Cumberland Parkway

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Cumberland Parkway marker

Cumberland Parkway
Route information
Length: 92.313 mi[1] (148.563 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-65 near Park City
East end: US 27 in Somerset
Counties: Barren, Metcalfe, Adair, Russell, Pulaski
Highway system

The Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway is an 92-mile-long (148 km) east–west controlled-access highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky, extending from Barren County in the west to Somerset in the east. It is one of nine named highways designated in Kentucky's parkway system.

The parkway begins at an interchange with Interstate 65 (exit 43) between Smiths Grove and Park City. It travels east through rolling farmland to its eastern terminus at US 27 on the north side of Somerset. The road parallels Kentucky Route 80 for its entire length. The parkway passes the cities of Glasgow, Edmonton, Columbia, and Russell Springs. It passes near two popular state parks: Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The length of the parkway is designated unsigned Kentucky Route 9008 (LN 9008).

The road is named after Louie B. Nunn, a former Kentucky governor from Barren County who was instrumental in the road's creation. Originally called the Cumberland Parkway from its opening in 1972-1973, it was renamed for Nunn in 2000.

Presumably, the Nunn Parkway was built to Interstate Highway standards at its time of construction aside from some at-grade intersections and traffic signals near its east end, which were eliminated in 2010 by constructing a northwestern bypass around Somerset. The east end of the parkway is currently a partial cloverleaf at U.S. 27.


Original Cumberland Parkway shield

The Nunn 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 Nunn, toll booths were removed in 2003 because of a bill in the United States Congress sponsored by Hal Rogers (R-KY), which included an appropriation to pay off the bonds on the parkway as well as the Daniel Boone Parkway in eastern Kentucky. The state legislature then renamed the Boone Parkway for Rogers, which sparked a controversy among residents of the region and the offspring of Boone. Nunn tried to calm the controversy by suggesting the state rename the Nunn Parkway for Rogers instead, restoring the Boone name, saying that the Cumberland Parkway had been named for Nunn without his consent.

Toll plazas[edit]

The road had three toll plazas:

New interchange in Glasgow[edit]

On May 28, 2015, a new interchange on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway west of Glasgow was opened to serve the western extension of the Veterans Outer Loop. The eastern extension of that road has been opened in early 2012, complete with the opening of exit 15, which serves the eastern extension of Veterans Outer Loop, designated at KY 1519. The state highway designation for the western extension was announced as Kentucky Route 3600. Upon completion of the new western extension of the Veterans Outer Loop, it includes the new on- and off-ramps of the Cumberland Parkway, and a new at-grade intersection with Kentucky Route 1297[3][4][5][6][7]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Barren 0.000 0.000 1 I-65 – Bowling Green, Nashville, Elizabethtown, Louisville Western terminus; signed as exits 1B (south) and 1A (north)
Glasgow 8.704 14.008 8 KY 3600 (Veterans Outer Loop) to KY 1297 / US 68 – Glasgow, Cave City Opened May 28, 2015
11.467 18.454 11 US 31E – Glasgow, Scottsville
14.027 22.574 14 KY 90 – Glasgow, Burkesville
15.374 24.742 15 KY 1519 (Veterans Outer Loop) to US 68 – Glasgow
Metcalfe Edmonton 27.400 44.096 27 US 68 / KY 80 – Edmonton, Glasgow
29.795 47.950 30 US 68 – Edmonton, Greensburg Opened late 2014
Adair Columbia 46.000 74.030 46 KY 61 – Columbia, Burkesville
48.886 78.674 49 KY 55 – Columbia
Russell Russell Springs 62.419 100.454 62 US 127 – Jamestown, Russell Springs
Pulaski 78.349 126.090 78 KY 80 – Nancy
Somerset 86.104 138.571 86 To US 27 / KY 914 – Somerset, Burnside
88.258 142.037 88 US 27 – Somerset, Lexington Cloverleaf interchange; signed as exits 88A (south) and 88B (north); eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning - Highway Information System Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  2. ^ Elkins, H.B. (2001). Signs and sights in Metcalfe County, Ky.. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Forsythe, Lauren. "Glasgow Outer Loop to be Completed Next Year". 
  4. ^ "Multiple road projects on tap". The Daily News. Kentucky. 
  5. ^ Times, BY GINA KINSLOW Glasgow Daily. "Expect lane closures this week on Happy Valley Road". 
  6. ^ Kinslow, Gina (June 5, 2015). "Roadway project comes full circle". Glasgow Daily Times, pages A1 and A8. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  7. ^ GLASGOW OUTER LOOP RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY Archived July 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. WBKO. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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