Interstate 264 Kentucky

History
East End
West End

Overview

Interstate 264 is an urban loop encircling central Louisville. Following the Shawnee Expressway west of U.S. 31W/60 at Shively and the Henry Watterson Expressway east of Dixie Highway to St. Matthews and Indian Hills, I-264 provides an alternate route for I-64.

History

Named because it runs through the Shawnee neighborhood of Louisville, the Shawnee Expressway opened to traffic in 1970. The Watterson Expressway, named after Henry Watterson, a journalist and editor of the local paper, began as a stretch of freeway between Dixie Highway and Shelbyville Road in 1948. Completion of the route to Interstate 71 followed by 1974.

Route Information

  • East End – Northfield, KY

  • West End – Louisville, KY

  • Mileage – 22.93

  • Cities – Louisville, Shively, St. Matthews

  • JunctionsI-64 I-65 I-71

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-264 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Source: 2009 to 2017 AADT – KYTC Interactive Statewide Traffic Counts Map

East End I-71 – Northfield, Kentucky

Perspective from Interstate 264 east
I-264 converges with U.S. 42 (Brownsboro Road) between the cities of Windy Hills, Indian Hills and Northfield one mile south of Interstate 71 (Exit 23). Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Construction in 2012/13 added a second lane for I-71 north to Cincinnati, Ohio (Exit 23A) along Interstate 264 eastbound. Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Two lanes default onto Interstate 71 south (Exit 23B) between Glenview and Indian Hills to central Louisville. I-71 travels northeast 88 miles to Covington. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Perspective from Interstate 71 south
Interstate 71 weaves between a number of subdivisions and home rule-class cities including Spring Valley on the two mile approach to I-264 (Henry Watterson Expressway). Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Crossing over U.S. 42 (Brownsboro Road) at Glenview Manor, I-71 advances 0.75 miles to Interstate 264. A diagrammatic sign replaced these panels for Exit 5 by 2007. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Southbound traffic enters the directional T interchange (Exit 5) with Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) west to St. Matthews and Louisville International Airport (SDF). Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Perspective from Interstate 71 north
Interstate 71 curves away from the parallel Ohio River between Indian Hills and Glenview ahead of I-264 (Watterson Expressway). Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
One mile ahead of the directional T interchange (Exit 5) with Interstate 264 along I-71 north at the Poplar Hill Court overpass. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Northbound I-71 proceeds with two lanes toward the split with I-264 west. A second lane opens ahead for both the Watterson Expressway south to St. Mathews and the continuation of I-71 toward Covington. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Interstate 71 north at I-264 (Henry Watterson Expressway) west. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).

West End I-64 US 150 – Louisville, Kentucky

Perspective from Interstate 264 west
I-264 navigates through an S-curve between the Shawnee and Portland neighborhoods north to Interstate 64 and U.S. 150 at Exit 0. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (06/05/08).
Entering the three-wye interchange (Exit 0) with I-64 and U.S. 150, the Shawnee Expressway mainline defaults onto eastbound toward Downtown Louisville. Exit 0B connects with the inside lanes of the Sherman Minton Bridge to New Albany, Indiana. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Perspective from Interstate 64 & U.S. 150 east
I-65 & U.S. 150 cross the Ohio River on the Sherman Minton Bridge ahead of the exchange with Interstate 264 (Shawnee Expressway). Built in 1962, the double deck through arch bridge closed for emergency repairs for four months in 2011. Starting in 2021, a $90 plus million renovation project will add 30 years to the bridge life span.1 Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (01/28/10).
Curving east across the Kentucky state line, I-64 & U.S. 150 proceed with three eastbound lanes to Interstate 265 east at Exit 1. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (01/28/10).
Construction rebuilt the flyovers at the three-wye interchange with I-265 (Shawnee Expressway) in 2009/10. I-264 initially heads south to the city of Shively before turning east to the Wyandotte and Beechmont neighborhoods of Louisville. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (01/28/10).
Perspective from Interstate 64 & U.S. 150 west
U.S. 150 leads north through the Russell and Portland neighborhoods west of Downtown Louisville to I-64 at Exit 3. The US route combines with Interstate 64 west from 22nd Street along the Ohio River to I-264 and the Sherman Minton Bridge. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
I-64/U.S. 150 reduce to two through lanes at the left exit for Interstate 264 (Shawnee Expressway) east. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Exit 1 departs I-64/U.S. 150 west for Interstate 264 to the city of Shively just ahead of the Sherman Minton Bridge into New Albany, Indiana. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).

Sources:

  1. “Sherman Minton Bridge project: What to know about closures and tolls.” Courier Journal (Louisville, KY), October 1, 2018.

Page updated February 12, 2019.