Interstate 65 travels through the Volunteer State from Elkton north to Mitchellville. The 121.71-mile joins Nashville with Birmingham, Alabama to the south and Louisville, Kentucky to the north. Suburban expansion of the capital city stretches south along I-65 to Franklin and Spring Hill and north to Hendersonville and Millersville. Growing traffic demands result in expansion and redesign of the commuter freeway both south and north from Nashville.
North from central Nashville, Interstate 65 was expanded partially from U.S. 431 (Trinity Lane) to SR 386 (Tennessee Veterans Boulevard) in the late 1990s. A $50-million project completes the freeway widening between Trinity Lane (Exit 87) and U.S. 41 (Dickerson Pike).3 The ten-lane expansion commenced in October 2012. Work included adding lanes to the ramps with I-24 and the installation of 14 noise walls. Construction wrapped up in May 2016.
Another expansion project widened I-65 up to six lanes at the Kentucky state line. This work coincided with the construction of a new parclo cloverleaf interchange with an extension of SR 109 from U.S. 31W to the freeway. Initial construction was underway in October 2015 at the new SR 109 overpass above I-65. Ramp construction continued through September 2016, with follow up work continuing through May 2018.3
|Rivergate Parkway meets Interstate 65 at a parclo interchange (Exit 96) between Goodlettsville and Rivergate Mall. Pictured here is the southbound on-ramp to central Nashville. Photo taken 11/04/09.|
|Passing under Interstate 65, Rivergate Parkway south approaches the northbound on-ramp to Louisville, Kentucky. Photo taken 11/04/09.|
|Rivergate Parkway constitutes a crowded commercial corridor from Interstate 65 southward to U.S. 31E (Gallatin Pike). SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Boulevard) crosses over the arterial, east of from I-65 north at Exit 95. Photo taken 11/04/09.|
- "Facts About Tennessee's Interstate System 50th Anniversary, 1956-2006," Tennessee Department of Transportation, 2006 web site.
http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/interstate-65-widening-from-sr-840-to-sr-248. http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/interstate-65-improvements. http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/interstate-65-interchange-at-state-route-109.
11/04/09 by AARoads
Page Updated 02-11-2016.