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Interstate 64 (I-64) is an Interstate Highway in the eastern United Statesmarker. Its western terminus is at I-70, U.S. 40, and U.S. 61 in Wentzville, Missourimarker. Its eastern terminus is at an interchange with I-264 and I-664 at Bowers Hillmarker in Chesapeake, Virginiamarker. As I-64 is concurrent with U.S. 40 and U.S. 61 at its western terminus, the road itself continues as an arterial road as part of the Avenue of the Saints connecting St. Louis, Missourimarker to St. Paul, Minnesotamarker.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed extending I-64 to I-70 in Wentzville, Missourimarker.In April 2007, construction started to rebuild of I-64 in St. Louis, Missourimarker, from Spoede Rd. to Kingshighway. This project will include repaving the entire expressway, rebuilding the overpasses and interchanges, adding a fourth lane between Spoede Rd. and I-170, and connecting I-64 to I-170 in all directions. Construction will result in the complete closure of portions of the expressway in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, I-64 was closed from I-270 to I-170, re-opening December 15, 2008. Beginning December 15, 2008, I-64 from I-170 to Kingshighway Blvd. is closed. By December 7, 2009, Interstate 64 will complete its entire length in Missouri from the Poplar Street Bridgemarker to I-70 in Wentzville.

Route description

Missouri

In Missouri, the stretch was originally labeled as the Daniel Boone Expressway then only as US-40, and as such, is still known to locals in the St. Louismarker area as Highway US-40, even though the road has been designated as both I-64 and US-40 since 1988.This road is also the southern-most portion of the Avenue of the Saints. An interchange at Highway N O'Fallon, Missourimarker opened on December 13 2004.This interchange will also accommodate the future tie in of the Route 364freeway to I-64. As of October 14, 2009, I-64 is now signed all the way to Interstate 70 in Wentzville. All stoplights have been removed.

Illinois

I-64 enters Illinois from St. Louis, Missouri, via the Poplar Street Bridge, where it overlaps I-55 and I-70 as it crosses the Mississippi River. After crossing the city of East St. Louis and the rest of suburban St. Clair County, the freeway quickly enters rural Southern Illinois. Shortly after passing Mid-America Airport at Exit 23, I-64 enters Clinton County, then Washington County. After providing access to towns such as Carlyle, Nashville, and Centralia, the freeway overlaps I-57 through the Mt. Vernon area for approximately five miles. East of Mt. Vernon in Illinois, services along I-64 are few. The freeway crosses Jefferson, Wayne, and White counties as it progresses east toward Indiana and the Evansville area. East of the St Louis area, there are numerous oil wells dotting the landscape.

Indiana

I-64 crosses the Wabash River and enters the state of Indiana. It passes Indiana 69 and Indiana 165, and also passes under Indiana 68 (no direct interchange serves Indiana 68, though one can access said route from either Indiana 165 or 65) then passes three officially marked exits for Evansvillemarker (Indiana 65, US 41, and Interstate 164/Indiana 57/Future Interstate 69) then proceeds through part of the scenic Hoosier National Forest, with service exits leading to Ferdinand, Santa Claus and Indiana 37, and intersects Interstate 265 in New Albany before crossing into Kentucky on the Sherman Minton Bridgemarker.

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Kentucky

Interstate 64 enters into Kentuckymarker at Louisvillemarker, paralleling the Ohio River along the Riverfront Expressway.It junctions with several downtown interchanges before coming to the Kennedy Interchangemarker, where it intersects Interstate 65 and Interstate 71 in a tangle of ramps often referred to as the "Spaghetti Junction."Moving eastward, I-64 passes through Shelbyvillemarker, Frankfortmarker, Midwaymarker, Lexingtonmarker, Winchestermarker, and Moreheadmarker, before leaving the state near Ashlandmarker at Catlettsburgmarker.It overlaps Interstate 75as it makes an arc around the northeast of Lexington, with the exit numbers for I-75 used for the concurrent portion. The two interstates diverge and become separate a few miles northeast of Lexington. It is often called "The I-64/I-75 Southern Split."

West Virginia



Interstate 64 travels for within the state of West Virginiamarker, passing by the major towns and cities of Huntingtonmarker, Charlestonmarker, Beckleymarker, and Lewisburgmarker.It has only two major junctions within the state: Interstate 77in Charleston and in Beckley. It also crosses the Kanawha Rivera total of 4 times in a stretch (twice west of Charleston, immediately before entering the downtown Charleston area, then approximately east of downtown Charleston).

Between I-64's two junctions with I-77, I-64 and I-77 overlap. From the final crossing of the Kanawha Rivereast of Charleston to their split at Exit 40 south of Beckley, the two Interstates are tolled, forming a part of the West Virginia Turnpike.

While the two expressways overlap, the exit signs are those for Interstate 77. Thus, eastbound travellers entering from Kentucky will see exit numbers increase until Exit 60, at which time Interstate 77's exit numbers are used, decreasing from Exit 100.

Virginia

Interstate 64 in Virginiamarker runs east-west through central Virginia from West Virginia via Covingtonmarker, Lexingtonmarker, Stauntonmarker, and Charlottesvillemarker to Richmondmarker.From Lexington to Staunton, it overlaps Interstate 81 (using I-81 exit numbers). From Richmond, Interstate 64 continues southeasterly through Newport Newsmarker and Hamptonmarker to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnelmarker, and then through Norfolkmarker and a small portion of Virginia Beachmarker to end in Chesapeakemarker.

I-64 itself does not reach the Oceanfront area of Virginia Beach, as it continues through the western portion of Virginia Beach as part of the circumferential Hampton Roads Beltway. At its eastern terminus, East I-64 is actually running westbound (and West I-64 eastbound), as the route forms a fishhook around Norfolk.

Access to the Oceanfront area is accomplished from I-64 via a portion of Interstate 264, a roadway which was originally built as the Virginia Beach Expressway, funded by tollsto retire revenue bonds.

History

Elements of Interstate 64, such as the Sherman Minton bridge over the Ohio on the Indiana-Kentucky border, were completed by the early 1960s. The interstate was complete between St. Louis and Charleston with the completion of the 9th Street overpass in Louisville in December 1976.

I-64 signs started going up in August 1987 on the US 40 freeway in St. Louis. This change was made, due, in part, to truck drivers deliberately using US 40 to avoid mandatory fines for overweight trucks.

Major intersections



Auxiliary routes

I-44/55/64/70 on one highway sign in downtown St. Louis.


References

  1. High Priority Corridors @ AARoads: Avenue of the Saints (Corridor 2)
  2. Encyclopedia of Louisville (2001) p.418
  3. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 16 August 1987.
  4. Map of overlap with I-95


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MO 30.72 49.44
IL 128.12 206.19
IN 123.33 198.48
KY 185.20 298.05
WV 188.75 303.76
VA 297.62 478.97
Total 953.74 1,534.90

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