U.S. Route 19 in Tennessee
|Maintained by TDOT|
|Length:||42.7 mi (68.7 km)|
|Existed:||1927 – present|
|South end:||US 19E at Elk Park, North Carolina|
|North end:||US 11E / US 19 / US 421 at Bristol, Virginia|
U.S. Route 19 in Tennessee traverses approximately 42.7 miles (68.7 km) across the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee; from Elk Park, North Carolina, at the North Carolina state line, to the Virginia state line in Bristol. The designation from US 19 to US 19E happens in Bluff City, where US 19W continues along Volunteer Parkway towards Johnson City.
Entering Tennessee from Elk Park, North Carolina, US-19E lazily curves down to Roan Mountain, where travelers can take SR-143 to Roan Mountain State Park or further down to the official Roan Mountain at the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Near Hampton, US-19E widens to an expressway, which it will continue on as till downtown Bristol. At Elizabethton, travelers typically follow US 321 towards Johnson City. At Bluff City, US-19E and US-19W merge back into US-19, heading north to Bristol. Along the way, travelers cannot miss the Bristol Motor Speedway along the side of the road; during race weekend, the highway and farms adjacent to the road becomes miles of parking. In downtown Bristol, US-19 ends at State Street, which straddles the Tennessee/Virginia border.
Though the highway is commonly known as "US 19" or "US 19E" throughout the state, the highway does have other known names it uses locally in areas.
- Veterans Memorial Parkway - Road name within Carter County.
- Volunteer Parkway - Road name from Virginia state line to Bluff City (continues on towards Johnson City).
US-19 first appears in Tennessee in 1927, from the North Carolina state line (near Elk Park) to Bluff City. Later in same year, it was extended through Bristol, into Virginia. In 1930, US-19 was truncated at Bluff City, splitting into US-19E along the original route into North Carolina and US-19W going towards Johnson City and then on into North Carolina. In 1994, a new four-lane expressway was completed between Elizabethton to Bluff City; the abandoned route became Old Bristol Highway, in Carter County, and Old Elizabethton Highway, in Sullivan County.
||State line||0.0||0.0||US 19E||South end of hidden SR-37 overlap|
|Roan Mountain||6.0||9.7||SR-143 south (Roan Road)||To Roan Mountain State Park|
|12.0||19.3||SR-173 west (Simerly Creek Road) – Erwin|
|15.0||24.1||SR-361 west (Gap Creek Road)|
|Hampton||17.0||27.4||US-321 south / SR-67 east||South end of US-321 overlap, East end of SR-67 overlap; to Watauga Lake|
|Elizabethton||22.0||35.4||US-321 south / SR-67 west||End of US-321 overlap, East end of SR-67 overlap|
|22.5||36.2||SR-91 north (Stony Creek) / Lovers Lane – Shady Valley||To Elizabethton Municipal Airport|
||Bluff City||30.7||49.4||SR-44 north (Bluff City Highway) – Bluff City|
|31.0||49.9||US-11E south / US-19W south / SR-34 south (Volunteer Parkway) – Johnson City||US-19E ends/US-19 begins; south end of US-11E and hidden SR-34 overlap, north end of hidden SR-37 overlap|
|Bristol||35.0||56.3||SR-394 / SR-390 – Bluff City, Blountville||To Bristol Motor Speedway|
|42.7||68.7||US-421 south / SR-34 north (State Street)||south end of US-421 overlap, north end of hidden SR-34 overlap; intersection straddles the Tennessee/Virginia border|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Appalachian Trail
- Bannered routes of U.S. Route 19
- Bristol Motor Speedway
- Cherokee National Forest
- East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad
- Roan Mountain State Park
- Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
- Watauga Lake
- U.S. Route 19W
- Google Inc. Google Maps – US 19E & US 19 in Tennessee (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=TN-37+N%2FUS-19E+N&daddr=Volunteer+Pkwy&geocode=FYDsJwIdhsYc-w%3BFXRlLgIdg-YZ-w&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&sll=36.589068,-82.184687&sspn=0.025361,0.030556&ie=UTF8&ll=36.372645,-82.180481&spn=0.813823,0.977783&z=10. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
- "Tennessee's US Highways". Retrieved 2010-11-01.
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