Toll No More

As the calendar changed from May 31 to June 1, two toll roads across southern Kentucky became toll-free highways. Tolls were removed on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and the Daniel Boone Parkway. This came about when U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (R-Somerset) successfully introduced legislation in Congress, making an appropriation to pay off the bonds on these two toll roads ahead of schedule. Both these roads slice through the heart of Rogers' district.

At 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 days.

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:

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 vernacular.

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.

Choose the appropriate road to see the photos:

Cumberland Parkway

Daniel Boone Parkway

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