Kentucky Route 259

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Kentucky Route 259

KY 259 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length95.910 mi[1] (154.352 km)
Major junctions
North end KY 144 near Rhodelia
Major intersections
South end US 68 / KY 80 at Hays
CountryUnited States
CountiesMeade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Edmonson, Warren
Highway system
KY 258 KY 260

Kentucky Route 259 (KY 259) is a 95.91-mile-long (154.35 km) state highway that traverses five counties in west-central Kentucky.

Route description

Warren and Edmonson Counties

KY 259's southern terminus is located at the intersection with the concurrently running U.S. Route 68 (US 68) and KY 80 in Hays, in far eastern Warren County. The first few miles of the highway is a one-lane road throughout its run in Warren County. It crosses Interstate 65 (I-65) via an overpass shortly before crossing the Edmonson County line, where the road widens to two lanes. Shortly after the entry into Edmonson County, it reaches the community of Rocky Hill, where it intersects KY 1339 (Apple Grove Road). It then crosses US 31W just north of Rocky Hill, and then turns northwest to intersect KY 422 and KY 2325 (Silent Grove Church Road) in the Pig community. When it meets KY 101 in Rhoda, KY 259 turns right and continues northward to Brownsville, where it runs concurrently with Kentucky Route 70 throughout much of its course through the town, over the Green River to a point near the Riverhill Shopping Center.

Bridge carrying KY 259 and KY 70 in Brownsville

After leaving Brownsville, KY 259 then traverses the communities of Lindseyville, Sweeden (where it intersects KY 728), and Bee Spring (where it intersects KY 238). KY 259 skirts the Nolin Lake area after passing through the community of Broadway.

Three different sections of KY 259 in Edmonson and Warren counties are marked as portion of the Duncan Hines Scenic Byway, a part of the state's scenic byway system.

Grayson County

KY 259 enters Grayson County just northwest of the Moutardier Marina (accessible from KY 259's junction with KY 2067) and continues on through Anneta and Meredith. It intersects a very short KY 226, and then enters the city of Leitchfield. It intersects the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway at its exit 107 interchange and meets US 62 in downtown Leitchfield. It also meets the eastern terminus of KY 54 (Owensboro Road) at the public square. After the second intersection of the KY 3155 (William Thomason Byway) (the first one was after the Western Kentucky Parkway interchange), KY 259 continues northward to cross a portion of Rough River Lake.

Breckinridge and Meade Counties

After crossing Rough River Lake into Breckinridge County, it has a junction with Kentucky Route 79. KY 259 and KY 79 run concurrently while bridging another part of Rough River Lake. They reach the US 60 junction at Harned. KY 259 turns left to run concurrently with US 60 westbound, while KY 79 makes a right turn to join US 60 eastbound. After splitting from US 60 at its KY 261, KY 259 turns north and enters the city of Hardinsburg and then continues north through Union Star, then closely follows the southern banks of the Ohio River, and enters the western portion of Meade County shortly before reaching its northern terminus at KY 144 at Rhodelia.


Kentucky Route 65

LocationHays-Harned, Kentucky
Length67 mi (108 km)

In the beginning, KY 259 only ran from Hardinsburg to Rhodelia, in Breckinridge and western Meade Counties. The highway from Hays to Harned began its history as Kentucky Route 65 at the time of its commission.[2][3] KY 65 originally had a total length of an estimated 65.1 miles (104.8 km).

The then-KY 65 (during its concurrency with KY 70) in Edmonson County crossed the Green River by ferry until it was re-routed onto a bridge in the 1950s.[4][5][6]

At one point between 1959 and 1963, KY 65 was redesignated as the current KY 259, extending that route to its current longevity. This was done in order to avoid confusion between it and the then-planned-and-under-construction Interstate 65 (I-65) in the Edmonson/Warren/Barren County area, and its entire course through west-central Kentucky, which was completed in 1967. To date, there has never been another KY 65 designation.[2][7] The renumbering to the current KY 259 was done to comply with the state's longtime state route numbering policy, which had forbidden duplication of highway numbers was to be allowed in the state. The former KY 64 in this region was also compliant with that policy after Interstate 64 came under construction in north-central and northeast Kentucky.[8] As of May 2017, the only exceptions to the rule against highway number duplications are US 79 and KY 79, which intersected in Russellville until a bypass was partly signed as US 79; I-69 and KY 69 in separate regions of western Kentucky, I-169 and KY 169, and most recently, I-165 and KY 165; the latter two of which are in completely different regions of the state.

In early 2001, the KYTC began construction of a two-lane bypass corridor from Brownsville's southern outskirts to just north of Chalybeate, including the rerouting of KY 259 from Rhoda to Brownsville, along with the final stretch of KY 101 in the Rhoda area. Once it was completed in November 2001, the two routes were reconstructed to include intersections with the new alignment. Once those were done in 2002, the KYTC assigned the old alignments then-new state route designations of KY 3019 and KY 3021.[9][10]

Points of interest along the route

  • Edmonson County Lion's Club Fairgrounds, near Rhoda. Home to the annual Edmonson County Fair (held in early September)
  • Bee Spring Park.
  • Moutardier Marina (via KY 2067), south of Anneta.
  • Grayson County Airport, near Meredith
  • Grayson Connty Fairgrounds, north of Leitchfield.

Major intersections

WarrenHays0.0000.000 US 68 / KY 80 – Bowling Green, GlasgowSouthern terminus
EdmonsonRocky Hill3.3025.314
KY 1339 east (Apple Grove Road)
Western terminus of KY-1339
US 31W (Louisville Road) to I-65 – Bowling Green, Park City, Cave City
KY 422 south (Pig Road)
Northern terminus of KY 422
KY 2325 north (Silent Grove Church Road)
Southern terminus of KY 2325

KY 101 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) / KY 259 north (Brownsville Road)
Northern terminus of KY-101; KY 259 right turns onto VMH
KY 3019 south (Brownsville Road) – Edmonson County Fairgrounds
Northern terminus of KY-3019
KY 3021 north
Southern terminus of KY 3021
KY 3021 south
Northern terminus of KY-3021
KY 70 east (Mammoth Cave Road) – Mammoth Cave National Park, Cave City
Begin concurrency with KY 70
14.99324.129Wildcat Way -- to Edmonson County High School
15.05524.229Houchin's Ferry RoadAlternate route to Edmonson County High School
KY 2184 north (Washington Street) – Camp Joy, Brownsville City Park, Green River Amphitheater
Southern terminus of KY-2184
Bridge over CR-1203, the Green River, and Lock Road (KY 183)
KY 183 east (Lock Road)
Western terminus of KY-183
KY 70 west (Morgantown Road) – Roundhill, Morgantown
End concurrency with KY-70
KY 728 east (Nolin Dam Road) – Nolin Lake State Park
Western terminus of KY-728
Bee Spring24.08238.756
KY 238 west (Sunfish-Bee Spring Road) – Sunfish
Eastern terminus of KY-238
KY 2336 east (Jock Road)
Western terminus of KY-2336
KY 2067 south (Moutardier Road)
Northern terminus of KY 2067

KY 226 east to KY 88 – Peonia
Western terminus of KY 226; KY-259 left turns to the west
Western Kentucky Parkway east – Elizabethtown
Exit 107 from WK Parkway east, and ramps to WK Parkway east
Western Kentucky Parkway west – Beaver Dam, Paducah
Exit 107 from WK Parkway west; and ramps to WK Parkway west
KY 3155 north (Leitchfield Bypass)
Southern terminus of KY-3155
US 62 west (West Main Street) – Beaver Dam, Caneyville
Begin concurrency with US 62
KY 54 west (Owensboro Road) – Fordsville, Owensboro
Eastern terminus of KY-54; traffic circle around the Grayson County Courthouse
US 62 east – Clarkson, Elizabethtown
End concurrency with US-62
KY 737 north
Southern terminus of KY-737
KY 3155 south (Leitchfield Bypass)
Northern terminus of KY-3155
KY 401 north
Southern terminus of KY-401
KY 737 south – Leitchfield
Northern terminus of KY-737
KY 79 south – Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Caneyville
Begin concurrency with KY 79
see KY 79

US 60 east / KY 79 north – Irvington, Brandenburg, Fort Knox, Louisville
End concurrency with KY 79
KY 1616 west (Fairgrounds Road) – Hardinsburg
Eastern terminus of KY-1616
Hardinsburg70.028112.699Old U.S. 60  – Hardinsburg Business District

US 60 west / KY 261 south – Hawesville, Owensboro, McQuady, Fordsville, Rough River Dam State Resort Park
End concurrency with US 60; Begin concurrency with KY-261
KY 992 west (Second Street)
Eastern terminus of KY-992; also part of Old U.S. 60 west of town
KY 261 east (First Street)
End concurrency with KY 261
KY 2279 north
Southern terminus of KY-2279
Union Star84.820136.505 KY 144 – Stephensport, Cloverport, Brandenburg
MeadeRhodelia95.91154.35 KY 144 – Brandenburg, Union StarNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Official 1957 Kentucky State Highway Map Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Official 1939 Kentucky State Highway Map Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Edmonson County Highway and Transportation Map (1937 Edition)
  5. ^ Edmonson County Highway and Transportation Map (1958 Edition)
  6. ^ | KY-70 over GREEN RIVER AND CR-& CR 1203, Edmonson County, Kentucky
  7. ^ Official 1964 Kentucky State Highway Map
  8. ^ "H.B.'s Fun Facts About Kentucky Highways". Archived from the original Archived 2002-08-27 at the Wayback Machine August 27, 2002. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  9. ^ KY 259 at
  10. ^ KY 101 at

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