Interstate 35 in Kansas

Interstate 35 (I-35) is an Interstate Highway in the US that runs from the Mexican border near Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minnesota. In Kansas, the highway goes from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City at the Missouri border, with a length of 235 miles (378 km). Along the way, I-35 passes through Wichita, the state's largest city, linking it to Emporia, Ottawa, and Kansas City and its Johnson County suburbs.

Interstate 35
I-35 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KTA and KDOT
Length235.53 mi (379.05 km)
Major junctions
South end I-35 at the Oklahoma state line
  Kansas Turnpike in Avon Township
I-135 / I-235 / US-81 in Wichita
US-54 / US-400 in Wichita
I-335 / Kansas Turnpike in Emporia
US-50 in Emporia
I-435 / US-50 in Lenexa
I-635 in Kansas City
US-69 in Kansas City
North end I-35 at the Missouri state line
CountiesSumner, Sedgwick, Butler, Chase, Lyon, Coffey, Osage, Franklin, Miami, Johnson, Wyandotte
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System

Route description

Oklahoma border to Emporia

I-35 enters Kansas from Oklahoma where the southern terminus of the Kansas Turnpike is located. After passing exit 4 for US Highway 166 (US-166) in South Haven, the interstate passes through a toll plaza, making I-35 into a toll road. The highway then passes US-160 in Wellington, then the Belle Plaine Service Area, the first of three on I-35, and the first of six on the turnpike. After the service area, the turnpike continues due north to Wichita and intersects I-135. After the I-135 interchange, the turnpike turns northeast and goes around Downtown Wichita. I-35 passes through Wichita's suburbs and in the process intersects US-54 and US-400. Ten miles (16 km) north of the Wichita area lies the Towanda Service Area. Thereafter, the route intersects US-77 and various state highways in El Dorado. After El Dorado, the highway enters the Flint Hills region of Kansas. After passing the Cassoday interchange, the turnpike begins its 25-mile-long (40 km) stretch with no exits. The only stop along the way is the Matfield Green Service Area. Located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Cassoday, it is also the last service area on I-35. After the remaining twenty miles (32 km) with no exits or services, I-35 leaves the turnpike in Emporia. Here the interstate meets I-335, which the Turnpike carries towards Topeka.

Emporia to Kansas City

I-35 passes through a toll plaza, to continue on its own alignment running eastward through east-central Kansas. At Ottawa, it turns to a more northeasterly direction. After passing through the Kansas suburbs of the Kansas City Metro Area, it then crosses the state line into Missouri and into Downtown Kansas City.


The original plan for Interstate 35 was to follow US 50 from Newton, as well as US 81 and US 177 to the Oklahoma state line. But when Kansas Turnpike was created, a part of Interstate 35 was created south of Emporia. The Newton segment was declined, and there was another implication for US 50 that traveled north (which is known today). The segments from Olathe to Shawnee was created by 1962. The relocations of US 75 and K-31 were finished by 1975. Interstate 35 in Kansas (as known today) had its final modification in 1976.[1]

The Kansas Department of Transportation worked with the Burns & McDonnell engineering company to design a new interchange at Homestead Lane in Johnson County as a diverging diamond.[2] The first interchange of its kind in the state, it opened September 28, 2013.[3]

Exit list

OklahomaKansas state line0.000.00 I-35 south Oklahoma CityRoadway continues south into Oklahoma; Kansas Turnpike ends
SumnerGuelph Township4.066.534 US-166 to US-81 Arkansas City, South HavenLast free exit northbound
Avon Township58.0Southern Terminal toll plaza
Southern end of toll road
19.2030.9019 US-160 Winfield, Wellington
Harmon Township25.8341.57Belle Plaine service area
county line
Belle PlaineSalem
township line
33.4253.7833 K-53 to US-81 Mulvane
SedgwickSalem Township39.1462.9939 To US-81 Haysville, Derby
Wichita42.1067.7542 I-135 to I-235 / US-81 – South Wichita, Salina
44.5471.6845 K-15 Wichita
49.6679.9250 US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue)
52.6784.7653 K-96 Wichita
ButlerBruno Township57.0791.8557Andover
Towanda Township64.90104.45Towanda service area
El Dorado70.63113.6771 K-254 to K-196 El Dorado
75.69121.8176 US-77 / Nick Badwey Plaza El Dorado North
Cassoday92.73149.2392 K-177 Cassoday
ChaseMatfield Township97.00156.11Matfield Green service area
LyonEmporia126.92204.26127 I-335 north / Kansas Turnpike Topeka, Kansas CityNorthern end of Kansas Tpk. concurrency
127204Emporia Interchange toll plaza
Northern end of toll road
127.36204.97127A US-50 Emporia, NewtonLast free exit southbound
128.18206.29128Industrial Road
130.26209.63130 K-99 (Merchant Street)
131.57211.74131Burlingame Road
132.86213.82133 US-50 west (6th Avenue)Southern end of US-50 concurrency
Jackson Township135.21217.60135County Road R1
138.08222.22138County Road U
141.09227.06141 K-130 Neosho Rapids, Hartford
CoffeyLebo148.31238.68148 K-131 Lebo
Key West Township155.34250.00155 US-75 Lyndon, Burlington
OsageMelvern160.49258.28160 K-31 north MelvernSouthern end of K-31 concurrency
162.53261.57162 K-31 south WaverlyNorthern end of K-31 concurrency
FranklinWilliamsburg170.07273.70170Williamsburg, PomonaFormerly designated as K-273
Homewood Township176.22283.60176Homewood
Ottawa181.89292.72182Eisenhower Road
182.94294.41183 US-59 south GarnettSouthern end of US-59 concurrency
Harrison Township185.27298.1618515th Street
Ottawa187.28301.40187 K-68 Ottawa, Louisburg
188.52303.39188 US-59 north LawrenceNorthern end of US-59 concurrency
Franklin Township192.79310.27193Tennessee Road
Wellsville197.77318.28198 K-33 Wellsville
No major junctions
JohnsonEdgerton202.77326.33202Sunflower Road – Edgerton
Gardner Township204.96329.85205Homestead LaneDiverging diamond interchange
Gardner207.47333.89207Gardner Road
210.60338.93210 US-56 west GardnerSouthern end of US-56 concurrency
Olathe213.83344.13214Lone Elm Road, 159th Street
215.35346.57215 US-169 south / K-7 PaolaSouthern end of US-169 concurrency
216.61348.60217Old Highway 56Southbound exit and northbound entrance
217.81350.53218Santa Fe
220.14354.28220119th Street
Lenexa222.34357.82222A I-435 east / US-50 eastNorthern end of US-50 concurrency; I-435 exit 83
222B I-435 west to K-10 Lawrence, TopekaI-435 exit 83
223.80360.1722495th StreetDiverging diamond interchange[5]
225.05362.18225A87th Street
225.54362.97225B US-69 south (Overland Parkway)Southern end of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Merriam226.93365.2122775th StreetSigned as exit 225C northbound
227.97366.88228A67th Street
228.49367.72228B US-56 east (Shawnee Mission Parkway) / US-69 north / US-169 northNorthern end of US-56 / US-69 / US-169 concurrency
228.99368.52229Johnson Drive
Overland Park229.90369.99230Antioch Road
230.74371.34231A I-635 north Topeka, St. JosephI-635 exit 1A; signed as exit 231 northbound; southern terminus of I-635
231B US-69 south (Metcalf Avenue)Southern end of US-69 concurrency; southbound exit; no access from northbound US-69 (Metcalf Avenue) to I-35 southbound; Metcalf Avenue continues as I-635 northbound
Mission231.70372.89232ALamar Avenue
WyandotteKansas City232.27373.80232B US-69 (18th Street Expressway), Roe AvenueNorthern end of US-69 concurrency
233Mission Road, Southwest BoulevardSouthbound exit has additional ramp to 37th Ave
234.56377.49234 US-169 (7th Street Trafficway, Rainbow Boulevard)
Kansas–Missouri state line235.25378.60235Cambridge Circle
235.30378.68 I-35 northContinuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

There are five auxiliary routes branching from I-35 in Kansas:


KML is from Wikidata
  1. "Kansas Highways Routelog". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. "SW Johnson County Interchange: Diverging Diamond Interchange". Kansas Department of Transportation. November 19, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. Thompson, Danedri (October 3, 2013). "Intermodal, logistics park, interchange open". The Gardner Newss. Gardner, Kansas. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  4. "National Highway Planning Network" (ESRI shapefile). Federal Highway Administration. 2012-09-20. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  5. Carney, Candi. "The construction is over! Drivers have access to the I-35 and 95th Street interchange". 41 Action News-KSHB. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
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