U.S. Route 166

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U.S. Route 166

US 166 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 66
Maintained by KDOT and MoDOT
Length164.159 mi (264.188 km)
Major junctions
West end US-81 in South Haven, KS
Major intersections
East end I-44 / US 400 near Joplin, MO
CountryUnited States
StatesKansas, Missouri
CountiesKS: Sumner, Cowley, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee
MO: Newton
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-163KS K-167
Route 165MO Route 168

U.S. Route 166 (US 166) is a 164-mile (264 km) east–west United States highway. This route and US 266 are the only two remaining spurs of historic U.S. Route 66 (which was decommissioned in 1985), since US 666 was renumbered to US 491 in 2003.

US 166 meets the old route of US 66, now designated US 69 Alternate, in Baxter Springs in the southeast corner of Kansas.

Route description

  mi km
KS 163.223 262.682
MO 0.936 1.506
Total 164.159 264.188


US-166's western terminus in South Haven, Kansas
US 166's eastern terminus approaching I-44 in Newton County, Missouri

US 166 is an east–west highway that meanders about 164 miles (264 km) along the Kansas–Oklahoma state line. The highway's western terminus is in South Haven, Kansas at an intersection with US 81, approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) north of the northern terminus of US 177. US 166's eastern terminus, which is also shared by US 400, is an intersection with I-44 just inside the Missouri state line, near the point where Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri meet, southwest of Joplin, Missouri near Loma Linda, MO.

About 4 miles (6.4 km) east from its intersection with US 81, the highway intersects with the Kansas Turnpike (I-35) at exit 4. Continuing east about 16 miles (26 km), US 166 crosses the Arkansas River into Arkansas City, where it runs concurrently with US 77 for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), splitting off near Parkerfield.

Traveling 50 miles (80 km) east of Arkansas City, US 166 turns northeast, arcing above Cowley County Lake Dam and Cedar Vale. US. 166 crosses the Caney River approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of Chautauqua County Road 2. It turns south of Sedan approximately 0.6 miles (0.97 km) east of Chautauqua County Road 14. A business loop connects the main US 166 route with Sedan.

Continuing east from Sedan, about 34 miles (55 km) to Coffeyville, US 166 skims through Peru and Niotaze, US 166 crosses the Little Caney River 1.1 miles (1.77 km) to the east of Niotaze and proceeds east to the junction of US 75 near Havana. The two routes turn south for a 3-mile (4.8 km) concurrency. US 166 splits off just north of Caney turning east again through Tyro to Coffeyville. US 166 has a brief concurrency with US 169 beginning at the intersection of Walnut/Paterson Streets and Eleventh Street on the south side of downtown Coffeyville. The highway proceeds east on Eleventh Street, curves to the northeast and becomes Northeast Street. It then proceeds northeasterly past Walter Johnson Park and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds before it crosses the Verdigris River. US 166 will exit from US 169 0.4 miles (0.64 km) east of the Verdigris River and proceeds east toward the town of Chetopa

US 166 runs eastward about 50 miles (80 km) from Coffeyville bypassing Edna and Bartlett. US 166 passes through Chetopa, where US 166 and US 59 travel concurrently from 0.2 miles (0.32 km) east of the BNSF Railroad overpass, and proceeds south on Eleventh Street, then turns to the east near the Chetopa ball field. US 166/US 59 will run concurrently along Maple Street into downtown Chetopa. US 59 will then break off on Third Street and proceeds south towards the Kansas-Oklahoma state linesouth of the intersection. Leaving Chetopa, US 166 crosses over the Neosho River and crosses US 69 Alternate, 6 miles (9.7 km) before Baxter Springs.

Heading east from Baxter Springs, US 166 crosses the Spring River. Approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) later, US 166 intersects with US 400. US 166/US 400 then turn sharply southeast for 6 miles (9.7 km) to cross the Missouri state line approximately 12 mile (0.80 km) from the I-44 interchange.


US 166's eastern terminus is its interchange with I-44, 0.6 miles (0.97 km) from the state line[1] and about 1,000 feet (300 m) from the Oklahoma–Kansas–Missouri tripoint.


A map of Kansas's U.S. Highways as laid out in 1926

US 166 is an original 1926 route and originally ran from South Haven to Baxter Springs, Kansas. In 1945, it was extended east through Joplin, Missouri, where it paralleled US 66 to Springfield. This extension absorbed Route 38, which had been formed in 1922 from Carthage to west of Springfield and realigned to Joplin in about 1930, with the former route becoming Route 38N and soon US 71 Alternate. In 1966, following the completion of the last section of I-44 in Missouri, the east end of US 166 was truncated back from Springfield to its current terminus. Most sections of US 166 between Joplin and Springfield were not upgraded to Interstate Highway standards and were renumbered as I-44 Business Loops, state highways (such as Route 174) or turned over to local or county jurisdiction.

In a resolution on December 22, 1993, KDOT approved and requested to realign US-166 south of Sedan, and to re-designate the former alignment as US-166 Business.[2] This request was approved by AASHTO in a meeting on April 10, 1994.[3]

Major intersections

KansasSumner0.0000.000 US-81 (Main Street / South Hoover Road) – South Haven, WellingtonWestern terminus; road continues as 160th Street South
3.4815.602 I-35 / Kansas Turnpike – Wichita, Oklahoma CityI-35/Kansas Tpke. exit 4
CowleyArkansas City20.54033.056
US-77 south (Summit Street south) – Ponca City Ok.
Western end of US-77 concurrency
US-77 north (Walnut Valley Green Way) / Kansas Avenue – Winfield
Eastern end of US-77 concurrency; US-77 north serves South Central Kansas Medical Center
K-15 north – Dexter
Western end of K-15 concurrency
K-15 south – Shidler Ok.
Eastern end of K-15 concurrency

US 166 Bus. east – Sedan
Western terminus of US-166 Bus.

US 166 Bus. west / K-99 – Sedan, Chautauqua
Eastern terminus of US-166 Bus.
US-75 north – Independence
Western end of US-75 concurrency; interchange
US-75 south (McGee Street) – Caney
Eastern end of US-75 concurrency
US-169 south (Walnut Street) – Nowata Ok.
Western end of US-169 concurrency
US-169 north – Chanute
Eastern end of US-169 concurrency; interchange
K-101 north (Delaware Street) – Edna
Southern terminus of K-101
US-59 north (Xavier Road)
Western end of US-59 concurrency
US-59 south (3rd Street)
Eastern end of US-59 concurrency
Cherokee150.694242.518 US-69 / K-7 – Columbus, Miami Okla.
Baxter Springs156.181251.349
US 69 Alt. (Military Avenue)
Former US-66
US-400 west – Parsons
Western end of US-400 concurrency
K-26 north – Galena
Southern terminus of K-26
Kansas–Missouri state line
US 400 end / I-44 – Tulsa, SpringfieldEastern end of US 400 concurrency; I-44 exit 1; eastern termini of US 166 and US 400
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Sedan business loop

Business plate.svg

U.S. Highway 166 Business

Length7.378 mi[5] (11.874 km)
ExistedApril 10, 1994[3]–present

U.S. Route 166 Business (US-166 Bus.) is a 7.378-mile-long (11.874 km) business route of US-166 that serves the city of Sedan. US-166 Bus. begins at US-166 southwest of Sedan and begins travelling northeast. The highway soon crosses Middle Caney Creek and continues northeast. It then intersects K-99 and begins to follow it east. The two routes cross Deer Creek and then enters Sedan as Main Street. US-166 Business and K-99 then turn south onto School Street and soon exit the city. The two routes cross Middle Caney Creek once again as they continue south. After roughly 2.7 miles (4.3 km), US-166 Bus. intersects US-166 and ends, as K-99 continues south towards Chautauqua. In a December 22, 1993 resolution, KDOT approved and requested to realign US-166 south of Sedan, and to re-designate the former alignment as US-166 Business.[2] This request was approved by AASHTO in an April 10, 1994 meeting.[3]

Major intersections
The entire route is in Chautauqua County.

Belleville Township0.0000.000 US-166Western terminus
Sedan Township3.3645.414
K-99 north – Howard
Western end of K-99 overlap
Summit Township7.37811.874 US-166 – Coffeyville, Arkansas City

K-99 south – Chautauqua
Eastern terminus; eastern end of K-99 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi




  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (January 11, 2018). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation (December 22, 1993). "Resolution to establish and redesignate segments of highways in Chautauqua County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (November 12, 1994). "Report of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation. "Pavement Management Information System". Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Staff (2017). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 23, 2021.

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