Pennyrile Parkway

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Pennyrile Parkway marker

Pennyrile Parkway
Route information
Length: 71.306 mi[1] (114.756 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑24 near Hopkinsville
 


US 41 Alt. in Hopkinsville
US 41 / KY 109 in Hopkinsville
US 68 / KY 80 in Hopkinsville
US 41 near Nortonville
US 62 in Nortonville
I‑69 / Western Kentucky Pkwy. near Nortonville
US 41 in Madisonville

Audubon Pkwy. in Henderson
North end: US 41 in Henderson
Location
Counties: Christian, Hopkins, Webster, Henderson
Highway system

The Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway is a 71.306-mile (114.756 km) controlled-access highway from Henderson to Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The parkway begins at Henderson as a continuation of the limited-access U.S. Route 41 (US 41) at exit 81; the northernmost three miles (5 km) of the Pennyrile Parkway are signed as US 41. It travels south through rolling hills to its southern terminus at Interstate 24 south of Hopkinsville. A seven-mile (11 km) section was left unconstructed from US 41 Alternate south to Interstate 24 despite its approval in 1976 from the Parkway Authority for construction. This connection was completed and opened to the public on March 1, 2011.[2] The first 1.8 miles (2.9 km) of the extension to the U.S. Route 68 bypass (exit 6) were completed and opened to traffic in September 2008. The construction was then completed to exit 5, with the final section to I-24 opened on March 1, 2011.

The next phase of the extension – now completed – encompassed the portion of the parkway between US 41 Alternate and I-24. As of May 2010, the Lover's Lane interchange (Exit 5) is open to local traffic via U.S. Route 68 ramp (Exit 5). The final segment, from US 68 to Interstate 24, opened on March 1, 2011.

It is one of nine highways that are part of Kentucky's parkway system. The section between the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway near Mortons Gap and the northern terminus in Henderson became part of Interstate 69 with the passage of federal legislation on June 6, 2008. The length of the road carries the unsigned designation Kentucky Route 9004 (EB 9004).

The road is named after Edward T. Breathitt, a former Kentucky governor. Originally called the Pennyrile Parkway from its opening in October 1969 at a cost of $69.2 million, it was renamed for Breathitt in 2000.

The parkway passes the cities of Madisonville, Sebree, Mortons Gap, Slaughters, and Earlington. It intersects with the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway near Madisonville, and with the Audubon Parkway just south of Henderson.

History[edit]

The Pennyrile Parkway previously used a green shield.

The Pennyrile Parkway, as with all nine parkways, was originally a toll road. By Kentucky state law, toll collection ceases when enough toll has been collected or funds received from other sources, such as a legislative appropriation, to pay off the construction bonds for the parkway. In the case of the Pennyrile, toll booths were removed in 1992 when bonds were paid off ten years ahead of schedule.

A section near the middle of the parkway, in the Madisonville area, was free from tolls from the road's opening; this section was also signed as US 41. The US 41 designation has since been removed and applied to the former US 41A through Madisonville and other nearby cities; this road was the original US 41 before the parkway opened. This redesignation followed a horrendous blizzard on January 17, 1994, which forced the Governor of Kentucky to close all Interstates and limited access highways in the state. Heavy trucks were forced to take US 41A through downtown Madisonville for a week, snarling local traffic.

Future[edit]

Interstate 69[edit]

Further information: Interstate 69 in Kentucky

The portion of the parkway from Madisonville to Henderson is part of the proposed southern extension of Interstate 69. On May 15, 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that the Pennyrile Parkway between Henderson and Madisonville will be incorporated into Future Interstate 69. That same day, highway crews began installing "Future Interstate 69 Corridor" signs along this segment and the Western Kentucky Parkway between Mortons Gap and Interstate 24.

Federal legislation designating parkways as I-69[edit]

On May 2, 2008 the House of Representatives passed HR 1195 (SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008) which designates the Pennyrile Parkway from Henderson to Madisonville, and the Western Kentucky Parkway from Madisonville to I-24 at Eddyville as I-69. It further designates the Audubon Parkway as a future spur (I-X69) of I-69 once necessary upgrades are completed. President Bush signed the bill on June 6, 2008, and I-69 signs may begin appearing on the Parkways during the summer of 2008.[3][4][5][6]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Christian Hopkinsville 0.000 0.000 I‑24 – Nashville, Paducah Exit 1 is for 24 west
5.175 8.328 5 Lover's Lane – Hopkinsville Serves James E. Bruce Convention Center
6.000 9.656 6
US 68 Byp. – Hopkinsville
7.000 11.265 7
US 41 Alt. – Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell
Southern terminus until 2009
7.935 12.770 8 US 41 – Hopkinsville, Pembroke
9.359 15.062 9 US 68 / KY 80 – Hopkinsville, Elkton Serves Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport
11.697 18.824 12
KY 1682 to US 41 Truck – Hopkinsville
Serves Hopkinsville Community College
Crofton 22.653 36.456 23 KY 800 – Crofton Serves Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Hopkins Nortonville 29.568 47.585 30 US 41 south Southbound exit and northbound entrance
32.861 52.885 33 US 62 – Nortonville, Greenville
34.271 55.154 34 I‑69 south / Western Kentucky Pkwy. – Elizabethtown, Paducah South end of I-69 overlap; signed as exits 34A (east) and 34B (west/south)
Mortons Gap 37.070 59.658 37 KY 813 – Mortons Gap
Earlington 39.794 64.042 40 KY 2171 – Earlington, Madisonville
Madisonville 42.418 68.265 42 KY 70 – Madisonville, Central City
44.337 71.353 44
US 41 Alt. / KY 281 – Madisonville, Providence
Serves Madisonville Community College
45.206 72.752 45 US 41 north – Madisonville Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Hanson 48.979 78.824 49 KY 260 – Hanson
Slaughters 54.070 87.017 54 KY 138 – Dixon, Calhoun
Webster Sebree 62.637 100.804 63 KY 56 – Sebree, Owensboro
Henderson Robards 68.363 110.020 68 KY 416 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Henderson 76.258 122.725 76 KY 425 to US 60 west – Morganfield Serves Henderson Community College and the Henderson City-County Airport
77.210 124.257 77 Audubon Pkwy. east – Owensboro
78.306 126.021 78 US 41 south South end of US 41 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
79 KY 351 – Zion, Henderson
81
US 60 / US 41 Alt. – Owensboro, Henderson
Signed as exits 81A (east) and 81B (west/south). Highway continues north as US-41 toward Evansville, Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing