Tennessee State Route 69

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State Route 69

TN 69; primary in red, secondary in blue, unsigned in green
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length151.77 mi (244.25 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1923[1]–present
Major junctions
South end SR 20 at the Alabama state line near Florence, AL
Major intersections US 64 / SR 128 at Savannah

SR 22 at Milledgeville
US 641 at Bath Springs
SR 100 at Decaturville
US 412 at Parsons
I-40 at Holladay (Exit 126)
US 70 near Camden
SR 218 near Paris (Paris Bypass)
US 79 at Paris

SR 54 at Paris
North end KY 97 at the Kentucky state line near Puryear
CountryUnited States
CountiesWayne, Hardin, McNairy, Decatur, Benton, Henry
Highway system
I-69 SR 69A

State Route 69 (SR 69) is a state highway in West and Middle Tennessee that runs parallel to the Tennessee River for the majority of its length. SR 69 carries both primary and secondary highway designations and is routed through rural areas.

Route description

Wayne, Hardin and McNairy Counties

SR 69 begins in Wayne County at the Alabama border near Florence, AL, continuing as (AL) SR 20. It runs a short distance in Wayne County, with no major intersections, and crosses into Hardin County. It then goes through Walnut Grove and begins a northwest course. It then turns north and enters Maddox and intersects SR 226. It continues north through Walkertown and enters Savannah. In Savannah, it has a junction with SR 203. A short distance later, it intersects and becomes concurrent with SR 128/US 64/SR 15. After a couple of blocks, SR 128 separates and turns south. SR 69/US 64/SR 15 continue west, cross the Tennessee River, and exits Savannah. It continues to Crump, where SR 22 joins the concurrency. Shortly afterwards, SR 69 separates and turns north alone, and goes through Morris Chapel. It continues north and enters McNairy County and immediately comes to another junction and concurrency with SR 22 and they enter Milledegeville. In Milledgeville, it has a junction with SR 22A, one of only 3 alternate routes in the state. SR 69 then separates from SR 22 at the same intersection and turns east, returning to Hardin County. It enters the community of Lebanon and has a junction with SR 421. It continues east to intersect SR 104 before entering Saltillo. In Saltillo, SR 69 makes a sharp left turn and starts going north. Then it leaves Saltillo, starts running along the banks of the Tennessee River, and leaves Hardin County for the second and final time, crossing into Decatur County.

Decatur County

It then turns east again and junctions with SR 202. It then turns north again and becomes concurrent with SR 114 in Bath Springs, and continues north. Shortly afterwards, it comes to an intersection with US 641, where SR 114 turns south to be its unsigned companion route while SR 69 turns north to become concurrent with it and become its unsigned companion route. They then have another junction with SR 202 and it joins the concurrency. They then enter Decaturville and intersect SR 100. A short distance away, SR 202 separates and turns west, and US 641/SR 69 continues north leaving Decaturville. The highway then crosses the Beech River and enters Parsons to have an intersection with US 412/SR 20 in the center of town. They then leave Parsons and continue north to Holladay, where they have an interchange with I-40 and cross into Benton County.

Benton County

Further north, still in Holladay, US 641/SR 69 intersect SR 192, a loop through the center of Holladay and the former routing of US 641/SR 69. Continuing north, they junction with the other end of SR 192 and leave Holladay. They then enter Camden and have a junction with US 70/SR 1. They continue into Camden and intersect with US 70 Bus/SR 391, which leads to SR 69A (Old US 641/SR 69), one of only 3 alternate routes in the state, and downtown. They then exit Camden, with SR 69A paralleling them for a short ways, before diverting onto its own path. US 641/SR 69 then cross into Henry County.

Henry County

They then have a junction with SR 218 before entering Paris. Shortly afterwards, they intersect with the other end of SR 69A, and revert to their original routing. They then intersect with the northern terminus of SR 77, and continue into downtown, having a junction with US 79/SR 76 before having an intersection with SR 54 and SR 356. Here, US 641 continues north to Kentucky with SR 54 becoming its companion route, with SR 69 separating from US 641 and becoming signed again. It also turns west onto SR 54 for a short distance before turning north again. It has another junction with SR 218 before leaving Paris, alone. Continuing north, it then has an intersection and short concurrency with SR 140 in Cottage Grove. SR 69 then crosses into Kentucky south of Bell City and continues as KY 97.

The vast majority of this highway is two-lane with no access control. In Hardin County, there are two separate sections of this road due to the path of the Tennessee River through this area.

Points of interest


SR 192 and SR 69A both represent old alignments of SR 69 in Benton County. There are also numerous other unsigned historical sections that are named 'Old Highway 69' in Benton & Decatur county. These alignments generally run nearby the present day SR 69 and most feature narrow roadway width and extensive curves.

In 1977, US 641 was extended southward (from its original southern terminus at Paris) along the path of SR 69 to the interchange with I-40 (Exit 126) near Holladay with SR 69 continuing south beyond the interchange.

In November 2014, AASHTO approved a southern extension of the US 641 designation along SR 69, from the former southern terminus at I-40 to the current end at US 64 in Wayne County.[2]

Counties traversed

SR 69/SR 69A traverses the following counties shown in the table below.

Counties traversed by State Route 69
County Length
Wayne 3.73 6.00  
Hardin (South) 33.03 53.16
McNairy 0.46 0.74
Hardin (North) 10.08 16.22
Decatur 42.58 68.53
Benton 24.23 38.99
Benton 14.53 23.38 Alternate
Henry 31.42 50.57
Henry 12.56 20.2 Alternate

Major intersections

SR 20 east – Florence
Alabama state line; southern terminus; SR 69 begins as a primary highway
HardinMaddox SR 226 (Airport Road) – OlivetProvides access to Savannah-Hardin County Airport

US 64 Truck west (Water Street)
Southern end of US 64 Truck concurrency

SR 203 east (Pinhook Drive) – Olivet, Collinwood
Western terminus of SR 203

US 64 east / SR 128 north (Wayne Road/SR 15 east) – Clifton, Waynesboro
Eastern terminus of US 64 Truck; southern end of US 64/SR 15 concurrency; southern end of SR 128 wrong-way concurrency

SR 128 south (Pickwick Street) – Walkertown, Pickwick Dam
Northern end of SR 128 wrong-way concurrency; Pickwick Landing Dam and Pickwick Landing State Park

US 64 Truck east (Water Street)
Western terminus of US 64 Truck
Harrison-McGarity Carpenter Bridge over the Tennessee River
SR 22 south – Michie
Southern end of SR 22 concurrency; provides access to Shiloh National Military Park

US 64 west / SR 22 north (David Crockett Highway/SR 15 west) – Adamsville
Northern end of US 64/SR 15/SR 22 concurrency; SR 69 turns secondary
SR 22 south – Adamsville
Southern end of SR 22 concurrency

SR 22 north (Broad Street) / SR 22A north (Main Street) – Lexington, Enville
Southern terminus of SR 22A; northern end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 421 north – Sardis
Southern terminus of SR 421
SR 104 west – Sardis
Eastern terminus of SR 104
SR 202 north (Brooksie Thompson Road) – Decaturville
Southern terminus of SR 202
Bath Springs
SR 114 north – Scotts Hill
Southern end of SR 114 wrong-way concurrency

US 641 south (SR 114 south) – Clifton
Northern end of SR 114 wrong-way concurrency; southern end of US 641 concurrency; SR 69 turns primary and becomes unsigned

SR 202 south (Brooksie Thompson Road)
Southern end of SR 202 concurrency
Decaturville SR 100 (W Main Street) – Henderson, Scotts Hill, Linden

SR 202 north (Middleburg Road) – Beacon
Northern end of SR 202 concurrency
Arthur F. Tolley Bridge over the Beech River
Parsons US 412 (Main Street/SR 20) – Lexington, Chesterfield, Linden, Hohenwald
Holladay I-40 – Memphis, NashvilleI-40 exit 126; former southern terminus of US 641 until November 2014
SR 192 north – Downtown
Southern terminus of SR 192; Old US 641/SR 69 through Holladay

SR 192 south – Holladay
Northern terminus of SR 192; Old US 641/SR 69 through Holladay
US 70 (SR 1) – Huntingdon, Bruceton, New Johnsonville, Waverly

US 70 Bus. (Highway 70 W/W Main Street/SR 391) to SR 69A
Old US 70/SR 1 through downtown; provides access to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
HenryParis SR 218 (Highway 218 Bypass)Paris Bypass; 2-lane beltway around Paris

SR 69A south (Memorial Drive) – Big Sandy
Northern terminus of SR 69A; former routing of SR 69

SR 77 west (Mineral Wells Avenue) – Huntingdon
Eastern terminus of SR 77
US 79 (Tyson Avenue/SR 76) – McKenzie, Henry, DoverProvides access to Paris Landing State Park and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

US 641 north (Market Street/SR 54 east) / SR 356 east (E Wood Street) to US 79 – Puryear
Southern end of SR 54 concurrency; northern end of US 641 concurrency; western terminus of SR 356; SR 69 turns secondary and becomes signed

SR 54 east (W Wood Street) – Dresden
Northern end of SR 54 concurrency
SR 218 (Highway 218 Bypass)Paris Bypass; 2-lane beltway around Paris
Cottage Grove
SR 140 west – Downtown, Como
Southern end of SR 140 concurrency

SR 140 east (Puryear Road) – Puryear
Northern end of SR 140 concurrency
Midway (north)151.77244.25
KY 97 north – Mayfield
Kentucky state line; northern terminus; SR 69 ends as a secondary highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Alternate route

State Route 69A

TN 69A in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
CountryUnited States
Highway system
State Route 69A reassurance shield north of Camden, TN.

SR 69 is one of only three state highways in Tennessee that have a signed alternate route. SR 69A is approximately 27.09 miles (43.60 km) long with a northern terminus of Paris and a southern terminus of Camden. It serves the town of Big Sandy and provides access to rural northern Benton County and southeastern Henry County. SR 69A is a narrow and very curvy two-lane highway throughout its entire length, except for a short portion in Paris where SR 69A is a five-lane road with four-lanes and one center turn. SR 69A is known as 'Old Highway 69' in Benton County and a few old mileposts still exist indicating '69' on the bottom of the sign, as opposed to newer mileposts which indicate '69A'.


  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. ^ "Minutes: Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering" (PDF). AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering. November 20, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.