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Kentucky Route 90 (KY 90) is a major east-west state highway in southern Kentucky. The route is 134.734 miles (216.833 km) long, and it traverses Barren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Clinton, Wayne, Pulaski, McCreary and Whitley Counties in southern Kentucky. It originates near the KY 70 junction with Interstate 65 in Cave City and ends at a junction with US 25W at Youngs Creek.

Kentucky Route 90 marker

Kentucky Route 90
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length134.734 mi[1] (216.833 km)
Major junctions
West end I-65 / KY 70 in Cave City
  US 31W in Cave City
US 31E / US 68 / KY 80 in Glasgow
Cumberland Parkway in Glasgow
US 127 in Snow
US 27 in Burnside
US 27 in Parkers Lake
East end US 25W northwest of Williamsburg
Location
CountiesBarren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Clinton, Wayne, Pulaski, McCreary, Whitley
Highway system
KY 89KY 91

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Route descriptionEdit

 
KY 90's western terminus at Cave City.

Barren and Metcalfe CountiesEdit

Kentucky Route 90 begins at Cave City at an intersection with KY 70, equipped with a traffic light, in the one part of the city where many restaurants, hotels, and gas stations are located. It is a major tourism hot-spot due to the close proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park, in nearby Edmonson County, along with few other attractions along KY 70 west of the city. Signs at the I-65 exit tend to imply that KY 90 ends at the exit itself, while state highway documents indicate that the end is at the intersection with KY 70, about 100 yards (91 m) from the exit proper. In spite of this, both KY 70 and KY 90 markers appear on the signage for Exit 53 of I-65. After KY 90's first mile, it intersects U.S. Route 31W, still within city limits of Cave City.

KY 90 then heads into a south-southeasterly path to the Barren County seat, Glasgow, where it crosses the Veterans Outer Loop (US 68) passes the local Walmart and a local Marquee Cinema, and then has junctions with US Highways 31E and 68 Business, which is co-joined with Kentucky Route 80 in this area. It also has an intersection with US 31E's business loop at the Barren County courthouse. Before leaving the city of Glasgow, KY 90 has an intersection with the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway at the exit 14 interchange on the southeastern side of the city.

After leaving Glasgow, the highway continues in a southeasterly fashion and passes through the small town of Eighty Eight, and then goes into southern Metcalfe County, and passes through Summer Shade.

Cumberland and Clinton CountiesEdit

KY 90 enters Cumberland County, and passes through Marrowbone and the county seat, Burkesville. After going through Burkesville, KY 90 turns due east, crosses the Cumberland River, and has intersections with short roads leading to Dale Hollow Lake State Park, and then goes into Clinton County, where, for about 1.5 miles (2.4 km), it is co-joined with US 127, which is the core route of the annual World's Longest Yard Sale (a.k.a. The Highway 127 Corridor Sale), which takes place in early August.

Wayne County and beyondEdit

KY 90 then goes through more rural areas and then into Wayne County where it intersects Kentucky Route 92 at Monticello. The state highway continues into a northeasterly course towards Mill Springs, the site of a famous Civil War battle site, and a mill built in 1877 (accessible via KY 1275). It enters the southern portion of Pulaski County. The highway's concurrency with US 27 begins after KY 90 crosses the Cumberland River for a second time (at that point part of Lake Cumberland) near Burnside, Kentucky. KY 90 runs concurrently with U.S. 27 for about 14.6 miles (23.5 km) from Burnside to Parkers Lake. Early in this stretch of road is the gateway to General Burnside State Park; it later enters the Daniel Boone National Forest. After departing US 27 in northern McCreary County, KY 90 is the main route that accesses Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. It crosses the Cumberland River a third time just upstream and around a bend from the falls. At the route's terminus in the Whitley County community of Young's Creek, there is a 0.32 mile-long (0.51 km) spur called KY 90S that serves as a secondary entrance to the highway for traffic going southbound on U.S. 25W. The road is signed as KY 90.

Points of interest along the routeEdit

These are points of interest that can be accessible along this route:

  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum at Cave City.
  • Roadside Park in Marrowbone, Kentucky once served as a hospital camp for both the Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
  • Seventy Six Falls (accessible via KY 704), is a waterfall along the shoreline of Lake Cumberland in northern Clinton County.[2]
  • Mill Springs Mill (Wayne County) (accessible via KY 1275).[3]
  • General Burnside State Park near Burnside.
  • Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at the McCreary/Whitley County line. Cumberland Falls is the only large waterfall south of the Niagara frontier that is famous for the "moonbow" in the light of the full moon under the right conditions.
  • Crystal Onyx Cave & Campground, located in Pruitt's Knob just south of Cave City, had two entrances via KY 90 and US Route 31W. The cave was closed down in 2010 following the excessive rainfall the area had that caused flash flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee in May of that year.

Roller Coaster FairEdit

Kentucky Route 90 from Cave City to just north of Albany, along with Kentucky Route 63 from Glasgow to Tompkinsville, Kentucky, along with US Route 127 in Clinton County, and Tennessee state highways 52, 111, and 51 are designated as the marked route for the annual Roller Coaster Fair, a long route-based yard sale event held the first weekend of October.[4][5]

Additional information about the routeEdit

KY 90 from the KY 61 intersection in Burkesville to the US 27 junction at Burnside is one of five sections of major routes that are considered part of the Appalachian Development Highway System’s Corridor J project.[6]

HistoryEdit

The early days (1929-1960)Edit

KY 90 was established in 1929 as one of the charter routes of the Kentucky State Highway System. The highway's original western terminus was located in downtown Glasgow at a junction with KY 80 (which at the time was not co-signed with US 68 in this area until the 1940s). Along the route, it connected to certain areas via two ferries, one at Burkesville, and the other at the Whitley/McCreary County line near Cumberland Falls. KY 90's eastern terminus was at a junction with US 25W, but at the time it was in downtown Corbin at the Whitley/Laurel County line.[7] Sometime between 1940 and 1955, US 25W was rerouted to its current route, and KY 90's eastern end was relocated to an area between Corbin and Cumberland Falls.[8] A bridge near the falls was built sometime during that time frame so KY 90 traffic would not be bombarded with rapids that affected ferry service.

Also during the 1950s, KY 90 was extended northwestward from its previous terminus in downtown Glasgow, to a junction with U.S. Route 31W, which at the time was south of Cave City.[8][9] The road that KY 90 took over, Happy Valley Road, was previously signed as Kentucky Route 351.[7][10]

The modern days (1960-present)Edit

At sometime between 1969 and 1973, KY 90 from the KY 685 junction to US 31W was rerouted to make KY 90 go directly into Cave City. KY 90's western terminus was also relocated to its current west end at a then-new junction with KY 70 near the I-65 exit 53 interchange, thus extending KY 90 by another 0.8 miles (1.3 km), and providing westbound KY 90 traffic direct access to I-65.[11]

In 2013, KY 90 between the Cumberland Parkway junction and the Eighty Eight community was reconstructed to add truck-climbing lanes in two spots. Reconstruction of KY 90 continued from that area to the Metcalfe County line, and was completed by Fall 2015.[12] In September and October 2014, the first 0.4 miles (0.64 km) of KY 90, along with the KY 70 overpass over I-65 (the latter of which began in 2013), were both reconstructed and were widened to four lanes, plus a center lane for left turns.[13]

Some talks between the KYTC and Stantec are taking place to widen an 8.4 miles (13.5 km) stretch of KY 90 from Cave City to Glasgow to either a 2+1 type of road (two lanes plus the turning lane in the center) or a complete 4-laner with a 40 miles (64 km) median. Plans for it are still yet to be placed on the agenda. Opinions of locals are being used for consideration before the project even happens.[14]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
BarrenCave City0.0000.000   KY 70 (Mammoth Cave Road/Mammoth Cave Street) to I-65 – Mammoth Cave, Brownsville, Cave City Business District, Nashville (TN), LouisvilleI-65 just west of intersection
0.8191.318    US 31W (Dixie Highway) to KY 70 – Park City, Horse Cave
3.1865.127   KY 685 (Wilson Road) to KY 2143 (Old Happy Valley Road)Old Happy Valley Road is old KY 90
Glasgow7.88612.691Airport Road to Glasgow Municipal Airport
8.58713.819    US 68 (Veterans Outer Loop) / KY 80 north to US 31E
9.92315.970  US 31E north (North L. Rogers Wells Boulevard)West end of US 31E concurrency
10.52416.937     
      US 31E south (South L. Roger Wells Blvd.) / US 68 Bus. west (West Main Street) to US 68 Truck east / KY 90 Truck east / Cumberland Parkway
East end of US 31E concurrency; west end of US 68 Bus. concurrency.
Truck Routes follow US 31E south.
11.36018.282   
  US 31E Bus. north (North Race Street)
West end of US 31E Bus. concurrency
11.47018.459    
   US 31E Bus. south (South Green Street) to KY 63
End of two-block concurrency with one-way 31E Bus. south around courthouse; begin concurrency with 31E Bus. north
11.52518.548     
    US 31E Bus. north / US 68 Bus. / KY 90 west (East Main Street)
End of concurrency with US31E; North 31E Bus./west 68 Bus./west 90 intersect here and continue west
11.59818.665 
  US 68 Bus. east (North Broadway Street)
End of concurrency with US 68 Bus.
12.154–
12.285
19.560–
19.771
   
    Cumberland Parkway / US 68 Truck / KY 90 Truck west – Bowling Green, Somerset
Interchange; Truck route follows westbound parkway; exit 14
14.79523.810  KY 2198 east (Green Valley Road)Western terminus of KY 2198
18.12029.161  KY 1330 east (Kino Road)Western terminus of KY 1330
Eighty Eight19.05830.671  KY 839 south (Nobob Road)Northern terminus of KY 839
MetcalfeSummer Shade25.35840.810  KY 640 north (Randolph-Summer Shade Road)Southern terminus of KY 640
27.34644.009  KY 2387 north (Mount Moriah Road)Southern terminus of KY 2387
27.81544.764  KY 163 (Tompkinsville Road)
Cumberland36.73459.118  KY 1312 northSouthern terminus of KY 1312
Marrowbone39.13262.977  KY 3115 southNorthern terminus of KY 3115
40.05464.461  KY 496 north (Old Waterview Road)Southern terminus of KY 496
Waterview42.48368.370  KY 100 west (Old Waterview Road)Eastern terminus of KY 100
46.21274.371  KY 691 westEastern terminus of KY 691
46.97975.605  KY 2276 eastWestern terminus of KY 2276
Burkesville48.56978.164  KY 61 north (North Main Street) – ColumbiaBegin concurrency with KY 61
48.82878.581  KY 61 north (South Main Street)Southern end of traffic circle around the courthouse
49.40179.503  KY 61 south (Celina Road) – Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Sulphur Ck Resort, Hendricks Creek Boat DockEnd of concurrency with KY 61
50.20380.794  KY 1880 eastWestern terminus of KY 1880
Clinton59.94596.472   KY 1590 – Jamestown
62.236100.159  KY 639
62.995101.381   US 127 north / KY 3156 east – Jamestown, Wolf Creek DamWest end of concurrency with US 127; western terminus of KY 3156
63.582102.325    US 127 south / KY 724 north – Albany, Clinton County Area Tech CenterEast end of concurrency with US 127; southern terminus of KY 724
64.392103.629  KY 3062 westEastern terminus of KY 3062
64.663104.065  KY 558
65.840105.959  KY 2063 westEastern terminus of KY 2063
66.736107.401  KY 350 southNorthern terminus of KY 350
68.552110.324  KY 829 northSouthern terminus of KY 829
69.328111.573  KY 2546 northSouthern terminus of KY 2546
Wayne71.822115.586  KY 1009
Susie74.281119.544  KY 834 southWestern end of KY 834 overlap
74.455119.824  KY 834 northEastern end of KY 834 overlap
76.127122.515  KY 858 eastWestern terminus of KY 858
77.249124.320  KY 1546 westEastern terminus of KY 1546
Monticello80.742129.942  
   KY 90 Bus. east (Albany Road) / KY 3284 north (White Way Inn Road) – Monticello
Western terminus of KY 90 Business route; southern terminus of KY 3284
82.175132.248  KY 92 (Columbia Avenue) – Monticello
83.862134.963  
    KY 90 Bus. west / KY 1275
Eastern terminus of KY 90 Bus.; 90 Bus. to the south, 1275 both ways; Wayne County Airport just northwest of intersection off 1275
Steubenville86.758139.623  KY 3106
Touristville90.408145.498   KY 1275 south / KY 1619 eastNorthern terminus of KY 1275; western terminus of KY 1619
90.768146.077  KY 3282 northSouthern terminus of KY 3282
93.291150.137  KY 1619 westEastern terminus of KY 1619
Frazer94.218151.629  KY 1568 southNorthern terminus of KY 1568
PulaskiBronston99.228159.692  KY 790 southNorthern terminus of KY 790
BronstonSomerset line99.437–
99.761
160.028–
160.550
Bridge over the Cumberland River
Somerset100.492161.726     US 27 north to Cumberland Parkway north / KY 1247 to I-75 – Somerset, Whitley CityUS 27 is an interchange; KY 90 follows 27 south; 1247 straight ahead
SomersetBurnside line100.586–
100.852
161.877–
162.306
Bridge over the Cumberland River
Burnside101.420163.220    
   KY 2295 Conn. to KY 2295 – General Burnside State Park
101.809163.846  KY 2294 (French Street)
102.169164.425  KY 2295 south (East Antioch Avenue)Northern terminus of KY 2295
102.438164.858  KY 2295 north (West Lakeshore Drive)Southern terminus of KY 2295
104.297167.850  KY 804 south (Garland Road)Northern terminus of KY 804
105.080169.110  KY 751 south (Keno Road)Northern terminus of KY 751
McCrearyGreenwood112.402180.893  KY 2282 northSouthern terminus of KY 2282
Parkers Lake115.090185.219  US 27 southEastern/southern end of US 27 concurrency
116.936188.190  KY 3254 east (Vanover Ridge Road)Western terminus of KY 3254
119.464192.259  KY 3255 south (North Beerock Road)Northern terminus of KY 3255
120.000193.121  KY 3257 east (Mill Creek Road)Western terminus of KY 3257
122.092196.488  KY 896 north (Warman-Bryant Cemetery Road)Southern terminus of KY 896
124.681200.655   KY 700 west to KY 1045Eastern terminus of KY 700
Whitley134.964217.204   
     KY 90 Spur east to US 25W south / I-75 south
Short spur. 90E signed to north US 25W/I-75, spur signed to south US 25W/I-75
135.338217.805   US 25W to I-75
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Glasgow truck routeEdit

 

 

Kentucky Route 90 Truck
LocationGlasgow, Kentucky

Kentucky Route 90 Truck is a truck route in Glasgow, Kentucky.

The following is a list of routes that are the component routes of KY 90 Truck:

  • US 31E from the US 68 Business/KY 90 Junction, and
  • Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway between exits 11 and 14.

Additionally, US 68 Truck accompanies this truck route in its entirety.[15]

Monticello business routeEdit

 

 

Kentucky Route 90 Business
LocationMonticello
Length3.535 mi[1] (5.689 km)

Kentucky Route 90 Business is a business route of KY 90 in Monticello, Kentucky. It was the original route of KY 90 until the regular KY 90 was re-routed to the Monticello By-Pass.[16][17][18]

The entire route is in Wayne County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Monticello0.0000.000   KY 90 / KY 3284 west (White Way Inn Road) – Burkesville, Albany, SomersetWestern terminus
0.8351.344  KY 167 south – Mount Pigsah, Pickett State Park and ForestNorthern terminus of KY-167
1.2642.034  KY 92 west (West Columbia Avenue)Western end of KY 92 concurency
1.3272.136  KY 92 east (Michigan Avenue) – Stearns, Big South Fork N.R.R.Eastern End of KY 92 concurrency
2.8684.616   KY 1275 south / KY 3106 eastSouthern end of KY 1275 concurrency
3.5355.689   KY 90 / KY 1275 north – Burnside, Somerset, Mill Springs, Burkesville, Mill Springs Mill, General Burnside State ParkEastern terminus; Northern end of KY 1275 concurrency; KY 1275 continues straight ahead
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Kentucky Route 90 SpurEdit

 

 

Kentucky Route 90 Spur
LocationWhitley County
Length0.318 mi[1] (0.512 km)

Kentucky Route 90 Spur (KY 90S) is a spur route of KY 90 in rural northern Whitley County. Although this route is not signed, the route connects KY 90 with U.S. Route 25W just south of KY 90's eastern terminus east of Cumberland Falls. KY 90S is 0.318 miles (0.512 km) long, and it is said to be the original alignment of KY 90's final 0.374 miles (0.602 km).

Former special routesEdit

Glasgow alternate routeEdit

 

 

Kentucky Route 90 Alternate
LocationGlasgow, Barren County
Length2.4 mi[19] (3.9 km)
Existed1970s–2000s

In Glasgow, at one time, Alternate KY 90 ran from the US 31E bypass junction with KY 90, continuing as Happy Valley Road, to the intersection with Business Route 31E (North Race Street), and follows the US 31E business route until it reaches the Barren County Courthouse, where KY 90 runs (while being co-signed with US 68 and KY 80, a.k.a. West Main Street). Sometime in the 2000s, that designation was decommissioned. The regular KY 90 became co-signed with US 31E (L. Roger Wells Blvd) from that intersection to the junction with US 68/KY 80, and KY 90 followed US 68 and KY 80 to the Public Square.[20][21][22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Division of Planning. "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Seventy Six Falls, KY[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Mill Springs Mill - Monticello, Kentucky[full citation needed]
  4. ^ http://rollercoasterfair.com/about.htm[full citation needed]
  5. ^ VENDOR LOCATIONS 29 FACILITIES[full citation needed]
  6. ^ “Status of Corridors in Kentucky”. Appalachian Regional Commission. September 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Kentucky Department of State Highways (September 15, 1939). Road Map of Kentucky (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of State Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Kentucky Department of Highways (1957). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  9. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1955). BarrenCounty Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Kentucky Department of State Highways (1937). Barren County Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1973). Kentucky Official Highway and Parkway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  12. ^ Overstreet, Melinda J. (August 13, 2015). "Road work on KY 90E advances". Glasgow Daily Times.[page needed]
  13. ^ Kinslow, Gina (September 16, 2014). "Expect lane closures this week on Happy Valley Road".[full citation needed]
  14. ^ French, Jackson (June 29, 2016). "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hears public comments on planned KY 90 widening". Bowling Green Daily News, pages A1 and A-6.
  15. ^ http://millenniumhwy.net/Nashville_2005/PICT0281.jpg[full citation needed][self-published source?]
  16. ^ 2013 Various Kentucky Pics April-June - an album on Flickr[full citation needed]
  17. ^ 2013 Various Kentucky Pics April-June - 032 | Flickr - photo sharing![full citation needed]
  18. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbelkins/9267258007/in/set-72157634603143159[full citation needed]
  19. ^ Official Barren County Highway Map[full citation needed].
  20. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbelkins/8220879419/in/set-72157632109261886[full citation needed]
  21. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/hbelkins/8221957468/in/set-72157632109261886[full citation needed]
  22. ^ Old Road Signs in Kentucky[full citation needed][self-published source?]
  23. ^ http://millenniumhwy.net/signs%26sights/ky/barren/index.html[full citation needed][self-published source?]

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