Interstate 24 or I -24 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The highway runs through the western part of the state, from the town of Paducah to the Tennessee border at Oak Grove. The highway is 150 kilometers long.
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The bridge of I-24 over the Tennessee River at Calvert City.
Interstate 24 in Illinois enters Kentucky via the Paducah Bridge over the Ohio River. One passes by Paducah, one of the larger towns in western Kentucky with 27,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, the place is important because of its strategic location. It crosses US 62, which runs to Sikeston, Missouri, and US 45, which runs south to Mayfield, via a 2×2 divided highway. Near the town of Calvert City, the Purchase Parkway turns off, a parkwayto the southwest, toward Dyersburg, Tennessee. A double arch bridge then crosses the Tennessee River, right next to the Kentucky Dam, which has a large reservoir behind it that extends into Tennessee. The Western Kentucky Parkway begins at Eddyville, a parkway to Elizabethtown and one of the major highways in central Kentucky. One then passes through hilly area around Lake Barkley, a large reservoir.
I-24 then rejoins the countryside with many pastures, and at the town of Cadiz one crosses US 68, the road from Paducah to Hopkinsville, and on to Bowling Green, all regional towns in Kentucky. I-24 passes right by Hopkinsville, and at Oak Grove the highway crosses the border into Tennessee. Interstate 24 in Tennessee then continues to Nashville.
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I-24 at Lake Barkley.
I-24 was of secondary importance to Kentucky and its construction also started later than the other Interstate Highways in the state. The first routes were not built until around 1973. In 1973, the Paducah Bridge over the Ohio River also opened at Paducah, on the border with Illinois. Except for the first few miles at Paducah, the first longer section was completed about 1975 between Cadiz and the Tennessee border. In 1980, the last section of I-24 opened, making it the last major Interstate Highway to be completed in Kentucky.
There are about 42,000 vehicles at Paducah, which drops to 33,000 outside the town. Further on, intensities are below 20,000, and 38,000 vehicles cross the border into Tennessee every day.
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Interstate 264 at Kentucky
Interstate 264 or I -264 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The freeway forms the inner ring of the city of Louisville and is 37 kilometers long.
I-264 branches off Interstate 64 in northwest Louisville, the highway from St. Louis. The highway then has 2×2 lanes and runs through the west of the city to the south. The highway here is called the Henry Watterson Expressway and later widens to 2×3 lanes. In southwest Louisville, the highway turns east and has 2×4 lanes. Parallel runways and 4×3 lanes are available at Louisville Airport. Immediately afterwards, one crosses Interstate 65, the highway from Nashville to Indianapolis. To the east of this, 2×4 lanes are again available. In the east of the city, it again crosses Interstate 64, which runs to Lexington in the east. After US 60, the highway narrows from 2×7 to 2×2 lanes. In northeast Louisville, I-264 ends at Interstate 71, the highway to Cincinnati.
I-264 was one of the first Interstate Highways in Kentucky. Construction started in 1948, and the first parts were opened in the 1950s. By 1962, much of the southeast bypass was completed, from US 42 to US 60. In the late 1960s, I-264 was extended a few miles to the new I-71. Louisville’s west ring road is newer, opening in 1974. From 1985 to 1995, the highway underwent major reconstruction. In 2003-2004 another section was widened to 2×3 lanes.
Every day, 70,000 to 90,000 vehicles drive along the west side of Louisville and 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles as far as the interchange with I-65. The busiest point is east of I-65 at 190,000 vehicles per day, dropping to 155,000 vehicles before the I-64 interchange and then plummeting from 120,000 to 55,000 vehicles to the I-71 interchange.