U.S. Route 231 in Tennessee

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U.S. Route 231

US 231 in Tennessee highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length121.15 mi[1] (194.97 km)
Major junctions
South end US 231 / US 431 at the Alabama state line
Major intersections US 64 / US 431 in Fayetteville

US 41A in Shelbyville
I-24 near Murfreesboro
US 41 / US 70S in Murfreesboro
I-40 near Lebanon
US 70 in Lebanon

US 31E in Bransford
North end US 31E / US 231 at the Kentucky state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesLincoln, Moore, Bedford, Rutherford, Wilson, Trousdale, Sumner
Highway system
SR 230US 231 SR 231
SR 375SR 376 SR 377
SR 386SR 387 SR 388

U.S. Route 231 (US 231) in Tennessee runs north–south for 121.15 miles (194.97 km), entirely in Middle Tennessee, that starts south of Fayetteville at the Alabama state line, and ends north of Westmoreland at the Kentucky state line. For the majority of its length, between the Alabama state line and Trousdale County, it is concurrent with unsigned State Route 10 (SR 10).

Route description

Lincoln County

The highway begins at the Alabama state line in Lincoln County, just north of Hazel Green, Alabama, where it enters the state concurrent with SR 10 and US 431. They then go north through farmland and countryside and have an intersection with SR 275 before going through Park City (where the highway passes by Fayetteville Municipal Airport) and crossing a ridge into Fayetteville. Once in Fayetteville, they have a Y-intersection with SR 110 before going through a major business and crossing the Elk River to come to an intersection with US 64 Bypass. Here, US 431 continues straight into downtown (along unsigned SR 273) while US 231/SR 10 turns east to follow US 64 Bypass, bypassing downtown along its southside. The highway now curves to the north before coming to an intersection with US 64/SR 15/SR 50, where US 64 Bypass ends and US 231/SR 10 continue north through some farmland, passing through Belleville, before climbing on top of the Highland Rim to cross into Moore County.

Moore and Bedford Counties

US 231/SR 10 then intersect and have a short concurrency with SR 129 as it straddles the county line with Lincoln County before crossing into Bedford County. The route then lowers down into the Nashville Basin and goes through more farmland before entering Shelbyville, first going through some suburbs before having a Y-intersection and becoming concurrent with SR 64/SR 130 (Lewis Avenue), crossing the Duck River, and entering downtown. SR 64/SR 130 then separate and turn east along Lane Street at an intersection with SR 82/SR 387 (Lane Parkway), with SR 82 and SR 10 joining US 231 Business along N Cannon Boulevard and Main Street while US 231 and SR 387 bypass downtown along its western side, where it has an intersection with US 41A/SR 16 (Elm Street). The highway comes to an intersection with Main Street, where US 231 Business and SR 387 come to an end while US 231/SR 10/SR 82 rejoin and pass through the northern part of town and some suburbs before having an interchange with SR 437 (Shelbyville Bypass). They also pass by Bomar Field, Shelbyville's airport, before leaving Shelbyville. They then pass just east of Fosterville before SR 82 separates and goes east, while US 231/SR 10 head north through more farmland and eventually cross into Rutherford County.

Rutherford County

The highway immediately passes through Fosterville before crossing a ridge to pass through Christiana, where it has a short concurrency with SR 269, before crossing another ridge and entering Murfreesboro. US 231/SR 10 first go through a suburban area with a few businesses, where it crosses the Middle Fork of the Stones River, before having an interchange with I-24 (Exit 81). They then go north through a major business district before having a Y-intersection and becoming concurrent with US 41/US 70S/SR 1/SR 99 and entering downtown. They then pass through downtown before coming to an intersection with SR 96, where SR 99 turns southwest to follow SR 96, US 41/US 70S/SR 1 continue north, and US 231/SR 10 turn northeast to become concurrent with SR 96. They begin passing through suburbs as SR 96 separates and turns east. US 231/SR 10 pass by Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, and have an intersection with SR 268, before passing by the VA hospital and leaving Murfreesboro soon after. The highway then crosses the East Fork of the Stones River to pass through Walterhill, where it has an X-intersection with SR 266, before going through farmland again and crossing into Wilson County.

Wilson County

US 231/SR 10 then immediately have an intersection with SR 452 (Bill France Boulevard), which provides access to Nashville Superspeedway and I-840, before passing right through the middle of Cedars of Lebanon State Park. They then immediately have an intersection with SR 265 before passing through more farmland and by a rock quarry before entering Lebanon just south of the I-40 interchange. They then have an interchange I-40 and go through a major business district, paralleling SR 266, before entering downtown and having an intersection with US 70 BUS/SR 24. US 231/SR 10 then continue north through downtown and have an intersection with US 70/SR 26 before going through some suburbs before leaving Lebanon. They then cross over the Cumberland River at Hunter's Point to enter Trousdale County.

Trousdale County

They then pass through more farmland until near the small community of Castalian Springs, where they come to an intersection with SR 25. Here, SR 10 becomes signed for the first time as a primary highway and leaves US 231 to go east concurrent with SR 25 while US 231 continues north concurrent with its new companion route, SR 376. US 231/SR 376 head northward to have an intersection with SR 260 before crossing into Sumner County.

Sumner County

The highway immediately enters the mountains of the Highland Rim shortly before entering Bransford where SR 376 comes to an end and US 231 becomes concurrent with US 31E/SR 6. US 31E/US 231/SR 6 wind their way through some mountains for a few miles before exiting the Highland Rim to enter Westmoreland and immediately have an intersection with SR 52. The highway bypasses downtown along its east side before leaving Westmoreland and heading north through rural farmland for several mile to the Kentucky state line, where US 231/US 31E cross into that state while SR 6 comes to an end.


In December 2020, the highway was shut down in the Wilson-Rutherford counties after a box truck had been playing an audio similar to what had been played from an RV before it detonated in Downtown Nashville. In suspicion of another potential bombing, the vehicle was searched for explosives.[2]

Authorities later stated that no explosives were found inside the vehicle. The highway was later reopened.[3]

Junction list

Alabama state line0.00.0

US 231 south / US 431 south continue into Alabama
Begin concurrency with unsigned SR 10
LincolnPark City2.33.7
SR 275 east (Lincoln Road) – Flintville
Western terminus of SR 275
4.87.7 Airport Road - Fayetteville Municipal Airport
SR 110 west (Ardmore Highway) – Kirkland, Taft, Ardmore
Eastern terminus of SR 110
10.717.2Bridge over the Elk River

US 431 north (Main Avenue S/SR 273 west) / US 64 Byp. west (Wilson Parkway/Thornton Taylor Parkway) – Downtown, Petersburg, Lewisburg, Pulaski
Northern end of US 431 concurrency; southern end of US 64 Bypass concurrency; eastern terminus of unsigned SR 273
12.319.8 US 64 / SR 50 (College Street/Winchester Highway/SR 15) – Pulaski, downtown, Lynchburg, WinchesterEastern terminus of US 64 Bypass
SR 129 east (Charity Road) – Lynchburg
Southern end of SR 129 concurrency
SR 129 west (Petersburg-Chestnut Ridge Road) – Petersburg
Northern end of SR 129 concurrency
MooreNo major intersections

SR 64 west / SR 130 west (Lewis Avenue) – Lewisburg, Petersburg
Southern end of SR 64/SR 130 concurrency
36.658.9Bedford Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Duck River

US 231 Bus. north (N Cannon Boulevard/SR 10 north/Lane Parkway) / SR 64 east / SR 130 east (Lane Parkway) – Downtown, Wartrace, Tullahoma
Southern terminus of US 231 Business and unsigned SR 387; northern end of SR 64/SR 130 and unsigned SR 10 concurrency; southern end of unsigned SR 387 concurrency
37.560.4 US 41A (Elm Street/SR 16) – Unionville, Eagleville, Tullahoma

US 231 Bus. south / SR 82 south (N Main Street/SR 10 south) – Downtown, Lynchburg
Northern terminus of US 231 Business and unsigned SR 387; southern end of SR 82 and unsigned SR 10 concurrency

SR 437 east (Shelbyville Bypass)
Interchange; western terminus of SR 437
42.969.0 Bomar Field (Shelbyville Municipal Airport) main entrance
SR 82 north (Webb Highway) – Bell Buckle
Northern end of SR 82 concurrency
SR 269 east – Christiana, Bell Buckle, Wartrace
Southern end of SR 269 concurrency
SR 269 west (Walnut Grove Road) – Rockvale, Eagleville
Northern end of SR 269 concurrency
Murfreesboro61.098.2Thomas Hutchinson Bridge over the Middle Fork of the Stones River
I-24 – Nashville, ChattanoogaI-24 exit 81

US 41 south / US 70S east (Broad Street/SR 1 east/SR 99 east) – Manchester, Woodbury, Bradyville
Southern end of US 41/US 70S/SR 1/SR 99 concurrency

US 41 north / US 70S west (Broad Street/SR 1 west) / SR 96 west (Old Fort Parkway/SR 99 west) – Smyrna, Franklin, Eagleville
Northern end of US 41/US 70S/SR 1/SR 99 concurrency; southern end of SR 96 concurrency; interchange
SR 96 east (E Clark Boulevard) – Lascassas, Auburntown, Liberty
Northern end of SR 96 concurrency
66.4106.9 Airport Road - Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
68.7110.6 SR 268 (W Thompson Street/Compton Street)
Walter Hill Bridge over the East Fork of the Stones River
71.5115.1 SR 266 (Jefferson Pike) – Smyrna, Lascassas

SR 452 west (Bill France Boulevard) to I-840 – Nashville Superspeedway
Western terminus of SR 452
Cedars of Lebanon State Park81.8131.6Cedar Forest Road - Cedars of Lebanon State ParkAccess road into park
82.4132.6 SR 265 (Central Pike/Chicken Road) – Hermitage, Watertown
I-40 – Nashville, KnoxvilleI-40 exit 238
US 70 Bus. (Main Street/SR 24)
90.4145.5 US 70 (High Street/SR 26) – Watertown, Mount Juliet
county line
Nathan J Harsh Bridge over the Cumberland River
SR 10 north / SR 25 (Hartsville Pike) – Gallatin, Hartsville
Northern end of unsigned SR 10 concurrency; southern terminus of unsigned SR 376; southern end of unsigned SR 376 concurrency
SR 260 east (Browning Branch Road)
Western terminus of SR 260
US 31E south (SR 6 south) – Gallatin, Bethpage
Southern end of US 31E/SR 6 concurrency; northern terminus of unsigned SR 376

SR 52 to SR 109 / I-65 – Portland, Lafayette
Kentucky state line121.15194.97

US 231 north / US 31E north continue into Kentucky
End concurrency with unsigned SR 6
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes

State Route 376

State Route 376

LocationPaynes Store-Bransford, Tennessee
Length7.9 mi (12.7 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1983[4]–present

State Route 376 (SR 376) runs as a secret, or hidden designation on US 231 from its SR 25/SR 10 junction in Trousdale County to the US 31E (SR 6) junction in Bransford. Previously signed as State Route 10A (SR 10A), SR 376 was designated in 1983 as part of the 1983 Tennessee state highway renumbering.

State Route 387

State Route 387

LocationShelbyville, Tennessee
Length1.53 mi (2.46 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1983[4]–present

State Route 387 (SR 387) is the unsigned designation for US 231’s bypass of downtown Shelbyville (Lane Parkway/Colloredo Boulevard), with original route through downtown being signed as US 231 Business and SR 82 (N Cannon Boulevard/Main Street/unsigned SR 10).


  1. ^ Google (December 20, 2015). "Overview Map of US 231 in Tennessee" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Highway 231 in Wilson County shut down over suspicious vehicle". tennessean.com. The Tennessean. December 27, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Update: No 'device' found after suspicious vehicle shuts down Highway 231 in Wilson County". tennessean.com. The Tennessean. December 27, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Road To 100 Years" (PDF). Tennessee Road Builder. Vol. 17, no. 5. September 2014. p. 22. Retrieved April 6, 2019.

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