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Old 09-12-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Question Cumberland Parkway Kentucky

Does anyone have any info about the Cumberland Parkway through Kentucky? I ask because many roads called "parkway" are scenic, winding roads with low bridges and narrow turns. Is this one of those?

I ask because RVTripwizard wants me to go on there for a long way, and at 45 feet, 40,000 pounds and pulling a toad, I really want a highway.

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Does anyone have any info about the Cumberland Parkway through Kentucky? I ask because many roads called "parkway" are scenic, winding roads with low bridges and narrow turns. Is this one of those?

I ask because RVTripwizard wants me to go on there for a long way, and at 45 feet, 40,000 pounds and pulling a toad, I really want a highway.

Tom
it's been a while but as I recall there are several 'parkways' in Kentucky. those that we've been on have been 4-lane 'interstate type' roads (meaning limited access) and very scenic. I also recall that they are toll roads. the wiki on the Cumberland Parkway confirms that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumberland_Parkway
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Last time I was on it, it was not a toll road.
Like other KY parkways, Bluegrass, Western, and others, once they were paid for, the toll booths were removed.
I remember the ones on Western. . . but that is often my favorite road going West.
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I drove it about 20 years ago. It was much like an interstate highway. Two lanes in each direction divided by a green median. Very nice road. Not much on it. Fuel up beforehand.
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Kentucky parkways are interstate-class divided highways.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:22 PM   #6
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As others have said, two lane divided highway. No tolls, toll booths taken out a few years back. We travel it both with motorhome towing and just in other vehicles.

If you have questions about places along the way, might be able to answer.

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If you are coming from Hwy 81/40 or Hwy 75 there is a cutoff to Hwy 25 that connects Morristown TN to Corbin KY, or visa versa. It goes thru the Cumberland Gap tunnel which can handle any size vehicle on the road and there are no tolls. You can get fuel in Corbin at the highway exit and there are plenty of regular stations on either Hwy 81 going north or Hwy 40 going south.

Our home is just off the highway. Your in our neighborhood. Honk as you pass Cherokee Lake.
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no problem form north of Bowling Green to Somerset one small construction zone---- on it Monday! just like an interstate only no pot holes!! no tolls
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Semis run the 4 lane from London off I 75
West to I 65 daily.
All good 4 lane.
A little jog around the North side of Somerset but not time consuming.
We are at the Russel Springs exit.
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Thanks to all for the information. It looks like we're good to go.

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All the KY parkways are interstate-like, we used to take Pennyrile from Hopkinsville up to Evansville, alot. Now i think it has become I-69.


FYI. I-65 is now a minimum of three lanes the entire trip thru KY.
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