Road Information

Interstate 71 in Kentucky Total Mileage in State: 97 miles
Northern End: At Ohio state line
Southern End: At I-65, in Louisville
Mileage covered in Photos: 97 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Carroll, Gallatin, Boone, Kenton
Major Junctions in Photos: I-264, in Louisville
I-265, in Louisville
I-75 South, near Florence
I-275, near Erlanger
Control Cities in Photos: Louisville, La Grange, Florence, Covington

Northbound

   

Interstate 71 North at its beginning, merging onto it from Interstate 65 North.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 2 to Historic Louisville Water Tower.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

The speed limit on Interstate 71 North starts out at 55 mph in the Louisville area.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 2: Zorn Ave  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North shield located northeast of Exit 2.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North approaching Exit 5 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 4.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 5: Interstate 264 - Watterson Expressway  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

At mile marker 6, the speed limit increases to 65 mph.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Mileage sign on Interstate 71 North. It's 16 miles to La Grange and 93 miles to Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 7.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North approaching Exits 9A-B - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 9A: Interstate 265 / KY 841 South - Gene Snyder Freeway  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 9B: KY 841 North - Gene Snyder Freeway  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North assurance shield north of Exit 9B.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Near mile marker 10, the speed limit increases to 70 mph. This is the standard speed limit on most rural Interstate highways in Kentucky.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Mileage sign on Interstate 71 North. It's 7 miles to Crestwood, 8 miles to Pewee Valley, and 88 miles to Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North entering Oldham County from Jefferson County.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 12.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at the Rest Area located at mile marker 13.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 14 to Brownsboro.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 14: KY 329 - Crestwood / Pewee Valley  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North approaching Exit 17 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 17: KY 146 - Buckner. Sorry about nearly missing this one.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North assurance shield just north of Exit 17.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 18: KY 393 - Buckner  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 22 to La Grange Historic District.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 22: KY 53 - Ballardsville / La Grange  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Speed limit assurance sign north of Exit 22. Speed Limit - 70 mph.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North: Road view from mile marker 24.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North entering Henry County from Oldham County.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 28 to US 42 toward Bedford.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Also take Exit 28 to Lake Jericho Recreational Area.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 28: KY 153 / KY 146 - Sligo / New Castle  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 28.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North: Road view from mile marker 30.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 34 to New Castle.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Also take Exit 34 to Smith-Berry Vineyard & Winery.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 34: US 421 - Bedford / Campbellsburg  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North entering Carroll County from Henry County.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North: Road view from mile marker 39.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 40.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 41.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 43: KY 389 / To KY 55 - Prestonville / English  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 44 to Historic Carrollton.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Also take Exit 44 to General Butler State Resort Park.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 44: KY 227 - Carrollton / Worthville  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Mileage sign north of Exit 44. It's 18 miles to Warsaw and 53 miles to Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 47.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 50.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 55 to Kentucky Speedway.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 55: KY 1039 - Vevay, IN  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 57 to Elk Creek Vineyard and Elk Creek Sporting Clays.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Also take Exit 57 to Kentucky Speedway.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 57: KY 35 - Warsaw / Sparta  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 59.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 62: US 127 - Glencoe / Owenton  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Warning signs near mile marker 62, alerting motorists of a downgrade ahead.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Road view on Interstate 71 North, heading down the grade.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Mileage sign on Interstate 71 North. It's 12 miles to Verona, 15 miles to the junction of Interstate 75, and 35 miles to Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 64.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North: Road view from mile marker 68.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 69.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at mile marker 71.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 72: KY 14 - Verona  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Mileage sign near mile marker 72. It's 4 miles to the junction of Interstate 75 and 24 miles to Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North approaching Exit 77 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 North at Exit 77: Interstate 75 South - Lexington  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Dual Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North shields as the two roads run together from this point to the Ohio border at the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

The speed limit remains 70 mph on Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North for a little longer.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 175: KY 338 - Richwood  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at the Rest Area located near mile marker 177.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 178 to Gateway Community & Techical College - Boone Campus.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 178: KY 536 - Mt. Zion Rd  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

More dual Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North assurance shields north of Exit 178.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

North of Exit 178, the speed limit decreases to 65 mph on Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 180: US 42 / US 127 - Union / Florence  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 181: KY 18 - Florence / Burlington  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 182 to Turfway Park Race Course.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 182: KY 1017 - Turfway Rd  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 184: KY 236 - Erlanger  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North approaching Exit 185 - 1/2 mile. Also at this point, the speed limit decreases to 55 mph and remains that way the rest of the way to the Ohio border.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 185: Interstate 275  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at mile marker 185.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 186: KY 371 - Buttermilk Pike  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 188: US 25 / US 42 / US 127 - Dixie Hwy / Fort Mitchell  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Near mile marker 188, Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North prepare to traverse a steep downgrade 1 mile ahead as they descend toward the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 189: KY 1072 (Kyles Lane) - Fort Wright / Park Hills  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North as they begin their 2 mile downgrade toward the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North: Road view from mile marker 189, as we start down the grade.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take either of the next 2 exits to Covington.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Take Exit 192 to Northern Kentucky Convention Center and Newport of the Levee / Aquarium.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North: Road view from mile marker 189.7, as we continue down the grade and downtown Cincinnati comes into view.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at mile marker 190.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 191: 12th Street / MLK Jr. Blvd / Covington  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North at Exit 192: 5th Street / Covington / Newport  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Use 2nd St or 5th St to downtown Cincinnati (keep to the right crossing the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North approaching their split - 1 mile ahead, immediate on the other side of the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Approaching the Ohio River, this big green sign shows that you should keep left on the bridge to remain on Interstate 75 North, and keep to the right to remain on Interstate 71 North.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Use 2nd St (follow Interstate 71 North) to Riverfront Cincinnati.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North approaching the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The Brent Spence Bridge is a double decker, as you will see further ahead.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).

Interstate 71 / Interstate 75 North as they prepare to cross into Ohio via the double decked Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River.  (Photo taken 5/24/15).