Interstate 264 Kentucky
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.
Interstate 264 was one of two routes approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) for the Kentucky statewide urban Interstate numerology on November 10, 1958. The other was I-471 at the Covington-Newport urban area, which was redesignated from I-271.
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.
Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-264 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2017 to 2019 AADT – KYTC Interactive Statewide Traffic Counts Map
2009 count between I-64/U.S. 150 and Exit 1.
East End – Northfield, Kentucky
Southbound traffic enters the directional T interchange (Exit 5) with Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) west to St. Matthews and Louisville International Airport (SDF). 09/08/20
These guide signs for Exit 5 along I-71 south were replaced by 2007. Photo by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03). Photos by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
Photos by Chris Patriarca (05/26/03).
West End – Louisville, Kentucky
I-264 navigates through an S-curve between the Shawnee and Portland neighborhoods north to Interstate 64 and U.S. 150 at Exit 0. 09/08/20
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 four months due to emergency repairs in 2011. Starting in 2021, a $90 plus million renovation project will add 30 years to the bridge life span.1 09/08/20
- “Sherman Minton Bridge project: What to know about closures and tolls.” Courier Journal (Louisville, KY), October 1, 2018.
Page updated September 15, 2020.