State Route 20, 22 and 23 in Kansas

By | October 18, 2022

State Route 20 in Kansas

SR-20
Begin US 75
End Troy
Length 37 mi
Length 60 km
Route
Horton

Everest

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State Route 20, also known as K-20 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms an east-west route in the northeast of the state, connecting two north-south routes, US 75 and K-7. K-20 is 60 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

About 20 miles north of Holton, K-20 begins at an intersection with US 75 and heads east through rolling countryside. After 17 kilometers you reach the village of Horton, after which the road is double -numbered with the US 73. From Everest, K-20 runs independently again and jumps a few times in the grid of the countryside, without really passing through villages. South of Troy, K-20 then terminates at K-7.

History

Originally a bit shorter, K-20 started in Everest and ran to K-7 (then K-16) near Troy, the eastern portion of the current route. This road was a gravel road at the time. Between Horton and Everest, US 73E (later US 73) existed as a gravel road. In the mid-1930s, K-20 was extended westward to US 75. Before 1940, no section was paved. In the first half of the 1940s, the western part from US 75 to Everest was asphalted. The eastern part was asphalted by 1950.

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Traffic intensities

1,800 vehicles drive daily between US 75 and Horton and 200 to 600 vehicles on the eastern section.

State Route 22 in Kansas

SR-22
Begin US 36
End Haddam
Length 3 mi
Length 5 km
Route
Haddam

State Route 22, commonly known as K-22 is a short state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road connects the village of Haddam with US 36 in the north of the state, over a length of 5 kilometers.

Travel directions

K-22 is no more than a three-mile link between US 36 and Haddam in northern Washington County.

History

However, K-22 has quite a long history. It was one of the original state highways of 1926 and at the time ran through the entire state, from the Oklahoma border at Liberal to the Nebraska border near Woodruff. However, this soon became US 83 in 1932. After that, the number was assigned to a 288 kilometer connection from Wichita to Topeka. This ran on already existing US Highways and state highways. The idea was that important diagonal connections were given one number, which was led with several other numbers. However, this experiment was not considered a success, and in 1938 the double numbering was removed.

In 1941, K-22 was assigned to the current route between US 36 and Haddam. It is one of the shortest state highways with a low number.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 300 vehicles use K-22.

State Route 23 in Kansas

SR-23
Get started Forgan
End Selden
Length 199 mi
Length 320 km
Route
OklahomaMeade

Cimarron

Dighton

grainfield

Hoxie

Selden

State Route 23, also known as K-23 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms a north-south route in the western part of the state, from the Oklahoma border to US 83 near Selden. K-23 is 320 kilometers long.

Travel directions

K-23 is a fairly long route that does not visit places of interest. The road begins on the Oklahoma state border south of Meade, from where Oklahoma State Route 23 continues to Beaver. The road ends near Selden on US 83. The road passes through long stretches of sparsely populated countryside with ranches and circular irrigation. The few villages on the route are widely spaced and K-23 does not pass through places of major importance, although some villages have a catchment area as large as a county. The road jumps a number of times to the west and east and sometimes piggybacks on other roads. At Grainfield there is a short double numbering with Interstate 70. The road is single lane everywhere.

History

The road existed in 1932 as a dirt road from Meade to Selden, covering practically the entire present-day route. Around 1933 the first section was upgraded to a gravel road between Gove City and Grainfield. By 1936 a long stretch of gravel was laid between Meade and Dighton. In 1938, further sections were graveled and K-23 also ran south of Meade for the first time, but not all the way to the Oklahoma border.. By 1940 practically the entire K-23 was covered with gravel. In the early 1940’s work started on asphalting the road, the first between Meade and Dighton, immediately a long stretch. The road has been paved at a fairly rapid pace, by 1948 only a small stretch of gravel road in southern Gove County was left. This was also paved by 1950. The last section built was from the Oklahoma border to south of Meade, which was not built as a gravel road until the late 1950s and was completely paved by 1965.

Traffic intensities

The K-23 is driven very lightly, almost the entire route has only 300 to 600 vehicles per day. The busiest stretch is between US 56 and Cimarron, which has 1,000 to 1,700 vehicles per day.

State Route 23 in Kansas