US Highway 24

US 24

Length: 436.132 miles

West Endpoint:
Colorado State Line at Kanorado

East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line in Kansas City

Counties Served:
Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Jefferson, Douglas, Leavenworth, Wyandotte


Initially, US 24 ended at Independence, Missouri. In 1936, US 24 was extended into Kansas, following US 40 to Lawrence, replaced K-10 from Lawrence to Topeka, followed 40 again to Manhattan, and replaced US 40N through the rest of Kansas and on to Limon, Colo. The stretch of US 24 between Topeka and Manhattan was re-designated solely as US 24 by 1957, when the “straight shot” between Topeka and Junction City was completed.

Several bypasses have been built along US 24. By 1968, 24 was relocated around Perry and by ’69, 24 was rerouted in Graham county so that it became closer to the town of Nicodemus.

In 1999, US 24-40 in Wyandotte County was rebuilt to a five-lane arterial to accompany the new Kansas Speedway and associated development. In 2008, the road was rebuilt from the Speedway west to the K-7 interchange with a wide median. Upon the completion of the project, State Avenue east of K-7 was turned back to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City and US 24/40 relocated along I-70. The interchange with K-7 was re-opened January 22, 2009, and reassurance signs started appearing along I-70 in February.


  • 1936:
    • US 24 extended west from Independence, Missouri, replacing US 40N from the Colorado state line to Manhattan and K-10 from Topeka to Lawrence, with US 24 concurrent with US 40 between Manhattan and Topeka and between Lawrence and the Missouri state line.
      • Graded from the Colorado state line to Ruleton.
      • Gravel from Ruleton to Hoxie.
      • Heavy blacktop from Hoxie to Hill City,
      • Gravel from Hill City to Stockton
      • Concrete paved in Stockton
      • Gravel from Stockton to the Osborne/Mitchell county line
      • Medium blacktop from the Osborne/Mitchell county line to Beloit.
      • Concrete paved from Beloit to Simpson.
      • Gravel from Simpson to Glasco
      • Gravel from 2 miles west of the west junction with US 81 east to 4 miles west of Miltonvale.
      • Graded from 4 miles west of Miltonvale to Miltonvale
      • Concrete paved in Miltonvale
      • Gravel from Miltonvale to the Cloud/Clay county line.
      • Graded from the Clay/Cloud county line to 3 miles west of Clay Center.
      • Gravel from 3 miles west of Clay Center to Clay Center
      • Concrete paved in Clay Center
      • Gravel from Clay Center to the Clay/Riley county line.
      • Graded from the Clay/Riley county line Leonardville
      • Concrete paved in Leonardville
      • Graded from Leonardville to Keats.
      • Gravel from Keats east ~1.9 miles
      • Concrete paved from ~1.9 miles east of Keats to Kansas City.
    • New heavy blacktop alignment from Hill City east 2 1/4 miles.
    • Heavy blacktop from Bogue north ~ 3 miles.
    • Medium blacktop on “stairstep” curves 1 1/2 miles west of Woodston.
    • New heavy blacktop alignment and railroad overpass from 3 miles west of Clay Center to 6th Street in Clay Center.
    • Concrete paved from Clay Center east 2 miles.
    • Heavy blacktop from 2 miles east of Clay Center to the the south junction with US 77 at Riley.
    • Medium blacktop from Riley to ~ 1.9 miles east of Keats.
    • US 24 now hard surfaced from Clay Center to Kansas City
  • 1937:
    • Heavy blacktop from Stockton east 5.5 miles
    • Heavy blacktop from 2.5 miles west of Woodston to 3 miles north of Osborne
    • Heavy blacktop from the west junction with US 81 to 3 miles west of Clay Center
    • New 4-lane alignment paved from K-7 to Kansas City.
  • 1938:
    • New medium blacktop alignment near the east city limits of Colby
    • New paved alignment and bridge over Mud Creek near the Douglas/Leavenworth county line.
  • 1939: New bridge west of Cawker City. Approaches downgraded from medium blacktop to gravel
  • 1941: New concrete alignment from Rochester Road to Kaw Valley Road in Topeka opened to traffic, including railroad overpass and cloverleaf junction with US 75 (first cloverleaf in Kansas)
  • 1942: New concrete alignment from south of Basheor east to US 73/K-7. Two-lane pavement on 4-lane right-of-way.
  • 1947:
    • New concrete alignment from the Boys’ Industrial School to Rochester Road in Topeka.
    • New concrete alignment from West Street in Tonganoxie to south of Basheor. Two-lane in Tonganoxie, two-lane pavement on 4-lane right-of-way from Tonganoxie to Basheor.
  • 1950: Re-construction of the US 24/US 75 cloverleaf.
  • 1951: New concrete alignment from 4 miles east of Manhattan to 3 miles east of Wamego, bypassing St. George.
  • 1952: New alignment at west junction with US 59 near Williamstown.
  • 1953: New alignment in Perry.
  • 1954: New heavy blacktop alignment from the Mitchell/Clay county line to Glasco.
  • 1956:
    • New heavy blacktop alignment from US 81 to Miltonvale.
    • New limited access alignment from Landon Road to Rochester Road in Topeka. Two lane from Landon Road to Menoken Road, 4 lane from Menoken Road east, with directional interchange at K-4 South (Westgate Bridge) and diamond interchange at Goodyear Road.
  • 1960: New four-lane limited access alignment from Meridan Road east of Topeka to Detlor Road west of Grantville.
  • 1963:
    • Widened to 4 lanes from Manhattan east 4 miles
    • Widened to 4 lanes from Detlor Road to 1 mile east of Grantville.
  • 1965: Relocated from 3 miles east of Riley to the junction with K-13/K-177 on the east side of Manhattan via K-253 and K-177. Previous alignment turned back to Riley County.
  • 1969: New super-two alignment from northwest of Newman, bypassing Perry, to 1 mile west of US 59 near Williamstown.
  • 1977: Widened to 4 lanes from Grantville to Newman.
  • 1995: Widened to 4 lanes between Tonganoxie and the K-7 interchange east of Basehor.
  • 1997: Widened to 4 lanes from 4 miles east of Manhattan to Wamego.
  • 2013: New four-lane alignment from Countryside Road to Menoken Road, including new diamond interchange at Menoken Road

Junction Guide

County MilepostState MilepostJunction
70-91/0.0000.000Colorado/Kansas State Line
(concurrent with I-70)
70-91/1.3551.355I-70 Exit 1: K-267
70-91/17.31317.313I-70 Exit 17: K-27/US 24B
70-91/19.30819.308Exit 19: East Junction US 24B
70-91/27.28927.289Exit 27: K-253
35.280Sherman/Thomas County Line
70-97/1.15836.438Exit 36: K-184
45.725I-70 exit 45
(US 24 leaves I-70)
24-97/19.64954.929K-25, Colby
24-97/29.57364.853US 83
73.173K-186 spur to Menlo
Thomas/Sheridan county line
24-90/6.98080.153K-188 spur to Seguin
24-90/15.48588.658K-23, Hoxie
103.687Sheridan/Graham county line
24-33/4.863108.550K-85 spur to Morland
24-33/10.247113.934K-84 spur to Penokee
24-33/17.021120.708US 283, Hill City
24-33/25.723129.410Junction K-18
134.255Graham/Rooks county line
24-82/10.116144.371Junction K-258
24.82/18.425152.680US 183, Stockton
165.280Rooks/Osborne county line
24-71/19.173184.453South Junction US 281
24-71/23.155188.435North Junction US 281
West Junction K-9
24-71/31.113196.393Junction K-181, Downs
199.377Osborne/Mitchell county line
24-62/8.241207.618Junction K-128
24-62/20.720220.097K-14, Beloit
24-62/21.451220.828East Junction K-9, Beloit
24-62/30.160229.537K-193 spur to Asherville
232.191K-194 spur to Simpson
Mitchell/Cloud County line
24-15/15.321247.512Junction US 81
24-15/27.142259.333Junction K-189
263.568Cloud/Clay county line
24-15/13.116276.684K-15, Clay Center
285.461Clay/Riley county line
24-81/2.498287.959Junction K-82
24-81/11.693297.154West Junction US 77
24-81/15.762301.223East Junction US 77
24-81/24.440309.901Junction K-113
24-81/25.376310.837Junction K-13
24-89/31.019316.480Junction K-177
316.489Riley/Pottawatomie county line
24-75/13.980330.469K-99, Wamego
24-75/27.072343.561K-63, St. Mary’s
345.682Pottawatomie/Shawnee county line
24.89/18.675364.357US 75, Topeka
24-89/25.216370.898West Junction K-4
24-89/25.854371.536East Junction K-4
371.628Shawnee/Jefferson county line
24-44/6.514378.142Junction K-237
24-44/14.342385.970Northwest junction US 59
390.333Jefferson/Douglas County line
24-23/3.972394.305Southeast junction US 59
US 40 Joins US 24
24-23/6.402396.735Junction K-32
396.965Douglas/Leavenworth county line
24-52/9.368406.333K-16, Tonganoxie
416.683Leavenworth/Wyandotte county line
24-105/0.869417.552North Junction K-7
US 24-40 joins US 73/K-7
419.806Junction I-70, Bonner Springs
US 24-40 leaves K-7 and joins I-70
US 73 ends
70-105/14.263432.612US 69 South/18th Street Expy
(US 69 joins I-70/US 24/US 40)
70-105/15.656434.0057th Street Trafficway
(US 69 leaves and US 169 joins)
70-105/17.783436.132Missouri state line
(Concurrent with I-70/US 40/US 169)

Average Annual Daily Traffic (2019)

LocationCountTruck %
On I-70 from the Colorado state line to Goodland12,20019.7%
On I-70 from Goodland to Edson12,30026.8%
On I-70 from Edson to Brewster10,10036.1%
On I-70 from Brewster to the I-70/US 24 junction9,78037.5%
I-70 to Thomas County Road 1586027.9%
Thomas County Road 15 to Colby1,34017.9%
In Colby4,5307.4%
Colby to US 832,67013.2%
US 83 to K-18679529.6%
K-186 to K-18889023.0%
K-188 to Hoxie1,75015.1%
In Hoxie2,8907.4%
Hoxie to Tasco1,13016.8%
Tasco to Studley81021.0%
Studley to K-8565526.7%
K-85 to K-8473024.0%
K-84 to Hill City1,04017.8%
In Hill City 3,9707.3%
Hill City to K-181,03026.7%
K-18 to Webster Reservoir43528.7%
Webster Reservoir to Stockton67019.4%
In Stockton2,0607.5%
Stockton to Woodston80516.7%
Woodston to Alton50523.8%
Alton to Osborne86513.2%
In Osborne1,4009.2%
Along US 24/US 281 Concurrency1,37035.8%
US 281 to Downs1,34024.3%
In Downs2,52017.3%
Downs to Cawker City2,08020.4%
In Cawker City2,49017.5%
Cawker City to K-1282,20019.3%
K-128 to Glen Elder2,16019.0%
Glen Elder to 260 Road2,43016.9%
260 Road to K-143,40012.5%
K-14 to east junction K-94,6109.7%
In Beloit east of K-94,21010.2%
Beloit to K-1932,10021.7%
K-193 to K-1942,00022.0%
K-194 to Glasco1,85023.5%
Glasco to US 811,99021.9%
US 81 to K-1891,32016.3%
K-189 to Hackberry Road1,61012.7%
Hackberry Road to Clay Center2,9809.7%
In Clay Center7,4703.8%
Clay Center to Quail Road2,9807.5%
Quail Road to K-822,4507.3%
K-82 to Leonardville75021.3%
Leonardville to West Junction US 771,9308.3%
US 24/US 77 concurrency3,9109.5%
East Junction US 77 to K-1137,3506.7%
K-113 to K-136,6606.3%
In Manhattan31,5002.2%
Manhattan to Wamego12,5006.3%
Wamego to Belvue4,67010.1%
Belvue to St. Marys4,50010.9%
In St. Marys7,3306.0%
St. Marys to Rossville5,3408.1%
Rossville to Silver Lake5,10012.5%
Silver Lake to Topeka5,79013.8%
At US 75, Topeka9,1209.6%
US 75 to Topeka Blvd17,0008.8%
Topeka Blvd to K-412,80010.0%
K-4 to Grantville7,7208.7%
Grantville to K-2376,22010.2%
K-237 to Perry5,51011.3%
Perry to US 594,93012.3%
US 59 to Midland Junction3,63017.9%
Midland Junction to US 406,41012.5%
US 40 to K-326,6565.0%
K-32 to Tonganoxie4,2607.5%
In Tonganoxie10,0004.5%
Tonganoxie to Basehor15,3004.4%
Basehor to K-719,0004.2%
On US 24/US 40/US 73/K-7 Concurrency22,7006.2%
On I-70 from K-7 to I-43555,70013.6%
On I-70 from I-435 to 57th Street74,40010.6%
On I-70 from 57th Street to I-63593,7008.5%
On I-70 from I-635 to 18th Street85,2009.9%
On I-70 from 18th Street to I-67085,60010.3%
On I-70 from I-670 to 7th Street22,40032.1%
7th Street to 5th Street21,00033.9%
5th Street to Missouri Line15,40041.4%