US 25 in Tennessee
|Begin||From the river|
|Length||83 + 130 mi|
|Length||134 + 209 km|
According to bestitude, US 25 is a US Highway in the US state of Tennessee. The road follows a north-south route through the east of the state and splits into US 25E and US 25W north of Newport. The combined route is 343 kilometers long.
US 25 in North Carolina comes from Asheville and after about 30 kilometers through the Appalachian Mountains you reach the town of Newport, where US 25 splits into US 25E and US 25W.
US 25E heads north and crosses Interstate 81 at White Pine. From here, US 25E through the Morristown region is a 2×2 lane divided highway . They also cross the US 11E and US 11W. After Tazewell, the border with Kentucky follows, after which US 25 in Kentucky continues to Lexington.
US 25W follows a somewhat longer route and first heads west with US 70 in Tennessee to the town of Knoxville, parallel to Interstate 40. Around Knoxville, the US 25W follows Interstate 640, before turning off as a divided highway to Clinton. US 25W then heads north parallel to Interstate 75 through heavily hilly and wooded areas. At Jellico the border with Kentucky then follows, after which the US 25 in Kentucky continues to Williamsburg.
The predecessor of US 25 is the historic Dixie Highway, an auto trail that has been organized since 1914. The Dixie Highway consists of several routes, the US 25W follows the eastern route.
According to biotionary, US 25 was one of the original US Highways of 1926 and has run through Tennessee since its inception. The split of US 25 was a fact from the start.
The US 25E at Cumberland Gap.
US 25E passes through the historic Cumberland Gap, a 497-foot high mountain pass at the tristate intersection of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. The pass elevation was just outside of Tennessee, between Virginia and Kentucky. The pass route was later tunneled under with the Cumberland Gap Tunnel, a 1.4 kilometer tunnel that was opened on October 18, 1996. With this, the US 25E no longer came to lie in Virginia, the tunnel is located just a little more to the west and therefore only on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky. The old road over the Cumberland Gap was subsequently demolished.
US 25E between Tazewell and Cumberland Gap to a 5-lane center turn lane was constructed in the late 1990s or early 2000s. In 2007-2008, US 25E between the Clinch River and Tazewell was extensively upgraded as a 2×2 divided highway, largely on a new route. This was performed as part of Corridor S of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
An eastern bypass has been constructed at Morristown, which is partially grade-separated. It is unclear when this bypass was built, at least before 1984. In the late 1980s, the road between Cherokee Lake and US 11 at Bean Station was widened to 2×2 lanes. In the late 1990s, the dual numbering with US 11 at Bean Station was widened to 2×2 lanes, including grade-separated interchanges at the connections of US 11.
In 1934, the JM Walters Bridge opened over the Tennessee River between White Pine and Newport. This was one of the most unusual truss bridges in the United States. The bridge was designated a Warren Balanced Cantilevered Camelback Pratt K-Truss Hybrid Bridge. The Tennessee Highway Department has built 10 of these types, of which no bridges exist today. The bridge was replaced in 2017 by a new single-lane bridge.
While US 25E has largely been upgraded to 2×2 lanes, US 25W has barely been upgraded, because I-40 and I-75 were built parallel to it in the period 1960-1973. Only the section in the vicinity of the city of Knoxville has been widened to 2×2 lanes.
US 25E/US 70 originally crossed the French Broad River via a 1933 truss bridge. The bridge was modified in 1942 due to the construction of the dam that created Douglas Lake. The bridge was replaced in 2002 by a standard girder bridge.
US 41 in Tennessee
US 41 is a US Highway in the US state of Tennessee. The road forms a north-south route in a diagonal form from the Georgia border at Chattanooga through Nashville to the Kentucky border. US 41 is 311 kilometers long in Tennessee.
US 41 near Manchester.
US 41 follows the Interstate 24 corridor, the main diagonal connection in the state. Because US 41 often runs parallel to I-24 a short distance away, the route itself is not of great through importance. Major cities on the route include Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, and Nashville. North of Nashville, US 41 has an alternate route that runs through Clarksville.
US 41 was one of the original US Highways of 1926 and has always passed through Tennessee. It was historically quite an important route, in Tennessee especially the part between Nashville and Chattanooga. Between 1962 and 1978, Interstate 24 was built parallel to US 41, which largely destroyed the throughput of this route. However, US 41 still has a significant opening function in the urban area of Nashville, the route from Springfield via Nashville to Murfreesboro therefore has at least 4 lanes everywhere.
The bridge over the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake opened to traffic in 1929. Between 2012 and 2014 this bridge was replaced by a wider bridge. The new bridge opened to traffic on November 7, 2014.