Tennessee State Route 8

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State Route 8 primary marker State Route 8 secondary marker

State Route 8
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 75.43 mi (121.39 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 41 / US 76 / SR 3 at the Georgia State Line in East Ridge

I-75 in East Ridge
I-24 in Chattanooga
US 11 / US 41 / US 64 / US 72 / SR 2 in Chattanooga
US 11 / US 64 / SR 17 in Chattanooga
US 27 / US 127 / SR 29 in Red Bank
SR 27 in Signal Mountain

US 127 / SR 28 / SR 111 in Dunlap
North end: SR 56 in McMinnville
Counties: Hamilton, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren
Highway system
SR 7 SR 9

State Route 8 is a south–north route that connects Chattanooga to McMinnville in East & Middle Tennessee[1]

Route description[edit]

SR 8 begins in Hamilton County as the unsigned companion route to US 41 / US 76 at the Georgia border in East Ridge, where they continue concurrent with Georgia State Route 3. As Ringgold Road, they head east and have an interchange with I-75 and go through downtown before entering the Bachman Tubes and entering Chattanooga, where it becomes East Main Street and having an interchange with I-24. There, SR 8 leaves US 41 at the western national terminus of US 76 and heads north, concurrent with US 11/US 64/US 72/SR 2. It then leaves the four routes and goes through downtown as Market Street and has another intersection with SR 2 and the short SR 316 and then a junction with SR 389 before crossing the Tennessee River and becoming Cherokee Boulevard. SR 8 then has an interchange with US 27/SR 29/SR 27, at the national southern terminus of US 127, which it becomes concurrent with along with SR 27, in Red Bank. They then come to a junction where SR 27 splits off and goes west (signed south) before winding its way up a mountain and going through Signal Mountain. US 127/SR 8 then go through Fairmount before crossing into Sequatchie County. They then go through Lone Oak before meandering down a mountainside and entering a valley in Center Point, where they intersect SR 283. US 127/SR 8 then enter Dunlap and have an intersection with SR 28, which becomes the unsigned companion route of US 127. They go north through downtown before coming to an interchange with SR 111, where SR 8 separates from US 127/SR 28 and follows that route. SR 111/SR 8 wind their way through a narrow valley before having an intersection with SR 399. SR 8 soon leaves SR 111, becoming signed for the first time as a primary highway, and heads eastward to enter Van Buren County. SR 8 shortly runs through a remote area of Van Buren County Before crossing into Warren County. It then runs through some farmland and crosses a creek before junctioning with SR 127 and entering McMinnville. SR 8 then comes to an end at an intersection with SR 56 just west of downtown.

Major Junctions[edit]

US 41 / US 76 / SR 3 at the Georgia state line in East Ridge (Old Dixie Highway; southern terminus; southern end of US 41/US 76 concurrency; south to Ringgold, GA)
I-75 in East Ridge (I-75 exit 1,1A, & 1B (partial cloverleaf interchange, exit 1 southbound and 1A/B northbound); north to I-24 and Knoxville and south to Atlanta, GA)

Bachman Tubes under the East Ridge

I-24 west in Chattanooga (I-24 exit 181A; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; west to Nashville)
US 64 / US 11 / SR 17 in Chattanooga (East 23rd Street; southern end of US 64/US 11/SR 17 concurrency; west to downtown)
US 64 / US 11 / SR 17 in Chattanooga (Dodds Avenue; northern end of US 64/US 11/SR 17 concurrency; north to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport)
US 41 / US 76 in Chattanooga (East Main Street; northern end of US 41/US 76 concurrency; west to I-24 and US 27)
SR 2 / SR 316 in Chattanooga (Broad Street/MLK Boulevard; eastern terminus of SR 316; west to US 27 and east to Missionary Ridge)
SR 389 in Chattanooga (West 4th Street; eastern terminus of SR 389; connector to US 27)

Market Street Bridge (Chief John Ross Bridge) over SR 58 and Tennessee River

US 27 / US 127 / SR 27 / SR 29 in Red Bank (interchange; national southern terminus of US 127; southern end of US 127/SR 27 concurrency; US 27/SR 29 south to downtown Chattanooga and north to Soddy Daisy)
SR 27 in Signal Mountain (Cherokee Trail; northern end of SR 27 concurrency; west (signed north) to Powells Crossroads and Jasper)
SR 283 in Center Point (East Valley Road; northern terminus of SR 283; south to Powells Crossroads and Whitwell)
SR 28 in Dunlap (New Highway 28; southern end of unsigned SR 28 concurrency; south to Whitwell, Sequatchie, and Jasper)
US 127 / SR 111 / SR 28 in Dunlap (Rankin Avenue/New Highway 111; northern end of US 127/SR 28; southern end of SR 111 concurrency; US 127/SR 28 north to Pikeville and SR 111 south to Soddy Daisy)
SR 399 north of Dunlap (Highway 399; northern terminus of SR 399; south to Laager)
SR 111 in northern Sequatchie County (Artillery Road; northern end of SR 111 concurrency; north to Spencer; SR 8 becomes signed for the first time as a primary highway)
SR 127 in McMinnville (Shellsford Road; east to Sparta and west to Viola)
SR 56 in McMinnville (Beersheba Highway; northern terminus; north to downtown and south to Beersheba Springs and Altamont)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer (Map) (2004 ed.). DeLorme.