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Interstate 265

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Elongated circle 841.svg

Interstate 265 and Kentucky Route 841
Gene Snyder Freeway
I-265 highlighted in red, KY 841 highlighted in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-65
Maintained by INDOT and KYTC
Length52 mi[1] (84 km)
I-265: 41.8 miles (67.3 km)
(28.7 miles (46.2 km) co-signed as KY 841)
KY 841: 10.2 miles (16.4 km)
I‑265 from New Albany, IN to Louisville, KY
KY 841 in Louisville, KY
Major junctions
Beltway around Louisville, KY
CCW end I-64 / US 150 / SR 62 near New Albany, IN
  I-65 near Jeffersonville, IN
I-71 in Louisville, KY
I-64 in Louisville, KY
I-65 in Louisville, KY
CW end US 31W / US 60 / KY 1934 in Louisville, KY
StatesKentucky, Indiana
CountiesKY: Jefferson
IN: Clark, Floyd
Highway system
SR 264INSR 267
I-264KYKY 266
KY 788KY 841KY 864

Interstate 265 (I-265) is a 41.8-mile (67.3 km) Interstate Highway encircling the Louisville, Kentucky, metropolitan area, which includes Southern Indiana. In Kentucky, it travels through Jefferson County, from I-65 in the southern part of Louisville, meeting I-65 again in Indiana, where the road continues west to I-64, where it ends.

The entire Kentucky stretch of the road is co-signed with Kentucky Route 841 (KY 841). An additional 10.2-mile-long (16.4 km) stretch of freeway between US 31W/US 60/KY 1934 and I-65 in the south part of Louisville is solely designated as KY 841. The highway is named the Gene Snyder Freeway (originally named the Jefferson Freeway), after the former congressman, and usually called "the Snyder" by locals[citation needed]. It is considered part of Louisville's beltline.

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  • ✪ Interstate 265 - Indiana (Exits 7 to 0) westbound
  • ✪ Gene Snyder Freeway (Interstate 265/KY 841 Exits 17 to 25) northbound



Route description

  mi[1] km
IN 13.1 21.1
KY 38.9 62.6
Total 52 83.7


Former State Road 265 (now I-265) at its former eastern terminus at State Road 62 (this interchange has since been reconfigured).
Former State Road 265 (now I-265) at its former eastern terminus at State Road 62 (this interchange has since been reconfigured).

Interstate 265 (I-265) in the U.S. state of Indiana presently runs 13.1 miles (21.1 km)[2] from I-64 at the western edge of New Albany to the Lewis and Clark Bridge near Utica. Beginning at its western terminus, the freeway is concurrent with Indiana State Road 62 until Exit 10.


Interstate 265 (I-265) in the U.S. state of Kentucky presently runs 38.9 miles (62.6 km)[2] from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in northern Louisville to an interchange with I-65 in southern Louisville. The entire freeway is concurrent with Kentucky Route 841.

The Gene Snyder Freeway in which KY 841 and I-265 overlap for 24.477 miles (39.392 km) between I-65 and the Indiana state line has seen an increase in serious accidents. The primary factors stem from its low-level grass median which offers little to no protection for crossover incidents. Driver inattention and increased traffic and congestion has led to a decline in the overall level-of-service. In 2006, cable barriers were installed in the median for 10 miles (16 km) between I-71 and I-64, with further installation possible in the near future.[3] Part of the road is currently signed in kilometers, which is unusual in the United States.[4]

Kentucky Route 841

Kentucky Route 841
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
Length38.9 mi (62.6 km)

Kentucky Route 841 (KY 841) is a 38.9-mile-long (62.6 km) state highway in the suburbs of Louisville. The route is a partial beltway, encircling Louisville on its southern and eastern sides. Compass direction changes to the north and south of exit 23, Taylorsville Road interchange. The western terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 31W (US 31W) and US 60 in the southwest Louisville community of Valley Station, where KY 841 continues to the west as KY 1934 while the northern terminus is at the Lewis and Clark Bridge and to the north of the East End Tunnel. The section between its terminus at KY 1934 and I-65 is solely designated as KY 841.


Junction of US 31E and KY 841
Junction of US 31E and KY 841

Originally signed just as KY 841, the Jefferson Freeway was constructed originally with two sections, one between KY 155 (Taylorsville Road) and US 60 (Shelbyville Road) and a second section between KY 1447 (Westport Road) and US 42 in the 1960s as short connectors to the eastern suburban expansion as well as a new Ford plant. I-264 by 1970 was woefully congested and was in dire need of reconstruction and other improvements, therefore I-265 was proposed as an outer beltway to provide pass-through motorists relief from the congestion of I-264. Construction started in the early 1980s and was finished later that decade and signed in 1987.

The road is signed as I-265 and KY 841 from the I-65 interchange to the Indiana state line. From I-65 west to US 31W (although it is up to Interstate Highway standards), is signed solely as KY 841 due to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials numbering rules. KY 841 is signed throughout the entire designation of I-265. The exit numbering for the entire beltway starts at the western terminus of KY 841.[citation needed]

Indiana State Road 265

State Road 265
LocationClarksvilleUtica, Indiana
Length6.2 mi (10.0 km)

The segment of the highway between I-65 and SR 60 at Exit 10 in Indiana was formerly known as Indiana State Road 265. It was changed in June 2019 to an Interstate under approval by AASHTO.

Studies have also been conducted for the reconfiguration of the I-265 and I-64 interchange. It is currently an underpowered cloverleaf with no collector–distributor lanes, a relic of the original Jefferson Freeway.[citation needed]

In late 2005, members of the Louisville Metro Council proposed a committee to begin planning a western bridge to link the southwestern end of the highway in Kentucky to Indiana.[citation needed] However the proposal of the western bridge was not put into action yet.

On December 18, 2016, State Road 265 was extended east of State Road 62, which crosses the Ohio River connecting with KY 841, which was extended north of U.S. 42 in Kentucky as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, creating a bypass around the eastern side of the city of Louisville.

On June 4, 2019, the two disjointed sections of I-265 were finally connected under AASHTO approval, with the Indiana State Road 265 designation decommissioned and replaced by I-265. However, the signage has not yet been replaced to reflect the AASHTO approval. The Kentucky Route 841 designation mostly concurrent with I-265 in Kentucky has remained.[5]

Lewis and Clark Bridge

In various discussions for over 30 years, the Lewis and Clark Bridge (previously referred to as the East End Bridge) is part of a new 7.7-mile (12.4 km) highway that connects State Road 265 in Indiana to KY 841 in Kentucky. The completion of the bridge connected the two disjointed highways to form a three-quarter beltway around the Louisville, Kentucky, metro area. The bridge was opened to traffic on December 18, 2016. There are currently no plans to construct a bridge on the west end of I-265.

Exit list

KentuckyJeffersonLouisville0.00.01 US 31W / US 60 – Fort Knox, Louisville
KY 1934
Western terminus of KY 841.
Continues as KY 1934 past this exit
3.15.03Stonestreet Road
6.09.76New Cut Road
7.712.48 KY 1020 (National Turnpike) – Fairdale
10.216.410 I-65 – Nashville, LouisvilleI-65 exit 125; west end of I-265; signed as exits 10A (north) and 10B (south) westbound
11.718.812 KY 61 (Preston Highway)
13.521.714Smyrna Road
15.224.515 KY 864 (Beulah Church Road)
17.327.817 US 31E / US 150 – Bardstown, Louisville
19.431.219 KY 1819 (Billtown Road)
23.137.223 KY 155 – Jeffersontown, Taylorsville
Middletown25.541.025 I-64 – Lexington, LouisvilleI-64 exit 19; signed as exits 25A (east) & 25B (west).
26.843.127 US 60 (Shelbyville Road) – Middletown, Eastwood
Louisville28.746.229Old Henry Road
30.448.930 KY 146 (La Grange Road) – Anchorage, Pewee Valley
32.552.332 KY 1447 (Westport Road) / Chamberlain Lane
34.054.734 KY 22 (Brownsboro Road) – Crestwood
34.755.835 I-71 – Cincinnati, LouisvilleI-71 exit 9; signed as exits 35A (east) & 35B (west)
Prospect37.059.537 US 42 – ProspectNorthbound exit and southbound entrance only
Louisville East End Tunnel
Ohio River38.9
Lewis and Clark Bridge (Opened December 18, 2016); at state line – north end of KY 841
IndianaClarkUtica11.8119.0111International Drive/Old Salem Road - River RidgeOpened December 18, 2016
Jeffersonville9.6315.5010 SR 62 east – Charlestown, Jeffersonville via 10th StreetEast end of SR 62 overlap; double roundabout exit also provides access to/from Port Street
6.9411.177 I-65 – Indianapolis, LouisvilleI-65 exit 6; signed as exits 7A (north) and 7B (south) westbound
FloydNew Albany4.527.274Charlestown Road
3.355.393Grant Line Road
0.971.561State Street
0.000.000 I-64 / US 150 / SR 62 west – New Albany, Louisville, St. LouisI-64 exit 121; western terminus; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; both ramps are signed as exit 0
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Adderly, Kevin (January 27, 2016). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2015". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "INDOT Reference Post Book - July 2015" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Hogan, Doug (January 20, 2006). "Governor Fletcher & Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Move Forward with Safety Measures for Interstate Highways: Median Cable Barriers to Be Installed at Two Jefferson County Locations" (Press release). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006.
  4. ^ Stevens, Ashlie (June 14, 2019). "Curious Louisville: Why Is A Stretch Of Louisville Highway Measured In Kilometers?". 89.3 WFPL News Louisville.
  5. ^

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