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Tennessee State Route 72

State Route 72 (SR 72) is a 43.3-mile-long (69.7 km) state highway in the eastern portion of U.S. state of Tennessee. It travels through the towns of Vonore and Loudon.

State Route 72 marker

State Route 72
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length43.3 mi[1] (69.7 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 58 near Midway
  I-75 in Loudon

US 11 in Loudon

US 411 in Vonore
East end US 129 near Tallassee
Location
CountiesRoane, Loudon, Monroe, Blount
Highway system
US 72SR 73

Route descriptionEdit

Roane CountyEdit

SR 72 begins in Roane County at an intersection with SR 58 just east of Midway. It then goes east as a narrow, curvy, 2-lane highway as it goes through Midway and then some mountains before entering Paint Rock and having a junction with SR 322, a loop route through Sweetwater. It stays curvy as it crosses more mountains and enters Loudon County.

Loudon CountyEdit

It then begins paralleling the Tennessee River as it enters Loudon, and finally leaves the mountains and curves behind. SR 72 then has an interchange with I-75 before going through Loudon's main business district and having a junction with US 11/SR 2. It then bypasses downtown to the south before leaving Loudon and the Tennessee River to turn and go southeast. After that, it goes through farmland and has an intersection with SR 444 (Tellico Parkway), which provides access to Tellico Village, Tellico Lake, and Lenoir City.

Monroe and Blount CountiesEdit

SR 72 then crosses into Monroe County and enters Vonore, intersects with the other end of SR 322, and comes to an intersection with US 411/SR 33. It becomes concurrent with then and they travel east into downtown, where they intersect SR 360, which provides access to Fort Loudoun and Fort Loudoun State Park. They then cross the Little Tennessee River/Tellico Lake, before SR 72 separates and turns south. It then follows the banks of the lake, crossing into Blount County for a short distance, before ending at an intersection with US 129/SR 115 near Tallassee.

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
RoaneMidway0.00.0  SR 58 (Decatur Highway) – Kingston, Decatur, ChattanoogaWestern terminus
Paint Rock5.48.7  SR 322 east (Sweetwater Road) – SweetwaterWestern terminus of SR 322
LoudonLoudon13.822.2  I-75 – Chattanooga, KnoxvilleI-75 exit 72
16.226.1  US 11 (Mulberry Street/SR 2) – Loudon, Sweetwater
Tellico Village23.337.5  SR 444 east (Tellico Parkway) – Tellico Village, Lenoir CityWestern terminus of SR 444
Monroe
No major junctions
Loudon
No major junctions
MonroeVonore27.143.6  SR 322 west (Sweetwater-Vonore Road) – SweetwaterEastern terminus of SR 322
29.347.2  US 411 south (Highway 411/SR 33) – MadisonvilleSouthern end of US 411/SR 33 concurrency
31.751.0  SR 360 south (Unicoi Turnpike) – Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Tellico PlainsNorthern terminus of SR 360
34.355.2  US 411 north (Highway 411/SR 33) – MaryvilleNorthern end of US 411/SR 33 concurrency
Blount
No major junctions
MonroePumpkin Center43.369.7  US 129 (Calderwood Highway/SR 115) – Maryville, RobbinsvilleEastern terminus of SR 72
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Google (July 13, 2015). "Tennessee State Route 72" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 13, 2015.