Tennessee State Route 50

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State Route 50

TN 50; primary in red, secondary in blue, unsigned in green
Route information
Maintained by TNDOT
Length161.3 mi[1] (259.6 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1923[2]–present
Major junctions
West end I-40 near Only
Major intersections
East end SR 56 / SR 108 in Altamont
CountryUnited States
CountiesHickman, Maury, Marshall, Lincoln, Moore, Franklin, Coffee, Grundy
Highway system
SR 49 US 51

State Route 50 (SR 50) is a west–to–east highway in Middle Tennessee. The road begins near Only and ends in Altamont. The current length is 161.3 miles (259.6 km).

Route description

Looking toward the intersection of U.S. Route 41 and Tennessee State Route 50 in the Pelham community of Grundy County

Hickman County

SR 50 begins as a 2-lane secondary highway in Hickman County at exit 148 on I-40 near Only as a continuation of Duck River Road. SR 50 travels southeast and crosses a bridge over the Duck River to enter Only and have an intersection with Dyer Road, which follows SR 50's former alignment through the community. SR 50 then passes through wooded areas as it bypasses Only to the south before having an intersection with SR 229, which provides access to the Turney Center Industrial Complex. SR 50 continues east to cross the Duck River again before paralleling it and having an intersection with SR 438. The highway then has two more crossings of the Duck river before passing near Grinder's Switch and entering Centerville. SR 50 then passes south of downtown as it then comes to an intersection with SR 48 and SR 100, where it becomes a primary highway as it turns south to have a short concurrency with them before leaving Centerville and continuing east, still paralleling the Duck River. for a short distance. The highway then passes south of Littlelot, where it has an intersection with SR 230 shortly before another bridge over the Duck River, an interchange with the Natchez Trace Parkway, and crossing into Maury County.

Maury County

SR 50 becomes Williamsport Pike as it turns southeast and has an intersection with SR 247 shortly before crossing another bridge over the Duck River and passing through Williamsport. The highway then continues through farmland to come to an interchange with US 43/US 412/SR 6 and entering Columbia.

SR 50 roughly parallels the Duck River from the highway's beginning to Columbia; the highway crosses the river six separate times along this stretch.

SR 50 enters Columbia from the northwest and has a short concurrency with US 412 Bus/SR 99 (Hampshire Pike) before bypassing downtown to the south along James Campbell Boulevard, where it becomes a 4-lane divided highway and has an intersection with SR 243 (Trotwood Avenue). SR 50 then passes a major business district, where it has an intersection with SR 245 (Highland Avenue) before having an intersection with US 31/SR 7 (Carmack Boulevard). SR 50 then narrows to 2-lanes and has an intersection with Tom J Hitch Parkway before turning southeast and leaving Columbia, becoming New Lewisburg Highway. The highway now passes through farmland and has an intersection with SR 373 in the Glendale community before having an interchange with I-65 at exit 37, shortly before crossing into Marshall County. In places it follows the route of the former Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railway.

Marshall County

SR 50 becomes New Columbia Highway and continues southeast to enter Lewisburg at an intersection where it becomes concurrent with US 431/SR 106. The highway then becomes N Ellington Parkway as it has an intersection with SR 417 just before splitting off from US 431/SR 106 onto Franklin Avenue to enter downtown. SR 50 then comes to an intersection and becomes concurrent with US 31A Bus/US 431 Bus (N 2nd Avenue).

From here to Fayetteville, SR 50 is unsigned.

They then go south through downtown before SR 50 and US 431 Bus split off from US 31A Bus and go east at another intersection with SR 373. They then leave downtown and come to an intersection with US 31A/US 431/SR 11/SR 106/SR 272 (N/S Ellington Parkway), where US 431 Bus and SR 106 end and SR 50 becomes concurrent with US 431. They then become E Commerce Street before leaving Lewisburg and going southeast as Fayetteville Highway. The highway then passes through Belfast, where it has an intersection with SR 271, before continuing southeast through farmland to Petersburg, where it goes through town on Buchanan Street as it has a short concurrency with SR 129 and has an intersection with both SR 130 and SR 244 before leaving Petersburg and crossing into Lincoln County.

Lincoln County

US 431/SR 50 becomes Lewisburg Highway as it continues southeast through farmland to enter Fayetteville on the north side of town. It then passes through some neighborhoods as Bright Avenue before entering downtown Main Avenue N, where they come to an intersection with US 64/SR 15 (College Street E), where SR 50 splits from US 431 to follow US 64/SR 15 east. Turning northeast, it becomes Mulberry Avenue as it leaves downtown and comes to an intersection with US 64 Bypass and US 231/SR 10, where it becomes Winchester Highway. They then widen to an undivided 4-lane highway and leave Fayetteville. On the eastern edge of town, SR 50 breaks away from US 64/SR 15, turns northeast, and becomes Lynchburg Highway.

From here on, SR 50 is signed.

SR 50 passes through the small town of Mulberry before crossing into Moore County.

Moore County

SR 50 then becomes Fayetteville Highway and passes through several miles of farmland before entering Lynchburg, where it has an intersection with SR 55, turns secondary, and follows Main Street for a short distance before turning onto Winchester Highway and leaving Lynchburg. SR 50 then winds its way through the countryside for the next few miles before crossing a bridge over the Elk River and entering Franklin County, passing just south of Tims Ford Dam.

Franklin County

SR 50 continues as Lynchburg Road as it makes its way east to Broadview, where it has intersections with SR 121 and SR 476 before crossing an arm of Tims Ford Lake to enter Winchester.

This section of SR 50 between Lynchburg and Winchester is popular with area motorcyclists and sports car drivers due to its sinuousness.

In Winchester, SR 50 makes several turns and has several names (4th Avenue NW, Cedar Street, 2nd Avenue, High Street, where it has another intersection with SR 130, 1st Avenue, and College Street) until it joins US 41A/SR 16 as Dinah Shore Boulevard in downtown. The highway then leaves downtown as it widens to an undivided 4-lane highway and crosses a bridge over an arm of Tims Ford Lake and heads northeast out of town. SR 50 then becomes primary as it splits from US 41A/SR 16 as W Main Street to enter and pass through the neighboring town of Decherd as a 2-lane. Continuing northeast, SR 50 leaves Decherd and becomes Old Alto Highway and then Warren Chapel Road before rejoining US 64 as Veterans Memorial Drive (4-lane divided highway; via an interchange). It then passes through the community of Alto before crossing into Coffee County.

Coffee County

US 64 and SR 50 pass through the southeasternmost sliver of Coffee County, where it crosses the Elk River for a second time before crossing into Grundy County.

Grundy County

US 64 and SR 50 then come to an interchange with I-24 at exit 127, where SR 50 again splits from US 64 and becomes a secondary highway. SR 50 then enters Pelham to intersect US 41/SR 2 before crossing the Elk River for a third time. Continuing northeast, SR 50 becomes curvy as it climbs the Eastern Highland Rim onto the Cumberland Plateau as Elkhead Road and then Pelham Road. Shortly after reaching the Plateau, it becomes concurrent with SR 108. They then east to enter Altamont where SR 50 meets its eastern terminus at SR 56 in downtown.


At one time, SR 50 had an alternate route, designated SR 50A. It has since been renumbered SR 373.

Junction list

HickmanOnly0.00.0 I-40 – Memphis, NashvilleWestern terminus; SR 50 begins as a secondary highway; I-40 exit 148
0.60.97Dyer Road - OnlyFormer SR 50 through Only
SR 229 south (R W Moore Memorial Rt Highway) – Turney Center Industrial Complex
Only Road - Only
Northern terminus of SR 229; Only Road is former SR 50
SR 438 west (Beaverdam Valley Road) – Coble, Lobelville
Eastern terminus of SR 438

SR 48 north / SR 100 east (Linden Road) – Wrigley, Nunnelly
Western end of SR 48/SR 100 concurrency; SR 50 turns primary

SR 48 south / SR 100 west (Linden Road) – Hohenwald, Linden
Eastern end of SR 48/SR 100 concurrency
SR 230 west (Littlelot Road) – Littlelot, Lyles
Eastern terminus of SR 230
31.550.7 Natchez Trace Parkway
SR 247 east (Snow Creek Road) – Santa Fe
Western terminus of SR 247
Columbia43.369.7 US 43 / US 412 (SR 6) – Mount Pleasant, HohenwaldInterchange; provides access to Maury County Airport

US 412 Bus. west (Hampshire Pike/SR 99 west)
Western end of US 412 Bus/SR 99 concurrency

US 412 Bus. east (Hampshire Pike/SR 99 east)
Eastern end of US 412 Bus/SR 99 concurrency
46.775.2 SR 243 (Trotwood Avenue) – Mount PleasantOld US 43
SR 245 south (Highland Avenue) – Campbellsville
Northern terminus of SR 245
49.579.7 US 31 (Carmack Boulevard/SR 7) – Pulaski
SR 373 east (Culleoka Highway) – Culleoka
Western terminus of SR 373; former SR 50A
59.295.3 I-65 – Nashville, HuntsvilleI-65 exit 37
US 431 north (SR 106 north) – Franklin
Western end of US 431/SR 106 concurrency; SR 50 becomes unsigned; provides access to Ellington Airport
SR 417 south (W Ellington Parkway)
Northern terminus of SR 417
US 431 south (N Ellington Parkway/SR 106 south)
Eastern end of US 431/SR 106 concurrency

US 31A Bus. north / US 431 Bus. north (N 2nd Avenue/SR 11 north)
Western end of US 31A Bus./US 431 Bus. concurrency

US 31A Bus. south (S 2nd Avenue/SR 11 south) / SR 373 west (W Commerce Street) – Culleoka
Eastern end of US 31A Bus. concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 373; SR 373 is former SR 50A
US 31A / US 431 north / SR 272 (N/S Ellington Parkway/SR 106) – Pulaski, Fayetteville, Lynnville
Southern terminus of US 431 Bus. concurrency; western end of US 431 concurrency
SR 271 north – Farmington
Southern terminus of SR 271
SR 129 west (Delina Road) – Cornersville
Western end of SR 129 concurrency

SR 129 east / SR 130 east (Railroad Street) – Lynchburg, Shelbyville
Eastern end of SR 129 concurrency; western terminus of SR 130
SR 244 south (Boonshill Petersburg Road)
Northern terminus of SR 244

US 64 west (College Street/SR 15 west/SR 273 west) / US 431 south (Main Avenue S/SR 273 east) – Pulaski, Park City
Eastern end of US 431 concurrency; western end of US 64/SR 15 concurrency

US 64 Byp. west / US 231 (Thornton Taylor Parkway/SR 10) – Shelbyville
Eastern terminus of US 64 Bypass
US 64 east (Winchester Highway/SR 15 east) – Huntland, Winchester
Eastern end of US 64/SR 15 concurrency; SR 50 becomes signed
SR 55 east – Tullahoma
Western terminus of SR 55; SR 50 turns secondary
SR 121 south (6 Mile Board Road) – Elora
Northern terminus of SR 121
SR 476 north (Mansford Road) – Tullahoma
Southern terminus of SR 476; provides access to Tims Ford Lake
SR 130 north (N High Street) – Tullahoma
Southern terminus of SR 130
SR 16 south (1st Avenue NW/SR 15 west)
Western end of SR 16/SR 15 concurrency
US 41A south (S College Street/SR 15 east) – Cowan
Western end of US 41A concurrency; eastern end of SR 15 concurrency

US 41A north / SR 16 north (Dinah Shore Boulevard) – Estill Springs
Eastern end of US 41A/SR 16 concurrency; SR 50 turns primary
US 64 west (Veterans Memorial Drive/SR 433 south) – Winchester
Western end of US 64 concurrency; northern terminus of unsigned SR 433
I-24 / US 64 east – Nashville, Chattanooga
I-24 exit 127; eastern end of US 64 concurrency; SR 50 turns secondary
Pelham145.4234.0 US 41 (Dixie Highway/SR 2) – Manchester, Monteagle
SR 108 east – Gruetli-Laager
Western end of SR 108 concurrency
SR 56 / SR 108 west (Main Street) – Viola, Coalmont, Tracy City
Eastern terminus; eastern end of SR 108 concurrency; SR 50 ends as a secondary highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (July 10, 2014). "Tennessee State Route 50" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  2. ^ 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.