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Tennessee State Route 71

State Route 71 (SR 71) is a north–south state highway in Tennessee. For most of the length it is a "hidden" route, as it coincides with US 441 in all but a short section in Knoxville. The road begins at the North Carolina state line in Sevier County within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Newfound Gap and ends at an intersection with US 25W, SR 116, and SR 9 (hidden) in Rocky Top. Along its length SR 71 passes through Sevier County, a small portion of Blount County, Knox County, Anderson County, and in and out of Campbell County.

State Route 71 primary marker State Route 71 secondary marker

State Route 71
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length85.8 mi[1] (138.1 km)
Major junctions
South end US 441 at the North Carolina state line within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  US 321 in Gatlinburg

SR 449 in Pigeon Forge
US 411 / SR 66 in Sevierville
SR 158 in Knoxville
I-40 in Knoxville
US 11 / US 70 in Knoxville
US 441 / SR 33 in Knoxville
I-640 / US 25W in Knoxville

I-75 in Rocky Top
North end US 25W / SR 116 in Rocky Top
Location
CountiesSevier, Blount, Knox, Anderson, Campbell
Highway system
SR 70US 72

Route DescriptionEdit

Sevier CountyEdit

SR 71 begins concurrent with US 441 within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the North Carolina state line on Newfound Gap. SR 71 is known as Newfound Gap Road within the park, and follows along a valley carved by the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River as a narrow and curvy 2-Lane highway. Newfound Gap Road then becomes concurrent with SR 73 Scenic (Little River Road) before having an interchange with the Gatlinburg Bypass and entering the city of Garlinburg, where US 441/SR 71/SR 73 Scenic leaves the park and becomes Parkway, a 4-lane undivided highway as it passes through the city. Parkway then has an intersection with US 321/SR 73 (East Parkway), where SR 73 Scenic ends and US 321/SR 73 joins Parkway. Parkway heads north to have another interchange with the Garlinburg Bypass before leaving Garlinburg and becoming a divided highway known as the Foothills Parkway Spur (more commonly known as The Spur). Parkway then enters the city of Pigeon Forge and widens to a 6-lane. It passes through the city and has an intersection with SR 449 (Dollywood Lane/Veterans Boulevard) before US 321/SR 73 head north along Wears Valley Road. US 441/SR 71 (Parkway) then crosses a bridge over the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River to enter Sevierville. They pass by several tourist attractions and a Tanger Outlets before again crossing the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and turning of the Parkway and north onto Forks of the River Parkway at the southern edge of downtown. They bypass downtown on the west side as an undivided highway before coming to an intersection with SR 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) and US 411/SR 35 (W Main Street), where US 441/SR 71 turns left to become concurrent with US 411/SR 35 as a 4-lane undivided highway known as Chapman Highway. Chapman Highway then crosses a bridge over West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and leaves Sevierville as a divided highway through rural areas. It then passes through some mountainous areas as an undivided highway before entering Seymour. Chapman Highway passes by several homes and businesses before coming to an intersection with SR 338 (Boyds Creek Highway), where US 411/SR 35 heads south along Maryville Highway. US 441/SR 71 (Chapman Highway) continues north to pass through a small portion of Blount County before leaving Seymour and crossing into Knox County.

Knox CountyEdit

US 441/SR 71 (Chapman Highway) passes through suburban areas as it enters South Knoxville. It has an interchange with SR 168 (Governor John Sevier Highway) before passing through a business district. SR 71 then breaks off from US 441 and follows E Moody Avenue for a few blocks before joining South Knox Boulevard (signed as James White Parkway) at an interchange with its current southern end. SR 71 then heads north as a freeway and has interchanges with Cottrell Street, Sevier Avenue, and Hilwood Avenue before crossing a bridge over the Tennessee River to enter downtown Knoxville. Near the northern terminus SR 71 follows the Clinch River and passes over the top of Norris Dam. SR 71 then turns west and leaves James White Parkway, which continues as SR 158, and follows the adjoining exit ramp for Riverside Drive, Hill Avenue, Hall of Fame Drive; even through SR 71 is signed as a primary highway along SR 158. This the only section where SR 71 sign is posted. SR 71 then follows Hall of Fame Drive north through downtown, running parallel to SR 158 (James White Parkway), and has an intersection with US 11/US 70/SR 1 (E Fifth Avenue/Magnolia Avenue) before having an interchange with I-40 (Exit 389). It then becomes concurrent with US 441/SR 33 (Broadway) at an interchange. Broadway continues north as a 4-lane undivided highway through neighborhoods and suburban areas before having an intersection with SR 331 (Old Broadway) and an interchange with I-640/US 25W/SR 9 (Exit 6) and entering Fountain City. Broadway has a partial interchange with SR 331 (Tazewell Pike) before it passes through a business district before passing through downtown. It then becomes a divided highway as it crosses a ridge, where it leaves Fountain City and Knoxville to enter Halls Crossroads. Broadway now becomes Maynardville Pike and passes through suburban areas and business districts before US 441/SR 71 splits off from SR 33 (Maynardville Pike) along Norris Freeway as a 4-lane undivided highway shortly before having an intersection with SR 131 (E Emory Road). The highway then narrows to 2-lanes and leaves Halls Crossroads to pass through rural areas. It then becomes concurrent with SR 170 (Old Raccoon Valley Road) before crossing into Anderson County.

Anderson CountyEdit

SR 170 splits off from US 441/SR 71 (Norris Freeway) along Hickory Valley Road before US 441/SR 71 continues north through rural areas to enter the city of Norris, where they have a short concurrency with SR 61 (Andersonville Highway/Charles G. Seviers Boulevard) before passing through Norris Dam State Park and crossing the Clinch River on top of the Norris Dam. The highway turns east and becomes windy and curvy as its crosses into Campbell County twice for short distances before re entering Anderson County to enter Rocky Top. US 441/SR 71 then have an interchange with I-75 (Exit 128) and widen to an undivided 4-lane shortly before coming to an end at an intersection with US 25W/SR 9/SR 116 (N Main Street) just north of downtown.

FutureEdit

At this time, South Knox Boulevard (SR 71) ends at Sevierville Pike, although there are current plans to extend the road to meet US 441 (Chapman Highway) or SR 168 (Governor John Sevier Highway).[2]

Concurrent routesEdit

SR 71 overlaps the following routes:

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
SevierGreat Smoky Mountains National Park0.00.0  US 441 south (New Found Gap Road) – CherokeeSouthern terminus at North Carolina state line; southern end of US 441 concurrency
 
  SR 73 Scenic east (Little River Road) – Townsend, Elkmont, Cades Cove
Southern end of SR 73 Scenic concurrency
Gatlinburg Bypass north – Pigeon ForgeSouthern terminus of Gatlinburg Bypass
Gatlinburg  US 321 north (East Parkway/SR 73 east) – Pittman Center, Cosby, NewportSouthern end of wrong-way concurrency with US 321/SR 73; End SR 73 Scenic concurrency; Eastern terminus of SR 73 Scenic
Gatlinburg Bypass south – CherokeeInterchange; No northbound access
Pigeon Forge  SR 449 north (Dollywood Lane/Veterans Parkway) – DollywoodSouthern terminus of SR 449
  US 321 south (Wears Valley Road/SR 73 west) – Wears Valley, TownsendNorthern end of Wrong-way concurrency with US 321/SR 73
SeviervilleParkway to    SR 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) / SR 448 (North Parkway)
    US 411 north (West Main Street/SR 35 north) / SR 66 / I-40 north (Winfield Dunn Parkway) – Newport, KodakSouthern end of Wrong-way concurrency with US 411/SR 35; Southern terminus of SR 66
Seymour  US 411 south (Maryville Highway/SR 35 south) – Maryville, Alcoa
  SR 338 north (Boyds Creek Highway) – Boyds Creek
Northern end of wrong-way concurrency with US 411/SR 35; Southern terminus of SR 338
KnoxKnoxville  SR 168 (Governor John Sevier Highway) – Johnson University, Strawberry PlainsInterchange
   US 441 north (Chapman Highway) to SR 33Northern end of US 441 concurrency
Sevierville Pike – Seymour
Cottrell StreetInterchange
Sevier Avenue / Hillwood AvenueInterchange
Riverside Drive, Hill Avenue, Hall of Fame Drive,   SR 158 (Neyland Drive, James White Parkway)Interchange; SR 71 north follows ramp unsigned
   SR 158 (Neyland Drive, James White Parkway) to I-40Ramp to SR 158
West Magnolia Avenue To    US 441 / SR 33
   US 11 / US 70 (East Magnolia Avenue/East Fifth Street/SR 1) – Farragut, Strawberry Plains
  I-40 – Nashville, AshevilleI-40 exit 389
   US 441 south / SR 33 south (North Broadway)southbound exit and northbound entrance; Southern end of US 441/SR 33 concurrency
  SR 331 north (Old Broadway)Southern terminus of SR 331
   I-640 / US 25W (SR 9) – Nashville, AshevilleI-640 exit 6
  SR 331 (Tazewell Pike) – Corryton, PlainviewInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Halls Crossroads  SR 33 north (Maynardville Highway) – Maynardville, New TazewellNorthern end of SR 33 concurrency
  SR 131 (East Emory Road) – Powell, Corryton
  SR 170 west (Old Raccoon Valley Road) – Heiskell, ClaxtonSouthern end of SR 170 concurrency
Anderson  SR 170 east (Hickory Valley Road) – New TazewellNorthern end of SR 170 concurrency
Norris  SR 61 (Andersonville Highway) – Andersonville, Big Ridge State ParkSouthern end of SR 61 concurrency
  SR 61 west (North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard) – ClintonNorthern end of SR 61 concurrency
Campbell
No major junctions
Anderson
No major junctions
Campbell
No major junctions
AndersonRocky Top  I-75 – Knoxville, LexingtonI-75 exit 128
85.8138.1   US 25W / SR 116 (North Main Street/SR 9) – Caryville, downtown Rocky TopNorthern terminus of US 441 and SR 71
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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