Interstate 24

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A wide median separates the roadways of Interstate 24 as it travels across northern reaches of Clarksville. This scene looks east from the Tennessee 48 (Trenton Road) overpass at Exit 1. Photo taken November 7, 2011.

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

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.
Amid limestone outcrops, a three-wye interchange joins Interstates 24 & 40 in southeast Nashville. Photo taken April 4, 2013.

  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.

    Connect with:
    Interstate 40
    Interstate 65
    Interstate 75
    Interstate 440
    State Route 155 - Briley Parkway

    Page Updated 02-11-2016.