U.S. Route 68
|Length:||560 mi (901 km)|
|Existed:||1926 – present|
|West end:||US 62 at Reidland, KY|
|I‑70 at Springfield, OH|
|North end:||I‑75 at Findlay, OH|
U.S. Route 68 (US 68) is an east–west United States highway that runs for 560 miles (900 km) from northwest Ohio to Western Kentucky. The highway's western terminus is at US 62 in Reidland, Kentucky. Its northern terminus is at Interstate 75 in Findlay, Ohio. It is signed east–west in Kentucky and north–south in Ohio.
U.S. Route 68 is designated as a "Scenic Highway" throughout Kentucky. The majority of the route winds through forested, hilly terrain.
The route passes several Civil War battle sites. The Battle of Tebbs Bend Historic Civil War Site is located near Campbellsville and the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is outside Perryville. In addition, the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is along the highway about 9 miles (14 km) east of Hopkinsville at the small town of Fairview.
There is an annual 400-mile (640 km) yard sale held along the highway for 4 days in early summer.
The sections of the highway through Campbellsville and Lebanon are slated for expansion to begin in 2008. The long-term goal is to widen and make safer the entire US 68 corridor through Kentucky as part of the Heartland Parkway project.
Sections in Kentucky have been improved in recent years. The Paris Pike which was completed in 2003. Work is currently in progress to make US 68 four lanes through Land Between the Lakes.
|This section requires expansion. (May 2008)|
US 68 takes a north–south route throughout much of Ohio. For much of the route, it roughly parallels Interstate 75 as it runs south from its junction with said interstate to the Kentucky border. As US 68 proceeds southward from Findlay, it generally lies one county east of Interstate 75. The route is an important connector for cities and villages in western Ohio. It also is used as the Springfield bypass.
|This section requires expansion. (August 2013)|
In Clark County, Ohio, there is an almost full-access interchange between controlled-access US 68 and US 40/SR 4, which is itself a controlled-access highway until approximately 0.3 mile west of the US 68 interchange. One exit ramp from US 68 ends on Upper Valley Pike, rather than on US 40/SR 4; another entrance ramp includes two-way traffic and an at-grade entrance to a retirement community. On US 40/SR 4 between the controlled-access portion and US 68, there are an at-grade intersection at Upper Valley Pike, other street and driveway breaks in access control and a steep grade on the eastbound approach toward Upper Valley Pike. In September 2013, the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) ranked the US 40/SR 4/Upper Valley Pike intersection as the most hazardous in the county, based on 2010-2012 crash data. Because the road design over the years had played a significant factor in the high number of crashes in the area, the TCC conducted a study; in February 2006 it recommended reconfiguring the US 68 interchange and altering nearby traffic patterns. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) the same year approved $5 million to fund the project. However, the TCC soon rejected ODOT's money, concluding that even its recommended fix would not be enough to solve the area road network's underlying problems. Instead, the TCC is making small changes, such as improving traffic signal timing and adding signs. ODOT, for its part, is working on reducing the number of driveways near the US 40/SR 4/Upper Valley Pike intersection and on upgrading traffic signals.
- I-24 near Paducah
- I-24 near Hopkinsville
- US 41A in Hopkinsville
- US 41 in Hopkinsville
- Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkinsville
- Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green
- US 231 in Bowling Green
- US 31W in Bowling Green
- US 60 in Lexington
- I-75 near Lexington
- US 62 south of Maysville (southern terminus of concurrency)
- US 62 in Redoak, Ohio (between Ripley and Georgetown, northern terminus of concurrency)
- US 52 concurrency from Aberdeen to Ripley
- US 50 in Fayetteville
- US 22 in Wilmington
- I-71 north of Wilmington
- US 35 / US 42 in Xenia
- I-70 south of Springfield
- US 40 in Springfield
- US 36 in Urbana
- US 33 in Bellefontaine
- US 30 in Williamstown
- I-75 in Findlay
- Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 02:55, 4 July 2006 (UTC).[unreliable source]
- "400 mile sale across Kentucky's scenic byway historic highway 68". Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "US 68". KentuckyRoads.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- "Heartland Parkway Project". Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- "US 68/Ky 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge sections collapse after cargo ship strike". WPSD. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- "US 68/KY 80 Kentucky Lake Bridge Reopens". KentuckyRoads.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- U. S. G. S. Topographic Maps, Toledo 7.5 ' Quadrangles edited 1934 and 1951 and Dept. of Highways Map of Ohio, 1959.
- Heffner, Jessica (September 20, 2013). "Money to fix road rejected". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "High Hazard Location List for Clark County" (PDF). Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. September 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "US 40/Upper Valley Pike Study". Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. February 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
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