Interstate 565 Kentucky
Interstate 565 is a proposed designation for the William H. Natcher Green River Parkway that first appeared on the January 2016 Six Year Recommended Highway Plan by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.1 Essentially I-565 would encompass the entire 72-mile parkway between Bowling Green and Owensboro, presumably once portions of the parkway, and its interchanges, are upgraded to Interstate standards.
Originally proposed as the Bowling Green-Owensboro Parkway, the William H. Natcher (Green River) Parkway fully opened December 1972 as a toll facility connecting Bowling Green with Owenboro.2 A counterpart to U.S. 231, the Natcher Parkway spokes northwest from U.S. 231 and Interstate 65 south of Bowling Green, through to its end at the U.S. 60 & 231 bypass freeway around Owensboro. The parkway provides connections at or near Morgantown, Cromwell, Beaver Dam (via the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway), Hartford and Owensboro. Though only signed with the standard name trailblazer as seen along other parkways in Kentucky, the Natcher (Green River) Parkway carries the designation of KY (WN) 9007.
In 1997, the Green River Parkway was renamed to honor Congressman William H. Natcher, who was a staunch supporter of various highway projects within Kentucky and elsewhere in the country.3
The William H. Natcher Green River Parkway was one of the last limited-access corridors in Kentucky to have its tolls removed when they ceased in November 2006.
A two-mile extension of the parkway at its south end was added by 2012 when it was pushed further east from I-65 to end at an at-grade intersection with U.S. 231.
Long on the books as becoming an Interstate spur, first with the once proposed I-66 corridor, a new designation was introduced when the Kentucky six-year highway recommendation plans came out in January 2016. Projects listed through to Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 establish the Natcher Parkway as the "I-565" spur route between Bowling Green and Owensboro.1 Several upgrades at interchanges, and along the parkway itself, would have to take place in order for it to meet current Interstate standards. $66 million has already been allocated along the Natcher Parkway for some of these upgrades, with them being split between Butler, Daviess, Ohio, and Warren counties over a six year period.4
|At-grade signalized intersection with U.S. 231 (Scottsville Road) between Bowling Green and Alvaton.
|Trumpet interchange (Exit 72) with U.S. 60 & 231 (Wendell Ford Expressway) southeast of Downtown Owensboro.
- "Kentucky's FY 2016-FY 2022 Recommended Highway Plan", Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (www.transportation.ky.gov).
William H. Natcher Parkway, Kentucky Roads (www.kentuckyroads.com).
William H. Natcher, Wikipedia.
"Natcher Parkway upgrades to I-65 spur in road plan", Beechtree News (newspaper), January 28, 2016.
Page Updated May 28, 2016.