Tennessee State Route 111

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State Route 111

TN 111 in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length116 mi (187 km)
Major junctions
South end US 27 in Soddy-Daisy
Major intersections
North end US 127 in Static, Kentucky
CountryUnited States
CountiesHamilton, Sequatchie, Van Buren, White, Putnam, Overton, Pickett
Highway system
SR 110 SR 112

State Route 111 (SR 111) is a north–south highway in Middle and East Tennessee. The road begins in Soddy-Daisy and ends north of Byrdstown in the community of Static, at the Tennessee/Kentucky state line. The length is 116 mi (186.7 km).[1]

Route description

The highway begins at an interchange with U.S. Route 27/SR 29 (US 27/SR 29) in Soddy-Daisy. SR 111 travels generally northwest as a controlled access highway before it crosses into Sequatchie County. The controlled-access sections of SR 111 are unusual, as they contain 70 mph speed limits, which are generally reserved for Interstate highways. It then proceeds over Walden Ridge and into the Sequatchie Valley, where it comes to an interchange with US 127 and starts a concurrency with SR 8 in Dunlap, where the freeway ends. The concurrency goes up the Cumberland Plateau, continuing as a 4-lane road, albeit without a dividing median or wide shoulders, and into the northern part of the county where it narrows to an improved 2-lane road and SR 8 splits off and continues to McMinnville. SR 111 turns north at this point and crosses into Van Buren County. Beyond this point, the entire road until passing Livingston is either a four-lane divided highway or a five-lane road with a continuous center turn lane, in both cases with wide, paved shoulders.

SR 111 approaching the Cumberland Plateau, near Spencer

In Van Buren County, the highway travels through the small town of Spencer, passing just west of Fall Creek Falls State Park, and continues into White County at the Caney Fork River. In this area SR 111 runs a brief concurrency with SR 285. The highway then proceeds north as Harold "Mose" Sims Memorial Highway and joins the concurrency of US 70S/SR 1. The concurrency continues to the west side of Sparta, at which point the highways split up and SR 111 becomes controlled access again, continuing north into Putnam County.

Entering Putnam County by crossing the Falling Water River, the highway runs a brief concurrency with SR 136 before continuing north and passing through eastern Cookeville, once again losing its status as a controlled-access highway. Here it intersects Interstate 40 (I-40) and US 70N as it turns north-northeastward and into the town of Algood. After passing Algood, SR 111 turns northeastward and enters Overton County.

In Overton County, SR 111 becomes Cookeville Highway and then Veterans Memorial Parkway as it approaches Livingston. It becomes a bypass around the northwest of town, known as Bradford Hicks Drive, before exiting Livingston as an improved two-lane highway and continuing northeast as Byrdstown Highway. It crosses into Pickett County and becomes Livingston Highway. Then, it crosses the Obey River, impounded as Dale Hollow Lake, and enters Byrdstown.

After bypassing the center of Byrdstown, the highway continues northeastward as Robert H. Roberts Memorial Highway before ending at US 127/SR 28 in Static, just yards from the Kentucky state line. From this intersection, US 127 runs northwestward to Albany, Kentucky, and southeastward toward Jamestown, Tennessee, while Kentucky Route 1076 continues northeastward to KY 696, which crosses Poplar Mountain in the direction of Monticello, Kentucky. If not for the mountain, this would be the straightest route along the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau from Byrdstown to Monticello. It has been suggested that TN 111 and parts of US 127, KY 90, US 27, KY 914, KY 80 and KY 461 be renumbered US 111 (a route that no longer exists) to create a clearly numbered route along the scenic western edge of the plateau, connecting Interstates 75, 40 and 24.[2]


SR 111 existed by 1938,[3] but only as a short portion of the current SR 111 route between the town of Spencer in Van Buren County and Doyle in White County and maintained this alignment at least through 1951.[4] By 1963, it had been extended south from Spencer to the SR 8 junction in Sequatchie County north of Cagle. Between 1975 and 1978, SR 111 was extended north to Cookeville replacing SR 42 in that section.[5] Between 1987 and 1989 the highway was extended northward over the remainder of the path of SR 42 to Static; this section was signed as SR 24 prior to the mid-1930s.[6] Between 1988 and 1994, the section between SR 8 in Dunlap and US 27 between Soddy-Daisy and Bakewell was built. This extension was four lanes on the downgrades of Walden Ridge, and two lanes elsewhere, with the intent of eventually expanding the entirety to four lanes.[7] The section opened to traffic on December 13, 1994, and cost $96 million.[8] This was expanded to a four lane controlled-access highway between 2000 and 2004, which included replacing the four-way intersection with US 127 with an overpass and interchange.

State Route 42

State Route 42

LocationSparta to Static
ExistedOctober 1, 1923[9]–1989

State Route 42 (SR 42) was the former designation of a state highway in Tennessee that ran from US 70S in Sparta north through Cookeville, and ending in the town of Static at US 127 near the Kentucky state line. The number was decommissioned when SR 111 was created. Except for a few bypasses, SR 111 follows the entire route of former SR 42.

Major intersections

HamiltonSoddy-Daisy0.00.0 US 27 (SR 29) – Chattanooga, DaytonSouthern terminus; freeway continues as US 27 south (SR 29 south)
0.81.3Back Valley Road
4.47.1Jones Gap Road
Sequatchie10.917.5Lewis Chapel Road
14.623.5East Valley Road
Dunlap1727 US 127 (Rankin Avenue/SR 8 south/SR 28) – Pikeville, DunlapNorthern end of freeway; southern end of SR 8 concurrency; interchange
SR 399 west (Rifle Range Road) – Palmer, Gruetli-Laager
Eastern terminus of SR 399; provides access to Savage Gulf State Natural Area (South Cumberland State Park)
SR 8 north – McMinnville
Northern end of SR 8 concurrency
Van Buren3658
SR 284 east (Baker Mountain Road) – Fall Creek Falls State Park
Interchange; western terminus of SR 284
Spencer44.171.0 SR 30 (College Street) – McMinnville, Pikeville, Fall Creek Falls State ParkInterchange via access road; provides access to downtown
SR 285 east (Cane Creek Cummingsville Road)
Southern end of SR 285 concurrency
SR 285 west (Gooseneck Road) – Doyle
Northern end of SR 285 concurrency
US 70S west (Memorial Highway/SR 1 west) – McMinnville
Southern end of US 70S/SR 1 concurrency; interchange; provides access to Rock Island State Park
SR 1 east (Mayberry Street) – Sparta
Interchange; northern end of SR 1 concurrency
57.893.0 US 70S end / US 70 (W Bockman Way/SR 26) – Sparta, SmithvilleInterchange; eastern terminus of US 70S
SR 289 south (N Spring Street) – Sparta
Interchange; northern terminus of SR 289; south end of freeway
61.799.3 SR 135 (Burgess Falls Road)Interchange
63.5102.2O'Connor RoadInterchange
Hampton Crossroads66.1106.4
SR 136 south (Old Kentucky Road) – Hampton Crossroads
South end of SR 136 concurrency; interchange; provides access to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport
SR 136 north (S Jefferson Avenue) – Cookeville
North end of SR 136 concurrency; interchange; north end of freeway
71.9115.7 I-40 – Nashville, KnoxvilleI-40 exit 288; interchange; at-grade on SR 111
73.1117.6 US 70N (E Spring Street/SR 24) – Cookeville, MontereyInterchange; south end of freeway
75.2121.0Cookeville, Algood (10th Street)Interchange; north end of freeway
SR 293 east (Rickman Monterey Highway) – Rickman
Southern end of SR 293 concurrency
SR 293 west (Tommy Dodson Highway)
Northern end of SR 293 concurrency
Livingston90.1145.0 SR 84 – MontereyInterchange; at-grade on SR 111
SR 85 west (Hilham Highway) – Gainesboro
Southern end of SR 85 concurrency
SR 85 east (Main Street) – Livingston
Northern end of SR 85 concurrency
92.8149.3 SR 52 (Celina Highway/Church Street) – Celina, LivingstonProvides access to Standing Stone State Park
SR 294 south (East Main Street) – Livingston
Southern end of SR 294 concurrency
SR 294 north (Willow Grove Highway) – Dale Hollow Lake
Northern end of SR 294 concurrency
SR 325 west (Cordell Hull Memorial Drive) – Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
Southern end of SR 325 concurrency; provides access to Dale Hollow Lake
SR 325 east (West Main Street) – Byrdstown Business District
Northern end of SR 325 concurrency; provides access to Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
SR 295 east (North Main Street) – Downtown
Western terminus of SR 295
Static116187 US 127 (N York Highway/SR 28 south) – Albany KY, Jamestown, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic ParkNorthern terminus; northern terminus of SR 28; road continues into Kentucky as US 127 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ Microsoft (2006). MapPoint (Map). Microsoft.
  2. ^ "Get Driving Directions, Live Traffic & Road Conditions - MapQuest".
  3. ^ Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works (1938). Road Condition Map of Tennessee Showing the designated Trunk Line System of State Highways (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works.
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works (1951). Tennessee Highways (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works.
  5. ^ Tennessee Department of Highways (1978). SR-111 Reconstruction, Appalachian Hwy Corridor J, White/Putnam Counties (Report). Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  6. ^ Austin Peay Campaign Committee (1926). Highway Map of Tennessee Showing the Construction Progress During 8 Year Period 1918–1926, on Federal and State Aid Roads (Map). Scale not given. Nashville: Austin Peay Campaign Committee – via Tennessee Virtual Archive.
  7. ^ Google (16 January 2018). "TN-111" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 January 2018. February 25, 1999
  8. ^ Dodson, Wade (December 15, 1994). "Highway links Cookeville to Chattanooga". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2020-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Highway Planning Survey Division (1925). Biennial Report of the Commissioner of the Department of Highways and Public Works State of Tennessee for the Years 1923 and 1924 (PDF) (Report). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works. pp. 39–44. Retrieved May 19, 2023.