State Route 13 and 14 in Kansas
State Route 13 in Kansas
State Route 13, also known as K-13 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms a short route between Manhattan and Fostoria in the north of the state. K-13 is 15 miles long.
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K-13 begins just north of the Manhattan regional city on US 24. The road crosses the Tuttle Creek Dam, then curves north. The road takes you through the agricultural countryside of northern Kansas, mainly in Pottawatomie County. K-13 ends at the village of Fostoria on K-16.
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K-13 was originally a longer north-south route and originally ran from El Dorado through Council Grove to Manhattan. The current route did not exist then. In 1933, K-13 was extended north from Manhattan via Garrison to Barrett. This was west of the current route. The Big Blue River reservoir was created in the early 1960s. This became Tuttle Creek Lake in 1962, so K-13 was diverted north of Manhattan to K-16 at Fostoria. The old route was then flooded. In 1965, most of K-13 was renumbered K-177 south of Manhattan.
1,000 vehicles use K-13 every day.
State Route 14 in Kansas
State Route 14 or K-14 is a state route in the U.S. state of Kansas. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, from Harper through Hutchinson to the Nebraska state border north of Mankato. K-14 is 352 kilometers long.
K-14 runs north-south through almost the entire state of Kansas. The road begins in Harper on US 160 and then more or less parallels Interstate 135 and US 81, which runs 40 to 60 miles east. K-14 does not go straight north, but jumps several times in the grid from east to west and vice versa. K-14 has a fairly long double numbering with K-96between Hutchinson and Lyons. Hutchinson is also the largest town on the route. The road leads through central Kansas, where traditional agriculture in the east changes to circular irrigation in the west. The road is single lane practically everywhere, except for parts of some double numberings. The road leads through the typical rolling and open landscape of Kansas. On the Nebraska side, State Route 14 in Nebraska continues to Superior.
Originally, K-14 was a little longer, starting a little further south at Anthony on K-44, not far from the Oklahoma state border. The original route was not via Hutchinson, but more westerly, on a route from Kingman via Arlington to Nickerson, where the double numbering began with K-96. In 1932, K-14 was extended even further southwest from Anthony, via Kiowa, to the Oklahoma border at Hardtner. In 1932, the double-numbered K-96 between west of Nickerson and Lyons was the only part of the road that was paved.
In the second half of the 1930s the road was no longer asphalted, but the northern part between Beloit and Mankato became a gravel road. By 1940 the section between Lincoln and Beloit was also a gravel road.
In the first half of the 1940’s work began on asphalting longer stretches of K-14, mainly north of Lyons, part of the old route southwest of Nickerson, and a longer stretch from Lincoln to Mankato in the United States. north of Kansas. In the second half of the 1940s, part of the south was also paved, partly between Harper and Kingman. By 1950, almost all of today’s K-14 was paved except for a stretch between Geneseo and Lincoln in central Kansas. By 1956, the entire K-14 was asphalted.
In 1962, the section between the Oklahoma and Anthony border was double-numbered with K-2, then the double-numbering was dropped in 1995 and K-14 was shortened to Harper. K-14 continued west of Hutchinson for an extended period of time, passing Kingman more directly to Sterling. The section between Kingman and Hutchinson was numbered K-17 at the time. Renumbered only in 2013, the old route from Kingman to Sterling has since been numbered K-11 between Kingman and Arlington and unnumbered between Arlington and K-96 south of Sterling.
K-14 is generally a quiet road with mostly 1,000 to 1,500 vehicles on the parts that are not double-numbered with other roads. The northern part is a bit quieter, with partial intensities between 500 and 900 vehicles per day near the border with Nebraska.