State Route 26 in Kansas
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State Route 26 or K-26 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms a short connection in the extreme southeast of the state, connecting US 400 to the village of Galena, near the border with the state of Missouri. The road is single-lane, 3,200 vehicles use it daily.
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State Route 27 in Kansas
State Route 27, also known as K-27 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms the state’s westernmost north-south route, from Elkhart through Goodland to the border with Nebraska. State Route 27 is 365 kilometers long.
K-27 is a long north-south route across the barren steppe of western Kansas. The road parallels the Colorado state border, 10 to 30 kilometers away. The road begins in the town of Elkhart on US 56 and ends at the border with Nebraska at Haigler. On the way you pass through only a few villages. The main town is Goodland, which connects to Interstate 70. The landscape is flat to rolling and often barren. The road crosses the Arkansas River at Syracuse, which is small here. The road crosses several east-west connections, including US 40 and US 50. The landscape consists of an alternation of ranching and circular irrigation. The road is single-lane almost everywhere, only in Syracuse a small section has been equipped with four lanes.
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The current route of K-27 has been around globally since the 1930s. The main adjustment was in 2003 when a northeast bypass of Elkhart was constructed, leaving K-27 east of Elkhart on US 56, and no longer on the border with Oklahoma.
In 1932 the entire route was still unpaved and had hardly been improved to a gravel road. The first gravel section was in northern Kansas, between Goodland and St. Francis. In the mid-1930s, Elkhart provided the first part with an improved gravel pavement, with bitumen. The section between Syracuse and Tribune was also upgraded to a gravel road. By 1938, almost the entire route was a gravel road. By 1940, fairly large parts of the route were asphalted, in 1941 there was asphalt from Johnson City to Sharon Springs and on the double-numbered part with US 36 east of St. Francis. By 1945, the section from Elkhart to Johnson City and between Sharon Springs and Goodland had also been paved. This left only asphalt missing between Goodland and US 36 and north of St. Francis to the border with Nebraska. The section between Goodland and US 36 was also paved around 1947, and the northernmost section was paved in the early 1950s. The road has hardly been modified since then.
Presumably in 1969, when the last section of Interstate 70 in Kansas opened at Goodland, Goodland’s western bypass was also constructed.
K-27 is lightly ridden, usually between 500 and 1,000 vehicles per day outside the villages. The southernmost section between Elkhart and Johnson City has the lowest intensities, mostly around 500 vehicles per day. The border with Nebraska also has only 500 vehicles per day.
State Route 28 in Kansas
State Route 28, also known as K-28 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms an east-west route in the north of the state, from Concordia to Jewell. K-28 is 47 kilometers long.
K-28 begins in Concordia, a small town on US 81. K-28 heads west out of the town and then passes through flat to rolling farmland. The road jumps a few times to the north in the grid and passes two other villages between the start and end point. K-28 ends in Jewell at K-14.
K-28 was originally quite a bit longer and ran to the Nebraska border north of Burr Oak, via what are now K-14, US 36, and K-128. The road was asphalted around 1936 and has not been substantially upgraded since then. However, the K-28 was shortened to Jewell in 1995, making it more of an east-west than north-south route.
K-28 is driven very quietly. At Concordia there are still 1,100 vehicles per day, but on the rest of the route only 200 to 400 vehicles per day.
State Route 30 in Kansas
State Route 30, also known as K-30 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road provides a short connection between Interstate 70 and the village of Maple Hill in Wabaunsee County, 25 kilometers west of Topeka. K-30 is 3 kilometers long.
State Route 31 in Kansas
State Route 31, also known as K-31 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms an east-west route that runs diagonally and changes direction quite often. The road is located in the east of the state between Fulton and Harveyville. The largest town on the route is Garnett. State Route 31 is 216 kilometers long.
State Route 31 cascades through the eastern Kansas grid. The road makes frequent west and north turns and gradually runs from southeast to northwest across the Kansas countryside. The road does not serve any major towns, the only towns with a limited regional function are Garnett and Osage City. K-31 has quite a few double-numbered roads with north-south or east-west running roads, including US 56 and US 75. The road intersects Interstate 35 and Interstate 335. The starting point is at Fulton on a junction with US 69, near the border with the state of Missouri, and the terminus is well west of Harveyville at an intersection withK-99, southwest of Topeka.
K-31 has always been a secondary route in eastern Kansas. The starting point was originally Garnett, in 1941 this was extended slightly east to Fulton. The road has been little modified since then, typical of a secondary road in the grid is that one has to turn often or that the road has frequent sharp bends to turn within the network of north-south and east-west routes. No part of K-31 has been developed to a high standard.
On the parts where K-31 is not double numbered with other routes, the road is very quiet, usually no more than 300 to 500 vehicles per day. The only busier part is west of Lyndon where 3,000 vehicles run between US 75 and US 56.