K-15 (Kansas highway)

K-15 (Kansas highway)

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K-15 is a Kansas state highway originating at the Oklahoma State Line and continuing to the Nebraska state line where it is then signed as Nebraska Highway 15. It is signed as State Highway 18 once the highway enters Oklahoma. It is 206 milescite web|last=Kennedy|first=Richie|work=Kansas Highways 7.0|url=http://www.route56.com/highways/highways.cgi?hwy1=15&hist=1|title=Routelog|accessdate=2007-04-10] (332 km) long.

Route description

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

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 meets K-215 near Goessel. It overlaps US-56 east for 6 miles 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 before returning north and crossing US-24 at Clay Center. K-9 joins K-15 for 12 miles, then departs. K-15 overlaps US-36 for 6 miles before returning north to end the Nebraska border, becoming N-15.


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.


*K-15 is signed as the Eisenhower Memorial Highway throughout Kansas due to its route through Abilene, where the Eisenhower Memorial Museum and Library is located. [K.S.A. 68-1023]

pur routes

These highways are short spurs from K-15.



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