U.S. Route 79 in Kentucky

From the AARoads Wiki: Read about the road before you go
Jump to navigation Jump to search

U.S. Route 79

US 79 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length26.80 mi[1][2] (43.13 km)
Major junctions
South end US 79 / SR 13 at Tennessee state line
Major intersections
North end
US 68 / US 68 Bus. / KY 80 in Russellville
CountryUnited States
CountiesTodd, Logan
Highway system
KY 78 KY 79

U.S. Route 79 (US 79) enters Kentucky from Tennessee in Todd County west of Guthrie and runs northeast into Logan County, terminating at a junction with US 68, US 68 Business, and Kentucky Route 80 (KY 80) in Russellville. US 79 remains a two-lane road throughout Kentucky.

Route description

US 79 in Kentucky begins at the Tennessee state line west of Guthrie and travels northeast, forming a junction with US 41 0.497 miles (0.800 km) from the state line. The route continues to the northeast, passing north of Guthrie and Allensville in rural areas of Todd County. 10.606 miles (17.069 km) from the Kentucky-Tennessee border, US 79 crosses into Logan County where it becomes known as Clarksville Road. The route continues northeast through rural areas of Logan County until it comes to an intersection with US 431, the Russellville Bypass, on the south side of Russellville 10.713 miles (17.241 km) from the Todd County line. US 79 and US 431 run concurrently along the Bypass south of town where it intersects KY 96 and the concurrency ending at Nashville Road (US 431 continues south while KY 2146 begins and heads north). US 79 and the Bypass begin to curve back north where it intersects KY 100 at its western terminus (KY 100 formerly continued along the Bypass to US 79's current terminus). US 79 ends at an intersection with Bowling Green Road which carries US 68 and KY 80 to the east and US 68 Bus. to the west towards downtown Russellville.[3][4]


Former terminus of US 79 at Russellville (201?-2017).

The current route in Kentucky was paved by 1939 but was not signed as US 79. The highway was originally designated as Kentucky Route 105. KY 105 originally ran the original alignment of U.S. Route 79 and the current alignment of Kentucky Route 79, from the state line to Russellville to the Rough River Lake State Resort Park area, and ending with KY 105's current alignment.[5] By 1958, the current route was signed as US 79, although, it extended a bit further northeast into the city of Russellville.[6] Its northern terminus at US 431 was created by the early 2010s with the construction of a segment of the Russellville Bypass from US 79 to US 68 on the western outskirts of Russellville.

In November 2017, US 79's northern terminus returned to the east side of Russellville when it was routed onto the southern section of the Russellville Bypass loop when it was completed.[7] A historical marker was erected at the eastern terminus in 2019 commemorating the importance of the highway's impact on early economical development in western Kentucky.[8]

Major intersections


US 79 south (SR 13) to I-24 – Clarksville
Tennessee state line

KY 181 north / KY 2128 east to KY 294 / US 41 north – Elkton, Trenton, Hopkinsville

US 41 to KY 181 north – Trenton, Hopkinsville, Downtown Guthrie, Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum
KY 346 south (North Ewing Street)
KY 848 west
8.7914.15 KY 102 – Elkton, Allensville
KY 775 east
Old Volney14.0822.66 KY 1309 (Old Volney Road)
KY 1151 south
South end of KY 1151 overlap
KY 1151 north (Union Church Road)
North end of KY 1151 overlap
Cave Springs17.9628.90
KY 1041 south (Watermelon Road)

US 431 north (Russellville Bypass) / KY 3240 east (West 9th Street) – Adairville, Lewisburg, Lake Malone State Park
Western terminus of KY 3240 (former US 79); western end of US 431 concurrency
23.2937.48 KY 96 (Orndoff Mill Road)

US 431 south / KY 2146 north (Nashville Road)
eastern end of US 431 concurrency; southern terminus of KY-2146
KY 100 east – Franklin, Airport
Western terminus of KY 100 since 2017

US 68 / KY 80 (Russellville Bypass) / US 68 Bus. west (Bowling Green Road) to KY 79 – Bowling Green, Russellville Business District
Northern terminus of US 79; Russellville Bypass continues straight ahead
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning". Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Active Highway Plan". KYTC. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Google (November 19, 2017). "US 79 (from Tennessee to US 431)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Google (November 19, 2017). "US 79 (from US 431 to US 68)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Kentucky (PDF) (Map) (1939 ed.). 1 inch:12 miles. Cartography by State-wide Highway Planning Survey. Kentucky State Highway Department. 1939. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Logan County (PDF) (Map) (1958 ed.). 1 inch:125000 feet. Cartography by State-wide Highway Planning Survey. Kentucky State Highway Department. 1958. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  7. ^ French, Jackson (November 8, 2017. “Section of Russellville bypass opens, completes loop around city”. Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Kentucky Historical Society (October 9, 2019). Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79 (Kentucky Historical Marker). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved June 14, 2023.{{cite sign}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)

External links

U.S. Route 79
Previous state:
Kentucky Next state: