State Route 159 is a west to east highway in the U.S. state of Tennessee that is 12 miles (20 km) long. It begins in Carter County at State Route 67 and ends in Johnson County at the North Carolina state line. State Route 159 is little-known by the general public by this designation as it is overlain by U.S. Route 321; the "159" designation is seen on mileposts.
SR-159, overlain by US-321, traverses 12.5 miles (20.1 km) along the banks of Watauga Lake. It is a curvy two-lane mountain highway.
In 2011-12, a bridge replacement project closed a section of the highway at Elk River; a detour route was signed using both US-321 and SR-159, along SR-67 and US-421 in Tennessee to Vilas, North Carolina, where it ended.
Counties traversed (west to east)
State Route 159 traverses the counties shown in the table below.
|Counties traversed by State Route 159
- ^ Google Inc. Google Maps – State Route 159 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=TN-159+E%2FUS-321+S&daddr=TN-159+E%2FUS-321+S&hl=en&ll=36.298802,-81.968822&spn=0.115798,0.222988&sll=36.321202,-82.040486&sspn=0.003618,0.006968&geocode=Faw4KgId6CMc-w%3BFRKjKQId-vwd-w&mra=me&mrsp=0,1&sz=18&t=p&z=13. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- ^ Staff. "Weekly Construction Report for East Tennessee Week of June 16-22, 2011". Tennessee Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- ^ Staff. "Weekly Construction Report for East Tennessee Week of February 16-22, 2012". Tennessee Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Tennessee Department of Transportation (24 January 2003). "State Highway and Interstate List 2003".