Interstate 35 in Kansas

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Interstate 35

I-35 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KTA and KDOT
Length235.53 mi (379.05 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-35 at the Oklahoma state line
Major intersections
North end I-35 at the Missouri state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesSumner, Sedgwick, Butler, Chase, Lyon, Coffey, Osage, Franklin, Miami, Johnson, Wyandotte
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-34 US-36

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. The section of the route from the Oklahoma border to I-335 is part of the Kansas Turnpike.

Route description

Oklahoma border to Emporia

I-35 at exit for I-135, I-235, and US-81

I-35 enters Kansas from Oklahoma where the southern terminus of the Kansas Turnpike is located. After passing U.S. Highway 166 (US-166, East 160th Street South, exit 4) to the east of South Haven, the Interstate passes through a toll plaza, making I-35 into a toll road. The highway then passes US-160 (East 10th Avenue, exit 19) east of 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 (exit 42). 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/US-400 (East Kellogg Avenue, exit 53A). The Towanda Service Area lies 10 miles (16 km) north of the Wichita area. Thereafter, the route intersects US-77 (North Main Street, exit 76) and various state highways near El Dorado. After El Dorado, the highway enters the Flint Hills region of Kansas. After passing the Cassoday interchange (K-177, exit 92), 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 five miles (8.0 km) north of Cassoday, it is also the last service area on I-35. After the remaining 20 miles (32 km) with no exits or services, I-35 leaves the turnpike in Emporia. Here, the Interstate meets I-335 (exit 127), which the Turnpike carries toward 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 I-35 was to follow US-50 from Newton, as well as US-81 and US-177 to the Oklahoma state line. But when the Kansas Turnpike was created, a part of I-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. I-35 in Kansas (as known today) had its final modification in 1976.[1]

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) worked with the Burns & McDonnell engineering company to design a new interchange at Homestead Lane (exit 205) 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

SumnerGuelph Township0.000.00
I-35 south – Oklahoma City
Continuation into Oklahoma; southern terminus of Kansas Turnpike
US-166 to US-81 – Arkansas City, South Haven
Last free exit northbound
Avon Township58.0Southern Toll Plaza (southern end of ticket system)
19.2030.9019 US-160 – Winfield, Wellington
Harmon Township25.8341.57Belle Plaine service area
county line
Belle PlaineSalem
township line
K-53 to US-81 – Mulvane
SedgwickSalem Township39.1462.9939
To US-81 – Haysville, Derby

I-135 to I-235 / US-81 – South Wichita, Salina
44.5471.6845 K-15 – Wichita

To US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue) – Wichita
Access via Kellogg Ave. frontage roads
51.482.7127th Street EastSouthbound entrance only
US-54 / US-400 west (Kellogg Avenue)
Cashless toll gantry; no northbound exit

K-96 to US-54 / US-400 east
Signed as exit 53 northbound
ButlerBruno Township57.0791.8557Andover
Towanda Township64.90104.45Towanda service area
El Dorado70.63113.6771
K-254 to K-196 – El Dorado
75.69121.8176 US-77 / Nick Badwey Plaza – El Dorado North
Cassoday92.73149.2392 K-177 – Cassoday
ChaseMatfield Township97.00156.11Matfield Green service area

I-335 Toll north / Kansas Turnpike north – Topeka, Kansas City
Northern end of Kansas Turnpike concurrency; exit number not signed southbound
127204Emporia Toll Plaza (northern end of ticket system)
127.36204.97127A US-50 – Emporia, NewtonLast free exit southbound
128.18206.29128Industrial Road
130.26209.63130 K-99 (Merchant Street)
131.57211.74131Burlingame Road
US-50 west (6th Avenue)
Southern end of US-50 concurrency
Jackson Township135.21217.60135County Road R1
138.08222.22138County Road U
141.09227.06141 K-130 – Neosho Rapids, Hartford
CoffeyLebo148.31238.68148 K-131 – Lebo
Key West Township155.34250.00155 US-75 – Lyndon, Burlington
K-31 north – Melvern
Western end of K-31 concurrency
K-31 south – Waverly
Eastern end of K-31 concurrency
FranklinWilliamsburg170.07273.70170Williamsburg, PomonaFormerly designated as K-273
Homewood Township176.22283.60176Homewood
Ottawa181.89292.72182Eisenhower Road
US-59 south – Garnett
Southern end of US-59 concurrency
Harrison Township185.27298.1618515th Street
Ottawa187.28301.40187 K-68 – Ottawa, Louisburg
US-59 north – Lawrence
Northern end of US-59 concurrency
Franklin Township192.79310.27193Tennessee Road
Wellsville197.77318.28198 K-33 – Wellsville
MiamiNo major intersections
JohnsonEdgerton202.77326.33202Sunflower Road – Edgerton
Gardner Township204.96329.85205Homestead LaneDiverging diamond interchange
Gardner207.47333.89207Gardner Road
US-56 west – Gardner
Southern end of US-56 concurrency
Olathe213.83344.13214Lone Elm Road / 159th Street
US-169 south / K-7 – Paola
Southern end of US-169 concurrency
216.61348.60217Old Highway 56Southbound exit and northbound entrance
217.81350.53218Santa Fe Street
220.14354.28220119th Street

I-435 east / US-50 east
Northern end of US-50 concurrency; I-435 exit 83; access to Johnson County Community College

I-435 west to K-10 – Lawrence
I-435 exit 83
223.80360.1722495th StreetDiverging diamond interchange;[5] access to Pittsburg State University and Brown Mackie College
LenexaOverland Park line225.05362.18225A87th Street ParkwayAccess to Legler Barn Museum
Overland ParkLenexa line225C 75th StreetNorthbound exit only; access to AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
US-69 south (Overland Parkway)
Southern end of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Overland ParkMerriam line226.93365.21227 75th StreetNo northbound exit; access to AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
Merriam227.97366.88228A67th Street

US-56 east / US-69 / US-169 north (Shawnee Mission Parkway)
Northern end of US-56 / US-69 / US-169 concurrency
228.99368.52229Johnson Drive
MerriamOverland Park line229.90369.99230Antioch Road
Overland Park230.74371.34231
I-635 north
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-635 exit 1A; southern terminus of I-635
I-635 north

US-69 south (Metcalf Avenue)
Signed as exits 231A (I-635) and 231B (US-69); southern end of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-635 exit 1A; southern terminus of I-635; access to KCI Airport
Mission231.70372.89232ALamar Avenue
WyandotteKansas City232.27373.80232B US-69 (18th Street Expressway) / Roe AvenueNorthern end of US-69 concurrency
233Southwest Boulevard / Mission RoadSouthbound exit has additional ramp to 37th Ave
234.56377.49234 US-169 (7th Street Trafficway / Rainbow Boulevard)
KansasMissouri line235.25378.60235Cambridge Circle
I-35 north
Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

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


  1. ^ "Kansas Highways Routelog". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ "SW Johnson County Interchange: Diverging Diamond Interchange". Kansas Department of Transportation. November 19, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. ^ Thompson, Danedri (October 3, 2013). "Intermodal, logistics park, interchange open". The Gardner Newss. Gardner, Kansas. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "National Highway Planning Network" (ESRI shapefile). Federal Highway Administration. 2012-09-20. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Carney, Candi. "The construction is over! Drivers have access to the I-35 and 95th Street interchange". 41 Action News-KSHB. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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