connecting First Street and Broadway Street; exit number follows I-135
276.373 444.779 I-135 / US-81 north – Salina Eastbound exit westbound entrance; east end of concurrency with I-135/US-81; I-135 exit number 33
277.406 446.442 Old Trail Road west Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Marion Florence 302.524 486.865 US-77 / Eighth Street east – Marion, El Dorado Roundabout
Chase Elmdale 320.589 515.938 K-150 west – Marion
Strong City 327.581 527.191 K-177 – Cottonwood Falls, Council Grove Partial cloverleaf interchange
Lyon Emporia 345.346 555.781 To I-35 / I-335 / Kansas Turnpike – Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita Roundabout with connector to I-35; I-35 Exit 127A
348.128 560.258 K-99 (Commercial Street) – Olpe, Admire
350.438 563.975 I-35 south – Wichita Diamond interchange; west end of concurrency with I-35; I-35 exit 133
352.812 567.796 135 County Road R1 Exit numbers follow I-35
355.688 572.424 138 County Road U
358.703 577.277 141 K-130 south – Neosho Rapids, Hartford
Coffey Lebo 365.944 588.930 148 K-131 south – Lebo
372.996 600.279 155 US-75 – Burlington, Lyndon
Osage 160 K-31 north – Melvern West end of concurrency with K-31
162 K-31 south – Waverly East end of concurrency with K-31
Franklin Williamsburg 170 Dane Avenue south – Williamsburg, Pomona
176 Idaho Road – Homewood
Ottawa 182 Eisenhower Road
183 US-59 south / Princeton Street north – Garnett West end of concurrency with US-59
185 15th Street
187 K-68 (Logan Street) – Ottawa, Louisburg
188 US-59 north – Lawrence East end of concurrency with US-59
193 Tennessee Road
Wellsville 198 K-33 (Poplar Street) – Wellsville
Johnson Edgerton 202 Sunflower Road – Edgerton
Gardner 207 Gardner Road
210 US-56 west / 175th Street east – Gardner West end of concurrency with US-56
Olathe 214 Lone Elm Road / 159th Street
215 US-169 south / K-7 / 151st Street – Paola West end of concurrency with US-169
217 Old Highway 56 west Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
218 Santa Fe Street
220 119th Street
Lenexa 222
I-35 north / I-435 west / US-56 east / US-169 north – Kansas City, Des Moines Signed as exits 222A (I-435 east) and 222B (I-435 west) on I-35; exit 83 on I-435; east end of concurrencies with I-35, US-56, and US-169; west end of concurrency with I-435
Overland Park 82 Quivira Road Exit numbers follow I-435
81 US-69 (Overland Parkway)
80 Antioch Road
79 Metcalf Avenue
77B Nall Ave Diverging diamond interchange converted from existing diamond interchange
77A Roe Ave
Leawood 75B State Line Road
I-435 / US 50 east – Kansas City
Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

In Garden City. US-50 and US-83 each have business routes. They both start at the same place, at the junction of US-50, 83 and 400 about one mile (1.6 km) north of town. They run concurrently along the former alignments of US-50 and 83 through town to the intersection of Main Street and Fulton Street. At that point, the business routes split and Business 50 heads east to meet up with US-50, 83 and 400 east of town.

US-50 once had alternate routings in Garden City and Dodge City and business routes in Dodge City and Ottawa. Former Alternate 50 in Garden City is now known as Campus Drive. Its purpose was to connect US-50 travelers to then-US-156 without having to go all the way into downtown. Its purpose was taken over by Spur US-83 in the 1970s. Spur US-83 is now the bypass around Garden City that carries highways 50, 83 and 400.

Former Alternate 50 at Dodge City is now the main route for US-50. Business 50 in Dodge City was decommissioned when the US-400 bypass was built to the south and west of that city. Business 50 in Ottawa ran along the former US-50 alignment through Ottawa.


  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Planning Network GIS data version 2005.08
  2. ^ "1932 Kansas Highway Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "1956 Kansas Highway Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "1957 Kansas Highway Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. "Pavement Management Information System". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 

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