Interstate 440 Tennessee
Named “The Four-Forty Parkway”, Interstate 440 provides a southern Bypass of Downtown Nashville between I-40 near Sylvan Heights and I-24 near Woodbine. The urban loop carries four lanes with added auxiliary lanes southeast to the four-level interchange with I-65 at Berry Hill, and six lanes east from there to Interstate 24.
The 7.64 mile loop was proposed for decades before the first layers of concrete were poured.1 Community opposition to the route arose through the 1970s, with community activists and citizens groups including the “Nashvillians Against I-440” delaying progress on the route. A lawsuit was filed in 1981 to stop construction on I-440, but a judge ruled that the route would not adversely impact the natural environmental and that adequate procedures were followed by the state. Work finally broke ground in 1982, with demolition of homes along Primrose Circle (east of Exit 3) and clearing of a railroad gulch.2
Concerns from area residents led to TDOT adopting extraordinary measures in construction of the road. Blasting efforts to remove rock along the below grade sections of Interstate 440 were required to minimize noise and combustible pollutants. Roadway design was also altered to beautify and better blend in the freeway with the adjacent area. A truck ban was proposed for the route as well.2
Interstate 440 opened initially in 19862. The completed section ran between Interstates 65 and 24 per the 1986 Rand McNally and Gousha North American Road Atlases. The remaining portion from I-65 to Interstate 40 opened in 1987.3 Outside of pavement repairs, the parkway remains mostly unchanged, with the exception of a third eastbound lane added between I-65 and U.S. 31A & 41A (Nolensville Pike) in 2012-13.2
East End – Nashville, TN
West End – Nashville, TN
Mileage – 7.64
Cities – Nashville
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-440 Tennessee Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: Traffic Flow Maps Tennessee Roads and Streets 2002 (TDOT)
Interstate 440 is the lone remaining three-digit Interstate in Nashville. I-265 to the north of Downtown was renumbered as part of a realignment of I-65 in 2000.
Interstate 440 opened first between Berry Hill and I-24 by Cunningham Heights.
East End – Nashville, Tennessee
West End – Nashville, Tennessee
- “BYGONE DAYS – AUG. 13.” Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN), August 13, 2004.
- “Interstate 440 turns 25 with a history of successes and setbacks.” The City Paper (Nashville, TN), August 7, 2011.
- “I-440 eastbound to be closed 10 weekends into fall.” Associated Press State Wire: Tennessee (TN), June 24, 2013.
Page updated February 11, 2016.