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Old 08-28-2016, 07:25 AM   #1
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Tennessee Highways

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For anyone who has been there, what type of roads do you consider State Routes 231 and 31 in Tennessee to be? Meaning, are they two-lane, have easy grades or mountainous, and not too many sharp curves?

We're wanting to avoid Nashville, so thinking of taking (traveling North) I-24 to 840 to I-40 for one exit East, to Lebanon, TN and pick up SR 231N (SR 31N follows this for a while) and then pick up I-65 at Bowling Green, KY.

Or, would you just go 840N to I-40W to pick up the outer belt around Nashville on the East side to pick up I-65 on the North side and hope for the best?

We are wanting to stay at a COE around J Percy Priest Lake, that's why we'll be in that area.



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Old 08-28-2016, 07:41 AM   #2
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Hi Deb, TN 840 was started to be an Interstate system highway. Long story, but that was killed. I have driven 840 many, many times; and it is one of the best and easiest stretches of road that you can drive.

That being said, I-24 through Nashville is usually no problem any other time than rush hours. I even pull our 25 straight through Atlanta at times other than rush hour. I don't think the long detours would be worth it to avoid Nashville.

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Thank you, that is very good to know.

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Old 08-30-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
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231 is mostly two lane but a very easy drive, 31 is a mix of both but again easy driving. Both of these routes are federal highways, not state. I totally agree with Tn Traveler, as long as you avoid rush hours Nashville traffic isn't worth avoiding unless you want to see the beautiful rolling countryside.
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Briley Parkway will take you easily from I 40 east of downtown to I 65 north of the city. Every time I have used it, the interstates were crawling bumper to bumper but Briley Parkway was smooth going.

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