Interstate 265

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Interstate 265

Gene Snyder Freeway (Kentucky);
Lee H. Hamilton Freeway (Indiana)
I-265 (signed) highlighted in red;
signed as KY 841 in cyan;
signed as IN 265 in blue;
non-concurrent KY 841 in purple
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-65
Maintained by INDOT and KYTC
Length41.8 mi[1] (67.3 km)
I-265 from New Albany, IN to Louisville, KY
KY 841 in Louisville, KY
NHSEntire route
RestrictionsNo hazardous goods allowed on the Lewis and Clark Bridge and East End Tunnel
Major junctions
Beltway around Louisville, KY
West end I-64 / US 150 / SR 62 near New Albany, IN
Major intersections I-65 near Jeffersonville, IN
I-71 in Louisville, KY
I-64 in Louisville, KY
I-65 in Louisville, KY
South end US 31W / US 60 / KY 1934 in Louisville, KY
CountryUnited States
StatesKentucky, Indiana
CountiesKY: Jefferson
IN: Clark, Floyd
Highway system
  • Indiana State Highway System
SR 264IN SR 267
I-264KY KY 266
KY 788KY 841 KY 864

Interstate 265 (I-265) is a 41.8-mile (67.3 km) Interstate Highway partially encircling the Louisville metropolitan area. Starting from I-65 in the southern part of Louisville, it runs through Jefferson County, Kentucky, crosses the Ohio River on the Lewis and Clark Bridge into Indiana, meets I-65 for a second time, and then proceeds westbound to terminate at the I-64 interchange.

The entire Kentucky stretch of the road is cosigned with Kentucky Route 841 (KY 841). An additional 10.25-mile-long (16.50 km) stretch of freeway between U.S. Route 31W (US 31W)/US 60/KY 1934 and I-65 in the southern Louisville is solely designated as KY 841. The portion from I-71 to the Ohio River, while designated as I-265 by AASHTO, is only signed as KY 841. The highway is named the Gene Snyder Freeway (originally named the Jefferson Freeway), after the former congressman from Kentucky, and usually called "the Snyder" by locals.

Likewise on the Indiana side, the stretch from I-65 to the bridge, while designated as I-265 is signed as State Route 265 (SR 265). The highway is known as the Lee H. Hamilton Freeway after the former congressman from Indiana.

I-265 signage for the section from I-71 to the Indiana I-65 interchange has not yet been placed.

Route description

  mi[1] km
IN 13.1 21.1
KY 28.7 46.2
Total 41.8 67.3


Former SR 265 (now I-265) at its former eastern terminus at SR 62 (this interchange has since been reconfigured)

I-265 in the US state of Indiana presently runs 13.1 miles (21.1 km) from I-64 at the western edge of New Albany to the Lewis and Clark Bridge near Utica.[2] Beginning at its western terminus, the freeway is concurrent with State Road 62 (SR 62) until exit 10.


I-265 in the US state of Kentucky presently runs 28.7 miles (46.2 km) from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in northern Louisville to an interchange with I-65 in southern Louisville.[2] The entire freeway is concurrent with KY 841.

The Gene Snyder Freeway, in which KY 841 and I-265 overlap for 24.477 miles (39.392 km) between I-65 and the Indiana state line, has seen an increase in serious accidents. The primary factors stem from its low-level grass median which offers little to no protection for crossover incidents. Driver inattention and increased traffic and congestion has led to a decline in the overall level-of-service. In 2006, cable barriers were installed in the median for 10 miles (16 km) between I-71 and I-64, with further installation possible in the near future.[3] Part of the road is currently signed in kilometers, which is unusual in the United States.[4]

Kentucky Route 841

Kentucky Route 841

LocationLouisville, Kentucky

Kentucky Route 841 (KY 841) is a 38.9-mile-long (62.6 km) state highway in the suburbs of Louisville. The route is a partial beltway, encircling Louisville on its southern and eastern sides. Compass direction changes to the north and south of exit 23, the Taylorsville Road interchange. The western terminus of the route is at US 31W and US 60 in the southwest Louisville community of Valley Station, where KY 841 continues to the west as KY 1934 while the northern terminus is at the Lewis and Clark Bridge north of the north of the East End Tunnel. Even though the section between its terminus at KY 1934 and I-65 was built to Interstate Highway standards, it is designated only as KY 841 due to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) numbering rules. The exit numbering for the Kentucky portion of beltway currently starts at the western terminus of KY 841. The KY 841 designation mostly concurrent with I-265 in Kentucky has remained.[5]


Junction of US 31E and KY 841

Originally signed just as KY 841, the Jefferson Freeway was initially constructed in the 1960s in two sections—one between KY 155 (Taylorsville Road) and US 60 (Shelbyville Road) and a second section between KY 1447 (Westport Road) and US 42—as short connectors to the eastern suburban expansion as well as a new Ford plant. By 1970, I-264 had become very congested and was in need of reconstruction and other improvements. I-265 was proposed as an outer beltway to provide pass-through motorists relief from the congestion of I-264. Construction started in the early 1980s and was finished later that decade and signed in 1987.

State Road 265

LocationClarksvilleUtica, Indiana
Length6.2 mi (10.0 km)

State Road 265 (SR 265) was what the segment of the highway between I-65 and SR 60 at exit 10 in Indiana was originally known as. It was legally rechristened in June 2019 to I-265 after a new 7.7-mile (12.4 km) section of highway that includes the Lewis and Clark Bridge (known as the East End Bridge during planning and construction) fully opened to traffic on December 18, 2016, however the SR 265 signs along the road and the exits still remain and have not been updated to I-265 signage, while the Kentucky portion of the new roadway likewise has not had I-265 signage added as of yet. In early 2023, Indiana DOT announced plans to rename as well as renumber the exits of the freeway beginning in the fall of 2023 and with completion expected over the next two years.[6]

East End Bridge

Negotiations between Indiana and Kentucky to build the bridge had taken place over the preceding 30 years.

In late 2005, members of the Louisville Metro Council proposed a committee to begin planning a western bridge over the Ohio River to link the southwestern end of the highway in Kentucky to Indiana.

On December 18, 2016, SR 265 was extended east of SR 62, which crosses the Ohio River connecting with KY 841, and north of US 42 in Kentucky as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, creating a bypass around the eastern side of the city of Louisville.

The I-265/I-64 interchange, currently a cloverleaf with no collector–distributor lanes,[7] is being reconstructed as part of the I-Move Kentucky Project with an estimated completion in the autumn of 2023.[8]

Exit list

StateCountyLocationmikmOld exitNew exit[6]DestinationsNotes
KentuckyJeffersonLouisville10.216.410 I-65 – Nashville, LouisvilleI-65 exit 125; signed as exits 10A (north) and 10B (south) westbound
Continues as KY 841 past this exit
11.718.812 KY 61 (Preston Highway)
13.521.714Smyrna Road
15.224.515 KY 864 (Beulah Church Road)
17.327.817 US 31E / US 150 – Bardstown, Louisville
19.431.219 KY 1819 (Billtown Road)
23.137.223 KY 155 – Jeffersontown, Taylorsville
Middletown25.541.025 I-64 – Lexington, LouisvilleI-64 exit 19; signed as exits 25A (east) & 25B (west).
26.843.127 US 60 (Shelbyville Road) – Middletown, Eastwood
Louisville28.746.229Old Henry Road
30.448.930 KY 146 (La Grange Road) – Anchorage, Pewee Valley
32.552.332 KY 1447 (Westport Road) / Chamberlain Lane
34.054.734 KY 22 (Brownsboro Road) – Crestwood
34.755.83524 I-71 – Cincinnati, LouisvilleI-71 exit 9; signed as exits 35A (east) & 35B (west)
Prospect37.059.53726 US 42 – ProspectNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Louisville East End Tunnel
Ohio River38.9
Lewis and Clark Bridge (toll) – north end of KY 841 concurrency
IndianaClarkUtica11.8119.011129International Drive/Old Salem Road - River RidgeOpened December 18, 2016
SR 62 east – Charlestown, Jeffersonville via 10th Street
East end of SR 62 concurrency; double roundabout exit also provides access to/from Port Street
6.9411.17734 I-65 – Indianapolis, LouisvilleI-65 exit 6; signed as exits 7A (north) and 7B (south) westbound
FloydNew Albany4.527.27437Charlestown RoadFormer SR 311
3.355.39338Grant Line RoadFormer SR 111
0.971.56140State Street
I-64 / US 150 / SR 62 west – New Albany, Louisville, St. Louis
I-64 exit 121; western terminus; west end of SR 62 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; both ramps are signed as exit 0
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Adderly, Kevin (January 27, 2016). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2015". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "INDOT Reference Post Book - July 2015" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Hogan, Doug (January 20, 2006). "Governor Fletcher & Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Move Forward with Safety Measures for Interstate Highways: Median Cable Barriers to Be Installed at Two Jefferson County Locations" (Press release). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006.
  4. ^ Stevens, Ashlie (14 June 2019). "Curious Louisville: Why Is A Stretch Of Louisville Highway Measured In Kilometers?". 89.3 WFPL News Louisville.
  5. ^ "Special Committee on U. S. Route Numbering - 2019 Spring Meeting Report to the Council on Highways and Streets" (PDF). Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  6. ^ a b INDOT (2023-02-16). "I 265 Resigning". INDOT. Retrieved 2023-03-09.
  7. ^ "Interstate 64 at Interstate 265 Interchange Reconstruction | KYTC". Retrieved 2022-03-23.
  8. ^ "About – I-Move Kentucky". Retrieved 2022-03-23.

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