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K-15 is a 257.141-mile-long (413.828 km) north–south state highway in the U.S. State of Kansas. Originating at the Oklahoma state line as a continuation of State Highway 18 and continuing to the Nebraska state line where it continues as Nebraska Highway 15. Throughout Kansas, it is signed as the Eisenhower Memorial Highway due to its route through Abilene, where the Eisenhower Memorial Museum and Library is located.[2][3]

K-15 marker

K-15
Eisenhower Memorial Highway
K-15 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length257.141 mi[1] (413.828 km)
Major junctions
South end SH-18 southeast of Dexter
 
North end N-15 north of Morrowville
Location
CountiesCowley, Sumner, Sedgwick, Harvey, Marion, Dickinson, Clay, Washington
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-14K-16

Route descriptionEdit

From the Oklahoma state line, K-15 runs north for 8 miles (13 km) before turning west for 4 miles (6.4 km) and overlapping US-166. It then returns to a due north course for 9 miles (14 km) to Dexter. Then, it heads west for 3 miles (4.8 km) where it again overlaps, this time with US-160.

 
K-15 concurrent with I-135 and US-81

At Winfield, K-15 follows US-77 west to Udall and then turns north then cuts through Mulvane. It then continues traveling north through Derby, finally joining I-135 and US-81 in Wichita. K-15 is a multilane divided highway beginning immediately southeast of Mulvane at its intersection with K-53. K-15 follows this four-lane alignment through both Mulvane and Derby until merging with I-135 in south Wichita.

K-15 follows the I-135 alignment to US-50, where it exits after less than a mile onto Kansas Avenue (old US-81) in Newton. It goes through Newton and North Newton then continues north to US-56 in Marion County. It overlaps US-56 east for 6 miles (9.7 km) then continues north through Durham before crossing K-4. It keeps heading towards Abilene, where it crosses I-70, and continues north to K-18.

K-15 overlaps K-18 another 4 miles (6.4 km) before returning north and crossing US-24 at Clay Center. K-9 joins K-15 for 12 miles (19 km), then departs. K-15 overlaps US-36 for 6 miles (9.7 km) before returning north to end at the Nebraska border, becoming N-15.

HistoryEdit

K-15 once split into two routes near Washington. The K-15W fork is the present-day routing of K-15, while K-15E was redesignated as part of K-148. K-15 was the only state route in Kansas to fork in this manner.[3]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Cowley0.0000.000  SH-18 southContinuation into Oklahoma
7.87012.666  US-166 east – SedanSouth end of US-166 concurrency
11.82019.022  US-166 west – Arkansas City, WinfieldNorth end of US-166 concurrency
24.03938.687  US-160 east – BurdenNorth end of US-160 concurrency
Winfield33.89354.545  K-360 westEastern terminus of K-360
36.59258.889   US-77 south (Main Street) / US-160 west (9th Avenue) – Wellington, Arkansas CityNorth end of US-160 concurrency; south end of US-77 concurrency
47.05075.720  US-77 north – El DoradoNorth end of US-77 concurrency
Udall53.00985.310  To K-55 west / Clark Street – Belle Plaine
SumnerMulvane61.71199.314  K-53 west (119th Street South)Eastern terminus of K-53; interchange
Sedgwick73.093117.632   I-35 / Kansas TurnpikeExit 45 on I-35/Kansas Tpke.
Wichita74.297119.569Southeast Boulevard northInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
   I-135 / US-81 southInterchange; south end of I-135/US-81 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit 3A on I-135
Overlap with I-135/US-81
HarveyNewton101.083162.677   I-135 north / US-50 east (US-81 north) – Salina, EmporiaNorth end of I-135/US-81 concurrency; south end of US-50 concurrency; exit 30 on I-135
101.841163.897  US-50 west – HutchinsonInterchange; north end of US-50 concurrency
105.793170.257   I-135 / US-81 – Salina, WichitaExit 34 on I-135
MarionGoessel117.064188.396  K-215 west – GoesselEastern terminus of K-215
125.042201.236  US-56 west – McPhersonSouth end of US-56 concurrency
126.526203.624  K-168 north – LehighSouthern terminus of K-168
Hillsboro131.040210.888  US-56 east (200th Street) – MarionNorth end of US-56 concurrency
DickinsonElmo153.095246.383  K-4 (600 Avenue) – Gypsum, Hope
Abilene171.143275.428   I-70 / US-40 – Topeka, SalinaExit 275 on I-70
177.539285.721  K-18 west (3000 Avenue) – BenningtonSouth end of K-18 concurrency
181.505292.104  K-18 east (3000 Avenue) – Junction CityNorth end of K-18 concurrency
Clay188.561303.460  K-197 west – IndustryEastern terminus of K-197
194.524313.056  K-82 east (7th Road) – WakefieldWestern terminus of K-82
Clay Center205.578330.846  US-24 (Crawford Street) – Beloit, Manhattan
211.564340.479  K-80 west – MorganvilleEastern terminus of K-80
ClayWashington
county line
218.491351.627  K-9 west (Parallel Road) – ConcordiaSouth end of K-9 concurrency
Washington223.011358.901  K-115 west (Palmer Avenue) – PalmerEastern terminus of K-115
230.585371.091   K-9 east / K-148 (10th Road) – Blue Rapids, AgendaNorth end of K-9 concurrency; K-148 east is former K-15E; K-15 north of this point is former K-15W
Washington237.619382.411  US-36 east (7th Street) – MarysvilleSouth end of US-36 concurrency
243.966392.625  US-36 west (17th Road) – BellevilleNorth end of US-36 concurrency
257.141413.828  N-15 northContinuation into Nebraska
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Staff (2016). "Pavement Management Information System". Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ K.S.A. 68-1023
  3. ^ a b Kennedy, Richie. "Routelog". Kansas Highways 7.0. Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-04-10.

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