K-39 (Kansas highway)

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K-39 marker

K-39
Route information
Maintained by KDOT
Length65.032 mi[1] (104.659 km)
Major junctions
West end US-400 North of Fredonia
East end US-69 South of Fort Scott
Location
CountiesWilson, Neosho, Bourbon
Highway system
  • Kansas State Highway System
K-34K-41

K-39 is a 65.03-mile-long (104.66 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is an east–west highway, and connects Fort Scott to towns in southeast Kansas.

Route description[edit]

K-39 begins seven miles (11 km) north of Fredonia at U.S. Highway 400 (US-400). It travels east to Benedict, where it turns north toward Buffalo. South of town, K-39 meets US-75 and begins a short, one-mile-long (1.6 km) concurrency with the U.S. Highway. Once leaving US-75, the highway again travels east toward Chanute, where it intersects US-169. The highway continues east 12 miles (19 km) before beginning a seven-mile-long (11 km) concurrency with US-59. After briefly turning north with US-59, K-39 resumes its easterly route north of Stark. The highway shares a very short overlap with K-3 (less than one mile, 1.6 kilometers) and passes through Hiattville before meeting its eastern terminus at K-7, which completes the connection to US-69.[2]

History[edit]

K-39 has been at its current alignment since 1999.[3] Prior to that the western terminus was located near Elk City. The portion of the route between Elk City and Fredonia are now county owned roads. Before 1956, when K-39 was modernized, a large portion of the route was unpaved and used 90 degree turns to travel northeast instead of the current diagonal alignment.[4]

Comparison of K-39 alignments between 1945 (left) and 2015 (right). The dashed line indicates lack of pavement.

Major Junctions[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Wilson0.0000.000 US-400Western terminus; road continues south as 1650 Road
Buffalo14.82123.852 US-75 northWestern end of US-75 concurrency
15.74925.346 US-75 southEastern end of US-75 concurrency
NeoshoChanute26.28942.308 US-169 – Iola, CoffeyvilleInterchange
39.08962.908 US-59 southWestern end of US-59 concurrency
Stark46.27474.471 US-59 northEastern end of US-59 concurrency
Bourbon56.27590.566 K-3 northWestern end of K-3 concurrency
56.77591.371 K-3 southEastern end of K-3 concurrency
65.032104.659 K-7Eastern terminus; highway continues as K-7 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kansas Department of Transportation (2014). "2014 Condition Survey Report". Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (2015). There's No Place Like Kansas: Official State Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2015–16 ed.). Scale not given. Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Kansas Department of Transportation (1999). Kansas Official State Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1999–2000 ed.). Scale not given. Topeka: Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  4. ^ State Highway Commission of Kansas (1945). Travel Kansas: Crossroads of a Continent (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Topeka: State Highway Commission of Kansas. Retrieved August 1, 2015.