William H. Natcher Parkway

Originally called the Bowling Green-Owensboro Parkway, this name of this route through west-central Kentucky was later changed to the Green River Parkway when it opened in December 1972. In 1994, the name of the route was changed to the William H. Natcher Parkway in honor of the Kentucky congressman from Bowling Green whose claim to fame was the longest tenure ever served in Congress without missing a vote. This highway links I-65 at Bowling Green to the US 60 bypass at Owensboro. Along with the Audubon Parkway and US 41, it provides a link to I-64 in Indiana. The route largely replaces US 231 and provides intersections with major routes which cross it, including the Western Kentucky Parkway.

Exit 1A
I-65 South
Nashville
Exit 1B
I-65 North
Louisville

If I-75 is Kentucky's Main Street, then I-65 is the commonwealth's Broadway. This major north-south interstate links Chicago and Mobile, serving intermediate cities of Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Birmingham and Montgomery. In Kentucky, I-65 connects Louisville, Elizabethtown and Bowling Green. The combination of I-65 and the Natcher Parkway make for a high-speed limited access route from Henderson and Owensboro to Nashville.

Exit 4
Exit 4
US 31W
US 31W
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Franklin
Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University

US 31W parallels I-65 through much of Kentucky. It is a major route into Bowling Green. Southbound traffic may prefer to use I-65 south to reach Franklin.

Exit 5
Exit 5
US 68
US 68
Russellville
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Russellville

Western Kentucky University

Not identified on the exit signs is KY 80, the major east-west through corridor across southern Kentucky. US 68 and KY 80 are multiplexed from the Kentucky Lake area through Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Elkton, Russellville, Bowling Green, Glasgow and Edmonton. A construction project is underway to improve the route from Hopkinsville all the way to Bowling Green; the portion between Russellville and Bowling Green is already complete. The KY 80 /Cumberland Parkway/Daniel Boone Parkway corridor gives a modern route from the Purchase area in the west all the way to the Big Sandy River in the east. The corridor intersects all major routes including the Purchase Parkway, I-24, Pennyrile Parkway, I-65, US 127, US 27, I-75, KY 15 and US 23. US 68 north of Edmonton at the Cumberland Parkway interchange runs through Greensburg, Campbellsville, Lebanon, Harrodsburg, Lexington, Paris and Maysville.

Exit 7
Exit 7
US 231
US 231
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Last Exit Prior to Toll Section

The "last exit" sign is misplaced; it should be located at Exit 5. All exit traffic must pay toll. US 231 parallels the Natcher Parkway all the way from Bowling Green to Owensboro.

Exit 7
Pay Toll
Exit 7

Thru cars 50 cents. This is the Bowling Green toll plaza. See a complete toll schedule here.

Exit 26
Exit 26
US 231 / KY 79
US 231 / KY 79
Morgantown
Morgantown

Just southwest of this interchange, US 231 and KY 79 multiplex. KY 79 south heads to Russellville, where it intersects US 431, US 79, US 68 and KY 80. The two routes are multiplexed through downtown Morgantown before they split at Aberdeen. KY 79 then heads northeast to Caneyville (intersecting the Western Kentucky Parkway), then on to Rough River Lake, Harned (US 60) and Brandenburg before it crosses the Ohio River into Indiana.

Exit 27
Exit 27
KY 70
KY 70
Rochester
Morgantown
Morgantown
Rochester

This is a recently-built exit which provides access to an industrial park. KY 70 crosses the middle section of the state and intersects several major routes including the Pennyrile Parkway, Western Kentucky Parkway, I-65, US 68, US 127, US 27 and US 150. Rochester is a Butler County community located on the Green River; west of it the highway are Drakesboro, Central City and Madisonville. East of Morgantown, KY 70 connects Brownsville, Mammoth Cave National Park and Cave City.

Exit 34
Exit 34
US 231
US 231
Cromwell
Morgantown
Morgantown
Cromwell

This exit allows traffic to access US 231 several miles north of Morgantown. Southeast of this interchange is Aberdeen, where US 231, KY 70 and KY 79 intersect. KY 70 east goes to Brownsville and Mammoth Cave National Park.

Exit 34
Pay Toll
Exit 34

Thru cars 40 cents.This is the Morgantown toll plaza. See a complete toll schedule here.

Exit 41A
Exit 41B
Western Kentucky Parkway East
Western Kentucky Parkway East
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
Exit 41B
Exit 41A
Western Kentucky Parkway West
Western Kentucky Parkway West
Paducah
Paducah

Along with the Blue Grass Parkway, the Western Kentucky Parkway provides a fast route from the far-western portion of the state to the central portion. Both the WK and BG parkways parallel US 62 from Eddyville to Versailles. Intersections with I-24, the Pennyrille Parkway and I-65 make the WK Parkway easily accessible. At Elizabethtown, eastbound traffic on the WK Parkway can take I-65 north to Louisville, or the BG Parkway east to Lexington, where connections to I-64, I-75 and the Mountain Parkway are available. At 137 miles, the WK Parkway is the longest of Kentucky's current or former toll roads. Tolls were removed in the late 1980s.

Exit 48
Exit 48
KY 69
KY 69
Hartford
Beaver Dam
Hartford
Beaver Dam
Fordsville
Fordsville

Hartford and Beaver Dam are located along US 231 west of the parkway. From Hartford, KY 69 south connects with KY 85 to allow access to Livermore (via US 431) and Madisonville. KY 69 north goes through Fordsville and on to Cannelton, where it intersects US 60 and crosses the Ohio River into Indiana.

Exit 48
Pay Toll
Exit 48

Thru cars 60 cents. This is the Hartford toll plaza. See a complete toll schedule here.

Exit 70A

Bypass US 60 East
Hawesville
Exit 70B
Bypass US 60 West / To Audubon Parkway
Owensboro
Henderson
Ben Hawes State Park

The US 60 bypass is a limited-access semi-circle around the southern part of Owensboro. It intersects major through routes entering Owensboro including KY 54, US 231, US 431 and KY 81. It also provides a connection with the Audubon Parkway to complete the limited-access route to the Henderson-Evansville area.

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