State Route 39
SR 39 begins as a secondary highway in McMinn County in Riceville at Exit 42 on I-75. It then goes east as a 2-lane country road to the center of town and has a short concurrency with US 11/SR 2. It then turns northeast, now concurrent with US 11 BUS, to parallel US 11/SR 2 and leave Riceville to go through some countryside before entering Athens. SR 39/US 11 BUS then goes through some suburbs and passes by Starr Regional Medical Center before entering downtown, where US 11 BUS turns northwest to join back up with US 11/SR 2, while SR 39 continues through downtown to an intersection with SR 30/SR 305/SR 307, where SR 39 turns south to become concurrent with SR 30 as a 4-lane divided highway. SR 39/SR 30 then cross over a ridge, where they leave Athens, just before the intersection where SR 39 separates from SR 30 and goes east as a rural 2-lane highway through the countryside of McMinn County before entering Englewood. It travels along various city streets through downtown before coming to an intersection with US 411/SR 33, which it turns north to become concurrent with as a 4-lane undivided highway and they go through a business district before SR 39 separates and turns east, becoming a primary highway and leaving Englewood as a curvy 2-lane highway as it enters some mountains and ridges. It winds its way through the mountains to an intersection with SR 310, where it becomes a primary highway, just before crossing into Monroe County.
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