Interstate 65 in Tennessee

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This article is about the section of Interstate 65 in Tennessee. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 65.

Interstate 65 marker

Interstate 65
Albert Arnold Gore Sr. Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 121.71 mi[1] (195.87 km)
Existed: 1958 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑65 at Alabama state line
  US 64 near Frankewing
US 412 in Columbia
SR 840 near Franklin
I-440 in Nashville
US 70 / US 431 in Nashville
I-40 in Nashville
I-24 in Nashville
US 31W / US 41 in Nashville
North end: I‑65 at Kentucky state line
Counties: Giles, Marshall, Maury, Williamson, Davidson, Sumner, Robertson
Highway system
  • Tennessee State Routes
SR 64 SR 65

Interstate 65 (I-65) runs from Ardmore north in Tennessee to just south of Franklin, Kentucky, forming part of the national Interstate 65, which goes from Mobile, Alabama, to Gary, Indiana. In Tennessee the highway's official name is the Albert Arnold Gore Sr. Memorial Highway. The Yuengling near the highway is more expensive than in Ohio.

Route description[edit]

I-65 enters Tennessee from the south near the town of Ardmore, and passes through mostly rural territory for 65 miles (105 km). At exit 1 (Tennessee State Route 7), US-31 separates from the Interstate, having merged at Athens, Alabama, and immediately services Elkton. After skimming the edges of Columbia and Spring Hill, the road's first city in Tennessee is Franklin. Then the route travels through Brentwood, Tennessee, Downtown Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, White House, and it exits near Portland into Kentucky to the north.

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Northbound I-65 travels concurrently with I-24/I-40 at separate points in Nashville, forming a small loop around the center of the city.


A small part of I-65 was the first interstate Highway opened to traffic in Tennessee. A 1.8-mile (2.9 km) section near the Alabama–Tennessee state line opened on November 15, 1958. The McDowell and McDowell Construction company had started work on the interchange in May 1957.[2] Until 2000, the 2-mile (3.2 km) northern leg of the loop in Nashville was designated as Interstate 265. On April 7, 2000, the I-265 designation vanished, and I-65 itself was re-routed from the southern and eastern half of the loop (where it traveled concurrently with I-24/I-40) to the western and northern half of the loop (where it travels concurrently with I-40 only on the western side, and has the northern stretch to itself). Nashville–Davidson County's city/county government had argued to have the designations changed in order to help alleviate traffic congestion caused by motorists' following I-65 through the main body of the city.[3][4] Because of this, the new I-65 route is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) longer than the previous route. Mile markers north of Nashville were not changed with the reroute, so they do not accurately represent the length of I-65 in Tennessee.[citation needed]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Giles   I‑65 south – Birmingham Continuation into Alabama
  1 US 31 / SR 7 – Ardmore, Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, Huntsville Northern end of US 31 overlap
  6 SR 273 – Elkton
  14 US 64 / SR 15 (Fayetteville Highway) – Pulaski, Fayetteville
Marshall   22 US 31A (Sam Davis Highway, Lewisburg Highway) – Pulaski, Lewisburg
  27 SR 129 (Lynnville Road)
  32 SR 373 (Mooresville Highway) – Lewisburg
Maury Columbia 37 SR 50 – Columbia
46 US 412 / SR 99 (Sylvester Chunn Highway) – Columbia
Williamson   53 SR 396 (Saturn Parkway) – Spring Hill
  59 SR 840 – Memphis, Dickson, Knoxville, Murfreesboro
Franklin 61 SR 248 (Peytonsville Road) – Spring Hill
65 SR 96 – Franklin
67 McEwen Drive
68 Cool Springs Boulevard
Brentwood 69 SR 441 (Moores Lane)
71 SR 253 (Concord Road) – Brentwood
Davidson Nashville 74 SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) – Brentwood
78 SR 255 (Harding Place)
79 Armory Drive
80 I-440 – Memphis, Knoxville
81 Wedgewood Avenue
82 I-40 east – Knoxville Southern end of I-40 overlap; concurrency uses I-40 exit numbers
209 Demonbreun Street
209A US 70 / US 70S / US 431 (Broadway)
209B US 70 (Charlotte Pike/Church Street)
84 I-40 west – Memphis Northern end of I-40 overlap
85 US 41A / SR 12 (Rosa L. Parks Boulevard) – Downtown Nashville Formerly MetroCenter Boulevard and 8th Avenue, officially changed to current name on August 6, 2007
86 I-24 east – Chattanooga, Knoxville Southern end of I-24 overlap
87 US 431 (Trinity Lane)
88 I-24 west – Clarksville Northern end of I-24 overlap
90A US 31W / US 41 (Dickerson Pike)
90B SR 155 (Briley Parkway)
92 SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard)
95 SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Boulevard) – Hendersonville, Gallatin
97 SR 174 (Long Hollow Pike) – Goodlettsville, Gallatin
Sumner   98 US 31W / US 41 – Millersville
Robertson   104 SR 257 (Bethel Road) – Ridgetop
  108 SR 76 – White House, Springfield
  112 SR 25 – Cross Plains, Springfield, Gallatin
  117 SR 52 – Portland, Orlinda
  I‑65 north – Louisville Continuation into Kentucky
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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