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
 
North end: US 69 at Kansas-Missouri state line
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
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 west 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.

History[edit]

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 southern 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 LyonSpring Valley
township line
US-69 south / Treece Road east / 10 Road west
K-7 begin
Southern end of K-7 overlap; continuation into Oklahoma
US-166 – Chetopa, Baxter Springs
Columbus US-160 west / K-7 north – Oswego, Girard Southern end of US 160 overlap; northern end of K-7 overlap
Shawnee Township
US-400 east / US-69 Alt. south – Joplin, Miami
Southern end of US 400 overlap
Pleasant View Township K-103 west – Weir
CherokeeCrawford
county line
Pleasant ViewBaker
township line
US-400 west / K-171 east – Parsons, Joplin Northern end of US 400 overlap
Crawford Pittsburg
US-69 Bus. north – Pittsburg
K-126 – McCune, Pittsburg

US-69 Bus. south – Pittsburg
US-160 east – Lamar Northern end of US 160 overlap
Washington Township K-47 west – Girard

US-69 Bus. north – Franklin

US-69 Bus. south – Arma
Bourbon Scott Township K-7 south – Girard Interchange; southern end of K-7 overlap
Fort Scott US-54 east – Nevada Southern end of freeway; southern end of US 54 overlap
Scott Township US-54 west / K-7 north – Iola, Harding Northern end of US 54/K-7 overlap
Poplar Road
Osage Township Soldier Road
K-31 – Harding
Linn Sheridan Township K-239 – Prescott
Potosi Township K-52 west – Mound City Southern end of K-52 overlap
Pleasanton 6th Street/E. 1100th Road
Potosi Township E. 1350 Road
Valley Township K-52 east – Butler Northern end of K-52 overlap
Lincoln Township K-152 – La Cygne
Miami Sugar Creek Township W. 399th Street
W. 359th Street
Sugar CreekMiddle Creek
township line
W. 335th Street
Middle Creek Township W. 311th Street
Louisburg K-68 – Ottawa, Louisburg
Wea Township W. 247th Street
W. 223rd Street
Johnson Overland Park 199th Street
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 Southern end of I-35/US 56/US 169 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Overland ParkMerriam
city line
75th Street
Merriam 67th Street
I-35 north Northern end of I-35 overlap/freeway
Overland ParkMission
city line
US-56 east – KCM Interchange; northern end of US 56 overlap
Johnson Drive Interchange; southbound exit and entrance
I-35 south / I-635 north – Wichita, Kansas City Southern end of I-35 overlap/freeway; I-35 exits 231A-B; I-635 exit 1A
Wyandotte Kansas City 24th Street
I-35 north – KCM Northern end of I-35 overlap
Merriam Lane Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Steele Road/Springhorn Lane
Ruby Avenue
K-32 (Kansas Avenue)
I-70 west to Kansas Turnpike – Lawrence, Topeka Southern end of I-70 overlap
I-70 east / I-670 east / US-169 – Downtown Kansas City, St. Louis Northern end of I-70 overlap/freeway
K-5 west (Sunshine Road)
Missouri River Platte Purchase Bridge; Kansas–Missouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  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. 

External links[edit]

U.S. Route 69
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