U.S. Route 51 in Kentucky

U.S. Route 51 (US 51) in Kentucky runs 42 miles (68 km) through the western portion of the state from the Tennessee state line at Fulton to the Illinois state line at Cairo, Illinois. It is a mostly rural route, also serving the towns of Clinton, Arlington, Bardwell and Wickliffe. It also carries part of the Great River Road near the northern end of its route in Kentucky.

U.S. Route 51 marker

U.S. Route 51
US 51 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length42.155 mi[1] (67.842 km)
Major junctions
South end Future I-69 / US 51 at South Fulton, TN
 
North end US 51 / US 60 / US 62 at Cairo, IL
Location
CountiesFulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard
Highway system
KY 50KY 52

Route descriptionEdit

US 51 mainly runs through the Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky, spanning the four westernmost counties in Kentucky, beginning with a four-lane section crossing the state line, which begins a concurrency with the Purchase Parkway (Future I-69). US 51 follows that parkway's first two miles (3.2 km) to exit 1 north of Fulton.

North of Fulton, US 51 follows a path from Fulton County, and traverses Hickman, Carlisle and Ballard counties, including going through their respective county seats, Clinton, Bardwell, and Wickliffe. At Bardwell, US 62 begins running concurrently with US 51. US 60 joins in on the overlap just before crossing the Ohio River into Alexander County, Illinois just south of Cairo.

Portions of US 51/US 62 in Carlisle and Ballard counties are part of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

HistoryEdit

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
FultonFulton0.0000.000  US 51 south
  I-69 north
Continuation south into Tennessee; temporary southern terminus of I-69; southern end of I-69 concurrency
0.0300.048   KY 116 / KY 166 – Fulton, HickmanI-69 exit 0
1.4242.292   I-69 north / KY 1648 southNorthern end of I-69 concurrency; northern terminus of KY 1648; I-69 exit 1
1.6542.662   KY 2767 west (Holiday Lane)To Parkway Regional Hospital
1.7212.770   KY 2149 west (Airport Road)To Fulton Airport
3.4975.628 
  KY 94 Conn. south
Signed KY 94C; short connector road to KY 94
3.9246.315  KY 94 – Hickman, Murray
5.9449.566  KY 924 eastSouthern end of KY 924 concurrency
Hickman6.28710.118  KY 924 westNorthern end of KY 924 concurrency
6.96811.214  KY 1070 northSouthern terminus of KY 1070
9.14514.717  KY 1529 (Moscow Water Valley Road)
9.86115.870  KY 2209 east (Gwynn Road)Western terminus of KY 2209
11.18618.002  KY 780 eastSouthern end of KY 780 concurrency
11.28818.166  KY 780 westNorthern terminus of KY 780 concurrency
Clinton13.25621.333  KY 780 eastWestern terminus of KY 780
13.75622.138  KY 58 east (Mayfield Road) – MayfieldSouthern end of KY 58 concurrency
13.87422.328   KY 58 west / KY 123 (East Clay Street/West Clay Street)Northern end of KY 58 concurrency
14.10822.705  KY 1745 east (James Phillips Drive)Western terminus of KY 1745
14.15322.777  KY 1826 west (Depot Street)Eastern terminus of KY 1826
14.31823.043  KY 1728 westEastern terminus of KY 1728
14.38323.147  KY 703 east (Spring Street)Western terminus of KY 703
15.01624.166  KY 1728 westEastern terminus of KY 1728
16.41626.419  KY 1540 westEastern terminus of KY 1540
17.22427.719  KY 1301 northSouthern terminus of KY 1301
18.64630.008  KY 288 eastWestern terminus of KY 288
CarlisleArlington22.47336.167  KY 80 – Mayfield, Columbus, Columbus-Belmont State Park
22.89136.839  KY 877 west – BerkleyEastern terminus of KY 877
27.33743.995  KY 1377 south – Carlisle County High SchoolNorthern terminus of KY 1377
27.82844.785  KY 1181 northSouthern terminus of KY 1181
Bardwell28.69746.183  KY 123 south (Elsey Avenue) – Columbus, Columbus-Belmont State ParkNorthern terminus of KY 123
29.07646.793  US 62 east (Paducah Road) – PaducahSouthern end of US 62 concurrency
31.84051.242  KY 1022 southNorthern terminus of KY 1022
32.05551.588  KY 1203 southNorthern terminus of KY 1203
BallardWickliffe37.23459.922   KY 121 south (Court Street) to KY 286Northern terminus of KY 121
37.50260.354   US 60 east (4th Street) to I-24Southern end of US 60 concurrency
Ohio River41.251–
42.155
66.387–
67.842
Cairo Ohio River Bridge
    US 51 north / US 60 west / US 62 westContinuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Division of Planning. "DMI Reports". Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved April 29, 2015.

External linksEdit

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