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Interstate 64
Main route of the Interstate Highway System
Maintained by Kentucky DOT
Length: 185.20 mi[1] (298.05 km)
Formed: 1956
West end: I-64 at Indiana state line
I-264 in Louisville
I-65 / I-71 in Louisville
I-264 in Louisville
I-265 in Middletown
I-75 in Lexington
East end: I-64 at West Virginia state line
Numbered highways in Kentucky
< KY 64 KY 65 >
Interstates - U.S. Highways - State Highways

In the U.S. state of Kentucky, Interstate 64 travels for 191 miles (307 km) passing by the major towns and cities of Louisville, Lexington and Ashland. It has several major junctions within the state: Interstate 65, Interstate 71, Interstate 264 and Interstate 265 in Louisville, and Interstate 75 in Lexington.

The interstate is host to two "exceptionally significant" structures indicated by the Federal Highway Administration. One is the 1970 Cherokee Park Tunnels in Louisville and a 1960s-era modern-styled rest area near Winchester.[2]

Streaking Lights on I-64 as seen from the horse/bike bridge at Seneca Park in Louisville Kentucky.

In Downtown Louisville, the interstate passes under a public plaza called the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, one of the only structures in the state built on top of an interstate.



The Cherokee Park Tunnels in Louisville underwent restoration in 2001, which involved the reconstruction of the concrete pavement, the installation of new tiles and improvements to lighting. Efforts were made to paint the interior tiles of the tunnel with a mural, but were dropped because opponents stated that drivers would become distracted while passing through the tunnel, driving and viewing the art work at the same time.[3][4] The tunnels, which opened in 1970, are one of three sites in Kentucky deemed "exceptionally significant" by the Federal Highway Administration. The designation meant that it will be very difficult for the stretch of interstate running through Cherokee Park ever to be widened.[2]

Construction began on a Kentucky Route 180 interchange improvement project in the summer of 2006.[5][6] The $34 million project entailed the rebuilding of six bridges, the widening of Kentucky Route 180 to four-lanes in the vicinity of the interchange and the conversion of the ramps into a diamond. The project should be finished by November 2008.

In March 2007, Governor of Kentucky Ernie Fletcher signed Senate Bill 83 which allowed for an increase in speed limits on rural interstates and parkways. Speed limits on rural sections of Interstate 64 were increased from 65 MPH to 70 mph (110 km/h), following an engineering study by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. New signage was installed in July[7]

On June 7, 2007, Interstate 64 between the junction of Interstate 264 and Interstate 65 and Interstate 71 in downtown Louisville was closed to through traffic.[8] The section of highway featured three-lanes of traffic in each direction on an elevated viaduct paralleling the Ohio River, carrying 90,000 vehicles-per-day. The closure was part of a $50 million refurbishment project that involved replacing 132 expansion joints and repaving more than four-miles (6 km) of interstate and interchanges.[9] The work was completed in two phases, starting with the entire project area being closed on three weekends in June, followed by a section of highway closed from 3rd to 22nd Streets in early July to early August.



Controversially, I-64 runs through Louisville Waterfront Park, a key part of the revitalization of Downtown Louisville, and portions of the park exist under it., a grassroots campaign with popular support but little apparent political momentum, aims to re-route I-64 to enhance Louisville's waterfront. I-64 will be widened over the park as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, supported by the Mayor and most involved in city and interstate planning.

Exit list

County Location[10] Mile # Destinations Notes
Jefferson Louisville 1 I-264 east (Watterson Expressway) – Shively
3 US 150 east (22nd Street) / Northwestern Parkway East end of US 150 overlap
4 9th Street, Roy Wilkins Avenue
5B River Road Eastbound exit is via exit 4
5A I-65Nashville, Indianapolis Signed as exit 5A and 5B eastbound
6 I-71 north – Cincinnati Westbound exit is via exit 7
7 US 42 (Mellwood Avenue) / US 60 / Story Avenue
8 Grinstead Drive
10 Cannons Lane
12 I-264 (Watterson Expressway) Signed as exits 12A and 12B eastbound
15 KY 1747 (Hurstbourne Parkway) – Jeffersontown, Middletown
17 Blankenbaker Parkway
19A-B I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841
Shelby Simpsonville 28 KY 1848 (Veechdale Road) – Simpsonville
Shelbyville 32 KY 55Taylorsville, Shelbyville Signed as exits 32A and 32B eastbound
35 KY 53Shelbyville
43 KY 395
Franklin 48 KY 151Lawrenceburg
53 US 127Lawrenceburg, Frankfort Signed as exit 53A and 53B
58 US 60Versailles, Frankfort
Woodford Midway 65 KY 341Versailles, Midway
Scott 69 US 62 (Paynes Depot Road) – Georgetown
Fayette Lexington 75 I-75 north – Cincinnati West end of I-75 overlap
115 KY 922 to Bluegrass Pkwy.Lexington
113 US 27 / US 68 (Broadway) – Lexington, Paris
81 I-75 south – RichmondKnoxville East end of I-75 overlap
87 KY 859
Clark 94 KY 1958 to KY 627 / Van Meter Road – Winchester
Winchester 96 KY 627Winchester, Paris Signed as exits 96A and 96B westbound
98 B.T. Combs Mountain Pkwy.Prestonsburg, Campton Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
101 US 60
Montgomery Mount Sterling 110 US 460 / KY 11Flemingsburg, Mount Sterling, Paris
Mount Sterling 113 US 60Mount Sterling
Bath Owingsville 121 KY 36Owingsville, Frenchburg
123 US 60Owingsville, Salt Lick
Rowan 133 KY 801
Morehead 137 KY 32 east / Flemingsburg Road – Flemingsburg, Morehead
Carter 156 KY 2 to KY 59Olive Hill, Vanceburg
161 US 60Olive Hill
Grayson 172 KY 1 / KY 7 to KY 9 (AA Highway) – Maysville, Grayson
179 KY 67 north (Industrial Parkway) – Greenup, Wurtland
Boyd 181 US 60
185 KY 180Cannonsburg, Ashland
191 US 23Ashland, Louisa


  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved 2009-02-24.  
  2. ^ a b Elson, Martha (2007-01-17). "Tunnel could stop wider I-64". The Courier-Journal.  
  3. ^ "Interviews for tunnel artist set to begin". The Courier-Journal. 5 February 2001.  
  4. ^ "Tunnel mural proposal drawing criticism". The Independent (Ashland). 5 February 2001.  
  5. ^ Hart, Kenneth (1 January 2007). ""Road Work Ahead"". The Independent (Ashland). Retrieved 2007-01-02.  
  6. ^ ""I-64 improvement project under way in Boyd"". The Independent (Ashland). 5 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10.  
  7. ^ "New speed limit signs erected". The Independent (Ashland). 2007-01-04.  
  8. ^ Tabor, Britney (8 June 2007). ""I-64 shutdown starts without major problems "". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  
  9. ^ Shafer, Sheldon (2007-03-11). ""Big I-64 headache coming"". The Courier-Journal.  
  10. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. "2009 Boundary and Annexation Survey Maps". Retrieved June 4 2009.  
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