- U.S. Route 31W
Infobox U.S. Route
U.S. Highway 31W is the westernmost of two parallel routes for
U.S. Highway 31from Nashville, Tennesseeto Louisville, Kentucky. (At one time, it split with U.S. Highway 31Eat Sellersburg, Indiana, north of Louisville.)
The highway passes through Goodlettsville and
White House, Tennessee; and Franklin, Bowling Green, Cave City, Horse Cave, Munfordville, Elizabethtown and Radcliff, Kentucky. It passes within a half mile on an entrance to Mammoth Cave National Parknear Park City, Kentucky. It also passes through Fort Knoxnear Radcliff, within sight of the U.S. Bullion Depository.
Most of U.S. 31W's route was part of the old
Dixie Highwayfrom the National Auto Trailprogram, the predecessor to the United States Numbered Highwayssystem. Many of the cities through which 31W traverses still give it a local street name of "Dixie Highway" or "Dixie Avenue." Some portions date back further, to the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike, which began construction in the 1830s. Interstate 65closely parallels 31W from Nashville to Elizabethtown, and intersects with I-65 several times. U.S. 31W intersects with the William H. Natcher Parkwayat Bowling Green, the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkwayat Elizabethtown, and Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) in Louisville. It crosses U.S. Highway 68and U.S. Highway 231at Bowling Green, and U.S. Highway 62at Elizabethtown. It overlaps with U.S. Highway 60from Muldraugh, Kentuckyto Louisville.
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