Cumberland Parkway

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Cumberland Parkway

Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length92.313 mi[1] (148.563 km)
Major junctions
West end I-65 near Park City
Major intersections
East end US 27 in Somerset
CountryUnited States
CountiesBarren, Metcalfe, Adair, Russell, Pulaski
Highway system

The Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway is a 92-mile-long (148 km) east–west controlled-access highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky, extending from Barren County in the west to Somerset in the east. It is one of seven named highways designated in Kentucky's parkway system.

Route description

The parkway begins at an interchange with Interstate 65 (exit 43) between Smiths Grove and Park City. It travels east through rolling farmland to its eastern terminus at US 27 on the north side of Somerset. The road parallels Kentucky Route 80 for its entire length. The parkway passes the cities of Glasgow, Edmonton, Columbia, and Russell Springs. It passes near two popular state parks: Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The length of the parkway is designated unsigned Kentucky Route 9008 (LN 9008).


Original Cumberland Parkway shield

The road is named after Louie B. Nunn, a former Kentucky governor from Barren County, who was instrumental in the road's creation. Originally called the Cumberland Parkway from its opening in 1972-1973, it was renamed for Nunn in 2000.[2]

The Nunn Parkway, as with all nine parkways, was originally a toll road. By Kentucky state law, toll collection ceases when enough toll has been collected or funds received from other sources, such as a legislative appropriation, to pay off the construction bonds for the parkway. In the case of the Nunn, toll booths were removed in 2003 because of a bill in the United States Congress sponsored by Hal Rogers (R-KY), which included an appropriation to pay off the bonds on the parkway as well as the Daniel Boone Parkway in eastern Kentucky. The state legislature then renamed the Boone Parkway for Rogers, which sparked a controversy among residents of the region and the offspring of Boone. Nunn tried to calm the controversy by suggesting the state rename the Nunn Parkway for Rogers instead, restoring the Boone name, saying that the Cumberland Parkway had been named for Nunn without his consent.

Toll plazas and prices

The parkway had three toll plazas upon opening in 1973. A fourth one opened at the Nancy exit on the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp when that interchange opened in the 1980s.

Exit or MM Location[3] Through cars charge Enter east or leave west Enter west or leave east Notes
3 near Bon Ayr (Barren County) 30 cents N/A Toll Plaza office originally located on Oak Grove Church Road off KY 255
27 Edmonton 80 cents 50 cents 30 cents
62 Russell Springs 90 cents 60 cents 30 cents
78 Nancy (Pulaski County) Free 20 cents[4] Free

21st century

Presumably, the Nunn Parkway was built to Interstate Highway standards at its time of construction aside from some at-grade intersections and traffic signals near its east end, which were eliminated in 2010 by constructing a northwestern bypass around Somerset. The east end of the parkway is currently a partial cloverleaf at U.S. 27. The bypass was constructed as part of the now-cancelled I-66 proposed extension through Kentucky.

New interchange in Glasgow

On May 28, 2015, a new interchange was opened west of Glasgow to serve the western extension of the Veterans Outer Loop. The eastern extension of that road has been opened in early 2012, complete with the opening of exit 15, which serves the eastern extension of Veterans Outer Loop, designated at KY 1519. The state highway designation for the western extension was announced as Kentucky Route 3600. Upon completion of the new western extension of the Veterans Outer Loop, it includes the new on- and off-ramps of the Cumberland Parkway, and a new at-grade intersection with Kentucky Route 1297.[5][6][7][8][9]


Interstate 365

LocationPark CitySomerset
Length92.313 mi[1] (148.563 km)
NHSEntire route

On August 5, 2021, Congress released a new infrastructure bill that proposed to designate the whole length of the Cumberland Parkway as a Future Interstate, with the designation of I-365.[10] The designation would need approval from AASHTO, the FHWA, and upgrades of several interchanges and some improvements before the designation could be implemented.

Exit list

Barren0.00.00A-B I-65 – Bowling Green, Nashville, Elizabethtown, LouisvilleWestern terminus; I-65 exit 43; signed as exits 0A (north) & 0B (south); trumpet interchange.

KY 3600 (Veterans Outer Loop) to KY 1297 / US 68 / KY 80 – Glasgow, Cave City
Opened May 28, 2015
11.418.311 US 31E – Glasgow, Scottsville
14.022.514 KY 90 – Glasgow, Burkesville

KY 1519 (Veterans Outer Loop) to US 68 / KY 80 – Glasgow
Constructed in the 2011-12 fiscal year.
MetcalfeEdmonton27.444.127 US 68 / KY 80 – Edmonton, Glasgow
29.747.830 US 68 – Edmonton, GreensburgOpened late 2014
AdairColumbia46.074.046 KY 61 – Columbia, BurkesvilleConstructed in 2011
48.878.549 KY 55 – Columbia
RussellRussell Springs62.4100.462 US 127 – Jamestown, Russell Springs
70.7113.870 KY 910 – Eli
Pulaski78.3126.078 KY 80 – Nancy

To US 27 / KY 914 – Somerset, Burnside, London
88.2141.988 US 27 – Somerset, LexingtonPartial Cloverleaf interchange; signed as exits 88A (south) and 88B (north); eastern terminus of parkway, ghost ramps exist.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning - Highway Information System Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Archived from the original on April 30, 2007. Retrieved April 8, 2007.
  2. ^ "Another familiar building gone". Edmonton Herald-News. June 26, 2019, page 1.
  3. ^ Kentucky Department of Transportation (1976). Kentucky Official Highway and Parkway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Transportation. Cumberland Parkway Toll Rates inset. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (1998). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Frankfort: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Parkway Rates & Signs inset. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Forsythe, Lauren (January 22, 2013). "Glasgow Outer Loop to be Completed Next Year". WBKO. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Multiple road projects on tap". Bowling Green Daily News. September 7, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Kinslow, Gina (September 16, 2014). "Expect lane closures this week on Happy Valley Road". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved December 28, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Kinslow, Gina (June 5, 2015). "Roadway project comes full circle". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Walker, Andrea (June 4, 2015). "GLASGOW OUTER LOOP RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY". WBKO. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "READ: Bipartisan infrastructure bill". CNN. August 2, 2021.

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