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Interstate 135 (I-135) is a 95.7-mile-long Interstate Highway in central and south-central Kansas, USA. I-135 runs between the cities of Salina and Wichita. The route also runs through the cities of McPherson, Newton, and Park City. The interstate's northern terminus is at the junction of Interstate 70 and its southern terminus is with Interstate 35 (the Kansas Turnpike).

Interstate 135 marker

Interstate 135
I-135 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-35
Maintained by KDOT
Length95.738 mi (154.075 km)
ExistedSeptember 13, 1976–present
Major junctions
South end I-35 / Kansas Turnpike in Wichita
North end I-70 / US-40 / US-81 in Salina
CountiesSedgwick, Harvey, McPherson, Saline
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

The highway was designated as Interstate 35W until September 1976, when it was renumbered as I-135 to conform to new AASHTO policies that eliminated most suffixed Interstate highways. It is the longest 3-digit "spur", with an odd first digit, in the Interstate system.[1]


Route descriptionEdit

I-135 begins at this exit from the Kansas Turnpike.

I-135 begins from the south at Exit 42 on the Kansas Turnpike. (The exit is signed as I-135, I-235, US-81/Wichita/Salina.) US-81 joins I-135 half a mile later, and remains concurrent with it for the rest of its length. Less than a mile from the Kansas Turnpike tollbooth, I-235, a loop around the western side of Wichita, branches off the highway. I-135 continues northward from there, running just east of the Wichita downtown area. It reunites with I-235 at Milepost 11 at the loop's other end.

I-135 leaves Wichita and continues northward to Newton where it turns northwest around milemarker 33. The freeway continues in this direction for 20 miles (32 km), returning to a due north course at McPherson.

The stretch of I-135 in Saline County from the Saline-McPherson county line to the highway's terminus at Interstate 70, is designated as the Ben E. Vidricksen Highway.[2]

I-135 ends at this interchange with I-70; US-81 continues north.

The route ends on the northwest side of Salina, at its intersection at I-70. The road continues as US-81 north of this interchange.



Interstate 35W
Existed1971[4]–September 13, 1976[3]

Construction on the Canal Route portion of I-135 (in Wichita, where the Chisholm Creek Canal runs through the median of the highway) was begun in 1971.[4] This portion of the route took eight years to complete with a cost of $32 million.[4]

Originally, the northern terminus of the highway at I-70 ended as a trumpet interchange. When US-81 was upgraded to a freeway between Salina and Minneapolis, the northern terminus was rebuilt as a full cloverleaf interchange, which remains to this day.[5]

Until September 13, 1976, I-135 was signed as I-35W. The Interstate's full length was completed in December 1979.[3]

Exit listEdit

   I-35 / Kansas Turnpike – Oklahoma City, Kansas CitySouthern terminus; Kansas Turnpike toll booth; I-35/Kansas Tpke. exit 42; trumpet interchange.
0.460.741A  US-81 south (47th Street South)South end of US-81 overlap; last free exit southbound
0.811.301C  I-235 northI-235 exit 1A southbound, to 135 north; tri-stack interchange.
2.323.732Hydraulic Avenue
3.215.173A  K-15 south (Southeast Boulevard)Southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of K-15 overlap
3.946.343BPawnee Street
4.937.934Harry Street
5.438.745ALincoln Street
5.969.595B   US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue)Signed as exit 6A southbound
6B1st Street North, 2nd Street NorthSigned as exit 6C southbound
6.9811.237ACentral AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
7.4812.047B8th Street North, 9th Street North
8.0212.91813th Street North
9.0014.48921st Street North
10.5717.0110  K-96 east / 29th Street North, Hydraulic AvenueSigned as exits 10A (K-96) and 10B (29th St., Hydraulic) northbound; south end of K-96 overlap
11.7818.9611A  K-254 east – El DoradoLeft exit and entrance southbound
11B   I-235 south / K-96 west – HutchinsonNorth end of K-96 overlap; I-235 exits 16A-B
13.2121.261353rd Street North
Park City14.2322.901461st Street North
Kechi TownshipGrant Township line16.2526.151677th Street North
Grant Township17.2327.731785th Street North
19.2330.9519101st Street North
county line
Grant TownshipDarlington Township line22.2735.8422125th Street North
HarveyDarlington Township25.2740.6725  K-196 east – Whitewater, El Dorado
Newton28.2845.5128  CR-576 (SE 36th Street)
30    US-50 west / K-15 north – HutchinsonSouth end of US-50 overlap; north end of K-15 overlap; serves Newton Medical Center; left exit and entrance northbound
31First Street, Broadway Street
32.6552.5533  US-50 east – Peabody, EmporiaNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US-50 overlap
34.7855.9734  K-15 – North Newton, Abilene
Hesston40.5265.2140Lincoln Boulevard
McPhersonMound Township46.1074.1946    K-260 west – MoundridgeCounterclockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital and Moundridge Municipal Airfield
48.6878.3448   K-260 east – MoundridgeClockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital
Lone Tree TownshipKing City Township line54.4487.6154   CR-445 (Comanche Road) / CR-319 (18th Avenue)
King City Township58.3993.9758  
   US-81 Bus. / K-61 – McPherson, Hutchinson
   US-56 / US-81 Bus. – McPherson, Marion
McPherson Township62.94101.2963Mohawk RoadOpened 2017
New Gottland Township65.93106.1065  CR-448 (Pawnee Road)
Rest Area, located in the median; left exits and entrances
Smoky Hill Township72.93117.3772  CR-429 (Smoky Valley Road) – Lindsborg, Roxbury
SalineSmoky View Township77.86125.3078  K-4 west – Bridgeport, LindsborgSouth end of K-4 overlap; former US-81
81.96131.9082  K-4 east (Assaria Road) / Falun RoadNorth end of K-4 overlap
Smolan Township86.01138.4286  K-104 east (Mentor Road) / Smolan Road
Salina88.00141.6288Water Well Road
89.03143.2889Schilling Road
90.04144.9190Magnolia Road
92.39148.6992Crawford Street
93.43150.3693  K-140 west (State Street)
95.74154.0895A-B    US-81 north / I-70 / US-40 – Concordia, Topeka, HaysNorthern terminus; north end of US-81 overlap; signed as exits 95A (I-70 east) and 95B (I-70 west); I-70 exits 250A-B; freeway continues north as US-81 (Frank Carlson Memorial Highway); cloverleaf interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Shortest and longest 3-digit interstates".
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "1970s". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  4. ^ a b c "Canal Route on I-135". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
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