Interstate 265

I-265, the Gene Snyder Freeway, began life as KY 841, the Jefferson Freeway. Originally, only two short segments were built -- between KY 155 and US 60, and between KY 22 and US 42. In the 1980s, however, the entire route was completed. At that time, the portion between I-65 and I-71 was designated I-265, although exit numbering begins at the western terminus of KY 841. This route is not to be confused with Indiana's I-265, because there is no link between the two routes. When (hopefully soon) the East End Bridge is built across the Ohio River, the two I-265 segments will be joined and a complete bypass around northern Louisville will be available. 

 

I-65 North

Exit 10A

Louisville

 

I-65 South

Exit 10B

Nashville

 

Elizabethtown

I-65 links Mobile and Chicago, serving Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolis in between. In Kentucky, it links Bowling Green and Elizabethtown with Louisville. North I-65 provides access to suburban and downtown Louisville. South I-65 passes Shepherdsville before it reaches E-town. There, the Western Kentucky Parkway offers a route to the Paducah area. For northbound I-65 traffic destined for Lexington (I-64) or Cincinnati (I-71), I-265 east is the preferred through route. KY 841 continues westbound with exits at major intersecting routes until it ends at US 31W / US 60.

Exit 12

KY 61
KY 61

Exit 12

 

Preston Hwy.
Preston Hwy.

 

KY 61 parallels I-65 from Louisville to Elizabethtown. From E-town, it cuts a southeasterly path across central Kentucky through Hodgenville, Greenville, Columbia and Burkesville before it crosses the state line into Tennessee. North of this exit, KY 61 serves the Okolona region of southern Jefferson County. South KY 61 passes through the fast-growing region of northern Bullitt County (Hillview, Zoneton, Pioneer Village) on its way to Shepherdsville. 

Exit 14

Smyrna Rd.
Smyrna Rd.

Exit 14

This road links KY 61 (via Cooper Chapel Road) with the Outer Loop (KY 1065). 

Exit 15

KY 864
KY 864

Exit 15

 

Beulah Church Rd.
Beulah Church Rd.

 

KY 864 wanders through the southern part of Jefferson County. To the north, it eventually becomes Poplar Level Road, a major route into downtown Louisville. 

Exit 17

US 31E / US 150
US 31E / US 150

Exit 17

 

Louisville
Bardstown
Bardstown
Louisville

 

Fern Creek
Mt. Washington
Fern Creek
Mt. Washington

This route brings traffic from Mt. Washington and Bardstown. At Bardstown, the two routes split. US 31E provides a leisurely route south through a mostly-rural setting, passing through Hodgenville, Glasgow and Scottsville before entering Tennessee. US 150 is a high-volume route that cuts through central Kentucky from northwest to southeast. After leaving Bardstown, it serves Springfield, Danville and Stanford before ending at Mt. Vernon. Much of US 150 is scheduled to be improved in future years to bring it up to modern standards, or is already improved. When this happens, it will become a shortcut from Louisville to I-75, and will give traffic a more direct route and an opportunity to avoid Lexington.

Exit 19

KY 1819
KY 1819

Exit 19

 

Billtown Rd.
Billtown Rd.

 

KY 1819 follows a winding route from US 60 (Shelbyville Road) to the rural southeastern corner of Jefferson County. 

Exit 23

KY 155
KY 155

Exit 23

 

Jeffersontown
Taylorsville
Taylorsville
Jeffersontown

 

Taylorsville Lake
State Park
Taylorsville Lake
State Park

KY 155 is an improved road to serve the rapidly-growing Taylorsville and Spencer County area. J-town and I-264 are to the northwest; Taylorsville is to the southeast. At this point, I-265 turns from an east-west signed route to a north-south signed route, although signs at the entrance ramps from KY 155 show it as an east-west highway.

Exit 25A

I-64 East
I-64 East

Exit 25A

 

Lexington
Lexington

 

 

Shelbyville

Exit 25B

I-64 West
I-64 West

Exit 25B

 

Louisville
Louisville

 

I-64 runs from St. Louis to Norfolk, serving Evansville, Louisville, Lexington, Ashland-Huntington, Charleston and Richmond. In Kentucky, it links towns such as Shelbyville, Frankfort, Winchester, Mt. Sterling, Morehead and Grayson. I-64 west connects with Blankenbaker Road, Hurstbourne Parkway and I-264. Eastbound I-64 heads toward Shelbyville, Frankfort and Lexington. 

Exit 27

US 60 (Shelbyville Road)
US 60 (Shelbyville Road)

Exit 27

 

Middletown
Eastwood
Middletown
Eastwood

 

US 60 parallels I-64 through Kentucky. Westbound US 60 goes to Middletown and intersects I-264; eastbound US 60 goes through Eastwood on its way to Simpsonville and Shelbyville. 

Exit 29

Old Henry Road
Old Henry Road

Exit 29

This exit opened in 1999 and provides access to the eastern part of Jefferson County.

Between Exit 30 and Exit 35, distance notations on exit signs are given in metric figures. This is the only place in Kentucky where metric signs are in use. See a photo on this page.

Exit 30

KY 146 (LaGrange Road)
KY 146 (LaGrange Road)

Exit 30

 

Anchorage
Pewee Valley
Anchorage
Pewee Valley

 

KY 146 serves suburbs in eastern Jefferson County and several town in adjacent Oldham County. 

Exit 32

KY 1447 (Westport Rd.)
KY 1447 (Westport Rd.)

Exit 32

 

Chamberlain Lane
Chamberlain Lane

 

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

Another route serving the eastern Jefferson County suburbs. It intersects KY 146 just east of this exit. 

Exit 34

KY 22 (Brownsboro Rd.)
KY 22 (Brownsboro Rd.)

Exit 34

 

Crestwood
Crestwood

 

KY 22 links Louisville with towns in the north-central part of Kentucky. It passes through Eminence, Owenton, Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Falmouth. 

Exit 35A

I-71 North

 

 

Cincinnati

Exit 35B

I-71 South

 

Louisville

 I-71 is the major link between Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Its access points to Louisville, however, are not numerous. South of this exit, I-71 intersects I-264, then there is only one exit (Zorn Avenue) between the Watterson and I-71's end at I-64 near downtown. I-64 and I-65 provide plenty of access points, however. Northbound, I-71 passes the Oldham County bedroom communities of LaGrange, Buckner, Pewee Valley, and also allows access to New Castle, Eminence, Carrollton, Owenton and Warsaw before it joins I-75 north toward Cincinnati. KY 841 continues north and ends at US 42. Eventually (hopefully) a link will be built to I-265 in Indiana, with a bridge across the Ohio River, and a true northern bypass will become a reality.

Between Exit 35 and Exit 30, distance notations on exit signs are given in metric figures. This is the only place in Kentucky where metric signs are in use. See a photo on this page.

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This page created June 10, 1998
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