Interstate 75 in Kentucky
I-75 highlighted in red
|Maintained by KYTC|
|Length||191.78 mi (308.64 km)|
|South end||I-75 at Tennessee state line|
|North end||I-71 / I-75 at Ohio state line|
|Counties||Whitley, Laurel, Rockcastle, Madison, Fayette, Scott, Grant, Boone, Kenton|
Interstate 75 (I-75) runs from near Williamsburg to Covington by way of Lexington in the U.S. state of Kentucky. I-75 enters the Cumberland Plateau region from Tennessee, then descends into the Bluegrass region through the Pottsville Escarpment before crossing the Ohio River into Ohio. I-75 follows along the U.S. Route 25 corridor for the entire length of Kentucky.
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Interstate 75 runs roughly parallel to U.S. Route 25 for its entire length in Kentucky. The freeway enters Kentucky south of Williamsburg, bypassing Corbin, London, Berea, and Richmond, Kentucky. It is briefly concurrent with Interstate 64 along the north and east sides of Lexington, before leaving the Lexington area northerly and bypassing Georgetown. South of Florence, Kentucky, the route becomes concurrent with Interstate 71, and the two routes remain concurrent through to Cincinnati, Ohio. On the north side of Florence, Interstate 75 intersects with the only auxiliary route it has in the state, Interstate 275, a beltway bypass of the greater Cincinnati area.
The stretch through Covington originally included hills and curves steeper than those recommended for Interstate Highway standards. As a result, it was nicknamed "Death Hill", It is a steep descent into the valley of the Ohio River between Kyles Lane and the Brent Spence Bridge near Cincinnati, Ohio. The hill is known for its high number of automobile accidents. In 2006 the Cut-in-the-Hill averaged over seven times more accidents when compared to similar roadways in Kentucky.
At the Cut-in-the-Hill the northbound road takes a sharp left turn into a steep grade down to the Ohio River—about 370 feet (110 m) in 4 miles (6.4 km). Accidents are usually attributed to a combination of speeding, curvy lanes, poor weather, longer stopping times for trucks traveling downhill, and traffic congestion.
The area earned the sobriquet "Death Hill" shortly after Interstate 75 opened in 1962. By 1968 a total of 23 people died in crashes on the hill so a concrete wall was installed to separate northbound and southbound traffic. The wall helped reduce fatal crashes but accidents continued, and in 1977 the hill averaged 583 automobile accidents per year.
In 1986 a tractor-trailer lost control, leading to an accident that caused a Northern Kentucky University student to burn to death in his car. As a result, Governor Martha Layne Collins banned most northbound tractor-trailer traffic from the hill. From 1989 until 1994 $50-million in reconstruction was spent to straighten the hill's S-curve and add a fourth lane for southbound traffic, and in 1995 the truck ban was lifted. Also as part of the reconstruction, ramps were added at Pike Street to give complete access, while an interchange with Jefferson and Euclid avenues was obliterated.
In 2006 the hill and the Brent Spence Bridge saw 151 crashes in the northbound lane and 121 crashes in the southbound lane, totaling 272 in all. To help reduce the number of accidents a flashing "Steep Grade" sign was installed, and a Kentucky State Police trooper was assigned to patrol just the Cut-in-the-Hill. Additionally, eight radar speed signs were installed in 2007 to remind motorists to drive a safer speed.
The Cut-in-the-Hill was originally designed to carry up to 80,000 vehicles per day, but in 2006 it carried 155,000 daily. Kentucky officials are reportedly working to raise more than $2 billion to replace the section of highway, but as of 2012 no construction is planned.
|Whitley||||0.000||0.000||I-75 south – Knoxville||Continuation into Tennessee|
|Williamsburg||10.548||16.975||11||KY 92 to US 25W – Williamsburg, Pineville|
|15.456||24.874||15||US 25W – Williamsburg|
|Corbin||24.670||39.703||25||US 25W (Cumberland Falls Highway) – Corbin|
|Laurel||North Corbin||28.852||46.433||29||To US 25 / US 25E / Cumberland Gap Parkway – Corbin, Barbourville|
|London||38.187||61.456||38||KY 192 (B. W. Ridge Road) to Hal Rogers Parkway – London|
|40.708||65.513||41||KY 80 (Hal Rogers Parkway) – London, Somerset, Hazard|
|East Bernstadt||49.132||79.070||49||KY 909 to US 25 (Wilderness Road Heritage Highway) – Livingston|
|Rockcastle||Mount Vernon||58.966||94.897||59||US 25 (Wilderness Road Heritage Highway) to US 150 – Mt. Vernon, Livingston|
|62.013||99.800||62||US 25 (Richmond Street) to KY 461 – Mt. Vernon, Renfro Valley|
|Madison||Berea||75.516||121.531||76||KY 21 (E. Chestnut Street, W. Paint Lick Road) to US 25 – Berea|
|77.468||124.673||77||KY 595 (Walnut Meadow Pike) to KY 956 – Berea|
|Richmond||82.832||133.305||83||KY 2872 (Duncannon Lane) to US 25 – Richmond|
|87.150||140.254||87||KY 876 (Eastern Bypass) – Richmond, Lancaster|
|89.833||144.572||90||US 25 / US 421 (Robert R. Martin Bypass) – Richmond, Irvine||Signed as 90B (north) and 90A (south) southbound; northbound exit also connects to businesses on Northgate and Lexington roads (signed as Service Access Road)|
|94.715||152.429||95||KY 627 (Boonesborough Road) – Boonesborough, Winchester|
|97.038||156.168||97||US 25 south / US 421 south (Lexington Road) – Richmond, Clays Ferry||South end of US 25 / US 421 overlap|
|Clays Ferry Bridge|
|Fayette||Lexington||98.516||158.546||99||US 25 north / US 421 north (Old Richmond Road) – Lexington, Clays Ferry||North end of US 25 / US 421 overlap|
|103.890||167.195||104||KY 418 (Athens-Boonesborough Road) – Lexington, Athens, Boonesborough|
|108.247||174.207||108||KY 1425 (Man o' War Boulevard) – Lexington||KY 1425 not signed|
|109.677||176.508||110||US 60 (Winchester Road) – Lexington, Winchester|
|110.829||178.362||111||I-64 east – Winchester, Ashland||South end of I-64 overlap; I-64 exit 81|
|112.834||181.589||113||US 27 / US 68 (Broadway) – Lexington, Paris|
|115.226||185.438||115||KY 922 (Newtown Pike) to Bluegrass Parkway – Lexington, Blue Grass Airport|
|117.665||189.363||118||I-64 west – Frankfort, Louisville||North end of I-64 overlap; I-64 exit 75|
|119.873||192.917||120||KY 1973 (Iron Works Pike) to US 25 – Lexington, Georgetown|
|Scott||Georgetown||124.868||200.956||125||US 460 (Paris Pike) – Georgetown, Paris||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|125.528||202.018||126||US 62 (Cherry Blossom Way) – Georgetown, Cynthiana|
|126.764||204.007||127||Toyota Plant||Opened November 1, 2016|
|129.199||207.926||129||KY 620 (Cherry Blossom Way) to US 25 – Georgetown|
|Sadieville||136.468||219.624||136||KY 32 (Porter Road) to US 25 – Sadieville, Cynthiana|
|Grant||Corinth||144.443||232.458||144||KY 330 (Owenton Road) – Corinth, Owenton|
|Williamstown||154.175||248.121||154||KY 36 to US 25 – Williamstown, Owenton|
|155.772||250.691||156||KY 1560 (Barnes Road) – Williamstown|
|Dry Ridge||158.544||255.152||159||KY 22 / KY 467 (Broadway Street) – Dry Ridge, Owenton|
|Crittenden||165.901||266.992||166||KY 491 (Violet Road) – Crittenden|
||No major junctions|
|Boone||Walton||171.378||275.806||171||KY 14 / KY 16 (Mary Grubbs Highway) to US 25 – Walton, Verona|
|173.532||279.273||173||I-71 south – Louisville||South end of I-71 overlap; I-71 exit 77|
|Union||175.392||282.266||175||KY 338 (Richwood Drive) to US 25 – Richwood, Union, Walton|
|178.019||286.494||178||KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) – Union, Independence|
|Florence||180.45||290.41||180||US 127 / US 42 – Florence, Union, Erlanger|
|180.464||290.429||180A||Mall Road||No northbound exit; access to Florence Mall|
|181.178||291.578||181||KY 18 (Burlington Pike) – Florence, Burlington|
|182.378||293.509||182||KY 1017 (Turfway Road) / KY 842 – Florence||Southbound access via right-in/right-out with Thoroughbred Boulevard|
|Kenton||Erlanger||183.685||295.612||184||KY 236 (Commonwealth Avenue, Donaldson Highway) – Erlanger||Signed as 184B (west) and 184A (east) southbound|
|184.708||297.259||185||I-275 to I-471 north – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport||I-275 exit 84|
|Fort Mitchell||186.274||299.779||186||KY 371 (Buttermilk Pike) – Fort Mitchell, Crescent Springs|
|187.675||302.034||188||US 25 / US 127 / US 42 (Dixie Highway) – Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright|
|Fort Wright||188.585||303.498||189||KY 1072 (Kyles Lane) – Fort Wright, Park Hills|
|Covington||190||Jefferson Avenue, Euclid Avenue||Exit removed ca. 1994 during reconstruction of freeway|
|190.453||306.504||191||US 25 / US 127 / US 42 (Pike Street) / Twelfth Street / Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – Covington|
|191.132||307.597||192||Fifth Street (KY 8) – Covington, Newport||KY 8 not signed|
|Brent Spence Bridge|
|I-71 north / I-75 north – Cincinnati||Continuation into Ohio|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 75 in Kentucky.|
- Interstate 50th Anniversary (KTC) Archived January 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "FHWA Route Log". Fhwa.dot.gov. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
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- Smith, Steve; et al. (2007). "Around Town". Cincinnati USA City Guide. Cincinnati Magazine. p. 79. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "Travel Restrictions Lifted, But Officials Urge Caution". WLWT. January 27, 2009. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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- "Aggressive Driving Crackdown Starts". kypost.com. October 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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- Rutledge, Mike (January 10, 2007). "'Cut-in-hill' wrecks pile up: 272 crashes in '06; warning will flash". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Rockcastle County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Madison County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Fayette County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Scott County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Grant County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Kenton County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Division of Planning (n.d.). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract (Boone County)". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "I-75 Interchange Project begins in Scott County, state officials announce". The News-Graphic. news-graphic.com. March 27, 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.