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K-140 is a state highway in Ellsworth and Saline Counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. The highway travels 33.224 miles (53.469 km) through mostly rural land between the cities of Ellsworth and Salina. In addition to connecting Ellsworth and Salina, K-140 travels through the communities of Carneiro, Brookville, and Bavaria. The highway has junctions with Kansas state highways K-14, K-156, K-111, and K-141, as well as Interstate 135. The route was originally established as U.S. Route 40 and was redesignated K-140 after US-40 was made concurrent with Interstate 70. K-140 is not a part of the United States National Highway System, and the entire route is paved with composite pavement. The western part of the highway is less traveled than the eastern part, with annual average daily traffic between 590 and 940 west of Brookville and between 700 and 1200 east of Brookville.

K-140 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length33.224 mi (53.469 km)
Major junctions
West end K-14 in Ellsworth
  K-156 in Ellsworth
K-111 north of Kanopolis
K-141 in eastern Ellsworth County
East end I-135 / US-81 in Salina
CountiesEllsworth, Saline
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System


Route descriptionEdit

K-140 begins at a junction with K-14 north of Ellsworth.[1] It heads 0.495 miles (0.797 km) due east from here to meet K-156.[1][2] It then travels a farther 3.519 miles (5.663 km) through mostly rural land to a junction with K-111 north of Kanopolis.[1][2] After the junction with K-111, K-140 continues through rural areas before it goes through the small unincorporated community of Carneiro.[1] Just after passing through Carneiro K-140 turns more northerly, again passing through mostly rural areas.[1] It then serves as the northern terminus of K-141 before continuing eastward into Saline County.[1][2] K-140 travels a total of 16.455 miles (26.482 km) in Ellsworth County.[2]

Entering Saline County K-140 travels in a general east-northeast direction through rural land for 3.246 miles (5.224 km) until entering Brookville.[1][2] After traveling one mile (1.6 km) through the city of Brookville, K-140 travels east then northeast to the unincorporated community of Bavaria.[1] From there, the highway continues northeast through rural lands to its eastern terminus at Interstate 135, with the road continuing east into the city of Salina as State Street.[1][2] K-140 travels a total of 16.769 miles (26.987 km) in Saline County.[2] The total route length for K-140 is 33.224 miles (53.469 km).[2]

The entire route is paved with composite pavement (concrete which has been overlaid with asphaltic pavement).[2][3] K-140 is not a part of the United States National Highway System.[4] The route connects to the National Highway System at its junctions with K-156 and Interstate 135.[4] From the eastern city limits of Ellsworth to the end of the first 1 mile (1.6 km) of the route, K-140 has an annual average daily traffic of 781.[2] Between miles 1 and 5 (kilometers 1.6 and 8.0), the annual average daily traffic ranges from a low of 730 to a high of 745.[2] From mile 5 (kilometer 8.0) to mile 14 (kilometer 23) the annual average daily traffic drops to between 590 and 650.[2] The amount of traffic then starts to rise as the highway crosses into Saline County, with annual average daily traffic ranging between 815 and 940 from mile 14 (kilometer 23) to the western city limits of Brookville.[2] From Brookville to mile 30.445 (kilometer 48.996) the annual average daily traffic is higher, with a range between 1131 and 1200.[2] From there to the eastern terminus at Interstate 135 traffic levels vary widely, with annual average daily traffic ranging from 700 to 1193.[2]


K-140's route was established in 1925 as U.S. Route 40S.[5][6][7] By 1936, the route had become the primary route of US-40, with the old US-40N becoming U.S. Route 24.[8] By 1969, after the majority of Interstate 70 had been completed, US-40 was rerouted to be concurrent with the newly constructed highway, and the old route of US-40 between Ellsworth and Salina was resigned as K-140.[9][10] The routing of K-140 has remained unchanged since.[1][10] The K-140 route has been a paved road since at least 1932.[5]

Major intersectionsEdit

   K-14 Truck begins / K-14 – Ellsworth, Lincoln
Western terminus; northern terminus of K-14 Truck; west end of K-14 Truck concurrency; road continues as 15th Street
   K-14 Truck south / K-156 – Great Bend
East end of K-14 Truck concurrency
4.0146.460   K-111 to K-156 – Kanopolis
13.93122.420  K-141 southNorthern terminus of K-141
Saline33.22453.469   I-135 / US-81 – WichitaEastern terminus; interchange; I-135 exit 93; road continues as State Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Google (2013-01-22). "Google Map with K-140 highlighted" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Staff (2012-07-19). "Pavement Management Information System Query". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  3. ^ Staff (2012-05-09). "Pavement Management Information System Glossary". Kansas Department of Transportation. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b National Highway System (PDF) (Map). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  5. ^ a b Kansas State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1932 ed.). State Highway Commission of Kansas. 1932. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  6. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via University of North Texas Libraries.
  7. ^ Sky, Theodore (2011). The National Road and the Difficult Path to Sustainable National Investment. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Kansas Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1936 ed.). Kansas State Highway Commission. 1936. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  9. ^ Kansas Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1968 ed.). State Highway Commission of Kansas. 1968. § C8. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  10. ^ a b Kansas Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1969 ed.). State Highway Commission of Kansas. 1969. § C8. Retrieved 2013-01-22.

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