Interstate 169 (Kentucky)

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Interstate 169

Pennyrile Parkway
I-169 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-69
Maintained by KYTC
Length34.271 mi[1] (55.154 km)
ExistedMay 7, 2017[2]–present
HistoryOpened in 1976 as the Pennyrile Parkway
Redesignated as I-169 on May 7, 2017[2]
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-24 near Hopkinsville
Major intersections
North end I-69 / Future I-569 / Western Kentucky Parkway near Nortonville
CountryUnited States
CountiesChristian, Hopkins
Highway system
KY 168 KY 169

Interstate 169 (I-169) is a 34.271-mile-long (55.154 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway that travels along the former southern section of the Pennyrile Parkway in Kentucky. The highway was designated on May 7, 2017, after President Donald Trump signed legislation designating the route.[2][3] It travels north from a trumpet interchange with I-24 south of Hopkinsville to a cloverleaf interchange with its parent, I-69, and the Western Kentucky Parkway near Nortonville.

As of October 2022, I-169 is still signed as the Pennyrile Parkway. No signage for I-169 has yet been put up, although "Future I-169" signs are present along the route.[4] I-169 signage is expected to be installed when required upgrades to the parkway are completed.[5] A project to do the upgrades is set to be completed in November 2024.

Route description

The route begins at a trumpet interchange with I-24 near Hopkinsville. It runs northward into the city of Hopkinsville. After passing through, I-169 runs through farmland and the Western Coal Field, running roughly parallel to U.S. Route 41 (US 41) and bypassing numerous small towns before ending at a cloverleaf interchange with I-69 and the Western Kentucky Parkway and merging with I-69 through traffic.[6]


The freeway was originally known solely as, and part of, the Pennyrile Parkway, one of the original nine parkways in the Kentucky parkway system, from its 1969 opening until May 7, 2017, when Congress officially designated the section from the I-24 junction in southern Christian County to the I-69/Western Kentucky Parkway junction near Nortonville.[3] In addition to I-169's current alignment, the Pennyrile Parkway also traveled further northward to its original terminus in Henderson until most of that stretch of the parkway was signed as I-69 in November 2015. US 41 followed the remaining routing of the Pennyrile Parkway from the Henderson Bypass exit to the US 41/US 60 junction in Henderson. After the I-169 designation was made official on May 7, 2017, the unsigned Kentucky Route 9004 (KY 9004) designation associated with the parkway was removed.

The first seven miles (11 km) was not built and completed until March 2011. The Pennyrile Parkway's original southern terminus was at the exit 7 interchange in Hopkinsville. Construction of that section was built in phases from 2009 to 2011.[7]


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded a $13.9-million project to Scotty's Contracting to upgrade the highway to Interstate standards. These improvements include raising the vertical bridge clearance heights at three overpasses, reconstruction of bridge railings over Drakes Creek, interchange improvements at exits 30, 33, and 34, and the development of a future project to improve exit 11. The completion of this project is set for November 2024.[8][9][10]

Exit list

Christian0.0000.0001 I-24 – Nashville, PaducahI-24 exit 81; southern terminus; signed as exits 1A (west) and 1B (east) southbound; trumpet interchange
Hopkinsville5.1758.3285Lover's Lane – HopkinsvilleServes James E. Bruce Convention Center, northbound exit 5A
US 68 Byp. (Eagle Way) – Hopkinsville
Northbound exit 5B
US 41 Alt. – Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell
7.93512.7708 US 41 / KY 109 – Hopkinsville, PembrokeSouthern end of US 41 Truck concurrency
9.35915.0629 US 68 / KY 80 – Hopkinsville, ElktonServes Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport

KY 1682 / US 41 Truck north – Hopkinsville
Northern end of US 41 Truck concurrency; serves Hopkinsville Community College and provides access to KY 107
Crofton22.65336.45623 KY 800 – CroftonServes Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
US 41 south
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
32.86152.88533 US 62 – Nortonville, Greenville
I-69 / Western Kentucky Parkway east – Elizabethtown, Fulton, Henderson
I-69 exit 106; northern terminus; signed as exit 34A (east), 34B (south) and 34C (north)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Morgen, Doc (May 8, 2017). "I-169 designation years in the making". Kentucky New Era. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "An Act Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes" (PDF). 115th Congress of the United States of America. January 3, 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Archived from the original on July 17, 2023. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  5. ^ Pickett, Mike (23 April 2018). "Future I-169 Corridor Signs Go Up on Pennyrile Parkway". Henderson, KY: WEHT-TV. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Google (May 3, 2021). "Overview map of Future I-169" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  7. ^ Carlyle, Jeffrey. "Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway". Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Brown, Jennifer P. (4 August 2023). "Start of Interstate 169 upgrades includes a tribute for the late John Mahre". Hoptown Chronicle. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Gov. Beshear,Local Officials Celebrate Major Route Expansion,Economic Growth in Western Kentucky". 3 August 2023. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Mahre Remembered As Officials Celebrate Future I-169 Corridor". WKDZ Radio. 3 August 2023. Archived from the original on August 3, 2023. Retrieved 29 September 2023.

Exterlink links

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