U.S. Route 68

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U.S. Route 68 marker

U.S. Route 68
Route information
Length: 560 mi[1] (901 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 62 at Reidland, KY
 
North end: I-75 in Findlay, OH
Location
States: Kentucky, Ohio
Highway system

U.S. Route 68 (US 68) is an east–west United States highway that runs for 560 miles (900 km) from northwest Ohio to Western Kentucky. The highway's western terminus is at US 62 in Reidland, Kentucky. Its northern terminus is at Interstate 75 in Findlay, Ohio. It is signed east–west in Kentucky and north–south in Ohio.

Route description[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

The KY 9/KY 10 intersection with U.S. 62 and U.S. 68 in Maysville, Kentucky

U.S. Route 68 is designated as a "Scenic Highway" throughout Kentucky. The majority of the route winds through forested, hilly terrain. US 68 is Broadway Street through downtown Lexington, and it is Harrodsburg Road before it leaves Lexington. US 68 goes near or through Maysville, Paris, Lexington, Wilmore, Harrodsburg, Lebanon, Campbellsville, Edmonton, Glasgow, Bowling Green, Auburn, Russellville, Elkton, Hopkinsville, Cadiz, and Reidland.

The route passes several Civil War battle sites. The Battle of Tebbs Bend Historic Civil War Site is located near Campbellsville and the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is outside Perryville. In addition, the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is along the highway about 9 miles (14 km) east of Hopkinsville at the small town of Fairview.

There is an annual 400-mile (640 km) yard sale held along the highway for 4 days in early summer.[2]

The sections of the highway through Campbellsville and Lebanon are slated for expansion to begin in 2008. The long-term goal is to widen and make safer the entire US 68 corridor through Kentucky as part of the Heartland Parkway project.[3][4]

Sections in Kentucky have been improved in recent years. The Paris Pike which was completed in 2003. Work is currently in progress to make US 68 four lanes through Land Between the Lakes.

Two spans of the US 68/KY 80 Eggner Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship on January 26, 2012.[5] The bridge reopened to traffic on May 25, 2012.[6]

Browse numbered routes
KY 67 list KY 69

Ohio[edit]

Highest point on US 68 at the US 33 interchange in Bellefontaine, Ohio

US 68 takes a south-north route throughout Ohio, roughly paralleling Interstate 75 but covering counties one tier to the east of those counties covered by I-75. US 68 begins at the William H. Harsha Bridge over the Ohio River and duplexes with U.S. Route 52 for 5.6 miles while travelling on the north bank of the river. The highways separate at Ripley, at which point US 68 heads north as a generally rural two-lane highway, passing through or bypassing communities such as Georgetown, Mount Orab, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Xenia, and Yellow Springs. Shortly before reaching Interstate 70, it becomes a four-lane expressway, bypassing Springfield before transitioning back to a rural two-lane road as it approaches Urbana. As it continues north, US 68 passes through West Liberty, Bellefontaine, Kenton, Dunkirk, and Arlington on its way north to its terminus at an interchange with Interstate 75 outside Findlay.

In total, US 68 traverses 179.1 miles within Ohio.

Browse numbered routes
SR 67 OH SR 68

History[edit]

From 1926 until the late 1940s, in terms of the routing between Bowling Green and Perryville, US 68 went westward through Springfield to Bardstown, and followed U.S. Route 31E southward to near Horse Cave. US 68 then followed the current KY 218 (Charlie Moran Highway) westward into Horse Cave, and then joined U.S. Route 31W from there through Cave City to Bowling Green.[7] US 68 moved to its current routing from Bowling Green to Perryville around 1948-49.

US 68 previously ran to Toledo, Ohio, terminating at the west approach to the High Level Bridge south of downtown, but the Toledo-Findlay segment was decommissioned in the 1950s.[8] It also passed through Springfield, Ohio prior to its realignment onto a four-lane bypass of that city.

Future[edit]

In Clark County, Ohio, there is an almost full-access interchange between controlled-access US 68 and US 40/SR 4, which is itself a controlled-access highway until approximately 0.3 mile west of the US 68 interchange. One exit ramp from US 68 ends on Upper Valley Pike, rather than on US 40/SR 4; another entrance ramp includes two-way traffic and an at-grade entrance to a retirement community. On US 40/SR 4 between the controlled-access portion and US 68, there are an at-grade intersection at Upper Valley Pike, other street and driveway breaks in access control and a steep grade on the eastbound approach toward Upper Valley Pike. In September 2013, the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) ranked the US 40/SR 4/Upper Valley Pike intersection as the most hazardous in the county, based on 2010-2012 crash data.[9][10] Because the road design over the years had played a significant factor in the high number of crashes in the area, the TCC conducted a study; in February 2006 it recommended reconfiguring the US 68 interchange and altering nearby traffic patterns. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) the same year approved $5 million to fund the project. However, the TCC soon rejected ODOT's money, concluding that even its recommended fix would not be enough to solve the area road network's underlying problems.[9][11] Instead, the TCC is making small changes, such as improving traffic signal timing and adding signs. ODOT, for its part, is working on reducing the number of driveways near the US 40/SR 4/Upper Valley Pike intersection and on upgrading traffic signals.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location mi[12] km Destinations Notes
Kentucky McCracken Reidland 0.000 0.000 US 62 – Paducah, Kentucky Dam
0.988 1.590 I-24 – Kentucky Dam, Nashville, St. Louis I-24 exit 16
1.342 2.160 KY 284 west – Reidland, Symsonia
2.177 3.504 KY 787
Marshall 3.841 6.181 KY 1042 north
Sharpe 4.273 6.877 KY 795 south west end of KY 795 overlap
4.348 6.997 KY 795 north east end of KY 795 overlap
KY 1610 north
KY 1396 south
Coy KY 1712 south
KY 1413 north
Palma KY 3456 north
KY 1422 east
KY 95 north – Calvert City
KY 782 west
12.092 19.460 Purchase Parkway – Mayfield, Calvert City Purchase Parkway exit 47
12.339 19.858 US 641 north – Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park west end of US 641 overlap
Draffenville 12.755 20.527 US 641 south east end of US 641 overlap
Briensburg 14.509 23.350 KY 58 west
Moors Camp Highway former KY 963
KY 1462 west
Big Bear Highway former KY 58 east
KY 408 west – Benton, Mayfield
Fairdealing Barge Island Road former KY 962 north
KY 962 south
KY 1364 south
KY 1484 north
Aurora 28.49 45.85 KY 402 west – Mayfield
30.658 49.339 KY 80 west – Murray west end of KY 80 overlap
see KY 80
Metcalfe Edmonton 189.786 305.431 KY 80 east east end of KY 80 overlap
KY 3524
KY 1243
KY 2399
KY 544
KY 543
198.619 319.646 KY 70 west – Cave City west end of KY 70 overlap
KY 745
Green KY 729
KY 487 – Exie
KY 218 west – Horse Cave
212.754 342.394 KY 61 south – Columbia west end of KY 61 overlap
Greensburg KY 417 (East Columbia Avenue)
215.087 346.149 KY 61 north / Industrial Park Road (KY 3535 east) – Hodgenville east end of KY 61 overlap
KY 793
Taylor KY 2764 (Miller Road)
KY 883 (Shiloh Road)
Campbellsville KY 323
224.081 360.623 KY 55 south / KY 210 west – Hodgenville, Columbia, Green River Reservoir State Park, Jacob Hiestand Museum west end of KY 55 overlap
KY 323 south (Columbia Avenue) – Campbellsville University
225.018 362.131 KY 70 east / KY 527 north (North Central Avenue) east end of KY 70 overlap
KY 289 north (Lebanon Avenue) – Business District
KY 658 east (Roberts Road)
KY 1799 east – Airport
Arista KY 3211 west (Palestine Road)
KY 1834 east (Sportsman Lake Road)
KY 208 north / KY 744 – Calvary
Marion KY 412 west west end of KY 412 overlap
KY 412 east east end of KY 412 overlap
KY 289 south
KY 2741 west
KY 426 west
KY 2154
Lebanon Cemetery Road former KY 208 south
243.432 391.766 KY 55 north – Airport east end of KY 55 overlap
KY 49 / KY 52 west (Proctor Knott Avenue) – Liberty west end of KY 52 overlap
To KY 55 / Spalding Avenue (KY 55S north)
KY 2154 west (Corporate Drive) to KY 55 north
KY 1404 north
KY 1195 north
KY 243 south – Gravel Switch, Bradfordsville
Boyle North Fork KY 34 east
KY 1894 south (Brumfield Road)
Perryville 262.935 423.153 US 150 west (2nd Street West) – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site west end of US 150 overlap
263.044 423.328 US 150 east / KY 52 east (2nd Street East) / KY 1856 south (Bragg Street South) east end of US 150 / KY 52 overlap
KY 1941 north
Mercer Nevada KY 1822 south
KY 1915 south (Dry Branch Road)
Harrodsburg KY 152 west (Mooreland Avenue) – Springfield west end of KY 152 overlap
273.127 439.555 US 127 south (South College Street) – Danville west end of US 127 overlap
273.406 440.004 US 127 north (North College Street) – Lawrenceburg east end of US 127 overlap
KY 152 east (Cane Run Street) – Burgin, Herrington Lake east end of KY 152 overlap
Stringtown 274.766 442.193
US 127 Byp.
KY 1343 north (Curry Pike)
Pleasant Hill 280.827 451.947 KY 33 south – Burgin, Herrington Lake, Danville, Shaker Village west end of KY 33 overlap
Shaker Ferry Road former KY 29 north
Kentucky River Brooklyn Bridge
Jessamine 287.941 463.396 KY 33 north – Versailles east end of KY 33 overlap
KY 1268 south – Wilmore
290.874 468.116 KY 29 south – Wilmore, Asbury University west end of KY 29 overlap
291.519 469.154 KY 29 north – Nicholasville east end of KY 29 overlap
KY 169
KY 3375 (Catnip Hill Road)
KY 1980 east (Brannon Road)
Fayette Lexington KY 1267 south (Military Pike)
Man o' War Boulevard
301.588 485.359 KY 4 (New Circle Road) KY 4 exit 2
304.645 490.279 US 27 south (Bolivar Street) west end of US 27 overlap
US 60 west (West High Street) west end of US 60 overlap
305.114 491.033 US 25 south / US 60 east / US 421 south (West Vine Street) east end of US 60 overlap; no left turn westbound (left-turning traffic turns right at West Main Street)
305.176 491.133 US 25 north / US 421 north (West Main Street)
KY 4 (West New Circle Road)
308.186 495.977 I-75 / I-64 – Cincinnati, Louisville, Knoxville, Ashland I-75 exit 113
KY 3367 south (Johnston Road)
KY 1973 north (Iron Works Pike) west end of KY 1973 overlap
KY 1973 south (Muir Station Road) east end of KY 1973 overlap
Bourbon Piper KY 1939 north
Paris KY 1939 (Hume Bedford Road / Bethlehem Road)

US 68 Bus. east (Lexington Road)
US 460 – Georgetown, Paris
US 27 north – Cynthiana east end of US 27 overlap

US 68 Bus. west (East Main Street) to US 460 east – Paris
KY 1940 north
KY 1893 west
Millersburg KY 1879 north
Nicholas KY 386
KY 648
KY 36 east – Carlisle west end of KY 32 overlap
KY 32 west / KY 36 west – Cynthiana east end of KY 36 overlap; west end of KY 32 overlap
KY 1244
KY 32 east – Carlisle east end of KY 32 overlap
KY 1455 south – Carlisle west end of KY 1455 overlap
KY 1455 north east end of KY 1455 overlap
Ellisville KY 606
KY 1244
Robertson KY 165 north – Mount Olivet west end of KY 165 overlap
Fleming KY 2505 (Mount Pleasant Road)
Fairview KY 165 south – Flemingsburg east end of KY 165 overlap
Mason Peed KY 560 (Nepton Road)
KY 2517 – Mays Lick
KY 324 – Mayslick, Sardis, Wedonia, Mayslick Historic District
KY 2517 – Mays Lick
KY 2514
KY 2514
Maysville
US 68 Bus. east – Washington
314.197 505.651 KY 9 (AA Hwy.) / KY 10 – Brooksville, Maysville interchange
KY 3056
KY 8 – Augusta, Maysville interchange
Ohio River 361.968–
362.38
582.531–
583.19
William H. Harsha Bridge
Ohio Brown Aberdeen US 52 east / US 62 west – Aberdeen south end of US 52 / US 62 overlap
Ripley US 52 west north end of US 52 overlap
Redoak US 62 east – Russellville north end of US 62 overlap
SR 125 east – Russellville south end of SR 125 overlap
SR 125 west – Georgetown Business District north end of SR 125 overlap
Georgetown Mount Orab Pike (C-30A) - Georgetown Business District
Mount Orab SR 774 west
SR 32 – Cincinnati, Jackson interchange
Fivemile SR 286
Chasetown SR 131
Fayetteville US 50
SR 123 – Blanchester
Clinton SR 251 south – St. Martin, Chatfield College
SR 28 – Blanchester, New Vienna, Martinsville
SR 350 – Clarksville, Cuba interchange
Wilmington SR 134 south / to Airborne Road – Martinsville, Lynchburg south end of SR 134 overlap
SR 730 south (West Truesdell Street)
US 22 east / SR 3 east (East Main Street) to SR 73 east – Wilmington College
US 22 west / SR 3 west (West Locust Street) to SR 73 west / I-71 south
SR 134 north (Lorish Avenue) north end of SR 134 overlap
SR 73 to I-71 – Waynesville, Hillsboro interchange
I-71 – Cincinnati, Columbus I-71 exit 50
Greene Xenia US 35 – Dayton, Washington CH interchange
SR 380 south (South Detroit Street) south end of SR 380 overlap

US 42 / US 35 Bus. (Main Street)
north end of SR 380 overlap
SR 235 north – Fairborn, WPAFB
Yellow Springs SR 343 east – Clifton, John Bryan State Park
Clark SR 794 east – Springfield Airport
Fairfield Pike at-grade intersection; south end of freeway
I-70 – Dayton, Columbus I-70 exit 52
Sugar Grove US 40 / SR 4 – Dayton, Springfield
SR 41 – Troy, Springfield
SR 334 east / River Road – Springfield
ClarkChampaign
county line
Bowlusville County Line Road
Champaign Springfield-Urbana Pike at-grade intersection; north end of freeway
Urbana SR 55 west
US 36 / SR 29 (Miami Street / Scioto Street) traffic circle
SR 296
SR 507 east – Ohio Caverns
Logan West Liberty SR 245 – Ohio Caverns
SR 508 west – DeGraff
Bellefontaine SR 47 east (North Madriver Street) / SR 540 east (Sandusky Avenue)
SR 47 west (Sandusky Avenue) south end of SR 47 west overlap (southbound only)
To SR 47 east / Rush Avenue north end of SR 47 west overlap (southbound only)
US 33 – Huntsville, Russells Point, Marysville interchange
SR 638 north – Belle Center
SR 274 – Huntsville, Rushsylvania
SR 273 – Belle Center, Mount Victory
Hardin Kenton SR 53 north / SR 67 west (West Espy Street) south end of SR 67 overlap
SR 309 (West Franklin Street)
SR 67 east (West Columbus Street) north end of SR 67 overlap
SR 31 south (West Carrol Street)
SR 701 west – Blanchard
Dunkirk SR 81
Hancock US 30 – Fort Wayne, Mansfield interchange
Arlington SR 103 (Main Cross Street)
SR 15 east / South Main Street – Findlay, Carey south end of SR 15 overlap
Findlay Lima Avenue - Findlay, Airport interchange; former US 25
I-75 / SR 15 west – Dayton, Toledo north end of SR 15 overlap; I-75 exit 156
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "400 mile sale across Kentucky's scenic byway historic highway 68". Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  3. ^ "US 68". KentuckyRoads.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Heartland Parkway Project". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  5. ^ "US 68/Ky 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge sections collapse after cargo ship strike". WPSD. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "US 68/KY 80 Kentucky Lake Bridge Reopens". KentuckyRoads.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  7. ^ "H.B.'s Fun Facts About Kentucky Highways". Archived from the original August 27, 2002. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  8. ^ U. S. G. S. Topographic Maps, Toledo 7.5 ' Quadrangles edited 1934 and 1951 and Dept. of Highways Map of Ohio, 1959.
  9. ^ a b c Heffner, Jessica (September 20, 2013). "Money to fix road rejected". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "High Hazard Location List for Clark County" (PDF). Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. September 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "US 40/Upper Valley Pike Study". Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. February 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Division of Planning. "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved April 7, 2015.