U.S. Route 31E

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U.S. Route 31E

US 31E highlighted in red
Route information
Length190.9 mi[1][2][3] (307.2 km)
Major junctions
South end US 31 / US 31W / US 41 / US 431 in Nashville, TN
Major intersections US 231 near Bransford, TN
I-265 in Louisville, KY
I-264 in Louisville, KY
North end US 31 / US 31W / US 60 in Louisville, KY
CountryUnited States
StatesTennessee, Kentucky
CountiesTN: Davidson, Sumner
KY: Allen, Barren, Hart, LaRue, Nelson, Spencer, Bullitt, Jefferson
Highway system
US 31KY US 31W
US 31TN US 31W

U.S. Route 31E (US 31E) is the easternmost of two parallel routes for U.S. Highway 31 from Nashville, Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky.

Route description


1961-style shields on Rivergate Parkway

US 31E begins as the Ellington Parkway at the corner of Main Street and US 31, US 31W, US 41 and US 431 (Spring Street) just east of Interstate 24 (I-24). It never intersects Interstate 40. The freeway's interchanges in the middle of the route mainly includes locally maintained streets such as Cleveland Street, East Trinity Lane, Hart Lane, and Broadmoor Drive.[4]

Ellington Parkway ends at an interchange with SR 155 (Briley Parkway), about 0.56 miles (900 m) east of the Briley's I-65 junction. A ramp directing Ellington Parkway's northbound traffic to I-65 north is provided at the Briley/Ellington junction. Access to Ellington Parkway southbound is also provided by a ramp from I-65 south via exit 90A. The road is named for former Tennessee governor Buford Ellington, who served two non-consecutive terms from 1959 to 1963, the other from 1967 to 1971. Ellington encouraged much road building throughout the state during his second term as governor.

After a brief concurrency with SR 155, the highway passes through Madison before entering Sumner County, where it passes through the cities of Hendersonville and Gallatin, Tennessee. It begins a concurrency with US 231 just east of Bethpage.


Junction of U.S. Route 31E and Interstate 265

U.S. Route 31E is the easternmost of two parallel routes for U.S. Highway 31 in Kentucky, in between each is Interstate 65 in Kentucky. Going north from the Kentucky–Tennessee border, the highway goes through the towns of Scottsville (where the US 231 concurrency ends), Glasgow, Hardyville, Hodgenville, New Haven, Bardstown, and Mount Washington before arriving at its northern end in downtown Louisville at the junction of US 31W and US 31 just south of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge.

Junction of U.S. Route 31E and Interstate 264

Its only interchanges with interstates are in Jefferson County; both of which are beltways: I-265/Gene Snyder Expressway and the Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway). However, it also has interchanges with the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Barren County, and the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway in Nelson County.


In the 19th century, much of the present-day route of US 31E was a stagecoach path between Louisville and Nashville, and before that a postal route at least by 1820.[5]

Originally part of the Jackson Highway, the Works Progress Administration measured the total distance on US 31E in Kentucky as 147.8 miles (237.9 km).[6]

When the rerouting of US 31E in Nelson and Spencer Counties was being planned, a survey of historic sites that could have been affected by the new route was studied, especially if the sites could one day become listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

US 37 and US 143

The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) adopted a resolution against split routes in 1934. In order to eliminate the split in US 31 between Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, AASHO commissioned U.S. Route 37, replacing US 31E from the Louisville area south to Glasgow, Kentucky, where it then followed Kentucky Route 63 and several routes in Tennessee to Chattanooga. The rest of US 31E from Glasgow to Nashville was assigned U.S. Route 143. This proposed route was extended southwest to Centerville in 1938 and Jackson in 1944 via State Route 100 and State Route 20. US 31W would have become the main route of US 31.

Kentucky and Tennessee refused to accept the renumbering and never changed signage for the routes. In 1952, AASHO re-recognized the split, officially restoring the US 31E and US 31W designations.

US 31E in Southern Indiana

US 31E and US 31W once terminated at US 31 in Sellersburg, Indiana until 1980. US 31E followed the current routing of US 31 from Sellersburg to Louisville.

Rerouting of US 31E in east Nashville

In Nashville, US 31E once followed Gallatin Pike through east Nashville. Sometime after 1997, US 31E was rerouted onto Ellington Parkway.

Dangerous segments

US 31E has been known as a dangerous road, with many risky spots. A historic one was at Coxs Creek in Nelson County, where a post office had to be relocated so traffic could see each other.[8] Other dangerous spots in Nelson County where emergency personnel consider notorious are Gobel Lake Curve, Hibbs Lane, and High Grove.[9] As of August 23, 2017, the Hibbs Lane and High Grove reroute sections are almost complete and are in service. Minor work is still being done to some intersections and signage.

Points of interest

There are various historical sites along US 31E in Kentucky. Among them are Cave Hill Cemetery and Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville, My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site just south of Hodgenville. Also, five historic monuments to the Civil War are along the path: three in Louisville, one in Bardstown, and one in Glasgow.[10]

Major intersections

All exits are unnumbered.

US 31 / US 41 / US 431 south (James Robertson Parkway west/SR 6/SR 11 south) / US 31W
US 31 splits into US 31E and US 31W; south end of SR 6 overlap; south end of freeway (Ellington Parkway)
Main StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance

To I-24 / I-65
Spring Street ( US 31W / US 41 / US 431 / SR 11)
Southbound exit and northbound entrances; access to US 31W/US 41/US 431/SR 11 south via Main St. exit
Cleveland Street
Douglas Avenue
Trinity Lane
Hart Lane / Ben Allen Road
Broadmoor Drive

I-65 north – Louisville
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-65 south exit 90A

SR 155 west (Briley Parkway) to I-65 south
Northern terminus of Ellington Parkway; northbound left exit and southbound entrance
Briarville RoadSR 155 exit 15A; northbound access via exit to SR 155 west

I-65 north – Louisville
Southbound exit only; SR 155 exit 15C

SR 155 west (Briley Parkway) to I-65 south – Nashville
South end of SR 155 overlap; southbound left exit and northbound left entrance; SR 155 exit 15B

SR 155 east (Briley Parkway) / Gallatin Road south
North end of SR 155 overlap; north end of freeway section; SR 155 exit 14
Madison8.012.9 SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) – Old Hickory, Lakewood, Whites Creek
To I-65 / Rivergate Parkway west
Eastern terminus of Rivergate Parkway; provides access to Rivergate Mall
SR 386 – Gallatin, NashvilleSR 386 exit 3; access via unsigned US 31E Byp.
SR 258 north (New Shackle Island Road)
Southern terminus of SR 258
SR 386 north
Interchange; northbound exit only
SR 386 south (Vietnam Veterans Boulevard) – Nashville
Interchange; SR 386 exit 9; southbound exit and northbound entrance; eastern terminus of unsigned US 31E Byp.
SR 109 / to Airport Road / Steam Plant Road – Portland, Lebanon, Bledsoe Creek State Park, AirportInterchange
26.442.5 SR 25 (Red River Road/W Main Street/ SR 174 west)South end of SR 174 overlap; SR 25 east serves Sumner County Regional Airport
SR 174 east (N Water Avenue)
North end of SR 174 overlap
29.347.2Airport Road to Steam Plant Road - Bledsoe Creek State Park, Airport
US 231 south (SR 376 south) – Hartsville, Lebanon
South end of US 231 overlap
SR 52 to I-65 – Portland, Lafayette
TennesseeKentucky line50.65
End concurrency with unsigned SR 6
KY 482 / KY 3521 south (Andrew Jackson Highway)
KY 1147 east
Western terminus of KY 1147
Scottsville7.41511.933 KY 100 (Franklin Road) – Franklin, Scottsville

US 231 north / KY 980 east – Bowling Green, Scottsville
north end of US 231 overlap; western terminus of KY 980
10.58217.030 KY 101 – Smiths Grove, Scottsville
13.15421.169 KY 3499

KY 252 north / KY 1855 south – Bailey's Point Dam, Peninsula, Walnut Creek
Southern terminus of KY 252; northern terminus of KY 1855
Barren River LakeBridge
BarrenBarren River Lake State Resort Park20.39232.818
KY 87 east (Austin-Tracy Road) – Austin boat ramp
Western terminus of KY 87
KY 1318 east
South end of KY 1318 overlap
KY 1318 west – The Narrows
North end of KY 1318 overlap
KY 252 south
Northern terminus of KY 252
KY 2207 west
Eastern terminus of KY 2207

Cumberland Parkway / US 68 Truck east / KY 90 Truck east – Somerset, Bowling Green
Cumberland Parkway exit 11; south end of US 68 Truck / KY 90 Truck overlap

US 31E Bus. north (Green Street) to KY 63 – Glasgow Business District
32.46952.254 KY 1297 (Cleveland Avenue)

US 68 Bus. / US 68 Truck west / KY 90 east (West Main Street)
North end of US 68 Truck / KY 90 Truck overlap; south end of KY 90 overlap

KY 90 west (Happy Valley Road) to I-65 – Cave City, Glasgow Business District
North end of KY 90 overlap

US 31E Bus. south – SKYCTC Glasgow Campus
US 68 / KY 80 (Veterans Outer Loop) to KY 90
Griderville42.21667.940 KY 70 – Cave City, Hiseville
HartBear Wallow45.12172.615 KY 2195
Wigwam Village46.65475.082 KY 218 – Horse Cave, Greensburg
Uno49.99880.464 KY 571
Hardyville53.40585.947 KY 88 – Munfordville, Greensburg
55.57089.431 KY 1572
Canmer56.16990.395 KY 1854
KY 677
KY 566 east
Western terminus of KY 566
KY 569 south
South end of KY 569 overlap
KY 569 north
North end of KY 569 overlap
Jonesville63.217101.738 KY 936
LaRueMagnolia67.154108.074 KY 1079 – Munfordville
KY 470 east – Buffalo
Western terminus of KY 470
KY 61 south – Greensburg, Mount Sherman, Buffalo
South end of KY 61 overlap

KY 61 north / KY 1618 east to I-65 – Elizabethtown, Campbellsville
North end of KY 61 overlap

KY 84 west to I-65
South end of KY 84 overlap
KY 210 west – Elizabethtown
South end of KY 210 overlap; traffic circle around city park

KY 210 east – Campbellsville
North end of KY 210 overlap
Ovesen Heights79.343127.690
KY 1794 east
Western terminus of KY 1794
KY 1832 west
Eastern terminus of KY 1832
White City81.112130.537
KY 470 west
South end of KY 470 overlap
KY 84 east – Lebanon
North end of KY 84 overlap
KY 470 east
North end of KY 470 overlap
NelsonNew Haven88.031141.672
KY 52 east – Lebanon, Trappist
South end of KY 52 overlap
KY 52 west – Lyons Station
North end of KY 52 overlap
Culvertown93.090149.814 KY 247
KY 46 west
South end of KY 46 overlap
KY 46 east
North end of KY 46 overlap

Bluegrass Parkway / US 31E Truck north – Lexington, Elizabethtown
Bluegrass Parkway exit 21; southern terminus of US 31E Truck
US 62 west (West Stephen Foster Avenue) – Elizabethtown, Airport
South end of US 62 overlap

US 62 east / US 150 east (East Stephen Foster Avenue) to Bluegrass Parkway east / South Third Street
North end of US 62 overlap; south end of US 150 overlap; traffic circle around Old Courthouse Building
KY 1430 west (West Beall Avenue)
Eastern terminus of KY 1430

KY 245 / US 31E Truck south / US 150 Truck east to I-65 / Bluegrass Parkway
Northern terminus of US 31E Truck; western terminus of US 150 Truck
104.022167.407 KY 332 (Old Nazareth Road)
Coxs Creek107.829173.534 KY 509 – Fairfield
112.252180.652 KY 523
KY 480 west
Eastern terminus of KY 480
KY 48 east – Fairfield, Bloomfield
Western terminus of KY 48
SpencerNo major intersections
KY 2674 north
Southern terminus of KY 2674
Mount Washington119.822192.835
US 31EX north
Southern terminus of US 31EX
120.495193.918 KY 44 – Mount Washington Business District
US 31EX south – Mount Washington Business District
Northern terminus of US 31EX
KY 660 east (Waterford Road)
Western terminus of KY 660
KY 2053 west (Thixton Lane)
Eastern terminus of KY 2053
I-265 / KY 841 (Gene Snyder Freeway)I-265 exit 17
127.924205.874 KY 1065 (Beulah Church Road / Seatonville Road)
129.608208.584 KY 1747 (South Hurstbourne Parkway)
KY 1932 north (Breckenridge Lane)
Southern terminus of KY 1932
132.264212.858Bardstown Road (KY 2251 north) - Buechel Business DistrictSouthern terminus of unsigned KY 2251
Progress BoulevardInterchange
133.337214.585Hikes Lane (KY 2052 south)Northern terminus of unsigned KY 2052
133.514214.870Bardstown Road (KY 2251 south) - Buechel Business DistrictNorthern terminus of unsigned KY 2251
134.407216.307 I-264 (Watterson Expressway)I-264 exit 16
KY 155 south (Taylorsville Road)
Northern terminus of KY 155
US 60 Alt. (Eastern Parkway)
137.786221.745 KY 2860 (Grinstead Drive)
KY 1703 south (Baxter Avenue)
Northern terminus of KY 1703
US 150 west (East Broadway)
North end of US 150 overlap
KY 864 south (Chestnut Street)
Northern terminus of KY 864
Market Street ( US 31E / US 60)One-way street, inbound access only; south end of US 60 east overlap
US 60 east (US 42 east)
One-way street, outbound access only; north end of northbound US 60 east overlap; western terminus of US 42; no access southbound
US 60 (US 42)One-way street, inbound access only; south end of US 60 west overlap; western terminus of US 42; no access southbound
Jackson Street (KY 61 north)One-way street; northern terminus of KY 61 at US 31E north (Main Street)

Preston Street (KY 61 south) to I-64 / I-71
One-way street; northern terminus of KY 61 at US 31E north (Main Street)
Second Street south (KY 1020 south) / Market Street ( US 31W / US 60)Market St. is one-way street; inbound access only; northern terminus of KY 1020; north end of southbound US 60 east overlap; no northbound access
140.250225.710Clark Bridge (US 31 north) / Main Street west (US 60 west) / US 31WUS 31E and US 31W merge into US 31; north end of US 60 west overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Hendersonville bypass route

By-pass plate.svg

U.S. Route 31E Bypass

LocationHendersonville, Tennessee

An unsigned portion consisting primarily of Tennessee State Route 386 is known as the U.S. Route 31E Bypass.

Glasgow business route

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U.S. Route 31E Business

Length3.24 mi (5.21 km)

U.S. Route 31E Business starts near the Southgate Shopping Center 0.379 mile north of the Exit 11 interchange of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, and intersects Kentucky Routes 249 and 63 before reaching the Barren County Courthouse at the Public Square. It then joins US 68 Business for only 0.123 miles before right-turning onto North Race Street. US 31E Business then follows North Race Street, passes the T.J. Samson Hospital, and ends at an intersection with the regular US 31E alignment on the north side of town about one mile south of the Veterans Outer Loop.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Glasgow, Barren County.

0.0000.000 US 31E (S L Rogers Wells Boulevard)Western terminus
KY 249 south (Bunche Avenue)
Northern terminus of KY 249
KY 63 east (East College Street)
Western terminus of KY 63

KY 80 east (East Main Street) / KY 90 east / US 68 Bus. east
Begin concurrency with KY 80/KY 90/US-Bus 68

US 68 Bus. west / KY 80 west / KY 90 west (West Main Street)
End concurrency with KY 80/KY 90/US-Bus 68
2.1183.409Happy Valley RoadOld KY 90; previously KY 90 Alternate
3.2405.214 US 31E / Glasgow BypassEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

U.S. Route 31E Truck

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U.S. Route 31E Truck


U.S. Route 31E Truck (US 31E Truck) is the truck route of US 31E in the Nelson County seat of Bardstown.

The truck route consists of the following designations:

U.S. Route 31EX

U.S. Route 31EX

LocationMount Washington
Length2.487 mi[11] (4.002 km)

U.S. Route 31EX (US 31EX) is the business route of US 31E in the Bullitt County town of Mount Washington. The only two major intersections it has besides the main alignment is with KY 44 and KY 2706 in the town's business district. The route is 2.487 miles (4.002 km) long.[11] At the intersection with KY 44, US 31EX is incorrectly signed as a Kentucky state route.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Mount Washington, Bullitt County.

0.0000.000 US 31E / US 150Southern terminus
0.5600.901 KY 44
KY 2706 west
Eastern terminus of KY 2706
2.4874.002 US 31E / US 150Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000). Nashville City Map (Northeast)[permanent dead link] (PDF) (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  3. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2000). Sumner County General Highway Map Archived January 12, 2016, at the Wayback Machine (PDF) (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  4. ^ DeLorme (2004). Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Kleber p.16
  6. ^ Simon pp.288,289
  7. ^ "US 31E Nelson-Spencer Counties" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Winter 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 26, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  8. ^ Rennick p.70
  9. ^ "US 31E Nelson-Spencer Counties" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Fall 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 26, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  10. ^ Joseph E. Brent (January 8, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission: Civil War Monuments in Kentucky, 1865-1935" (pdf). National Park Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ a b c d Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  • Kleber, ed. (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.
  • Rennick, Robert M. (1988). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4.
  • Simon, F. Kevin (1996). The WPA Guide to Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0865-9.

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