U.S. Route 160 in Kansas

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U.S. Highway 160

US-160 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT and the cities of Ulysses, Harper and Wellington
Length489.457 mi[1] (787.705 km)
Existedc. 1931[2]–present
Major junctions
West end US 160 at Colorado state line
Major intersections US-83 west of Sublette

US-56 west of Sublette
US-54 from Plains to Meade
US-281 in Medicine Lodge
US-81 in Wellington
I-35 / Kansas Turnpike
US-77 in Winfield
US-75 in Independence
US-59 in Oswego

US-69 in Pittsburg
East end US 160 at Missouri state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesStanton, Grant, Haskell, Seward, Meade, Clark, Comanche, Barber, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Elk, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee, Crawford
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-158 K-161

U.S. Route 160 (US-160) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that runs from US-89 near Tuba City, Arizona east to US-67 and Missouri Route 158 southwest of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In the U.S. state of Kansas, US-160 is a main east–west highway that runs from the Colorado border east to the Missouri border.

Route description

US-160 enters Kansas just west of Saunders. It goes northeast to Johnson City, then turns east to go through Ulysses. Near Sublette, it intersects U.S. Route 83 and runs concurrently southward past its intersection with U.S. Route 56. It turns east and then runs concurrently with U.S. Route 54 between Plains and Meade. It continues east, and runs concurrently with U.S. Route 283 and U.S. Route 183. At Medicine Lodge, it intersects U.S. Route 281. It continues east and at Wellington, intersects U.S. Route 81 and then Interstate 35, on which the Kansas Turnpike is routed in the area.

East of Interstate 35, it intersects U.S. Route 77 in Winfield. It goes east from Winfield, then turns north to Burden, then goes east before going south to Elk City. It then turns east and goes through Independence after being concurrent with U.S. Route 75. It continues east, is briefly concurrent with U.S. Route 169 and then intersects U.S. Route 59 at Altamont. US-160 and US-59 then go into Oswego and separate. At Columbus, US-160 begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 69, which goes east to Crestline, then north to Frontenac, Kansas. Also at Crestline, it picks up a second concurrency with U.S. Route 400, which goes north and ends just south of Pittsburg, Kansas. After Frontenac, it turns east and enters Missouri.

The first westbound US 160 reassurance marker in Kansas

The section of US-160 in Harper, from K-14 to slightly east of end of overlap with K-2 is maintained by the city.[3] The entire 2.601-mile (4.186 km) section within Wellington is maintained by the city.[4]



LocationColorado border–Santa Fe
Existed1927[5]c. 1931[2]

The section of US-160 from the Colorado border to Santa Fe was established in 1927 as K-46. The section from K-22, now US-83, south of Sublette east to Pittsburg was established in 1927 as K-12.[5] US-160 was extended into Kansas between 1930 and 1931, which resulted in K-46 being decommissioned and K-12 being truncated to US-54 north of Liberal.[2]

East of Coldwater, US-160 originally turned north to Wilmore then curved southwest and traveled through Sun City and Lake City to its current alignment west of Medicine Lodge. Then between 1941 and 1944, a new alignment was built to travel directly east–west from Coldwater to Medicine Lodge.[6][7] East of Independence, US-160 originally followed US-169 north to K-37 then east to US-400, which it followed to its current alignment south of Pittsburg. Then in a December 9, 1998 resolution, US-160 was realigned over K-96 from US-169 east to US-69 Alternate then turned north toward Pittsburg.[8][9][10]

Between 1951 and 1952, the alignment was shifted south between the Colorado border and Johnson.

Major intersections

US 160 west
Continuation into Colorado
K-27 south
Western end of K-27 overlap
K-27 north
Eastern end of K-27 overlap
GrantUlysses39.70063.891 K-25
K-190 south
Northern terminus of K-190

US-83 north / K-144 east
Western end of US-83 overlap; western terminus of K-144
72.950117.402 US-56
K-190 north
Southern terminus of K-190
US-83 south
Eastern end of US-83 overlap
US-54 west
Western end of US-54 overlap
Meade116.556187.579 K-23
US-54 east
Eastern end of US-54 overlap
US-283 north – Dodge City, Minneola
Western end of US-283 overlap
US-283 south – Englewood
Eastern end of US-283 overlap

US-183 south / K-34 north
Western end of US-183 overlap; southern terminus of K-34
K-1 south
Northern terminus of K-1
US-183 north
Eastern end of US-183 overlap
US-281 south – Alva, OK
Western end of US-281 overlap
Medicine Lodge224.920361.974
US-281 north – Pratt
Eastern end of US-281 overlap
K-2 west
Western end of K-2 overlap
K-14 north
Southern terminus of K-14
K-2 east
Eastern end of K-2 overlap
Sumner279.725450.174Milan Road – MilanNorthern terminus of former K-205
K-49 north
Western end of K-49 overlap
K-49 south
Eastern end of K-49 overlap
286.626461.280Mayfield Road – MayfieldNorthern terminus of former K-271
US-81 south
West end of US-81 overlap
295.440475.465North Washington Avenue – Business DistrictFormer routing of US-81
US-81 north (North A Street) – Wichita
East end of US-81 overlap; roundabout
298.713480.732 I-35 / Kansas TurnpikeI-35/Kansas Turnpike exit 19
US-77 / K-15 north
Western end of K-15 overlap
320.951516.521 K-360
K-15 south
Eastern end of K-15 overlap
K-99 south
Western end of K-99 overlap
K-99 north
Eastern end of K-99 overlap
US-75 south
Western end of US-75 overlap
US-75 north
Eastern end of US-75 overlap
US-169 north
Western end of US-169 overlap
US-169 south
Eastern end of US-169 overlap
Labette423.656681.808Hickory Street – Mound ValleySouthern terminus of former K-222
K-101 south
Northern terminus of K-101
US-59 north
Western end of US-59 overlap
US-59 south
Eastern end of US-59 overlap
K-7 / US-69 south
Western end of US-69 overlap

US-400 east / US 69 Alt. south
Western end of US-400 overlap; northern terminus of US-69 Alternate
K-103 west
Eastern terminus of K-103
county line

US-400 west / K-171 east
Eastern end of US-400 overlap; western terminus of K-171

US 69 Bus. north
Southern terminus of US-69 Business
480.278772.933 K-126

US 69 Bus. south
Northern terminus of US-69 Business
US-69 north
Eastern end of US-69 overlap
US 160 east
Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Rand McNally and Company (1931). "Kansas" (Map). Clason's Road Map of Kansas. 1:2,000,000. Denver: Clason Map Company. p. 87 – via Rumsey Collection.
  3. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (July 10, 2006). "Resolution Designating City Connecting Links in State Highway System". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (January 9, 2008). "Resolution Designating City Connecting Links in State Highway System". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Rand McNally and Company (1927). "Kansas" (Map). Rand McNally Auto Road Atlas of the United States and Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, with a Brief Description of the National Parks and Monuments. 1:1,600,000. Chicago: Rand McNally and Company. pp. 54–55. OCLC 2078375. Retrieved July 27, 2020 – via Rumsey Collection.
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (1941). Kansas State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  7. ^ State Farm Insurance Companies Travel Bureau (1944). "Kansas" (Map). State Farm Road map: Kansas. 1:1,235,520. Chicago: Rand McNally and Company. Retrieved July 28, 2020 – via Rumsey Collection.
  8. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (December 3, 1998). "Rural Resolution to remove K-96 from US-400/US-75/US-160 and to redesignate K-96 to US-160 in Montgomery County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (December 3, 1998). "Rural Resolution to redesignate K-96 to US-160 and remove US-160 from US-400 in Labette County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (December 3, 1998). "Rural Resolution to redesignate K-96 to US-160 and remove US-160 from US-400 in Cherokee County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 28, 2020.

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