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K-7 (Kansas highway)

K-7 is a 240.606-mile-long (387.218 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is mostly a small country highway winding its way through the Osage Questas and Glaciated Regions of eastern Kansas, although a portion of the highway passes through the Kansas City metropolitan area. Significant portions of the highway overlap with U.S. Route 169 (US-169) and US-73. It also has juntions with two Interstate highways, Interstate 35 (I-35) in Olathe and I-70 in Bonner Springs. The portion of K-7 between Leavenworth and the Nebraska state line has been designated the "Glacial Hills Scenic Byway."[3]

K-7 marker

K-7
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length240.606 mi[2] (387.218 km)
Existed1927[1]–present
Major junctions
South end US-69 at Picher, Oklahoma
 
North endNebraska border north of White Cloud
Location
CountiesCherokee, Crawford, Bourbon, Linn, Miami, Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Atchison, Doniphan
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-6K-8

Route descriptionEdit

 
K-7 northbound

The section of K-7 that overlaps US-69 and US-54 by Fort Scott and the section from the south end of the US-169 overlap by Osawatomie north to US-59 in Atchison is included in the National Highway System.[4] The National Highway System is a system of highways important to the nation's defense, economy, and mobility. K-7 also connects to the National Highway System at its junctions with US-166, US-160 in Columbus, and US-36 north of Atchison.[5] 2018 Annual average daily traffic (AADT) on K-7 ranged from 100 slightly south of the overlap with K-31 to 32200 slightly north of K-10 interchange. The AADT was 195 near the northern terminus and 2040 near the southern terminus.[6][7]

Oklahoma to Fort ScottEdit

 
K-7 and US-69 southbound near Oklahoma border

K-7 begins at the OklahomaKansas state line. concurrent with US-69. K-7 and US-69 split at an intersection with US-160 in Columbus. K-7 then goes north to Scammon, where it meets K-102. It then intersects K-103 roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Scammon before intersecting US-400 at Cherokee. Five miles north of Cherokee, it intersects K-126 and then intersects K-47 at Girard. It then continues north from Girard, passing just west of Farlington. Near Hiattville, it intersects K-39 and turns east, then northeast. Five miles south of Fort Scott, K-7 intersects US-69 at a freeway interchange, and K-7 overlaps with US-69 into Fort Scott.

Fort Scott to OlatheEdit

 
View of US-54 east from under US-69 / K-7 overpass, showing sign for northbound K-7 on-ramp

While in Fort Scott, K-7 and US-69 intersect US-54 and K-7 overlaps with US-54 west for four miles (6 km). It then turns north again, and alternates between going north and going west before entering Devon. It continues north to K-31, with which it overlaps for a mile going east. It then turns north and goes through Mound City, intersecting K-52 there. It goes north-northwesterly for 16 miles (26 km) and intersects K-152 east of Parker. It goes north, then west for 9 miles (14 km), then at Beagle, turns north and intersects US-169 south of Osawatomie. While overlapping US-169, it follows a freeway alignment that bypasses Osawatomie and Paola before meeting K-68. After K-68, the freeway bypasses Hillsdale and Spring Hill before turning into expressway. The overlap with US-169 ends at its intersection with I-35, US-50 and US-56 at Olathe.

Olathe to LeavenworthEdit

 
K-7 northbound at interchange with K-10

In Olathe, K-7 alternates between northbound and westbound routings before turning north and becoming freeway. On the border between Olathe and Lenexa, K-7 intersects the K-10 freeway. It continues north, then turns northwest to cross the Kansas River and enter Bonner Springs, where it immediately intersects K-32. It turns north to intersect I-70, the Kansas Turnpike, then turns northwest to intersect US-24, US-40, and US-73. At this point, which is on the border between Bonner Springs and Kansas City, an overlap with US-73 begins. K-7 and US-73 then go north along the western city limits of Kansas City before entering Lansing. They continue north through Lansing and upon entering Leavenworth, intersect K-5. Also in Leavenworth, they intersect K-92 and they briefly run concurrent with K-92 before separating and turning west to leave Leavenworth.

Leavenworth to NebraskaEdit

K-7 and US-73 leave Leavenworth going west until intersecting K-192, then turn north, intersecting K-74 near Potter. At Atchison, K-7's overlap with US-73 ends at its intersection with US-59. After winding its way through Atchison, K-7 continues north and intersects K-20 near Bendena and US-36 west of Troy. The highway turns northwest along an alignment closely parallelling the Missouri River and after passing through White Cloud, ends at the Nebraska border northwest of White Cloud. No corresponding state highway in Nebraska continues from K-7, although a county road continues northwest to Rulo, Nebraska.

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

K-7 is one of the original State Highways that was designated in 1927 and at that time extended from the Oklahoma border to US-40 and US-73E west of Kansas City.[1] Then by 1936 K-7 had been extended north to US-36 in Troy and US-73E was renumbered as US-73 and truncated to US-40 and US-24 west of Kansas City. Also by 1936, US-169 had been extended into Kansas and overlapped K-7 from slightly south of Osawatomie to Olathe.[8] In an October 11, 1935 resolution, it was approved to extend K-7 further north from US-36 in Sparks to the Nebraska border.[9] Then by 1937 the section from Sparks to the Nebraska border had been completed.[10]

RealignmentsEdit

 
K-7 southbound sign

In a May 13, 1936 resolution, the northbound and southbound lanes were separated on K-7 to prevent traffic from crossing the northbound and southbound lanes of US-69, a few miles south of Fort Scott.[11] In a November 6, 1936 resolution, K-7 was slightly realigned just south of Leavenworth to eliminate two turns.[12] In a June 13, 1938 resolution K-7 and US-169 was slightly realigned by Hillsdale to eliminate two sharp curves.[13] In a December 9, 1941 resolution a roughly 2.6 mile section of K-7 was slightly realigned north of Sparks.[14] In a March 26, 1952 resolution K-7 was realigned slightly in Olathe.[15] In a December 15, 1953 resolution K-7 and US-54 was realigned slightly north, northwest of Fort Scott.[16] In an August 30, 1954 resolution K-7 and US-73 was realigned slighly just north of the Atchison-Leavenworth County line to eliminate two turns.[17] In an October 19, 1955 resolution it was realigned slightly north of Farlinville to eliminate a sharp curve.[18] In a November 14, 1956 resolution, K-7 was realigned slightly north of Bonner Springs to meet a new interchange built on US-24, US-40 and US-73.[19] In a February 25, 1957 resolution a 4.5 mile section of K-7 was realigned slightly west, northeast of Olathe.[20] In a December 10, 1957 resolution K-7 was realigned to the east of Bonner Springs.[21] K-103 originally overlapped K-7 from K-103's current western terminus north to the current US-400 intersection, then continued west to US-160 south of McCune. Then in 1958 US-160 was realigned east along K-103 from K-103's original western terminus south of McCune to K-7 then continued east to US-69 and at that time K-103 was truncated to its current western terminus.[22] Until 1959 in Troy, K-7 originally turned east onto Jones Street then turned north onto Park Street then east onto State Street then north onto Center Street then east onto Poplar Street then north onto Main Street to US-36. Then in a February 11, 1959 resolution the turn at Jones Street was eliminated and it was realigned to go straight north to US-36.[23] In a February 14, 1968 resolution, a 6.15 mile section of K-7 and US-73 was moved west onto a new alignment south of Atchison.[24] In a June 12, 1969 resolution K-7 and US-169 was realigned slightly eastward from slightly south of Paola to slightly south of Spring Hill.[25] In a July 19, 1972 resolution K-7 was realigned slightly southeast onto a new alignment or US-169 southwest of Paola.[26] In a September 19, 1980 resolution, K-7 and US-169 was realigned slightly to the west of Spring Hill.[27] In a January 7, 1982 resolution K-31 was realigned slightly where it crosses the Little Osage River and at that time a section of K-7 north of the overlap with K-31 was moved slightly.[28] In a December 16, 1983 resolution the overlap with K-10 was eliminated by Shawnee, K-10 eastward from K-7 was redesignated as K-12, and K-10 eastward from K-7 was redesignated as K-12.[29] In an October 7, 1985 resolution, US-36 was realigned onto a new alignment from southwest of Highland to east of Troy and the old section of US-36 and K-7 from west of Troy to Sparks was redesignated solely as K-7.[30] Until late 1996, K-39 overlapped K-7. Then in a November 18, 1996 resolution the overlap with K-39 was eliminated and K-39 was truncated to end at K-7.[31] In a March 9, 1999 resolution US-73 and K-7 was realigned onto a new alignment from Leavenworth to Lowemont.[32] In a March 10, 2003 resolution, a roughly 3.5 mile section of US-73 and K-7 was relocated slightly onto a new alignment.[33] Until 2004, K-7 turned east and went through Troy where it crosses US-36. Then in a May 25, 2004 resolution the turn was eliminated and K-7 went straight north and crossed US-36 west of Troy.[34] In a November 3, 2006 resolution K-7 was realigned, slightly south of Girard to eliminated two turns.[35]

Major intersectionsEdit

All exits are unnumbered.

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Cherokee0.0000.000  US-69 south / Treece Road east / 10 Road westSouth end of concurrency with US-69; Oklahoma state line
2.2343.595  US-166 – Baxter Springs, Chetopa
Columbus12.38119.925   US-69 north / US-160 – Oswego, PittsburgNorth end of concurrency with US-69
RoselandScammon line19.43131.271  K-102 west (Roseland Boulevard) – West MineralEastern terminus of K-102
21.45134.522  K-103 east – WeirWestern terminus of K-103
CherokeeCrawford
county line
Cherokee23.44537.731   US-400 to US-69 – Parsons
Crawford28.42945.752  K-126 – Pittsburg, McCune
Girard35.60057.293  K-47 (St. John Street) – Pittsburg, Chanute
Bourbon50.27180.903  K-39 west – ChanuteEastern terminus of K-39
58.22093.696  US-69 south – PittsburgModified trumpet interchange; south end of concurrency with US-69; no access to K-7 south from US-69 northbound
Fort Scott63.043101.458  US-54 east (Wall Street) – Fort Scott, Nevada Mo.South end of freeway section; south end of concurrency with US-54; diamond interchange
63.943102.906  US-69 north – Kansas CityNorth end of freeway section; north end of concurrency with US-69; interchange
67.640108.856  US-54 west – IolaNorth end of concurrency with US-54
81.496131.155  K-31 west – MapletonSouth end of concurrency with K-31
82.420132.642  K-31 east – FultonNorth end of concurrency with K-31
LinnMound City91.158146.705  K-52 west – KincaidSouth end of concurrency with K-52
91.392147.081  K-52 east (Main Street) – PleasantonNorth end of concurrency with K-52
106.851171.960  K-152 east (2100th Road) – La CygneWestern terminus of K-152
Miami118.717191.056  US-169 south – GarnettSouth end of expressway section; south end of concurrency with US-169; diamond interchange
Osawatomie121.700195.857Main StreetDiamond interchange
122.529197.191  K-279 west (343rd Street)Eastern terminus of K-279; diamond interchange
125.305201.659327th Street, Old KC RoadPartial cloverleaf interchange
Paola127.892205.822Baptiste DriveDiamond interchange
132.343212.985  K-68 – Ottawa, LouisburgDiamond interchange
Hillsdale135.358217.838255th StreetDiamond interchange
Spring Hill139.420224.375223rd Street – Spring Hill, BucyrusNorth end of expressway section; diamond interchange
JohnsonOlathe148.927239.675      I-35 / US-169 north / US-50 / US-56 / 151st Street – Wichita, Kansas City, Executive AirportI-35 exit 215; three-level interchange with two-way ramps between K-7 and 151st St.; north end of concurrency with US-169; 151st St. serves Olathe Medical Center
154.100248.000119th StreetSouth end of freeway section; diamond interchange
155.158249.703College BoulevardDiamond interchange
156.161251.317  K-10 – Lawrence, LenexaCloverleaf interchange
Lenexa157.132252.879Prairie Star BoulevardDiamond interchange
Shawnee158.697255.39883rd StreetDiamond interchange
160.915258.968Shawnee Mission Parkway / 67th StreetCloverleaf interchange
162.253261.121Johnson Drive / 55th StreetRoundabout interchange; north end of freeway section
Kansas River164.407–
164.831
264.587–
265.270
K-7 Bridge
WyandotteBonner Springs164.773265.176  K-32 (Kaw Drive) / Front StreetSouth end of freeway section; folded diamond interchange
165.798266.826Nettleton AvenueNorth end of freeway section; diamond interchange
166.637–
167.322
268.176–
269.279
      I-70 / Kansas Turnpike / US-24 east / US-40 east / US-73 begin – St. Louis, TopekaKansas Tpke. exit 224A; southern terminus of US-73; south end of concurrencies with US-24, US-40, and US-73; interchange
Kansas City168.906271.828   US-24 west / US-40 west (State Avenue)Partial cloverleaf interchange; north end of concurrencies with US-24 and US-40
LeavenworthLeavenworth179.952289.605  K-5 south – Leavenworth National CemeteryNorthern terminus of K-5
182.610293.882  K-92 west (Spruce Street) – McLouthSouthern end of K-92 overlap
183.847295.873  K-92 east – Platte City Mo.Northern end of K-92 overlap
185.506298.543  CR-14 (Santa Fe Trail) / N. 20th StreetPartial cloverleaf interchange
Kickapoo Township192.203309.321  K-192 west – EastonEastern terminus of K-192
AtchisonWalnut Township197.406317.694Former K-74 west – PotterEastern terminus of former K-74
Atchison207.372333.733   US-73 north / US-59 – Hiawatha, St. Joseph Mo., Jackson ParkNorth end of concurrency with US-73
Doniphan218.324351.358  K-20 west – DentonEastern terminus of K-20
222.346357.831  US-36 – Troy, Wathena, HiawathaDiamond interchange
Iowa Reservation240.606387.218666th Avenue north – RuloNebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (June 13, 1938). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Miami County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
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  15. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (March 26, 1952). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Johnson County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  16. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (December 15, 1953). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Bourbon County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  17. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (August 30, 1954). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Atchison County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  18. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (October 19, 1955). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Linn County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  19. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (November 14, 1956). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Atchison County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  20. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (February 25, 1957). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of Road in Johnson County". Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
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  29. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (December 16, 1983). "Resolution for Redesignation of a part of two Highways in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  30. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (October 7, 1985). "Resolution for Relocation and Redesignation of four Roads in Doniphan County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  31. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (November 18, 1996). "Rural Resolution to Withdraw the K-39 route designation from a segment of Highway in Bourbon County". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
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