Interstate 64 in Kentucky

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This article is about the section of Interstate 64 in Kentucky. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 64.

Interstate 64 marker

Interstate 64
Route information
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Length: 191.00 mi[1] (307.38 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-64 / US 150 at Indiana state line
  I‑264 in Louisville
I‑65 / I‑71 in Louisville
I‑264 in Louisville
I‑265 / KY 841 in Middletown
I‑75 in Lexington
East end: I‑64 at West Virginia state line
Highway system
KY 64 KY 65

In the U.S. state of Kentucky, Interstate 64 travels for 191 miles (307 km) passing by the major towns and cities of Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington and Ashland. It has several major junctions within the state: Interstate 65, Interstate 71, Interstate 264 and Interstate 265 in Louisville, and Interstate 75 in Lexington.

The interstate is host to two "exceptionally significant" structures indicated by the Federal Highway Administration. One is the Cochran Hill Tunnel,[2] a twin tube at Cherokee Park in Louisville built in 1974,[2] and the other is a 1960s-era modern-styled rest area near Winchester.[3]

In Downtown Louisville, the interstate passes under a public plaza called the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, one of the only structures in the state built on top of an interstate.


The Cochran Hill Tunnel in Louisville, also known as the Cherokee Park Tunnel, underwent restoration in 2001, which involved the reconstruction of the concrete pavement, the installation of new tiles and improvements to lighting. Efforts were made to paint the interior tiles of the tunnel with a mural, but were dropped because opponents stated that drivers would become distracted while passing through the tunnel, driving and viewing the art work at the same time.[4][5] The tunnels, which opened in 1974, are one of three sites in Kentucky deemed "exceptionally significant" by the Federal Highway Administration. The designation meant that it will be very difficult for the stretch of interstate running through Cherokee Park ever to be widened.[3]

Streaking Lights on I-64 as seen from the horse/bike bridge at Seneca Park in Louisville Kentucky.

Construction began on a Kentucky Route 180 interchange improvement project in the summer of 2006.[6][7] The $34 million project entailed the rebuilding of six bridges, the widening of Kentucky Route 180 to four-lanes in the vicinity of the interchange and the conversion of the ramps into a diamond. The project should be finished by November 2008.

In March 2007, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed Senate Bill 83 which allowed for an increase in speed limits on rural interstates and parkways. Speed limits on rural sections of Interstate 64 were increased from 65 MPH to 70 mph (110 km/h), following an engineering study by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. New signage was installed in July[8]

On June 7, 2007, Interstate 64 between the junction of Interstate 264 and Interstate 65 and Interstate 71 in downtown Louisville was closed to through traffic.[9] The section of highway featured three-lanes of traffic in each direction on an elevated viaduct paralleling the Ohio River, carrying 90,000 vehicles-per-day. The closure was part of a $50 million refurbishment project that involved replacing 132 expansion joints and repaving more than four-miles (6 km) of interstate and interchanges.[10] The work was completed in two phases, starting with the entire project area being closed on three weekends in June, followed by a section of highway closed from 3rd to 22nd Streets in early July to early August. However, the Interstate was not finished because of the section between Frankfort and Lexington. The state could not attain the right of way here because of very famous horse parks northwest of Lexington. After a couple of tries to get the right of way, the state was able to get the right of way and began construction on this segment. It was the last segment of Interstate 64 to be completed in Kentucky.


Controversially, I-64 runs through Louisville Waterfront Park, a key part of the revitalization of Downtown Louisville, and portions of the park exist under it., a grassroots campaign with popular support but little apparent political momentum, aimed to re-route and remove I-64 to enhance Louisville's waterfront. I-64 was to be widened over the park as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. But plans to widen the freeway over the park have been abandoned to reduce costs of the Ohio River Bridges Project.[11]

Exit list[edit]

County Location[12] Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Ohio River 0.00 0.00 Sherman Milton Bridge
I-64 west / US 150 west – New Albany, St. Louis
Jefferson Louisville 1 I‑264 east – Shively Western terminus of I-264
3 US 150 east (22nd Street) Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 150
4 9th Street / Roy Wilkins Avenue – Downtown
5B 3rd Street / River Road – Downtown Eastbound exit is via exit 4
5A I‑65 – Nashville, Indianapolis Signed as exit 5A (south) and 5B (north) eastbound; eastbound exit to I-65 south closed until 2016
6 I‑71 north – Cincinnati Eastbound access only
7 US 42 / US 60 (Mellwood Avenue / Story Avenue)
8 Grinstead Drive Access to Lexington Road (US 60 Alt) to Southern and Louisville Seminaries
Cochran Hill Tunnel
10 Cannons Lane
12 I‑264 (Watterson Expressway) Signed as exits 12A (west) and 12B (east) eastbound
15 KY 1747 (Hurstbourne Parkway) – Jeffersontown, Middletown
Jeffersontown 17 Blankenbaker Parkway (KY 913) No signage for KY 913
19 I‑265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841 Signed as exits 19A (west) and 19B (east)
Shelby Simpsonville 28 KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road) – Simpsonville
Shelbyville 32 KY 55 (Taylorsville Road) – Taylorsville, Shelbyville
35 KY 53 (Mt Eden Road) – Shelbyville
  43 KY 395 (Waddy Road) – Waddy
Franklin Frankfort 48 KY 151 – Lawrenceburg
53 US 127 – Lawrenceburg, Frankfort Signed as exit 53A (south) and 53B (north)
58 US 60 – Versailles, Frankfort
Woodford Midway 65 KY 341 – Versailles, Midway
Scott   69 US 62 (Paynes Depot Road) – Georgetown
Fayette Lexington 75 I‑75 north – Cincinnati Western terminus of concurrency with I-75
115 KY 922 (Newtown Pike) to Bluegrass Pkwy. – Lexington
113 US 27 / US 68 (Broadway) – Lexington, Paris
81 I‑75 south – Richmond – Knoxville Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-75
87 KY 859
Clark Winchester 94 KY 1958 to KY 627 / Van Meter Road – Winchester
96 KY 627 – Winchester, Paris Signed as exits 96A (south) and 96B (north) westbound
98 Mountain Pkwy. east – Prestonsburg, Campton Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; westbound exit is via a U-turn at exit 96
101 US 60 – Winchester, Mount Sterling
Montgomery Mount Sterling 110 US 460 / KY 11 – Flemingsburg, Mount Sterling, Paris
113 US 60 – Mount Sterling, Owingsville
Bath Owingsville 121 KY 36 – Owingsville, Frenchburg
123 US 60 – Owingsville, Salt Lick
Rowan   133 KY 801
Morehead 137 KY 32 east / Flemingsburg Road – Flemingsburg, Morehead
Carter   156 KY 2 to KY 59 – Olive Hill, Vanceburg
Olive Hill 161 US 60 – Olive Hill, Grayson
Grayson 172 KY 1 / KY 7 to KY 9 (AA Hwy.) – Maysville, Grayson
  179 KY 67 north (Industrial Parkway) – Greenup, Wurtland
Boyd Coalton 181 US 60 – Grayson, Ashland
Ashland 185 KY 180 – Cannonsburg, Ashland
  191 US 23 – Ashland, Louisa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related route[edit]

Interstate 264
Location: LouisvilleGlenview Manor

Interstate 264 is an inner loop route in Metro Louisville. Signed as the Georgia Davis Powers Shawnee Expressway between its western terminus at I-64 in Shawnee and US 31W/US 60 (Dixie Highway) in Shively, and as the Watterson Expressway from US 31W/US 60 to its northeastern terminus at I-71 in Glenview Manor. Along the way, it provides access to Louisville International Airport at its junction with I-65.


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