Tennessee State Route 26

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State Route 26 marker

State Route 26
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 59.25 mi (95.35 km)
Major junctions
East end: US 70 (Harold Mose Sims Memorial Highway) / US 70S / SR 111 / SR 1 – Sparta
West end: US 70 (West Main St) / SR 24 – Lebanon
Counties: Wilson, DeKalb, White
Highway system
SR 25 I-26

State Route 26 is an east–west highway in Middle Tennessee. The road begins in Lebanon and ends in Sparta. The current length is 59.25 mi (95.4 km).[1]

Route description[edit]

The highway runs an unsigned concurrency with U.S. Route 70 for its entire existence. It begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 70 Business and US 70 in Lebanon as US 70 and State Route 24 move east from Mt. Juliet. SR 26 moves around north Lebanon with US 70 as SR 24 continues with Business 70 through downtown Lebanon. At this point, SR 26/US 70 is known as West Baddour Pkwy and later as East High St. SR 26 then continues south on the east side of town as Sparta Pike, intersecting SR 24 once more, this time it is concurrent with US 70N, before leaving Lebanon. The concurrency moves southeast, passing under Interstate 40 on its way to Watertown.

SR 26/US 70 continues through Watertown and moves into DeKalb County, becoming Nashville Highway as it moves through the towns of Alexandria, Liberty, and Dowelltown. During this time SR 26/US 70 runs two concurrencies with SR 53 (from Liberty to Alexandria) and SR 96 (from Liberty to just west of Smithville) with the routes briefly overlapping in Liberty so that all four routes run together.

After leaving Dowelltown, the highways go up a hill and end the concurrency with SR 96 at the top. SR 26/US 70 moves through Smithville as West Broad St, later East Broad St, and moves east, becoming Sparta Highway as it does so. It then crosses Center Hill Lake and moves into White County. It moves into the west side of Sparta and becomes West Brockman Highway before ending at SR 1 as SR 1, US 70S, and SR 111 end their concurrency with each other. US 70 continues east with SR 1 to Crossville while SR 111 continues north to Cookeville. SR 26 and US 70S both terminate at this intersection.[2]

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