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.
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.