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U.S. Route 68
Length: 560 mi[1] (901 km)
Formed: 1926[1]
West end: US 62 at Reidland, KY
Major
junctions:
I-24 near Cadiz, KY

I-65 near Bowling Green, KY
I-64 / I-75 at Lexington, KY
I-71 near Wilmington, OH
I-70 at Springfield, OH

East end: I-75 at Findlay, OH
United States Numbered Highways
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U.S. Route 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 U.S. Route 62 in Reidland, Kentucky. Its eastern terminus is at Interstate 75 in Findlay, Ohio.

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Kentucky

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

It is signed east–west in Kentucky and north–south in Ohio

US 68 is designated as a "Scenic Highway" throughout Kentucky. The majority of the route winds through forested, hilly terrain inhabited by various wildlife; deer sightings — and in fact deer collisions — are not uncommon. Kentucky cougar, fox, cardinal, 'sidewinder' snake, and many others have all been sighted along 68. An astute observer may even note the Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) — roughly the size of a small robin, Cecropia includes Kentucky as part of its range. [2] Native flora ranging from Sugar Maple to Oak to variations of Pine may all be observed on this route.

Many portions of Hwy 68 through central Kentucky boast pre-Civil war history. A turn-off along KY 55 in Campbellsville (Taylor County) leads to the Battle of Tebbs Bend Historic Civil War Site. Tebbs Bend boasts a self-guided tour through of the battlefield. The Tebbs Bend route leads across a portion of the Green River via one of the oldest iron bridges in America. Tebbs Bend Civil War Memorial Cemetery is also on this route. [3]

Follow US 68 into Campbellsville, Kentucky, a major site for the Annual 400-Mile Yard Sale where for 4 days in early summer (usually June), US 68 is the yard sale capitol of the country. US 68 in Campbellsville also fronts along Campbellsville University, ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by US News and World Report (2007, 2008) [4]

US 68 through Campbellsville and Lebanon is 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, [5][6]

Ohio

U.S. 68 takes a north–south route throughout much of Ohio. For much of the route, it roughly parallels Interstate 75 as in runs south from its junction with said interstate to the Kentucky Border. The route is an important connector for cities and villages in western Ohio. It also is used as the Springfield, Ohio bypass.

Major intersections

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

See also

Related routes

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