Tennessee State Route 59

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State Route 59 primary marker State Route 59 secondary marker

State Route 59
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 50.83 mi (81.80 km)
Major junctions
West end: Mississippi River near Randolph

US 51 in Covington
SR 54 in Covington
SR 14 east of Brighton
US 70 / US 79 in Macon

I-40 in Braden
East end: SR 76 north of Somerville
Counties: Tipton, Fayette,
Highway system
SR 58 SR 60

State Route 59 is a state highway in Tennessee. It runs from the Mississippi River to just north of Somerville, Tennessee passing through Tipton and Fayette counties. It is a two-lane rural highway throughout its length and carries a 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) speed limit except when it passes through towns, in which case this speed limit can be significantly less.

Route description[edit]

Western Terminus of SR 59

SR 59 begins at the Mississippi River in Tipton County in an area known as Richardson Landing. The route used to extend about 200 feet (61 m) further, but has since been eroded by the river, so much that barricades block the edge of the pavement to prevent motorists from driving into the river (See photo at left). As one continues east along the highway, one will notice that the elevation increases from around 250 to 400 feet (76 to 122 m) above sea level in less than 2 miles (3.2 km). This sharp increase is due to what is known as the second Chickasaw Bluff, a formation created by wind-blown silt which has accumulated from around the last Ice Age. At the top of this bluff is the small community of Randolph, which was important during the civil war and at one time was bigger than Memphis, Tennessee, 40 miles (64 km) down the river. One can witness spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Arkansas from the tops of the bluffs.

Continuing eastward from the bluffs, the road starts to level out into gently rolling farmland. SR 178 intersects SR 59 in the town of Gilt Edge, Tennessee. SR 59 also passes through Burlison, Tennessee before it crosses U.S. Highway 51 in downtown Covington.

SR 59 takes a southeast direction and crosses SR 14 and joins US 70/US 79 in Mason, Tennessee. It is in this portion of the highway in which a wrong-way concurency occurs. SR 59 is traveling southwest, is signed as "East 59", while US 70 is signed as westbound and US 79 is signed as northbound. The same is true for motorists heading in the other direction.

SR 59 separates from the US highways in Braden, Tennessee and continues in a southeast direction. It crosses I-40 south of Braden and is the terminus for both SR 194 and SR 222. The highway ends when it joins with SR 76 just a few miles north of Somerville.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Tipton Dead end at Mississippi River Western terminus of SR 59
Gilt Edge SR 178 south Northern terminus of SR 178
Covington US 51 north / SR 3 north Eastern end of US 51/SR 3 concurrency
SR 54 east Western terminus of SR 54
US 51 south / SR 3 south Southern end of US 51/SR3 concurrency
SR 384 south Western end of SR 384 concurrency
SR 384 north Eastern end of SR 384 concurrency
SR 14 Austin Peay Highway
Mason US 70 east / US 79 north / SR 1 north Eastern end of US 70/US 79/SR 1
Fayette Braden US 70 west / US 79 south / SR 1 south Western end of US 70/US 79/SR 1
I-40 – Memphis, Nashville
SR 194 south Northern terminus of SR 194
SR 222 north Southern terminus of SR 222
SR 76 Eastern terminus of SR 59
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi