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K-156 is a 175.663-mile-long (282.702 km) west–east state highway in the U.S. state of Kansas. K-156's western terminus is at U.S. Route 50 Business (US-50 Bus.) and US-83 Bus. in Garden City and the eastern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) and US-40 in Ellsworth. It was originally US-156, an intrastate U.S. Highway that existed from 1957 to 1981.[1]

K-156 marker

Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length175.663 mi[2] (282.702 km)
ExistedApril 1, 1981[1]–present
Major junctions
West end
US-50 Bus. / US-83 Bus. in Garden City
East end I-70 / US-40 in Ellsworth
CountiesFinney, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Barton, Ellsworth
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

Route descriptionEdit

The route begins in Garden City, on Kansas Avenue at the junction with US-50 Business and US-83 Business (Main Street). It then follows Kansas Ave. eastbound out of town, where it meets K-23 for a three-mile (4.8 km) concurrency west of Kalvesta. After crossing US-283 in Jetmore, and US-183 east of Rozel, K-156 becomes concurrent with its implied parent, US-56, in Larned, at the intersection of 14th and Broadway Streets. Together, US-56 and K-156 head northeast toward Great Bend, where K-96 joins the concurrency. After the three highways cross US-281, they leave Great Bend and K-156 splits from US-56 and K-96, heading northeast from there. After an interchange with K-4 east of Claflin, K-156 meets K-14 south of Ellsworth. At that junction, K-156 begins carrying a concurrency with K-14 Truck route. Inside Ellsworth, K-14 Truck splits from K-156 at the junction with K-140. K-156 ends at exit 225 of I-70 and US-40, in northeast Ellsworth County.


From 1957 to 1982, the route existed as U.S. Route 156, a spur highway of US-56 that ran from Garden City to Great Bend. US-156 had originally been planned as US-155.[3] Until 1965, the section of the highway from Great Bend to Ellsworth County was designated K-45.[4] The entirety of US-156, from Garden City to Ellsworth County, was decommissioned on April 1, 1981 and redesignated K-156.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

FinneyGarden City0.0000.000  
   US-50 Bus. / US-83 Bus. – Lakin, Scott City, Liberal
Western terminus
1.9363.116    US-50 / US-83 / US-400 – Scott City, LiberalDiamond interchange
24.21038.962  K-23 north – DightonWestern end of K-23 overlap
30.19048.586  K-23 south – CimarronEastern end of K-23 overlap
HodgemanJetmore56.06990.234  US-283 (Main Street) – Ness City, Jetmore
Pawnee89.939144.743  US-183 – Lacrosse, Kinsley
98.908159.177  K-264 south – Larned State HospitalNorthern terminus of K-264
Larned101.734163.725  US-56 west (Broadway Street) – Belpre, KinsleyWestern end of US-56 overlap
BartonGreat Bend122.153196.586  K-96 west – Ness CityWestern end of K-96 overlap
123.930199.446  US-281 (Main Street) – Russell, St. John
127.725205.553   US-56 / K-96 east – LyonsWestern end of US-56/K-96 overlap
142.989230.118  K-4 – Lindsborg, HoisingtonFolded diamond interchange
   K-14 (Grand Avenue) / K-14 Truck begins – Ellsworth, Lyons
West end of K-14 Truck overlap
Ellsworth163.747263.525KanopolisPartial interchange; access via westbound exit ramp and connector road
   K-14 Truck north (15th Street) / K-140
East end of K-14 Truck overlap
170.417274.260  K-111 south – KanopolisNorthern terminus of K-111
175.663282.702   I-70 / US-40 – Salina, HaysEastern terminus; I-70 exit 225; diamond interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c 1981 resolution (Map). KDOT. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Chronological History Documentation: US 56 (correspondence between ODOT, AASHO, and other DOTs)
  4. ^ 1965 Kansas State Highway Map

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