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U.S. Route 27 (US 27) in Kentucky runs 190.785 miles (307.039 km) from the Tennessee border to the Ohio border at Cincinnati. It crosses into the state in the Lake Cumberland area, passing near or through many small towns, including Somerset, Stanford, and Nicholasville. The road then passes straight through the heart of Lexington, including past the University of Kentucky (UK) and Transylvania University. North of Lexington it passes through Cynthiana and Falmouth before entering Campbell County and passing through many Northern Kentucky suburbs before ending at the Ohio state line on the Taylor Southgate Bridge in Cincinnati.

U.S. Route 27 marker

U.S. Route 27
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length190.785 mi[3] (307.039 km)
ExistedNovember 11, 1926 (1926-11-11)[1][2]–present
Major junctions
South end US 27 at Tennessee state line
 
North end US 27 at Ohio state line
Location
CountiesMcCreary, Pulaski, Lincoln, Garrard, Jessamine, Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, Pendleton, Campbell
Highway system
KY 26KY 28

Route descriptionEdit

US 27 crosses into Kentucky entering the Daniel Boone National Forest in the Strunk community, just south of Pine Knot. Heading north, US 27 turns into a four-lane highway entering Somerset. US 27 is the main highway running through Somerset. The route continues as a four-lane highway almost to the Pulaski-Lincoln county line, and again has four lanes through Stanford. It veers northeast to Lancaster then northwest to the site of Camp Dick Robinson at KY 34, becoming four-lane. Entering Jessamine County, the road crosses the Kentucky River. It westerly bypasses the central business district of Nicholasville. Once in Fayette County, US 27 turns into a six-lane highway passing many shopping destinations in Lexington. Passing The Summit at Fritz Farm, Fayette Mall, and Lexington Green, Nicholasville Road is one of the busiest roads in Lexington. The road becomes South Limestone Street upon reaching Cooper Drive. At the University of Kentucky's UK hospital complex it turns west on four-lane Virginia Avenue, then joins US 68 (Broadway) for its northeasterly journey through Lexington's central business district and the horse-farm country of Fayette and Bourbon counties. The conjoined routes separate on the south side of Paris, where 27 follows the town bypass and heads north to Cynthiana, Falmouth and Newport. It then crosses the Ohio River into Cincinnati.

Major intersectionsEdit

Note: The 2018 rerouting of US 27 at the University of Kentucky campus makes milepoints north of that inaccurate. Decimals for MP 112-113 have been deleted.

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
McCreary0.0000.000  US 27 southContinuation into Tennessee
Strunk1.8683.006  KY 1470 west (Ross Road)Southern end of KY 1470 overlap
Silerville2.3153.726  KY 1470 east (Marsh Creek Road)Northern end of KY 1470 overlap
Pine Knot4.2886.901   KY 92 east to I-75Southern end of KY 92 overlap
4.6087.416   KY 2792 east / KY 1651 northWestern terminus of KY 2792; southern terminus of KY 1651
6.99111.251  KY 1567 south (Appletree Road)Northern terminus of KY 1567
Stearns7.75912.487  KY 92 westNorthern end of KY 92 overlap
Whitley City9.09314.634  KY 478 (Williamsburg Street)
Marshes Siding10.79417.371  KY 700
12.29919.793  KY 1651 southNorthern terminus of KY 1651
15.05124.222  KY 1045 east (Beulah Heights Road)Western terminus of KY 1045
16.87727.161  KY 927 (The Day Ridge Road)
Parkers Lake17.38027.970   KY 90 east (Cumberland Falls Road) to I-75Southern end of KY 90 overlap
Greenwood20.06832.296  KY 2282
Pulaski27.38644.073  KY 751 south (Keno Road)Northern terminus of KY 751
28.16945.334  KY 804 west (Garland Road)Eastern terminus of KY 804
Burnside30.38848.905  KY 2295 north (West Lakeshore Drive)Southern terminus of western branch of KY 2295
30.65749.338  KY 2295 north (East Lakeshore Drive)Southern terminus of eastern branch of KY 2295
31.01749.917  KY 2294 north (East French Street/West French Street)
31.40650.543    
   KY 2295 Conn. (KY 2295C) to KY 2295
Connector road to KY 2295
31.453–
31.719
50.619–
51.047
Bridge over the Cumberland River
31.97451.457   KY 1247 east / KY 90 west – Monticello, Woodson Bend ResortInterchange; Northern end of KY 90 overlap
33.53453.968  KY 2301 westEastern terminus of KY 2301
34.44755.437  KY 914 (Southeastern Bypass)
Somerset34.61255.703  KY 1642 west (Slate Branch Road)Southern end of KY 1642 overlap
35.11456.511  KY 1642 east (Parkers Mill Road)Northern end of KY 1642 overlap
35.97957.903   KY 2292 north (Monticello Street) – Bourbon, Lake Cumberland Regional AirportSouthern terminus of KY 2292
36.57858.867  KY 2297 east (UK Drive)Western terminus of KY 2297
37.47660.312    
   KY 2299 Conn. east to KY 2299
Connector road to KY 2299
37.58760.490  KY 2299 southNorthern terminus of KY 2299; only accessible from US 27 north
37.71260.692  KY 1577 (Oak Hill Road)
38.40761.810   KY 2298 south (Langdon Street) – Lake Cumberland Regional HospitalNorthern terminus of KY 2298
39.03462.819 
  KY 80 Bus. (Ogden Street/Bobtown Road) – Russell Springs, Pulaski County Park, Mill Springs Battlefield NHL
Traffic from US 27 north to KY 80 west directed west here; KY 80 Bus, only signed eastbound for northbound traffic; no left turn from south US 27 to east KY 80 Bus.
39.10662.935    KY 80 to I-75 / KY 461No sign for KY 80 west on US 27 north
39.74963.970   KY 2227 north (Old US Highway 27) / KY 3091 north (Clifty Road) – North 27 Antique MallSouthern terminus of KY 2227; southern terminus of KY 3091
41.58366.921  Cumberland Parkway west – Bowling Green
  Hal Rogers Parkway east – London
Exit 88 from Cumberland Parkway; eastern terminus of Cumberland Parkway; western terminus of Hal Rogers Parkway; exit 0 from Hal Rogers Parkway
41.75467.197  KY 1674 southNorthern terminus of KY 1674
Norwood43.13569.419  KY 1247
Science Hill44.89472.250  KY 635 (Main Street)
48.06277.348  KY 452
48.80278.539  KY 1247
50.29180.936  KY 1247
Eubank52.07983.813  KY 70 – Eubank
Lincoln54.33187.437  KY 1247 south (Old Somerset Road)Southern end of KY 1247 overlap
54.53887.770  KY 1247 northNorthern end of KY 1247 overlap
55.75289.724    KY 328 east / KY 3276 west (Old Waynesburg Road) to KY 1247Southern end of KY 328 overlap
55.93090.011  KY 1247 southSouthern end of KY 1247 overlap
56.24890.522   KY 328 west / KY 1247 north – WaynesburgNorthern end of KY 328 and KY 1247 overlaps
58.77194.583  KY 1781 (Greenbriar Road)
60.34197.109  KY 501 west (King's Mountain Road)
61.16698.437  KY 1247 (Old Somerset Road)
61.93999.681  KY 1247 south (Old Somerset Road)Southern end of KY 1247 overlap
62.00299.783  KY 1247 north (Old Somerset Road)Northern end of KY 1247 overlap
63.962102.937  KY 1247 south (Old Somerset Road)Southern end of KY 1247 overlap
64.290103.465  KY 1247 north (Old Somerset Road)Northern end of KY 1247 overlap
64.907104.458  KY 1247 south (Old Somerset Road)Southern end of KY 1247 overlap
64.941104.512   KY 643 east / KY 1247 northNorthern end of KY 1247 overlap
65.299105.089  KY 3249 west (Skyline Drive)Eastern terminus of KY 3249
68.689110.544  KY 698 south (Mason Gap Road)Northern terminus of KY 698
68.816110.749  KY 1247 south (Old Somerset Road North)Southern end of KY 1247 overlap
Stanford69.512111.869  KY 1247 north (Somerset Street)Northern end of KY 1247 overlap
70.354113.224  KY 78 (Main Street) – Hustonville, Stanford Business District
70.848114.019  KY 1247 south (Somerset Street)Northern terminus of KY 1247
71.113114.445   US 150 to US 127
71.276114.708   KY 590 north
GarrardLancaster77.308124.415  KY 39 south (Industrial Road)Southern end of KY 39 overlap
78.136125.748   KY 52 to I-75 – Richmond, Danville
78.165125.794Public Square
78.233125.904  KY 39 north (East Maple Avenue)
79.448127.859  KY 1355 west (Sugar Creek Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1355
Davistown85.480137.567  KY 34 (Chenault Bridge Road)
Bryantsville86.765139.635  KY 753 north (Sutton Lane)Southern terminus of KY 753
86.993140.002  KY 1355 east (Mt. Hebron Road)Western terminus of KY 1355
88.928143.116  KY 152 westEastern terminus of KY 152
90.509145.660  KY 1845 north (Rogers Road)Southern terminus of KY 1845
Kentucky River91.659–
91.866
147.511–
147.844
Bridge over the Kentucky River
Jessamine95.163153.150  KY 1268 south (Sugar Creek Pike)Southern end of KY 1268 overlap
95.620153.885  KY 1268 north (Bethel Road)Northern end of KY 1268 overlap
Nicholasville97.113156.288  KY 3374 east (Hoover Pike)Western terminus of KY 3374
97.805157.402 
  US 27 Bus. north
Southern end of Nicholasville US 27 Bus.
99.847160.688   KY 29 to US 68 – Wilmore, NicholasvilleInterchange
101.554163.435  KY 169 (Keene Road)
102.621165.152 
  US 27 Bus. south – Nicholasville
Northern terminus of Nicholasville US 27 Bus.
104.602168.341  KY 3375 west (Catnip Hill Road)Eastern terminus of KY 3375
106.239170.975  KY 1980 east (Ash Grove Pike)Southern end of KY 1980 overlap
106.601171.558  KY 1980 west (Brannon Road)Northern end of KY 1980 overlap
FayetteLexington109.305–
109.589
175.909–
176.366
  KY 4 (New Circle Road)Exit 19 from KY 4
112180Virginia AvenueUS 27 follows Virginia Avenue west to Broadway, US 68
113182  US 68 westSouthern end of US 68 overlap
113182  US 60 east (West Maxwell Street)Southern end of US 60 overlap
113182  US 60 west (West High Street) – Rupp Arena
113.507182.672    US 60 east / US 25 south / US 421 south (West Vine Street)Northern end of US 60 overlap
113.569182.772   US 25 north / US 421 north (West Main Street) – Mary Todd Lincoln House
115.522185.915  KY 4 (West New Circle Road)
116.579–
116.710
187.616–
187.827
   I-75 north / I-64 east – Knoxville, Ashland, Cincinnati, LouisvilleExit 113 off I-75/I-64 and ramp to 75S/64E
119.100191.673  KY 3367 east (Johnston Road)Western terminus of KY 3367
119.820192.832  KY 1973 west (Iron Works Pike)Southern end of KY 1973 overlap
121.333195.267  KY 1973 east (Muir Station Road)Northern end of KY 1973 overlap
BourbonHutchison113.951183.386  KY 1939 north (Hutchison Road)Southern terminus of KY 1939
Paris119.444192.226  KY 1939 (Hume Bedford Pike/Bethlehem Road)
119.604192.484 
   US 68 Bus. east (Main Street)
Southern terminus of US 68 Bus.
121.152194.975  US 460 (Georgetown Road/West 8th Street) – Georgetown, Paris
122.590197.289   US 68 east (Martin Luther King Boulevard) / US 27 north (Cynthiana Road) – Maysville, CynthianaNorthern end of US 68 overlap
Ewalt Crossroads125.423201.849  KY 1876 south (Clay Kiser Road)Northern terminus of KY 1876
127.740205.578  KY 1893 east (Mt. Carmel Road)Western terminus of KY 1893
HarrisonLair130.404209.865  KY 982 west (Edgewater Pike)Southern end of KY 982 overlap
130.927210.707   KY 982 east – Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport
Cynthiana132.408213.090  
   US 27 Bus. north / US 62
Traffic circle
133.019214.073  KY 32
134.268216.083  KY 356
135.139217.485  
   US 27 Conn. east to KY 36
Signed as US 27C; short connector road between US 27 and KY 36
135.966218.816 
  US 27 Bus. south
Northern end of US 27 Bus.
144.610232.727  KY 1032 west – BerryEastern terminus of KY 1032
146.040235.029  KY 1284 east (Sunrise-Richland Road) – SunriseWestern terminus of KY 1284
147.046236.648  KY 1744 southNorthern terminus of KY 1744
Pendleton149.628240.803  KY 1053 north (Rankin Mill Road)Southern terminus of KY 1053
154.206248.171  KY 1053 south (Broadford Road)Northern terminus of KY 1053
Falmouth155.675250.535  KY 22 east (Main Street) – Kincaid Lake State Park, Kincaid Regional TheaterSouthern end of KY 22 overlap
157.109252.842  KY 330 westEastern terminus of KY 330
159.061255.984   KY 22 west – WilliamstownNorthern end of KY 22 overlap
159.442256.597  KY 1657 west (Lightfoot Fork Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1657
160.583258.433  KY 17 north – Animal Shelter, Bethel Cemetery and ChurchSouthern terminus of KY 17
165.926267.032  KY 177 north – ButlerSouthern terminus of KY 177
166.212267.492  KY 3162 eastWestern terminus of KY 3162
167.069268.871  KY 3149 southNorthern terminus of KY 3149
Campbell170.591274.540  KY 154 east (Peach Grove Road)Western terminus of KY 154
Grant's Lick171.498275.999  KY 1936 north (Kenton Station Road)Southern terminus of KY 1936
173.188278.719  KY 824 east (Race Track Road)Western terminus of KY 824
Claryville175.624282.639  KY 915 north (Camel Crossing)Southern terminus of KY 915
176.959284.788  KY 536 west (Creektrace Road)Eastern terminus of KY 536
Alexandria178.162286.724  KY 10 (West Main Street/East Main Street) – Alexandria City Building
178.462287.207  KY 2924 east (Tollgate Road)Western terminus of KY 2924
179.981289.651  KY 709 north (East Alexandria Pike)Southern terminus of KY 709
Cold Spring181.736–
181.936
292.476–
292.798
    KY 9 (AA Hwy.) to I-275 – Maysville, WilderExit 14 from KY 9/AA Hwy.
183.878295.923  KY 1998 (Pooles Creek Road/Industrial Road)
184.265296.546  KY 2345 north (ML Collins Boulevard)Southern terminus of KY 2345
184.448296.840  KY 3490 west (Johns Hill Road)Eastern terminus of KY 3490
Highland Heights184.743297.315  KY 2298 west (Louie B Nunn Drive)Eastern terminus of KY 2298
184.849297.486    KY 471 north to I-471 north / I-275 – Airport, Newport, Cincinnati, Columbus, OHUnsigned route connecting US 27 with I-471;
Fort Thomas186.678300.429  KY 1120 west (South Fort Thomas Avenue)Eastern terminus of KY 1120
186.963300.888  KY 445 south (Grandview Avenue)Northern terminus of KY 445
187.639–
187.781
301.976–
302.204
    I-471 to I-275 – Cincinnati, AlexandriaExit 2 from I-471
187.867302.343  KY 1632 west (Moock Road) – WilderEastern terminus of KY 1632
Newport189.316304.675   KY 1892 east (Carothers Road)Western terminus of KY 1892
189.686305.270  KY 1120 (East 10th Street)
190.148306.014  KY 8 east (East 5th Street)Southern end of KY 8 overlap
190.201306.099  KY 8 west (East 4th Street)KY 8 west one block west of intersection
190.297306.253  KY 8 (Third Street) – Newport on the LeveeSouthern end of KY 8 overlap
190.371306.372  KY 8 west (York Street)Northern end of KY 8 overlap
Ohio River190.484306.554Taylor Southgate Bridge
CampbellNewport190.785307.039  US 27 north – CincinnatiContinuation into Ohio
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the US Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved April 15, 2015 – via University of North Texas Libraries.
  3. ^ a b "Official DMI Route Log". Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved April 15, 2015.


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