Kansas Highways Routelog

US Highway 81

Length: 230.2 miles
South Endpoint:
Oklahoma State Line south of Caldwell

North Endpoint:
Nebraska State Line (CG/JJW) north of Belleville

Counties Passed through: Sumner, Sedgwick, Harvey, McPherson, Saline, Ottawa, Cloud, Republic


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At the south junction of I-235 with I-135 in Wichita, US 81 is treated as an afterthought, with junction signage for it signed as if it were on a 'regular' road, including this "Junction" assembly. 20 July 2012

The South end of I-235 at I-135 in Wichita. Note that the US 81 markers are posted at ground level on the gantry posts. 20 July 2012

The ramp from Southbound I-135 to 47th Street has a two lane drop plus an option lane. This large guide sign assembly uses the "dancing arrows" to show which lanes are thru lanes and which ones are for the exit. Also, the Turnpike gets a mention. 20 July 2013

Somehow, this sine salad managed to fit on one pole. This short stretch features an overlap between I-135, US 81, K-15, and K-96.

The Overhead Gantry on the Kansas Turnpike/I-35 northbound at the exit for I-135, I-235, and US 81 in South Wichita. The overhead advisory speed plate is an unapproved use of the Clearview typeface. Clearview is approved only on light-on-dark colored signs. 4 June 2012

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