Tennessee State Route 61

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State Route 61

Harvey H. Hannah Memorial Highway
TN 61; primary in red, secondary in blue
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length81.67 mi (131.44 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1923[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 27 / US 70 in Rockwood
Major intersections I-40 in Harriman

US 27 near Harriman
SR 62 / SR 330 in Oliver Springs
SR 95 near Oak Ridge
US 25W at Clinton
I-75 near Bethel
US 441 near Andersonville
SR 33 at Paulette

SR 33 at Maynardville
East end US 11W at Blaine
CountryUnited States
CountiesRoane, Anderson, Union, Knox, Grainger
Highway system
US 61 SR 62

State Route 61 (SR 61) is a west-to-east highway in the U.S. state of Tennessee that is 81.67-mile-long (131.44 km). State Route 61 begins in Roane County, and it ends in Grainger County.

Route description

Roane County

SR 61 begins in Roane County as a primary highway in the city of Rockwood at an intersection with US 27/US 70/SR 29/SR 1. It begins concurrent with US 27 as its companion route though it is signed, except on I-40. They then proceed north as a four-lane divided highway and have a junction with the short SR 382, providing access to Roane State Community College, and cross into Harriman. US 27/SR 61 continue north to have an interchange with I-40 (Exit 347), with only US 27 signed, and enter the "South Harriman" neighborhood. US 27/SR 61 continue through Harriman's main business district and again intersect and have an unsigned concurrency with SR 29, US 27's main companion route. They then cross the Emory River and enter downtown Harriman as Roane Street. They continue through downtown, still as a four-lane, and junction with SR 328, a loop route through the town of Oakdale. The highway leaves downtown, as a four-lane divide highway, and go by the Harriman campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and exit Harriman. US 27 and SR 61 then split at an interchange, with SR 29 following US 27 as its companion route. SR 61 turns east alone as two-lane rural highway. SR 61 then intersects SR 327 in the community of Blair. It then enters the community of Kellytown before entering the city of Oliver Springs. The highway widens into a four-lane highway with a center turn lane. SR 61 then comes to an intersection with SR 62, which is the main highway in and out of Morgan County, and SR 330, which provides access to downtown, and becomes concurrent with SR 62 north of downtown. SR 61/SR 62 then bypass downtown to the north and east as a four-lane divided highway with partially controlled access and crosses into Anderson County.

Anderson County

Sign on I-75 for SR 61

They then have a partial interchange with Main Street and enter Oliver Springs' main business district. Continuing southeast, they then separate with SR 62 heading into Oak Ridge and SR 61 becoming a secondary highway as it goes toward Clinton as a two-lane rural highway. It goes through some farmland in the communities of Batley and Marlow on a nearly 4-mile-long (6.4 km) straightaway before becoming slightly curvy before coming to an intersection with SR 95. It then turns east again, becoming a primary highway, as a four-lane undivided highway running along the banks of the Clinch River. SR 61 then enters the city of Clinton and junctions with US 25W/SR 9. The highway continues on through downtown and becomes a four-lane divided highway and crosses the Clinch River. SR 61 now has an interchange with I-75 (Exit 122), leaving Clinton and becoming a secondary highway. It then passes through the community of Bethel, where it passes by the Museum of Appalachia, before entering Norris and having an intersection and short concurrency with US 441 / SR 71. The highway now leaves Norris and becomes a two-lane rural highway. SR 61 then goes through the community of Andersonville before becoming extremely curvy and narrow, and enters Union County.

State Route 61 in Andersonville, Tennessee.

Union County

It then runs alongside Norris Lake for a few miles and passes Big Ridge State Park before intersecting with SR 170 in New Loyston. The highway junctions and becomes concurrent with SR 33 in Paulette and the two highways enter Maynardville as a two-lane rural highway. In Maynardville, it becomes a four-lane undivided highway and intersects with SR 144. They then leave Maynardville and revert to a two-lane rural highway. SR 33 and SR 61 then separate and SR 61 becomes curvy once again and intersects SR 370 before entering Luttrell and having an intersection and short concurrency with SR 131.

The intersection of State Route 131 and State Route 61 in Luttrell.

Knox and Grainger Counties

It then shortly crosses into Knox County and intersects with SR 331 near Corryton before crossing into Grainger County. The highway then enters Blaine and comes to an end at an intersection with US 11W / SR 1, ending as a secondary highway.

Harvey H. Hannah Memorial Highway

Along the highway from Harriman to Oliver Springs, Highway 61 is called "The Harvey H. Hannah Highway". Harvey H. Hannah of Oliver Springs was the Tennessee Chairman of the State Railroad and Public Utilities Commission for 30 years. He served in the Spanish–American War, becoming colonel of the 4th Tennessee Volunteers. He also became a military governor of a Cuban province. Cordell Hull, who became United States Secretary of State, served as a captain under Hannah. Besides being a lawyer, military officer and politician, he was well known as a great orator. He served as Adjutant General under two Tennessee governors from 1903 to 1907. This was where he acquired the title "General". In 1922, General Hannah was a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary but was defeated by Austin Peay, who became governor. On November 8, 1936, Hannah died from a throat condition. Governor Hill McAlister visited Hannah before his death and asked, "Harvey, is there anything that I can do for you?" He replied, "Hill, I know that money is hard to get, but I hope that you will find enough state money to finish the Oliver Springs-Harriman highway." The Governor obtained the money, and the highway was named in Hannah's honor. Hannah is buried in the Oliver Springs Cemetery and his tombstone is said to be the tallest monument in the Oliver Springs area.[2]

Major intersections

US 27 south / US 70 (North Gateway Avenue/Roane State Highway/SR 1/SR 29) – Midtown, Kingston, Spring City, Crab Orchard
Western terminus; Western end of US 27 overlap; SR 61 begins as a primary state route
SR 382 south (Patton Lane) – Roane State Community College
Northern terminus of SR 382
Harriman I-40 – Knoxville, NashvilleI-40 exit 347

SR 29 south (Ruritan Road) – Midtown
Western end of SR 29 overlap
William Hamilton Browder Bridge over the Emory River

SR 328 north (Georgia Avenue Northwest) – Oakdale
Southern terminus of SR 328

US 27 north (Bitter Creek Highway/SR 29 north) – Wartburg
Eastern end of US 27 / SR 29 overlap
SR 327 south (Blair Road) – Oak Ridge
Northern terminus of SR 327
Oliver Springs
SR 62 west (Knoxville Highway) – Coalfield, Wartburg

SR 330 north (Main Street) – Downtown Oliver Springs
Western end of SR 62 overlap; Southern terminus of SR 330
AndersonDowntown Oliver Springs To SR 330 (Spring Street) – BricevilleWestbound Interchange only; No Eastbound access
SR 62 (North Illinois Avenue) – Oak Ridge, KnoxvilleEastern end of SR 62 overlap; SR 61 turns secondary

SR 95 south (Oak Ridge Turnpike) – Oak Ridge
Northern terminus of SR 95; SR 61 turns primary
Clinton US 25W (South Main Street/SR 9) – Rocky Top, Powell
Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Clinch River
I-75 – Knoxville, LexingtonI-75 exit 122; SR 61 turns secondary
US 441 north (Norris Freeway/SR 71) – Norris Dam State Park, Norris Dam, Rocky Top
Western end of US 441 / SR 71 overlap

US 441 south (Norris Freeway/SR 71) – Halls Crossroads, Knoxville
Eastern end of US 441 / SR 71 concurrency
UnionNew Loyston
SR 170 east (Hickory Valley Road) – Hickory Star
Western end of SR 170 wrong-way overlap

SR 170 west (Hickory Valley Road)
Eastern end of SR 170 wrong-way overlap
SR 33 south (Maynardville Highway) – Halls Crossroads, Knoxville
Western end of SR 33 overlap
SR 144 west (Hickory Star Road) – Hickory Star
Western end of SR 144 overlap

SR 144 east (Ailor Gap Road) – Plainview
Eastern end of SR 144 overlap
SR 33 (Maynardville Highway) – New TazewellEastern end of SR 33 overlap

SR 370 south (Bull Run Road)
Northern terminus of SR 370
SR 131 north – Washburn
Western end of SR 131 overlap

SR 131 south – Plainview, Knoxville
Eastern end of SR 131 overlap
SR 331 south (Washington Pike) – Knoxville, Corryton
Northern terminus of SR 331
GraingerBlaine81.67131.44 US 11W (Rutledge Pike/SR 1) – Rutledge, Mascot, KnoxvilleEastern terminus; SR 61 ends as a secondary route
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-02-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (24 January 2003). "State Highway and Interstate List 2003".

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