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Interstate 135 Kansas
Southbound - U.S. 50 West to Interstate 35

Interstate 135 connects Interstate 35 in Wichita to Interstate 70 in Salina. At a length of 95 miles, it is one of the longest three-digit interstates in the country. The interstate was once known as Interstate 35W before it was renumbered. The freeway continues north of Interstate 70 signed as solely U.S. 81. The federal highway duplexes with Interstate 135 for almost its entire length, with the only exception being the first 1/2 mile between Interstate 35 and 47th Street in south Wichita.

Highway Information

Miles 95.74
Counties Traveled
Through
Sedgwick, Harvey,
McPherson,
Saline
Cities Wichita, Salina
Major Junctions Interstate 35

Interstate 235
(Exit 1C & Exit 11B)

U.S. 54/U.S. 400
(Exits 5A-B)

Kansas 96
(Exit 10)

Interstate 70
(Exits 95A-B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
96 (100%)
Southern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 35
Northern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 70

Pictures

Northbound

Southbound:

Interstate 70 to U.S. 50 West

U.S. 50 West to Interstate 35

Interstate 135, U.S. 81 and Kansas 15 South
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 28 - SE 36th Street - 3/4 mile. This exit serves a nearby outlet mall. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 28 - SE 36th Street - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 28 - SE 36th Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Continue to Exit 16 (77th Street) to the Wichita Greyhound Park. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 25 - Kansas 196 - 1 mile. Kansas 196 spans 28.4 miles from Interstate 135 to Kansas 254 west of El Dorado. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 25 - Kansas 196 - 1/2 mile. Whitewater (pop. 653) is 10 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 25 - Kansas 196 - Whitewater/El Dorado. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching the Harvey County rest area - 1 mile. This is the final rest area on southbound Interstate 135. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at the Harvey County rest area. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 22 - 125th Street - 1 mile. The east-west street marks the Harvey-Sedgwick county line. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Exit 19 (101st Street) was closed due to construction, so motorists were forced to use either 125th Street or 85th Street, which is served by Exit 17. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use Exit 22 to the city of Sedgwick. Most of the city's 1,537 residents actually live in Harvey County. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 22 - 125th Street - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 22 - 125th Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 17 - Valley Center/85th Street. This was the southern end of the work zone. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use any of the next four exits to the city of Park City. It is home to 5,814 residents and is a northern suburb of Wichita. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 16 - 77th Street - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 16 - 77th Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 14 - 61st Street - 1 mile. The font used for "61st St" looks like it was written by a small child. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Head east on 61st Street to the city of Kechi, population 1,038. Kechi is known as the "Antique Capital of Kansas." (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 14 - 61st Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 13 - 53rd Street - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use eastbound 53rd Street to the city of Bel Aire, home of 5,836 residents. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 13 - 53rd Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exits 11A-B - Interstate 235/Kansas 254 - 1 mile. Interstate 235 bypasses downtown Wichita to its west and connects to Interstate 135 at each end. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use Interstate 235 South to Exit 7B (U.S. 54/U.S. 400 West) to the Mid-Continent Airport. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 11A - Kansas 254 - 1/2 mile. Kansas 254 connects Interstate 135 to U.S. 54/U.S. 77 in El Dorado, and is four lanes throughout. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, one-half mile north of the northern terminus of Interstate 235. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 11A - Kansas 254 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 11A - Kansas 254 - El Dorado. The city is 27 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Kansas 96 travels along Interstate 235 between this interchange and Exit 13 of Interstate 235, which is three miles to the west. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 11B - Interstate 235 South/Kansas 96 West. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 10 - Kansas 96 East/29th Street - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South and Kansas 96 East
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South and Kansas 96 East approaching Exit 10 - 1/2 mile. At this point, the interstate enters the city of Wichita. With a population of 344,284, it is the largest city in the state of Kansas. (Photo taken 7/14/05)

Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South and Kansas 96 East at Exit 10 - Kansas 96 East/29th Street/Hydraulic Avenue. A ramp from Kansas 96 connects to the east-west 29th Street and north-south Hydraulic Avenue. (Top photo taken 8/9/04, bottom photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, one-half mile north of Exit 9 (21st Street). (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use 21st Street east to southbound Hillside Street to Wichita State University, home of the Shockers. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 9 - 21st Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Use Exit 7B (8th/9th Streets) to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, one-quarter mile north of Exit 8 (13th Street). From this point until Exit 3A (Kansas 15 South), Interstate 135's carriageways are split by a drainage canal. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 8 - 13th Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 7B - 8th-9th Streets - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 7B - 8th-9th Streets. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 7A - Central Avenue - 1/4 mile. There are three interchanges within the next 1.25 miles. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 7A - Central Avenue. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The next exit is Exit 6C, 2nd-1st Streets, one-quarter mile. Kellogg Avenue (U.S. 54/U.S. 400) is 3/4 mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 6C - 2nd-1st Streets. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, 1/2 mile north of Exit 6A (U.S. 54/U.S. 400). (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 6A - U.S. 54/U.S. 400 - Kellogg Avenue. Kellogg is slowly but surely being upgraded to a freeway across Wichita. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, one-half mile north of Lincoln Street, which is served by Exit 5A. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 5A - Lincoln Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 4 - Harry Street - 1/4 mile. This mileage sign is missing a "B" in "Blvd." for the upcoming Southeast Boulevard interchange. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 4 - Harry Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South, 1/2 mile north of Exit 3B, Pawnee Street, which is mislabeled as Pawnee Avenue here. Kansas 15 will depart the freeway in 1 1/4 miles. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 3B - Pawnee Street. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South approaching Exit 3A - Kansas 15 South - 1/4 mile. The upcoming interchange marks the southern end of the 27-mile multiplex of Kansas 15 along Interstate 135 and U.S. 81. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135, U.S. 81, and Kansas 15 South at Exit 3A - Kansas 15 South/Southeast Boulevard. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
  Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South
Mileage sign on Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South, one-half mile north of Exit 2 at Hydraulic Avenue. This sign sums up the rest of Interstate 135, with U.S. 81 splitting from the interstate in 2 1/2 miles just before the southern terminus of Interstate 135. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South at Exit 2 - Hydraulic Avenue. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South approaching Exit 1C - Interstate 235 North - 1/2 mile. Interstate 35 is 1 3/4 miles away. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South at Exit 1C - Interstate 235 North. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South approaching the Kansas Turnpike toll plaza - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South approaching Exit 1B - U.S. 81 South/Westbound 47th Street - 1/4 mile, and Exit 1A - Eastbound 47th Street - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/14/05)

Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 South at Exit 1B - U.S. 81 South/Westbound 47th Street. U.S. 81 travels west for a short stretch before turning south on Broadway. (Top photo taken 8/8/04, bottom photo taken 7/14/05)
Interstate 135 South
Interstate 135 South at Exit 1A - Eastbound 47th Street. The Kansas Turnpike toll plaza is visible in the distance. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Stay in the right lane to use the K-Tag automatic toll collection system. (Photo taken 7/15/05)
Interstate 135 South at the Kansas Turnpike toll plaza. (Photo taken 7/15/05)
Interstate 135 South at Interstate 35/Kansas Turnpike South - Oklahoma City. The capital city of Oklahoma is 155 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/15/05)
Interstate 135 South at Interstate 35/Kansas Turnpike North - Kansas City. The city on the Kansas-Missouri state line is 201 miles to the northeast. (Photo taken 7/15/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 135
Westbound 47th Street at Interstate 35. This ramp leads to the southernmost few feet of Interstate 135. (Photo taken 7/15/05)
U.S. 81 North (Eastbound 47th Street) at Interstate 135/U.S. 81 North - Salina. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Westbound 47th Street at Interstate 135/U.S. 81 North - Salina. (Top photo taken 8/8/04, bottom photo taken 7/15/05)

Page created: March 26, 2006
Last updated: March 27, 2006