Interstate 265 (Tennessee)

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Interstate 265

I-265 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-65
Maintained by TDOT
Length2.25 mi (3.62 km)
Existed1965[1]–April 7, 2000
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-40 in Nashville
Major intersections US 41A in Nashville
North end I-24 / I-65 in Nashville
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 265 SR 266

Interstate 265 (I-265) was an auxiliary Interstate Highway in Nashville, Tennessee. It ran on the northern part of the Nashville downtown loop from 1965 to April 7, 2000. It was replaced by a reroute of its parent highway, I-65. It ran for only 2.25 miles (3.62 km).[2]

Route description

Former exit to I-265

The highway started at the western end of the I-40 portion of the downtown loop, at I-40 exit 208. It went north and intersected U.S. Route 41A (US 41A; Rosa L. Parks Boulevard [then-called 8th Avenue North, and later MetroCenter Boulevard]), which was the only exit. It then crossed the Cumberland River on the Lyle H. Fulton Memorial Bridge and ended at an intersection with I-65 and I-24.


I-265 opened to traffic on March 15, 1971.[3] It formed a link between I-65 and I-40 and formed the entire northwest portion of the Nashville downtown loop. The auxiliary route formed traffic problems on the loop as people preferred the main I-65 route over the auxiliary loop. In 2000, the designation was eliminated as I-65 was rerouted on the northwest and southwest parts of the downtown loop in an attempt to combat traffic issues.[4]

Exit list

The entire route was in Nashville, Davidson County.

0.000.00 I-24 / I-65 – Clarksville, LouisvilleNorthern terminus
11.61 US 41A (Rosa L. Parks Boulevard) / SR 12 – Clarksville
2.253.62- I-40 – Memphis, KnoxvilleSouthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Kurumi. "3-digit Interstates from I-65". Archived from the original on March 18, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2021. Retrieved November 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Interstate Sections To Open Monday". The Nashville Tennessean. March 12, 1971. p. 1, 12. Archived from the original on December 26, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020 – via
  4. ^ "I-65 Goes West to Relieve Congestion" (Press release). Tennessee Department of Transportation. May 2000. Archived from the original on August 16, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2010.

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