US 64 / State Route 15
US 64 / State Route 15 is part of the National Highway System. The improvement of this route began as an Administration and Tennessee Department of Transportation initiative in mid-1980. The proposed improvement section stretches across 10 southern Tennessee counties, beginning west in Shelby County and tying in to Interstate 24 in Grundy County.
Highway legislation in 1986 budgeted funds to begin the process for improving the route. Studies showed a need to provide a four-lane route across southern Tennessee that would stimulate growth and economic development opportunities. Fifty-seven project sections were identified, spanning approximately 266 miles.
US 64 is the primary east-west route that serves southern Tennessee. It is the major transportation facility connecting cities and communities along the corridor. The route plays a significant role in the local and regional transportation system. Completion of the proposed improvement projects will relieve future traffic congestion, provide a safer and more efficient transportation facility, and enhance the potential for economic development along the corridor.
Improvements along US 64 have been a major undertaking. The success of each project and future successes are directly related to the cooperation and support of the residents along the route.