Tennessee State Route 168

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State Route 168

Governor John Sevier Highway
TN 168 in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length18.1 mi[1] (29.1 km)
Major junctions
West end US 129 south of Knoxville
Major intersections US 441 in South Knoxville
I-40 / US 25W in Knoxville
East end US 11 / US 11E / US 11W / US 70 in Knoxville
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 167 SR 169

State Route 168 (SR 168, known as Governor John Sevier Highway) is a state highway in Knox County, Tennessee, that is 18.1 miles long. Its western terminus is with US 129/SR 115, and its eastern terminus is with US 11/US 11E/US 11W/US 70/SR 1.

Route description

SR 168 begins as a 2-lane highway at an interchange with US 129/SR 115 (Alcoa Highway) south of Knoxville. It goes east to have an interchange with SR 33 (Maryville Pike) before passing through rural areas. SR 168 passes by the home of former Governor of Tennessee John Sevier, for which this highway is named after, before entering South Knoxville area of Knoxville to have an interchange with US 441/SR 71 (Chapman Highway). SR 168 takes a more northerly route and passes through New Hopewell before crossing a bridge over the French Broad River to re enter Knoxville and pass through an industrial area. The highway then has an intersection with Strawberry Plains Pike, which leads to an interchange with I-40 (Exit 398), before following the banks of the Holston River to pass underneath I-40 without an interchange. SR 168 then comes to an intersection and becomes concurrent with US 11E/US 25W/US 70/SR 9 and turns west. From here on, SR 168 is unsigned companion route for US 11E and US 70. They immediately cross a bridge over the Holston River as a 4-lane divided highway known as Asheville Highway, and continues west through neighborhoods and has an interchange with I-40 (Exit 394), where US 25W/SR 9 splits off and goes north along I-40 west. US 11E/US 70/SR 168 continues west through neighborhoods and passing through a business district before US 11E and SR 168 both come to an end at an interchange with US 11/SR 1 (Magnolia Avenue) and the southern end of US 11W (Rutledge Pike), where US 70 continues west along US 11/SR 1.

Except for the concurrency with US 11E and US 70, the entire route of SR 168 is known as Governor John Sevier Highway, in honor of the former state Governor John Sevier, who was the first governor of Tennessee.


In 1977, design proposals for a partial cloverleaf interchange at John Sevier Highway at I-40 intent to relieve truck traffic from the Forks of the River industrial park were cancelled following neighborhood opposition, citing the removal of a 24-family neighborhood near Strawberry Plains.[2]

Junction list

The entire route is in Knox County.

Knoxville0.00.0 US 129 (Alcoa Highway/SR 115) – Knoxville, Alcoa, Maryville, McGhee Tyson AirportWestern terminus; hybrid interchange: northbound US 129 grade-separated from SR 168 with exit and entrance ramps; southbound US 129 uses a continuous green T-intersection with a left exit and a left entrance - these ramps cross each other at-grade, controlled by a stop sign on the entrance ramp
South Knoxville SR 33 (Maryville Pike) – Maryville, Eagleton Village, Rockford, KnoxvilleTwo-quadrant interchange
US 441 (Chapman Highway/SR 71) – Seymour, Sevierville, KnoxvilleInterchange
Strawberry Plains Pike TO I-40 – Strawberry Plains

US 11E north / US 25W south / US 70 east (Asheville Highway/SR 9 south) – Strawberry Plains, Dandridge, New Market, Jefferson City
Eastern end of US 11E/US 25W/US 70/SR 9 concurrency

I-40 / US 25W north (SR 9 north) – Nashville, Newport
Western end of US 25W/SR 9 concurrency; I-40 exit 394

US 11W north (Rutledge Pike/SR 1 east) / US 11 south / US 70 west (Magnolia Avenue/SR 1 west) – Rutledge
Southern terminus of US 11W; Southern terminus of US 11E; Eastern terminus of SR 168; Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (24 January 2003). "State Highway and Interstate List 2003".

External links

  1. ^ "Governor John Sevier Scenic Highway Corridor Study" (PDF). Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission. September 12, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Staff (May 11, 1977). "Residents Irked at TDOT Plan for Interchange". Knoxville News Sentinel. p. D-1. Retrieved June 3, 2023.