The Blue Grass Parkway is one of Kentucky's former toll roads. It starts at Interstate 65 just east of Elizabethtown and ends just short of Lexington at US 60 in Woodford County. The parkway opened in 1966 and tolls were lifted in 1991. The parkway is a four-lane divided highway for its entire length.
Toll booths were located at Exit 10. Exit 34, and Exit 59. The toll booths were situated beneath overpasses at the interchanges using Kentucky’s standard cloverleaf tollbooth layout (see the diagram to the right). As of early 2004, construction was underway to convert the interchange at exit 59 into a traditional diamond interchange.
Reports indicate that the parkway was originally intended to meet with I-64 or I-75 in northern Fayette County; however, influential local land owners successfully blocked the road from being constructed. Northern Fayette County is prime thoroughbred country and home to numerous horse farms.
The road was officially renamed in honor of Kentucky's first woman governor on Sept. 18, 2003. It is now known as the Martha Layne Collins-Blue Grass Parkway
The parkway was known as the "Kentucky Blue Grass Parkway" for a short time after its opening.
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Traffic Impact Report for KYTC District 4 Week of 8/27/2012
Posted: 31-Aug-2012 12:00AM CDT
Topics: [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Breckinridge County] [Grayson County] [Green County] [Hardin County] [KY 1214] [KY 1375] [KY 1600] [KY 220] [KY 251] [KY 253] [KY 261] [KY 322] [KY 566] [KY 793] [Nelson County] [US 31] [Washington County] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
Transportation Cabinet to upgrade Bluegrass Parkway guardrail
Posted: 28-Aug-2010 8:11PM CDT
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 4:
Transportation Cabinet to upgrade Bluegrass Parkway guardrail
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2010) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $1.36 million contract to upgrade guardrail along a 27-mile stretch of the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson and Washington counties.
Three Options Considered for “Heartland Parkway”
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:54PM CDT
Topics: [Adair County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Green County] [Heartland Parkway] [KY 55] [KY 555] [Marion County] [Public Meetings] [Taylor County] [US 68] [Washington County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented three options for the so-called Heartland Parkway in central Kentucky between Columbia and Springfield.
Area residents expressed a wide variety of opinions about the three options at the recent public meetings.
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:32AM CDT
Topics: [Anderson County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Bullitt County] [Butler County] [Crittenden County] [Henderson County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [KY 22] [KY 329] [Lyon County] [Nelson County] [The Ohio River] [Oldham County] [Powell County] [Pulaski County] [Spencer County] [US 31] [US 41] [US 60] [US 641]
Bridge Engineer Dies at 71
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT
Topics: [Anderson County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Muhlenberg County] [Ohio County] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway] [Woodford County]
Carl Kroboth, an engineer who designed several bridges and highways in Kentucky, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 71. The University of Kentucky graduate founded Kroboth Engineers, which designed the Western Kentucky Parkway bridge over the Green River and the Blue Grass parkway bridge over the Kentucky River. He retired in 1995.
Work at Blue Grass Parkway/US 127 Interchange to be Completed this Fall
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 7:58AM CDT
Work to convert the interchange at the former location of a toll both on the Blue Grass Parkway at US 127 into a standard diamond interchange is planned to be completed this fall: The Anderson News: Construction workers to make exit this fall (June 2, 2004)
Courier Journal Editorial in Favor of More Dual Names
Posted: 8-Feb-2004 11:28PM CST
Topics: [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Commonwealth of Kentucky]
An editorial writer for the Courier-Journal proposes more dually named highways in addition to the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway and the Daniel Boone-Hal Rogers Parkway: Courier-Journal: The more the merrier (Feb. 7, 2004)
Kentucky Post Editorial Looks at Highway Renamings
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:07AM CDT
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The last few months have seen the renaming of two parkways and the AA Highway. The Kentucky Post editorialized the situation: Kentucky Post: The name game (Sept. 17, 2003)
Blue Grass Parkway to be Renamed for Martha Layne Collins
Posted: 17-Sep-2003 9:40AM CDT
Topics: [Anderson County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Hardin County] [Mercer County] [Nelson County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [Washington County] [Woodford County]
At Gov. Patton's direction, the Blue Grass Parkway will be officially renamed the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway in a ceremony to be held on Thursday. Martha Layne Collins was Kentucky's first (and currently only) woman governor. She was governor from 1983 to 1987. This leaves only the Audubon Parkway to have its original name.
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
Parkways System and Cumberland Gap Tunnel Named Kentucky's Top Road Projects
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 3:59AM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Bell County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Cumberland Gap] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has named Kentucky's parkway system and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel as Kentucky's top road project. They also recognized Wendell Ford and Calvin Grayson as the state's top transportation officials.
More information: KYTC Press Release
$500,000 Allocated for Heartland Parkway Study
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:23AM CST
Topics: [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Green County] [Heartland Parkway] [KY 55] [Marion County] [Taylor County] [Washington County]
The 2002 federal transportation spending bill includes $500,000 for the study of a proposed Heartland Parkway in Taylor, Marion, Washington and Green counties. Despite its name, this road will probably not be a toll road as my understanding is that federal law prohibits the placing of tolls on any road on which federal money has been spent. Instead, if built, this route would probably be a four lane reconstruction of KY 55. The proposed road would connect to the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway near Columbia and the Blue Grass Parkway near Springfield. More details can be found here , here , and here (no longer online).
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