Interstate 65 in Tennessee

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This article is about the section of Interstate 65 in Tennessee. For the entire route, 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
I-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
Location
Counties: Giles, Marshall, Maury, Williamson, Davidson, Sumner, Robertson
Highway system
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.

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 comes to an interchange with Interstate 840. The road widens to eight lanes and travels through Franklin and Brentwood, Tennessee, before coming to an interchange with Interstate 440. The highway enters Downtown Nashville, sharing brief concurrences with Interstate 40 and Interstate 24. The road then separates from I-24 and intersects with SR-155 (Briley Parkway) on the north side of Nashville, and widens to ten through lanes. The widest section of I-65 is found on the north side of this interchange, where the road briefly accommodates 15 through lanes (8 northbound, 7 southbound). The road passes through Madison, and comes to an interchange with SR-386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) in Goodlettsville, and narrows back to six lanes. SR-386 can only be accessed from the northbound lanes. The highway then enters a largely rural area, passing through White House, and it exits near Portland into Kentucky to the north.

I-65 Southbound in Nashville.

History[edit]

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 mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Giles I‑65 south – Birmingham Continuation into Alabama
1 US 31 / SR 7 (Elkton Highway) – Ardmore, Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, Huntsville Northern end of US 31 overlap
6 SR 273 (Bryson Road) – 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 (New Lewisburg Highway) – Columbia
46 US 412 / SR 99 (Sylvester Chunn Highway) – Columbia Eastern terminus of US 412
Williamson 53 SR 396 (Saturn Parkway) – Spring Hill
59 I-840 – Memphis, Dickson, Knoxville, Murfreesboro I-840 exit 31; signed as exits 59A (east) and 59B (west); cloverstack interchange
Franklin 61 SR 248 (Peytonsville Road) – Spring Hill
65 SR 96 (Murfreesboro Road) – Franklin
67 McEwen Drive
68 Cool Springs Boulevard Signed as exits 69A (east) and 68B (west)
Brentwood 69 SR 441 (Moores Lane) Southbound exit to Galleria Boulevard
71 SR 253 (Concord Road) – Brentwood
Davidson Nashville 74 SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) – Brentwood Signed as exits 74A (east) and 74B (west)
78 SR 255 (Harding Place) Signed southbound as exits 78A (east) and 78B (west)
79 Armory Drive
80 I-440 – Memphis, Knoxville I-440 exit 5, access to Nashville International Airport
81 Wedgewood Avenue
82 I-40 east to I-24 east – Knoxville, Chattanooga Southern end of I-40 overlap, east exit 210, west exit 210B; concurrency uses I-40 exit numbers, access to Nashville International Airport
209 Demonbreun Street
209A US 70 / US 70S / US 431 (Broadway)
209B US 70 (Charlotte Pike/Church Street)
84 I-40 west – Memphis, Jackson Northern end of I-40 overlap, west exit 208, east exit 208B
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 to I-40 east – Chattanooga, Knoxville Southern end of I-24 overlap, west exit 46B
87 US 431 (Trinity Lane)
88 I-24 west – Clarksville Northern end of I-24 overlap, east exit 44B
90A US 31W / US 41 (Dickerson Pike) No southbound exit to Dickerson Pike from I-65 (must use Briley Parkway exit)
90B SR 155 (Briley Parkway) Access to Nashville International Airport
92 SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard)
95 SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Boulevard) – Hendersonville, Gallatin
96 Rivergate Parkway – Goodlettsville
97 SR 174 (Long Hollow Pike) – Goodlettsville, Gallatin
Sumner 98 US 31W (Louisville Highway) / US 41 – Millersville
Robertson 104 SR 257 (Bethel Road) – Ridgetop
108 SR 76 (Hwy 76) – White House, Springfield
112 SR 25 (Main Street) – Cross Plains, Springfield, Gallatin
117 SR 52 (Maple Street) – Portland, Orlinda
Portland 121 Lake Springs Road Under construction as of February 2016
I-65 north – Louisville Continuation into Kentucky
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata


Interstate 65
Previous state:
Alabama
Tennessee Next state:
Kentucky