Interstate 75 South - Lexington to Mt. Vernon

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Interstate 64 east & 75 south
Five exits along Interstate 75 south serve the city of Lexington. Two of the next three lie along the 6.3-mile overlap with Interstate 64 east. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Reassurance markers posted for Interstate 64 east & 75 south after their merge near Greendale. Photo taken 11/08/09.
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Kentucky 922 (Newtown Pike), a 20.18 mile route from central Lexington north to New Zion and KY 620 in Scott County, meets Interstates 64 & 75 at the first of two interchanges along their overlap (Exit 115). Photo taken 06/05/08. Second photo taken 11/08/09.
Trailblazers for the Bluegrass Parkway direct motorists southward on Kentucky 922 (Newtown Pike) to Kentucky 4 (New Circle Road) and U.S. 60 (Versailles Road) west to the freeway beginning near Gaybourn in Woodford County. Photo taken 11/08/09.
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KY 922 runs south 1.8 miles to New Circle Road, Lexington's partial freeway loop. The Bluegrass Parkway forms an important limited access route west to I-65 and Elizabethtown. Photo taken 06/05/08. Second photo taken 11/08/09.
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A parclo interchange joins Interstates 64 & 75 with Kentucky 922 (Newtown Pike) at Exit 115. Newtown Pike leads south to become U.S. 25 ahead of U.S. 421 (Main Street) and downtown Lexington. Interests to Blue Grass Airport (LEX) should follow KY 4 west to U.S. 60, a short distance west of New Circle Road. Photo taken 06/05/08. Second photo taken 11/08/09.
All traffic to Kentucky 922 departs in unison at Exit 115. KY 922 quickly becomes rural on the northward drive to New Zion at the Scott County line. Photo taken 11/08/09.
New shields added in 2009 include a state-name Interstate 75 shield where the previously assembly omitted I-75. I-64/75 was completed through Lexington on November 25, 1963 when the road opened from US 62 at Georgetown to Ironworks Pike on the north side of Lexington. Photo taken 11/08/09.
One mile northwest of the Exit 113 off-ramp to U.S. 27 & 68 (Broadway). I-64/75 was widened to six lanes in 2001-2002, as part of the widening of I-75 to six lanes throughout the entire state. The freeway was repaved in 2008. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The University of Kentucky put Lexington on the map, it was founded in 1865. Photo taken 11/08/09.
US 27 largely follows I-75 from Florida to Michigan, and Lexington is no exception. US 68 is a relatively short US highway that runs from US 62 in Western Kentucky to I-75 in Findlay, Ohio. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The folded diamond interchange between Interstates 64 & 75 (Exit 113) and U.S. 27 & 68 (Broadway) resides amid a series of residential neighborhoods lining the east-west arterial. U.S. 27 & 68 combine in downtown Lexington and lead northeast to the Bourbon County seat of Paris. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Two miles northwest of the Exit 111 split of Interstate 64 east from Interstate 75 south. Large diagrammatic signs advise motorists of the forthcoming tri-level stack interchange. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The last set of shields posted for Interstates 64 east & 75 south at the Broadway underpass. I-64 next overlaps with I-77 in Charleston, West Virginia. I-75 next joins Interstates 640 and 40 at Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Interstate 64 departs from the left side of Interstate 75 south for Winchester, Ashland, and Huntington, West Virginia. Kentucky 57 (Bryan Station Road) passes over the freeway at the second diagrammatic overhead. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 111 dives below I-75 north at the stack. Interstate 75 continues with six overall lanes to Richmond and Berea as Interstate 64 returns to rural environs on the 15-mile drive to Winchester. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Interstate 75 South
Continuing south, Interstate 75 meets the Exit 110 diamond interchange with U.S. 60 (Winchester Road) in one mile. Photo taken 05/01/05.
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U.S. 60 shadows Interstate 64 east from Lexington to Winchester and beyond. Westbound, Lexington Road carries U.S. 60 to a SPUI with Kentucky 4 (New Circle Road) and downtown.
A new sign bridge was installed by 2009 for Exit 110. Photo taken 05/01/05. Second photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 110 departs Interstate 75 south for U.S. 60 (Winchester Road) at a growing area of business parks and other sprawl. Photo taken 05/01/05.
Exit 110 was expanded to a two-lane off-ramp by 2009. New overheads include Richmond as the next control city of Interstate 75 south. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Meeting Interstate 75 next is the Exit 108 parclo interchange with Man O' War Boulevard. Man O' War Blvd (named after a horse) forms a secondary outer loop of the city. Photo taken 11/08/09.
One half mile north of the parclo interchange on Interstate 75 south. Man O' War Boulevard replaced Bryant Road as a multi-lane arterial when it was constructed in conjunction with the building of Exit 108 in the 80s. Photo taken 05/01/05.
Interstate 75 separates big box retail to the west of Exit 108 with residential areas to the east. Man O' War Boulevard doubles as Kentucky 1425, a 1.43-mile route northeast to U.S. 60 (Winchester Road). Photo taken 11/08/09.
The urban stretch of Interstate 75 south continues from the CTRL Kentucky Line Railroad, east of Andover Golf & Country Club, toward the Kentucky 1927 (Todds Road) overpass. Suburban frontage continues close to both sides of I-75. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 418 (Athens Boonesboro Road) stems southeast from U.S. 25 & 421 (Richmond Road) in Lexington to a diamond interchange (Exit 104) with Interstate 75 in two miles. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 104 serves a number of points of interest including 'Ashland' The Henry Clay Estate, Talon Winery & Vineyards, and The Arboretum / State Botanical Gardens. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 418 eastbound from Exit 104 is restricted for STAA Trucks. The Surface Transportation Assistant Act of 1980 set size and weight limits for trucks. Roads included in the STAA network are available to approved larger trucks. Photo taken 11/08/09.
One mile north of the Exit 104 off-ramp to Kentucky 418. Athens Boonesboro Road carries four overall lanes northwest to U.S. 25 & 421, where the pair take over en route to Downtown. Southward beyond Blue Sky Parkway nearby, KY 418 enters Athens. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 418 travels 6.09 miles within Fayette County and 11.74 miles overall between Richmond Road and KY 627 at Boonesborough. Photo taken 11/08/09.
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Interstate 75 leaves the outer suburbs of Lexington and enters an agricultural area to Clays Ferry. Richmond, the Madison County seat is 17 miles to the south. Photos taken 11/08/09.
A second mileage sign lists Kentucky only control cities of Interstate 75 south to the Tennessee state line. Berea, London and Corbin are the largest population centers south of Richmond. Photo taken 11/08/09.
U.S. 25 & 421 (Old Richmond Road) angle southeast from central Lexington to cross over Interstate 75 and parallel the east side of the freeway to the Exit 99 parclo interchange in two miles. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Continuing southeast along a peninsula between Elk Lick Creek and Boone Creek to the Kentucky River area exit with U.S. 25 & 421 (Old Richmond Road) north. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 2328, the pre-1946 routing of U.S. 25, ties into Exit 99 from the south. The route makes its way down to cross the Kentucky River via a one-lane truss bridge. Photo taken 10/31/04.
The U.S. 25 & 421 pair join Interstate 75 at Exit 99 to cross the Kentucky River via a high-level bridge. Its original construction as a two-lane span occurred in 1946 to bypass the original one-lane bridge below. A second span was completed in 1963 when Interstate 75 was constructed through the area. The middle span joining the two was completed in 1997 as part of the six-laning project through the Lexington metro area. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Interstate 75 & U.S. 25-421 south
Reassurance shield posted for Interstate 75 south on the descent to the Kentucky River bridge. Clays Ferry lies along the banks of the river below. Photo taken 11/08/09.
U.S. 25 & 421 south only utilize the bridge over the Kentucky River with Interstate 75 before rejoining their original course southward to White Hall. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Spanning the 260 mile long Kentucky River along Interstate 75 & U.S. 25-421 south. The bridge does not look like much out of the ordinary from above, but below the substructure and height ode to the prominence of the span. The Kentucky River flows northwest from the Cumberland Mountains to the Ohio River at Carrollton. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Crossing into Madison County, both U.S. 25 & 421 prepare to depart Interstate 75 southbound at Exit 97. Kentucky 2328 (former U.S. 25) ties in from the north. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The Exit 97 diamond interchange with U.S. 25 & 421 (Lexington Road) south and KY 2328 north lies just south of the Kentucky River valley. U.S. 25 & 421 remain paired to Richmond and Terrill. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Interstate 75 South
Kentucky 627 (Boonesborough Road and former U.S. 227) meets Interstate 75 at the next interchange, Exit 95. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 627 veers northeast of Interstate 75, passing by Fort Boonesborough State Park on its way to Boonesborough and Winchester, the county seat of Clark County. The state highway ends at parallel U.S. 25 & 421 just to the west. Photo taken 10/31/04.
Entering the Exit 95 diamond interchange with KY 627 (Boonesborough Road). U.S. 25 & 421 (Lexington Road) continue south from the KY 627 end to White Hall, historic home of Cassius Marcellus Clay. U.S. 227 follows KY 627 until 1972, when the route was decommissioned. KY 388, between Richmond and Boonesborough to the east, was the first alignment of the Richmond to Carrollton US Highway. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Richmond, a city of 31,364 as of the 2010 census, lies next along Interstate 75 south. The city is the employment and shopping center of south central Kentucky. Photo taken 11/08/09.
U.S. 25 & 421 intersect Interstate 75 once more at the parclo interchange of Exits 90BA/A. Photo taken 10/31/04.
The city of Richmond lies to the southeast of Exit 90BA. U.S. 25 & 421 circumvent the city via the Dr. Robert R. Martin Bypass while their business loop counterparts traverse through the city. Irvine is located 19 miles to the east of Richmond and is reached via Kentucky 52. Photo taken 10/31/04.
Two ramps serve Dr. Robert R. Martin Bypass from Interstate 75 south. The first ramp for Exit 90B gives motorists access to northbound U.S. 25 & 421 (Lexington Road) back to White Hall while Exit 90A facilitates movement onto southbound U.S. 25 & 421. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Lexington Road and Main Street comprise the business route into downtown Richmond from nearby U.S. 25 & 421 (Dr. Robert R. Martin Bypass) nearby. U.S. 25 returns to Interstate 75 at Berea, while U.S. 421 veers easterly to McKee and Manchester. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 876 (Eastern Avenue) represents the southern portion of the Richmond bypass route and shares a diamond interchange with Interstate 75 at Exit 87. Photo taken 10/31/04.
Southbound travelers along Interstate 75 sink into the Tate Creek Valley and pass over Kentucky 169 (Tates Creek Road) along the west side of Richmond. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 87 serves interests to Eastern Kentucky University, located at the junction of Kentucky 876 and Kentucky 52 to the east. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The four-lane Kentucky 876 is recognized as Eastern Bypass on the 2.83 mile to the east, linking I-75 with U.S. 25 & 421 (Berea Road). A two-lane Kentucky 876 becomes Barnes Hill Road to the west, concluding the 7.13-mile path at KY 595. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Mileage sign for the upcoming towns of Berea, Mount Vernon, the county seat of Rockcastle County, and Knoxville, TN. Photo taken 10/31/04.
A new diamond interchange was built at Interstate 75 and Duncannon Lane (KY 2872) at mile marker 83 in 2005. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 2872 links the freeway with Kentucky 2881 (Caleast Road) to the west and U.S. 25 (Berea Road) at the Bluegrass Army Depot to the east. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 83 leaves Interstate 75 south for Kentucky 2872 (Duncannon Lane). KY 2872 totals 4.271 miles between KY 2811 and U.S. 25 (Berea Road), mostly as a four-lane divided highway. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Roadways of Interstate 75 separate to accommodate a forested median from the site of former rest areas by Exit 83 to Silver Creek in this scene. Photo taken 11/08/09.
The next two exits, the final within Madison County, serve the city of Berea. Berea, population 13,561 as of the 2010 census, was founded by Reverend John Gregg Fee who established two churches, a village, and Berea College. He named the community after the biblical city of Berea. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Approaching the diamond interchange of Exit 77 with Kentucky 595 (Walnut Meadow Road). Photo taken 10/31/04.
The Kentucky Artisan Center is located at Exit 77. Berea is commonly known as the "Folk Arts and Craft Capital of Kentucky". Photo taken 10/31/04.
Kentucky 595, referred to as Walnut Meadow Pike to the east of the freeway and Walnut Meadow Road to the west, also provides a link between U.S. 25 in Berea and Kentucky 52 in Happy Landing. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Still within the confines of Exit 77, a guide sign alerts motorists on the upcoming Exit 76 with Kentucky 21. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Also known as Chestnut Street, Kentucky 21 meets Interstate 75 at the Exit 76 diamond interchange on the south side of Berea. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Kentucky 21 merges with U.S. 25 to the east for a brief overlap to Berea College. The short route joins Kentucky 52 at Paint Lick to the west with U.S. 421 at Bighill to the east. Photo taken 11/08/09.
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Interstate 75 exits Madison County for a 22.64-mile path through Rockcastle County. Renfro Valley and Mount Vernon follow within 14 miles. Knoxville is two hours away. Photos taken 11/08/09.
Linville Knob comes into view along the southern horizon as Interstate 75 widens to the west of Boone Gap in north Rockcastle County. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Four lanes of Interstate 75 undulate south of Conway onto Brindle Ridge. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Curving south southeasterly from Brindle Ridge, communication towers on a hill at Mount Vernon come into view as Interstate 75 lowers into Renfro Valley. Photo taken 11/08/09.
U.S. 25 meanders southward from a course east of Interstate 75 through Roundstone to meet the freeway just south of Renfro Valley at Exit 62. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Descending into Renfro Valley, construction of Interstate 75 utilized a rock cut through the hill east of Lake Linville and west of U.S. 25. Photo taken 11/08/09.
One mile north of the diamond interchange (Exit 62) with U.S. 25. U.S. 25 travels Richmond Street south to Kentucky 461 nearby. KY 461 comprises a bypass route of Mount Vernon west to U.S. 150 (New Brodhead Road). Photo taken 11/08/09.
Travelers bound for Somerset or Lake Cumberland are directed southwest along Kentucky 461, 18 miles to KY 80. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum are notable points of interest along U.S. 25 (Richmond Street) south in Mt. Vernon. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Interstate 75 travels along the southeastern periphery of Lake Linville. Photo taken 11/08/09.
Exit 62 departs I-75 south for U.S. 25 (Richmond Street) to Kentucky 461 west. U.S. 25 continues 1.9 miles to U.S. 150 (New Brodhead Road) in Downtown Mt. Vernon. Photo taken 11/08/09.
A U.S. 150 trailblazer directs motorists bound for 571-mile route to the Quad Cities onto Exit 62. U.S. 150 joins Mount Vernon with Brodhead, Stanford and Danville to the northwest. Photo taken 11/08/09.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/31/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/01/05 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/05/08 by Justin Cozart.
  • 11/08/09 by AARoads.

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