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U.S. Route 31E (US 31E) is the easternmost of two parallel routes for U.S. Highway 31 from Nashville, Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky. (At one time, it split with U.S. Highway 31W at Sellersburg, Indiana, north of Louisville.)

U.S. Route 31E marker

U.S. Route 31E
Route information
Length190.9 mi[1][2][3] (307.2 km)
Major junctions
South end US 31 / US 31W / US 41 / US 431 in Nashville, TN
  US 231 near Bransford, TN
I-265 in Louisville, KY
I-264 in Louisville, KY
North end US 31 / US 31W / US 60 in Louisville, KY
StatesTennessee, Kentucky
CountiesTN: Davidson, Sumner
KY: Allen, Barren, Hart, LaRue, Nelson, Spencer, Bullitt, Jefferson
Highway system



Route descriptionEdit


US 31E begins as the Ellington Parkway at the corner of Main Street and US 31, US 31W, US 41 and US 431 (Spring Street) just east of Interstate 24 (I-24). The freeway's interchanges in the middle of the route mainly includes locally maintained streets such as Cleveland Street, East Trinity Lane, Hart Lane, and Broadmoor Drive.[4]

Ellington Parkway ends at an interchange with SR 155 (Briley Parkway), about 0.56 miles (900 m) east of the Briley's I-65 junction. A ramp directing Ellington Parkway's northbound traffic to I-65 north is provided at the Briley/Ellington junction. Access to Ellington Parkway southbound is also provided by a ramp from I-65 south via exit 90A. The road is named for former Tennessee governor Buford Ellington, who served two non-consecutive terms from 1959 to 1963, the other from 1967 to 1971. Ellington encouraged lots of road building throughout the state during his second term as governor.

After Nashville, the highway passes through Hendersonville and Gallatin, Tennessee.It never intersects Interstate 40.


Junction of U.S. Route 31E and Interstate 265

U.S. Route 31E is the easternmost of two parallel routes for U.S. Highway 31 in Kentucky, in between each is Interstate 65 in Kentucky. At the north end is Louisville, Kentucky, starting at the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Going south, it goes through the towns of Mount Washington, Bardstown, New Haven, Hodgenville, Glasgow, and Scottsville before arriving at the Tennessee border. In the 19th century the same route was a stagecoach path between Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee, and before that a postal route at least by 1820.[5] Originally part of the Jackson Highway, the Works Progress Administration measured the total distance on 31E in Kentucky as 147.8 miles (237.9 km).[6]

Junction of U.S. Route 31E and Interstate 264

Its only interchanges with interstates are in Jefferson County; both of which are beltways: Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) and the I-265/Gene Snyder Expressway. However, it has intersections with the state freeways of Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway (in Nelson County) and with the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Barren County.

There are various historical sites along 31E in Kentucky. Among them are Cave Hill Cemetery and Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville, My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site just south of Hodgenville. Also, five historic monuments to the Civil War are along the path: three in Louisville, one in Bardstown, and one in Glasgow.[7]

31E has been known as a dangerous road, with many risky spots. A historic one was at Coxs Creek in Nelson County, where a post office had to be relocated so traffic could see each other.[8] Other dangerous spots in Nelson County where emergency personnel consider notorious are Gobel Lake Curve, Hibbs Lane, and High Grove.[9] As of Aug 23, 2017, the Hibbs Lane and High Grove reroute sections are almost complete and are in service. Minor work is still being done to some intersections and signage.

When the rerouting of 31E in Nelson and Spencer Counties was being planned, a survey of historic sites that could have been affected by the new route was studied, especially if the sites could one day become listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]


The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) adopted a resolution against split routes in 1934. In order to eliminate the split in US 31 between Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, AASHO commissioned U.S. Route 37, replacing US 31E from the Louisville area south to Glasgow, Kentucky, where it then followed Kentucky Route 63 and several routes in Tennessee to Chattanooga. The rest of US 31E from Glasgow to Nashville was assigned U.S. Route 143. This proposed route was extended southwest to Centerville in 1938 and Jackson in 1944 via State Route 100 and State Route 20. US 31W would have become the main route of US 31.

Kentucky and Tennessee refused to accept the renumbering and never changed signage for the routes. In 1952, AASHO re-recognized the split, officially restoring the US 31E and US 31W designations.

US 31E once terminated at US 31 in Sellersburg, Indiana until 1980. It followed the current routing of US 31 from Sellersburg to Louisville.

Major intersectionsEdit

TennesseeDavidsonNashville0.0000.000    US 31 south / US 41 south / US 431 south (James Robertson Parkway/SR 6 south/SR 11 south)

Main Street

    US 31W north / US 41 north / US 431 north (Spring Street/SR 11 north)
Interchange; US 31 splits into US 31E and US 31W; south end of SR 6 overlap; south end of freeway (Ellington Parkway)
Cleveland Street
Douglas Avenue
Trinity Lane
Hart Lane / Ben Allen Road
Broadmoor Drive
   SR 155 west (Briley Parkway) / I-65 / Briarville Road – Louisville, NashvilleNorthern terminus of Ellington Parkway; south end of SR 155 overlap; US 31E south follows exit 15B
   SR 155 east (Briley Parkway) / Gallatin Road south – Opryland, AirportNorth end of SR 155 overlap; north end of freeway; US 31E north follows exit 14
Madison  SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) – Old Hickory, Hermitage, Whites Creek
Rivergate Parkway west to   I-65Eastern terminus of Rivergate Parkway; provides access to Rivergate Mall
SumnerHendersonville  SR 386 – Gallatin, NashvilleSR 386 exit 3; access road from US 31E to SR 386
  SR 258 north (New Shackle Island Road)Southern terminus of SR 258
  SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Boulevard) – NashvilleSR 386 exit 9; no access from US 31E south to SR 386 east; no access from US 31E north to SR 386 west
Gallatin   SR 109 / to Airport Road / Steam Plant Road – Portland, Lebanon, Bledsoe Creek State Park, AirportInterchange
    SR 25 / SR 174 west (Red River Road/W Main Street/SR 386 west) – AirportSouth end of SR 174 overlap; eastern terminus of SR 386
  SR 174 east (Albert Gallatin Avenue)North end of SR 174 overlap
Airport Road to Steam Plant Road - Bledsoe Creek State Park, Airport
Bransford  US 231 south (SR 376 south) – Hartsville, LebanonSouth end of US 231 overlap
Westmoreland   SR 52 to I-65 – Portland, Lafayette
Tennessee–Kentucky state line
End concurrency with unsigned   SR 6
KentuckyAllen2.1293.426   KY 482 / KY 3521 south (Andrew Jackson Highway)
3.7376.014  KY 1147Western terminus of KY-1147
Scottsville7.41511.933  KY 100 (Franklin Road) – Franklin, Scottsville
8.60713.852   US 231 north / KY 980 – Bowling Green, Scottsvillenorth end of US 231 overlap; western terminus of KY 980
11.58218.639  KY 101 – Smiths Grove, Scottsville
13.15421.169  KY 3499
Cedar Springs16.89327.187   KY 252 north / KY 1855 south
Barren20.39232.818State Park Road /   KY 87 east (Austin-Tracy Road) – Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Fountain Run
Lucas23.22237.372  KY 1318south end of KY 1318 overlap
23.31737.525  KY 1318north end of KY 1318 overlap
Haywood29.14746.908  KY 252 south
Glasgow31.09150.036  KY 2207 west
    Cumberland Parkway east / US 68 Truck east / KY 90 Truck east – Somerset
Cumberland Parkway exit 11; south end of US 68 Truck / KY 90 Truck overlap
31.63150.905  Cumberland Parkway west – Bowling GreenExit 11 off Parkway WB and on ramp to Parkway WB
   US 31E Bus. north (Green Street) to KY 63 – Glasgow Business District
32.46952.254  KY 1297 (Cleveland Avenue)
    US 68 Bus. / US 68 Truck west / KY 90 east (West Main Street)
north end of US 68 Truck / KY 90 Truck overlap; south end of KY 90 overlap
34.01954.748   KY 90 west (Happy Valley Road) to I-65 – Cave City, Glasgow Business Districtnorth end of KY 90 overlap
   US 31E Bus. south – SKYCTC Glasgow Campus
36.12458.136    US 68 / KY 80 (Veterans Outer Loop) to KY 90
Griderville42.21667.940  KY 70 – Cave City, Hiseville
HartBear Wallow45.12172.615  KY 2195
Wigwam Village46.65475.082  KY 218 – Horse Cave, Greensburg
Uno49.99880.464  KY 571
Hardyville53.40585.947  KY 88 – Munfordville, Greensburg
55.57089.431  KY 1572
Canmer56.16990.395  KY 1854
  KY 677
Linwood56.86291.511  KY 566 east
60.17996.849  KY 569 southsouth end of KY 569 overlap
60.42997.251  KY 569 northnorth end of KY 569 overlap
Jonesville63.217101.738  KY 936
LaRueMagnolia67.154108.074  KY 1079 – Munfordville
67.436108.528  KY 470 east – Buffalo
74.362119.674  KY 61 south – Greensburg, Mount Sherman, Buffalosouth end of KY 61 overlap
Hodgenville75.922122.185    KY 61 north / KY 1618 east to I-65 – Elizabethtown, Campbellsvillenorth end of KY 61 overlap
77.116124.106   KY 84 west to I-65south end of KY 84 overlap
77.575124.845  KY 210 west – Elizabethtownsouth end of KY 210 overlap; traffic circle around city park
  KY 210 east – Campbellsvillesouth end of KY 210 overlap
Ovesen Heights79.343127.690  KY 1794 east
79.385127.758  KY 1832 west
White City81.112130.537  KY 470 westsouth end of KY 470 overlap
81.218130.708  KY 84 east – Lebanonnorth end of KY 84 overlap
81.382130.972  KY 470 eastnorth end of KY 470 overlap
NelsonNew Haven88.031141.672  KY 52 east – Lebanon, Trappistsouth end of KY 52 overlap
88.283142.078  KY 52 west – Lyons Stationnorth end of KY 52 overlap
Culvertown93.090149.814  KY 247
93.865151.061  KY 46 westsouth end of KY 46 overlap
Balltown96.278154.944  KY 46 eastnorth end of KY 46 overlap
   Bluegrass Parkway east / US 31E Truck north – Lexington
99.225159.687  Bluegrass Parkway west – Elizabethtown
Bardstown101.225162.906   US 62 west (West Stephen Foster Avenue) – Elizabethtown, Airportsouth end of US 62 overlap
101.488163.329    US 62 east / US 150 east (East Stephen Foster Avenue) to Bluegrass Parkway eastnorth end of US 62 overlap; south end of US 150 overlap; traffic circle around Old Courthouse Building
101.905164.000  KY 1430 west (West Beall Avenue)
      KY 245 / US 31E Truck south / US 150 Truck east to I-65 / Bluegrass Parkway
104.022167.407  KY 332 (Old Nazareth Road)
Coxs Creek107.829173.534  KY 509 – Fairfield
112.252180.652  KY 523
113.205182.186  KY 480 westEastern terminus of KY 480
Highgrove114.106183.636  KY 48 east – Fairfield, BloomfieldWestern terminus of KY 48
No major junctions
Bullitt117.993189.891  KY 2674 northsouthern terminus of KY-2674
Mount Washington119.822192.835  US 31EX north
120.495193.918  KY 44 – Mount Washington Business District
122.064196.443  US 31EX south – Mount Washington Business District
JeffersonLouisville122.432197.035  KY 660 east (Waterford Road)
124.285200.017  KY 2053 west (Thixton Lane)
   I-265 / KY 841 (Gene Snyder Freeway)I-265 exit 17
127.924205.874  KY 1065 (Beulah Church Road / Seatonville Road)
129.608208.584  KY 1747 (South Hurstbourne Parkway)
131.057210.916  KY 1932 north (Breckenridge Lane)
132.264212.858Bardstown Road (KY 2251 north) - Buechel Business District
Progress Boulevardinterchange
West Buechel133.337214.585Hikes Lane (KY 2052 south)
133.514214.870Bardstown Road (KY 2251 south) - Buechel Business District
Louisville134.407216.307  I-264 (Watterson Expressway)I-264 exit 16
135.489218.048  KY 155 south (Taylorsville Road)
  US 60 Alt. (Eastern Parkway)
137.786221.745  KY 2860 (Grinstead Drive)
138.016222.115  KY 1703 south (Baxter Avenue)
138.264222.514  US 150 west (East Broadway)north end of US 150 overlap
138.904223.544  KY 864 south (East Chestnut Street)
139.086223.837   US 42 east / US 60 east (East Main Street)south end of US 60 overlap; no direct access from US 42 west / US 60 west to US 31E south
139.819225.017    KY 61 south (Preston Street) to I-64 / I-71
140.250225.710    US 31 north (Second Street / Clark Bridge) / US 31W south / US 60 west (West Main Street)US 31W and US 31E merge to form US 31; north end of US 60 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Hendersonville bypass routeEdit



U.S. Route 31E Bypass
LocationHendersonville, Tennessee

An unsigned portion constisting primarily of Tennessee State Route 386 is known as the U.S. Route 31E Bypass.

Glasgow business routeEdit



U.S. Route 31E Business
LocationGlasgow, Barren County, KY
Length3.24 mi (5.21 km)

U.S. Route 31E Business starts near the Southgate Shopping Center 0.379 mile north of the Exit 11 interchange of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, and intersects Kentucky Routes 249 and 63 before reaching the Barren County Courthouse at the Public Square. It then joins US 68 Business for only 0.123 miles before right-turning onto North Race Street. US 31E Business then follows North Race Street, passes the T.J. Samson Hospital, and ends at an intersection with the regular US 31E alignment on the north side of town about one mile south of the Veterans Outer Loop.

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Glasgow, Barren County.

0.0000.000  US 31E / S L Roger Wells BoulevardWestern terminus
1.0011.611  KY 249 south / Black StreetNorthern terminus of KY 249
1.2692.042  KY 63 east / East College StreetWestern terminus of KY 63
    KY 80 / KY 90 / US 68 Bus. / West Washington Street
Begin concurrency with KY 80/KY 90/US-Bus 68
    KY 80 west / KY 90 / US 68 Bus. / West Main Street
End concurrency with KY 80/KY 90/US-Bus 68
2.1183.409To   KY 90 / Happy Valley RoadOld KY 90; previously KY 90 Alternate
3.2405.214  US 31E / Glasgow BypassEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

U.S. Route 31E TruckEdit



U.S. Route 31E Truck
LocationBardstown, Nelson County, KY

U.S. Route 31E Truck (US 31E Truck) is the truck route of US 31E in the Nelson County seat of Bardstown.

The truck route consists of the following designations:

U.S. Route 31EXEdit


U.S. Route 31EX
LocationMount Washington, Bullitt County, KY
Length2.487 mi[11] (4.002 km)

U.S. Route 31EX (US 31EX) is the business route of US 31E in the Bullitt County town of Mount Washington. The only major intersection it has besides the main alignment is with KY 44 in the town's business district. The route is 2.487 miles (4.002 km) long.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000). Nashville City Map (Northeast)[permanent dead link] (PDF) (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  3. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000). Sumner County General Highway Map Archived 2016-01-12 at the Wayback Machine (PDF) (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  4. ^ DeLorme (2004). Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Kleber p.16
  6. ^ Simon pp.288,289
  7. ^ Joseph E. Brent (January 8, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission: Civil War Monuments in Kentucky, 1865-1935" (pdf). National Park Service.
  8. ^ Rennick p.70
  9. ^ "US 31E Nelson-Spencer Counties" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Fall 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  10. ^ "US 31E Nelson-Spencer Counties" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Winter 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  11. ^ a b c Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  • Kleber, ed. (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.
  • Rennick, Robert M. (1988). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4.
  • Simon, F. Kevin (1996). The WPA Guide to Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0865-9.

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