U.S. Route 169 in Kansas

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U.S. Highway 169

US 169 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length135.393 mi[1] (217.894 km)
Major junctions
South end US 169 at Oklahoma state line
Major intersections
North end US 169 / I-70 / US 24 / US 40 at Missouri state line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-168 K-170

U.S. Route 169 (US-169) is a major north–south U.S. Highway that runs from US-64 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to US-53 near Virginia, Minnesota. In Kansas, the highway is a main north–south route that runs through the eastern end of the state from the Oklahoma border to Missouri border. Along the way US-169 intersects several major highways including US-400 by Cherryvale, US-54 by Iola, overlaps US-59 south of Garnett, overlaps I-35 from Olathe to Merriam, and in Kansas City begins an overlap with I-70, US-24 and US-40 which it follows into Missouri.

Route description

US-169 enters the state at Coffeyville as a four-lane road and is a four-lane highway for about 8.8 miles (14.2 km) until the edge of the Coffeyville Industrial Park. A segment between Chanute and Iola is a freeway with fully controlled access with center concrete barrier, with two lanes in each direction. US-169 runs concurrently with US-59 and K-31 starting about five miles (8.0 km) south of Garnett and diverges northeast again immediately south of Garnett. At Osawatomie the road becomes a full freeway and runs concurrently with K-7. In southern Johnson County US-169 becomes an expressway until its junction with Interstate 35 (I-35) in Olathe.

From this point to the Missouri state line, US-169 alternates between freeways and surface streets. It follows I-35 to Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park, then travels east to Rainbow Boulevard. US-169 then follows surface streets to its junction with I-70 near downtown Kansas City. US-169 and I-70 enter Missouri together just after crossing the Kansas River.



Length3.072 mi (4.944 km)
ExistedJune 30, 1980[2]–October 31, 1999[3]

In a June 30, 1980 resolution, US-169 and K-57 were realigned to run directly north–south through Iola. Also at this time, K-269 was first designated a state highway and ran from K-57 and US-169 north to US-54.[2] In a September 20, 1991, resolution, it was proposed to realign K-57 and US-169 over K-269.[4] The project was completed on October 31, 1999, and at that time, K-269 was decommissioned and became part of the new K-57 and US-169.[3]

The intersection immediately south of Garnett used to be a braided intersection with stop and yield signs; it was identified as a high crash location in 2001, and was rebuilt as a roundabout that opened in April 2006.[5] The Kansas Department of Transportation is rebuilding or planning to rebuild several other rural intersections as roundabouts for increased safety.

Major intersections

MontgomeryParker Township0.0000.000
US 169 south – Tulsa
Continuation into Oklahoma
US-166 west (11th Street)
Southern end of US-166 overlap
US-166 east – Chetopa
Northern end of US-166 overlap
Drum Creek Township16.06525.854
US-160 east – Oswego
Southern end of US-160 overlap
US-160 west – Independence
Northern end of US-160 overlap
Cherry Township26.59342.797 US-400 – Parsons, Wichita
LabetteNo major intersections
NeoshoChetopa Township39.77564.012 K-47 to US-59 – Fredonia
Chanute48.44077.95735th Street
50.93581.972 K-39 (Cherry Street)
Tioga Township53.61286.280Plummer Avenue
AllenCottage Grove Township55.72089.673Humboldt–Chanute Road
Humboldt Township59.92096.432Tank Farm Road
61.92299.654HumboldtFormer K-224
Iola Township67.232108.199 Minnesota RoadAccess to Allen County Airport; former US-169 Spur
Iola69.305111.536 US-54 – Iola, Fort Scott
K-58 west – LeRoy
Eastern terminus of K-58
township line

US-59 south / K-31 south – Moran
Southern end of US-59 and K-31 overlap

US-59 north / K-31 north / US 169 Bus. – Garnett
Roundabout; northern end of US-59 and K-31 overlap
US 169 Bus. (6th Avenue)
FranklinNo major intersections
MiamiOsawatomie Township117.602189.262
K-7 south – Mound City
Southern end of K-7 overlap
Osawatomie87.576140.940Main Street
K-279 west / 343rd Street
Eastern terminus of K-279
Valley Township91.181146.742327th Street, Old KC Road
Paola94.349151.840Baptiste Drive
Marysville Township98.219158.068 K-68 – Louisburg, Ottawa
101.234162.920255th Street – Hillsdale
Spring Hill105.296169.457Spring Hill, Bucyrus

I-35 south / US-50 west / US-56 west / K-7 north – Wichita
Northern end of K-7 overlap; southern end of I-35 / US-50 / US 56 overlaps
116.162186.945217Old Highway 56Southbound exit and northbound entrance
117.250188.696218Santa Fe
119.568192.426220119th Street

I-435 / US-50 east to K-10 – Lawrence, Topeka
Northern end of US-50 concurrency; I-435 exit 83; exit signed as 222A (west) and 222B (east)
123.231198.32122495th StreetDiverging diamond interchange
124.481200.333225A87th Street
US-69 south (Overland Parkway)
Southern end of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Merriam126.369203.37122775th StreetSigned as exit 225C northbound
127.417205.058228A67th Street
I-35 north – Des Moines
Northern end of I-35 concurrency
Overland ParkMission line128.727207.166
US-69 north (Metcalf Avenue)
Northern end of US-69 overlap
Mission WoodsWestwood line132.723213.597
US-56 east (Shawnee Mission Parkway)
Northern end of US-56 overlap
WyandotteKansas City131.527211.672 I-35 – Wichita

Kansas Turnpike west / I-70 west / US-24 west / US-40 west / US-69 – Topeka
Southern end of I-70 / US-24 / US-40 overlaps
133.606215.018422CPacific Avenue
133.918215.520422DCentral Avenue
423A5th StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
423BJames Street / 3rd StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
423CMinnesota Avenue / Washington BoulevardWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
423DFairfax DistrictWestbound exit and eastbound entrance

I-70 east / US 24 east / US 40 east / US 169 north – Kansas City
Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Garnett business route

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U.S. Highway 169 Business

LocationGarnett, Kansas

U.S. 169 has one special route while in Kansas, Business Route 169. The business route northern terminus is the junction of U.S. 169 & 6th Avenue in Garnett. The main highway bypasses the town to the Southeast. The business route travels along 6th Avenue until reaching Maple Street where it intersects with U.S. 59 and K-31 until it ends at its intersection with U.S. 169 at a roundabout South of Garnett in Anderson County, Kansas.


  1. ^ a b Staff (2017). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b State Highway Commission of Kansas (June 30, 1980). "Resolution to redesignate segments of highways in Allen County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation (2005). "Kansas Highway Changes 1999" (PDF). Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (September 20, 1991). "Resolution to relocate a segment of highway in Allen and Anderson Counties". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Slide 1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2020-08-27.

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