U.S. Route 19E

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U.S. Route 19E marker

U.S. Route 19E
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 19
Maintained by NCDOT and TDOT
Length75.9 mi[1] (122.1 km)
Existed1930–present
Major junctions
South end US 19 / US 19W in Cane River, NC
  US 321 / SR 67 in Hampton, TN
North end US 11E / US 19 / US 19W in Bluff City, TN
Location
StatesNorth Carolina, Tennessee
CountiesNC: Yancey, Mitchell, Avery
TN: Carter, Sullivan
Highway system


US 19NCUS 19W
US 19TNUS 19W
SR 36Tennessee 37.svgSR 38

U.S. Route 19E (US 19E) is a divided highway of US 19 in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Tennessee. The U.S. Highway, which is complemented by US 19W to the west, runs 75.9 miles (122.1 km) from US 19 and US 19W at Cane River, North Carolina, north to US 11E, US 19, and US 19W in Bluff City, Tennessee. US 19E connects Asheville, North Carolina, and Bristol, Tennessee, with Burnsville, Spruce Pine, and Elk Park in North Carolina and Roan Mountain and Elizabethton in Tennessee. US 19E also has an unsigned concurrency with Tennessee State Route 37 (SR 37) for its entire course in Tennessee.

Route description[edit]

US 19E begins at its split with US 19 and US 19W at Cane River. US 19 heads west and then south toward Interstate 26 and Asheville. The transition from US 19 to US 19E is a seamless transition that treats US 19W as a side route. US 19E heads east towards the towns of Burnsville and Spruce Pine. The highway is an easy drive, as it nears Spruce Pine, it expands to a four-lane that then bypasses the mountain city. US 19E reverts to two-lane once out of city limits, briefly widening to four-lane again after entering Avery county. Once reaching the community of Ingalls, the highway becomes curvy as it follows along the banks of the North Toe River. Most travelers will take turn onto NC 194 (or Mullen Hill Road, a shortcut bypassing Ingalls) as an alternate route towards Elk Park. Passing through several small communities, it eventually reaches the town of Elk Park, where it then proceeds into Tennessee. US 19E travels a total of 45 miles (72 km) from Cane River to the Tennessee state line.[1]

From the North Carolina state line, US 19E lazily curves down to Roan Mountain, from which SR 143 heads south toward Roan Mountain State Park and the actual Roan Mountain at the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Near Hampton, US 19E widens to an expressway and begins to run concurrently with US 321. At Elizabethton, US 321 splits west toward Johnson City. At Bluff City, US 19E and US 19W merge back into US 19, heading north to Bristol.[1]

History[edit]

Established in 1927, US 19 traversed from the Georgia state line (at Bellview) to the Tennessee state line (at Elk Park), roughly similar to the route seen today. In 1930, US 19 was truncated at Cane River, where it was split into US 19E and US 19W; US 19E follows the original US 19 routing north. In 1984, US 19E was realigned in Yancey County to its current routing. On November 2, 2012, US 19 and US 19E were widened from I-26 to Jacks Creek Road, just west of Burnsville. At a cost of $107.9 million, the 13.6 miles (21.9 km) two-lane mountain road was upgraded to a four-lane highway, and the first for Yancey County. Governor Bev Perdue was on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony opening the highway.[2][3]

US 19 first appeared in Tennessee in 1927, from the North Carolina state line (near Elk Park) to Bluff City. Later in same year, it was extended through Bristol, into Virginia. In 1930, US 19 was truncated at Bluff City, splitting into US 19E along the original route into North Carolina and US 19W going towards Johnson City and then on into North Carolina. In 1994, a new four-lane expressway was completed between Elizabethton to Bluff City; the abandoned route became Old Bristol Highway, in Carter County, and Old Elizabethton Highway, in Sullivan County.[citation needed]

Future[edit]

US 19E from the east end of the four-lane divided highway west of Burnsville to Ingalls is to be widened into a multi-lane highway. The segment through Burnsville to Micaville is scheduled for a July 2015 completion. The two remaining sections west and east of Spruce Pine is currently subject to reprioritization.[4][5]

Junction list[edit]

StateCountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
North CarolinaYanceyCane River0.00.0 US 19 south / US 19W north – Asheville, ErwinSouthern terminus of US 19E; US 19E and US 19W come together to form US 19
Burnsville6.210.0 NC 197 south (Pensacola Road)South end of NC 197 overlap
6.911.1 NC 197 north (Mine Fork Road) – BakersvilleNorth end of NC 197 overlap
Micaville10.817.4 NC 80 south – Marion, Mount MitchellSouth end of NC 80 overlap
12.019.3 NC 80 north – BakersvilleNorth end of NC 80 overlap
MitchellSpruce Pine18.429.6 NC 226 north – Bakersville, Little Switzerland, MarionSouth end of NC 226 overlap
19.130.7 NC 226 south – Little Switzerland, MarionNorth end of NC 226 overlap
AveryIngalls26.242.2 NC 194 north (Three Mile Highway) – Newland
Cranberry42.568.4 NC 194 south (Elk Park Highway) – NewlandSouth end of NC 194 overlap
Elk Park42.969.0 NC 194 north – Banner ElkNorth end of NC 194 overlap
 44.9
0.0
72.3
0.0
North CarolinaTennessee state line
TennesseeCarterRoan Mountain4.77.6 SR 143 south – Roan Mountain State ParkNorthern terminus of SR 143
Tiger Valley12.420.0 SR 173 west (Simerly Creek Road) – Unicoi
Hampton14.924.0 SR 361 west (Gap Creek Road)
16.927.2 US 321 south / SR 67 east – Mountain City, Watauga Lake, BooneSouth end of US 321 and east end of SR 67 overlap
Elizabethton22.035.4 US 321 south / SR 67 west (Broad Street) – Johnson CityNorth end of US 321 and west end of SR 67 overlap
22.436.0 SR 91 north / Lover's Lane – Stoney Creek, Shady Valley, Elizabethton Municipal AirportPartial cloverleaf interchange; Access to Lover's Lane via extra northbound ramp; Southbound uses same ramp as SR 91
SullivanBluff City30.749.4 SR 44 north (Bluff City Highway) – Bluff City
31.049.9 US 11E / US 19 north (SR 34) / US 19W south – Johnson City, Bristol, Piney FlatsNorthern terminus of US 19E; US 19E and US 19W come together to form US 19
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d Google (November 4, 2014). "U.S. Route 19E" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Barrett, Mark (November 2, 2012). "Wider U.S. 19 opens". Asheville, NC: Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Staff. "U.S. 19 Ribbon Cutting". NCDOTcommunications. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "Project #R-2519". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "Project #R-2520". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
Preceded by
North Carolina
U.S. Route 19
US 19E
US 19W
Succeeded by
Tennessee