U.S. Route 69 in Kansas
|Maintained by KDOT|
|Length:||163 mi (262 km)|
|Existed:||1935 – present|
|South end:||US-69 at Oklahoma-Kansas state line|
|I-70 / US-40 in Kansas City|
|North end:||US 69 at Kansas-Missouri state line|
U.S. Route 69 (or US-69) is a major north-south U.S. Highway that runs from Port Arthur, Texas to Albert Lea, Minnesota. In Kansas, the highway runs in the far eastern part of the state, usually within 5 miles of the Missouri state line. Most of the highway north of Fort Scott runs as a freeway.
US-69 enters Kansas just north of Miami, Oklahoma. The highway crosses US-166 just north of Treece before beginning an overlap US-160 in Columbus. US-400 joins the overlap in Crestline, before the two highways leave near Pittsburg. US-69 travels north to Fort Scott and runs as a freeway. The freeway designation ends in Linn County, before resuming again a few miles north of Pleasanton. The highway runs through more rural areas before entering Overland Park.
In Overland Park, US-69 interchanges with Interstate 435/US-50/US-169 before beginning an overlap with I-35/US-56 in Lenexa. US-69 and US-56 leave I-35 in Merriam, traveling back into Overland Park. US-56 leaves the highway, running into KCM. US-69 rejoins I-35 again at an interchange with I-635. US-69 leaves I-35 again and runs along the 18th Street Expressway to I-70/US-40 in KCK. US-69 joins I-70/US-40 and leaves again at an interchange with I-670/US-169. US-69 enters Missouri just past the intersection with K-5, crossing the Missouri River.
18th Street Expressway
The 18th Street Expressway was the result of one of four feasibility studies conducted by the Kansas Turnpike Authority to extend the turnpike by providing easy access to northeast Johnson County. It was the only one of the four studies to be followed upon, with completion of the 18th Street Expressway Bridge over the Kansas River completed in 1959. It replaced the Argentine Boulevard bridge over the river behind the modern-day BNSF railroad yard.
Originally, the highway was part of the original K-58. Upon completion of the bridge, US-69 was rerouted onto the expressway from Southwest Boulevard (the section of which has since been renamed to Merriam Drive). In 1979, the K-58 designation was removed.
The section of 18th Street between I-70 and the south end of the Kansas River bridge was tolled at least as late as 1984.
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Kansas state line
|US-69 south – Miami||Continuation into Oklahoma|
|||US-166 – Chetopa, Baxter Springs|
|Columbus||US-160 west / K-7 north – Oswego, Girard||South end of US 160 overlap|
US-400 east / US-69 Alt. south – Joplin, Miami
|South end of US 400 overlap|
|||K-103 west – Weir|
|Crawford||||US-400 west / K-171 east – Parsons, Joplin||North end of US 400 overlap|
US-69 Bus. north – Pittsburg
|K-126 – McCune, Pittsburg|
US-69 Bus. south – Pittsburg
|US-160 east – Lamar||North end of US 160 overlap|
|||K-47 west – Girard|
US-69 Bus. north – Franklin
US-69 Bus. south – Arma
|Bourbon||||K-7 south – Girard||Interchange; south end of K-7 overlap|
|Fort Scott||US-54 east – Nevada||South end of freeway; south end of US 54 overlap|
|||US-54 west / K-7 north – Iola, Harding||North end of US 54/K-7 overlap|
|||K-31 – Harding|
|Linn||||K-239 – Prescott|
|||K-52 west – Mound City||South end of K-52 overlap|
|Pleasanton||6th Street/E. 1100th Road|
|||E. 1350 Road|
|||K-52 east – Butler||North end of K-52 overlap|
|||K-152 – La Cygne|
|Miami||||W. 399th Street|
|||W. 359th Street|
|||W. 335th Street|
|||W. 311th Street|
|Louisburg||K-68 – Ottawa, Louisburg|
|||W. 247th Street|
|||W. 223rd Street|
|Overland Park||179th Street|
|167th Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Blue Valley Parkway||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|I-435 / US-50 / US-169 – Wichita, Int'l Airport, Independence||I-435 exit 81.|
|Lenexa||87th Street||No northbound entrance|
|I-35 north / US-56 east||South end of I-35/US 56/US 169 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Overland Park||75th Street|
|I-35 north||North end of I-35 overlap/freeway|
|Overland Park||US-56 east – KCM||Interchange; north end of US 56 overlap|
|Johnson Drive||Interchange; southbound exit and entrance|
|I-35 south / I-635 north – Wichita, Kansas City||South end of I-35 overlap/freeway; I-35 exits 231A-B; I-635 exit 1A.|
|Wyandotte||Kansas City||24th Street|
|I-35 north – KCM||North end of I-35 overlap|
|Merriam Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Steele Road/Springhorn Lane|
|K-32 (Kansas Avenue)|
|I-70 west to Kansas Turnpike – Lawrence, Topeka||South end of I-70 overlap|
|I-70 east / I-670 east / US-169 – Downtown Kansas City, St. Louis||North end of I-70 overlap/freeway|
|K-5 west (Sunshine Road)|
Missouri state line
|Missouri River||Continues into Missouri crossing the Missouri River|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Lamb, Sherry; Dr. Theodore A. Wilson (December 1986). Milestones: A History of the Kansas Highway Commission and the Department of Transportation. Kansas Department of Transportation. pp. 4–19 to 4–20.
- Kansas (Map) (1974 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha. Texaco. Kansas City inset.
- Road Atlas and Travel Guide (Map). Rand McNally. 1984. p. 71. Kansas City inset.