U.S. Route 59 in Kansas
|Maintained by KDOT|
|Length:||210.440 mi (338.670 km)|
|South end:||US-59 near Chetopa|
|North end:||US 59 at Atchison|
|Counties:||Labette, Neosho, Allen, Anderson, Franklin, Douglas, Jefferson, Atchison|
U.S. Route 59 (US-59) is a north-south highway in Kansas that travels from Chetopa to Atchison.
US-59 is a 210-mile-long (340 km) highway which runs from south to north in eastern Kansas. It enters the state from Oklahoma south of Chetopa and passes through Parsons, Ottawa, and Lawrence. The route leaves Kansas for Missouri by crossing the Missouri River at Atchison. Most of the route climbs the cuestas of the Osage prairie, while north of the Kansas River, it cuts through the glaciated region.
Like other state highways in Kansas, US-59 is maintained by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). KDOT surveys the roads under its control on a regular basis to measure the amount of traffic using the state's highways. These traffic counts are expressed in terms of annual average daily traffic (AADT), a calculation of the average daily number of vehicles on a segment of roadway. For the 2012 survey, the stretch of road with the highest AADT was 8,249 vehicles south of the Lawrence city limits. The lowest was 380 vehicles at the Neosho–Allen county line. The statistic was not measured within large cities.
US-59 enters Kansas south of Chetopa along a two-lane highway. As it enters the town, it becomes known as 3rd Street. It intersects US-166, which runs along Maple Street. US-59 turns west along Maple and the two routes run together for 1.5 miles (2.4 km). After curving to the north and reaching the northern city limits, US 166 splits off to the west and US-59 continues north. Eight miles (13 km) to the north, it enters Oswego along Commerce Street where it crosses a line of the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL). Near the Labette County courthouse, it meets 6th Street, which carries US-160. These two routes head west together and then to the northwest parallel to a single Union Pacific Railroad (UP) track. Northwest of Oswego, the two routes follow a curve to north and then to the west, which allows a safe crossing of the UP line. Just before reaching Altamont, US-59 splits off to the north leaving US-160 to continue west.
After its intersection with US-54, US-59 continues north toward Mildred. In and around Mildred, the highway curves to once again parallel the UP railroad. The route enters Anderson County just north of Mildred and curves to the north. North of here, the route turns west and begins a concurrency with K-31. The highways continue west then bend to the north to bypass the city of Lone Elm. After trekking north, the routes warp to the west and intersect US-169. The three routes run concurrent until just south of Garnett, where US-169 splits off to the northeast at a roundabout. US-169 has a business route that begins at this roundabout and follows US-59 and K-31 north until 6th Street. Here, Bus. US-169 splits off to the east, while US-59 and K-31 continue north. The concurrency with K-31 ends in northern Garnett, as K-31 forks to the west at Park Street and US-59 continues north and leaves the city.
North of Garnett, US-59 bypasses a few small lakes by curving slightly to the west, then continues north and enters Franklin County. Immediately north of the county line is the small community of Richmond, which US-59 runs through the western portion of. A few miles north of here, a couple of curves take the highway northwest, and it heads north to the city of Princeton. The route continues north, through Princeton, and enters Ottawa near an interchange with Interstate 35 (I-35) and US-50. At this interchange, US-59 becomes concurrent with the two routes and becomes a freeway. The highways run east momentarily, then curve to the north and intersect K-68 and a business route of US-50. North of this interchange, the routes curve to the east, and US-59 leaves I-35 and US-50 at a trumpet interchange.
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|Labette||Richland Township||0.000||0.000||Oklahoma–Kansas state line
US-59 continues south
|Chetopa||2.579||4.150||US-166 east (Maple Street)||Southern terminus of US-166 concurrency|
|4.073||6.555||US-166 west||Northern terminus of US-166 concurrency|
|Oswego||12.193||19.623||US-160 east (6th Street)||Southern terminus of US-160 concurrency|
|22.051||35.488||US-160 west||Northern terminus of US-160 concurrency|
|Neosho||Centerville Township||44.658||71.870||K-47 east||Southern terminus of K-47 concurrency|
|45.580||73.354||K-47 west||Northern terminus of K-47 concurrency|
|Erie Township||50.842||81.822||K-146 east||Western terminus of K-146|
|Big Creek Township||56.351||90.688||K-39 west||Southern terminus of K-39 concurrency|
|Grant Township||61.525||99.015||K-201 east||Western terminus of K-201|
|63.536||102.251||K-39 east||Northern terminus of K-39 concurrency|
|Allen||Elsmore Township||65.548||105.489||K-202 east||Western terminus of K-202|
|68.440||110.144||K-203 east||Western terminus of K-203|
|Anderson||Rich Township||88.778||142.874||K-31 east||Southern terminus of K-31 concurrency|
|100.915||162.407||US-169 south||Southern terminus of US-169 concurrency|
US-169 north / US-169 Bus. begins
|Roundabout; northern terminus of US-169 concurrency; southern terminus of US-169 Bus. concurrency|
US-169 Bus. (6th Avenue)
|Northern terminus of US-169 Bus. concurrency|
|107.205||172.530||K-31 west||Northern terminus of K-31 concurrency|
|Franklin||Ottawa||127.449||205.109||I-35 south / US-50 west||Southern terminus of I-35 / US-50 concurrency; south end of freeway; I-35 exit 183|
|Ottawa Township||133.025||214.083||I-35 north / US-50 east||Northern terminus of I-35 / US-50 concurrency; I-35 exit 188|
|Hayes Township||Eisenhower Terrace (Old US 59)||Northbound entrance and southbound exit only|
|Douglas||Willow Springs Township||143.869||231.535||US-56 – Baldwin City, Burlingame|
|147.369||237.167||CR-460 (N. 650 Road)|
|Wakarusa Township||151.033||243.064||CR-458 east (N. 1000 Road)||Southern terminus of CR-458 concurrency; north end of freeway|
|152.702||245.750||CR-458 west (N. 1200 Road)||Northern terminus of CR-458 concurrency|
|K-10 – Lecompton, Lenexa||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance;Eastern Portion Proposed under construction and expected to open in 2016 or 2017|
|Lawrence||157.130||252.876||US-40 west (W. 6th Street) – Topeka||Southern terminus of US-40 concurrency|
|158.449||254.999||U.S. 40 and 59 Bridges over the Kansas River|
|159.738||257.073||I-70 / Kansas Turnpike||I-70 exit 204|
|Grant Township||160.368||258.087||US-24 east / US-40 east (N. 1800 Road)||Northern terminus of US-40 concurrency; southern terminus of US-24 concurrency|
|Jefferson||Williamstown||168.719||271.527||US-24 west / K-76 south||Northern terminus of US-24 concurrency|
|Oskaloosa Township||178.850||287.831||K-16 east / K-92 east||Southern terminus of K-16 / K-92 concurrency|
|Oskaloosa||179.810||289.376||K-92 west (Jefferson Street)||Northern terminus of K-92 concurrency|
|Jefferson Township||187.916||302.421||K-16 west / K-192 east||Northern terminus of K-16 concurrency|
|Nortonville||193.589||311.551||K-4 west||Eastern terminus of K-4|
US-159 north / K-4 Alt.
|Atchison||Center Township||198.928||320.144||K-116 west||Eastern terminus of K-116|
|Shannon Township||208.247||335.141||US-73 north to K-7||Southern terminus of US-73 concurrency|
|Atchison||209.660||337.415||US-73 south / K-7 (10th Street)||Northern terminus of US-73 concurrency|
|Missouri River||210.440||338.670||Kansas–Missouri state line (Amelia Earhart Bridge)
US 59 continues north
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- GeoKansas (May 2, 2005). "Osage Cuestas". University of Kansas. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- GeoKansas (April 29, 2005). "Glaciated Region". University of Kansas. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Kansas Department of Transportation (December 28, 2010). Kansas Railroad Map 2011 (PDF) (Map). Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Google (January 8, 2013). "U.S. Route 59 in Kansas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
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