Kentucky Route 8

"KY 8" redirects here. For the former congressional district, see Kentucky's 8th congressional district.

Kentucky Route 8 marker

Kentucky Route 8
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length: 114.202 mi[1] (183.790 km)
Western segment
Length: 78.819 mi[1] (126.847 km)
West end: KY 237 near Francisville
I-71 / I-75 in Covington
US 25 / US 42 / US 127 in Covington
US 27 in Newport
I-471 in Newport
US 68 in Maysville
East end: US 62in Maysville
Eastern segment
Length: 35.383 mi[1] (56.943 km)
West end: KY 57 / KY 3550 in Concord
East end: US 23 in South Portsmouth
Counties: Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken, Mason, Lewis, Greenup
Highway system
KY 7KY 9

Kentucky Route 8 is a 114.202-mile-long (183.790 km) eastwest state highway divided into two distinct segments across northern Kentucky. The western terminus of the route is at KY 237 near Francisville. The eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 23 in South Portsmouth. The two distinct segments of this route were not meant to be connected together.

KY 8 is named the Mary Ingles Highway for part of its length. It is rumored that she was the first white woman in Kentucky. Captured by Indians in Virginia in 1755 and taken to Ohio, she later escaped a salt-making party at Big Bone Lick and made her way across the Kentucky wilderness back home to Virginia.

Route description

Western segment

The western segment of KY 8, the longer of the two, extends 78.819 miles (126.847 km) between rural Boone County and Maysville. KY 8 begins at Kentucky Route 237 along River Road near Francisville.[1] The route runs parallel to the Ohio River as it heads eastward, passing through Covington, Newport, and Augusta before ending at an intersection with US 62 in Maysville.[2]

Eastern segment

The eastern segment of KY 8 extends for 39.933 miles (64.266 km) from Concord-Trinity Road west of Concord[1][3] to U.S. Route 23 in South Portsmouth west of South Shore.[4] The western terminus of this portion is a very narrow two-lane road that becomes gravel.

From Kentucky Route 3037 in Vanceburg to its eastern terminus at US 23, KY 8 was formerly designated Kentucky Route 10, with KY 8 ending at KY 3037 (then KY 10). The road became part of KY 8 in the late-1990s after KY 10 was rerouted onto the AA Highway to the south.

Major intersections

Western segment

Boone1.5282.459 KY 237 south (North Bend Road) to I-275Northern terminus of KY 237
Taylorsport4.5757.363 KY 2846 west (Tanner Road) to I-275 HebronEastern terminus of KY 2846
Constance8.45813.612 KY 20 west (Petersburg Road) to I-275Eastern terminus of KY 20
Anderson Ferry Road - Anderson Ferry
KentonVilla Hills9.61715.477 KY 371 south (Amsterdam Road)Northern terminus of KY 371
Ludlow13.53621.784 KY 1072 south (Deverill Street)north terminus of KY 1072
Covington15.92925.635West 3rd Street (KY 2374 east)Western terminus of KY 2374
16.15225.994 I-71 / I-75 Cincinnati, Lexington, LouisvilleI-75 exit 192
16.31226.252Philadelphia Street (KY 3090 north)
16.45926.488 US 25 / US 42 / US 127 (Main Street)
16.55126.636Johnson Street (KY 2374 west)Eastern terminus of KY 2374
16.91827.227 KY 17 south (Scott Boulevard)
16.99927.357 KY 17 north (Greenup Street)
CampbellNewport17.62128.358 KY 9 south (Central)Northern terminus of KY 9
17.80228.650 US 27 south (York Street)west end of US 27 overlap
18.0429.03 US 27 north (Taylor Southgate Bridge)east end of US 27 overlap; one-block overlap of US 27 north and KY 8 west
18.55329.858 I-471 to I-275 CincinnatiI-471 exit 5
Fort Thomas25.31040.732 KY 445 north (River Road)Southern terminus of KY 445
Highland Heights25.68941.342 KY 2926 south (Winters Lane)north terminus of KY 2926
Silver Grove26.47242.603 KY 1998 west (Industrial Road)Eastern terminus of KY 1998
28.18945.366 KY 547 south (Four Mile Pike) AlexandriaNorthern terminus of KY 547
Oneonta35.19256.636 KY 1566 west (Oneonta Road) to KY 9Eastern terminus of KY 1566
New Richmond Station36.76659.169 KY 2921 west (Painter Road) to KY 9east terminus of KY 2921
37.31660.054 KY 1996 west (New Richmond Road) to KY 9Eastern terminus of KY 1996
Mentor41.68967.092 KY 735 west (Smith Road) to KY 9east terminus of KY 735
PendletonIvor43.61870.196 KY 2828 west (Ivor Road) to KY 9 (AA Hwy.)Eastern terminus of KY 2828
Carntown45.46773.172 KY 154 west Peach GroveEastern terminus of KY 154
BrackenFoster48.68878.356 KY 2228 (Foster Road)Eastern terminus of KY 2228
48.93678.755 KY 1019 south (Lenoxburg Foster Road) LenoxburgNorthern terminus of KY 1019
Bradford52.81384.994 KY 1109 south (Bradford Road) to KY 9Northern terminus of KY 1109
Wellsburg55.29388.985 KY 1159 south (Wellsburg Woolcott Road)Northern terminus of KY 1159
Augusta61.32698.695 KY 19 south (Augusta-Chatham Road)Northern terminus of KY 19
61.43198.864 KY 435 south (Augusta Minerva Road)Northern terminus of KY 435
MasonDover67.824109.152 KY 1235 south (Dover Minerva Road)Northern terminus of KY 1235
South Ripley69.906112.503 KY 576 south (Tuckahoe Road)north terminus of KY 576
Maysville74.114119.275 KY 1597 south (Charleston Bottoms Road)Northern terminus of KY 1597
75.686121.805 US 68 / to AA Highway (KY 9) Ripley, OH, Aberdeen, OHinterchange
77.542124.792 KY 3056 west (Jersey Ridge Road)Eastern terminus of KY 3056
78.819126.847 US 62 (Third Street / Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge / US 68 Bus.)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Eastern segment

LewisConcord0.0000.000 KY 57 south / KY 3550 westWestern terminus
Vanceburg12.62220.313 KY 3037 south (Clarksburg Road) to KY 9 (AA Hwy.)Northern terminus of KY 3037
12.96220.860 KY 59 south / Main StreetNorthern terminus of KY 59; former KY 2525 east
13.31021.420Second Streetformer KY 2525 west
15.89125.574 KY 3020 eastWestern terminus of KY 3020
Garrison22.06335.507 KY 1306 south (Kinney Road)north terminus of KY 1306
23.01137.033 KY 3311 south (Montgomery Road)Northern terminus of KY 3311
24.01638.650 To KY 10 (via KY 8C)Northern terminus of KY 8C
Quincy24.91640.098 KY 1021 south (Briary Road)Northern terminus of KY 1021
GreenupSouth Portsmouth34.36055.297
US 23 Truck north / KY 8S north (Carl Perkins Bridge) to US 52 Portsmouth
west end of US 23 Truck overlap
35.38356.943 US 23 (U.S. Grant Bridge) Greenup, Ashland, Portsmoutheast end of US 23 Truck overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Division of Planning. "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  2. Google (June 8, 2009). "Maysville, KY" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  3. Google (June 8, 2009). "Concord, KY" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  4. Google (June 8, 2009). "South Shore, KY" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
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