Interstate 35 in Kansas
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Interstate 35 in Kansas

Interstate 35 marker

Interstate 35
Route information
Maintained by KTA and KDOT
Length 235.53 mi (379.05 km)
Major junctions
South end at the Oklahoma state line
  in Avon Township
/ / in Wichita
/ in Wichita
/ in Emporia
in Emporia
/ in Lenexa
in Kansas City
in Kansas City
North end at the Missouri state line
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

Interstate 35 (I-35) is an Interstate Highway in the US that runs from the Mexican border near Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minnesota. In Kansas, the highway goes from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City at the Missouri border, with a length of 235 miles (378 km). Along the way, I-35 passes through Wichita, the state's largest city, linking it to Emporia, Ottawa, and Kansas City and its Johnson County suburbs.

Route description

Oklahoma border to Emporia

I-35 enters Kansas from Oklahoma where the southern terminus of the Kansas Turnpike is located. After passing exit 4 for US Highway 166 (US-166) in South Haven, the interstate passes through a toll plaza, making I-35 into a toll road. The highway then passes US-160 in Wellington, then the Belle Plaine Service Area, the first of three on I-35, and the first of six on the turnpike. After the service area, the turnpike continues due north to Wichita and intersects I-135. After the I-135 interchange, the turnpike turns northeast and goes around Downtown Wichita. I-35 passes through Wichita's suburbs and in the process intersects US-54 and US-400. Ten miles (16 km) north of the Wichita area lies the Towanda Service Area. Thereafter, the route intersects US-77 and various state highways in El Dorado. After El Dorado, the highway enters the Flint Hills region of Kansas. After passing the Cassoday interchange, the turnpike begins its 25-mile-long (40 km) stretch with no exits. The only stop along the way is the Matfield Green Service Area. Located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Cassoday, it is also the last service area on I-35. After the remaining twenty miles (32 km) with no exits or services, I-35 leaves the turnpike in Emporia. Here the interstate meets I-335, which the Turnpike carries towards Topeka.

Emporia to Kansas City

I-35 passes through a toll plaza, to continue on its own alignment running eastward through east-central Kansas. At Ottawa, it turns to a more northeasterly direction. After passing through the Kansas suburbs of the Kansas City Metro Area, it then crosses the state line into Missouri and into Downtown Kansas City.


The original plan for Interstate 35 was to follow US 50 from Newton, as well as US 81 and US 177 to the Oklahoma state line. But when Kansas Turnpike was created, a part of Interstate 35 was created south of Emporia. The Newton segment was declined, and there was another implication for US 50 that traveled north (which is known today). The segments from Olathe to Shawnee was created by 1962. The relocations of US 75 and K-31 were finished by 1975. Interstate 35 in Kansas (as known today) had its final modification in 1976.[1]

The Kansas Department of Transportation worked with the Burns & McDonnell engineering company to design a new interchange at Homestead Lane in Johnson County as a diverging diamond.[2] The first interchange of its kind in the state, it opened September 28, 2013.[3]

Exit list

County Location mi[4] km Exit Destinations Notes
Oklahoma-Kansas state line 0.00 0.00 south Roadway continues south into Oklahoma; Kansas Turnpike ends
Sumner Guelph Township 4 to  - Arkansas City, South Haven Last free exit northbound
Avon Township Southern Terminal toll plaza
Southern end of toll road
19.21 30.92 19  - Winfield, Wellington
Harmon Township 26 42 Belle Plaine service area
county line
Belle Plaine-Salem
township line
33.41 53.77 33 to  - Mulvane
Sedgwick Salem Township 38.31 61.65 39 To  - Haysville, Derby
Wichita 43.38 69.81 42 to /  - South Wichita, Salina
45.86 73.80 45  - Wichita
51.21 82.41 50 / (Kellogg Avenue)
53.80 86.58 53  - Wichita
Butler Bruno Township 57 Andover
Towanda Township 65 105 Towanda service area
El Dorado 71.71 115.41 71 to  - El Dorado
76.72 123.47 76 / Nick Badwey Plaza - El Dorado North
Cassoday 93.45 150.39 92  - Cassoday
Chase Matfield Township 97 156 Matfield Green service area
Lyon Emporia 127.89 205.82 127 north /  - Topeka, Kansas City Northern terminus of Kansas Tpk. concurrency
Emporia Interchange toll plaza
Northern end of toll road
127A  - Emporia, Newton Last free exit southbound
128 Industrial Road
130 (Merchant Street)
131 Burlingame Road
133 west (6th Avenue) Southern terminus of US-50 concurrency
Jackson Township 135 County Road R1
138 County Road U
141  - Neosho Rapids, Hartford
Coffey Lebo 148  - Lebo
Key West Township 155  - Lyndon, Burlington
Osage Melvern 160 north - Melvern Southern terminus of K-31 concurrency
162 south - Waverly Northern terminus of K-31 concurrency
Franklin Williamsburg 170 Williamsburg, Pomona Formerly designated as K-273
Homewood Township 176 Homewood
Ottawa 182 Eisenhower Road
183 south - Garnett Southern terminus of US-59 concurrency
Harrison Township 185 15th Street
Ottawa 187  - Ottawa, Louisburg
188 north - Lawrence Northern terminus of US-59 concurrency
Franklin Township 193 Tennessee Road
Wellsville 198  - Wellsville
No major junctions
Johnson Edgerton 202 Sunflower Road - Edgerton
Gardner Township 205 Homestead Lane Diverging diamond interchange
Gardner 207 Gardner Road
210 west - Gardner Southern terminus of US-56 concurrency
Olathe 214 Lone Elm Road, 159th Street
215 south /  - Paola Southern terminus of US-169 concurrency
217 Old Highway 56 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
218 Santa Fe
220 119th Street
Lenexa 222A east / east Northern terminus of US-50 concurrency; I-435 exit 83
222B west to  - Lawrence, Topeka I-435 exit 83
224 95th Street Diverging diamond interchange[5]
225A 87th Street
225B south (Overland Parkway) Southern terminus of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Merriam 227 75th Street Signed as exit 225C northbound
228A 67th Street
228B east (Shawnee Mission Parkway) / north / north Northern terminus of US-56 / US-69 / US-169 concurrency
229 Johnson Drive
Overland Park 230 Antioch Road
231A north - Topeka, St. Joseph I-635 exit 1A; signed as exit 231 northbound; southern terminus of I-635
231B south (Metcalf Avenue) Southern terminus of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit; no access from northbound US-69 (Metcalf Avenue) to I-35 southbound; Metcalf Avenue continues as I-635 northbound
Mission 232A Lamar Avenue
Wyandotte Kansas City 232B (18th Street Expressway), Roe Avenue Northern terminus of US-69 concurrency
233 Mission Road, Southwest Boulevard Southbound exit has additional ramp to 37th Ave
234 (7th Street Trafficway, Rainbow Boulevard)
Kansas-Missouri state line 235.53 379.05 235 Cambridge Circle
north Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

There are five auxiliary routes branching from I-35 in Kansas:

  • : a spur route from Wichita to Salina; originally signed as I-35W until September 1976
  • : a loop around the west side of Wichita
  • / : a segment of the Kansas Turnpike connecting I-35 in Emporia to the state capital, Topeka
  • : the Kansas City beltway
  • : a bypass of downtown Kansas City providing access to I-29 in Missouri and Kansas City International Airport


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "Kansas Highways Routelog". Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "SW Johnson County Interchange: Diverging Diamond Interchange". Kansas Department of Transportation. November 19, 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Danedri (October 3, 2013). "Intermodal, logistics park, interchange open". The Gardner Newss. Gardner, Kansas. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "National Highway Planning Network" (ESRI shapefile). Federal Highway Administration. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ Carney, Candi. "The construction is over! Drivers have access to the I-35 and 95th Street interchange". 41 Action News-KSHB. Retrieved 2016. 

External links

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