Kentucky Route 61

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Kentucky Route 61

Preston Highway (portions)
KY 61 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length151.333 mi[1] (243.547 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 53 near Peytonsburg
Major intersections
North end US 31E / US 60 in Louisville
CountryUnited States
CountiesCumberland, Adair, Metcalfe, Green, LaRue, Hardin, Nelson, Bullitt, Jefferson
Highway system
US 60 US 62

Kentucky Route 61 (KY 61) is a 151.333-mile (243.547 km) long Kentucky State Highway extending north from the Tennessee state line in Cumberland County to Columbia in Adair County through to Greensburg in Green County. From there, the route traverses LaRue, Hardin and Bullitt counties to terminate in Jefferson County (where it is commonly signed as Preston Street or Preston Highway) at the junction of U.S. Route 31E (East Main Street) in downtown Louisville.

Route description

Cumberland and Adair County

The first 12.8 miles (20.6 km) of KY 61 is considered part of the Appalachian Development Highway System’s Corridor J project. That stretch of highway is one of five segments of that ADHS project, along with KY 90, US 27, KY 914, and KY 80 going from Burkesville through Burnside to London.[2]

KY 61 runs concurrently with KY 90 into downtown Burkesville. KY 90 branches westward, while KY 61 goes onto a northwestward course, and turns northeast near the tripoint of the Cumberland, Metcalfe, and Adair County lines. Going north, the route crosses the Adair County line twice, and enters the far eastern tip of Metcalfe County before entering Adair County the second time.[3] KY 61 has junctions with the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and KY 80 on the west side of Columbia. KY 55 (Columbia Bypass) also has a concurrency with KY 61 near Columbia as well.[4]

Green, LaRue, Hardin, and Nelson Counties

KY 61 goes on a northwestward course to Green and LaRue counties, traversing Greensburg and Hodgenville, respectively. US 68 and KY 70 runs concurrently with KY 61 in Greensburg, then US 31E gets co-signed with KY 61 near Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. At Hodgenville, KY 61 continues northwest into Hardin County to the US 31W and Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway junction in Elizabethtown, and runs concurrently with the northbound lanes of the U.S. route there. In downtown Elizabethtown, KY 61 begins a concurrency with US 62 from there through the I-65 Exit 94 interchange, all the way to just past Boston, in western Nelson County.

Bullitt County and Metro Louisville

KY 61 then runs further northward to Bullitt County (into Lebanon Junction and Shepherdsville) and then the Louisville-Jefferson County metro area, with major junctions with I-65, and then I-265 and I-264 (with access to I-264 eastbound only), along with US 150 (Broadway) before terminating in downtown Louisville at a junction with US 31E (East Main Street) at Louisville Slugger Field.

Major intersections

Cumberland0.0000.000 SR 53Kentucky/Tennessee state line
KY 2064 south (Hendricks Creek Road) – Hendricks Creek Resort[5]
Northern terminus of KY-2064
KY 214 west (Kettle Creek Road)
Eastern terminus of KY-214
3.3545.398 KY 3108 (Red Banks Road/Cherry Tree Ridge Road) – Salvation Army Camp Paradise ValleySA camp to the east
KY 953 west (Judio Road)
To Dale Hollow Lake boat ramp; eastern terminus of KY-953
KY 485 north (Guthrie Chapel Road/Post Office Road)
Southern terminus of KY-485

KY 449 north (Sulphur Creek Road) to KY 485 – Dale Hollow Lake State Park, Sulphur Creek boat dock
KY 90 east (Albany Road)
Beginning of KY-90 concurrency
KY 2276 west (Hill Street)
Only accessible from KY-61 South
KY 90 west (Glasgow Road) – Glasgow
End of KY-90 concurrency
KY 3140 north (Little Renox Creek Road)
Southern terminus of KY-3140
KY 704 north (Crocus Creek Road)
Southern terminus of KY-704
KY 3140 south (Garrett Creek Road)
Northern terminus of KY-3140
AdairNo major intersections
MetcalfeNo major intersections
Adair28.55545.955 KY 533 (Flat Rock Road)
KY 768 west (Weed-Sparksville Road)
Begin KY-768 concurrency
KY 768 east (Sparksville Road)
End KY-768 concurrency
KY 2982 west (Jones Chapel Road)
Eastern terminus of KY-2982
Cumberland Parkway east
Exit 48 off Cumberland Parkway east and ramps to Cumberland Parkway east
Cumberland Parkway west
Exit 48 off Cumberland Parkway west and ramps to Cumberland Parkway west
KY 80 west (Edmonton Road)
Begin KY-80 concurrency

KY 55 south / KY 80 east
End concurrency with KY-80, begin concurrency with KY-55

KY 55 north / KY 439 east to KY 2287
End concurrency with KY-55; 61 turns left, 55 straight ahead, 439 to the right
KY 2287 south
Northern terminus of KY-2287; only accessible from SB 61 (NB uses 439)
KY 2973 south (Lampton Lane)
Northern terminus of KY-2973
KY 768 east (Milltown Road)
Western terminus of KY-768
KY 532 west (Cedar Grove Road)
Eastern terminus of KY-532
KY 767 north
Southern terminus of KY-767
53.09885.453 KY 487

KY 565 east
Western terminus of KY-565
US 68 / KY 70 west – Edmonton
Begin concurrency with US-68/KY-70
KY 417 east (East Columbia Avenue)
Western terminus of KY-417
US 68 / KY 70 east – Campbellsville
End concurrency with US-68/KY-70
KY 793 east
Western terminus of KY-793
KY 88 west – Munfordville
Eastern terminus of KY-88
Summersville64.768104.234 KY 323 - Allendale, Phelpsburg
Bloyds Crossing67.728108.998 KY 569 - Bloyds Crossing
KY 424 east - Mount Moriah, Locksport
Western terminus of KY-424
KY 565 south - Roccosboro, Red Bluff
Northern terminus of KY-565
KY 2762 north - Chrisville, Roccosboro
Southern terminus of KY-2762
LaRueMount Sherman76.598123.273
KY 1906 west – Magnolia
Eastern terminus of KY-1906
78.042125.596 KY 1192 - Mount Tabor, Lyonsville
KY 584 north (Mt. Tabor Road) - Eden, Mount Tabor
Southern terminus of KY-584
KY 470 south – Magnolia
Begin KY-470 overlap
KY 470 north
End KY-470 overlap
US 31E south – Munfordville
Begin concurrency with US-31E
83.904135.030Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

US 31E north (Lincoln Farm Road) / KY 1618 east (Lincoln Parkway) - White City, Hodgenville, Bardstown, Munfordville
End concurrency with US-31E; western terminus of KY-1618; 61 continues to the west as Lincoln Parkway; 1618 to the east; US-31E to the north
86.409139.062 KY 84 (Tanner Road) - Sonora, Hodgenville
KY 2462 east (West Main Street) - Hodgenville, Bardstown
Western terminus of KY-2462
KY 3204 east (Tonieville Road) - Bardstown, Clarksville
Western terminus of KY-3204

KY 2760 east to KY 210 - Gum Rapids, Tonieville, Kenmore
Western terminus of KY-2760
Hardin91.794147.728 KY 1135 - Noahsville, Clarksville

US 31W south / Western Kentucky Parkway west / US 31W Truck north to US 31W Byp. / I-65 / Bluegrass Parkway – Lexington, Louisville, Nashville, Paducah
Eastern terminus of Western Kentucky Parkway (to Owensboro/Paducah); I-65 just west of intersection (south to Nashville, north to BG Parkway/Lex/Lou); truck route follows parkway to US-31W Bypass; begin concurrency with US-31W

KY 210 east (Hodgenville Road) to KY 567
Western terminus of KY-210
KY 1136 north (New Glendale Road)
Southern terminus of KY-1136
US 31W south
North and south lanes split around courthouse here (southern end of one-way south/north split)
US 31W south
North end of split (south 31W accessible to the left)

US 62 west to US 31W north / I-65 / Bluegrass Parkway – Fort Knox
End concurrency with US-31W and begin concurrency with US-62; 31W continues to the north while 61 turns east to follow 62
99.707160.463Panther Lane to Elizabethtown High School
KY 3005 west (Ring Road)
Western terminus of KY-3005

I-65 south / US 62 Truck west to Bluegrass Parkway – Nashville
Exit 94 from Southbound I-65 and ramp to I-65 South/West US-62 truck route; Bluegrass Parkway is the next exit on I-65 South

I-65 north / US 62 Truck east – Louisville
Exit 94 from Northbound I-65 and ramp to I-65 North/East US-62 truck route
Younger Creek108.292174.279
KY 583 south
Northern terminus of KY-583
KY 52 east
Western terminus of KY-52
US 62 east
End concurrency with US-62
BullittLebanon Junction118.303190.390
I-65 north – Louisville
Exit 105 from I-65 North and ramps to I-65 North
I-65 south – Nashville
Exit 105 from I-65 South and ramps to I-65 South
KY 434 west (Main Street)
Eastern terminus of KY-434
KY 733 east (Wilson Creek Road)
Western terminus of KY-733
KY 251 south (Belmont Road)
Northern terminus of KY-251
KY 245 south (Clermont Road) – Boston, Jim Beam distillery, Bernheim Forest
Northern terminus of KY-245
KY 1494 north (Beech Grove Road)
Southern terminus of KY-1494
Bardstown Junction127.332204.921
KY 3219 east (Chapeze Lane)
Western terminus of KY-3219
KY 480 east (Cedar Grove Road)
Western terminus of KY-480
KY 1494 south (Beech Grove Road)
Northern terminus of KY-1494

KY 480 Conn. east (Old Preston Highway South)
Western terminus of KY-480 connector

KY 44 (4th Street) to US 31W / US 60 / I-65 – Mt. Washington
Mt. Washington and I-65 to the east, US-31W/US-60 to the west
KY 2673 north (West Blue Lick Road)
Southern terminus of KY-2673
Gap in Knob132.952213.966
KY 1020 north (Coral Ridge Road) – Coral Ridge
Southern terminus of KY-1020
Fox Chase135.097217.418
KY 1526 east (Bells Mill Road)
Begin concurrency with KY-1526
Hebron Estates135.883218.682
KY 1450 north (West Hebron Road)
Southern terminus of KY-1450
Pioneer Village136.047218.946

KY 1526 west (John Harper Highway) to I-65
End concurrency with KY-1526

KY 2553 north (Old Preston Highway North) to KY 1116 (Zoneton Road)
Southern terminus of KY-2553
KY 1116 east (Old Preston Highway North)
Western terminus of KY-1116
KY 2053 east (Mt. Washington Road)
Western terminus of KY-2053
140.129225.516 I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841Ramps from KY-61 north to I-265
I-265 east (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841
Ramp from KY-61 south to I-265 east (exit 12 from I-265 east just south of here)
I-265 west (Gene Snyder Freeway) / KY 841
Ramp from KY-61 south to I-265 west (exit 12 from I-265 west just south of here)
KY 2845 east (East Manslick Road)
Western terminus of KY-2845
141.516227.748Southern High School
KY 1450 south (Blue Lick Road)
Northern terminus of KY-1450
KY 1065 (Outer Loop) to I-65 – Jefferson Mall
Mall to the east, I-65 to the west
143.699231.261 KY 1747 (Fern Valley Road)

I-65 north to I-264
Exit 130 from I-65 north and ramps to I-65 north

To I-65 south (Grade Lane) – Nashville, Kentucky Air National Guard
I-264 east
To I-264 (Phillips Lane) – Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky Kingdom
KY 61 Conn. (Harrison Avenue)
Connector to KY-61 south (north and south are split here)
US 60 Alt. (Eastern Parkway)
I-65 south – Nashville
Begin brief concurrency with I-65; no access to ramp from southbound Preston Street
I-65 north – Indianapolis
End concurrency; exit 134A off I-65 North; ramp to I-65 south from Preston Street/KY-61S in same general area
150.876242.811 US 150 (East Broadway)
US 31E / US 60 east (East Market Street)
US 31E / US 60 west (East Main Street)
Northern terminus of KY-61
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning". Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  2. ^ “Status of Corridors in Kentucky”. Appalachian Regional Commission. September 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 83. § A9, B9-B10, C10, D10, E10, F10, and G9. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  4. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 66. § A2, B2-B3, C3, D3-D4, E4-E5, F5G5, H5, and I4. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  5. ^ "Hendricks Creek Resort". Retrieved 2015-03-26.

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