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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:15 pm 
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Just an update on a possible alternate route for travelers taking I75 south toward Knoxville. If traveling from Kentucky or north of Kentucky, another possible route to save about 30 miles on your journey is to take exit 29 (Corbin/Barbourville Exit) in Kentucky and turn left on 25E-S for about 60 miles. This will take you to Tazewell, TN. where you will take a left on 25E for about 37 miles until you get to I-81 South ramp. Take I-81 S for 7 miles and take Exit 1A onto I-40E toward Asheville, NC. Once on I-40, take your normal route to the beach.

I wouldn't have suggested this route before because construction had been going on for years on 25 E in TN before being completed recently. The entire route is now four lanes and it is a beautiful stretch of road taking you toward the beach. Even if it only saves you five minutes your kids will love going through the 4600 ft. Cumberland Gap tunnel connecting Middlesboro, KY. and Harrogate, TN.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:05 am 
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Thanks for taking the time to post this route suggestion. As tourist season gets closer, the numbers here on the board are increasing, so I thought I would bounce this one back up to the top!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:55 pm 
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A few weeks ago we took this route coming back to Ky from Bristol TN - it is really nice.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:13 pm 
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Glad they finally got the road work completed. Longest road project that I have ever seen :mad: . It's also a possible route to take if you are going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Instead of going I-40 toward Asheville, just stay on I-40 toward Knoxville and get off exit that has Bass Pro shop and Minor League Baseball stadium on it. Don't know if saves much time, if any, for a Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge trip, since they are multiple routes going in.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:44 pm 
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If anyone decides to take this route, be forewarned that there is a speed camera going in both directions near the walmart in Morristown, Tn. It is mounted on the red light just before you get to walmart on your left. Just a heads up because the speed limit drops from 55 to 45 just before you get there and it is set up to generate revenue. I found out the hard way a couple of years ago and got a ticket at 54 mph.


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