Kansas Highways: Numbers 281-670

US 281US 281A
(Great Bend)
US 283US 283
Spur
K-284
K-285K-292K-296I-335US 340
K-360K-368K-383US 400I-435
I-470I-635I-670

US 281

Length: 244.938 miles

South Endpoint: Oklahoma State Line south of Hardtner

North Endpoint: Nebraska State Line south of Red Cloud, NE

Counties Served:
Barber, Pratt, Stafford, Barton, Russell, Osbourne, Smith

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Alternate US 281 (Great Bend)

Length: 1.104 miles

Historic Southeast Endpoint: US 56/K-96 east of Great Bend

Historic Northwest Endpoint: US 281 North of Great Bend

Historic County Served: Barton

History

A spur from US 50N on the east side of Great Bend to US 281 on the north side of Great Bend was established in a June 22, 1949 Highway Commission resolution. It was eventually signed as an alternate route of US 281. It was withdrawn sometime between 1981 and 1984 and turned back to Great Bend, as the city had annexed the entire stretch of the roadway.


US 283

Length: 217.084 miles

South Endpoint: Oklahoma State Line south of Englewood

North Endpoint: Nebraska State Line north of Norton

Counties Served: Clark, Ford, Hodgeman, Ness, Trego, Graham, Norton

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US 283 Spur

Historic South Endpoint: I-70/US 40 exit 128

Historic North Endpoint: US 283/Old US 40 at 13th and Barclay Ave., WaKeeney.

Historic County Served: Trego

History

A spur of US 283 in WaKeeney along 13th Street was designated in a February 26, 1958 Highway Commission Resolution in conjunction with the designation of I-70 through Trego County. The new spur ran from Barclay Avenue south to I-70.

The State Highway Commission never sought the inclusion of this route, among others, as part of the US Highway system. After the Highway Commission was reformed into the Kansas Department of Transportation, KDOT submitted this route for approval as a Business Loop of I-70 and a Alternate route of US 40. AASHTO rejected the I-70 business loop request and approved the US 40 request as a business loop at their June 1979 meeting. KDOT implemented the change of this route to US 40B in an April 1981.

Despite the designation, the route may have not been signed as a spur of US 283. Photos from Michael Summa posted at Steve Alpert’s Alps’ Roads indicate that the US 283 spur was marked as a Business loop of I-70 as late as 1986.


K-284

Length: 5.618 miles

West Endpoint: Junction K-14 10 Miles North of Lincoln

East Endpoint: West City Limits of Barnard

County Served: Lincoln

AADT (2019): 165 (18.2% truck)

History

A spur from K-14 to the city of Barnard in Lincoln County was first designated in a March 22, 1961 Highway Commission resolution, then withdrawn in a March 29, 1967 resolution. The first withdrawal resolution showed the route designated as K-237. It was re-instituted with a proposed designation of K-225 in a November 23, 1972 resolution. As K-225 was already in use, the designation was changed to K-284 in a January 18, 1972 resolution. The new number was assigned in sequence. It was slated to be withdrawn again in a May 9, 1973 resolution; however, after a public meeting, the withdrawal of the route never occurred.


K-285

Length: 0.218 miles

South Endpoint: K-10 south of Desoto.

North Endpoint: South City Limits of DeSoto.

Historic County Served: Johnson

History

K-285 was designated in 1972 from part of the former alignment of K-10 as a spur from the new freeway alignment into DeSoto. The number was assigned in sequence, the last K- numbered highway to be established in this manner.

The K-10 freeway east of DeSoto was opened on November 8, 1976, establishing the spur. Within a couple of months, the City of DeSoto had annexed land along the spur. KDOT subsequently issued a resolution, dated January 26, 1977, withdrawing the annexed part of K-285 and turning it back to DeSoto. The resolution also contained a provision stating that any future segments of the spur that were annexed would automatically be withdrawn and turned back.

DeSoto finally annexed out past K-10 in the late 1990s. KDOT sent notice to the city of DeSoto that K-285 would be turned back effective November 21, 1997.


K-292

Length: approx. 0.75 mile

Historic West Endpoint: K-92 east of Springdale

Historic East Endpoint: Junction K-92 east of Springdale

Historic County Served: Leavenworth

History

In 1945, the State Highway Commission started a project to restore and preserve a the last covered bridge in Kansas over Stranger Creek near Springdale. The bridge, and the road connecting it to K-92 on both sides of the bridge, were made a state highway. The highway number was derived from K-92.

On September 23, 1958, lightning struck the bridge, burning it. With the bridge destroyed, the Highway Commission withdrew K-292 in 1960. The bridge approaches were subsequently abandoned.


K-296

Length: 15.668 miles

Historic Northwest Endpoint: Junction K-96 east of Mount Hope

Historic Southeast Endpoint: Junction K-96 near Maize

Historic County Served: Sedgwick

History

K-296 was established in a May 5, 1965 Highway commission resolution in conjunction with a new alignment of K-96 between Mount Hope and Wichita. K-296 is the original alignment of K-96 between Mount Hope and Maize. The number is derived from K-96.

K-296 was withdrawn in a October 16, 1996 KDOT resolution and turned back to Sedgwick County.


I-335

Length: 50.144 miles

Southwest Endpoint: I-35/Kansas Turnpike exit 127, Emporia

Northeast Endpoint: I-470/Kansas Turnpike exit 177, Topeka

Counties Served: Lyon, Wabaunsee, Osage, Shawnee

Junction Guide

County MPState MPJunction
335-56/0.0000.000I-35, Emporia
335-56/4.8664.866Emporia Service Plaza
335-56/27.401
335-99/0.000
27.401Lyon/Wabaunsee county line
335-99/0.583
335-70/0.000
27.984Wabaunsee/Osage county line
335-70/10.604
335-89/0.000
38.588Osage/Shawnee county line
335-89/11.55650.144I-470, Topeka

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
I-35 to US 569,57025.2%
US 56 to I-4709,92024.7%

History

In 1987, KDOT submitted a request for the previously unnumbered section of the Kansas Turnpike between Emporia and Topeka to be included in the Interstate highway system as I-335. The request was made to allow the speed limit on this stretch of the highway to be raised from 55 mph to 65 mph. The request was approved by AASHTO at their December 5, 1987 meeting.


US 340

Proposed West Endpoint: Colorado state line west of Weskan

Proposed East Endpoint: Junction US 40 in Manhattan

Proposed Counties Served:
Wallace, Logan, Gove, Trego, Ellis, Russell, Ellsworth, Saline, Dickinson, Geary, Riley

History

In the original 1926 US highway proposal, US 340 would have followed the Golden Belt highway from Manhattan west, while US 40 would have followed the Midland Trail. The towns along the Golden Belt protested, claiming that the Midland Trail got the nod because it passes through the hometown of Highway Commission Davidson. A meeting was held with the Victory Highway cities on December 18, 1925, leading to a compromise where the Midland Trail became US 40N, while the Victory became US 40S.


K-360

Length: 3.469 miles

Southwest Endpoint: US 77 South of Winfield

Northeast Endpoint: US 160/K-15 east of Winfield

County Served: Cowley

History

In 1991, KDOT approved plans for a two-lane bypass of Winfield. The route was numbered as a derivative of US 160. The bypass was completed in the fall of 1996. K-360 is the most recent highway created as a result of new construction instead of a re-designation of an existing route

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
US 77 to Broadway4,9004.8%
Broadway to Wheat Road4,0305.3%
East of Wheat Road2,6008.2%
At US 1601,63013.2%

K-368

Length: 1.000 mile

South Endpoint: Junction K-268 South of Vassar State Park

North Endpoint: Vassar State Park

County Served: Osage

AADT (2019): 675 (7.4% truck)

History:

K-368 was established in a November 14, 1962 Highway Commission resolution in conjunction with the designation of K-268. K-368 was designated to connect K-268 to Pomona State Park. It was constructed along side K-268 and completed by 1964.


K-383

Previously designated: US 383 (1942-1982)

Length: 74.042 miles

Southwest Endpoint:
US 40 in Oakley, concurrent with US 83 (as US 383, 1942-1982)
US 83 northeast of Selden (1982-present)

Northeast Endpoint:
Nebraska State Line, concurrent with US 183 (1942-1982)
US 183 east of Wooddruff (1982-present)

Counties Served: Sheridan, Decatur, Norton, Phillips

Historic Counties Served: Logan, Thomas (1942-1982)


US 400

Length: 465.449 miles

West Endpoint:Colorado State Line west of Coolidge

East Endpoint: Missouri State Line east of Baxter Springs

Counties Served:
Hamilton, Kearney, Finney, Gray, Ford, Kiowa, Pratt, Kingman, Sedgwick, Butler, Greenwood, Wilson, Neosho, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee

Established December 5, 1994


I-435

Length: 28.026 miles

South Endpoint: Missouri State Line in Leawood

North Endpoint:
Missouri State Line on the Missouri River in Kansas City

Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte


I-470

Length: 14.047 miles

West Endpoint: I-70 exit 355, west of Topeka

East Endpoint:
I-70/Kansas Turnpike exit 182/183 (East Topeka Interchange)

County Served: Shawnee

Junction Guide

County MPState MPJunction
470-89/0.0000.000I-70, West Topeka
470-89/0.4950.495West junction US 75
470-89/1.2121.212Wanamaker Road
470-89/2.2212.22121st Street
470-89/3.5003.500Fairlawn Road
470-89/4.3044.304Gage Boulevard
470-89/5.8375.837East Junction US 75
Burlingame Road
470-89/6.6926.692KTA Toll Plaza
470-89/13.72213.722I-70, East Topeka

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
At Wanamaker Road31,4929.5%
Wanamaker to 21st Street29,40010.1%
21st Street to Fairlawn Road/29th Street40,4007.5%
Fairlawn to Gage Boulevard43,0007.1%
Gage to Burlingame Road37,4008.1%
Burlingame Road to Topeka Boulevard25,00013.3%
At KTA Toll Plaza14,9298.3%
I-335/KTA South Topeka to
I-70/KTA East Topeka
16,80016.3%

History:

A bypass of US 40 from West Topeka to the South Topeka exit on the Kansas Turnpike was be established in a September 24, 1958 highway commission resolution. This new highway, along with the Kansas Turnpike between South Topeka and East Topeka, would be designated I-470 by AASHO as part of their approval of Kansas’s initial part of the Interstate Highway System on November 10, 1958. The non-turnpike portion of I-470 was completed by 1961.


I-635

Length: 8.906 miles

South Endpoint: I-35 exit 231, Overland Park

North Endpoint:
Missouri State Line on the Missouri River in Kansas City

Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte

Junction Guide

County MPState MPJunction
635-46/0.0000.000I-35
635-46/0.379
635-105/0.000
0.000Johnson/Wyandotte county line
635-105/3.1723.551K-32/Kansas Avenue
635-105/4.1914.570I-70
635-105/7.1267.505West junction K-5
635-105/7.8288.207East junction K-5
635-105/8.5278.906Missouri state line

AADT (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
I-35 to Shawnee Drive73,2008.9%
Shawnee Drive to Metropolitan Avenue72,8008.9%
Metropolitan Avenue to Swartz Road71,9008.5%
Swartz Road to K-3274,6007.6%
K-32 to I-7080,7008.1%
I-70 to State Avenue70,3009.3%
State Avenue to Parallel Parkway62,90010.1%
Parallel Parkway to Leavenworth Road55,40011.5%
Leavenworth Road to 18th Street52,90012.0%
18th Street to Missouri River46,90013.1%

History:

The general routing for I-635 was submitted to the Federal Government as a component of Kansas’s initial part of the Interstate Highway System. It was approved by AASHO on November 10, 1958. The portion of I-635 bwtween I-35 in Overland Park and US 24 in Kansas City was established in a August 9, 1961 Highway Commission resolution.

Initially, I-635 was slated to turn east near Leavenworth Road and tie in to the Fairfax Bridge. By 1968, the proposed I-635 was moved onto a new bridge, though the spur to the Fairfax District remained as a non-interstate freeway, K-6.

The first section of I-635 to open was between US 24 at State Avenue and K-5 at Leavenworth Road, which opened on December 7, 1970. The segment from I-35 to Metropolitan Avenue was completed by 1972. The segments from Metropolitan to Kansas Avenue and from Leavenworth Road to the Missouri River were completed by 1975. The final section from Kansas Avenue to State Avenue, including the junction with I-70, was opened on December 1, 1976.


I-670

Length: 1.813 miles

West Endpoint: I-70 exit 422C, Kansas City

East Endpoint: Missouri State Line in Kansas City

County Served: Wyandotte

AADT (2019): 65,800 (10.2% truck)

History:

Although I-670 was submitted as a component of Kansas’s initial part of the Interstate Highway System, it was not included in the initial Interstate Highway System, but was added to the system on October 15, 1964. The Highway Commission submitted to AASHO in 1970.

Construction on I-670 was not completed until 1991.