Interstate 81 in Tennessee

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This article is about the section of Interstate 81 in Tennessee. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 81.

Interstate 81 marker

Interstate 81
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 75.66 mi[1] (121.76 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-40 near Dandridge
  US 25E near Morristown
I-26 / US 23 near Kingsport
US 11W near Bristol
North end: I‑81 at Bristol
Location
Counties: Jefferson, Hamblen, Greene, Washington, Sullivan
Highway system
  • Tennessee State Routes
SR 80 SR 81

Interstate 81 is an 855-mile (1,376 km) long expressway stretching from Dandridge, Tennessee northward to the Thousand Islands Bridge at the United States-Canada border near Fishers Landing, New York. In Tennessee, Interstate 81 runs for 75 miles (121 km) from its southern terminus at Interstate 40 in Dandridge to the Virginia state line in Bristol.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 81 begins in Tennessee at Interstate 40 in Dandridge. I-81 parallels the Appalachian Mountains for most of Tennessee and Virginia. At mile marker 8, I-81 meets the eastern half of U.S. Route 25: U.S. Route 25E south of Morristown. I-81 doesn't go through either Johnson City or Kingsport; but at mile marker 57, I-81 meets Interstate 26 and U.S. Route 23 which go to Kingsport and Johnson City. At mile marker 75, I-81 leaves Tennessee and enters Virginia.

History[edit]

Auxiliary routes in Tennessee[edit]

Interstate City Type Notes
I-181.svg Interstate 181 Johnson City and Kingsport Former spur Was renumbered as Interstate 26 by March, 2007

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Jefferson Dandridge 0.0 0.0 0 I-40 – Knoxville, Asheville, N.C. Signed as Exits 0A (east) & 0B (west)
White Pine 4.4 7.1 4 SR 341 (White Pine Rd./Roy Messer Hwy) – White Pine
Hamblen Morristown 8.6 13.8 8 US 25E – White Pine, Morristown No class 1 explosives in Cumberland Gap Tunnel, without escort.
12.4 20.0 12 SR 160 – Lowland, Morristown
15.3 24.6 15 SR 340 (Fish Hatchery Rd.) – Morristown Access to Cooper Airport.
Greene Mosheim 23.1 37.2 23 US 11E – Bulls Gap, Mosheim, Greeneville, Rogersville, Morristown Access to Tusculum College.
Greeneville 30.2 48.6 30 SR 70 to SR 66 – Rogersville, Greeneville
Baileyton 36.2 58.3 36 SR 172 (Baileyton Rd.) – Baileyton, Greeneville
  43.9 70.7 44 Jearoldstown Rd
Washington Fall Branch 50.5 81.3 50 SR 93 to SR 81 – Fall Branch, Jonesborough
Sullivan Kingsport 56.1 90.3 56 Fordtown Rd / Kendrick Creek Road – Tri-Cities Crossing
57.7 92.9 57 I-26 / US 23 – Johnson City, Kingsport
59.4 95.6 59 SR 36 (Fort Henry Dr.) – Johnson City, Kingsport, Colonial Heights
63.5 102.2 63 SR 357 south (Airport Parkway) to SR 75 Airport Sign.svg Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Northeast State Community College
66.1 106.4 66 SR 126 (Memorial Blvd) – Blountville, Kingsport
Blountville 69.6 112.0 69 SR 394 – Blountville Access to Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol 74.8 120.4 74 US 11W (West State St.) – Kingsport, Bristol Signed as Exit 74A & 74B
75.66 121.76 I‑81 north – Wytheville Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 81
Previous state:
Terminus
Tennessee Next state:
Virginia