Tennessee State Route 111

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State Route 111 marker

State Route 111
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 118.72 mi (191.06 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 27 / SR 29 in Soddy-Daisy
 
North end: US 127 / SR 28 in Static, Kentucky
Location
Counties: Hamilton, Sequatchie, Van Buren, White, Putnam, Overton, Pickett
Highway system
SR 110 SR 112

State Route 111 (SR 111) is a north–south highway in Middle and East Tennessee. The road begins in Soddy-Daisy and ends north of Byrdstown in the community of Static, at the Tennessee/Kentucky state line. The length is 118.72 mi (191.1 km).[1]

Route description[edit]

The highway begins at an interchange with U.S. Route 27/SR 29 (US 27/SR 29) in Soddy-Daisy. SR 111 travels generally northwest as a controlled access highway before it crosses into Sequatchie County. The controlled-access sections of SR 111 are unusual, as they contain 70 mph speed limits, which are generally reserved for Interstate highways. It then proceeds over Walden Ridge and into the Sequatchie Valley, where it comes to and interchange with US 127 and starts a concurrency with SR 8 in Dunlap, where the freeway ends. The concurrency goes up the Cumberland Plateau and into the northern part of the county where SR 8 splits off and continues to McMinnville. SR 111 turns north at this point and crosses into Van Buren County. Beyond this point, the majority of the road is a four-lane divided highway.

SR 111 approaching the Cumberland Plateau, near Spencer

In Van Buren County, the highway travels through the small town of Spencer, passing just west of Fall Creek Falls State Park, and continues into White County at the Caney Fork River. In this area SR 111 runs a brief concurrency with SR 285. The highway then proceeds north as Harold "Mose" Sims Memorial Highway and joins the concurrency of US 70S/SR 1. The concurrency continues to the west side of Sparta, at which point the highways split up and SR 111 becomes controlled access again, continuing north into Putnam County.

Entering Putnam County by crossing the Falling Water River, the highway runs a brief concurrency with SR 136 before continuing north and passing through eastern Cookeville. Here it intersects Interstate 40 (I-40) and US 70N as it turns north-northeastward and into the town of Algood. After passing Algood, SR 111 turns northeastward and enters Overton County.

In Overton County, SR 111 becomes Cookeville Highway and then Veterans Memorial Parkway as it approaches Livingston. It becomes a bypass around the northwest of town, known as Bradford Hicks Drive, before exiting Livingston and continuing northeast as Byrdstown Highway. It crosses into Pickett County and becomes Livingston Highway. Then, it crosses the Obey River, impounded as Dale Hollow Lake, and enters Byrdstown.

After bypassing the center of Byrdstown, the highway continues northeastward as Robert H. Roberts Memorial Highway before ending at US 127/SR 28 in Static, just yards from the state line. From this intersection, US 127 runs northwestward to Albany, Kentucky, and southeastward toward Jamestown, Tennessee, while Kentucky Route 1076 continues northeastward to KY 696, which crosses Poplar Mountain in the direction of Monticello, Kentucky. If not for the mountain, this would be the straightest route along the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau from Byrdstown to Monticello. It has been suggested that TN 111 and parts of US 127, KY 90, US 27, KY 914, KY 80 and KY 461 be renumbered US 111 (a route that no longer exists) to create a clearly numbered route along the scenic western edge of the plateau, connecting Interstates 75, 40 and 24.[2]

History[edit]

SR 111 existed by 1938,[3] but only as a short portion of the current SR 111 route between the town of Spencer in Van Buren County and Doyle in White County and maintained this alignment at least through 1951.[4] By 1963, it had been extended south from Spencer to the Tennessee State Route 8 junction in Sequatchie County north of Cagle. Between 1975 and 1978, SR 111 was extended north to Cookeville replacing SR 42 in that section. Around 1992, it had been extended both northward over the remainder of the path of SR 42 to Static and, around 1995, southward to US 27 between Soddy-Daisy and Bakewell. This extension was four lanes on the downgrades of Walden Ridge, and two lanes on the top. This was expanded to a four lane controlled-access highway in the earlier 2000s.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Hamilton Soddy-Daisy 0.0 0.0 US 27 (SR 29) – Chattanooga, Dayton Interchange
0.8 1.29 Back Valley Road Interchange
4.4 7.1 Jones Gap Road Interchange
Sequatchie 11 18 Lewis Chapel Road Interchange
14.7 23.7 East Valley Road Interchange
Dunlap 17.2 27.7 US 127 (SR 8 south / SR 28) – Pikeville, Dunlap Northern end of freeway; southern end of SR 8 overlap; interchange
35.8 57.6 SR 399 west – Savage Gulf State Park
29.9 48.1 SR 8 north – McMinnville Northern end of SR 8 overlap
Van Buren 36.5 58.7 SR 284 east – Fall Creek Falls State Park Interchange; western terminus of SR 284
Spencer 44.8 72.1 SR 30 – McMinnville, Pikeville, Fall Creek Falls State Park Interchange
49.6 79.8 SR 285 east (Cane Creek Cummingsville Road) Southern end of SR 285 concurrency
White 51.4 82.7 SR 285 west (Gooseneck Road) Northern end of SR 285 concurrency
54.4 87.5 US 70S west (SR 1) – McMinnville Southern end of US 70S/SR 1 concurrency; interchange
Sparta 57.5 92.5 SR 1 east – Sparta Interchange; northern end of SR 1 concurrency
58.8 94.6 US 70 (SR 26) – Sparta, Smithville Interchange; northern end of US 70S concurrency
60.9 98.0 SR 289 south – Sparta Interchange
62.8 101.1 SR 135 (Burgess Falls Road) Interchange
64.7 104.1 O'Connor Road Interchange
67.2 108.1 SR 136 south (Old Kentucky Road) – Hampton Crossroads South end of SR 136 concurrency; interchange
Putnam Cookeville 70.5 113.5 SR 136 north – Cookeville North end of SR 136 concurrency; nterchange
73.3 118.0 I-40 – Nashville, Knoxville I-40 exit 288
74.5 119.9 US 70N (SR 24) – Cookeville, Monterey Interchange
76.6 123.3 Cookeville, Algood (10th Street) Interchange
Overton 85.4 137.4 SR 293 east (Rickman Monterey Highway) – Rickman Southern end of SR 293 concurrency
85.5 137.6 SR 293 west (Tommy Dodson Road) Northern end of SR 293
Livingston SR 84 Interchange
SR 85 west (Hilham Highway) – Gainesboro Southern end of SR 85 concurrency
SR 85 east (Main Street) – Livingston Northern end of SR 85 concurrency
94.7 152.4 SR 52 (Celina Highway / Church Street) – Celina, Livingston
96.3 155.0 SR 294 south (East Main Street) – Livingston Southern end of SR 294 concurrency
100 160 SR 294 north (Willow Grove Highway) Northern end of SR& 294 concurrency
Pickett 112 180 SR 325 west (Cordell Hull Memorial Drive) – Cordell Hull Birthplace-Museum Southern end of SR 325 concurrency
113 182 SR 325 east (West Main Street) – Byrdstown Business District Northern end of SR 325 concurrency
Byrdstown 115 185 SR 295 east (North Main Street)
118.7 191.0 US 127 (SR 28) – Albany, KY, Jamestown, Alvin C. York Historical Site
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Microsoft (2006). MapPoint (Map). Microsoft. 
  2. ^ http://www.mapquest.com/?le=t&saddr=&flv=1&vs=directions
  3. ^ Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works (1938). Road Condition Map of Tennessee Showing the designated Trunk Line System of State Highways (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works. 
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works (1951). Tennessee Highways (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works.