Interstate 326 Tennessee

Proposed Interstate 326 would follow the freeway section of U.S. 321 from Interstate 26 in Johnson City east to Elizabethton in northeastern Tennessee. While the route is already a freeway, the interchange between Interstate 26 and U.S. 321 (Milligan Highway) would have to be upgraded to Interstate standards.

Proposed Routing

Interstate 326 was a designation proposed by the Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the U.S. 321 freeway from Interstate 26 and U.S. 23 in Johnson City east to Elizabethton. On the MTPO web page, the description of Interstate 26 Extension http://www.jcmpo.org/I26ext.htm included a proposed spur route: "I-326 possible number for US 321 (SR 67) Existing freeway between Johnson City and Elizabethton, TN." There was no additional information on the timing of upgrading this section of U.S. 321 to Interstate standards.

Highway Guides

Proposed Western Terminus - Interstate 26 - Johnson City, Tennessee
Perspective from Interstate 26 west/U.S. 23 north
Interstate 26 & U.S. 19W-23 north approach Exit 24, U.S. 321 & Tennessee 67 (Milligan Highway), possible Interstate 326 east. The overlapped highways travel a 4.5-mile long freeway between Johnson City and Elizabethton. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Perspective from Interstate 26 east/U.S. 23 south
A partial-cloverleaf interchange constitutes the junction of Interstate 26 & U.S. 19W-23 with U.S. 321 & Tennessee 67 (University Parkway) and possible Interstate 326 east. The exit represents the former southern terminus of Interstate 181, a designation decommissioned on August 5, 2003. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (07/18/04).
Perspective from U.S. 321 north
U.S. 321 north & Tennessee 67 (University Parkway) east at the Interstate 26 eastbound on-ramp and the potential transition to Interstate 326. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Perspective from U.S. 321 south
U.S. 321 south & Tennessee 67 west at Interstate 26 & U.S. 19W-23 east of downtown Johnson City. Interstate 326 will end here if designated. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Proposed Eastern Terminus #1 - Tennessee 359/Milligan Highway - Milligan College, Tennessee
This would have been at the current eastern end of U.S. 321 freeway.
Proposed Eastern Terminus #2 - U.S. 19E - Elizabethton, Tennessee
This concept would have extended the U.S. 321 freeway east to U.S. 19E.

Page Updated December 1, 2007.

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