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Veterans Memorial Highway
Route information
Length 9.3 mi[1] (15.0 km)
Existed 1966 – present

US 64 Byp. / US 74 / SR 311 / SR 60
Major junctions
South end I-75 in Cleveland
North end US 11 in Cleveland
Highway system
SR 63 SR 64
SR 59 US 61

APD-40 or APD 40 refers to a road composed of the U.S. Route 64 Bypass (US 64 Byp.) and a section of State Route 60 (SR 60) which forms a partial beltway around the business district of Cleveland, Tennessee. The route takes its name from its part of Corridor K of the Appalachian Development Highway System, and is sometimes called Appalachian Highway or simply The Bypass.[2] The route is also designated as Veterans Memorial Highway. The US 64 Byp. section of the road is also multiplexed with SR 311 and US 74, and is also known as the US 74 Bypass. The road is a four-lane divided highway its entire length and parts are controlled-access. The bypass is an east-west route and the state route is a north-south.

While the road is a bypass around downtown Cleveland, it has come to be one of the heaviest traveled roads in the area, with industries and major businesses locating to it. It has been reported as the road where the most roadway accidents and fatalities occur in Bradley County.[3]

Route description[edit]

Aerial view of the cloverleaf interchange with APD-40 (US 64 Byp., SR 60) and US 64 (Inman Street, Waterlevel Highway)

APD-40 begins at the exit 20 interchange on Interstate 75 (I-75) as US 64 Byp. This is also the western terminus of Corridor K. Beginning as controlled-access, it rounds a minor curve to the southeast and enters a long straightaway on the edge of the city limits of Cleveland, and comes to an interchange first with the Cherokee Gateway and then US 11/US 64 (South Lee Highway) approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later. The route then crosses Candies Creek Ridge, and about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the Interstate, the freeway ends, and the road enters South Cleveland, passing several major industries and crossing a Norfolk Southern Railway. It then crosses Lead Mine ridge, junctions at an interchange with Blue Springs Road, and crosses another Norfolk Southern railroad. The road travels for about a mile through a business and residential area before crossing SR 60 (Dalton Pike) and intersecting with McGrady Drive, which is a connector to SR 60. The road then curves sharply to the northeast and enters a limited access straightaway, interchanging with SR 74 (Spring Place Road) and bypassing Cleveland to the east. It is again on the edge of the city limits here. About a mile later, APD-40 again enters a freeway, intersecting with US 64 in a cloverleaf interchange and becoming SR 60. Here the ADHS corridor splits from the route and continues east on US 64. The road curves slightly to the northwest and has an interchange with Benton Pike. It then has an interchange with Overhead Bridge Road, crosses a Norfolk Southern line, and finally has an interchange with 20th Street NE, before curving again to the northwest where the freeway ends and the road becomes 25th Street, entering into the metropolis of Cleveland. The road intersects with US 11 (Ocoee Street) about a half mile (0.8 km) later.[1][4][5]


The route that is now APD-40 was originally proposed and built to relieve congestion and divert commercial through traffic away from downtown Cleveland that increased as a result of industrial and residential growth.[6] The US 11 Bypass had been built in the early 1960s for this same purpose.[7]

The first section, located between I-75 and South Lee Highway, was constructed at the same time as the corresponding section of I-75 between Ooltewah and northern Cleveland, and opened at the same time in October 1966.[7] This segment was initially signed as State Route 40, which is the origin of the name APD-40, and was the only section open for several years.[8] It became known as the U.S. Route 64 Bypass a few years later, although the AASHTO designation wasn't approved until 1982.[8][9] The U.S. 64 Byp. section of the route was also known in the past as the State Route 40 Bypass.[10]

The road was extended to Blue Springs Road from 1969 to 1970 and to US 64 from 1971 to 1972. Construction on the final portion was completed in June 1974.[11] This section was not in the original plan; the original plan called for the road to end at US 64, but it was later decided to extend it to US 11 (Ocoee Street) and 25th Street NE, and form a complete beltway.[6] SR 60 originally turned south about 14 mile (400 m) past the interchange with I-75 and went directly to downtown, but was moved to 25th Street NW in the mid 1960s after being widened,[8] and the section of APD-40 to US 64 after opening.[12]

In 1982, SR 311 was assigned to part of the US 64 Byp. section after TDOT divided the state route system in Tennessee into primary and secondary routes. US 74 was added to the route in 1986.[13][14]

In May 2013, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) began a project to rework the interchange with I-75.[15] The original route narrowed at the interchange, and crossed the interstate on a two-lane bridge.[15] The project was declared complete on December 16, 2015. The old bridge was replaced with a six-lane bridge, and the ramps were rebuilt and widened, with turn lanes added.[16]

In 2016, the parallel bridges across 20th Street, the railroad, and Overhead Bridge Road were designated as the Dustin Ledford Memorial Bridge in honor of a man who was killed by an intoxicated driver near the Overhead Bridge Road exit.[17]

Construction began on a new interchange with the newly constructed Cherokee Gateway located about midway between I-75 and South Lee Highway in 2015.[18] The interchange had been proposed since at least 2009, and connects to the Spring Branch Industrial Park.[19] It was completed in May 2017 and was named in honor of Cleveland's mayor Tom Rowland.[20] [21]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bradley County. [5]

Location[5] mi km Destinations Notes
Cleveland 0.00 0.00
US 64 Byp. begin (SR 311 begin) / US 74 west / I-75 – Knoxville, Chattanooga
Interchange; clockwise terminus of APD-40; clockwise end of US 64 Byp./US 74 overlap; I-75 exit 20; road continues west as Pleasant Grove Road
Cherokee Gateway Interchange
US 11 (SR 2) / US 64 – Cleveland Interchange
Blue Springs Road – Red Clay State Historic Area Interchange
SR 60 south (McGrady Drive) – Dalton Ga. Clockwise end of SR 60 overlap
East Cleveland SR 74 (Spring Place Road) – Chatsworth Ga. Interchange

US 64 Byp. end (SR 311 end) / US 74 east / US 64 (SR 40) – Ocoee, Cleveland
Interchange; counterclockwise end of US 64 Byp. overlap
Benton Pike Interchange
Cleveland Overhead Bridge Road Interchange
20th Street NE Interchange
9.3 15.0 SR 60 north (25th Street NW) / US 11 (Ocoee Street) – Dayton, Athens Counterclockwise terminus of APD-40; counterclockwise end of SR 60 overlap; road continues west as SR 60 (25th Street NW)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google (July 7, 2014). "APD-40" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Appalachian Regional Commission (September 30, 2012). "ADHS Approved Corridors and Termini". Appalachian Regional Commission. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fatal Car Crashes and Road Traffic Accidents in Cleveland, Tennessee, 1975–2011". Citydata.com. Advameg. December 31, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2013). Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). 1 in:10 mi. Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § E11. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (2013). City Limits Map (Map). Scale not given. Cleveland, TN: Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Tennessee Department of Highways (December 1971). SR-60 Bypass, SR-40 (corridor K) to SR-2, Cleveland: Environmental Impact Statement (Report). Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2018-01-05. 
  7. ^ a b "TDOT Celebrates Completion of Interstates". The Tennessean. October 27, 1966. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c South Cleveland, Tennessee (Map). US Geological Survey. 1965. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (November 19, 1982). Written at Orlando. "Route Numbering Committee Agenda" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 2. Retrieved January 24, 2015 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  10. ^ U.S. Department of the Interior (1981). Cleveland (Map). 1:100,000. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "TDOT Celebrates Completion of 4 Highway Projects". The Tennessean. June 23, 1974. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ East Cleveland, Tennessee (Map). US Geological Survey. 1976. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (June 9, 1986). Written at State College, PA. "Route Numbering Committee Agenda" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 3. Retrieved August 31, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  14. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (November 8, 1986). Written at Baltimore. "Route Numbering Committee Agenda" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 4. Retrieved August 31, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  15. ^ a b Davis, David (June 14, 2013). "TDOT Awards Exit 20 Project". Cleveland Daily Banner. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Leach, Paul (December 16, 2015). "Cleveland Leaders Celebrate Exit 20 Makeover". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ Mincey, Allen (July 11, 2016). "Dustin Ledford Memorial Bridge dedicated Sunday". Cleveland Daily Banner. Retrieved 2017-10-28. 
  18. ^ Love, Joyanna (February 15, 2015). "Work on 4 Projects near Exit 20 Continues". Cleveland Daily Banner. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ Long Engineering (June 2009). "Interchange Justification Study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation Project Planning Division: APD-40 Proposed Interchange Between Exit 20 at I-75 and South Lee Highway (SR 2/US 11) Bradley County" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Transportation. 
  20. ^ "TDOT Celebrates Completion of APD-40/SR-311 Interchange in Bradley County". May 12, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ Leach, Paul (October 21, 2014). "Planned Interchange to Be Named for Cleveland Mayor". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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