World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Interstate 65

Article Id: WHEBN0000092427
Reproduction Date:

Title: Interstate 65  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Interstate 64, U.S. Route 231, Interstate 70, U.S. Route 52, Interstate 90
Collection: Interstate 65, Interstate Highway System
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Interstate 65

Interstate 65 marker

Interstate 65
Route information
Length: 887.30 mi[1] (1,427.97 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-10 in Mobile, AL
North end: US 12 / US 20 in Gary, Indiana
Highway system

Interstate 65 (I-65) is a major Interstate Highway in the central United States. As with most interstates that end in a five, it is a major cross-country, north-south route, connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. Its southern terminus is located at an interchange with I-10 in Mobile, Alabama, and its northern terminus is at an interchange with I-90, U.S. Route 12 (US 12), and US 20 (the Dunes Highway) in Gary, Indiana, just southeast of Chicago.


  • Route description 1
    • Alabama 1.1
    • Tennessee 1.2
    • Kentucky 1.3
    • Indiana 1.4
  • Junction list 2
  • Auxiliary routes 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Route description

  mi[1] km
AL 367.00 590.63
TN 121.71 195.87
KY 137.32 221.00
IN 261.27 420.47
Total 887.30 1427.97


Approaching an exit for I-65 in downtown Birmingham

In the state of Alabama, I-65 passes through or near four of the state's major metropolitan areas: Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Huntsville. I-65 begins its path northward in Mobile at its junction with I-10. From I-10, I-65 runs west of downtown Mobile and through the northern suburbs of the city before turning northeasterly towards Montgomery. In Montgomery, I-65 connects with the southern terminus of I-85. In Birmingham, I-65 has an interchange with I-20/I-59. Sometime in the near future, I-22 will branch off I-65 north of downtown towards Memphis. From Birmingham, I-65 continues north, crossing the Tennessee River near Decatur. A few miles north of the river, it interchanges with I-565, which provides access to Huntsville. It then continues northwards out of the Tennessee Valley to the state of Tennessee, towards Nashville.


Interstate 65 southbound in Nashville.

I-65 enters Tennessee from the south near the town of Ardmore and passes through mostly rural territory for 65 miles (105 km). It then passes Lewisburg. Then it reaches the outer parts of Columbia and making its way to Saturn Parkway, which brings travelers to the town of Spring Hill. I-65 then continues on to reach State Route 840 (SR 840) and progresses until it intersects SR 96 at Franklin. Then the highway goes through Brentwood, Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, White House, and then close to Portland, this highway passes into the state of Kentucky.


Interstate 65 northbound at the William H. Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green, Kentucky

I-65 enters the state five miles (8.0 km) south of Franklin. Throughout its length, it passes near Mammoth Cave National Park, Bernheim Forest, the National Corvette Museum and the Fort Knox Military Reservation.

I-65 has intersections with four of the parkways in the state. The first major junction is with the William H. Natcher Parkway at Bowling Green, followed by the Cumberland Parkway north of the city between Smiths Grove and Park City. At Elizabethtown, it has two more parkway interchanges with the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway and the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway. I-65 also has interchanges with I-265, I-264, I-64, and I-71.

The widest stretch of Interstate 65 in its entirety is in Louisville at the Kentucky Route 1065 (KY 1065, Outer Loop)]], where the main line is 14 lanes wide. The highway crosses the Ohio River into Indiana on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

At one time, the stretch of I-65 from Louisville to Elizabethtown was a toll road bearing the Kentucky Turnpike name. The bonds that financed the road have been paid off, and tolls are no longer collected. All signs of the former turnpike have been removed.

On November 15, 2006, the stretch of I-65 from Bowling Green to Louisville was renamed the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Highway.

On February 12, 2007, a bill passed the Kentucky Senate to rename I-65 in Jefferson County the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway.[2] Signs were posted July 25, 2007.[3]

On July 15, 2007, Kentucky highway officials raised its speed limits on Interstate and State Parkway highways to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h). Until that date, Kentucky was the only state along I-65's path that had a speed limit of 65 mph (105 km/h).

Through 2016, the Ohio River Bridges Project is constructing a new six-lane suspension bridge (eventually all-northbound) at Louisville and rebuilding the I-65/I-64/I-71 convergence interchange just south of I-65's existing (1963) John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, to become six lanes all-southbound after completion of the new bridge and the Kennedy Bridge re-hab. Another six-lane suspension bridge is also under construction 12 miles (19 km) upstream on the Ohio, to complete the I-265 loop around Louisville.


Interstate 65 just outside Indianapolis, Indiana

I-65 enters Indiana at Jeffersonville and Clarksville. Miles 0–9 were rebuilt, widened and realigned from north of Sellersburg to the Ohio River during 2008–10, giving great traffic relief to the fast-growing Indiana suburbs of Louisville. Over 300,000 of the 1.5 million persons in Louisville's CMSA live in its Indiana counties.

The section of I-65 in downtown Indianapolis overlaps I-70. The junctions are often referred to as the "North Split" and the "South Split", forming a section of Interstate locally known as the "Inner Loop" or "The Spaghetti Bowl" due to the visual complexity of the overlapping freeways.

In mid-March 2007, a 6-mile (9.7 km) section of I-70 from the North Split to I-465 east of downtown was restricted to automobiles only for the "Super 70" project, a massive rebuild and expansion of that freeway.[4] Trucks over 13 short tons (12 t) were forced to divert through I-65 if coming from the north and use the circular I-465 to the south to reconnect to I-70 eastbound. Westbound traffic from I-70 was required to loop north or south along I-465 to get to I-65 or I-70. The Super 70 project was completed in November 2007.

In the middle of 2003, the portion of I-65 that runs concurrently with I-70 was closed to all traffic due to the "HyperFix" project. During that time, a new concrete surface was installed and the overpasses were upgraded.

In 1999, the 25-mile (40 km) segment of I-65 between the two I-465 interchanges was renamed the Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway.

North of Lafayette near Brookston, the road passes through the Meadow Lake Wind Farm for several miles, with the turbines and standards spaced out in order to avoid a collapse onto the highway. The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is also visible on both sides of the highway.

Upon crossing into Lake County, Indiana, over the Kankakee River, the highway is known as the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway. It is known as this from that point to its northern terminus.

The northern terminus of Interstate 65 was only 18 mile (0.20 km) north of I-90 (Indiana Toll Road), prior to 2004. Until then, traffic going from I-90 to I-65 had to make a physical left turn onto I-65 via a traffic signal. Traffic from I-65 to I-90 bypassed the traffic signal via an isolated right-turn lane. In 2004 it was fully grade-separated, so it is now considered to be a single interchange between I-65, I-90, US 12, and US 20, thereby eliminating a connection gap in the Interstate Highway system.

Junction list

I-10 in Mobile
US 90 in Mobile
US 98 in Mobile
US 45 in Prichard
I-165 in Prichard
US 43 north-northeast of Satsuma
US 84 west-southwest of Evergreen
US 31 on the Hope HullMontgomery line
US 80 in Montgomery. The highways travel concurrently through Montgomery.
US 80 / US 82 in Montgomery. I-65/US 82 travels concurrently to Prattville.
I-85 in Montgomery
US 31 north of Prattville
US 31 in Clanton
US 31 in Calera
US 31 in Alabaster
I-459 in Hoover
US 31 on the Hoover–Vestavia Hills city line
US 11 / US 78 in Birmingham
I-20 / I-59 in Birmingham
US 31 in Birmingham
US 31 in Smoke Rise. The highways travel concurrently through Smoke Rise.
US 278 in Cullman
US 31 south-southeast of Lacon
I-565 on the DecaturHuntsville city line
US 72 in Athens
US 31 in Athens. The highways travel concurrently to Ardmore, Tennessee.
US 64 west of Frankewing
US 412 in Columbia
I-440 in Nashville
I-40 in Nashville. The highways travel concurrently through Nashville.
US 70 / US 70S / US 431 in Nashville
US 70 in Nashville
I-24 in Nashville. The highways travel concurrently through Nashville.
US 431 in Nashville
US 31W / US 41 in Nashville
US 31W / US 41 in Goodlettsville
US 31W south-southeast of Franklin
US 231 in Bowling Green
US 68 in Oakland
US 31W in Munfordville
US 31W in Elizabethtown
US 62 in Elizabethtown
I-265 in Louisville
I-264 in Louisville
US 150 in Louisville
I-64 in Louisville
US 31 in Jeffersonville. The highways travel concurrently to west of Jeffersonville.
I-265 in Clarksville
US 31 south-southeast of Crothersville
US 50 in Seymour
US 31 in Taylorsville
I-74 / I-465 / US 31 / US 36 / US 40 in Indianapolis
I-70 in Indianapolis. The highways travel concurrently through Indianapolis.
I-465 in Indianapolis
I-865 / US 52 north-northwest of Royalton. I-65/US 52 travels concurrently to Lebanon.
US 231 south of Wolcott
US 24 / US 231 east of Remington
US 231 north of Remington
US 231 in Crown Point
US 30 in Merrillville
I-80 / I-94 / US 6 in Gary
I-90 in Gary
US 12 / US 20 in Gary

Auxiliary routes

See also


  1. ^ a b Adderly, Kevin (January 15, 2014). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2013". Route Log and Finder List.  
  2. ^ Gerth, Joseph (February 13, 2007). "Senate OKs renaming I-65 for King". The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY). 
  3. ^ Shafer, Sheldon S. (July 25, 2007). "Mayor, Democrats back I-65 King plan". The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY). Retrieved July 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ [2]

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.