U.S. Route 19W

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U.S. Route 19W

US 19W highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 19
Length62.9 mi[1] (101.2 km)
Major junctions
South end US 19 / US 19E in Cane River, NC
Major intersections I-26 / US 23 near Erwin, TN
North end US 11E / US 19 / US 19E near Bluff City, TN
CountryUnited States
StatesNorth Carolina, Tennessee
CountiesNC: Yancey
TN: Unicoi, Carter, Washington, Sullivan
Highway system
US 19ENC NC 20
US 19ETN SR 20

U.S. Route 19W (US 19W) traverses approximately 63 miles (101 km) from Cane River, North Carolina, to Bluff City, Tennessee.

Route description

A misspelled sign stating that trucks are "not recomended" on US 19W.

US 19W begins in North Carolina in western Yancey County in the community of Cane River, at the intersection of US 19/US 19E. Several signs at the beginning of the route strongly recommend truckers against using this route. The road then proceeds north through Pisgah National Forest, connecting the communities of Elk Shoal, Ramseytown, and Sioux, to the Tennessee state line (near Spivey Gap), a 22-mile (35 km) drive of frequent curves and elevation changes.

Once past the state line in Tennessee, the road enters the Cherokee National Forest and is much the same for another 6.3 miles (10.1 km) to State Route 352 (SR 352)/Flag Pond Road. From Flag Pond Road, it is just one mile (1.6 km) to Interstate 26 (I-26), where US 19W merges with the Interstate to Johnson City. US 19W overlaps with I-26/US 23 from exit 43 (Hill Road) to exit 20 (Roan Street). There it leaves I-26 and continues north on the Bristol Highway, overlapped with US 11E, for 9.4 miles (15.1 km), after which it reconnects with US 19E to reform US 19 near Bluff City.


Established in 1930, US 19 was split at Cane River into US 19E and US 19W. US 19E follows the original routing via Spruce Pine and Elizabethton to Bluff City. US 19W was rerouted with US 23 and North Carolina Highway 692 (NC 692) into Tennessee, then through the cities of Erwin and Johnson City, before rejoining US 19E in Bluff City. In late 1934, NC 692 was dropped along the route; then, in 1952, US 23 abandoned US 19W in North Carolina by rerouting west through Faust and Wolf Laurel, meeting back at Ernestville. In 1984, US 19 was realigned on a straighter path in Yancey County; US 19W was thus extended 0.4 miles (0.64 km).[2][3]

North Carolina Highway 692

North Carolina Highway 692

LocationCane River, North Carolina–Tennessee state line
Length21.6 mi[4] (34.8 km)

North Carolina Highway 692 (NC 692) was established in 1923 as new primary routing to Tennessee; NC 692 was the original highway number from Cane River to Spivey Gap. In 1929, NC 692 was truncated at Sioux, replaced by an extension of NC 19 from Bakersville. In 1930, US 19W and US 23 were overlapped on the remaining section of NC 692. In late 1934, NC 692 was decommissioned.[5]

Junction list

North CarolinaYanceyCane River0.00.0

US 19 south / US 19E north – Asheville, Burnsville
US 19 splits into US 19E and US 19W; southern terminus
15.124.3Huntdale Road – Huntdale
North CarolinaTennessee state line
SR 352 west (Flag Pond Road) – Flag Pond
Eastern terminus of SR 352
Temple Hill7.512.1

I-26 east / US 23 south – Asheville
East end of I-26 and south end of US 23 overlap
See Interstate 26 (exits 43 to 20)
WashingtonJohnson City31.049.9

I-26 west / US 23 north / US 11E south (Roan Street / SR 34) – Kingsport
West end of I-26, south end of US 11E/SR 34, north end of US 23 overlap
SR 36 north (North Roan Street) – Boones Creek, Kingsport
North end of SR 36 overlap
SR 381 south (State of Franklin Road) – Kingsport
Northern terminus of SR 381
SullivanBluff City41.066.0

US 11E north / US 19 north (SR 34) / US 19E south (SR 37) – Bristol, Bluff City, Elizabethton
Northern terminus of US 19E and 19W; 19E and 19W come together to form US 19
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (2010-10-31). "US 19W" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  2. ^ "NCRoads.com: US 19". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ "NCRoads.com: US 19-W". Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ Google (July 14, 2013). "North Carolina Highway 692" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "NCRoads.com: N.C. 692". Retrieved July 14, 2013.

External links

Preceded by U.S. Route 19
US 19W
US 19E
Succeeded by