Interstate 65 in Kentucky
|Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet|
|Length:||137.32 mi (221.00 km)|
|Existed:||1956 – present|
|South end:||I-65 at Tennessee state line|
| US 231 in Bowling Green
US 68 in Oakland
US 62 in Elizabethtown
I-265 in Louisville
I-264 in Louisville
US 60 in Louisville
US 150 in Louisville
I-64 / I-71 in Louisville
|North end:||I-65 at Indiana state line|
In the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Interstate 65 enters the state 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Franklin. It passes by the major cities of Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Louisville before exiting the state.
It junctions with the four parkways. The first major junction is with the William H. Natcher Parkway at Bowling Green, followed by the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway north of the city between Smiths Grove and Park City. At Elizabethtown, it has two more parkway interchanges with the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway and the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway. Interstate 65 also has interchanges with I-265, I-264, I-64 and I-71.
The widest stretch of Interstate 65 in its entirety is in Louisville at the Kentucky Route 1065 (Outer Loop), where the mainline is 14 lanes wide. It crosses the Ohio River into Indiana on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge.
Both of the Ford Motor Company truck plants in Louisville are accessible—the Louisville Assembly Plant, which currently builds the Escape SUV, is directly accessible from I-65, while Kentucky Truck Assembly, makers of the F250+ and Expedition/Navigator SUV, is accessed via I-265.
Worldport, UPS' main worldwide air cargo hub and sorting facility, is located at Louisville International Airport, the seventh busiest cargo airport in the world and adjacent to Interstate 65 at MM 128-131.
Through 2016, the Ohio River Bridges Project is constructing a new 6-lane Cable-stayed bridge (eventually all-Northbound) at Louisville and rebuilding the I-65/I-64/I-71 convergence interchange just south of I-65's existing (1963) John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, to become 6-lanes all-Southbound after completion of the new bridge and the Kennedy Bridge re-hab. Another 4-lane Cable-stayed bridge is also under construction 12 miles upstream on the Ohio, to complete the I-265 loop around fast-growing urbanized Louisville.
From July 25, 1954 until June 30, 1975, the portion from the outskirts of Louisville to Elizabethtown was a toll road bearing the Kentucky Turnpike name. It was signed with a distinctive sign featuring a cardinal, the state bird of Kentucky. Unlike most states, Kentucky law requires that tolls be removed when the original construction bonds are paid off. The road was thus the first of the state's extensive system of toll roads to be made free. Unlike the other roads, which maintain their separate names when becoming toll-free, the Kentucky Turnpike signs were removed. It is today almost impossible to find any traces of its former toll status; even the old trumpet interchanges characteristic of toll roads have been removed and replaced with diamond interchanges characteristic of a free Limited access highway.
On July 15, 2007, Kentucky officially raised its speed limits on Interstate and State Parkway Highways to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h). Until that date, Kentucky was the only state along I-65's path that had a speed limit of 65 mph (105 km/h).
In 2008, Governor Steve Beshear ordered the entire route to be widened to a minimum of six lanes through the entire state. As of 2016,the majority of this project is complete.
|Simpson||0.00||0.00||I-65 continues south into Tennessee|
|1.980||3.187||2||US 31W – Franklin|
|5.979||9.622||6||KY 100 – Scottsville, Franklin|
|Warren||20.568||33.101||20||Natcher Parkway – Owensboro, Bowling Green|
|Bowling Green||22.388||36.030||22||US 231 – Scottsville, Bowling Green|
|25.732||41.412||26||KY 234 – Bowling Green|
|Bowling Green||28.066||45.168||28||KY 446 to US 31W – Bowling Green|
|Oakland||35.631||57.343||36||US 68 / KY 80 – Oakland||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Smiths Grove||37.578||60.476||38||KY 101 to US 68 – Smiths Grove, Scottsville|
|Barren||43.135||69.419||43||Cumberland Parkway – Somerset, Glasgow||Cumberland Parkway exits 0A-B.|
|Park City||47.371||76.236||48||KY 255 – Park City, Brownsville||Serves Mammoth Cave National Park|
|Cave City||52.423||84.367||53||KY 70 / KY 90 – Cave City, Glasgow||Serves Mammoth Cave National Park|
|Hart||57.627||92.742||58||KY 218 to KY 335 – Horse Cave|
|Munfordville||64.200||103.320||65||US 31W – Munfordville|
|70.407||113.309||71||KY 728 – Bonnieville|
|LaRue||Upton||75.896||122.143||76||KY 224 – Upton|
|Hardin||Sonora||80.457||129.483||81||KY 84 – Sonora|
|85.686||137.898||86||KY 222 – Glendale|
|Elizabethtown||91.086||146.589||91||US 31W / KY 61 / Western Kentucky Parkway – Hodgenville, Paducah, Elizabethtown||Serves Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park; WKP exits 137A-B.|
|93.345||150.224||93||Bluegrass Parkway – Lexington, Bardstown|
|94.154||151.526||94||US 62 / KY 61 – Elizabethtown|
|102.533||165.011||102||KY 313 (Joe Prather Highway) – Radcliff, Vine Grove|
|Bullitt||Lebanon Junction||104.698||168.495||105||KY 61 – Boston, Lebanon Junction|
|111.773||179.881||112||KY 245 – Bardstown, Clermont|
|Shepherdsville||115.574||185.998||116||KY 480 to KY 61|
|116.639||187.712||117||KY 44 – Mt. Washington, Shepherdsville|
|121.722||195.893||121||KY 1526 (Brooks Road)|
|Jefferson||125.143||201.398||125||I-265 east (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841||I-265 east exit 10, west exits 10A-B; signed as exits 125A (east) & 125B (west) northbound.|
|126.746||203.978||127||KY 1065 (Outer Loop) – Okolona, Fairdale|
|Louisville||128.328||206.524||128||KY 1747 (Fern Valley Road)|
|129.802||208.896||130||KY 61 (Preston Highway) / Grade Lane|
|130.710||210.357||131A||I-264 (Watterson Expressway) – Louisville International Airport||I-264 exit 12; signed as exits 131A (east) and 131B (west) southbound.|
|130.792||210.489||131B||Kentucky Exposition Center|
|132.601||213.401||132||KY 1631 (Crittenden Drive) – Kentucky Exposition Center|
US 60 Alt. (Eastern Parkway)
|133.767||215.277||134||KY 61 south (Arthur Street)||South end of KY 61 overlap; no northbound exit|
|133.978||215.617||134A||KY 61 north (Jackson Street)||North end of KY 61 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|134.145||215.885||134B||Woodbine Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|134.675||216.738||135||St. Catherine Street west|
|136A||Chestnut Street, Broadway (US 150)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|135.649||218.306||136B||Brook Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|136C as the north and 136 as the south||Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Jefferson Street – Downtown Louisville||Exit 136 as the southbound exit and Exit 136C as the northbound exit|
|136.421||219.548||137||I-64 / I-71 north – Lexington, St. Louis, Cincinnati||I-64 east exits 5A-B, west exit 5A; I-71 south to 64 west exit 1A; to 65 no number signed|
|Ohio River||137.318||220.992||John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge
I-65 continues north into Indiana
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- I-265: Forms part of an incomplete beltway around Metro Louisville. The signage runs from I-65 to I-71 on the northeast side of the Metro. It is cosigned with KY 841 for its entire length and is known as the Gene Snyder Freeway. Construction is under way on an East End Bridge over the Ohio River to connect the Kentucky segment of I-265 with the Indiana segment.
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