Interstate 64 in Kentucky

Interstate 64 (I-64) in the U.S. state of Kentucky travels for 191 miles (307 km), passing by the major towns and cities of Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington and Ashland. It has several major junctions with other Interstates, including I-65, I-71, I-264 and I-265 in Louisville, and I-75 in Lexington.

Interstate 64 marker

Interstate 64
I-64 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length191 mi[1] (307 km)
Major junctions
West end I-64 / US 150 at Indiana state line
  I-264 in Louisville
I-65 / I-71 in Louisville
I-264 in Louisville
I-265 / KY 841 in Middletown
I-75 in Lexington
East end I‑64 at West Virginia state line
CountiesJefferson, Shelby, Franklin, Woodford, Scott, Fayette, Clark, Montgomery, Bath, Rowan, Carter, Boyd
Highway system
KY 63I-65

The portion of I-64 in Kentucky is host to two "exceptionally significant" structures indicated by the Federal Highway Administration. One is the Cochran Hill Tunnel,[2] a twin tube at Cherokee Park in Louisville built in 1974,[2] and the other is a 1960s-era modern-styled rest area near Winchester.[3]

In Downtown Louisville, I-64 passes under a public plaza called the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, one of the only structures in the state built on top of an Interstate.

Between the Indiana state line and Lexington, I-64 is named the Daniel Boone Expressway.

The entire length of I-64 in Kentucky has been designated as a portion of the Purple Heart Trail[4][5].


The Cochran Hill Tunnel in Louisville, also known as the Cherokee Park Tunnel, 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.[6][7] The tunnels, which opened in 1974, 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.[3]

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

Construction began on a Kentucky Route 180 interchange improvement project in the summer of 2006.[8][9] 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 was finished in the fall of 2008.

In March 2007, Governor 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[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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. However, the Interstate was not finished because of the section between Frankfort and Lexington. The state could not attain the right of way here because of very famous horse parks northwest of Lexington. After a couple of tries to get the right of way, the state was able to get the right of way and began construction on this segment. It was the last segment of Interstate 64 to be completed in Kentucky.


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, aimed to re-route and remove I-64 to enhance Louisville's waterfront. I-64 through Louisville would be re-signed as I-364.[citation needed] I-64 was to be widened over the park as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. But plans to widen the freeway over the park were abandoned to reduce costs of the Ohio River Bridges Project.[13]

Exit listEdit

Ohio River0.00.0Sherman Minton Bridge
   I-64 west / US 150 west; continuation into Indiana
JeffersonLouisville0.91.41  I-264 east – ShivelyWestern terminus of I-264, exits 0A-B westbound; tri-stack interchange
2.74.33  US 150 east (22nd Street)Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 150
3.96.349th Street / Roy Wilkins Avenue – Downtown
4.57.25B3rd Street / River Road – DowntownWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
5.28.45A  I-65 – Nashville, IndianapolisSigned as exit 5A (south) and 5B (north) eastbound; eastbound exit to I-65 north closed until 2017
5.99.56  I-71 north – CincinnatiEastbound access only; I-71 exit 1B northbound to I-64 eastbound, 1A southbound to 64 westbound; southern terminus of I-71
6.410.37   US 42 / US 60 (Mellwood Avenue / Story Avenue)
7.812.68Grinstead DriveAccess to Lexington Road (US 60 Alt) to Southern and Louisville Seminaries
8.113.0Cochran Hill Tunnel
10.316.610Cannons Lane
12.319.812   I-264 (Watterson Expressway) – Louisville International AirportSigned as exits 12A (west) and 12B (east) eastbound; I-264 exits 19A-B
14.924.015  KY 1747 (Hurstbourne Parkway) – Jeffersontown, Middletown, Industrial Parksigned as exits 15A (south), 15B (south-local access), and 15C (north) eastbound
Jeffersontown17.127.517Blankenbaker Parkway (KY 913)No signage for KY 913
18.930.419   I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841Signed as exits 19A (south) and 19B (north); I-265 exits 25A-B
ShelbySimpsonville27.544.328  KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road) – Simpsonville
Shelbyville31.851.232  KY 55 (Taylorsville Road) – Taylorsville, Shelbyville
35.156.535  KY 53 (Mt Eden Road) – Shelbyville
43.369.743  KY 395 (Waddy Road) – Waddy, Peytona
FranklinFrankfort47.776.848   KY 151 to US 127 south – Lawrenceburg, Graefenburg
48.878.549  US 460 east – Frankfort
53.085.353  US 127 – Lawrenceburg, FrankfortSigned as exit 53A (south) and 53B (north)
57.893.058  US 60 – Versailles, Frankfort
WoodfordMidway65.2104.965   KY 341 to US 62 west – Versailles, Midway
Scott68.8110.769  US 62 east (Paynes Depot Road) – GeorgetownRamps provide access to both eastbound and westbound US 62
FayetteLexington74.7120.275  I-75 north – Georgetown, CincinnatiWestern terminus of concurrency with I-75, exit 118 southbound, uses I-75 exit numbers and mile markers.
76.9123.8115   KY 922 (Newtown Pike) to Bluegrass Parkway – Lexington, Blue Grass Airport
79.2127.5113   US 27 / US 68 (Broadway) – Lexington, Paris
81.3130.881  I-75 south – Richmond, KnoxvilleEastern terminus of concurrency with I-75, exit 111 northbound.
87.3140.587  KY 859 - Bluegrass Station
ClarkWinchester94.0151.394   KY 1958 to KY 627 / Van Meter Road – Winchester
96.1154.796  KY 627 – Winchester, ParisSigned as exits 96A (south) and 96B (north) westbound
97.5156.998  Mountain Parkway east – Prestonsburg, CamptonEastbound exit and westbound entrance; westbound exit is via a U-turn at exit 96
101.6163.5101  US 60 – Winchester, Mount Sterling
MontgomeryMount Sterling109.6176.4110   US 460 / KY 11 – Flemingsburg, Mount Sterling, Paris
112.3180.7113  US 60 – Mount Sterling, Owingsville
BathOwingsville121.1194.9121  KY 36 – Owingsville, Frenchburg
122.9197.8123  US 60 – Owingsville, Salt Lick
Rowan132.8213.7133  KY 801 – Sharkey, Farmers
Morehead137.1220.6137  KY 32 east / Flemingsburg Road – Flemingsburg, Morehead
Carter156.0251.1156   KY 2 to KY 59 – Olive Hill, Vanceburg
Olive Hill161.3259.6161  US 60 – Olive Hill, Grayson
Grayson171.4275.8172     KY 1 / KY 7 to KY 9 (AA Hwy.) – Maysville, Grayson
178.3286.9179  KY 67 north (Industrial Parkway) – Greenup, Wurtland
BoydCoalton181.2291.6181  US 60 – Grayson, Ashland
Ashland185.2298.1185   KY 180 to US 60 – Cannonsburg, Ashland
190.5306.6191  US 23 – Ashland, Louisa
191.0307.4  I‑64 east – HuntingtonContinuation into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routeEdit


Interstate 264
LocationLouisvilleGlenview Manor

Interstate 264 is an inner loop route in Metro Louisville. Signed as the Georgia Davis Powers Shawnee Expressway between its western terminus at I-64 in Shawnee and US 31W/US 60 (Dixie Highway) in Shively, and as the Watterson Expressway from US 31W/US 60 to its northeastern terminus at I-71 in Glenview Manor. Along the way, it provides access to Louisville International Airport at its junction with I-65.

See alsoEdit


Route map:

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  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration (October 31, 2002). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Final List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Federal Interstate Highway System" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. November 1, 2006. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Elson, Martha (January 17, 2007). "Tunnel could stop wider I-64". The Courier-Journal. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Purple Heart Trail Program". The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail". December 30, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Shafer, Sheldon S. (February 5, 2001). "Interviews for tunnel artist set to begin". The Courier-Journal. p. B1.
  7. ^ "Tunnel mural proposal drawing criticism". The Independent (Ashland). February 5, 2001.
  8. ^ Hart, Kenneth (January 1, 2007). "Road Work Ahead". The Independent (Ashland). Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  9. ^ "I-64 improvement project under way in Boyd". The Independent (Ashland). October 5, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
  10. ^ "New speed limit signs erected". The Independent (Ashland). January 4, 2007.
  11. ^ Tabor, Britney (June 8, 2007). "I-64 shutdown starts without major problems". The Courier-Journal. p. B1.
  12. ^ Shafer, Sheldon (March 11, 2007). "Big I-64 headache coming". The Courier-Journal. p. A1.
  13. ^ "Study says cost-cutting measures could reduce Ohio River Bridges". WDRB. June 2, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2014.|
  14. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. "2009 Boundary and Annexation Survey Maps". Retrieved June 4, 2009.[dead link]
  15. ^ Google (August 2, 2014). "Overview map of Interstate 64 in Kentucky" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 2, 2014.

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