Tennessee State Route 160

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State Route 160 primary marker State Route 160 secondary marker

State Route 160
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length 27.1 mi (43.6 km)
Major junctions
North end US 11E in Morristown
  US 25E / SR 32
I-81 in Lowland
South end US 321 near Newport
Location
Counties Hamblen, Cocke
Highway system
SR 159 SR 161

State Route 160 (SR 160) is a state highway in East Tennessee, that has both four-laned and two-laned sections.

Route description[edit]

It begins at US Route 11E with a concurrency with SR-342 in Morristown, heading southeastward and essentially bypassing Morristown. SR-342 exits after SR-160 curves more eastwardly, and heads south to end at Tennessee State Route 66. SR-160 also has a brief concurrency with SR-66 and serves as the southern terminus for Tennessee State Route 474 just south of Morristown.[1] It travels near the Morristown Industrial Park and provides a shortcut for truckers traveling to Interstate 81 in Lowland. About 1.7 miles south of the I-81 junction, the highway continues south, as a secondary two-laned highway, into Cocke County through the Bybee Community and ending near Newport at US Route 321.[2]

Widening project[edit]

Prior to the extension of the highway, SR 160's original northern terminus was at TN State Route 343, also known as South Cumberland Street and Old US Highway 25E. Construction of the four-laned section began in 1990 and it took roughly two years to complete, passing through a number of hills and valleys, requiring extensive bridges. The first few miles of the highway took over part of Tennessee State Route 342. The four lane section goes from US 11E in Morristown to 1.7 miles south of Interstate 81.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Hamblen Morristown 0 0.0 US 11E / SR 34 / SR 342 west – Jefferson City, Morristown Northern terminus and north end of SR-342 overlap; at-grade intersection with traffic signal
1.8 2.9 SR 342 east south end of SR-342 overlap
3.2 5.1 SR 474 north (Merchants Greene Boulevard) southern terminus of SR-474; at-grade intersection with traffic signal
4.7 7.6 SR 66 south – Dandridge north end of SR-66 overlap
5.8 9.3 SR 66 north (Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd) – Morristown south end of SR-66 overlap
7.3 11.7 SR 343 (South Cumberland Street) – Morristown Former Northern Terminus, interchange; access to downtown Morristown
8 13 US 25E / SR 32 – Bean Station, Tazewell, White Pine, Newport Interchange
10 16 SR 113 (Springvale Road) – White Pine, Whitesburg
Lowland 11.4 18.3 I-81 – Knoxville, Tri-Cities I-81 exit 12.
Cocke 27.1 43.6 US 321 / SR 35 – Newport, Greeneville Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived August 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Morristown, TN (1970-01-01). "morristown, tn - Google Maps". Maps.google.com. Retrieved 2013-09-30.