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Kansas celebrates 50 years of Interstates

Kansas Interstate History

Kansas Interstates have a long and rich history. Click on the links below to view milestones in each decade.


February - The Kansas Good Roads Association was organized to raise public awareness of the benefits of "sound highways" and to lobby the legislature.

The Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry members named the highway system as the "top priority for state government."

The I-435 loop in Kansas and Missouri was completed. A ribbon cutting on the Missouri River Bridge opened the final link on the 83-mile route.

Kansas dignitaries gathered for a ceremony to mark raising the speed limit to 65 mph on 680 miles of rural Interstates across state.

The eight-year Comprehensive Highway Program (CHP) was authorized by Legislature.