Commenced the final day of this trip from Jeffersonville, Indiana, just outside of the Interstate 65, I-265, and Indiana 265 interchange. Avoiding the bulk of traffic along Interstate 65 into Louisville, we opted for I-265 west to I-64 and out of the Falls City area.
Currently I-265 does double duty, as the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River of Interstate 64 was closed for emergency repairs on September 9.
http://transportation.ky.gov/sherman-minton-bridge/Pages/default.aspx Alternate Interstate 64 shields are posted to guide motorists along Interstate 265 between I-64 and I-65. Exit 0 of Interstate 265 west remains open as the I-64 ramps to Spring and Main Streets at New Albany remain in service.
A 1.77-mile stretch of Interstate 69 between Interstate 64 and SR 68 opened to traffic on October 1, 2009.1 This segment is the first to be completed between Evansville to Bloomington. The greened out exit number displayed “22” in 2009, continuing the mileage of Interstate 164 northward. Since I-69 will be shorter than that to Kentucky, the number was premature. See a photo of the sign before the greenout on the AARoads Forum.
Construction is well underway as part of Governor Mitch Daniels’ Major Moves initiative to extend Interstate 69 southwest from Indianapolis. Currently traffic must depart for the Indiana 57 northbound ramp to SR-68. Work continues on the next segments of new Interstate 69 from Indiana 68 to Indiana 64 near Oakland City (Section 2) and SR 64 to Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center (Section 3) with a completion dated set for December 2012. Section 4, Crane to Bloomington, has yet to break ground but is slated for a 2014 opening.2
Interstate 69 will run in tandem with I-164 to a point where the Evansville spur turns west. A new bridge is planned across the Ohio River for Interstate 69. Estimates put the new span and a 13-mile stretch of roadway from the river to the Pennyrile Parkway at $1.4 billion.3
The Lloyd Expressway opened officially in 1988 as a controlled access route from downtown Evansville east to Interstate 164 and west to the University of Southern Indiana and Posey county line. The divided highway doubles as SR 66 east of U.S. 41 and SR 62 west of U.S. 41. See Thomas Decker’s Lloyd Expressway guide at AARoads for photos.
The freeway transitions into Veterans Memorial Parkway, a controlled-access roadway west to Riverside Drive at Sunset Park. U.S. 41 continues south from the end to Henderson, Kentucky.
Some Chamber of Commerce suggestions for the Audubon upgrade the route as a spur of Interstate 69 to bring Owensboro onto the Interstate system.
Interstate 69 was officially designated in Kentucky on October 18, 2011. Signs went up along the Western Kentucky Parkway between the Pennyrile and junction Interstate 24 after a ceremony at Nortonville. Some shield assemblies include “Formerly Western Kentucky Parkway” markers as well.
I-24 & 65 originally continued together to junction Interstate 40 at the Cumberland River. The northern arc of the Nashville inner belt was originally signed as Interstate 265, but replaced in 1999 when Interstate 65 was realigned to the west in an effort to split through traffic.
Tennessee 840 currently exists in two segments, from I-40 to SR 46 in Williamson County and from U.S. 31 to I-40 in Wilson County. Construction is underway to join the two portions into a seamless beltway on the south side of Nashville by December 2012.
Named for the original General Motorists Saturn Plant at Spring Hill, the TN-396 expressway connects I-65 with U.S. 31 (Main Street). Interstate 65 transitions into a rural freeway beyond Spring Hill.
See photos from the rest of this day’s drive on our updated Interstate 65 southbound guides for Alabama.
- “Southbound Indiana 57 traffic diverting onto new stretch of I-69.” Evansville Courier & Press, September 29, 2009.
- “Portions of Interstate 69 ready for traffic by end of 2012.” Evansville Courier & Press, August 29, 2011.
- “Lobbyists being hired to push for I-69 bridge.” Evansville Courier & Press, February 12, 2011.