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Drivers in the 15-county East Tennessee region are well-connected to the nation and throughout the region by a network of three major interstates and dozens of federal and state highways. 

While commuters in other metropolitan areas waste hours in heavy traffic, East Tennessee drivers enjoy easy access to their workplace.  Numerous transportation companies and distribution centers have discovered the convenient access that the region provides with its central location within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the U.S. market.

East Tennessee interstates

Transportation corridors include:

  • I-40 Major east-west route stretching from North Carolina to California; 
  • I-75 Major north-south route stretching from Florida to Michigan
  • I-81 Major northeastern route from Tennessee to New York and the Canadian border
  • 8 federal highways
  • 16 state highways