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I-24 at SR 48 - Clarksville, TN

A wide median separates the roadways along I-24 through the exchange (Exit 1) with SR 48 (Trenton Road) in Clarksville. 11/07/11

I-24/40 East Split - Nashville, TN

Amid limestone outcrops, a three-wye interchange joins I-24/40 in southeast Nashville. 04/04/13.

Angling southeast across central Tennessee, Interstate 24 links the cities of Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro and Chattanooga. The freeway totals 180 miles through the Volunteer State, with a 4.10-mile gap around Raccoon Mountain through Dade County, Georgia. Overlaps also take the route along side I-65 and I-40 through Nashville.

Interstate 24 Tennessee Guides

Growth of the Nashville area preceded expansion of I-24 to at least six overall lanes from SR 155 (Briley Parkway / Exit 43) south to U.S. 231 (Exit 81) at Murfreesboro. The freeway also widens to at least six lanes from the c/d roadway system with I-124 and U.S. 27 at the "Big Scramble Interchange" in Chattanooga east to Interstate 75.

Interstate 24 across Monteagle Mountain was constructed between 1962 and 1968. It replaced a winding two-lane road originally built in 1923.1 Initial stretches of I-24 completed in Tennessee by 1960 included one of the roadways across Monteagle Mountain and the bridges over the L & N Railroad lines between Exits 178 and 180A in Chattanooga.2

US 231 south at US 41/70S - 2001

One of the last state named shields for I-24 was a trailblazer posted on U.S. 231 south at U.S. 41/70S and SR 96 in Murphreesboro. Photo by Carter Buchanan (11/01).

Central Tennessee 1970

Several portions of Interstate 24 were open to traffic between Nashville and Chattanooga per the 1970 Tennessee Official Highway Map. The route northwest from the split with I-65 in Nashville was incomplete.

Interstate 24 scenes
Central Avenue heads south from U.S. 41/76 (E Main Street) to Rossville Boulevard in Chattanooga. I-24 trailblazers split traffic for eastbound via Rossville Boulevard (SR 27) south to the cloverleaf interchange at Exit 180. Photo taken 01/21/13.
A loop ramp connects I-24 east with U.S. 11/64 (E 23rd Street) at Central Avenue north. Motorists bound for I-24 west are directed toward the Big Scramble Interchange from Central Avenue south. Photo taken 01/21/13.

Sources:
  1. "Facts About Tennessee's Interstate System 50th Anniversary, 1956-2006," Tennessee Department of Transportation, 2006 web site.
  2. "Tennessee Interstate Highways Map," Department of Highways, 1960.


Photo Credits:

01/21/13 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 65
Interstate 75
Interstate 124
Interstate 440
Interstate 840
U.S. 11
U.S. 27
U.S. 41
U.S. 64
U.S. 72
State Route 155 - Briley Parkway

Page Updated 08-24-2020.

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