Regional Freight Profile

Freight Intensive Areas

There are many pockets of industrial activity throughout the region, with the largest concentrations in the southeast. These clusters have the highest number and density of industrial buildings and land uses in the region, they are also likely to generate truck traffic. More than 70 percent of the truck trips in the region are generated from two counties, Davidson and Rutherford, and 43 percent of the truck trip ends in the region occur in the clusters identified along I-24.

Nashville Area Map

Southeast Nashville and Airport

This is an older industrial area with building with smaller footprints and generally less technologically advanced facilities.

Northwest Nashville

This is an older industrial area located adjacent to the Cumberland River with freight-related activities that include movement of bulk products that are transported along the river and distributed throughout the Nashville region.

LaVergne Industrial Area

This is an older industrial area located adjacent to the Cumberland River with freight-related activities that include movement of bulk products that are transported along the river and distributed throughout the Nashville region.

Smyrna Industrial Area

This is also one of the largest and most freight-intensive in the Nashville metropolitan area. It includes the Nissan automobile plant and the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport along with several smaller industrial and transportation-related buildings.

Murfreesboro Industrial Area

This is a large and expanding industrial area that overlaps somewhat with the also expanding commercial portion of Murfreesboro.

Portland

This is a small industrial cluster located close to the interchange of I-65 and SR 109. It includes a small cluster of industrial buildings adjacent to the interchange and a second cluster located just north of downtown Portland.

White House

This is a small industrial cluster located near the city of White House.

Gallatin

This is a medium sized industrial cluster located at the eastern edge of the Gallatin area and just north of the Sumner County Regional Airport.

Lebanon

This cluster includes a large set of industrial buildings and land in the Lebanon region.

840 between Smyrna and Lebanon

This is a smaller residential area where the industrial areas of Smyrna and Lebanon come together. It is located along the southeast portion of the SR 840 corridor and has been referred to as the 840 corridor in previous MPO studies.

Spring Hill/GM

This is anchored by a GM auto plant and several smaller industrial and transportation-related facilities.

Columbia

This is a smaller industrial area. Many of this cluster’s industrial facilities are located along TN-50 which is also a major commuter thoroughfare for Columbia.

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