Interstate 265 used to serve the northwestern edge of downtown Nashville; today it is part of Interstate 65. Metropolitan Nashville now only has one three-digit Interstate serving it, Interstate 440.
Contributor Jeff Morrison purchased this magnet in Tennessee in 1994, on a family vacation to Florida. The magnet represents of the overhead signage that used to be found on eastbound Interstate 24 and southbound Interstate 65 as they approached the split with Interstate 265. Today, this sign shows the split between Interstate 24 east and Interstate 65 south, with Interstate 65 following old Interstate 265. (Use of magnet used without permission, so if someone out there knows who created this magnet and can allow us permission to use it here, we would certainly appreciate it! Please contact us.)
Interstate 265 in Tennessee was decommissioned on April 7, 2000, per an action by the Route Numbering subcommittee of AASHTO. Prior to then, Interstate 265 was a short connector between Interstate 40 and the Interstate 24/65 overlap in northwest Nashville. However, to alleviate traffic issues on Interstates 24, 40, and 65, Interstate 65 was rerouted off the Interstate 24 duplex between the former northern terminus of Interstate 265 and the junction with Interstate 40. Interstate 65 now combines with Interstate 40 between Interstate 24 west to Interstate 265's former southern terminus.
Interstate 265 joins a short but growing list of Decommissioned Interstate Highways, meaning the route was signed at one time but is no longer in existence today for one of a variety of reasons. These reasons may include the rerouting of Interstate highways, subsuming one highway into another longer route, opting for the lower standards and lower cost by not retaining an Interstate designation, or removing the physical freeway structure from the landscape. Examples include the many suffixed routes (Interstate 15E, Interstate 15W, Interstate 80N, Interstate 80S, etc.) that were eliminated in the 1970s and 1980s, Interstate 480 in California, Interstate 580 in Nebraska, and Interstate 193 in New Hampshire.
Southbound on Interstate 65/Eastbound on Interstate 24 at the former northern terminus of Interstate 265. Photo taken by Kelly G. Kawamoto (07/93).
Perspective from Northbound Interstate 65 (Former Northbound Interstate 265)
Northbound Interstate 65 (Former Interstate 265) approaches the junction with Interstate 24. To the northwest, Interstate 24 and Interstate 65 briefly merge together, while to the southeast, Interstate 24 follows former Interstate 65 toward the eastern junction with Interstate 40. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (08/12/05).