US 23 and 25 in Kentucky
US 23 in Kentucky
US 23 is a US Highway in the US state of Kentucky. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state, from the Virginia border at Jenkins through Pikeville and Ashland to the Ohio border at South Portsmouth. US 23 is 254 kilometers long in Kentucky.
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US 23 at Pikeville.
At Jenkins, US 23 enters the state of Kentucky in Virginia and heads north. The route runs largely parallel to the West Virginia border and is almost entirely a divided highway with 2×2 lanes. Eastern Kentucky is heavily forested and very hilly with many elevation changes over a short distance, so US 23 is quite winding. One passes through only a few larger towns, such as Pikeville and past Prestonsburg and Paintsville. There are double numberings here with US 119 and US 460. From Louisa the US 23 runs directly along the border with West Virginia, on the other side of the Big Sandy River the US 52 in West Virginia runs parallel to the US 23. At Kenova one crosses theInterstate 64, after which US 23 passes through Ashland, the only major city on the route. The road then crosses the south bank of the Ohio River, which forms the border with Ohio. At Portsmouth, US 23 crosses the Ohio River, then US 23 continues in Ohio toward Columbus.
US 23 was created in 1926, but then ran no further south than Portsmouth, Ohio on the Kentucky border. In 1929 the route was extended south to Pikeville in eastern Kentucky and on to Atlanta in 1930, establishing the route through Kentucky. In the late 1930s, there was still one unpaved section between Pointsville and Louisa. The route originally passed through downtown Pikeville. In 1973, the Pikeville Cut-Through was constructed, removing 9.9 million cubic meters of rock on the west side of Pikeville so that the roads and railroad no longer had to pass through downtown.
US 23 was part of Corridor B of the Appalachian Development Highway System. This system was created in 1964 to improve the secondary road network in the Appalachian Mountains, especially corridors not served by Interstate Highways. US 23 is part of this, as the nearest Interstates, I-75 and I-77, are 120 to 100 miles from US 23.
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7,000 vehicles drive daily at the Virginia border and 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles between Jenkins and Pikeville. This increases to 35,000 vehicles on the north side of Pikeville and 18,000 to 22,000 vehicles further to Prestonsburg. 14,000 vehicles ran between Prestonsburg and Paintsville and 7,500 to 10,000 vehicles to Louisa. From Louisa to I-64, 8,100 to 8,300 vehicles and 14,000 vehicles ran between I-64 and Ashland, rising to 20,000 vehicles in Ashland. This drops from 14,000 to 10,000 vehicles further to the Ohio border.
US 25 in Kentucky
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US 25 is a US Highway in the US state of Kentucky. The road runs from the Tennessee border through Lexington and Covington to the Ohio border. The road runs parallel to Interstate 75. South of Corbin, US 25 splits into US 25E and US 25W. The US 25 is therefore 343 + 72 kilometers long, together 415 kilometers.
US 25E and US 25W converge at Corbin in southern Kentucky. From here, US 25 heads north and goes nowhere more than two or three miles from Interstate 75, opening up the various towns in southern Kentucky, such as London, Mount Vernon, Berea and greater Richmond. The first part leads through wooded and hilly area, but south of Richmond you get to more open and flatter area. This is also where the larger city of Lexington is located, where it intersects Interstate 64, as well as a number of US Highways.
North of Lexington, US 25 also runs continuously parallel to I-75, through small towns such as Georgetown, Williamstown, Crittenden, and Walton. Then you reach the suburbs of Cincinnati that are located in Kentucky, such as Florence, Erlanger and the larger city of Covington. Crosses Interstate 275 and descends to the Ohio River valley. US 25 ends at the Ohio border in Covington.
US 25E enters Kentucky at Middlesboro through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. This is the tristate point of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. US 25 then heads northwest to Corbin and is continuously a divided highway with 2×2 lanes. At Pineville you cross US 119 and the route leads through a very hilly area and empties into US 25W at Corbin, which then forms US 25 towards the north.
The US 25W can also be seen as the main route of the US 25 and enters the state of Kentucky at Jellico and runs via Williamsburg to Corbin. The route runs continuously for a short distance parallel to Interstate 75 and therefore has no substantial passing importance.
US 25 was created in 1926. Between Newport and Corbin, the route was split into US 25E and US 25W and is one of the few split US Highways from 1926 that still exists, as the policy is to scrap the split US Highways. Between 1960 and 1970, Interstate 75 in Kentucky was opened parallel to US 25 and US 25W, eliminating the throughput of US 25. In 1996 the Cumberland Gap Tunnel opened on US 25E on the border with Tennessee. Before that, US 25E briefly passed through Virginia.
Every day 12,000 to 14,000 vehicles drive between Corbin and London and 700 to 1,000 vehicles between London and Mount Vernon. Towards Berea, 3,200 to 3,800 vehicles and 7,800 to 15,100 vehicles drove between Berea and Richmond. The Richmond bypass has up to 22,000 vehicles and 3,300 to 5,000 vehicles between Richmond and Lexington.
The busiest point in Lexington is at 64,000 vehicles, just before the ring road, and 35,000 to 50,000 vehicles on the Lexington ring road. Between Lexington and Georgetown, 15,000 vehicles and 500 to 1,500 vehicles travel further north between Georgetown and Williamstown. Between Williamstown and Crittenden, 5,500 vehicles and 5,300 vehicles run to Walton. In the suburbs of Cincinnati in Kentucky, the road with 24,000 vehicles in Florence is a lot busier. Between 15,000 and 20,000 vehicles travel between I-275 and Covington.
US 25E has 22,000 vehicles passing through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and 18,000 to 20,000 vehicles between Middlesboro and Pineville. From Pineville to Barbourville, 13,000 to 17,000 vehicles and 15,000 to 19,000 vehicles continued to Corbin.
US 25E had 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles between the Tennessee and Williamsburg border and 6,000 to 7,000 vehicles between Williamsburg and Corbin.