Greater Louisville’s specific location makes the city an ideal transport hub, which from an economic standpoint is why Louisville has been known as a major shipping port from the start. Traditionally, riverboats were the main transportation used to export goods around the country. Louisville was the ideal city for this type of navigation because right on the Kentucky-Indiana border is the Ohio River’s only natural obstacle to travel along the whole length of the river—the Falls of the Ohio.
Today’s means of transportation have far exceeded riverboats, so what keeps Louisville in the transport industry? It’s central location. Louisville is within 500 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population and within only a day’s drive to two-thirds of the country’s population. Whether for business or leisure, Louisville makes traveling easy.
Compared to many other major metropolitan areas, residents and visitors also find Greater Louisville to be very easy to navigate within on a daily basis. A strategic and efficient network of Interstate highways and freeways makes it ways for commuters to easily and quickly travel from one part of town to another. In fact, many residents frequently claim that no matter where you are go in Greater Louisville you can most likely get there in about 20 minutes or less.
Big changes are currently underway with what is called the Ohio River Bridges Project. The city is building two new bridges and connecting highways that will improve the safety and alleviate traffic between Louisville and Southern Indiana. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.
Louisville International Airport (SDF)
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Blue Grass Airport
Transit Authority of River City (TARC)
Many people in the Greater Louisville Region rely on public transportation. TARC provides public transportation services in not only Metro Louisville/Jefferson County, but also extends bus routes throughout Bullitt and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Southern Indiana. TARC buses are equipped with bike racks and wheelchair accommodations. For people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed route bus lines, TARC3 Paratransit Service is also offered.
Louisville’s highway system consist of three interstates (64, 65, and 71) and two expressways (Watterson Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway). The three interstates converge in Louisville’s city center and disperse to lead to different major cities.
Heading west out of downtown, Interstate 64 links Louisville to St. Louis, Missouri, while the opposite direction leads to Lexington, Kentucky and eventually out to the Atlantic coast in Virginia.
Interstate 65 runs north and south, connecting Louisville with the southern cities Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia, and northbound with Indianapolis, Indiana and on up to the Great Lakes.
Lastly, Interstate 71 originates in downtown Louisville with a northeast route that leads to Cincinnati, Ohio and, eventually, Cleveland, Ohio.
Louisville’s two expressways serve as inner and outer beltways. The Watterson Expressway (I-264) forms the inner belt and connects I-64 with I-71. The outer belt is the Gene Snyder Freeway, or I-265, which is conjunction with I-71 and I-65.
|County Clerk Offices||Address||Phone||Website|
|Jefferson County||527 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202||502-574-5700||www.jeffersoncountyclerk.org|
|Bullitt County||149 North Walnut Street, Shepherdsville, KY 40165||502-543-2513||www.bullittcountyclerk.com|
|Hardin County||14 Public Square, Elizabethtown, KY 42701||270-765-4115||www.hccoky.org|
|Henry County||27 South Property Rd, New Castle, KY 40050||502-845-5708||henrycountyclerkky.com|
|Marion County||223 North Spalding Ave, Suite 102 Lebanon, KY 40033||270-692-2651||www.marioncounty.ky.gov|
|Meade County||516 Hillcrest Drive, Brandenburg, KY 40108||270-422-2151||meadecountyclerk.com|
|Nelson County||113 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004||502-348-1820||www.nelsoncountyky.com|
|Oldham County||100 W. Jefferson St, LaGrange, KY 40031||502-222-7645||oldhamcountyclerkky.com|
|Shelby County||501 Washington Street, Shelbyville, KY 40066||502-633-4410||www.shelbycountyclerk.com|
|Spencer County||2 West Main Street, Taylorsville, KY 40071||502-477-3215||www.spencercountyclerk.com|
|Trimble County||30 US Hwy 42 East, Bedford, KY 40006||502-255-7174||www.trimblecounty.ky.gov|
|Clark County (Jeffersonville)||2944 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130||888-692-6841||www.in.gov/bmv/2486|
|Clark County (Sellersburg)||304 Hunter Station Rd, Sellersburg, IN 47172||888-692-6841||www.in.gov/bmv/2540|
|Floyd County||821 Northgate Blvd. Suite #100, New Albany, IN 47150||812-945-0024||www.floydcounty.in.gov|
|Harrison County||439 Old Capitol Plaza, Corydon, IN 47112||888-692-6841||www.in.gov/bmv/2437|