Interstate 635 (Kansas–Missouri)

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Interstate 635

Harry Darby Memorial Highway
I-635 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-35
Length12.67 mi[1] (20.39 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-35 / US-69 in Overland Park, KS
Major intersections
North end I-29 / US 71 in Kansas City, MO
CountryUnited States
StatesKansas, Missouri
CountiesKS: Johnson, Wyandotte
MO: Platte
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
I-470KS I-670
Route 571MO I-670

Interstate 635 (I-635) is a connector highway between I-35 in Overland Park, Kansas, and I-29 in Kansas City, Missouri, approximately 12 miles (19 km) long. It is mostly in the US state of Kansas, servicing the city of Kansas City, Kansas, but extends into Kansas City, Missouri, as well. The freeway's southern terminus is at a stack interchange with I-35. South of this, the mainline becomes an expressway carrying U.S. Route 69 (US 69).

The freeway provides a route around Downtown Kansas City by crossing through residential areas of Kansas City, Kansas, and Riverside, Missouri. It also provides another direct route to Kansas City International Airport.

Route description


I-635 approaching its southern terminus

I-635 begins at I-35 in Johnson County near Shawnee, Kansas, at exit 1A. There is a parclo interchange with Merriam Drive at exit 1B almost immediately after its terminus. It then enters Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. There is a diamond interchange with Shawnee Drive at exit 1C and a parclo interchange with Metropolitan Avenue at exit 1A upon entering the Argentine neighborhood. There is an interchange with K-32/Kansas Avenue at exit 3 and then crosses the Kansas River into central Kansas City, Kansas. Immediately after crossing the river, there is an interchange with I-70 at exits 4A and 4B. There are several interchanges further north, including State Avenue (exit 5), Parallel Parkway (exit 6), and Leavenworth Road and North 38th Street (exit 7). The last public interchange before entering Missouri is K-5. A private maintenance facility crossing at grade exists between this exit and the Missouri River.


Like I-435, I-635's mileposts do not reset after crossing into Missouri.

I-635 crosses the Missouri River from Kansas into Platte County and the city of Riverside, Missouri. There is an interchange with Horizons Parkway at exit 9 and then US 69 at exit 10. US 69 briefly runs concurrently with I-635 north before exiting at the interchange with Route 9 (exits 11A and 11B). I-635 runs a few more miles north, then terminates at I-29/US 71 at exits 12A and 12B.


I-635 southbound approaching its interchange with I-70

Missouri began the plans for I-635 in 1958 when American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved proposals that also included what would become I-435 and I-470; the plan for I-635 took the route eastward along what is now K-5 to US 69 and northward across the Fairfax Bridge toward I-29.[2] When money from the Highway Trust Fund became available for a new Missouri River crossing, I-635 got a more westward alignment after 1968.[2] Part of the original alignment was built as a spur going into Fairfax as K-5.[3]

In 1990, the highway was given the name Harry Darby Memorial Highway, in honor of US Senator Harry Darby.[4][5][6]

The interchange with I-70 and the bridge over the Santa Fe Railyard in Argentine were reconstructed in 2004.[7]

Maintenance work on the bridge over the Missouri River finished in September 2005.

Exit list

KansasJohnsonOverland Park0.000.00
US-69 south (Metcalf Avenue)
Southern terminus; continuation beyond I-35
US-69 north / I-35 – Des Moines, Wichita
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-35 exits 231A–B
WyandotteKansas City0.50.801BMerriam Lane, Merriam Drive
1.01.61CShawnee Drive
2.33.72AMetropolitan Avenue
2.94.72BSwartz RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
3.76.03 K-32 (Kansas Avenue)
4.57.24 I-70 / US-24 / US-40 / Kansas Turnpike – Topeka, St. LouisSigned as exits 4A (east) & 4B (west); I-70 exits 418A–B eastbound, 419 westbound.
5.48.75State AvenueAccess to Kansas State School for the Blind and Donnelly College
6.310.16Parallel Parkway
K-5 north (Leavenworth Road) / 38th Street
Southern end of K-5 concurrency.
K-5 south / 18th Street
Northern end of K-5 concurrency; left exit and entrance southbound. Access to Fairfax District.
Missouri River9.0–
Kansas–Missouri state line
MissouriPlatteRiverside9.515.39Horizons Parkway / Argosy Casino Parkway
US 69 south (Fairfax District Way)
Southern end of US 69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 69 north / Route 9 – Riverside, Parkville
Northern end of US 69 concurrency; signed as exits 11A (US 69/Rte. 9) and 11B (Rte. 9 north). Access to Park University.
12.720.412 I-29 / US 71 – St. JosephNorthern terminus; I-29 exit 3B; signed as exits 12A (north) & 12B (south); tri-stack interchange. Access to Kansas City International Airport and Downtown.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Interstate 635 Kansas / Missouri". AARoads. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  3. ^ "1968 Official Road Map of Kansas Inset Side from KSDOT" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Statute Number: 68-1037". Kansas Statutes Annotated. Kansas Department of Revenue's Policy Information Library. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  5. ^ "Memorial/Commemorative Highway Signs, Payments Toward Those Signs" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  6. ^ "Highways Named and Signed by Commission Action" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  7. ^ "I-635/I-70 Interchange". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2016-05-11.

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