U.S. Route 79 in Tennessee

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U.S. Route 79 marker

U.S. Route 79
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length 209.83 mi (337.69 km)
Existed 1944 – present
Major junctions
West end I-55 / US 61 / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 at the Arkansas state line/Mississippi River in Memphis
  I-55 Exit 12
US 51 in downtown Memphis
I-40 Exit 12A
US 64 / SR 15 in Bartlett
SR 385 Exit 24
US 70 / SR 1 in Brownsville
US 412 / SR 20 in Bells
US 45W / SR 5 in Humboldt
US 45E / SR 43 in Milan
SR 22 in McKenzie
US 641 / SR 69 in Paris
I-24 Exit 4 in Clarksville
North end US 79 at the Kentucky state line northeast of Clarksville
Location
Counties Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Haywood, Crockett, Gibson, Carroll, Henry, Stewart, Montgomery
Highway system
SR 78 SR 79

U.S. Route 79 in Tennessee (US 79) enters the state from Arkansas via the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge in Memphis, and runs northeast through western and the northwestern portions of middle Tennessee, and leaving the state into Kentucky northeast of Clarksville. Along the route, US 79 is accompanied with several concurrencies, including hidden designations, throughout its alignment in Tennessee.

Route description[edit]

Memphis to Brownsville[edit]

From I-55, US 79 continues to follow US 61/64/70 (SR 1) on E.H. Crump Boulevard. US 64/70/79 then turns north onto Danny Thomas Boulevard northward, then it makes a right turn onto Union Avenue, where US 51 (SR 3) gets involved in the concurrency until Bellevue Boulevard. US 64/70/79 then joins SR 277 northward until the U.S. routes turn onto Summer Avenue eastward. US 64 splits from US 70/79 at their intersection with SR !5 in Bartlett, in northeastern Shelby County.

US 79 continues to run concurrently with US 70 (SR 1) from here until Brownsville, in Haywood County. In Brownsville, US 70/79 joins the Ah Gray/C.A. Rawls Bypass with SR 19. The intersection with Anderson Avenue marks the beginning of US 79’s long concurrency with SR 76, while the overlaps with SR 19 and US 70/SR 1 both end at the intersections with Jefferson Street and East Main Street, respectively. US 79/SR 76 begins a concurrency with US 70A at that point.[1]

Brownsville to Paris Landing[edit]

US 79/70A (SR 76) continues northeastward to have major junctions with US 412, US 45W and US 45E in the towns of Bells, Humboldt, and Milan, respectively. US 70A becomes a standalone route in Atwood. US 79 continues northeast to McKenzie and Paris. US 79 is the main thoroughfare accessing Paris Landing State Park before crossing the Tennessee River. [2][3]

Tennessee River to Kentucky state line[edit]

After entering Stewart County, US 79 becomes known as Donelson Parkway, and forms a portion of the southern boundary of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area before entering Dover, where it crosses the Cumberland River, and then continues eastward to Clarksville. It then becomes known as Dover Road between the Stewart-Montgomery County line and the city of Clarksville.[4]

US 79 then runs concurrently with US 41A on the northwestern side of Clarksville, and it then turns left to bypass the downtown area, while beginning its concurrency with SR 13 for the remainder of its path to the Kentucky state line. Wilma Rudolph Boulevard is the name given to the portion of U.S. Route 79 between the Red River (Lynnwood-Tarpley) bridge near the Kraft Street intersection and I-24’s exit 4 interchange. This section of Highway 79 in Clarksville was previously called the Guthrie Highway, for nearby Guthrie, Kentucky, but in 1994, the name was changed to honor Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic runner from Clarksville, who won three gold medals in the 1960 Rome Summer Olympic Games in Italy.[5]

The highway then enters Todd County, Kentucky after exiting the city of Clarksville. The state line coincides with the northern terminus of SR 13.

Concurrency list[edit]

U.S. 79 runs concurrently with the following interstate and U.S. routes:

Additionally, all areas of US 79 run concurrently with Tennessee state routes throughout its course through the state as “hidden,” or secret designations as the state routes are not signed. They include:

  • SR 1 from Memphis to Brownsville (in association with US 70)
  • SR 3 in downtown Memphis (in association with US 51)
  • SR 59 from Braden to Mason
  • SR 76 from Brownsville to Clarksville
  • SR 77 from Milan to Atwood
  • SR 12 in Clarksville (in association with US 41A)
  • SR 48 through Clarksville
  • SR 13 from downtown Clarksville to the Kentucky state line

History[edit]

US 79 did not have any presence in Tennessee or southern Kentucky until it was routed into the state in 1944. Until then, the route ended in West Memphis, Arkansas, and US 79’s current route in Tennessee was signed solely as SR 76 from Brownsville to Clarksville, and SR 13 from Clarksville to the Kentucky line.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The mileposts listed in the following table is only an estimated calculation. Actual mile markers may vary and subject to change due to any future reroutings that may occur

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Mississippi River 0.00 0.00 I-55 north / US 61 north / US 64 west / US 70 west / US 79 south Western terminus; continuation into Arkansas
Memphis & Arkansas Bridge; Arkansas state line; begin concurrency with unsigned SR 1
see U.S. Route 70
Haywood Brownsville 65.4 105.3 US 70 east / SR 1 east (East Main Street) – Jackson Eastern end of US 70/SR 1 concurrency; western end of US 70A concurrency
The concurrency with unsigned SR 76 began during US 79’s concurrency with US 70 and SR 1.
66.6 107.2 SR 369 south (North Washington Avenue) – Downtown Brownsville Northern terminus of SR 369
Crockett Bells 77.7 125.0 SR 88 west (Main Street) Southern end of SR 88 concurrency
77.9 125.4 SR 88 east (Central Avenue) Northern end of SR 88 concurrency
79.3–
79.5
127.6–
127.9
US 412 / SR 20 – Dyersburg, Jackson Interchange
Gadsden 84.8 136.5 SR 188 west – Alamo Road Eastern terminus of SR 188
Gibson Humboldt 88.9 143.1
US 79 Byp. north / US 70A Byp. east
Western terminus of US 79 Bypass/US 70A Bypass
90.1 145.0
US 45W Bus. north (Central Avenue)
Western end of US 45W Business concurrency
90.6 145.8
US 45W Bus. south (Main Street)
Eastern end of US 45W Business concurrency
90.9 146.3 SR 152 (Mitchell Street) – Medina
92.0 148.1
US 45W / US 79 Byp. / US 70A Byp. / SR 366 – Union City, Jackson
Eastern terminus of US 79 Byp./US 70A Bypass
93.8 151.0 SR 187 east
Gibson 96.0 154.5 SR 186 – Trenton
Milan 101.9 164.0 US 45E (South 1st Street) / SR 43 / SR 77 west / SR 104 – Martin, Jackson Western end of SR 77 concurrency
103.8 167.0 SR 425 west (Middle Road) Eastern terminus of SR 425
Carroll Atwood 107.7 173.3 SR 220 south
108.3 174.3 US 70A east / SR 77 east – Huntingdon
Trezevant 121.8 196.0 SR 105 (Main Street)
McKenzie 132.0 212.4 SR 124 west (East Cedar Avenue) / Old McKenzie Road
133.4–
133.6
214.7–
215.0
SR 22 – Dresden, Huntingdon Interchange
Henry Paris 146.4 235.6 SR 218 (Highway 218 Bypass)
148.2 238.5 US 641 (Veterans Drive) / SR 69 (Mineral Wells Avenue) – Paris Business District, Camden
149.0 239.8 SR 356 west (East Wood Street) Old US 79/SR 76
152.3 245.1 SR 218 west (Highway 218 Bypass) Western end of SR 218 concurrency
155.3 249.9 SR 218 east (Buchanan Road) Eastern end of SR 218 concurrency
162.4 261.4 SR 140 west Eastern terminus of SR 140
Paris Landing State Park 165.0 265.5 SR 119 north – Murray (KY) Southern terminus of SR 119
Tennessee River
(Kentucky Lake)
166.1–
166.8
267.3–
268.4
Governor Ned R. McWherter Bridge
Stewart 170.8 274.9 SR 232 south – McKimmon Northern terminus of SR 232
Dover 177.6 285.8 SR 461 north (The Trace) – Land Between the Lakes N.R.A. Southern terminus of SR 461
179.6 289.0 SR 49 east (Spring Street) – Erin Western terminus of SR 49
166.1–
166.8
267.3–
268.4
US 79 Bridge over Cumberland River
188.5 303.4 SR 120 north – Bumpus Mills, Cadiz (KY) Southern terminus of SR 120
192.0 309.0 SR 46 (Red Top Road) – Cumberland City Western terminus of SR 46
Montgomery Woodlawn 199.8 321.5 SR 233 south (Lylewood Road) Northern terminus of SR 233
203.9 328.1 SR 374 east (Paul B. Huff Memorial Parkway) Western terminus of SR 374
Clarksville 207.6 334.1 US 41A north (Fort Campbell Boulevard) / SR 12 north – Oak Grove, Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville Western end of US 41A/SR 12 concurrency
209.4 337.0
US 41A south / US 41A Byp. south / SR 12 south / SR 13 south / SR 76 east – Downtown Clarksville
Northern terminus of US 41A Bypass; Southern end of SR 13 concurrency; eastern end of US 41A/SR 12 concurrency
211.1 339.7 SR 48 south (College Street) Southern end of SR 48 concurrency
212.4 341.8 Dunbar Cave Road – Dunbar Cave State Park
213.3 343.3 SR 48 north (Trenton Road) – Trenton (KY) Northern end of SR 48 concurrency
214.1 344.6 SR 374 (101st Airbourne Division Parkway) Single-point urban interchange
216.2–
216.4
347.9–
348.3
I-24 – Nashville, Paducah I-24 Exit 4
221.7 356.8 US 79 north / SR 13 ends – Guthrie Continuation into Kentucky; northern end of SR 13 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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. ^ Rand McNally (2016). "Tennessee" (Map). The Road Atlas (2016 Walmart ed.). 1 in≈19 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 94. §§ C6-C7, D5-D6, E4-D5. ISBN 0-528-01329-7. 
  3. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [front] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § A5, B4-B5, C3-C4, and D4. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ /Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map [front] (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. § A5 and A6. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ “Leaders of Afro-American Nashville”. Archived from the original on July 14, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Rand McNally Road Atlas 1959, page 34.


U.S. Route 79
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Arkansas
Tennessee Next state:
Kentucky