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Interstate 135 marker

Interstate 135
I-135 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length95.738 mi (154.075 km)
ExistedSeptember 13, 1976–present
Major junctions
South end I-35 / Kansas Turnpike in Wichita
  US-81 in Wichita
I-235 in Wichita
K-15 in Wichita
US-54 / US-400 in Wichita
I-235 / K-96 / K-254 in Wichita
US-50 / K-15 in Newton
US-56 in McPherson
K-4 near Lindsborg
North end I-70 / US-40 / US-81 in Salina
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-131 K-136

Interstate 135 (abbreviated I-135) is a 95.7-mile-long Interstate Highway in central and south-central Kansas, USA. I-135 runs between the cities of Salina and Wichita. The route also runs through the cities of McPherson, Newton, and Park City. The interstate's northern terminus is at the junction of Interstate 70 and its southern terminus is with Interstate 35 (the Kansas Turnpike).

Until 1976, I-135 was designated as I-35W. It is the longest 3-digit "spur", with an odd first digit, in the Interstate system. [1]

Route description

I-135 begins at this exit from the Kansas Turnpike.
I-135 ends at this interchange with I-70.

I-135 begins from the south at Exit 42 on the Kansas Turnpike. (The exit is signed as I-135, I-235, US-81/Wichita/Salina.) US-81 joins I-135 half a mile later, and remains concurrent with it for the rest of its length. Less than a mile from the Kansas Turnpike tollbooth, I-235, a loop around the western side of Wichita, branches off the highway. I-135 continues northward from there, running just east of the Wichita downtown area. It reunites with I-235 at Milepost 11 at the loop's other end.

I-135 leaves Wichita and continues northward to Newton where it turns northwest around milemarker 33. The freeway continues in this direction for 20 miles (32 km), returning to a due north course at McPherson.

The stretch of I-135 in Saline County from the Saline-McPherson county line to the highway's terminus at Interstate 70, is designated as the Ben E. Vidricksen Highway. [2]

The route ends on the northwest side of Salina, at its intersection at I-70. The road continues as US-81 north of this interchange.


Interstate 35W
Existed1971 [4]–September 13, 1976 [3]

Construction on the Canal Route portion of I-135 (in Wichita, where the Chisholm Creek Canal runs through the median of the highway) was begun in 1971. [4] This portion of the route took eight years to complete with a cost of $32 million. [4]

Until September 13, 1976, I-135 was signed as I-35W. The Interstate's full length was completed in December 1979. [3]

Exit list

Sedgwick Wichita0.000–
I-35 / Kansas Turnpike – Oklahoma City, Kansas CitySouthern terminus; Kansas Turnpike toll booth; I-35/Kansas Tpke. exit 42; trumpet interchange.
0.4640.7471A US-81 south (47th Street South)South end of US-81 overlap; last free exit southbound
0.8151.3121C I-235 northI-235 exit 1A southbound, to 135 north; tri-stack interchange.
2.3193.7322Hydraulic Avenue
3.2115.1683A K-15 south (Southeast Boulevard)Southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of K-15 overlap
3.9436.3463BPawnee Street
4.9317.9364Harry Street
5.4318.7405ALincoln Street
5.9659.6005B US-54 / US-400 (Kellogg Avenue)Signed as exit 6A southbound
6B1st Street North, 2nd Street NorthSigned as exit 6C southbound
7ACentral AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
7B8th Street North, 9th Street North
813th Street North
9.00314.489921st Street North
10.57417.01710 K-96 east / 29th Street North, Hydraulic AvenueSigned as exits 10A (K-96) and 10B (29th St., Hydraulic) northbound; south end of K-96 overlap
11.78018.95811A K-254 east – El DoradoLeft exit and entrance southbound
11B I-235 south / K-96 west – HutchinsonNorth end of K-96 overlap; I-235 exits 16A-B
13.20621.2531353rd Street North
1461st Street North
1677th Street North
1785th Street North
19.23330.95319101st Street North
22125th Street North
Harvey25.27440.67525 K-196 east – Whitewater, El Dorado
Newton28.27745.50728 CR-576 (SE 36th Street)
30 US-50 west / K-15 north – HutchinsonSouth end of US-50 overlap; north end of K-15 overlap; serves Newton Medical Center; left exit and entrance northbound
31First Street, Broadway Street
32.65352.55033 US-50 east – Peabody, EmporiaNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US-50 overlap
34.77755.96834 K-15 – North Newton, Abilene
Hesston40.52065.21140Lincoln Boulevard
McPherson46.10274.19446 K-260 west – MoundridgeCounterclockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital and Moundridge Municipal Airfield
48.68278.34648 K-260 east – MoundridgeClockwise terminus of K-260; serves Mercy Hospital
54 CR-445 (Comanche Road) / CR-319 (18th Avenue)
US-81 Bus. / K-61 – McPherson, Hutchinson
US-56 / US-81 Bus. – McPherson, Marion
63Mohawk RoadOpened 2017
65 CR-448 (Pawnee Road)
Rest Area, located in the median; left exits and entrances
72.934117.37672 CR-429 (Smoky Valley Road) – Lindsborg, Roxbury
Saline77.863125.30878 K-4 west – Bridgeport, LindsborgSouth end of K-4 overlap; former US-81
81.959131.90082 K-4 east (Assaria Road) / Falun RoadNorth end of K-4 overlap
86.011138.42186 K-104 east (Mentor Road) / Smolan Road
Salina88Water Well Road
89Schilling Road
90Magnolia Road
92.389148.68692Crawford Street
93.435150.36993 K-140 west (State Street)
95.738154.07595A-B US-81 north / I-70 / US-40 – Concordia, Topeka, HaysNorthern terminus; north end of US-81 overlap; signed as exits 95A (I-70 east) and 95B (I-70 west); I-70 exits 250A-B; freeway continues north as US-81 (Frank Carlson Memorial Highway); cloverleaf interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Shortest and longest 3-digit interstates".
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "1970s". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  4. ^ a b c "Canal Route on I-135". Kansas Celebrates 50 Years of Interstates. Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-21.

External links

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