Interstate 64 in Kentucky
|Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet|
|Length:||191 mi (307.38 km)|
|Existed:||1956 – present|
|West end:||I-64 at Indiana state line|
| I-264 in Louisville
I-65 / I-71 in Louisville
I-264 in Louisville
I-265 in Middletown
I-75 in Lexington
|East end:||I-64 at West Virginia state line|
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, a twin tube at Cherokee Park in Louisville built in 1974, and the other is a 1960s-era modern-styled rest area near Winchester.
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. 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.
Construction began on a Kentucky Route 180 interchange improvement project in the summer of 2006. 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
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. 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. 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. 8664.org, a grassroots campaign with popular support but little apparent political momentum, aims to re-route I-64 to enhance Louisville's waterfront. I-64 will be widened over the park as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, supported by the Mayor and most involved in city and interstate planning.
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|Jefferson||Louisville||1||I-264 east (Georgia Davis Powers/Shawnee Expressway) – Shively|
|3||US 150 east (22nd Street) / Northwestern Parkway||East end of US 150 overlap|
|4||9th Street, Roy Wilkins Avenue|
|5B||River Road||Eastbound exit is via exit 4|
|5A||I-65 – Nashville, Indianapolis||Signed as exit 5A (south) and 5B (north) eastbound|
|6||I-71 north – Cincinnati||Westbound exit is via exit 7|
|7||US 42 (Mellwood Avenue) / US 60 / Story Avenue|
|8||Grinstead Drive||Provides access to Lexington Road (Alternate US 60) and to Southern Seminary and Louisville Seminary|
|12||I-264 (Watterson Expressway)||Signed as exits 12A (west) and 12B (east) eastbound|
|15||KY 1747 (Hurstbourne Parkway) – Jeffersontown, Middletown|
|17||Blankenbaker Parkway ( KY 913)|
|19||I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841||Signed as exits 19A (west) and 19B (east)|
|Shelby||Simpsonville||28||KY 1848 (Veechdale Road) – Simpsonville|
|Shelbyville||32||KY 55 – Taylorsville, Shelbyville||Signed as exits 32A (south) and 32B (north) eastbound|
|35||KY 53 – Shelbyville|
|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||West end of I-75 overlap|
|115||KY 922 (Newtown Pike) to Bluegrass Pkwy. – Lexington|
|113||US 27 / US 68 (Broadway) – Lexington, Paris|
|81||I-75 south – Richmond – Knoxville||East end of I-75 overlap|
|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||B.T. Combs 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|
|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|
- Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- "Final List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Federal Interstate Highway System" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. November 1, 2006. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
- Elson, Martha (2007-01-17). "Tunnel could stop wider I-64". The Courier-Journal.[dead link]
- "Interviews for tunnel artist set to begin". The Courier-Journal. 5 February 2001.[dead link]
- "Tunnel mural proposal drawing criticism". The Independent (Ashland). 5 February 2001.
- Hart, Kenneth (1 January 2007). ""Road Work Ahead"". The Independent (Ashland). Retrieved 2007-01-02.
- ""I-64 improvement project under way in Boyd"". The Independent (Ashland). 5 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- "New speed limit signs erected". The Independent (Ashland). 2007-01-04.
- Tabor, Britney (8 June 2007). ""I-64 shutdown starts without major problems "". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-09.[dead link]
- Shafer, Sheldon (2007-03-11). ""Big I-64 headache coming"". The Courier-Journal.[dead link]
- U.S. Census Bureau. "2009 Boundary and Annexation Survey Maps". Retrieved June 4, 2009.[dead link]