a ceremony held on Monday, June 9
at the London toll plaza, Rogers climbed aboard a bulldozer and
knocked down one of the booths. During the ceremony, Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet officials announced that the Daniel Boone
Parkway was being renamed the Hal Rogers Parkway. A sign was unveiled
and state officials said the remainder of the Daniel Boone Parkway
signs along the route would be changed within 60 to 90
The removal of the tolls
leaves only two toll roads in Kentucky -- the William H. Natcher
Parkway, connecting Bowling Green to Owensboro, and the Audubon
Parkway, connecting Owensboro to Henderson.
Kentucky originally had 10
toll roads. As the bonds were paid off, all of them except the
remaining two toll roads. They were:
The Kentucky Turnpike,
connecting Louisville to Elizabethtown, later incorporated into
The Mountain Parkway,
linking the Winchester-Lexington area to eastern Kentucky
(Salyersville-Prestonsburg-Paintsville). The highway is now known
as the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, in honor of the late former
governor who pressed for construction of the highway and lived
along its corridor at the time of his death.
The Blue Grass Parkway,
connecting the Versailles-Lexington region to
The Western Kentucky
Parkway, running from Interstate 24 in the Land Between the Lakes
area and Elizabethtown. The road is now called the Wendell H. Ford
Western Kentucky Parkway in honor of the former governor and
United States senator.
The Purchase Parkway,
connecting Fulton to I-24 in the Land Between the Lakes area. It's
now named the Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway after the former
The Pennyrile Parkway,
connecting Henderson and Hopkinsville. It is now signed as the
Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway in honor of the former
The Green River Parkway,
between Bowling Green and Owensboro. It was renamed the William H.
Natcher Parkway in honor of the late U.S. congressman who was
famous for a long streak in which ne hever missed a vote in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
The Audubon Parkway,
linking Owensboro to Henderson and named for noted artist John
James Audubon, an area resident who also has a state park named
after him near Henderson.
The Cumberland Parkway,
connecting I-65 north of Bowling Green to Somerset. It is now
called the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, in honor of the
The Daniel Boone Parkway,
connecting London to Hazard and originally named after the famous
pioneer explorer who holds an important part in the state's
history. After the June 9 ceremony, the road is now known as the
Hal Rogers Parkway.
All of Kentucky's toll roads
are four-lane roads except for the easternmost 32 miles of the
Mountain Parkway and the Daniel Boone Parkway. These two roads are
limited-access two-lane routes, called "Super-2's" in the
On Saturday, June 7, 2003,
two days before the ceremony at London, I checked out some of the old
tollbooths on the Cumberland and Daniel Boone Parkways.