Signage for the Purchase Parkway near its northeastern terminus at US 62. [details]
Originally known as simply the Purchase Parkway, Kentucky’s westernmost parkway connects the area around Kentucky Dam to Fulton through the area of far western Kentucky known as the Jackson Purchase. The route opened as a toll road in 1966. Tolls were lifted in 1992 when the parkway’s construction bonds were repaid. The road was officially renamed the Julian M. Carroll Parkway on May 14, 2001 in honor of the former governor. Signage for the parkway now reads “Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway.”
The parkway is a four lane full-controlled access. It begins at the Tennessee state lane concurrent with US 45 and US 51 near Fulton, and ends at US 62 in Marshall County just north of the Interstate 24 interchange.
Tolls were located at exit 14 and exit 43. These interchanges were constructed using Kentucky’s standard toll booth layout.
The Mayfield bypass between exits 22 and 25 was constructed prior to the parkway; the route was incorporated as a free section of the parkway. The parkway exits onto itself at exit 22: this exit marks one end of the original bypass route. This section of the parkway is also designated as US 45 Bypass.
The parkway has been legally designated to become part of Interstate 69.
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Future I-69 Signs to be Installed
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:14PM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 69] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The state plans to install “Future I-69 Corridor” signs along sections of the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, and Purchase Parkways: Henderson Gleaner: 'Future I-69' signs set to grace parkways (May 16, 2006)
Over Fifty Photographs Added
Posted: 25-May-2004 10:06AM CDT
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Over fifty photographs have been added to the site. They concern:
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
UPDATED: I-69 and I-66 Will Use Existing Parkways
Posted: 26-Feb-2002 6:01AM CST
Topics: [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 69] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The decision has apparently been made that Kentucky's future Interstate 66 and Interstate 69 will apparently use existing parkways. As reported earlier on KentuckyRoads.com, the 2002 Kentucky Official Highway Map shows parts of the Western Kentucky Parkway, Natcher Parkway, and Breathitt Parkway as Future I-66 and Future I-69. On Feb. 25, the Evansville Courier & Press carried an article stating that the map indicates that I-69 and I-66 will follow the existing parkways.
Email correspondence with Mike Hancock, executive director of the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Program Planning and Management, confirms that the decision has been made to utilize as much of the exiting parkway system as possible to route I-66 and I-69. Hancock said, "we are involved in a planning study that will help us determine the costs and impacts associated with upgrading the Parkways affected by I-69 to interstate standards. We will use this study to help us assess similar needs and issues relative to the I-66 Corridor." The parkways do not currently meet federal standards for interstates and will need to be upgraded before they officially become interstates.
Federal legislation has directed Kentucky to use the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway as part of I-66 and the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway as part of I-69. This legislation also directed Kentucky to erect "Future I-66" signs along the Cumberland Parkway and "Future I-69" signs along the Purchase Parkway. Hancock indicated that the Transportation Cabinet is working to erect this signs very soon.
More information: MyInKy.com - Sketching out I-69
2002 Official Highway Map Released
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:29PM CST
Topics: [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 69] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The Division of Planning's 2002 Official Highway Map can now be downloaded from here . The map now indicated the proposed corridors for Interstate 66 and Interstate 69.
Transportation Spending Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:52AM CST
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The conference version of the Transportation spending bill has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.
Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:
Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.
Purchase Parkway Named for Gov. Carroll
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 10:26PM CST
As previously mentioned on KentuckyRoads.com, the Purchase Parkway has renamed in honor of former governor Julian Carroll. This article in the Marshall County Tribune-Courier reports that the parkway is now known as the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway. The article includes a history of the parkway and a quote from my next-door neighbor (literally) the state highway engineer, J.M. "Mac" Yowell, who says "(he looks) forward to when this parkway is part of (Interstate) 69.”
Information on I-69 Alignment near Fulton
Posted: 22-Sep-2001 7:57AM CDT
Chris Lawrence has posted this summary of a recent road trip during which he attended a public meeting on I-69. His website on the Memphis-Evansville section of I-69 contains a description of where I-69 may be routed and this map of possible routes for I-69 near Fulton, Kentucky and Troy, Tennessee.
Purchase Parkway to be Renamed for Former Gov. Carroll
Posted: 9-Sep-2001 5:18PM CDT
Topics: [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway]
The Jackson Purchase Parkway will be renamed for former Gov. Julian Carroll according to this Sept. 9 article in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Courier-Journal also has a report on the subject. No word on what the exact new name of the parkway will be.
Plans Under Way for KY 348 Widening in Benton
Posted: 30-Aug-2001 4:16AM CDT
The Benton Tribune-Courier reports in this August 29, 2001 article that pre-construction work has begun on widening KY 348 from the Jackson Purchase Parkway to US 641 in Benton. Construction is schedules for 2004, but may be moved to 2003.
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