Kentucky Route 79
|Maintained by KYTC|
|Length:||103.771 mi (167.003 km)|
|South end:||US 431 in Russellville|
US 68 / KY 80 in Russellville
|North end:||SR 135 at Ohio River near Brandenburg|
|Counties:||Logan, Butler, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade|
Kentucky Route 79 is a 103.771 mile (167.003 km) long north-south state highway that traverses five counties in west-central Kentucky.
KY State Route 79 starts at an intersection with US Route 431 in downtown Russellville, while US 79's end is currently at an intersection with US 431 in south Russellville. KY 79 has an intersection with the new US 68/KY 80 alignment, and then it goes into the northern half of Logan County.
It passes through mainly rural areas northeast of Russellville, and then enters Butler County. KY 79 has intersections with Kentucky Routes 626 and 1153. It then joins US 231 just south of Morgantown. US 231 and KY 79 together go into downtown Morgantown after their interchange with the William H. Natcher Parkway, and then meets KY 403 in downtown, and then KY 70 on the north side. KY 70 joins KY 79 and US 231 and all three routes are carried over the Green River to Aberdeen.
KY 79 departs at the Aberdeen Grocery, but KY 70 does not break up until reaching an intersection one mile north on US 231. After the split from US 231 and KY 70, KY 79 has an intersection with KY 1328 not more than 1/4 of a mile from the Aberdeen Grocery. Kentucky Route 79 crosses KY 70 for a final time, and becomes known as Caneyville Road.
KY 79 passes through the Butler County area's northern communities of Welcome and Welch's Creek, where it meets up with KY 340. KY 79 enters Grayson County and has access to the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway on the south side of Caneyville and would also intersect KY 185, and immediately after that, US 62 in downtown Caneyville.
Highway 79 then goes north to Pine Knob and Short Creek, where it intersects KY 54, by-passes the town of Falls of Rough, and then passes the Rough River Dam State Park, and crosses into Breckinridge County where it intersects with KY 105, and then meets up with KY 259.
KY 79 will join KY 259 from the lake area until they both reach the intersection with US Highway 60 at Harned, southeast of Hardinsburg. While KY 259 makes a left turn to join US 60 westbound, KY 79 joins the eastbound lane of US 60, and stays with US 60 until resching Irvington. Irvington is where KY 79 enters Meade County, and heads for Brandenburg. The Kentucky state highway ends at the Ohio River Bridge on the west side of Brandenburg, and would become Indiana State Road 135, and it would take the driver into Harrison County, Indiana, and it would go on to Corydon.
Here are Kentucky Route 79's co-signed segments
- US Route 231 from a point south of Morgantown to Aberdeen (Butler County)
- Kentucky Route 70 from just north of downtown Morgantown to Aberdeen.
- Kentucky Route 259 from McDaniels to Harned (Breckinridge County).
- US Route 60 from Harned to Irvington (Breckinridge County)