U.S. Route 70 in Tennessee

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U.S. Route 70 marker

U.S. Route 70
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length 478.48 mi (770.04 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end I-55 / US 61 / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 at the Arkansas state line (Mississippi River) in Memphis
 
East end US 25 / US 70 at the North Carolina state line in Cocke County
Location
Counties Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Haywood, Madison, Carroll, Benton, Humphreys, Dickson, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, DeKalb, White, Cumberland, Roane, Loudon, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, Madison
Highway system
SR 69SR 70

U.S. Route 70 in Tennessee (US 70) enters the state of Tennessee from Arkansas via the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge in Memphis, and runs west to east across 21 counties in all three grand divisions of Tennessee, with a total length of 478.48 miles (770.04 km), to end at the North Carolina state line in easter Cocke County. Along the route, US 70 is accompanied with various U.S. and state highways, including those in all three of the state’s major cities (e.g. Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville).

Route description[edit]

Memphis to Nashville[edit]

US 70 enters the state via the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge on I-55, along with U.S. Routes 61, 64, and 79, along with SR 1. US 70 follows E.H. Crump Avenue, Danny Thomas Boulevard, Union Avenue, East Parkway, and Summer Avenue through Memphis, mostly accompanied with US 64 and US 79, along with some of SR 3.

While US 64 departs from US 70/79 in Bartlett, US 79 remains with US 70 from there to Brownsville, in Haywood County. [1] US 70 turns eastward to go through the cities of Jackson, Huntingdon, and Camden before crossing the Tennessee River. After that, it then continues eastward through Waverly, Dickson, and Kingston Springs before making entry into Nashville. [2]

Much of US 70 from Memphis to the west side of Nashville is accompanied by the secret designation of Tennessee State Route 1, with the exception of a few streets in downtown Memphis. US 70 has two concurrencies with SR 1 in the western half of the state, one in the downtown area, and the other from the east side of Memphis to western Davidson County. The brief one in downtown Nashville is the third SR 1 concurrency along with US 70S/US 431 along Broadway. [3][4][5]

Nashville area[edit]

In Nashville, US 70 begins to be paired with SR 24 after lending SR 1 to the Memphis-Bristol Highway (U.S. Route 70S). US 70 continues into downtown Nashville, following Charlotte Avenue, 14th Avenue (13th Avenue for US 70’s westbound lanes along I-40/I-65), Broadway, First Avenue, and Hermitage Avenue. At the 14th Avenue intersection on Charlotte Avenue, US 70 acts as collector/distributor roads for I-40/I-65 for two blocks before joining U.S. 431 and U.S. 70S on a brief overlap.

After US 431 and US 70S splits from the main route on Broadway, US 70 progresses eastward, roughly paralleling the Cumberland River, ducking under the western split of I-40 and I-24, and continuing to an interchange with SR 155 (Briley Parkway) east of downtown, and then Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage. [6]

Mount Juliet to Lenoir City[edit]

East of Nashville, US 70 enters Wilson County near Mount Juliet. US 70 then bypasses the downtown area of Lebanon with intersections with US 231 (SR 10) and US 70N (SR 24), and including a concurrency with SR 141 before turning southeast to De Kalb and White Counties. US 70 is paired with Tennessee State Route 26 from Lebanon all the way to the state route’s terminus in Sparta. Near the US 70S junction in Sparta, SR 1 returns to US 70 for its route from there, to Crossville, to the Harriman/Kingston area, all the way into the north side of Lenoir City, and after US 11 (SR 2) joins US 70, it eventually enters the Knoxville area. [7]

Knoxville to the North Carolina border[edit]

In downtown Knoxville, US 70, along with US 11, follows Cumberland Avenue through the campus of University of Tennessee, then turns left onto Henley Street (US 411/SR 33/71), and onto Summit Hall Drive east to Hall of Fame Drive north to Magnolia Drive. US 11/70 follows Magnolia Drive out of downtown. At the US 11W/11E split, US 70 begins to follow US 11E, while SR 1 follows US 11W. Before crossing the Tennessee River for a second time, US 25W begins to follow US 70 (SR 9) from the east side of Knoxville until it merges with US 25E at Newport. US 70 carries US 25 into North Carolina east of Newport. [8]

Major intersections[edit]

The mileposts listed in the following table is only an estimated calculation. Actual mile markers may vary.

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Mississippi River0.000.00 I-55 north / US 61 north / US 64 west / US 70 west / US 79 southContinuation into Arkansas
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge; Arkansas–Tennessee state line; Begin first concurrency with unsigned SR 1
ShelbyMemphis0.60.97 I-55 south – Jackson (MS)I-55 Exit 12A-B, end concurrency with I-55
0.71.1 US 61 / SR 14 (South Third Street) – TunicaEastern end of US 61 concurrency
1.82.9 SR 4 east (Crump Boulevard) to I-240 to US 78Western terminus of SR 4
3.04.8 US 51 north (Danny Thomas Boulevard) / SR 1 east / SR 3 west (West Union Avenue)Western end of US 51 and SR 3 concurrency; End first concurrency with unsigned SR 1
6.610.6 SR 23 east (Union Avenue) / SR 277 south (East Parkway)Southern end of SR 277 concurrency
7.111.4 US 72 east / SR 57 southSouthern end of SR 57 concurrency
7.812.6 SR 1 west (Poplar Avenue) / SR 57 north (East Parkway) / SR 277 northNorthern end of SR 57 and SR 277 concurrencies; Western end of SR 1 concurrency #2
13.321.4 I-40 west – Memphis, Little RockNo access to I-40 Eastbound
Bartlett17.928.8 US 64 east / SR 15 (Stage Road) – Memphis, BolivarEastern end of US 64 concurrency
Memphis21.234.1 SR 177 south (Germantown Road) to I-40Northern terminus of SR 177
30.2–
30.5
48.6–
49.1
SR 385 (Paul Barrett Memorial Parkway) to I-40Interchange; Future I-269
Arlington31.150.1 SR 205 south (Airline Road)Western end of SR 205 concurrency
31.951.3 SR 205 north (Collierville-Arlington Road) – ColliervilleEastern end of SR 205 concurrency
FayetteGallaway35.657.3 SR 196 south (Main Street)Northern terminus of SR 196
Braden39.763.9 SR 59 southSouthern terminus of SR 59 concurrency
TiptonMason42.768.7 SR 59 north – CovingtonNorthern terminus of SR 59 concurrency
HaywoodStanton50.881.8 SR 222 south (Stanton-Somerville Road)Northern terminus of SR 222
50.981.9 SR 179 (Charleston Road) to I-40 (West Main Street) – Covington
Brownsville61.699.1 SR 19 west (Ah Gray/CA Rawls Bypass)Western end of SR 19 concurrency; Old US 79/70 straight ahead
64.1103.2 SR 76 west – SomervilleWestern end of SR 76 concurrency
64.9104.4 SR 19 east (East Jefferson Street)Eastern end of SR 19 concurrency
65.4105.3 US 70A east / US 79 north / SR 76 east (North Dupree Avenue)Northern end of US 79 concurrency; Western terminus of US 70A
73.6–
73.8
118.4–
118.8
I-40 – Memphis, NashvilleI-40 Exit 66
Madison75.9122.1 SR 138 (Providence Road)
84.1135.3 SR 223 (Smith Lane) to I-40
Jackson88.8142.9
US 45 Byp. north (Keith Short Bypass) to I-40 – Humboldt
Western end of US 45 Bypass concurrency
90.3145.3 US 45 south / SR 5 south (Highland Avenue) – Selmer
91.2146.8 SR 198 east (Chester Street)Western terminus of SR 198
93.2150.0Whitehall Street / Dr. Fe Wright DriveUS 70/SR 1 -- right turn
94.1151.4
US 412 Bus. west / SR 20 west (North Parkway)
Southern end of US 412 Business/SR 20 concurency
96.9155.9 US 412 east / SR 20 east – LexingtonNorthern end of US 412 Bus./SR 20 concurrency; Eastern terminus of US 412 Business; Southern end of US 412 concurrency
97.2–
97.3
156.4–
156.6
I-40 / US 412 west – Memphis, NashvilleNorthern end of US 412 concurrency
Spring Creek104.2167.7 SR 152 west (Spring Creek Road)
104.25167.77 SR 152 east (Spring Creek Road)
CarrollCedar Grove110.3177.5 SR 104 east to I-40Southern end of SR 104 concurrency
110.8178.3 SR 220 westEastern terminus of SR 220
113.5182.7 SR 104 westNorthern end of SR 104 concurrency
114.2183.8 SR 424 east – ClarksburgWestern terminus of SR 424
Huntingdon125.8202.5
SR 22 Byp. west (Veterans Drive) / US 70 Bus. east / SR 1 east (Main Street)
Western end of SR 22 Bypass concurrency
127.2204.7 SR 22 west (Lexington Street)Southern terminus of SR 22 Bypass; eastern end of SR 22 Bypass concurrency; Western end of SR 22 concurrency
127.4205.0 SR 22 south – LexingtonEastern end of SR 22 concurrency
129.4208.2
US 70 Bus. west / US 70A west / SR 364
Eastern terminus of US 70A; interchange
Rosser132.0212.4 SR 219 north – ParisSouthern terminus of SR 219
Hollow Buck136.4219.5 SR 114 southWestern end of SR 114 concurrency
136.7220.0 SR 114 north (Seminary Street)Eastern end of SR 114 concurrency
BentonCamden144.4232.4
US 70 Bus. east / SR 391 east – Camden Business District, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
Western terminus of US 70 Business
146.0235.0 US 641 / SR 69 – Camden, Parsons
147.8237.9 SR 191 (Birdsong Road)
148.7239.3
US 70 Bus. west / SR 391 west – Camden
Eastern terminus of US 70 Business
Kentucky Lake152.8
153.3
245.9
246.7
US 70 Bridge over Tennessee River
HumphreysNew Johnsonville155.3249.9County Road 929 -- TVA JohnsonvilleInterchange
158.1254.4Old Johnsonville Road -- Johnsonville State Historical Park
Waverly163.5263.1West Main Street to SR 13 -- downtown WaverlyOld US 70/SR 1
166.3267.6 SR 13 spur to SR 13Northern terminus of SR 13 Spur
167.2269.1East Main StreetOld US 70/SR 1
McEwen175.5282.4 SR 231 north (County Road 341)Southern terminus of SR 231
DicksonDickson188.7303.7 SR 46 north / SR 235 north – VanleerWestern end of SR 46/235 concurrency
188.8303.8
US 70 Bus. east (West College Street) / SR 235 south
Western terminus of US 70 Business; Eastern end of SR 235 concurrency[9]
189.9–
190.1
305.6–
305.9
SR 48 (North Main Street) – Charlotte, Centerville
190.4306.4 SR 46 south (Mathis Drive)Eastern end of SR 46 concurrency
190.9307.2
US 70 Bus. west / SR 235 north
Eastern terminus of US 70 Business; southern terminus of SR 235
192.5309.8 SR 96 east to I-40 – Burns, FranklinWestern terminus of SR 96
White Bluff198.8319.9 SR 47 south – Montgomery Bell State Park, BurnsWestern end of SR 47 concurrency
199.3320.7 SR 47 north (Charles Walton Speight Highway) – CharlotteEastern end of SR 47 concurrency
CheathamKingston Springs209.7337.5 SR 249 south (Kingston Springs Road) to I-40Western end of SR 249 concurrency
Pegram209.9337.8 SR 249 north (Sams Creek Road) – Ashland CityEastern end of SR 249 concurrency
DavidsonNashville215.4346.7 US 70S east / SR 1 east (Memphis-Bristol Highway)Western termini of US 70S and SR 24; eastern end of SR 1 concurrency; western end of SR 24 concurrency
219.1352.6 SR 251 (Old Hickory Boulevard) to I-40
220.8–
221.1
355.3–
355.8
I-40 – Memphis, NashvilleI-40 Exit 201
223.6359.8 SR 155 south (White Bridge Road) / SR 155 northto2=to (Briley Parkway) / I-40
227.3365.8 I-40 west / I-65 north – Memphis, LouisvilleUS 70/SR 24 gets divided between 14th and 13th Avenues serving as local-express lanes; I-40 Exits 209 and 209A; I-40 west accessible via 13th Avenue only
227.7366.4 US 70S west / US 431 south / SR 1 west (Broadway) to I-40 east to I-65 south – Knoxville, HuntsvilleUS 70 division ends; Western end of US 70S/431/SR-1 concurrency; On-ramp to I-40 EB/I-65 SB accessed via 14th Avenue South
227.72366.48 US 70 west / SR 24 west (13th Avenue North) to I-40 west / I-65 northI-40 WB/I-65 NB accessed via 13th Avenue North
228.1367.1 US 31 (SR 6) / US 41 (SR 11) / US 431 north / SR 1 eastEastern end of US 70S/431/SR-1 concurrency
233.9–
234.1
376.4–
376.7
SR 155 (Briley Parkway) to I-40SR 155/Briley Parkway Exit 8
235.5379.0 SR 255 south (Donelson Pike) to I-40Northern terminus of SR 255
238.0383.0 SR 265 east (Central Pike)Western terminus of SR 265
Hermitage239.0384.6 SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard)
WilsonMount Juliet245.7395.4 SR 171 south (Mount Juliet Road) to I-40Northern terminus of SR 171
250.5403.1 SR 109 to I-40 – Gallatin, Nashville SuperspeedwayInterchange
Lebanon256.1412.2
US 70 Bus. east (SR 24)
Eastern end of unsigned SR 24 concurrency; Western terminus of unsigned SR 26
258.8416.5 US 231 / SR 10 (North Cumberland Street) – Westmoreland, Murfreesboro
260.0418.4 SR 141 north (Hartsville Pike) – HartsvilleWestern end of SR 141 concurrency
260.5419.2
US 70N east / US 70 Bus. west / SR 24 – Carthage, Lebanon Business District
260.54419.30 SR 141 south (Trousdale Ferry Pike)Eastern end of SR 141 concurrency
262.04–
262.2
421.71–
422.0
I-40 – Nashville, KnoxvilleI-40 Exit 239A-B
268.7432.4 SR 235 west (Trammel Lane)Eastern terminus of SR 235
Watertown272.8439.0 SR 267 south (Statesville Road)Northern terminus of SR 267
DeKalbAlexandria279.6450.0 SR 53 north (Brush Creek Road) – CarthageWestern end of SR 53 concurrency
283.5456.2 SR 96 west – MurfreesboroWestern end of SR 96 concurrency
Liberty284.9458.5 SR 53 south (Howard Vardergriff Road) – WoodburyEastern end of SR 53
290.3467.2 SR 96 east (Dale Ridge Road)Eastern end of SR 96 concurrency
Smithville295.7475.9 SR 146 south (South Mountain Street)Northern terminus of SR 146
296.0476.4 SR 56 (Congress Boulevard) – Cookeville, McMinnville
White310.8500.2 SR 136
Sparta315.9–
316.1
508.4–
508.7
US 70S south / SR 111 – Cookeville, McMinnville, SpencerEastern terminus of US 70S
316.6509.5 SR 1 west (Mayberry Street) to US 70S – McMinnvilleWestern end of SR 1 concurrency #4; Eastern terminus of SR 26
316.7509.7 SR 289 north (North Spring Street)Old SR 111
317.4510.8 SR 84 north (North Main Street) – MontereySouthern terminus of SR 84
CumberlandCrossville341.4549.4 SR 462 north (Northside Drive)Southern terminus of SR 462
343.3552.5 US 70N (West Avenue / Elmore Road) / SR 24
343.7553.1 SR 392 (Tiller Avenue)
344.7554.7 SR 101 south (Lantana Road)Southern end of SR 101 concurrency
344.75554.82 US 127 / SR 28 (South Main Street)
347.2558.8 SR 392 west (Miller Avenue) / SR 101 north (Peavine Road) – Fairfield GladeNorthern end of SR 101 concurrency
Crab Orchard354.8571.0Market Street to I-40 -- Fairfield GladeI-40 Exit 329
Westel364.1586.0 SR 299 north (Westel Road) to I-40Southern terminus of SR 299
RoaneRockwood367.4591.3 US 27 south (South Gateway Avenue) / SR 29 southSouthern end of US 27/SR 29 concurrency
370.2595.8 US 27 north / SR 61 north (North Gateway Avenue)Northern end of US 27 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 61
Dodson373.6601.3 SR 382 north (Patton Lane)Southern terminus of SR 382
Midtown377.2607.0 SR 29 north (Ruritan Road) to US 27Northern end of SR 29 concurrency
Kingston381.3613.6 SR 58 (Kentucky Street)
385.2619.9 SR 326 north to I-40 to SR 58Southern terminus of SR 326
LoudonLenoir City395.8637.0 US 321 / SR 73 / SR 95 to I-40 to I-75 – Oak Ridge, Maryville
399.9643.6 US 11 south / SR 2 south to I-75 – Lenoir CityWestern end of US 11 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 2
KnoxFarragut404.5651.0 SR 332 south (Concord Road)Northern terminus of SR 332
Knoxville405.6652.7 SR 131 (Canton Hollow Road)
406.7–
406.9
654.5–
654.8
I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) / SR 162 – Maryville, Oak RidgeI-140 Exit 1
413.8665.9 SR 332 (Northshore Drive)
417.2671.4 SR 158 east (Neyland Drive SW) – University of Tennessee
417.4–
417.3
671.7–
671.6
US 129 / SR 73 / SR 115 (Alcoa Highway) to I-40 to I-75 – Alcoa, Maryville
419.1674.5 US 441 south / SR 33 south / SR 71 south (Henley Street)Southern end of US 441/SR 33/SR 71 concurrency
419.5675.1 US 441 north / SR 33 north / SR 71 north (Broadway Street) / SR 62 west (Western Avenue)Northern end of US 441/SR 33/SR 71 concurrency; western terminus of SR 62
420.1676.1Summit Hill Drive
420.6676.9East 5th Avenue / Hall of Fame Drive
423.5681.6 US 11W north / SR 1 east (Rutledge Pike)Eastern end of US 11W and SR 1 concurrencies
Western terminus of unsigned SR 168
425.5–
425.6
684.8–
684.9
I-40 / US 25W north / SR 9 north – Knoxville, BristolWestern end of US 25W/SR 9 concurrency
426.5686.4 SR 168 south (Governor Jonh Sevier Highway)Eastern end of SR 168 concurrency
431.6694.6 US 11E north (Andrew Johnson Highway) / SR 34 north – MorristownEastern end of US 11E concurrency; western terminus of SR 34
Sevier438.2705.2 SR 139 south (Douglas Dam Road) – SeviervilleWestern end of SR 139 concurrency
JeffersonFour Points439.7707.6 SR 139 north (Old Dandridge Pike / Snyder Road)Eastern end of SR 139 concurrency; Snyder Road is old SR 66
Dandridge447.4–
447.6
720.0–
720.3
I-40 / SR 66 west to I-81 – Knoxville, Bristol, Asheville (NC)Western end of SR 66 concurrency
450.7725.3 SR 92 north – Jefferson CityWestern end of SR 92 concurrency
451.3726.3 SR 92 south – Chestnut HillEastern end of SR 92 concurrency
452.1727.6 SR 66 north – MorristownEastern end of SR 66 concurrency
455.7733.4 SR 113 north to I-40Western terminus of SR 113
French Broad River455.9–
456.3
733.7–
734.3
461.5742.7 SR 363 west (Indian Creek Road)Eastern terminus of SR 363
Cocke462.5744.3 US 411 south / SR 35 south – SeviervilleWestern end of US 411 (SR 35) concurrency
463.2–
463.5
745.4–
745.9
I-40 – Knoxville, AshevilleI-40 exit 432A-B
Newport465.9749.8 US 25E north / SR 32 north (Dixie Highway) – MorristownSouthern termini of US 25W and US 25E; eastern end of SR 35 concurrency; western end of SR 32 concurrency
US 70 continues with US 25
467.0751.6 US 321 south / SR 32 south (Cosby Highway) – Cosby, GatlinburgEastern end of SR 32 concurrency; Western end of US 321 concurrency
467.3752.0 US 321 north / SR 35 north (North Street) – GreenevilleEastern end of US 321 and SR 35 concurrency
468.3753.7 SR 73 west (Edwina Road)
475.9765.9 SR 340 north (Baltimore Road)Southern terminus of SR 340
Del Rio478.5770.1 SR 107 southWestern end of SR 107 concurrency
481.7775.2 SR 107 northEastern end of SR 107 concurrency
Madison486.1782.3 US 25 east / US 70Continuation into North Carolina
End concurrency with unsigned SR 9
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

Supplemental routes[edit]

Tennessee State Route 1[edit]

Tennessee State Route 9[edit]

Tennessee State Route 26[edit]

State Route 26
Location Lebanon--Sparta
Length 59.25 mi (95.35 km)

State Route 26 (SR 26) runs concurrently with US 70 for its entire existence through Wilson, De Kalb and White Counties in Middle Tennessee. The 59.25 miles (95.35 km) long state highway runs from Lebanon downtown Sparta.

History[edit]

It was signed solely as SR 26 until sometime in the 1960s or 1970s when US 70 was designated on that alignment, but retains the state route designation as a secret, or hidden designation. [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [front] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § D2 and D3. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [front] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § C4-C5 and B5-B8. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Rand McNally (2016). "Tennessee" (Map). The Road Atlas (2016 Walmart ed.). 1 in≈19 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 94. Memphis inset. §§ K2-K5. ISBN 0-528-01329-7. 
  4. ^ Rand McNally (2016). "Tennessee" (Map). The Road Atlas (2016 Walmart ed.). 1 in≈19 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 94. Nashville inset. §§ K7-K8. ISBN 0-528-01329-7. 
  5. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [front] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § E2, D2-D4, C4-C6, and B6-B9. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ Rand McNally (2016). "Tennessee" (Map). The Road Atlas (2016 Walmart ed.). 1 in≈19 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 94. Nashville inset. §§ L5-L6 and K6-K10. ISBN 0-528-01329-7. 
  7. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [back] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § B9 and C9-C13. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [back] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § C13-C15. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Google (July 24, 2016). "U.S. Route 70 in Tennessee" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Rand McNally Road Atlas 1959, page 38.


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