State Route 63 (US 25E) Improvements

Campbell and Claiborne Counties

Overview

The proposed improvements for State Route 63 (US 25E) in Campbell and Claiborne Counties follow the current alignment and consist of widening the existing two-lane roadway to a five-lane facility, except for the section between Old Town Creek and SR 32 (US 25E) in Claiborne County, which will be reconfigured to a three-lane roadway.

Purpose and Need

The SR 63 corridor, between Campbell County and Claiborne County, is a principal arterial roadway. This section is a part of both the National Highway System, as well as the  Appalachian Development Highway system. Within the Region, SR 63 also serves as a redundant corridor for Interstate 75 when necessary.

The proposed improvements along SR 63 are intended to increase capacity, correct roadway deficiencies, and improve safety. 

Proposed Design

Due to the significant length of the corridor, improvements to SR 63 have been separated in four smaller sections or phases.

Campbell County:

  • from Lafollette Urban Boundary to Frontier Road/Woodson Lane
  • from Frontier Road/Woodson Lane to Campbell-Claiborne County Line

Claiborne County:

  • from Campbell-Claiborne County Line to Hall Lane
  • from west of Old Town Creek to State Route 32 (US 25E)

The sections from Lafollette to Hall Lane will be widened to four 12-foot travel lanes, with a 12-foot center turn lane. Two new traffic signals are also planned at the intersection of SR 63 and Myers Lane and the intersection of SR 63 and Middlesboro Road/Wildwood Circle.

The section from Old Town Creek to SR 32 will be reconfigured within the existing right-of-way to accommodate two 12-foot travel lanes, with a third 12-foot lane alternating between a center turn lane, a truck climbing lane, and a passing lane. This section will also include a shared-use path.