Tennessee State Route 2

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State Route 2 primary marker State Route 2 secondary marker

State Route 2
Broad Street; Lee Highway
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 197 mi[1] (317 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 41 / US 70S / SR 1 in Murfreesboro
  I-24 in Manchester
I-24 in Manchester
I-24 in Monteagle
I-24 / US 64 in Martin Springs
I-24 in Tiftonia
I-24 in Chattanooga
I-75 / US 74 on Chattanooga–Ooltewah city line
East end: US 11 / US 70 / SR 1 near Farragut
Location
Counties: Rutherford, Coffee, Grundy, Marion, Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, Loudon
Highway system
SR 1 SR 3

State Route 2 is a 197-mile-long (317 km) west–to–east state highway in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It begins in Murfreesboro, in Rutherford County, and ends near Farragut in Loudon County.

It travels southeast from Rutherford County toward Chattanooga and then northeast from there to Loudon County. As nearly the entire route travels concurrent with U.S. Highways, the designation "Tennessee Route 2" is very seldom used by the general public; the only exception would be where a small portion of it parallel to Interstate 24 (I-24) near Kimball has been removed from the U.S. Highway system and is no longer part of U.S. Route 41 (US-41); but the highway still exists and is in use.

Route description[edit]

SR-2 starts in Murfreesboro when US 41 leaves a concurrency with US 70S/SR 1. US 41 goes southeast as Southeast Broad St, now concurrent with SR 2. SR 2/US 41 then immediately intersect SR 99 (Bradyville Pike), which it was also concurrent with, before leaving Murfreesboro and changes names to Manchester Pike and closely parallels Interstate 24 before entering Coffee County. After entering Coffee County, the concurrency passes through the community of Beechgrove, and becomes Murfreesboro Highway. They intersect SR 64 (Gossburg Road), which connects to Wartrace and Bradyville, and then SR 280 (McBrides Branch Road) before continuing southeast. They intersects I-24 and continues into Manchester and becomes Hillsboro Blvd in downtown, intersecting SR 53 (Woodbury Highway), which is also its southern terminus and it connects to Bradyville, then SR 55 (McArthur Street), which connects to McMinnville and Tullahoma, before intersecting I-24 once again and leaving town as Hillsboro Highway.

US 41/SR 2 then continue southeast, and paralleling I-24, they enter the community of Hillsboro and intersect SR 127 (Winchester Highway), which connects to Winchester and Viola, and then they go to the community of Pelham and intersect SR 50 (Payne Cove Road), which connects to Alatamont and Alto. They still continue southeast and enter Grundy County. They rise onto the Cumberland Plateau and enters Monteagle as Dixie Highway. SR 2/US 41 becomes concurrent with US 64, US 41A, and SR 56 as they enter town from the southwest as West Main St. SR 15 also enters town in this concurrency but terminates at the SR 2/US 41 intersection. The concurrency continues east through downtown as West Main St before becoming simply Main St east of downtown. US 41 and SR 56 leave the concurrency and turn north as Fairmont Avenue before going northeast to Tracy City. US 41A leaves one block later an goes northeast Dubose St before terminating at US 41 a short time later.

US 64/SR 2 turns south as Dixie Lee Highway and enters Marion County before the highways become concurrent with I-24 as the interstate starts to descend into a valley. Once in the valley, SR 2 leaves the concurrency at Martin Springs via Martin Springs Road and Ladds Cove Road. It becomes Battle Creek Road and continues southeast, closely paralleling I-24/US 64 as it does so. It then crosses over the interstate without an interchange and turns south and then southeast once again as it follows I-24 into Kimball.

Once in Kimball, SR 2 becomes concurrent with US 64/US 72, which goes through South Pittsburg, and moves northeast through downtown Kimball as Main St and then continues northeast to Jasper as Lee Highway. Entering Jasper, the concurrency intersects US 41/SR 150. Here, US 41 joins the concurrency while SR 150 terminates at the intersection. A short distance later, it intersects SR 28 (Valley View Highway), which connects to Sequatchie and Whitwell. Another short distance later, they intersect SR 27 (Griffith Highway), which connects to Powells Crossroads before leaving Jasper.

The concurrency moves southeast once again as Lee Highway before crossing Nickajack Lake/Tennessee River on the Marion Memorial Bridge and turning north and entering Haletown and intersecting SR 134 (J E Clouse Highway), which connects to Whiteville and SR 156. They then continue northeast, then south as the highway parallels the Tennessee River Gorge and works around Lookout Mountain. The highway continues to change directions as it becomes Cummings Highway and enters Tiftonia in Hamilton County. It once again intersects I-24 and then intersects US 11/SR 38 (Birmingham Highway). SR 38 terminates her while US 11 joins the concurrency. They then intersect SR 318 (Old Wauhatchie Pike), which is a short connection to SR 148 and Lookout Mountain and then continues eastward into Chattanooga. In Chattanooga, SR-17 (Tennessee Avenue), which also connects to Lookout Mountain and also SR 58, enters the concurrency as it becomes Broad St and travels northeast into downtown.

In downtown, the concurrency once again intersects I-24 and continues northeast, intersecting SR 58 (West 20th Street) two blocks later. US 64 and US 11 leave the concurrency here while US 41 and SR-17 leave the concurrency after five more blocks. US 72 terminates at this intersection (West Main Street) while U.S. 76 begins and follows US 41/SR 17 southeast. SR 2, still Broad St, continues north for several more blocks and then turns southeast as East Martin Luther King Blvd, at the intersection with SR 316. SR 2 then intersects SR 8 (Market Street) immediately afterwards. SR 2 then becomes Bailey Avenue and once again becomes concurrent with SR 17 (South Willow Street) and then US 64/US 11 (Dodds Avenue) as SR 17 leaves and proceeds south with US 64/US 11.

U.S. 64, U.S. 11, and SR-2 go southeast as McCallie Avenue and through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Coming out of the tunnel, the concurrency becomes Brainard Road, at an intersection with SR 320 (East Brainerd Road), and continues southeast for several blocks. It turns northeast and intersects SR 153, then it becomes Lee Highway and continues northeast as it leaves Chattanooga.

The concurrency briefly overlaps SR 317 (Bonny Oaks Drive) before the highways leave SR 317 (Old Lee Highway) and become concurrent to I-75/US 74. The concurrency goes northeast for several miles before U.S. 64, U.S. 11, and SR-2 leave and once again become Lee Highway as they pass Through Ooltewah and intersect SR 321 (Main Street/Old Lee Highway). The concurrency enters Bradley County and soon intersects US 74/US 64 Bypass/ SR 311 (APD-40), a bypass around Cleveland.

US 64, US 11, and SR 2 continue northeast into downtown Cleveland as Lee Highway until U S 64 splits from the concurrency with SR 40 as SR 40 starts at this intersection. US 11/SR 2 turns north as Keith St SW and then Keith St NW and intersects SR 312 (Inman Street). The concurrency turns northeast and intersects SR 60 (25th Street/APD-40), which goes to US 64/US 74 (Waterlevel Highway), I-75, and Georgetown, and then SR 74 before leaving Cleveland. The highway once again becomes Lee Highway, then becomes Hiwassee St as it intersects SR 308 (Lauderdale Memorial Highway), which goes to I-75 and Georgetown, and goes through Charleston. US 11/SR 2 then crosses the Hiwassee River and enters Calhoun in McMinn County.

The concurrency remains as Lee Highway through Calhoun and intersects and has a short concurrency with [[Tennessee State Route 163 (Lamonville Road/Bowater Road) and then continues to the northeast. US 11 Business splits away in Riceville with SR 39 (Riceville Road) and goes northeast through downtown Athens as US 11/SR 2 continues northeast, briefly running a concurrency with SR 39 in Riceville, and around the northwest side of downtown Athens as Congress Pkwy. It then intersects SR 30 (Decatur Pike) before leaving Athens. Just north of Athens, U.S. 11 Business/SR 305 (Ingleside Avenue) intersect US 11/SR 2 where US 11 Business terminates. SR 305 continues through the intersection and northeast to I-75. US 11/SR 2 continues northeast as Congress Pkwy and into Niota where it becomes Willson St and intersects SR 309 (Union Grove Road), a connector to I-75.

U.S. 11/SR-2 continues northeast and crosses into Monroe County. It then enters Sweetwater and intersects SR-68 at which point US 11/SR 2 becomes South Main St. In downtown Sweetwater, it changes to North Main St and briefly turns north before turning northeast once again and intersects SR 322 (Oakland Road), a connector to I-75 and Vonore, Tennessee before leaving town as Lee Highway. They then enter Loudon County and moves through the small community of Philadelphia, intersecting SR 323 (Pond Creek Road), a connector to I-75. US 11/SR 2 continues northeast as Lee Highway and into Loudon. It intersects SR 72 and enters downtown. It goes straight through town as Mulberry St and then crosses the Tennessee River. After crossing the river, US 11/SR 2 once again becomes Lee Highway and intersect SR 324 (Sugar Limb Road), a connector to I-75. They then leave Loudon continues generally northeast into Lenoir City.

In Lenoir City, the concurrency becomes West Broadway St and then East Broadway St before intersecting the US 321, SR 73, and SR 95 concurrency in downtown. U.S. 11/SR 2 then leaves Lenoir City and goes north. It turns northeast, but then goes north again until SR 2 terminates at US 70/SR 1 in Dixie Lee Junction. US 11 then continues with U.S. 70/SR 1 into Knox County (as Kingston pike) and into Farragut and Knoxville.[2]

History[edit]

Junction list[edit]

US 41 / US 70S / SR 1 / SR 99 in Murfreeesboro (Mercury Boulevard; eastern terminus of SR 2; road begins concurrent with US 41)
SR 99 in Murfreesboro (Bradyville Pike; southern end of SR 99 concurrency; goes east towards Bradyville)
SR 64 / SR 64 in Beechgrove (Gossburg Road; west to I-24 and Wartrace and east to Bradyville)
SR 280 in Beechgrove (McBrides Branch Road; western terminus of SR 280)
I-24 north of Manchester (west towards Nashville and east towards Chattanooga)
SR 53 in Manchester (Woodbury Highway; southern terminus of SR 53; goes toward Bradyville)
SR 55 in Manchester (McArthur Street; north towards McMinnville and I-24 and south towards Tullahoma)
I-24 in Manchester
SR 127 in Hillsboro (Winchester Highway; south to I-24 and Winchester and north to Viola)
SR 50 in Pelham (Payne Cove Road; west to I-24/US 64 and Alto and east to Altamont)
US 64 / US 41A / SR 15 / SR 56 in Monteagle (West Main Street; eastern terminus of SR 15; western end of US 64/US 41A/SR 56 concurrency)
US 41 / SR 56 in Monteagle (Fairmont Avenue; north towards Tracy City; eastern end of US 41/SR 56 concurrency)
US 41A in Monteagle (Dubose Street; north towards US 41/SR 56 and Tracy City; eastern end of US 41A concurrency)
I-24 in Monteagle (western end of I-24 concurrency)
I-24 / US 64 in Martin Springs (Battle Creek Road; eastern end of I-24/US 64 concurrency)
US 72 / US 64 in Kimball (Main Street/Cedar Avenue; south to I-24 and South Pittsburg; western end of US 72/US 64 concurrency)
US 41 / SR 150 in Jasper (Betsy Pack Drive; eastern terminus of SR 150; north towards Tracy City; western end of US 41 concurrency)
SR 28 in Jasper (Valley View Highway; interchange; south to I-24 and north to Sequatchie and Whitwell)
SR 27 in Jasper (Griffith Highway; south to I-24 and north to Powells Crossroads)
Marion Memorial Bridge across Tennessee River
SR 134 in Haletown (J E Clouse Highway; western terminus of SR 134; east towards SR 156, I-24, and Whiteside)
I-24 in Tiftonia
US 11 / SR 38 in Tiftonia (Birmingham Highway; south towards Wildwood, GA; west end of US 11 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 38)
SR 318 in Tiftonia (Old Wauhatchie Pike; east towards SR 148 and Lookout Mountain; western terminus of SR 318)
SR 318 in Chattanooga (Old Wauhatchie Pike; west towards SR 148 and Lookout Mountain; eastern terminus of SR 318)
SR 17 in Chattanooga (Tennessee Avenue; south towards Lookout Mountain and SR 58; southern end of SR 17 concurrency)
I-24 / US 27 / SR 29 / SR 27 in Chattanooga
US 11 / US 64 / SR 58 in Chattanooga (West 20th Street; eastern end of US 11/US 64 concurrency)
US 41 / US 72 / US 76 / SR 17 in Chattanooga (West Main Street; eastern terminus of US 72; western terminus of US 76; eastern end of US 41/SR 17 concurrency)
SR 316 in Chattanooga (East MLK Boulevard; eastern terminus of SR 316; to US 27/SR 29)
SR 8 in Chattanooga (Market Street)
SR 17 in Chattanooga (South Willow Street; western end of SR 17 concurrency; SR 17 goes north)
US 11 / US 64 / SR 17 in Chattanooga (Dodds Avenue; western end of US 11/US 64 concurrency; eastern end of SR 17 concurrency; SR 17 turns south on US 11/US 64)
Missionary Ridge Tunnel through Missionary Ridge
SR 320 in Chattanooga (East Brainerd Road)
SR 153 in Chattanooga
SR 317 in Chattanooga (Bonny Oaks Drive/Old Lee Highway; former US 11/US 64/SR 2)
I-75 / US 74 in Chattanooga (western end of I-75/US 74 concurrency)
I-75 / US 74 in Ooltewah (eastern end of I-75/US 74 concurrency)
SR 321 in Ooltewah (Main Street; northern terminus of SR 321; goes south towards Apison; Old US 11/US 64/SR 2)

US 74 / US 64 Byp. / SR 311 in Cleveland (APD-40; bypass around Cleveland; west to I-75 and east to US 64/74 and US 11/SR 2)
US 64 / SR 40 in Cleveland (3rd Street; western terminus of SR 40; eastern end of US 64 concurrency; east towards downtown and Ocoee)
SR 312 in Cleveland (Inman Street; eastern terminus of SR 312)
SR 60 in Cleveland (25th Street/APD-40; west towards I-75 and Georgetown and west towards downtown and US 64 Bypass)
SR 74 in Cleveland (North Ocoee Street; northern terminus of SR 74; south towards downtown; Old US 11/SR 2)
SR 308 in Charleston (Lauderdale Memorial Highway; eastern terminus of SR 308; west towards I-75 and Georgetown)
SR 163 in Calhoun (Bowater Road; western end of SR 163 concurrency; east towards downtown and Delano)
SR 163 in Calhoun (Lamonville Road; eastern end of SR 163 concurrency; west towards I-75)
SR 39 in Riceville (Riceville Road; west towards I-75 and Decatur and east to downtown Athens and Englewood)
SR 30 in Athens (Decatur Pike; west towards I-75 and Dayton and east towards downtown and Etowah
SR 305 in Athens (Ingleside Avenue; west towards I-75 and east towards downtown)
SR 309 in Niota (Union Grove Road; eastern terminus of SR 309; connector to I-75)
SR 68 in Sweetwater (New Highway 68; west towards I-75 and Spring City and west towards Madisonville)
SR 322 in Sweetwater (Oakland Road; west towards I-75 and east towards Vonore)
SR 323 in Philadelphia (Pond Creek Road; western terminus of SR 323; connector to I-75)
SR 72 in Loudon (Loudon Highway; west towards I-75 and Midway and east to Vonore)
SR 324 in Loudon (Sugar Limb Road; eastern terminus of SR 324; connector to I-75)
US 321 / SR 73 / SR 95 in Lenoir City (Lamar Alexander Parkway; west towards Oak Ridge and east towards Greenback and Maryville)
US 11 / US 70 / SR 1 in Dixie Lee Junction (Kingston Pike;eastern terminus of SR 2; end concurrency with US 11; US 70/SR 1 goes west towards Kingston and US 11/US 70/SR 1 continue east through Farragut and into Knoxville)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ retrieved from DeLorme Street Atlas USA and Microsoft MapPoint
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Maps.google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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