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Interstate 65
Main route of the Interstate Highway System
The Albert Arnold Gore Sr. Memorial Highway
Maintained by Tennessee DOT
Length: 121.71 mi[citation needed] (195.87 km)
Formed: 1958
South end: I-65 at Alabama state line
I-440 in Nashville
I-40 in Nashville
I-24 in Nashville
North end: I-65 at Kentucky state line
Tennessee State Routes
< SR-64 SR-65 >

Interstate 65 in Tennessee runs from Ardmore, Tennessee north 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

I-65 enters Tennessee from the south near the town of Ardmore, and passes through mostly rural territory for 65 miles (105 km). Its 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.

Interstate 65 southbound in Nashville.

Northbound I-65 overlaps with Interstates 40 and 24 at separate points in Nashville, forming a small loop around the center of the city. Until 2000, the two-mile long (three kilometer) northern leg of this loop was designated "Interstate 265". On April 7, 2000, the designation I-265 vanished, and Interstate 65 itself was re-routed from the eastern half of the small loop (where it overlapped with I-40 and I-24) to the western half of the loop (where it overlaps with Interstate 40 only on the western side, and it 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.[1][2]

A former General Motors Corporation factory, where Saturn and Chevrolet cars were made between 1990 and 2009, is within a short driving distance from the interstate in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Also, the Nissan company's manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) to the east of I-65.


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. [3]

Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Giles 1 US-31 / SR-7Ardmore, Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, Huntsville North end of US 31 overlap
6 SR-273Elkton
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-50Columbia
46 US-412 / SR-273 (Sylvester Chunn Highway) – Columbia
Williamson 53 SR-396 (Saturn Parkway) – Spring Hill
59 SR-840Murfreesboro, Lebanon Local traffic westbound only due to continuing construction of SR 840 towards I-40
Franklin 61 SR-248 (Goose Creek Bypass) – Franklin
65 SR-96Franklin
67 McEwen Drive
68 Cool Springs Boulevard
69 SR-441 (Moores Lane)
Brentwood 71 SR-253 (Concord Road) – Brentwood
Davidson 74 SR-254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) – Brentwood
Nashville 78 SR-255 (Harding Place)
79 Armory Drive (NB), To SR-155 (Thompson Lane) (SB)
80 I-440Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga
81 Wedgewood Avenue
82 I-40 east – Knoxville, Chattanooga South end of I-40 overlap
83A US-70 (Charlotte Pike)
83B US-70 / US-70S / US-431
83C Demonbreun Street
84 I-40 west – Memphis North 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 South end of I-24 overlap
87 US-431 (Trinity Lane)
88 I-24 west – Clarksville North 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
96 Rivergate Parkway – Goodlettsville
97 SR-174 (Long Hollow Pike) – Goodlettsville, Gallatin
Sumner 98 US-31W / US-41Millersville
Robertson 104 SR-257 (Bethel Road) – Ridgetop
108 SR-76White House, Springfield
112 SR-25Cross Plains, Springfield, Gallatin
117 SR-52Portland, Orlinda


  1. ^ 3-digit Interstates from I-65
  2. ^ "I-65 Goes West to Relieve Congestion (press release)". Tennessee Department of Transportation. May 2000. Archived from the original on 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Facts About Tennessee’s Interstate System 50th Anniversary, 1956-2006" (HTML). Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
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