Kentucky Route 259

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Kentucky Route 259 marker

Kentucky Route 259
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length: 95.910 mi[1] (154.352 km)
Existed: 1930s – present
Major junctions
North end: KY 144 near Rhodelia
 
South end: US 68 / KY 80 at Hays
Location
Counties: Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Edmonson, Warren
Highway system
KY 258 KY 260

Kentucky Route 259 (KY 259) is a state highway that traverses five counties in west-central Kentucky. It is 95.91 miles (154.35 km) long.

Route description[edit]

Warren/Edmonson County area[edit]

KY 259's southern terminus is at the intersection with the concurrently running U.S. Route 68 (US 68) and KY 80 in Hays, in far eastern Warren County. It crosses Interstate 65 (I-65) via an overpass shortly before crossing into Edmonson County and reaches the community of Rocky Hill, where it intersects KY 1339 (Apple Grove Road). It then crosses US 31W just north of Rocky Hill, and then turns northwest to intersect KY 422 and 2325 in the Pig community. When it meets KY 101 in Rhoda, KY 259 turns right and continues on to the Edmonson County seat of Brownsville, where it runs concurrently with Kentucky Route 70 throughout its course through that city, over the Green River to a point near the Riverhill Shopping Center.

After leaving Brownsville, KY 259 then traverses the communities of Lindseyville, Sweeden (where it intersects KY 728), and Bee Spring (where it intersects KY 238). KY 259 skirts the Nolin Lake area after passing through the community of Broadway.

Three different sections of KY 259 in Edmonson and Warren counties are marked as a Kentucky Scenic Byway.

Grayson County[edit]

KY 259 enters Grayson County and continues on through Anneta and Meredith. It intersects a very short KY 226, and then enters Leitchfield. It intersects the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway at its exit 107 interchange and meets US 62 in downtown Leitchfield. It also meets the eastern terminus of KY 54 (Owensboro Road) at the public square. After the second intersection of the Leitchfield By-Pass (the first one was after the WK Parkway interchange), KY 259 continues northward.

Breckinridge and Meade Counties[edit]

After reaching Breckinridge County, and the first junction with Kentucky Route 79, KY 259 and KY 79 run concurrently while bridging parts of the Rough River Lake. They reach the US 60 junction at Harned. KY 259 turns left to run concurrently with US 60 westbound, while KY 79 makes a right turn to join US 60 eastbound. KY 259 enters the city of Hardinsburg and then continues north to reach its northern terminus at KY 144 at Rhodelia, in western Meade County. Three different sections of KY 259 in Edmonson and Warren counties are marked as a Kentucky Scenic Byway.

History[edit]

Kentucky Route 65
Location: Hays-Harned, Kentucky
Length: 67 mi (108 km)
Existed: 1929–1962?

In the beginning, KY 259 only ran from Hardinsburg to Rhodelia. The highway from Hays to Harned began its history as Kentucky Route 65 at the time of its inception.[2][3] KY 65 originally had a total length of an estimated 65.1 miles (104.8 km).

The then-KY 65 (during its concurrency with KY 70) in Edmonson County crossed the Green River by ferry until it was re-routed onto a bridge in the 1950s.[4][5][6]

At one point between 1959 and 1963, KY 65 was redesignated as the current KY 259, extending that route to its current longevity. This was done in order to avoid confusion between it and the then-planned-and-under-construction Interstate 65 in the Edmonson/Warren/Barren County area, and its entire course through west-central Kentucky, which was completed in 1967. To date, there was never another KY 65 designation ever since.[2][7] The re-numbering to the current KY 259 also complied with the state's policy that no duplication of highway numbers were allowed in the state except for US 79 and KY 79 in west-central Kentucky. That policy was also compliant of the former KY 64 in this region of the state after Interstate 64 was under construction in north-central and northeast Kentucky, and as of May 2017, I-169 and KY 169, which are in different regions of the state.[8]

In early 2001, construction began to create a straight by-pass two-lane corridor from Brownsville to Chalybeate, including the rerouting of KY 259 from Rhoda to Brownsville, along with the final stretch of KY 101 in the Rhoda area. Once it was completed in November 2001, the old alignments the two routes were reconstructed to include intersections with the new alignment. Once those were done in 2002, the KYTC assigned the old alignment then-new state route designations of KY 3019 and KY 3021.[9][10]

Points of interest along the route[edit]

  • Edmonson County Lion's Club Fairgrounds, near Rhoda. Home to the annual Edmonson County Fair (held in early September)
  • Bee Spring Park.
  • Moutardier Marina (via KY 2067), south of Anneta.
  • Grayson County Airport, near Meredith
  • Grayson Connty Fairgrounds, north of Leitchfield.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Warren Hays 0.000 0.000 US 68 / KY 80 – Bowling Green, Glasgow Southern terminus
Edmonson Rocky Hill 3.302 5.314 KY 1339 east (Apple Grove Road) Western terminus of KY-1339
5.17 8.32 US 31W (Louisville Road) to I-65 – Bowling Green, Park City, Cave City
8.489 13.662 KY 422 south (Pig Road) Northern terminus of KY 422
9.462 15.228 KY 2325 north (Silent Grove Church Road) Southern terminus of KY 2325
Rhoda 11.926 19.193 KY 101 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) / KY 259 north (Brownsville Road) Northern terminus of KY-101; KY 259 right turns onto VMH
12.71 20.45 KY 3019 south (Brownsville Road) – Edmonson County Fairgrounds Northern terminus of KY-3019
13.357 21.496 KY 3021 north Southern terminus of KY 3021
Brownsville 14.497 23.331 KY 3021 south Northern terminus of KY-3021
14.763 23.759 KY 70 east (Mammoth Cave Road) – Mammoth Cave National Park, Cave City Begin concurrency with KY 70
14.993 24.129 Wildcat Way -- to Edmonson County High School
15.055 24.229 Houchin's Ferry Road Alternate route to Edmonson County High School
15.403 24.789 KY 2184 north (Washington Street) – Camp Joy, Brownsville City Park, Green River Amphitheater Southern terminus of KY-2184
16.142–
16.384
25.978–
26.367
Bridge over CR-1203, the Green River, and Lock Road (KY 183)
16.532 26.606 KY 183 east (Lock Road) Western terminus of KY-183
17.212 27.700 KY 70 west (Morgantown Road) – Roundhill, Morgantown End concurrency with KY-70
Sweeden 22.652 36.455 KY 728 east (Nolin Dam Road) – Nolin Lake State Park Western terminus of KY-728
Bee Spring 24.082 38.756 KY 238 west (Sunfish-Bee Spring Road) – Sunfish Eastern terminus of KY-238
Broadway 26.236 42.223 KY 2336 east (Jock Road) Western terminus of KY-2336
Grayson 28.258 45.477 KY 2067 south (Moutardier Road) Northern terminus of KY 2067
Meredith 33.849 54.475 KY 226 east to KY 88 – Peonia Western terminus of KY 226; KY-259 left turns to the west
Leitchfield 39.913 64.234 Western Kentucky Parkway east – Elizabethtown Exit 107 from WK Parkway east, and ramps to WK Parkway east
39.935 64.269 Western Kentucky Parkway west – Beaver Dam, Paducah Exit 107 from WK Parkway west; and ramps to WK Parkway west
40.308 64.869 KY 3155 north (Leitchfield Bypass) Southern terminus of KY-3155
40.712 65.520 US 62 west (West Main Street) – Beaver Dam, Caneyville Begin concurrency with US 62
40.898 65.819 KY 54 west (Owensboro Road) – Fordsville, Owensboro Eastern terminus of KY-54; traffic circle around the Grayson County Courthouse
41.221 66.339 US 62 east – Clarkson, Elizabethtown End concurrency with US-62
41.626 66.991 KY 737 north Southern terminus of KY-737
42.732 68.770 KY 3155 south (Leitchfield Bypass) Northern terminus of KY-3155
Breckinridge Madrid 51.215 82.423 KY 401 north Southern terminus of KY-401
53.767 86.530 KY 737 south – Leitchfield Northern terminus of KY-737
McDaniels 57.627 92.742 KY 79 south – Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Caneyville Begin concurrency with KY 79
57.627–
67.323
92.742–
108.346
see KY 79
Harned 67.323 108.346 US 60 east / KY 79 north – Irvington, Brandenburg, Fort Knox, Louisville End concurrency with KY 79
68.858 110.816 KY 1616 west (Fairgrounds Road) – Hardinsburg Eastern terminus of KY-1616
Hardinsburg 70.028 112.699 Old U.S. 60  – Hardinsburg Business District
70.781 113.911 US 60 west / KY 261 south – Hawesville, Owensboro, McQuady, Fordsville, Rough River Dam State Resort Park End concurrency with US 60; Begin concurrency with KY-261
72.152 116.117 KY 992 west (Second Street) Eastern terminus of KY-992; also part of Old U.S. 60 west of town
72.244 116.265 KY 261 east (First Street) End concurrency with KY 261
75.956 122.239 KY 2279 north Southern terminus of KY-2279
Union Star 84.820 136.505 KY 144 – Stephensport, Cloverport, Brandenburg
Meade Rhodelia 95.91 154.35 KY 144 – Brandenburg, Union Star Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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