Kentucky Route 79

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Kentucky Route 79 marker

Kentucky Route 79
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length102.004 mi[1] (164.160 km)
Major junctions
South end KY 3519 in Russellville
 
North end KY 313 / KY 448 in Brandenburg
Location
CountiesLogan, Butler, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade
Highway system
US 79KY 80

Kentucky Route 79 (KY 79) is a 102-mile-long (164 km) north–south state highway that traverses five counties in west-central Kentucky. It can be seen as an extension of U.S. Route 79 (US 79), as they have the same number; KY 79 begins in the same city that US 79 ends, and both travel on a northeast–southwest diagonal.

Route description[edit]

KY 79 starts at an intersection with KY 3519 in downtown Russellville, while US 79's end is currently at an intersection with US 68 and KY 80 on the eastern side of Russellville. KY 79 has an intersection with the new US 68/KY 80 alignment, and then it goes into the northern half of Logan County.

It passes through mainly rural areas northeast of Russellville, and then enters Butler County. KY 79 has intersections with KY 626 and KY 1153. It then joins US 231 just south of Morgantown. US 231 and KY 79 together go into downtown Morgantown after their interchange with I-165, the former William H. Natcher Parkway, and then meets KY 403 in downtown, and then KY 70 on the north side. KY 70 joins KY 79 and US 231 and all three routes are carried over the Green River to Aberdeen.

KY 79 departs at the Aberdeen Grocery, but KY 70 does not break up until reaching an intersection one mile north on US 231. After the split from US 231 and KY 70, KY 79 has an intersection with KY 1328 not more than 1/4 of a mile from the Aberdeen Grocery. Kentucky Route 79 crosses KY 70 for a final time, and becomes known as Caneyville Road.

KY 79 passes through the Butler County area's northern communities of Welcome and Welch's Creek, where it meets up with KY 340. KY 79 enters Grayson County and has access to the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway on the south side of Caneyville and would also intersect KY 185, and immediately after that, US 62 in downtown Caneyville.

Highway 79 then goes north to Pine Knob and Short Creek, where it intersects KY 54, bypasses the town of Falls of Rough, and then passes the Rough River Dam State Park, and crosses into Breckinridge County where it intersects with KY 105, and then meets up with KY 259.

KY 79 joins KY 259 from the lake area until they both reach the intersection with US Highway 60 at Harned, southeast of Hardinsburg. While KY 259 makes a left turn to join US 60 westbound, KY 79 joins the eastbound lane of US 60, and stays with US 60 until reaching Irvington. Irvington is where KY 79 enters Meade County, and heads for Brandenburg. On the southwest side of Brandenburg, KY 79 ends at an intersection with KY 313 and KY 448.

History[edit]

KY 79 previously ran around the west side of Brandenburg to the Matthew E. Welsh Bridge across the Ohio River, where it terminated at Indiana State Road 135 on the Indiana state line. However, in 2018, the designation was replaced by KY 313, truncating KY 79 to its current terminus.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
LoganRussellville0.0000.000 KY 3519 (Main Street)Southern terminus; former US 431
1.7682.845 US 68 (Russellville Bypass) / KY 80 to US 431
3.1485.066 KY 1588 east (Proctor Mill Road)Western terminus of KY 1588
4.6497.482 KY 1038 east (Plainview Church Road)Western terminus of KY 1038
9.07514.605 KY 103 south (Chandlers Road)Northern terminus of KY 103
13.36521.509 KY 2377 west (Anderson Store Road)Eastern terminus of KY 2377
Butler17.03927.422 KY 626
21.15034.038 KY 3182 east (Richland Church Road)Western terminus of KY 3182
23.27837.462 KY 1153 south (Sandy Creek Road)Northern terminus of KY 1153
Morgantown27.55844.350 US 231 south (Bowling Green Road)Southern end of US 231 concurrency
27.99845.058 KY 1468 west (Gardners Lane Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1468
28.89346.499
I-165 / US 231 Truck / KY 79 Truck north – Bowling Green, Owensboro
Former William H. Natcher Parkway; truck route follows northbound I-165; I-165 exit 26
30.23448.657 KY 403 south (Porter Street)Southern end of KY 403 overlap
30.30248.766 KY 2161 north (Main Street)Southern terminus of KY 2161
30.58049.214 KY 2162
30.87249.684
KY 70 west / KY 403 north / US 231 Truck / KY 79 Truck south (Veterans Way) – Rochester, Logansport
North end of KY 403 overlap; south end of KY 70 overlap; truck route follows KY 70 west
Green River31.616–
31.896
50.881–
51.332
Bridge
Aberdeen32.68552.601 US 231 north / KY 70 west (Beaver Dam Road)Northern end of US 231 and KY 70 concurrency
32.93553.004 KY 1328 (Leonard Oak Road)
33.55454.000 KY 70 (Brownsville Road)
36.29858.416 KY 2713 north (Dexterville-Banock Road)Southern terminus of KY 2713
39.26863.196 KY 340 north (Oak Ridge Road)Southern end of KY 340 overlap
39.53263.621 KY 340 south (Brooklyn Road)Northern end of KY 340 overlap
Grayson46.88375.451 KY 736 north (Windy Ridge Road)Southern terminus of KY 736
48.639–
48.835
78.277–
78.592
Western Kentucky Parkway – Elizabethtown, PaducahInterchange; Parkway exit 94
Caneyville49.81980.176 KY 185 south (Main Street) – Bowling Green, RoundhillNorthern terminus of KY 185
49.85480.232 US 62 (Maple Street) – Beaver Dam, Leitchfield
Post53.49086.084 KY 2804 east (Hopewell Road)Western terminus of KY 2804
Short Creek57.39292.363 KY 54 (Owensboro Road)
61.93899.680 KY 736 – Cave Creek Recreation Area
63.128101.595 KY 110 – Falls of Rough
Breckinridge66.840107.569 KY 105 north (McQuady-Axtel Road) / KY 2201 south (Old KY 105) – CloverportSouthern terminus of KY 105; northern terminus of KY 2201
68.386110.057 KY 1740 east (Kingswood-Mattingly School Road)Western terminus of KY 1740
70.246113.050 KY 259 south – LeitchfieldSouthern end of KY 259 overlap
75.868122.098 KY 690 eastWestern terminus of KY 690
77.580124.853 KY 1740 west (Kingswood-Mattingly School Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1740
77.814125.229 KY 232 eastWestern terminus of KY 232
Harned79.942128.654 US 60 west / KY 259 north – Hardinsburg, OwensboroNorthern end of KY 259 overlap; southern end of US 60 overlap
80.412129.411 KY 1401 eastWestern terminus of KY 1401
Garfield83.832134.915 KY 86 west (Garfield-Lodiburg Road)Southern end of KY 86 overlap
Hensley85.233137.169 KY 86 eastNorthern end of KY 86 overlap
89.373143.832 KY 333 eastSouthern end of KY 333 overlap
89.726144.400 KY 333 west (Webster-Basin Springs Road)Northern end of KY 333 overlap
Irvington91.920147.931 US 60 east – LouisvilleNnorthern end of US 60 overlap
92.163148.322 KY 2202 south (Woodlawn Street)Northern terminus of KY 2202
92.887149.487 KY 477 northSouthern terminus of KY 477
Meade95.030152.936 KY 428 (Guston Road)
96.839155.847 KY 1726 south (Dooley Road)Northern terminus of KY 1726
97.627157.115 KY 261 south (Sandy Hill Road)Northern terminus of KY 261
Midway98.178158.002 KY 144 east / KY 1239 west (Midway Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1239; southern end of KY 144 overlap
99.601160.292 KY 144 west (Payneville Road)Northern end of KY 144 overlap
Brandenburg102.004164.160 KY 313 (By Pass Road) / KY 448 north (High Street)Northern terminus; southern terminus of KY 448; continues as KY 448 beyond KY 313
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Kentucky Route 79 Truck[edit]


Kentucky Route 79 Truck
LocationMorgantown, Kentucky
Length2.772 mi (4.461 km)

Kentucky Route 79 Truck (KY 79 Truck) is a truck route in Morgantown, Kentucky. It runs concurrently with the entire route of US 231 Truck as the main KY 79 alignment runs concurrently with US 231's main alignment throughout the city. It serves as a by-pass route around Morgantown. Its component routes include I-165 from the Main Street interchange to the KY 70 interchange, and KY 70 (Veterans Way) from the I-165 junction to the US 231/KY 79/KY 403 junction on the north side of town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Planning - Highway Information System Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. ^ "Meade County Primary Road System" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. July 2, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2019.

External links[edit]

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