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Interstate 40 Tennessee
Eastbound - Dickson to Lebanon

Highway Information

Miles 455.28
Counties Traveled
Through
Shelby, Fayette,
Haywood, Madison,
Henderson, Carroll,
Decatur, Benton,
Humphreys, Hickman,
Dickson, Williamson,
Cheatham, Davidson,
Wilson, Smith, Putnam,
Cumberland, Roane,
Loudon, Knox, Sevier,
Jefferson, Cocke
Cities Memphis, Jackson,
Nashville, Lebanon,
Cookeville, Crossville,
Knoxville, Newport
Major Junctions Interstate 240
(Exit 1E & Exit 12C)

Interstate 440
(Exit 206 & Exit 213A)

Interstate 65
(Exit 208B & Exit 210)

Interstate 24
(Exit 211B & Exit 213A)

Tennessee 840
(Exit 176 & Exit 235)

Interstate 75
(Exit 368 & Exit 385)

Interstate 140
(Exit 376B)

Interstate 640
(Exit 385 & Exit 393)

Interstate 275
(Exit 387A)

Interstate 81
(Exit 421)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
455 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Arkansas State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Memphis area

Tennessee 385 to Dickson

Dickson to Lebanon

Lebanon to Interstate 75 South

Interstate 75 South to North Carolina State Line

Westbound:

Interstate 81 to Lebanon

Lebanon to Jackson

Jackson to Arkansas State Line

Eastbound
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 176 - Tennessee 840 - 1 mile. The freeway widens to four eastbound lanes in anticipation of the interchange at the future Nashville beltway. The section of the state highway served by this exit connects Interstate 40 to Tennessee 100, five miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 176 - Tennessee 840 - 3/4 mile. After having two eastbound lanes since Bartlett, it is strange to suddenly have four lanes. They will narrow back to two after the Tennessee 840 interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 176 - Tennessee 840 - 1/2 mile. The other section of the state highway is much longer and connects Interstate 65 near Franklin to Interstate 40 near Lebanon. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 176 - Tennessee 840 East - Local Traffic. It is unknown at this time whether the northern half of the beltway will be built or not. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East is two lanes again as Exit 182 for Tennessee 96 approaches in one mile. The state highway connects Lebanon, Franklin, and Murfreesboro along its route. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 182 - Tennessee 96 - Fairview/Franklin. Fairview, population 5,800, is five miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 188 - Tennessee Secondary 249 - 1 mile. The secondary highway connects Interstate 40 to Ashland City and meets its other end at Interstate 24 northwest of Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Tennessee Secondary 249 North to U.S. 70 East to Pegram. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 188 - Tennessee Secondary 249 - Next Right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 188 - Tennessee Secondary 249 - Kingston Springs/Ashland City. An 18 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Ashland City, which is located along the Cumberland River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit is Exit 192, serving McCrory Lane. Four miles to the south of the interstate lies the northern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway, which connects Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
At mile marker 191, Interstate 40 enters Davidson County. The entire county is taken up by the city of Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 192 - McCrory Lane - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Exit 192 to the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 192 - McCrory Lane/Pegram. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit, Exit 196, serves U.S. 70S. The Belle Meade Plantation is located on U.S. 70S in west Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 196 - U.S. 70S - 1 mile. U.S. 70 splits into two separate routes through west Nashville. The northern branch is simply U.S. 70. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East widens to three lanes at Exit 196 for U.S. 70S departs. U.S. 70S serves the Bellevue and Newsom Station areas of west Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 199 - Tennessee Secondary 251 - 1 mile. Old Hickory Boulevard runs north-south through west Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 199 - Tennessee Secondary 251 - 1/2 mile. This was the final advance signage for the interchange at this point in time. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Gore point signage at Exit 199. By looking at the scenery, it is hard to believe we are just ten miles from downtown Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 201A-B - U.S. 70 - 3/4 mile. The interchange is a five-ramp partial cloverleaf, with loop ramps connecting Interstate 40 eastbound to U.S. 70 westbound and from both directions of U.S. 70 to Interstate 40 West. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit falls to 65 as we draw nearer to downtown Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 201A - U.S. 70 East - Next Right. The federal highway runs along Charlotte Pike west of downtown Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 201A - U.S. 70 and Charlotte Pike eastbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 201B - U.S. 70 and Charlotte Pike westbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
This variable message sign appears on Interstate 40 East near mile marker 203. It is one of several message boards scattered throughout the Music City. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 204 - Tennessee 155 - 1 mile. The Briley Parkway is a half-loop around northern Nashville. It is a freeway in its entirety. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Now the speed limit falls to 55 as we approach the Briley Parkway interchange. A recent construction project has added flyover ramps to the outdated and congested diamond interchange that existed before. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Tennessee Secondary 155 (White Bridge Road) South to the Nashville State Technical Community College. The Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville is also located on White Bridge Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 204 - Tennessee 155/Briley Parkway, White Bridge Road, and Robertson Avenue. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 205 - 51st Avenue/46th Avenue/West Nashville - 1/4 mile. This perspective also provides a good view of the current Briley Parkway overpass (the older one just ahead) and the flyover ramps in the distance. A concrete pier which will eventually support another flyover ramp is also visible. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at mile marker 204. This shows the ramps from Briley Parkway/Tennessee 155 South and White Bridge Road/Tennessee Secondary 155 North to Interstate 40 East in the foreground. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 205 - 51st Avenue/46th Avenue/West Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 206 - Interstate 440 - 1 mile. Interstate 440 provides a bypass of downtown Nashville for through Interstate 40 traffic. As it turns out, I should have taken it on this day, because it was rush hour, and a stalled car near the Interstate 65 South interchange backed up traffic for about two miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Nashville International Airport is located off of Interstate 40 at Exit 216A, three miles east of the eastern terminus of Interstate 440, but traffic is advised to take the downtown bypass instead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 206 - Interstate 440 East - 1/2 mile. The interstate is also known as "The Four-Forty Parkway." (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 440 gains the southbound Interstate 65 and eastbound Interstate 24 control cities of Huntsville and Chattanooga, respectively, as the eastbound beginning of Interstate 440 is almost upon us. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 206 - Interstate 440 East - Knoxville. The control city for Interstate 40 remains Nashville, even though we have been in the Music City for 15 miles now. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit, Exit 207, serves Jefferson Street. The top of this picture shows a variable message sign, which is warning of a traffic jam ahead due to a stalled car. Use Exit 207 to Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, and Bicentennial Mall, which is actually a 19-acre park located near the state capitol building. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 207 - Jefferson Street - Next Right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 207 - Jefferson Street. The junction with northbound Interstate 65 is 3/4 mile ahead. This was once the southern terminus of Interstate 265, which connected Interstate 40 to Interstate 24 and Interstate 65 at what is now Exit 46 (for Interstate 24) and Exit 86 (for Interstate 65). Interstate 265 was decommissioned in 2000 in favor of a rerouted Interstate 65. Previously, Interstate 24 and Interstate 65 duplexed for six miles; it is now just two miles with the rerouting of Interstate 65 and decommissioning of Interstate 265. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 208B - Interstate 65 North - 1/4 mile. The two interstates will enter downtown Nashville just past the upcoming interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 208B - Interstate 65 North - Louisville. A 174 mile drive separates downtown Nashville from downtown Louisville. The ramp carrying Interstate 40 East to Interstate 65 South is signed as Exit 208B. The interstates share a two-mile duplex west of downtown Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South approaching Exit 209 - U.S. 70/Charlotte Avenue - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
This sign provides the exit numbers to various downtown Nashville attractions. Exit 209 is used if the state capitol, Fisk University, or the Williams campus of Tennessee State University is the destination. Exit 209A is used to Vanderbilt University. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South approaching Exit 209 - U.S. 70/Charlotte Avenue - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South at Exit 209 - U.S. 70/Charlotte Avenue. This was the western end of a traffic jam. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 209B is two off-ramps away, but the exit serves more Nashville destinations, including the Frist Center, the Nashville Convention Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Gaylord Entertainment Center, home of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League team. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A look at downtown Nashville from Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South. It was easy to get this picture from the side window considering we were moving at a snail's pace at this point. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South at Exit 209A - Church Street. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Church Street passes over the interstates as Exit 209B for U.S. 70S and U.S. 431 departs the freeway. U.S. 70 runs along the frontage roads on each side of the freeway between Exit 209 and Exit 209B. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South prepare to split at Exit 210. Both interstates are allocated two lanes each. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 65 South at Exit 210 - Interstate 65 South - Huntsville. The space capital of America is 119 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 210C - U.S. 31A/U.S. 41A South - 1/8 mile. The alternate federal highways duplex from U.S. 41/U.S. 70S(just to the left of this photograph) to Kirkland, a distance of 26 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 210C - U.S. 31A and U.S. 41A South - 4th Avenue/2nd Avenue. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 211B - Interstate 24 West/TO Interstate 65 North - Clarksville/Louisville. Clarksville, home of the Fort Campbell military reservation, is 42 miles to the northwest along Interstate 24. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24/Interstate 40 East
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East have one interchange between the ends of their duplex. Exit 212 serves Fessler Lane and is one-half mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
This small sign is difficult to read at high speed, but it says to use Exit 212 to Trevecca Nazarene University and Draughons Junior College. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 212 - Fesslers Lane - Next Right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East assurance shields located just before the Fesslers Lane exit. These are the only standalone assurance shields along the short duplex. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East at Exit 212 - Fesslers Lane. The interchange consists of only an eastbound off-ramp, as seen here, and a westbound on-ramp. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 213A - Interstate 24 East - 3/4 mile. The interstates travel beneath Fesslers Lane in this view. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The upcoming interchange also provides connections to the eastern terminus of Interstate 440 and U.S. 41 South (Murfreesboro Road). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Motorists are advised to stay in the left lanes, which will be the continuation of Interstate 40 East, to the Nashville International Airport. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 213A - Interstate 24 East - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East travel underneath railroad tracks as they prepare to split just past the Arlington Avenue overpass ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 East at Exit 213A - Interstate 24 East - Chattanooga. Ramps also connect Interstate 24 to Interstate 440 West and U.S. 41 South/U.S. 70S East. Chattanooga is 125 miles southeast of this massive interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East
Now running solo again, Interstate 40 East enters a construction zone associated with the Briley Parkway interchange reconstruction. Progress on the eastern Interstate 40/Briley Parkway interchange was not as far as that of the western juncture. Exit 215A prepares to depart for southbound Briley Parkway (Tennessee Secondary 155). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 215B - Tennessee 155/Briley Parkway northbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The construction zone continues for a bit longer as Exit 216A to the Nashville International Airport departs. The off-ramp is exclusive for eastbound travelers, as westbound motorists must take Donelson Pike south to the airport terminal. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 216B - Tennessee Secondary 255/Donelson Pike South. The sign is affixed to the ramp connecting the airport terminal drive to Interstate 40 West. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 216B - Tennessee Secondary 255/Donelson Pike southbound. Use Tennessee Secondary 255 south to the airport's air cargo facilities. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The construction zone ends as we reach Exit 216C for Tennessee Secondary 255/Donelson Pike northbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 219 - Stewarts Ferry Pike/J Percy Priest Dam - 1 mile. The arterial connects U.S. 70 to the west with Pleasant Hill Road to the east. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 219 - Stewarts Ferry Pike/J Percy Priest Dam. The dam is located on the lake of the same name, which is a short drive to the southeast from this diamond interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next series of interchanges serve Tennessee Secondary 45. Take the secondary route south to The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 221A - Tennessee Secondary 45 North - 1 1/4 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 221A - Tennessee Secondary 45 North - 3/4 mile. The secondary highway loops around north and east Nashville and meets its other end at U.S. 431 in Whites Creek. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 221A - Tennessee Secondary 45 North - 1/4 mile. The Hermitage is located near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Tennessee Secondary 45. The speed limit also increases to 70 mph at this point. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 221A - Tennessee Secondary 45 North - The Hermitage. A regular diamond interchange provides access to Old Hickory Boulevard, the precursor to the secondary route, in 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 221B - Old Hickory Boulevard - Next Right. The diamond interchange is 1/4 mile away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 221B - Old Hickory Boulevard. This is the final eastbound interchange in Davidson County and metro Nashville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East just past Old Hickory Boulevard. Lebanon is 18 miles away, while Knoxville is still 169 miles and a time zone ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next interchange is a modified diamond interchange at Tennessee Secondary 171. Use Exit 226A (Tennessee Secondary 171 South) to Long Hunter State Park, located near J Percy Priest Lake. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 226A-B - Tennessee Secondary 171 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 226A-B - Tennessee Secondary 171 - 1/2 mile. The right lane becomes exit only for the northbound exit (226B). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 226A - Tennessee Secondary 171 South. The high occupancy vehicle lane ends just ahead as the eastbound travel lanes decrease from four to two. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 226B - Tennessee Secondary 171 North. Mount Juliet is just two miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next interchange is much like the Tennessee Secondary 171 setup, with a modified diamond setup. In both cases, eastbound travelers have a direct ramp to the northbound highway it meets. Exits 232A-B serve Tennessee 109 and are one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Tennessee 109 North to Volunteer State Community College, which calls the city of Gallatin home. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 232A - Tennessee 109 South - 1/2 mile, and Exit 232B - Tennessee 109 North - 3/4 mile. The state highway begins at Tennessee 840 and goes northward to U.S. 31W just shy of the Kentucky state line. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 232A - Tennessee 109 South. Before Tennessee 840 was built, this was the southern terminus of Tennessee 109. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 232B - Tennessee 109 North. Gallatin (pop. 23,230) is 14 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 235 - Tennessee 840 West - 1 mile. This section of the future Nashville beltway connects Interstate 40 to Interstate 65 south of Franklin. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 235 - Tennessee 840 West - Murfreesboro. A 25 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Murfreesboro, population 75,083. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 236 - South Hartmann Drive - 3/4 mile. The diamond interchange was built recently to serve west Lebanon. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Exit 236 to the Lebanon Municipal Airport. The airport is located just north of the interstate. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 236 - South Hartmann Drive. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Cumberland University calls Lebanon home. The institution of higher learning is located just off U.S. 231 north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Take U.S. 231 south for six miles to the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, known for its dense cedar forest. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 238 - U.S. 231 - 1 mile. The federal highway travels through Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A tourist information center is located on U.S. 231 in Lebanon. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Alvin C. York Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center is located in Murfreesboro, which is a short 20 mile drive south on U.S. 231 from Lebanon. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 238 - U.S. 231. Hartsville, the seat of Trousdale County, is 21 miles to the north via U.S. 231 and Tennessee 25 East. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next two interchanges serve each direction of U.S. 70. Use Exit 239A (U.S. 70 East) for 34 miles to Smithville, the seat of De Kalb County. Use U.S. 70 West to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center and Fairgrounds, home of the Wilson County fair. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 239A-B - U.S. 70 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 239A - U.S. 70 East - Next Right. Watertown is 18 miles to the southeast of Lebanon. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 239A - U.S. 70 East - Watertown/Smithville. This is the final time the two highways will intersect each other directly in the Central Time Zone. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 239B - U.S. 70 West - Lebanon. This is the final interchange for the city of Lebanon and its 21,887 residents. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: October 25, 2005
Last updated: October 27, 2005