Tennessee State Route 91

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State Route 91 marker

State Route 91
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length 53.5 mi (86.1 km)
Major junctions
South end US 11E / SR 34 in Johnson City
  I-26 / US 19W / US 23 in Johnson City
US 321 / SR 67 / SR 362 in Elizabethton
US 19E / US 321 / SR 67 / SR 37 in Elizabethton
US 421 / SR 34 in Shady Valley
North end SR 91 near Damascus, Virginia at the TN-VA state line
Counties Washington, Carter, Johnson
Highway system
SR 90 SR 92

State Route 91 (SR-91) is a state highway in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Tennessee, in the area known as the Tri-Cities region. The route connects Johnson City with Damascus, Virginia via Elizabethton, Hunter, and Mountain City.

Route description[edit]

SR-91 begins at an intersection with US-11E/SR-34 in Johnson City. The first section of the road follows two one-way streets, namely Market Street (westbound traffic) and Main Street (eastbound traffic). It has an interchange with I-26/US-19W/US-23 before continuing along East Main Street and Elizabethton Highway as it leaves the city.[1]

SR-91 near Hunter

In Elizabethton, it meets US-321/SR-67/SR-362, and runs concurrent with US-321 along West Elk Avenue and Broad Street through the city's downtown area. Along the way, it passes Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Farther into the city, the highway crosses the Doe River before reaching its US-19E/US-321/SR-67/SR-37 intersection. It then turns northward to run concurrent with these highways, crossing the Watauga River via the Gilbert Peters Bridge before splitting off again and continuing northeastward along Stony Creek Road.[1]

In northeastern Elizabethton, SR 91 passes Elizabethton Municipal Airport and the Elizabethton campus of Northeast State Community College. Beyond the community of Hunter, the highway enters the Cherokee National Forest as it continues northeastward through a broad valley between Holston Mountain to the north and the Iron Mountains to the south. Northeast of the Buladeen area, the highway ascends to over 3,500 feet (1,100 m) through a series of switchback curves as it passes over a cross ridge between Holston Mountain and the Irons, where it enters Johnson County. It then descends into the secluded Shady Valley.[1]

In Shady Valley, the route intersects US-421/SR-34/SR-133. US-421 continues northwestward to Bristol, while SR-133 continues northeastward toward Damascus, Virginia. SR-91 turns southeastward to run concurrent with US-421 and SR-34. The highway crosses the Iron Mountains at Sandy Gap, climbing to over 3,800 feet (1,200 m) before descending again to the outskirts of Mountain City.[1]

Near downtown Mountain City, SR-91 splits off from US-421/SR-34 to once again follow a northeastward trek. It continues through a series of gradual ascents and descents across rugged terrain before reaching Laurel Bloomery in the northeastern part of the county. SR-91 meets its northern terminus at the Virginia state line, near Damascus, where the roadway continues as Virginia State Route 91 into Washington County, Virginia, and the Jefferson National Forest.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Washington Johnson City 0.00 0.00 US 11E (West Market Street / John Exum Parkway / SR 34) Southern terminus
SR 400 north (West Watauga Avenue) Southern terminus of SR-400
I-26 / US 23 (US 19W) – Kingsport, TRI Airport I-26 exit 23
Carter Elizabethton US 321 south / SR 67 west (Elk Avenue) / SR 362 south (West G Street) – Johnson City Southern end of US-321 / SR 67 concurrency; Northern terminus of SR-362
SR 400 south (North Lynn Avenue) Northern terminus of SR-400
US 19E south / US 321 south / SR 67 east (Veterans Memorial Parkway / SR 37) – Hampton, Roan Mountain, Mountain City, Boone, NC, Roan Mountain State Park, Watauga Lake Northern end of US-321/SR-67 concurrency, Southern end of US-19E/SR-37 concurrency
US 19E north (SR 37) / Lovers Lane – Bluff City Northern end of US-19E/SR-37 concurrency; interchange
Johnson Shady Valley US 421 north (SR 34) / SR 133 north – Damascus, Bristol southern end of US-421/SR-34 concurrency; Southern terminus of SR-133
Mountain City US 421 south (SR 34) – Mountain City Southern end of concurrency
SR 91 north (Mountain City Road) – Damascus, Abingdon, Saltville Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. Geological Survey, 1:24,000 topographical maps: Johnson City, TN; Elizabethton, TN; Keenburg, TN; Carter, TN; Doe, TN; Shady Valley, TN; Mountain City, TN; Laurel Bloomery, TN.

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