Interstate 65 or I -65 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The highway is a major north-south route in the state, from the Alabama border through the state capital Nashville to the Kentucky border. Interstate 65 is 196 kilometers long.
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I-24/65 in northern Nashville.
I-65 in south Nashville.
Interstate 65 in Alabama comes from Birmingham and crosses the border into Tennessee at Ardmore. This is followed by a 100 kilometer stretch across the countryside to the Nashville area. I-65 has 2×2 lanes on this section and leads through a slightly hilly area with an alternation of forests and meadows. The road leads at some distance from small towns such as Pulaski, Lewis Bridge and Columbia. The first suburb of Nashville is Spring Hill, which is home to a large car factory. Shortly thereafter, it will interchange with Interstate 840, which forms Nashville’s southern bypass.
After I-840, I-65 has 2×4 lanes, including an HOV lane. I-65 passes the large suburb of Franklin and then heads south into Nashville. I-65 is double-numbered around Downtown Nashville with Interstate 24 and Interstate 40. There is a ring road around downtown that includes I-24, I-40, and I-65. I-65 leads through the west side of downtown and has many interchanges in quick succession. Crossing the Cumberland River, I-65 has 2×5 lanes in the northern neighborhoods and suburbs until it splits with State Route 386 to Hendersonville.
I-65 then abruptly narrows to 2×2 lanes and exits the Nashville metropolitan area. This is followed by a more than 30 km long rural route to the border with Kentucky. This part leads through a somewhat flatter area with less forest. After Mitchellville, the state line follows, then Interstate 65 in Kentucky continues to Bowling Green and Louisville.
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Before the construction of I-65, US 31 was the primary north-south route of central Tennessee. Only in the south is I-65 built a little further from US 31, elsewhere I-65 has been constructed a short distance from US 31. In southern Tennessee, the choice had to be made to open up several small regional towns, which made a route closer to US 31 more logical, or a direct route for through traffic between Birmingham and Nashville, which was ultimately chosen. It was also decided not to run I-65 via Huntsville, Alabama, but on the shortest possible route between Birmingham and Nashville.
Construction on I-65 began immediately with the creation of the Interstate Highway system in 1965. On November 15, 1958, a short 2-mile stretch near the Alabama border opened up, the first Interstate Highway in Tennessee. Furthermore, not everything is known about the construction history of I-65. The portion south of Nashville is mostly open in the mid-to-late 1960s, and north of Nashville in the early 1970s. The highway was completed around 1972.
Until 2000, I-65 ran along the east side of downtown Nashville, double-numbered with I-24 and a stretch of I-40. The north center ring was then numbered I-265. Since April 7, 2000, I-65 runs over the west ring, eliminating the number I-265.
Portions of the highway have been widened in more recent years, particularly around Nashville. As early as the 1990s or earlier, I-65 between Brentwood and Nashville was widened to 2×4 lanes and extended south to Franklin in the late 1990s. In 2012, the section between Goose Creek and Franklin was widened to 2×3 lanes.
Between 2004 and 2006, the section between Briley Parkway and State Route 386 in northern Nashville was widened from 2×3 to 2×5 lanes. Later, between 2012 and 2016, a connecting section between Trinity Lane and Briley Parkway in Nashville was widened from 2×3 to 2×5 lanes. Between December 2013 and June 2016, an additional 6 miles of I-65 south of Franklin was widened to 2×4 lanes. It involved the section between SR-248 and Interstate 840.
Exit are sometimes also mileposts.
|exit 0||Exit 2||3 km||15-11-1958|
|exit 53||Exit 65||19 km||00-07-1964|
|exit 46||exit 53||12 km||00-11-1964|
|Exit 2||Exit 14||19 km||00-12-1965|
|Exit 75||Exit 78||5 km||00-11-1965|
|Exit 65||Exit 75||16 km||00-12-1965|
|Exit 14||Exit 22||13 km||00-11-1966|
|exit 33||exit 46||21 km||00-11-1966|
|Exit 22||exit 33||18 km||00-11-1967|
|Exit 87||exit 90||5 km||00-12-1968|
|Exit 111||Exit 121||16 km||00-06-1970|
|Exit 98||Exit 111||21 km||00-12-1972|
I-65 north of Nashville.
I-65 at Elkton, near the Alabama border.
Every day 19,000 vehicles drive on the Alabama border. Intensities are rising toward Nashville, with 29,000 vehicles near Columbia, 58,000 vehicles at Spring Hill and 65,000 vehicles north of I-840 at Franklin. Between Franklin and Nashville, the highway is busier with 106,000 to 172,000 vehicles per day. This drops to 112,000 vehicles south of downtown Nashville and 102,000 to 132,000 vehicles on the double-numbered I-40 along the center of town. Every day, 104,000 vehicles cross the bridge over the Cumberland River and up to 169,000 vehicles on the double-numbered I-24 in north Nashville. Thereafter, 157,000 vehicles will drive to the TN-386 and 88,000 vehicles junction at the Goodlettsville suburb. This drops further to 45.
|exit 0||exit 61||2×2|
|exit 61||exit 63||2×3|
|exit 63||Exit 81||2×4||Nashville|
|Exit 81||Exit 86||2×3||Nashville|
|Exit 86||Exit 88||2×4||Nashville|
|Exit 88||Exit 91||2×5||Nashville|
|Exit 91||Exit 92||2×6||Nashville|
|Exit 92||Exit 95||2×5||Nashville|
|Exit 95||Exit 97||2×3||Nashville|
|Exit 97||Exit 117||2×2|