US 27 and 31 in Kentucky

US 27 in Kentucky

US 27
Get started Strunk
End Newport
Length 206 mi
Length 331 km

Whitley City










Highland Heights



US 27 is a US Highway in the US state of Kentucky. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state, from the Tennessee border through Lexington and Newport to the Ohio border. US 27 is 231 miles long.

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Travel directions

US 27 at Newport.

US 27 in Tennessee enters Kentucky at Strunk and heads north through the county town of Somerset to Lexington, the largest city on the route. The first part of the route leads through densely wooded and hilly areas, to the north the landscape becomes flatter and more open. US 27 runs over Lexington’s downtown ring, which is part freeway. At Lexington one crosses Interstate 64 and Interstate 75. US 27 runs parallel to I-75 through Kentucky, south of Lexington west of I-75, and north of Lexington east of I-75. The route runs four lanes from Lexington to Paris and then single lane to the metropolitan area of ​​Cincinnati, whose southern suburbs are in Kentucky. The last section from Grants Lick to Newport is four lanes again. US 27 parallels Interstate 471 for the last stretch and then crosses the Ohio River to Cincinnati, Ohio.

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US 27 was created in 1926 but initially ran no further south than Cincinnati, and thus not into Kentucky. In 1928, the route was extended south to Chattanooga, Tennessee, creating the current route through Kentucky. The US 27 had to compete with the parallel US 25, which usually runs parallel at a distance of 20 to 40 kilometers and also follows a somewhat more direct route than US 27. By the end of the 1930s, US 27 was already completely paved.

The Cincinnati–Newport Bridge opened over the Ohio River in 1890. This was replaced in 1995 by the Taylor–Southgate Bridge which was built on the same site. In the 1990s, US 27 between Bryantsville and Lexington was widened to 4 lanes. In 2004, the route between Lexington and Paris was widened to 2×2 lanes.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 7,000 vehicles drive near the Tennessee border, rising to 11,000 vehicles at Whitley City and 4,800 to 6,000 vehicles between Whitley and Somerset. Around Somerset, US 27 is four-lane and busier, with 31,000 vehicles per day. From Somerset to Stanford there are 6,000 to 8,000 vehicles and 8,500 vehicles to Lancaster. On the four-lane section south of Nicholasville, 16,000 to 18,000 vehicles and 31,000 vehicles were on the Nicholasville bypass. This rises to 53,000 vehicles in south Lexington. The Lexington bypass had 46,000 to 60,000 vehicles and 13,000 to 18,000 vehicles on the four-lane section from Lexington to Paris. Some 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles ran between Parisr and Cynthiana, then dropping to some 2,500 vehicles. This rises to 41.

US 31 in Kentucky

US 31
Get started Franklin / Adolphus
End Louisville
Length 140 + 148 mi
Length 225 + 238 km
US 31E






Mount Washington


US 31W



Bowling Green

Cave City







US 31 is a US Highway in the US state of Kentucky. The road splits into US 31E and US 31W in Kentucky throughout most of the state. The fork begins in Tennessee and ends a mile before the Indiana border in Louisville. The US 31E is 225 kilometers long, the US 31W is 238 kilometers long, together 463 kilometers.

Travel directions

US 31W in Cave City.

US 31E

US 31 in Tennessee enters the state of Kentucky at the village of Petroleum and then heads north to Louisville. The route generally runs a little east of Interstate 65, usually 10 to 25 miles away. The route passes through regional towns such as Scottsville and Glasgow. At Glasgow one crosses the Cumberland Parkway, at Bardstown the Bluegrass Parkway. The final section in the Louisville metropolitan area runs as a multi-lane city highway, intersecting I-264, I-265, and I-65. In downtown Louisville, US 31E and US 31W converge and US 31 continues across the Ohio River to Indiana.

US 31W

US 31 in Tennessee enters the state of Kentucky near the town of Franklin and heads north. US 31W leads to Elizabethville a short distance along Interstate 65, often no more than five miles and sometimes within sight. The most important place in this area is Bowling Green, where it crosses the Natcher Parkway. At Elizabethtown, it crosses the Western Kentucky Parkway, whereupon US 31W as a four-lane highway follows an alternate route through Fort Knox to Louisville, further away from I-65, at its furthest 20 miles. US 31W enters Louisville from the southwest and joins US 31 near downtown.


US 31 was created in 1926 and it is now one of the few split 1926 US Highways still in existence, as it had been a policy to remove the splits since the 1930s. US 31W can be considered the historic main route because it follows the Dixie Highway, an old car trail. Only between Elizabethtown and Louisville does US 31W deviate from the Dixie Highway to make a detour via Fort Knox. Both US 31E and US 31W are not of major throughput because I-65 was constructed between 1956 and 1969, first between Elizabethtown and Louisville as the Kentucky Turnpike.

US 31 in Kentucky