Interstate 70 in Kansas

Interstate 70 enters flat plains in Kansas. This portion of I-70 was the first segment to start being paved and to be completed in the interstate system. It is given the nickname "Main Street of Kansas" as the interstate extends from the Western border to the Eastern border covering 424 miles and passing through most of the state's principal cities in the process.

Route description

I-70 is joined with US-24 from the Colorado state line until US-24 splits at Levant and runs north of I-70. At Colby, I-70 begins to turn southeast until it reaches Oakley, where US-40 joins with I-70 for a concurrent journey through most of the state. The route remains flat until it reaches the county line between Russell and Ellsworth counties, where the road begins to travese rolling hills.

At Salina, Interstate 135 begins its journey southward toward Wichita, and I-70 continues through Abilene and Junction City, where the road begins to run through the Flint Hills.

In Topeka, I-70 intersects a child route, I-470, twice. The second time it is intersected, the Kansas Turnpike merges, making I-70 into a toll road. This is one of only two sections of I-70 that are tolled (see Interstate 75 for a similar configuration). I-70 carries this designation from Topeka to Bonner Springs. It is the eastern terminus of the turnpike, and from there to 18th Street, the highway is free.

I-70 enters Missouri via a main northern route on the Lewis and Clark Viaduct above the confluence of the Kansas River and Missouri River and a route designated "Alternate I-70" which has signs for I-70 as well as Interstate 670 just south of Kansas City main downtown area.

The southern route is called the Jay B. Dillingham Memorial Highway for a former Kansas City Stockyards chairman Jay B. Dillingham.


Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Sherman 1
9 County Road 11
12 County Road 14
Goodland 17
Thomas 36
45 East end of US-24 overlap
Colby 53
54 Country Club Drive
62 County Road K
Gove 76 West end of US-40 overlap
79 Campus Road
Quinter 107
Trego 115
120 Voda Road
WaKeeney 127
140 Riga Road
Ellis Ellis 145
153 Yocemento Avenue
Hays 157
161 Commerce Parkway
163 Toulon Avenue
172 Walker Avenue
Russell 175 Gorham Former K-257
180 Balta Road
Russell 184
193 Bunker Hill Road
Dorrance 199 Dorrance Former K-231
Ellsworth 206
209 Sylvan Grove
216 Vesper
219 West end of K-14 overlap
221 East end of K-14 overlap
Lincoln 233 Beverly, Carneiro
Saline 238 Brookville, Tescott
244 Hedville, Culver
249 Halstead Road
250 Signed as exits 250A (south) and 250B (north)
Salina 251
253 Ohio Street
260 Niles Road
Dickinson Solomon 266
272 Fair Road
Abilene 275
277 Jeep Road
Geary 290 Milford Lake Road
Junction City 295 West end of K-18 overlap
298 East Street, Chestnut Street
Grandview Plaza 299 J Hill Road, Flinthills Boulevard (US-40 Bus.)
300 No westbound entrance
301 Fort Riley, Marshall Field
303 East end of K-18 overlap
304 Humboldt Creek Road
307 McDowell Creek Road
311 Moritz Road
Riley 316 Deep Creek Road
318 Frontage Road
Wabaunsee 322 Tallgrass Road
324 Wabaunsee Road
332 Spring Creek Road
335 Snokomo Road
338 Vera Road
342 Keene-Eskridge Road
343 Ranch Road
Shawnee 346 Carlson Road
347 West Union Road
350 Valencia Road
351 Frontage Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
353 West end of K-4 overlap
Topeka 355 West end of US-75 overlap
356 Wanamaker Road
357A Fairlawn Road
357B Danbury Lane Westbound exit only
358A East end of US-75 overlap; signed as exit 358 eastbound
358B Gage Boulevard Signed as exit 358 eastbound
359 MacVicar Avenue
361A 1st Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
361B 3rd Street, Monroe Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
362A 4th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
362B 8th Avenue
362C 10th Avenue, Madison Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
363 Adams Street, Branner Trafficway
364A California Avenue
364B Carnahan Avenue, Deer Creek Trafficway
365 Rice Road
366 East end of US-40/K-4 overlap
West end of KTA overlap
366 No exit number westbound
Douglas 381 197
Lawrence 386 202
388 204
Wyandotte Kansas City 407 224
410 110th Street
411 Signed as exits 411A (south) and 411B (north)
411B I-435 north
414 78th Street
415 West end of US-40 overlap; signed as exits 415A (Turner Diagonal) and 415B (US-40) eastbound
417 57th Street
418 Signed as exits 418A (south) and 418B (north); westbound exit is part of exit 419
419 Park Drive, 38th Street
420A West end of US-69 overlap
420B 18th Street north
421A Railroad Yard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
421B Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
422A East end of US-69 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
422B West end of US-169 overlap; eastbound exit is part of exit 422A
422C Service Road
422D Central Avenue
423A 5th Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
423B James Street, 3rd Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
423C West end of US-24 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
423D Fairfax District Westbound exit and eastbound entrance


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