U.S. Route 40 in Kansas

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U.S. Highway 40

US 40 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length423.67 mi[1] (681.83 km)
Major junctions
West end US 40 at Colorado state line
Major intersections
North end I-70 / US 24 / US 40 / US 169 at Missouri state line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-39 K-41

U.S. Route 40 (US-40) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that runs from Interstate 80 (I-80) and US-189 in Silver Summit, Utah east to US-322 and Ocean Drive in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the U.S. state of Kansas, US-40 is a main east–west highway that runs from the Colorado border east to the Missouri border. A majority of the route overlaps I-70 through the state.

Route description

US 40 crossing the Great Plains in Kansas

US 40 enters Kansas near the unincorporated community of Weskan. The first sizable town it enters is Sharon Springs, where it intersects K-27. From there it goes northeast to Oakley and follows Eagle Eye Road before merging with I-70 east of town. The two routes remain merged until Topeka, although the prior alignment of US 40, named Old Highway 40, parallels I-70 for most of the way.[2][3] From Ellsworth to Salina, the old alignment of US 40 is signed as K-140.

In Topeka, US 40 leaves I-70 at exit 366, follows the Oakland Expressway concurrent with K-4 north to 6th Avenue, then heads east along 6th Avenue out of town. Through Topeka, US 40 closely follows the route of the Oregon Trail.[4] At the Shawnee-Douglas county line near Big Springs, US 40 crosses to the south of I-70 and enters Lawrence from the west along West 6th Street. At the west side of Lawrence, the route is joined by K-10 and travels south and east to the junction with US 59 and then runs north with US 59 to cross the Kansas River. It follows North 2nd and North 3rd Streets, crosses back under I-70, leaves US 59, and merges with US 24[2][3] before leaving town.

US 40 remains merged with US 24 as the two routes travel northeast to the town of Tonganoxie. From there, the merged routes turn due east toward Kansas City, Kansas. In Kansas City, US 40 and US 24 intersect US 73 and K-7, and turning south toward Interstate 70. US 40, along with US 24, then merge onto I-70 and recross the Kansas River over the Lewis and Clark Viaduct just before entering Kansas City, Missouri.[2][3][5]

On December 1, 2008, US 40, along with US 24 and US 73, was rerouted south along K-7 west of Kansas City to the intersection with I-70. Before this date, US 40 and US 24 continued along State Avenue to College Parkway before turning right to follow Turner Diagonal for 12 mile (800 m) where US 40 joined Interstate 70 for the duration of its journey eastward toward Missouri.

In 1951, the State of Kansas designated U.S. Route 40 as a Blue Star Memorial Highway from border to border.


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

By October 1967, the section of I-70 from north of Dorrance to north of Salina was open to traffic. Then in an October 13, 1967 resolution, US-40 was realigned onto the newly opened section I-70.[6]

Major intersections

Exit numbers are those of I-70 and Kansas Turnpike

US 40 west
Continuation into Colorado
Sharon Springs K-27
Fort Wallace Museum
K-25 south
Western end of K-25 overlap

K-25 north
Eastern end of K-25 overlap
US-83 north
Western end of US-83 overlap

US-83 south
Eastern end of US-83 overlap
I-70 west – Denver
Western end of I-70 concurrency
79.80128.4379Campus Road
85.75138.0085 K-216 – Grinnell

K-23 south / K-23 Alt. north – Grainfield, Gove
West end of K-23 overlap
K-23 north – Grainfield, Hoxie
East end of K-23 overlap
99.67160.4099 K-211 – Park
Quinter107.31172.70107 K-212 / Castle Rock Road – Quinter
K-198 north – Collyer
119.84192.86120Voda Road

US 40 Bus. east / US-283 – WaKeeney, Ness City

US 40 Bus. west to US-283 north – WaKeeney, Hill City
135.11217.44135 K-147 – Ogallah
140.23225.68140Riga Road
EllisEllis145.29233.82145 K-247 – Ellis
152.68245.71153Yocemento Avenue
US 183 Byp. – Hays, La Crosse
159.00255.89159 US-183 – Hays, Stockton
161.31259.60161Commerce Parkway
163.35262.89163Toulon Avenue
168.34270.92168 K-255 – Victoria
172.56277.71172Walker Avenue
Russell175.56282.54175176th Street – GorhamFormer K-257
180.56290.58180Balta Road
Russell184.54296.99184 US-281 – Russell, HoisingtonFormer western terminus of US 40 Bus.
188.56303.46189Pioneer RoadFormer eastern terminus of US 40 Bus.
192.56309.90193Bunker Hill Road
Dorrance199.09320.40199DorranceFormer K-231
Ellsworth205.48330.69206 K-232 – Wilson, Lucas
209.50337.16209Sylvan Grove
K-14 south – Ellsworth
West end of K-14 overlap
K-14 north – Lincoln
East end of K-14 overlap
224.87361.89225 K-156 – Ellsworth, Great Bend
Lincoln232.96374.91233Beverly, Carneiro
Saline237.96382.96238Brookville, Tescott
243.97392.63244Hedville, Culver
248.99400.71249Halstead Road
I-135 south / US-81 – Wichita, Concordia
Northern terminus of I-135, exits 95A-B; cloverleaf interchange.
Salina252.02405.59252 K-143 (Ninth Street)
253.09407.31253Ohio Street
259.49417.61260Niles Road
DickinsonSolomon265.94427.99266Solomon RoadFormer K-221
272.00437.74272Fair Road
Abilene274.54441.83275 K-15 – Abilene, Clay Center
277.09445.93277Jeep Road
280.30451.10281 K-43 – Enterprise
285.54459.53286 K-206 – Chapman
Geary289.85466.47290Milford Lake Road
Junction City294.34473.69295
US-77 / K-18 west – Marysville, Herington
West end of K-18 overlap

US 40 Bus. east (Washington Street)
297.29478.44298East Street / Chestnut Street
Grandview Plaza298.28480.04299Flinthills Boulevard ( US 40 Bus. / K-57) / J Hill Road

US 40 Bus. west / K-57 – Council Grove
No westbound entrance
300.33483.33301Fort Riley, Marshall Field
K-18 east – Manhattan
East end of K-18 overlap
303.42488.31304Humboldt Creek Road
306.87493.86307McDowell Creek Road
311.22500.86311Moritz Road
313.26504.14313 K-177 – Council Grove, Manhattan
Riley315.44507.65316Deep Creek Road
317.61511.14318Frontage Road
Wabaunsee321.76517.82322Tallgrass Road
323.25520.22324Wabaunsee Road
326.73525.82328 K-99 – Wamego, Alma
329.26529.89330 K-185 – McFarland
331.19533.00332Spring Creek Road
332.18534.59333 K-138 – Paxico
334.28537.97335Snokomo Road
337.24542.74338Vera Road
340.22547.53341 K-30 – Maple Hill
341.23549.16342Keene-Eskridge Road
342.21550.73343Ranch RoadPrivate interchange put in for Raymond Brethour for the Brethour Ranch. Later Brethour Ranch sold south side of road to Hudson's and it was a shared exit. The Exit was named "Ranch Road" after "the Tod Ranch" that later became the Brethour Ranch.
Shawnee345.20555.55346Carlson Road
346.70557.96347West Union Road
349.22562.02350Valencia Road
350.24563.66351Frontage RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
K-4 west (Auburn Road)
West end of K-4 overlap

I-470 east / US-75 south – Topeka
West end of US-75 overlap; western terminus of I-470, exit 1A to 70 east westbound.
355.24571.70356Wanamaker Road
357AFairlawn RoadSigned as exit 357 eastbound
357BDanbury LaneWestbound exit only
US-75 north
East end of US-75 overlap; signed as exit 358 eastbound
358BGage BoulevardSigned as exit 358 eastbound
358.56577.05359MacVicar Avenue
361A1st AvenueProvides access to Topeka Boulevard; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
361B3rd Street / Monroe StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
362A4th StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
362B8th AvenueSigned as exit 362 eastbound
362C10th Avenue / Madison StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
362.11582.76363Adams Street / Branner Trafficway
364ACalifornia Avenue
364BCarnahan Avenue / Deer Creek Trafficway
364.58586.73365Rice Road
I-70 / Kansas Turnpike east / I-470 – Wichita
East end of I-70 overlap
K-10 west
Western end of K-10 overlap

K-10 east / US-59 south
Eastern end of K-10 overlap; western end of US-59 overlap
I-70 / Kansas TurnpikeI-70 exit 204

US-24 west / US-59 north
Western end of US-24 overlap; eastern end of US-59 overlap

K-32 east
Western terminus of K-32
K-16 west
Eastern terminus of K-16

US-73 north / K-7 north
Western end of US-73/K-7 overlap
Kansas City224

I-70 west / K-7 south / US-73 ends
Exit number follows Kansas Turnpike mileposts; west end of I-70 overlap; east end of US-73/K-7 overlap; southern terminus of US-73
410110th Street – Kansas SpeedwayExit numbers follow mileage of I-70.
411A-B I-435I-435 exits 12A-B; signed as exits 411A (south) and 411B (north)
41478th Street
415Turner Diagonal / College ParkwaySigned as exits 415A (Turner Diagonal) and 415B (College Parkway) eastbound
41757th Street
418A-B I-635 – St Joseph, WichitaSigned as exits 418A (north) and 418B (south) eastbound; westbound access is part of exit 419; I-635 exits 4A-B
419Park Drive / 38th Street
US-69 south (18th Street Expressway)
West end of US-69 overlap; east end of Kansas Turnpike
420B18th Street north
421ARailroad Yard – No outlet, railroad use onlyWestbound exit and eastbound entrance

I-670 east to I-35 south – St. Louis
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
US-69 north (7th Street Trafficway)
East end of US-69 overlap
US-169 south (7th Street Trafficway)
West end of US-169 overlap
422CPacific Avenue
422DCentral 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
Kansas–Missouri line

I-70 east / US 24 east / US 40 east / US 169 north continue into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes

WaKeeney business loop

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U.S. Highway 40 Business

LocationWaKeeney, Kansas
ExistedOctober 13, 1979[7]–present

U.S. Route 40 Business (US-40 Bus.) is a 2.3-mile-long (3.7 km) business route through WaKeeney, Kansas, that was recommended in 1979 as substitute for the formerly proposed Interstate 70 Business Loop. It begins at exit 127 on Interstate 70/U.S. Route 40 (I-70/US-40) and travels to the north, concurrent with US-283 along South First Street. At the intersection with Barclay Avenue (Old Highway 40), US-40 Bus. and US-283 turn to the east. By the time Barclay Avenue encounters South 13th Street, US-283 turns left to the north, US-40 Bus. turns right to the south, and Old Highway 40 continues straight ahead to the east. After passing by the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, and the headquarters for the Western Co-Op Electric Association,[8] US-40 Bus. terminates at exit 128 on I-70/US-40, while South 13th Street continues as a local road that changes its name to 260th Avenue.

Russell business loop

Business plate.svg

U.S. Highway 40 Business

LocationRussell, Kansas
ExistedOctober 13, 1979[7]–November 15, 2013[9]

U.S. Route 40 Business (US-40 Bus.) was a short business loop through Russell, Kansas. It ran from Exit 184 along Interstate 70/US 40, overlapping part of U.S. Route 281 (South Fossil Street) then makes a right turn onto East Wichita Avenue (old US 40). Just before the intersection with 187th Street, the road curves from east to southeast as it follows the south side of a railroad line, and passes the northeast side of the Russell Municipal Airport. East Wichita Avenue ends at 189th Street and BUS US 40 makes a right turn south as it ends at Exit 189 on I-70/US 40.

Business US 40 was approved in a meeting on October 13, 1979,[7] after Alternate US 40 was decommissioned in Russell.[10][11] US-40 Bus. was approved by AASHTO to be decommissioned on October 17, 2013. US-40 Bus. was decommissioned by KDOT on November 15, 2013.[9]

Junction City business loop

Business plate.svg

U.S. Highway 40 Business

LocationJunction City
ExistedOctober 13, 1979[7]–present

U.S. Route 40 Business (US-40 Bus.) is a business loop through Junction City. US-40 Business was approved in a meeting on October 13, 1979.[7]


  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Planning Network GIS data version 2005.08
  2. ^ a b c Mapsource. Garmin Ltd. 2003.
  3. ^ a b c Kennedy, Richie (2002). "US 40". Kansas Highway Route Log. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Brusca, Frank X. (2002). "Topeka, Kansas". U.S. Route 40: America's Golden Highway. route40.net. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (October 17, 2008). "Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Meeting Minutes" (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Archived from the original (DOC) on October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (October 13, 1967). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Russell, Ellsworth and Saline Counties". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (October 13, 1979). "Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 508 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  8. ^ "Contact Us - Western Cooperative Electric". www.WesternCoop.com. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation (November 15, 2013). "Resolution to withdraw a highway in Russell County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  10. ^ 1984 Kansas Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  11. ^ 1981-82 Kansas Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Retrieved 18 July 2020.

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