Roadways are the most visible and productive component of our national, state, and regional transportation infrastructure. The greater Nashville region benefits from easy access to three major U.S. Interstates. However, those facilities demand constant monitoring, maintenance, and management to ensure an acceptable level of service for a growing region.

In general, there are four general classifications of roadways in the Nashville area:

aerial: freeways


A divided highway having two or more lanes for the exclusive use of traffic in each direction and full control of access. The freeway is the only type of highway intended to provide complete "uninterrupted" flow.

Examples: Interstates 24, 40, and 65, Briley Parkway, Ellington Parkway, Vietnam Veterans Parkway, 440 Parkway, SR 840, etc.

aerial: arterials


A major thoroughfare that is vital for moving people and goods: feeds into the interstate and freeway systems.

Examples: Gallatin Pike, West End Avenue, Dickerson Pike, Hillsboro Pike, Nolensville Pike, Lebanon Road, State Route 109, State Route 96, etc.

aerial: collector streets

Collector Streets

Intended to balance access and mobility considerations by serving through movement as well as access to land. Collectors connect traffic on highways and arterials to local streets and adjacent land.

aerial: local streets

Local Streets

All other streets are generally considered to be local. Local streets typically support direct access to homes and are generally designed for slow speeds to safely allow for other neighborhood activities like walking and biking.

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