U.S. Route 31W

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U.S. Route 31W marker

U.S. Route 31W
Major junctions
South end: US 31 / US 31E / US 41 / US 431 / SR 6 / SR 11 in Nashville, TN
North end: US 31 / US 31E / US 60 in Louisville, KY
States: Tennessee, Kentucky
Counties: TN: Davidson, Sumner, Robertson
KY: Simpson, Warren, Edmonson, Barren, Hart, LaRue, Hardin, Bullitt, Jefferson
Highway system

U.S. Route 31W (US-31W) is the westernmost of two parallel routes for U.S. Route 31 from Nashville, Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky. At one time, it split with U.S. Route 31E at Sellersburg, Indiana, crossing into nearby Louisville via the Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Bridge.

Route description[edit]

US 31W begins in Nashville, at an interchange with Ellington Parkway and US 31 / US 31E. The route continues west as Spring Street, signed with US 41, US 431, and SR 11. US 31W, US 41, US 431, and SR 11 continue north onto Dickerson Pike, closely paralleling I-24 through Nashville. At an intersection with Trinity Lane, all the routes but SR 11 and US 41 split from US 31W and continue west, while US 31W continues north, away from I-24. The roadway has an interchange with I-65 and SR 155 before an intersection with SR 45 in Bellshire Terrace. The highway passes through Goodlettsville, where US 31W splits from the other two routes and crosses I-65; it also passes through White House, Tennessee.[1]

After several miles, the highway enters the state of Kentucky and crosses I-65 again, where it passes through Franklin and intersects Route 100. Here, the highway is known as Bowling Green Road, and passes through fields, as well as giving access to the town of Woodburn. Entering the city of Bowling Green, the route intersects the William H. Natcher Parkway as well as US 231 as the route passes east of downtown Bowling Green. On the eastern side of town, Louisville Road carries US 31W, US 68, and Route 80 east and then northeast, where US 68 and Route 80 split off to the east. US 31W passes within a half mile on an entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park near Park City, Kentucky, after crossing I-65 again. The highway passes through Cave City as Duke Highway.[1]

In the city of Horse Cave, US 31W intersects Route 218; the Dixie Highway then continues on to Munfordville before crossing I-65 and paralleling it closely to the west and later, the east. In Elizabethtown, US-31W intersects with the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway. The route continue through the heart of Elizabethtown, intersecting US-62, before entering Radcliff, Kentucky. It also passes through Fort Knox near Radcliff, within sight of the U.S. Bullion Depository. US 31W overlaps with US-60 from Muldraugh, Kentucky to Louisville, paralleling the Ohio River briefly before intersecting Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) in Louisville. US 31W continues as a one-way couplet consisting of 22nd and Dr. W. J. Hodges streets, and later Main and Market streets in downtown Louisville. At 2nd Street, US 31W ends at US 31E, and the two routes continue north as US 31.[1]


Most of US-31W's route was part of the old Dixie Highway from the National Auto Trail program, the predecessor to the United States Numbered Highways system. Many of the cities through which US-31W traverses still give it a local street name of "Dixie Highway" or "Dixie Avenue." Some portions date back further, to the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike, which began construction in the 1830s.

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Tennessee Davidson Nashville US 31 south / US 41 south / US 431 south (James Robertson Parkway / SR 6 / SR 11) / US 31E north (Ellington Parkway / SR 6) to I-24 / South 5th Street / Main Street interchange; south end of US 41 / US 431 / SR 11 overlap
To I-24 / I-65 / Spring Street
US 431 north (West Trinity Lane / SR 65) to I-65 north end of US 431 overlap
I-65 – Nashville, Louisville I-65 exit 90A
SR 155 (Briley Parkway) SR 155 exit 16
SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard)
Goodlettsville SR 174 east (Long Hollow Pike)
Sumner US 41 north (SR 11) – Springfield, Greenbrier, Ridgetop Interchange; north end of US 41 / SR 11 overlap; south end of SR 41 overlap
I-65 – Louisville, Nashville I-65 exit 98
Millersville (White Hill) SR 257 west to I-65
Sumner / Robertson White House SR 258 (Raymond Hirsch Parkway) to I-65
SR 76 west to I-65 South end of SR 76 overlap
SR 76 east (Portland Road) North end of SR 76 overlap
Cross Plains SR 25 to I-65 – Cross Plains, Springfield, Gallatin
Portland / Orlinda
SR 52 to I-65 – Orlinda, Portland
Portland (Black Jack) SR 109 south – Portland, Gallatin
SR 259 east
Kentucky Simpson   I-65 I-65 exit 2
KY 1008 / KY 100 Truck to I-65
KY 100 east to I-65 South end of KY 100 overlap
KY 383 south (Madison Street)
KY 73 east / KY 100 west (Cedar Street) North end of KY 100 overlap; south end of KY 73 overlap
KY 1171 (North Street)
KY 73 west (Morgantown Road) North end of KY 73 overlap
KY 2592 (Patton Road)
KY 1008 south to I-65 – truck route to KY 100
  KY 1434
  KY 621 (Stevenson Road)
Warren Woodburn KY 240
  KY 242 – Rockfield, Rich Pond
Bowling Green Natcher Parkway to I-65 – Owensboro Natcher Parkway exit 6
US 231 (Campbell Lane)

US 231 Bus. north (University Drive) to US 68 / KY 80
South end of US 231 Bus. overlap; roundabout

US 231 Bus. south (Broadway Avenue) to I-65
North end of US 231 Bus. overlap
KY 234 (Fairview Avenue) to I-65
KY 3225 (Old Louisville Road)
US 68 west / KY 80 west (Kentucky Street) to I-65 south South end of US 68 / KY 80 overlap
KY 3225 (Old Louisville Road)
KY 1402 east (Porter Pike) to KY 957 / Plum Springs Loop
To I-65 (via KY 446 east) – Louisville, Nashville, Corvette Museum Interchange
KY 957
  KY 526 west to KY 1320
  US 68 east / KY 80 east North end of US 68 / KY 80 overlap
  KY 743 north
Tuckertown KY 2326 (Otter Gap Road)
  KY 101 north – Brownsville South end of KY 101 overlap
  KY 101 south – Smiths Grove North end of KY 101 overlap
Edmonson   KY 422 north
  KY 259
Barren Park City KY 255 south South end of KY 255 overlap
KY 255 north (Mammoth Cave Parkway) to I-65 – Mammoth Cave, Brownsville
  KY 2189 south (Park City-Glasgow Road)
  KY 2143
Cave City KY 90 (Happy Valley Road) to I-65 / KY 70 – Mammoth Cave, Glasgow
KY 70 (Broadway Street / Griderville Road) – Business District, Hiseville
KY 335 north
Hart Horse Cave KY 218 (Main Street) to I-65 / US 31E
  KY 1846 south
Rowletts KY 335 south
Woodsonville KY 571 south
KY 88 east – Hardyville South end of KY 88 overlap
Munfordville KY 357 north (Union Street) – Hodgenville
KY 88 west (Center Street) – Clarkson, Nolin Lake North end of KY 88 overlap
I-65 – Nashville, Louisville I-65 exit 65
KY 1140 west
  KY 2756
Bonnieville KY 728 east to I-65 South end of KY 728 overlap
KY 728 west North end of KY 728 overlap
LaRue Upton KY 224 east to I-65 – Hodgenville South end of KY 224 overlap
LaRue / Hardin KY 224 west (Grayson Street) – Clarkson, Nolin River, Nolin Lake North end of KY 224 overlap
  KY 2767 (Murrieltown Road)
Sonora KY 84 to I-65 – Sonora, Hodgenville
  KY 1517
Hardin   KY 1407 north
  KY 1136 west
Glendale Junction KY 222 to I-65
Western Kentucky Parkway west / US 31W Truck north / KY 61 south to I-65 / Bluegrass Parkway – Lexington, Louisville, Nashville, Paducah, Hodgenville
south end of KY 61 overlap
KY 210 east

KY 1136 west (New Glendale Road) to US 31W Byp.
Main Street traffic circle around Hardin County Courthouse
US 62 / KY 61 north (Mulberry Street) north end of KY 61 overlap
KY 251 north (North Miles Street)
KY 1357 south (St. John Road)
KY 1600 north (Woodland Drive)

US 31W Byp. south to I-65 / Western Kentucky Parkway – thru trucks
KY 3005 (Ring Road)
KY 447 north
KY 2802 south (W.A. Jenkins Road)
Radcliff KY 220 west – Rineyville
KY 434 east – Lebanon Junction
KY 313 to I-65 – Vine Grove, Lebanon Junction
KY 1500 west (Millcreek Road)
KY 144 west (East Vine Street) – Vine Grove
KY 1815 south (West Lincoln Trail Boulevard)
North Wilson Road interchange
Fort Knox To KY 1646 / Bullion Boulevard – Fort Knox Interchange
Chaffee Avenue interchange; entrance ramps only
Meade US 60 west – Hardinsburg, Owensboro South end of US 60 overlap
see US 60
Jefferson Louisville US 31 north (Second Street / Clark Bridge) / US 31E south / US 60 east (West Market Street) north end of US 60 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes of US 31W[edit]

Elizabethtown bypass[edit]

U.S. Route 31W Bypass
Location: Elizabethtown
Length: 3.758 mi (6.048 km)

US Route 31W By-Pass is a four-lane expressway in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. It starts at an at-grade intersection with Kentucky Route 1136, bypasses the west side of town and it ends at another at-grade intersection with US Route 31W on the northern side of Elizabethtown. The southern end can be reached via either KY 1136 on the south side, or following the Western KY Parkway from the at-grade intersection with US 31W/KY 61to the interchange after the WK Parkway/I-65 junction.

Major intersections include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Google (December 24, 2013). "U.S. 31W" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 24, 2013.