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Interstate 235 Kansas

 

Routing

Interstate 235 is the western beltline of Wichita. The 16-mile freeway has freeway connections to Kansas 96 and U.S. 54/400. Interstate 235 connects to Interstate 135 at both ends, and also connects to U.S. 81 on both ends and Kansas 15 on the north end. U.S. 81 is cosigned for much of the distance on Interstate 135, while Kansas 15 merges with the freeway from Exit 3A on Interstate 135 north to Exit 33 in Newton. Kansas 15 roughly parallels U.S. 81 but is generally located to the east of U.S. 81, except for this cosigned stretch with Interstate 135 and U.S. 81.

History

Interstate 235 opened to traffic in July 1965.1

Southern Terminus - Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 - Wichita, Kansas
Perspective from Interstate 235 south
Southbound Interstate 235 approaching directional overhead for Interstate 135/U.S. 81. This sign is one mile east of the southern terminus of Interstate 235. Note the shield for U.S. 81 on the supporting posts for the sign bridge. Photo by Pete Sison and Dean Roberts (5/01).
Continuing south, another directional overhead is posted one-half mile west of the Interstate 135-235 interchange. Photo by Pete Sison and Dean Roberts (5/01).
End Interstate 235 sign bridge at Interstate 135/U.S. 81 just north of Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike. Photo by Pete Sison and Dean Roberts (5/01).
End Interstate 235 sign bridge at Interstate 135 just north of Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike. Photo taken by Richie Kennedy (3/01).
Perspective from Interstate 135 south
Southbound Interstate 135 approaching Junction Interstate 235. This is the second to last exit before Interstate 135 itself ends at Interstate 35. U.S. 81 leaves Interstate 135 just before this exit, because it remains off the tolled Kansas Turnpike. Photo by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 135 north
After Interstate 135 departs from Interstate 35/Kansas Turnpike, this overhead is the first advance signage for the junction with Interstate 235 north (Exit 1C). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Graphical overhead on Interstate 135 northbound for the split with Interstate 235. Note that there is no control city for Interstate 235. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Interstate 235 parts ways with Interstate 135 in this northbound scene. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northern Terminus - Interstate 135 and U.S. 81 - Wichita, Kansas
Perspective from Interstate 235 north
Diagram sign on Interstate 235 East/North for the Interstate 135/Kansas 96/Kansas 254 confluence. Photo taken by Jonathan Winkler (1/01).
Contextual view of the above Pictured sign bridge on Interstate 235 northbound. Photo taken by Ben Prusia (winter of 2002).
Interstate 235 northbound split of ramps for Interstate 135 south and Interstate 135 north/Kansas 254 east. Kansas 254 is a short freeway spur to the northeast. Photo taken by Ben Prusia (winter of 2002).
Perspective from Kansas 254 west
This overhead graphical signage for the Interstate 135/235 split is posted on westbound Kansas 254. Companion shields for Kansas 96, Kansas 15, and U.S. 81 are located at the base of the sign bridge supports. Photo taken by Pete Sison and Dean Roberts, 5/01.
Perspective from Interstate 135 north
This mileage sign on northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 10A, Junction Kansas 96 east; Exit 10B, 19th Street; and Exits 11A-B, Junction Kansas 254 east and Interstate 235 south. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 approaches Exit 11A, Junction Kansas 254 east to Interstate 35/Kansas Turnpike and U.S. 54 in El Dorado. The entire route is a divided highway. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 approaches the junction with Interstate 235, Kansas 96, and Kansas 254 in one-half mile. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 03/19/05.
Northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 at Junction Kansas 254, approaching the beginning of Interstate 235 Southbound. Kansas 96 is duplexed with Interstate 135 from the South, while Kansas 254 begins and heads Eastward. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
A second diagrammatical sign is posted shortly thereafter, where northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 reaches Exit 11A, Junction Kansas 254 east. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northbound Interstate 135/U.S. 81/Kansas 15 connects to westbound Interstate 235/Kansas 96 at this offramp (Exit 11B). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).

Sources:

  1. Kansas Interstate 50th Anniversary

Page Updated June 20, 2006.

 
Mileage

State Kansas
Mileage 16.52
Cities Wichita
Junctions Interstate 135, Interstate 135
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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