U.S. Route 69 in Kansas

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U.S. Route 69 marker

U.S. Route 69
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length: 163 mi (262 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end: US-69 at Oklahoma-Kansas state line

I-435 / US-50 / US-169 in Overland Park
I-35 / US-56 in Lenexa
I-635 in Kansas City

I-70 / US-40 in Kansas City
North end: US 69 at Kansas-Missouri state line
Highway system

Kansas numbered highways

K-68 I-70

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.

Route description[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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,[citation needed] 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.[3]


Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Cherokee Oklahoma-
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
Poplar Road
Soldier Road
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
Johnson 199th Street
Overland Park 179th Street
167th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
151st Street
135th Street
Blue Valley Parkway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
119th Street
College Boulevard
I-435 / US-50 / US-169 – Wichita, Int'l Airport, Independence I-435 exit 81.
103rd Street
95th Street
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
Merriam 67th 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
Ruby Avenue
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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Kansas (Map) (1974 ed.). Cartography by H.M. Gousha. Texaco. Kansas City inset. 
  3. ^ Road Atlas and Travel Guide (Map). Rand McNally. 1984. p. 71. Kansas City inset. 

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