Audubon Parkway

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Audubon Parkway

Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length23.441 mi[1] (37.725 km)
Major junctions
West end US 41 in Henderson
Major intersections KY 416 in Hebbardsville
East end US 60 in Owensboro
Location
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountiesHenderson, Daviess
Highway system

The Audubon Parkway is a four-lane controlled-access freeway (formerly a toll road) connecting the cities of Henderson and Owensboro, Kentucky. Named for John James Audubon, an early American naturalist, the Audubon's western terminus is at US 41; the eastern terminus is US 60. The road opened on December 18, 1970, at a cost of $23.5 million (equivalent to $137 million in 2022[2]) and, at 23.4 miles (37.7 km), is the shortest of the seven roads in the state's parkway system. It is also the only road in the parkway system that has not had the name of a Kentucky politician attached to it. The road carries the unsigned designation of Kentucky Route 9005 (KY 9005). A white and gold shield was used along the Audubon Parkway until 2006, when a new, standardized blue-on-white marker was introduced for all of Kentucky's parkways.

History

The Audubon Parkway previously used a distinctive gold shield.

As a toll road

The Audubon Parkway, as with all eight of the other parkways, was originally a toll road from its 1970 opening until 2006. The only toll plaza on the Audubon was located at the exit 10 interchange at KY 416 near Hebbardsville, in eastern Henderson County.[3][4]

Toll removal

The Audubon and the nearby William H. Natcher Parkway, which opened in 1972, were the last two remaining tolled parkways in Kentucky’s parkway system. They both had their tolls removed on Tuesday, November 21, 2006. Ernie Fletcher, who was governor at the time, announced the removal of the tolls at the Natcher Parkway's Hartford toll plaza in Ohio County on September 27, 2006. Fletcher himself manned the end loader which demolished one of the Audubon's Hebbardsville toll booths during a press conference and ceremony which heralded the end of toll collections.

With the end of toll collection, the Hebbardsville interchange was modified slightly, although its past as the parkway's only toll plaza remains in the modified-cloverleaf layout of the ramps, a trait shared by most such interchanges on Kentucky's other parkways. The islands where the toll booths were mounted were removed, and the pavement at the interchange was smoothed over, although the rumble strips approaching the interchange from both directions remain as of July 2009. During 2008, the former toll plaza office on the south side of the interchange was demolished.

Future

Interstate 69 Spur

Interstate 69 Spur

LocationHendersonOwensboro

Daviess County officials first proposed in 2005 that the Audubon be upgraded to an Interstate highway, specifically suggesting the number I-369. This would, according to the proposal, take place if and when the Interstate 69 Ohio River Bridge and its approaches are completed. The I-69 "spur" would connect Owensboro, Kentucky, to I-69 with I-369 as the likely designation.[5]

The Audubon would have to be significantly upgraded in order for it to be approved as an Interstate Highway; the shoulders would need to be widened and the median would have to be widened or have a rigid safety barrier constructed along its entire 24-mile (39 km) length.

The Audubon Parkway became a High Priority Interstate Corridor, referred to as the "Future Interstate Route 69 Spur" in the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, which became Public Law 110-244 on June 6, 2008. New "Future I-69 Spur" signs were placed on the parkway in September 2008.

Exit list

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
HendersonHenderson0.0000.0000
US 41 to I-69 – Henderson, Madisonville
Western terminus and signed as exits 0A (north) and 0B (south); US 41 exit 12
5.3898.6735 KY 1078 – ZionConstructed in 1986
Hebbardsville10.17516.37510 KY 416 – Niagara, HebbardsvilleFormer toll plaza; original exit
Daviess18.04329.03718 KY 1554 – Stanley, SorghoConstructed in 1986
Owensboro23.44137.72524
US 60 to I-165 – Owensboro, Hawesville
Eastern terminus and signed as exits 24A (south) and 24B (north); US 60 exit 10
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet — Division of Planning — Highway Information System Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-08.
  2. ^ Johnston, Louis; Williamson, Samuel H. (2023). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved December 19, 2023. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the Measuring Worth series.
  3. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1973). Kentucky Official Highway and Parkway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Audubon Parkway toll schedule inset.
  4. ^ Rand McNally (2002). "Kentucky" (Map). The Road Atlas (2002 ed.). 1 in≈30 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 42.
  5. ^ "CONGRESSMAN COMER AND SENATOR MCCONNELL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO DESIGNATE I-69 SPUR IN MUHLENBERG AND OHIO COUNTIES". comer.house.gov. April 3, 2019. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2022.

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