Kansas Highways: Numbers 1-13

K-1K-2K-2 (1926)K-3K-4
K-4AK-5K-6K-6 (1925)K-7
K-8K-8 (South)K-9K-9 (1925)K-10
K-10 SpurK-11K-11 (1926)K-11 (1940)K-12
K-12 SpurK-12 (1925)K-12 (1926)K-12 (1940)K-13

K-1

Length: 13.363 miles

South Endpoint: OK 34 at the Oklahoma State Line

North Endpoint:
Junction US 83 near Woodruff (1926-1941)
Junction US 160183 south of Coldwater. (1941-present)

County Served: Comanche

Historical Counties Served:
Kiowa, Edwards, Pawnee, Rush, Ellis, Rooks, Phillips (1926-1941)

Junction Guide

KDOT MilepostTotal
Miles
Junction
1-17/0.0000.000Oklahoma State Line
1-17/4.4544.454Avenue W, Kiow
1-17/13.36313.363US 160/US 183

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
State Line to Avenue W52045.2%
Avenue W to US 160/US 18368545.2%

K-2

Length: 61.516 miles

Southwest Endpoint:
Junction US 160 in Harper (1937-1962)
Junction US 281 west of Kiowa (1962-present)

Northeast Endpoint:
Junction K-42 in Norwich (1937-1950)
Junction US 54 in Wichita, concurrent with K-42 (1963-1994)
Junction K-42 east of Norwich (1950-1963; 1994-present)

Counties Served:
Barber, Harper, Kingman, Sumner

Historical County Served:
Sedgwick (1963-1994)

Junction Guide

AADT (2019)


K-2 (1926-1930)

West Endpoint:
CO 102 at the Colorado State Line west of St. Francis.

East Endpoint:
Junction K-22 at Norton

Historic Counties Served:
Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton


K-3

Length: 43.262 miles

South Endpoint:
Junction K-47 6 miles west of Girard

North Endpoint:
Junction K-31 3 miles west of Blue Mound

Counties Served:
Crawford, Bourbon, Linn

Junction Guide

AADT (2019)


K-4

Length: 369.079 miles

West Endpoint:
Junction US 83 North of Scott City

East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line, Atchison (1927-1994; concurrent with US 59 after 1934)
Junction US 59 Southeast of Nortonville (1994-present)

Counties Served:
Scott, Lane, Ness, Rush, Barton, Rice, Ellsworth, McPherson, Saline, Dickinson, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Jefferson

Historic County Served:
Atchison (1926-1994)

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K-4A

Length: 1.027 miles

South Endpoint:
Junction K-4 South of Nortonville

Northeast Endpoint:
Junction US 59 east of Nortonville, concurrent with US 159

County Served:
Jefferson

Junction Guide

KDOT MilepostTotal
Miles
Junction
4A-44/0.0000.000K-4
4A-44/0.551
159-44/0.476
0.551US 159
159-44/0.0001.027US 59

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
K-4 to US 1591,1006.8%
US 159 to US 5935012.8%

K-5

Length: 24.072 miles

Southeast Endpoint:
proposed US 60 west of Galena (proposed 1925)
US 69 in Kansas City

Northwest Endpoint:
Nebraska State line north of Reserve (proposed 1925)
Junction US 73/K-7 In Leavenworth

Counties Served:
Wyandotte, Leavenworth


K-6

South Endpoint:
Oklahoma state line south of Chetopa (proposed late 1925)
US 59 at Erie (1926-1960)

North Endpoint:
K-7 at Osawatomie (1926-1935)
US 54/K-52 near Welda (1935-1960)

Historic Counties Served:
Labette, Neosho, Allen (1926-1960)
Anderson, Franklin, Miami (1926-1935)


K-6 (1925)

Proposed West Endpoint: K-22 in Selden

Proposed East Endpoint: Junction K-4 at Atchison

Proposed Counties Served:
Sheridan, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Osborne, Mitchell, Cloud, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Jackson, Atchison

History

In the 1925 highway numbering proposal, K-6 was designated from Dresden to Atchison as part of a “grid pattern” of east-west highways. At some point before the numbering plans were finalized, the proposed K-6 and K-9 designations were switched to allow K-6 to connect to Oklahoma 6.

Although the addition of US 73 and US 73W rendered the K-6/OK 6 continuity unnecessary, the final plan mainained the Dresden to Atchison highway as K-9.


K-7

Length: 243.984 miles

South Endpoint:
Oklahoma State Line, north of Picher, Oklahoma (concurrent with US 69 since 1935)

North Endpoint:
Junction US 40 in Bonner Springs (1926-1935)
Nebraska State Line north of White Cloud (1935-present)

Counties Served:
Cherokee, Crawford, Bourbon, Linn, Miami, Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Atchison, Doniphan

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K-8

Length: 15.979 miles

South Endpoint:
Oklahoma State Line south of Kiowa (1926-1940)
Junction US 36 West of Athol (1940-present)

North Endpoint:
NE 10 at the Nebraska State Line (CG/JJW) south of Franklin, Neb.

County Served:
Smith

Historic Counties Served:
Barber, Pratt, Stafford, Barber, Russell, Osborne (1926-1940)

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
US 35 to 60 Road (MP 11.000)64024.2%
60 Road to the Kansas/Nebraska state line58026.7%

K-8 (Southern Segment)

Length: 1.275 miles

South Endpoint:
OK 8 at the Oklahoma State Line South of Kiowa

North Endpoint:
Junction K-2 in Kiowa

County Served:
Barber

Junction Guide

KDOT MilepostTotal
Miles
Junction
8-4/0.0000.000Oklahoma state line
8-4/0.6760.676South city limits Kiowa
8-4/1.2751.275K-2

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
Oklahoma State Line to Kiowa61515.4%
South City limits Kiowa to K-282011.6%

K-9

Length: 317.937 miles

West Endpoint:
Junction US 83 in Dresden (1926-1953)
Junction K-123 South of Dresden (1953-present)

East Endpoint:
Junction K-7 in Atchison, concurrent with US 73 (1926-1995)
Junction US 73 near Lancaster (1995-present)

Counties Served:
Sheridan, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Osborne, Mitchell, Cloud, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Jackson, Atchison

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K-9 (1925)

Proposed South Endpoint: Oklahoma state line south of Chetopa

Proposed North Endpoint: Junction K-7 in Osawatomie

Proposed Counties Served:
Labette, Neosho, Allen, Anderson, Franklin, Miami

History

In the 1925 highway numbering proposal, K-9 was designated from Chetopa to Osawatomie part of a “grid pattern” of north-south highways. At some point before the numbering plans were finalized, the proposed K-6 and K-9 designations were switched to allow K-6 to connect to Oklahoma 6.

Although the addition of US 73 and US 73W rendered the K-6/OK 6 continuity unnecessary, the final plan maintained the K-6 designation over the segment of the route that was not made part of the US highway.


K-10

Length: 36.611 miles

West Endpoint:
US 50N at Herrington (1926-1956)
US 40, 6th and Iowa Street, Lawrence (1956-1996)
I-70/Kansas Turnpike Exit 197 northwest of Lawrence (1996-)

East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line, Kansas City (1926-1984)
I-435 exit 1B (de facto)/I-35 exit 222 (de jure) in Lenexa (1984-)

Counties Served:
Douglas, Johnson

Historical Counties Served:
Dickinson, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee (1926-1956)
Jefferson (1926-1935)
Wyandotte (1926-1984)

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K-10 Spur

West Endpoint:
Junction K-10 at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Merriam Lane

East Endpoint: Junction I-35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway

Historic County Served: Johnson


K-11

Length: 16.662 miles

South Endpoint: Junction US 54400 west of Kingman.

North Endpoint: Junction K-61 southwest of Arlington

Counties Served: Kingman, Reno

Junction Guide

KDOT MilepostTotal
Miles
Junction
11-48/0.0000.000US 54
11-48/4.9584.95850th Street
11-48/5.958
11-78/0.000
5.958Kingman/Reno county line
11-78/3.0138.971Pretty Prairie Road
11-78/10.70416.662K-61

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
US 54 to NW 50th Street4207.1%
NW 50th Street to Pretty Prairie Road3408.8%
Pretty Prairie Road to K-613857.8%

K-11 (1926-1938)

South Endpoint:
Oklahoma State Line in Elgin (1927-1936)
Oklahoma State Line South of Chautauqua (1936-1938)

North Endpoint:
NE 65 at the Nebraska State Line north of Summerfield

Counties Served:
Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Lyon, Wabaunsee, Pottawatomie, Marshall


K-11 (1940-1959)

South Endpoint: Oklahoma State Line South of Kiowa

North Endpoint: Junction K-14 in Kiowa.

County Served: Barber


K-12

Length: 15.321 miles

Southwest Endpoint:
Junction K-7 north of Olathe (proposed 1965-1983)
Junction K-7 on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee (1984-1987)

Northeast Endpoint:
Junction I-35/I-435 in Lenexa (proposed 1965-1983)
Missouri State Line on Southwest Blvd, Kansas City (1984-1987)

Historic Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte



K-12 Spur

West Endpoint:
Junction K-12 at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Merriam Lane

East Endpoint: Junction I-35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway

Historic County Served:
Johnson (1984-1987)

History

When K-10 east of K-7 was re-designated as K-12, the short segment of the Shawnee Mission Parkway connecting Merriam Drive to I-35 was re-designated as a spur of K-12 from a spur of K-10. The designation was removed from the highway system in 1987 along with it’s parent.


K-12 (1925 proposal)

Proposed West Endpoint:
US 40 at Leonardville, concurrent with US 77

Proposed East Endpoint: K-4 at Valley Falls

Proposed Counties Served: Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson

History

In the first draft of the Kansas highway numbering plan, the highway from Leonardville to Valley Falls via Onaga and Holton was to have been designated as highway 12. This designation would have designated as part of a rough grid of east-west highways.

Changes in the US highway system proposal affected this highway’s final designation. The addition of US 24 and US 36 in Missouri resulted in changes to the Missouri Highway system. Missouri Highway 24 was re-numbered MO 52 and the connecting Kansas Highway was changed from 24 to 56. MO 36 was renumbered MO 12, and the K-12 designation was moved there. The number 24 was backfilled to become the designation of this highway when the Kansas Highway numbering plan was finalized.


K-12 (1926-1937)

West Endpoint:
Junction K-27 at Elkhart (1927-1928)
Junction K-27 at Richfield (1928-1937)

East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line East of Frontenac (1927-1930)
Junction US 83 north of Liberal (1930-1937)

Historic Counties Served:
Morton, Stevens, Meade (1927-1937)
Clark, Comanche, Kiowa, Barber, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee (1927-1930)


K-12 (1940-1950)

Historic West Endpoint:
Junction US 66 in Baxter Springs

Historic East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line East of Baxter Springs

Historic County Served:
Cherokee

History

The K-12 designation was revived for a new highway between US 66 and the State Border in the southeast corner of the state. Starting out as a dirt road, the highway was quickly improved to hard-surface. By 1950, Missouri had conneceted this roadway into Joplin, and the road was re-designated as an extension of US 166.


K-13

Length: 14.617 miles

South Endpoint:
Junction US 77 Near Degraff (1926-1932)
Junction US 77 Near El Dorado (1932-1964)
Junction US 24 in Manhattan, concurrent with US 24/K-177 (1964-1991)
Junction US 24 Northwest of Rocky Ford (1991-present)

North Endpoint:
Junction US 40 near Manhattan (1926-1933)
Junction K-9 near Barrett (1933-1961)
Junction K-16 South of Fostoria (1961-present)

Counties Served: Riley, Pottawatomie

Historic Counties Served:
Butler, Chase, Morris, Geary (1926-1964)
Marshall (1933-1961)

Junction Guide

KDOT MilepostTotal
Miles
Junction
13-81/0.0000.000US 24
13-81/0.976
13-75/0.000
0.976Riley/Pottawatomie county line
13-75/1.2142.190Dyer Road
13-75/4.4415.417Carnahan Road
13-75/13.64114.617K-16

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
US 24 to Dyer Road3,6503.7%
Dyer Road to Carnahan Road1,9307.0%
Carnahan Road to K-161,2206.1%