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Interstate 181

Interstate 181 is a north-south spur highway connecting Kingspot and Johnson City to I-81. These two cities are part of the region know as the "Tri-Cities", includeing Bristol, VA & TN. As of August 5, 2003, Interstate 181 south of Interstate 81 is now Interstate 26. All pictures below are on the section of I-181 that is now I-26.

On Monday, August 8, 2005 the Kingsport Times-News reported that Interstate 181 will be renumber I-26. This eliminates I-181 from the Interstate Highway System.

Beginning the week of March 5, 2007, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin changing all the signage along former I-181 to reflect that the highway is now I-26. All mileage signs, interstate shileds, and exit numbers will be adjusted. This will place the highways in standards with the Federal Highway Administation's west to east mileage designation requirements.*

While in Tennessee, I-181 is multi-plexed.

I-181 is multi-plexed with...

...U.S. Rt. 23, its entire length.

Interstate 181 crosses the following interstates in Tennessee.

Interstate 81, near Kingsport.

BGS for I-81 on Former NB I-181.

BGS for NB I-81 on Former NB I-181.

Former NB I-181 at I-81.

Interstate 26, near Kingsport.

Info on the parent route to I-181.

Former SB I-181 south of the interchange with I-81.

Former I-181 is known as the James H. Quillen Parkway.

* "It's official: I-181 to become I-26 in Tennessee" ( Bristol Herald Courier [Bristol, TN-VA]; News Channel 11 [WJHL-TV Johnston City, TN]) 1 March 2007

9 October 2009