Interstate 265 Tennessee

I-265 Tennessee
North End
South End


Interstate 265 was a short connector between I-40 and the overlap of I-24/65 around the north side of Downtown Nashville.


Interstate 265 in Tennessee was decommissioned on April 7, 2000, per an action by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Route Numbering subcommittee. The route was renumbered as part of I-65 in an effort to better disperse through traffic around central Nashville:

The purpose of this request is to eliminate some of the traffic congestion of the east loop on the interstate system in Nashville.

I-65 formerly overlapped with I-24 to the east of Downtown and with I-40 to the southeast. The reroute overtook I-265 to the north, and formed a new overlap with I-40 around the west side of the central business district.

Route Information

  • North End – Nashville, TN

  • South End – Nashville, TN

  • Mileage – 2.25

  • Cities – Nashville

  • JunctionsI-40 I-65

Source: January 1991 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-24/65 south at I-265 - Music City USA Magnet

Music City USA magnet showing the split of I-265 from I-24/65 south purchased by contributor Jeff Morrison in 1994.

North End I-24 I-65 – Nashville, Tennessee

I-24/65 south at I-265 - Nashville, TN

I-24 east/I-65 south at the former north end of Interstate 265. Photo by Kelly G. Kawamoto (07/93).

I-265 north at I-24/65 - Nashville, TN

Northbound Interstate 65 (old I-265) ahead of the directional T interchange with I-24. I-24 combines with I-65 north for 1.8 miles. Photo by Jeff Morrison (08/12/05).

South End I-40 – Nashville, Tennessee

I-40 East at I-265

I-40 heading east to the three wye interchange with Interstate 265 north on May 25, 1995.

Page updated May 18, 2022.