Tennessee State Route 156

State Route 156 (SR 156) is a spur route of Tennessee State Route 56 (SR 56) and a state highway in Franklin and Marion counties in the southern central and southeastern portions of Tennessee, United States. It traverses the southern Cumberland Plateau before descending into the Sequatchie Valley, where follows the shores of Nickajack Lake for its final few miles.[1]

State Route 156 marker

State Route 156
Shellmound Rd
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length35.4 mi (57.0 km)
Major junctions
West end US 41A / SR 56 in Saint Andrews
  US 72 in South Pittsburgh
I-24 exit 161 near Haletown
East end SR 134 in Haletown
CountiesFranklin, Marion
Highway system
SR 155SR 157

Route descriptionEdit

SR 156 begins in Franklin County atop the western part of the Cumberland Plateau near Sewanee at an intersection with U.S. Route 41A/Tennessee State Route 15/SR 56. It winds its way southeastward across a remote section of the plateau, passing through Franklin State Forest along the way and crossing into Marion County after straddling the county line for a few miles. After exiting the forest, the road veers eastward and intersects Orme Mountain Road, a gravel road connecting the highway with Orme in the valley to the south.[1]

View of Nickajack Lake from Tennessee State Route 377, showing the causeway carrying SR 156 across the lake below, September 2016

Just beyond its intersection with Patton School Road, SR 156 descends more than one thousand feet (300 m) from the edge of the plateau into the Sequatchie Valley, where it enters South Pittsburg. It follows 2nd Street through the city's downtown area before briefly merging with the former route of U.S. Route 72/Tennessee State Route 27, veering north along Cedar Avenue for several blocks, and then turning eastward again to have an interchange with the current expressway alignment. SR 156 crosses the Tennessee River via the steel arch Shelby Rhinehart Bridge.[1]

After crossing the bridge, SR 156 enters New Hope, which it traverses from west-to-east, providing its main traffic artery. Shortly after crossing the bridge, it intersects Tennessee State Route 422, which goes south to Long Island, Alabama. At this city's eastern limits, SR 156 intersects Tennessee State Route 377, which continues southward into Alabama (where it becomes Alabama State Route 73). Beyond this intersection, SR 156 crosses a mile-long causeway across Nickajack Lake, with the Nickajack Cove inlet to the south, and the main body of the lake to the north. The road runs parallel to a stretch of CSX railroad tracks along the length of the causeway.[1]

After reaching the main lakeshore, SR 156 turns northeastward, following the shore and the lower slopes of Sand Mountain before reaching an intersection with Interstate 24 (Exit 161). Just past this intersection, the highway again crosses a section of the lake before terminating at its intersection with Tennessee State Route 134. Fom this point, SR 134 continues northward into Haletown and eastward toward Whiteside and the northwestern part of the state of Georgia.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

FranklinSaint Andrews0.00.0   US 41A / SR 56 (Sewanee Highway/Sollace M. Freeman Highway/SR 15) – Monteagle, Sewanee, The University of the South, Cowan, WinchesterWestern terminus
No major junctions
No major junctions
MarionOrme Mountain Road – OrmeEnd South-North designation
South Pittsburg   US 72 east (SR 27 east) to I-24 – Kimball, JasperInterchange
  US 72 west (SR 27 west) – Bridgeport, Stevenson, Hollywood, ScottsboroInterchange
Tennessee RiverShelby Reinhart Bridge across Guntersville Lake
New Hope  SR 422 south (Long Island Road)Northern terminus of SR 422
  SR 377 south to   SR 73 – BryantNorthern terminus of SR 377
Haletown  I-24 – Chattanooga, NashvilleI&8209;24 Exit 161
35.457.0  SR 134 (J.E. Clouse Highway) – downtown, Jasper, Whiteside, Wildwood (Georgia)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Tennessee Department of Transportation (2016). Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). c.1:1,013,760. Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ E9-E10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-12. Retrieved September 28, 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Tennessee State Route 156 at Wikimedia Commons