Abandoned US 23 (Ashland, Ky.)

Today we decided to do a little exploring. For years, I wanted to know what became of the road between Ashland and Russell that ran parallel with Armco Rd. I remember as a kid, my mom would stop along the hillside on US 23 at a market (Artrips I think) on our way home from Ashland. Once the 4 lane was completed and long before the new Walmart was built, the viaduct out of Ashland was torn down and the road was abandoned. Not too long after this, the new apartments were built on top of the hill across US 23 from Walmart on what is now known as Providence Hill. You can see it in the center of the map below.

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If anybody remembers when the road was officially closed, please let me know! I’ve also included a short video that was taken with my iPhone from in front of what was the market.


  1. The road closed in 1989. For many years it carried both directions of US 23 but in 1969 the southbound Lanes moved to where all four lanes are now while the northbound remained on this segment. In 1989 the state decided to route all traffic around the hill and closed this hillside roadway.

  2. Northbound U.S. 23 was moved to current location from this allignnent in March 1989. Old Viaduct leading to this road from Winchester Av. was razed in summer 1989. Project was completed to facilitate projected increases in traffic as the mall opened in October of 1989. Road was still open to the building pictured then was closed to traffic in approx. 1994

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