Interstate 440 winds southeast from I-40 along a below grade parkway through residential areas of Nashville including Sylvan Heights, West End Park and Belmont-Hillsboro. Commercial development at the interchanges is limited due an I-440 impact ordinance instituted by the Metro Planning Commission during the 1980s.1

A four-level interchange joins the I-440 loop with I-65 at the city of Berry Hill. The remainder of the route east serves industrial areas and the Woodbine community to the four roadway section of I-24 leading north to I-40.

The westbound off-ramp to U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) east was reconfigured during the mid-2000s to three lanes while better accommodating pedestrians.1 A third eastbound lane was added to the Four Forty Parkway between I-65 and U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Road) in 2012-13.

Proposed ramps for the east end of Interstate 440 at I-24 appeared in 1969. None of the three main Interstates were completed through the city at this time.

Interstate 440 east
Interstate 440 begins and crosses over U.S. 70 (Charlotte Pike). An overhead touts the road as the "Four-Forty Parkway" by the Sylvan Heights community. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Traveling south, I-440 meets Murphy Road and U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) west in one mile. A half diamond interchange (Exit 1) joins the freeway with Murphy Road, just west of its intersection with West End Avenue. Exit 1 provides access to U.S. 70S east. Photo taken 11/04/09.
The first Interstate 440 eastbound reassurance marker posted on the 7.64-mile loop. 1980s shoebox-style streetlights illuminate the parkway.1 Photo taken 11/04/09.
One half mile north of the off-ramp (Exit 1A) to Murphy Road on I-440 east. U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) leads east from Murphy Road to Centennial Park, home of the Parthenon, and Vanderbilt University. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Acklen Park Drive passes over Interstate 440 at Exit 1A. Murphy Road continues west from the parkway to McCabe Park and 46th Avenue North within the Sylvan Park neighborhood as the former alignment of U.S. 70N. U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) angles southwest from Exit 1 to Richland-West End, Cherokee Park, Aquinas College and the city of Belle Meade. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Exit 1A leaves Interstate 440 east and defaults onto U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) west. A directional cloverleaf interchange otherwise joins the freeway with West End Avenue as Exit 1 from westbound. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 440 turns southeast on the 0.75-mile approach to Exit 3 with U.S. 431 (21st Avenue South / Hillsboro Pike). Photo taken 11/04/09.
A closer look at an Interstate 440 shield assembly posted ahead of the Sharondale Drive overpass. Photo taken 11/04/09.
An auxiliary lane travels between U.S. 70S (Exit 1A) and the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 3) with U.S. 431. U.S. 431 follows 21st Avenue north to Vanderbilt University and Broadway west of Downtown. Photo taken 11/04/09.
A distributor roadway carries all traffic in unison from Interstate 440 east to Exit 3 at Hillsboro-West End. Photo taken 11/04/09.
U.S. 431 travels Hillsboro Pike southbound to Green Hills and Forest Hills in south Nashville. Northbound U.S. 431 serves the Belmont-Hillsboro community. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 440 remains vastly below grade from U.S. 431 east to Granny White Pike. A land bridge carries Brightwood Avenue over I-440. The structure provides green space to better disguise the freeway below from the neighborhood street.2 Photo taken 11/04/09.
Next in line for eastbound motorists is the symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 5) with Interstate 65. The overhead at Belmont Boulevard was replaced by 2012 to include a trailblazer for I-24 and Chattanooga for the continuation of I-440 east. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Three lanes of Interstate 440 partition into a two-lane mainline and two-lane exit for Interstate 65. Interstate 65 leads north to Interstate 40 and Downtown Nashville.
This sign was also replaced by 2013 to show the four lane separation. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Exit 5 departs Interstate 440 east for I-65. Interstate 65 continues southward to Brentwood, Franklin and other suburban cities on the 104-mile drive to Huntsville, Alabama. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Motorists entering Interstate 440 east from I-65 are alerted to the Four-Forty Parkway designation of the freeway loop. Photo taken 04/04/13.
The advent of traffic from I-65 adds a third eastbound lane to U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Pike) at the Woodbine neighborhood of Nashville. Photo taken 11/04/09.
I-440 leaves Berry Hill as it curves toward the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 6) with Nolensville Pike. Photo taken 04/04/13.
Winford Avenue spans I-440 at the Grandview Heights community as Exit 6 departs for U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Pike). Nolensville Pike leads north to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Chestnut Hill and Downtown and south to Woodbine, Glencliff and Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Photo taken 11/04/09.
U.S. 31A & 41A overlap north 2.9 miles to U.S. 31 (8th Avenue) and Korean Veterans Boulevard, where U.S. 31A ends. The pair continue south 23.4 miles to Nolensville and Kirkland in Williamson County. Photo taken 04/04/13.
Interstate 440 ends at Interstate 24 just south of U.S. 41 & 70S (Murfreesboro Pike) and Interstate 40 in 1.25 miles.
This sign was replaced during construction to add a third eastbound lane in 2013. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interests to Nashville International Airport (BNA) should use Interstate 24 west to Interstate 40 east to Exit 216. Photo taken 11/04/09.
The final Interstate 440 eastbound reassurance shield as it appeared before widening of the freeway by the Foster Avenue overpass. A retaining wall now lines the south side of the freeway here. Photo taken 05/29/95.
Two lanes of Interstate 440 east split into two-lane ramps for Interstate 24 at the unnumbered directional T interchange.
This diagrammatic overhead was also replaced during the 2013 expansion project. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 24 west merges with I-40 just north of Interstate 440. Interstate 40 links Nashville with Memphis to the west and Knoxville to the east. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 440 ends. Interstate 24 angles southeast from Nashville to LaVergne, Smyrna, Murfreesboro and other suburbs on the 125-mile trek to Chattanooga. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 440 west
Interstate 440 passes between the Cunningham and Raymond Heights neighborhoods as ramps from I-24 come together at the Lyle Lane overpass. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Westbound traffic spans a CSX Railroad line and Glenrose Avenue to the Woodbine community and Exit 6 with U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Pike). Photo taken 04/05/13.
Entering the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 6) with U.S. 31A & 41A on I-440 west. A CSX Railroad line threads through the exchange as U.S. 31A & 41A travel a five-lane commercial boulevard northwest to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and southeast to Radnor and Glencliff. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Another sign references I-440 as the Four-Forty Parkway at the on-ramp from U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Pike) south. Photo taken 04/05/13.
I-440 west continues with three lanes into the city of Berry Hill and the four-level interchange (Exit 5) with Interstate 65. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Interstate 65 bisects Nashville-Davidson County south to Oak Hill, and Brentwood and north from Downtown to Madison and Goodlettsville. The freeway carries as many as ten lanes as a busy commuter route. Photo taken 04/05/13.
All traffic departs in unison from Interstate 440 for I-65. I-65 travels south 107 miles to Interstate 565 at Decatur, Alabama. I-565 joins the freeway with Huntsville to the east. Photo taken 04/05/13.
The symmetrical stack interchange with Interstate 65 is one of two along the 887-mile route between Mobile, Alabama and Gary, Indiana. The other is located in Hoover, Alabama at Interstate 459. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Interstate 65 combines with I-40 to the west of Downtown and then I-24 north to Hillhurst through Nashville. Louisville, Kentucky is a 177 mile drive to the north. Photo taken 04/05/13.
I-65 and U.S. 31 (Franklin Pike) parallel one another north from Berry Hill to Wedgewood Houston and the south side of Downtown Nashville. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Westbound reassurance marker posted as Four-Forty Parkway runs along northern reaches of the Battlemont neighborhood of Nashville. Photo taken 04/05/13.
The ensuing exit joins I-440 with U.S. 431 at the Belmont-Hillsboro and Hillsboro-West End neighborhoods in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 04/05/13.
The third lane gained from the I-65 on-ramps departs for the upcoming six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 3) with U.S. 431 (21st Avenue north / Hillsboro Pike south). Photo taken 04/05/13.
Winding northwest by Hillsboro Station, Exit 3 parts ways with Interstate 440. 21st Avenue leads U.S. 431 north as a four-lane boulevard to Vanderbilt University and Broadway. Broadway takes U.S. 431 east to combine with U.S. 70S and U.S. 70 into Downtown. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Exit 3 separates into ramps for 21st Avenue north and Hillsboro Pike south. U.S. 431 heads south by a number of apartment complexes and condominiums to a commercial district anchored by The Mall at Green Hills. Further south Hillsboro Pike reaches the city of Forest Hills. Photo taken 04/05/13.
The Parthenon, a full size replica of the Athenian Parthenon, stands as the centerpiece of Centennial Park. Centennial Park is located on the north side of U.S. 70S (West End Avenue), opposite the campus of Vanderbilt University and east of Exit 1. Erected in 1897, The Parthenon was is also home to the city's art museum. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Forthcoming U.S. 70S threads through Nashville-Davidson County from La Vergne and Antioch to the southeast to Downtown and west to Belle Meade and a terminus at U.S. 70 near Bellevue. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Auxiliary lanes expand Interstate 440 to six overall lanes between U.S. 431 (Exit 3) and U.S. 70S (Exit 1). Photo taken 04/05/13.
U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) constitutes a seven-lane commercial boulevard east to Vanderbilt University and the merge with U.S. 431 at Broadway. The busy road carries five lanes west to Cherokee Park and Aquinas College. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Exit 5 leaves Interstate 440 west at the Marlborough Avenue overpass. U.S. 70S travels 113 miles overall from west Nashville to Murfreesboro, McMinnville and Sparta. The companion U.S. 70N ends at U.S. 70 in Lebanon, but prior to 1970 continued west to Nashville along what is now U.S. 70 to Downtown. U.S. 70N traveled West End Avenue to Murphy Road, which meets I-440 at an adjacent half diamond interchange. Photo taken 04/05/13.
A flyover ramp joins U.S. 70S (West End Avenue) east with Interstate 440 west as Exit 1 splits. Murphy Road (old U.S. 70) ties into West End Avenue just to the east. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Interstate 440 travels north between West End Park and Sylvan Heights to end at Interstate 40 in three quarters of a mile. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Interstate 40 leads motorists east to Downtown Nashville, where it combines with I-65 south for two miles. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Entering the three-wye interchange with Interstate 40 on I-440 west. Memphis lies 207 miles to the west. Photo taken 04/05/13.
Drivers merge onto I-40 west as it runs between the Nations and Sylvan Park neighborhood to the exchange with Briley Parkway (SR 155). Photo taken 04/05/13.

Sources:

  1. "Interstate 440 turns 25 with a history of successes and setbacks." The City Paper (Nashville, TN), August 7, 2011.
  2. "Bridging the gap." Nashville Post, September 12, 2013.


Photo Credits:

05/29/95, 11/04/09, 04/04/13, 04/05/13 by AARoads

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Interstate 65

Page Updated 02-11-2016.