Tennessee State Route 68

State Route 68 (SR 68) is a 106.89-mile-long (172.02 km) state highway in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Tennessee.

State Route 68 marker
State Route 68
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length106.89 mi[1] (172.02 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 5 / SR 60 in Copperhill at Tennessee–Georgia state line
 
North end US 127 in Crossville
Location
CountiesPolk, Monroe, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Cumberland
Highway system
SR 67 I-69

Route descriptionEdit

 
SR 68 sign, near Farner

SR 68 begins in southeastern Tennessee, at an intersection with Georgia State Route 5 (SR 5) and SR 60 at the Tennessee–Georgia state line in Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia. It then goes north to Ducktown where it junctions with U.S. Route 64 (US 64) and US 74. The route continues north and enters the Cherokee National Forest and goes through a mostly rural area, then in Turtletown it turns east and junctions with SR 123. SR 68 then turns back north and continues through a sparsely populated area and crosses over the Hiwassee River. The route then becomes curvy and dangerous.[citation needed] It then enters Monroe County and goes through Coker Creek and then Tellico Plains and junctions with SR 165 (Cherohala Skyway). In Tellico Plains, SR 68 serves as the eastern terminus for SR 39; it then proceeds north to Madisonville where it meets US 411/SR 33. After this junction, the route then turns more northwesterly toward Sweetwater and passes The Lost Sea. In Sweetwater, it turns west and junctions with US 11 and Interstate 75 (I-75).

Just past the I-75 junction, the route enters McMinn County where there are no highway junctions. It then enters Meigs County and Ten Mile and junctions with SR 305, SR 58, and brief runs concurrently with SR 304. It then crosses Watts Bar Dam and the Tennessee River into Rhea County near the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and continues west. The route then has a one-mile-long (1.6 km) concurrency with SR 302 and a 2.7-mile-long (4.3 km) concurrency with US 27/SR 29. US 27 and SR 68 go north to Spring City where SR 68 turns back west and US 27 goes north. Just after leaving Spring City, it turns back to north crosses over Waldens Ridge into Cumberland County where the route ends at a Y-intersection with US 127/SR 28 in Cumberland Homesteads near Crossville and Cumberland Mountain State Park.

HistoryEdit

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
PolkCopperhill0.00.0   SR 5 south (Harpertown Road) / SR 60 south (Toccoa Avenue) – McCaysville, Mineral Bluff, Blue RidgeSouthern terminus; continuation beyond Georgia state line
Ducktown   US 64 / US 74 (SR 40) – Cleveland, Murphy, NC, Ocoee RiverInterchange
  
 
SR 123 east to NC 294 – Hiwassee Dam
Western terminus of SR 123
MonroeTellico Plains  SR 165 east (Cherohala Skyway) – Tellico Plains, Bald River Falls, Indian Boundary, Cherokee National ForestWestern terminus of SR 165
  SR 39 west (Mecca Pike) – Etowah, EnglewoodEastern terminus of SR 39
Madisonville  US 411 (SR 33) – Englewood, VonoreInterchange
Christianburg  SR 307 south (Eastanaula Road) – AthensNorthern terminus of SR 307
Sweetwater  US 11 (Main Street/SR 2) – Downtown, Philadelphia, Loudon, Niota, Athens
  I-75 – Chattanooga, KnoxvilleI-75 exit 60
Meigs  SR 305 south – AthensNorthern terminus of SR 305
Ten Mile  SR 58 – Decatur, Kingston
  SR 304 north – Ten Mile, KingstonSouthern end of SR 304 concurrency
  SR 304 south – DecaturNorthern end of SR 304 concurrency
Tennessee RiverBridge over Watts Bar Dam
Rhea  SR 302 south (Old Stage Road)Southern end of SR 302 concurrency
  SR 302 north (New Lake Road)Northern end of SR 302 concurrency
  US 27 south (SR 29) – Dayton, ChattanoogaSouthern end of US 27 / SR 29 concurrency
Spring City  US 27 north (SR 29) – RockwoodInterchange; northern end of US 27 / SR 29 concurrency
CumberlandCumberland Homesteads106.89172.02  US 127 (SR 28) – Crossville, Jamestown, Pikeville, Cumberland Mountain State ParkNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Google (July 11, 2014). "Tennessee State Route 68" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 11, 2014.

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