US 280 in Georgia
According to CITYPOPULATIONREVIEW.COM, US 280 is a US Highway in the US state of Georgia. The road forms an east-west route through the middle of the state, between Columbus and Blitchton in the east of the state. The road leads through regional towns such as Americus, Cordele and Vidalia. The road is 364 kilometers long.
US 280 near Pitts.
US 280 in Alabama bypasses Phenix City over the Chattahochee River, which forms the border between Alabama and Georgia. This is also on the south side of the larger city of Columbus in Georgia. Almost immediately, US 280 and US 27 are double-numbered, forming an urban arterial through south Columbus to the terminus of Interstate 185. After this, the US 27/280 forms a 2×2 divided highwaythrough densely wooded area, the road runs almost south here. At Cusseta the US 27 splits off, the US 280 then continues for more than 25 kilometers southeast in 2×2 lanes to Richland. Here, US 280 branches off the 4-lane corridor and then forms a single-lane road east through the more sparsely populated central Georgia.
The US 280 forms a long route through the interior, which consists of an alternation of forest and meadows. There are several small towns on the route and numerous north-south routes are crossed. The first somewhat larger town is Americus, where one crosses the US 19 and the US 280 crosses the city via two one-way roads. More than 50 kilometers to the east you reach the town of Cordele, where the US 280 runs through the center and crosses the US 41. On the east side of Cordele there is a connection to Interstate 75.
This is followed by a single-lane track of more than 80 kilometers through sparsely populated countryside, with only a few small villages on the route. East of Abbeville, one crosses the Ocmulgee River. In the somewhat larger village of McRae you cross the US 23. This area is more densely wooded. 35 kilometers to the east, the road leads through the village of Mount Vernon, where it intersects US 221. Shortly thereafter, US 280 passes through the towns of Vidalia and Lyons, between which US 280 is a 5-lane road with a center turn lane that forms a retail corridor. In Lyons one also crosses the US 1.
US 280 then continues east for another 50 kilometers as a single-lane road through mostly wooded areas to the village of Claxton, where it intersects US 25. US 280 then forms the northern boundary of the sprawling Fort Stewart military base. This area is very densely forested. Just before the terminus, there is another connection with Interstate 16, after which US 280 ends in the village of Blitchton on US 80, about 20 miles west of Savannah.
US 280 was added to the network of US Highways in 1931, and at the time ran between Columbus and Savannah, entirely in the state of Georgia. In 1941 a double numbering with US 80 on the easternmost part as far as Savannah was deleted, US 280 was then shortened about 35 kilometers to US 80 in the hamlet of Blitchton. In 1953, US 280 was extended from Columbus to Alabama.
In Georgia there is a dense network of US Highways, so US 280 had no real dominant position, US 80 was historically the more important route between Columbus, Macon and Savannah. I-16 was later built in this corridor between Macon and Savannah, with US 280 going south through small regional towns such as Cusseta, Americus, Cordele and McRae.
Columbus – Richland
In the early 1960s, about 1962-1963, a new bridge was built over the Chattahochee River in Columbus, over which US 280 was routed. This was part of the Phenix City, Alabama bypass, but it also removed traffic through the center of the city of Columbus. With this, US 280 has been routed over US 27 in the south of Columbus.
In the mid-1960s, the 4-lane section was built south from Columbus to Cusseta, the point where US 27 and US 280 split. In the mid-1980s, the section from Cusseta to Richland was widened to 2×2 lanes. This was part of a 2×2 corridor from Columbus south to Albany, but US 280 turns off at Richland.
Little further upgrades have been made to US 280, except for short 4-lane sections as approach roads to the larger towns, such as at Americus, Cordelia and a short section between Vidalia and Lyons. Most of US 280 is still a single-lane road.
US 29 in Georgia
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According to ASK4BEAUTY, US 29 is a US Highway in the US state of Georgia. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the state that mostly parallels Interstate 85. The road runs from West Point on the Alabama border through Atlanta and Athens to Hartwell on the South Carolina border. The route is 311 kilometers long.
US 29 in Alabama enters the state at West Point when it crosses the Chattahoochee River. The road then heads to La Grange along the large West Point Lake. In La Grange you cross the US 27, the road from Columbus to Rome. The road then crosses Interstate 85 twice at Moreland, after which the road runs northeast via Newman parallel to I-85. In fact, these are all the outer suburbs of Atlanta. At Red Oak , one crosses Interstate 285, the outer ring of Atlanta. The road then runs past the Atlanta airport through the suburbs of College Park and East Point. In the latter city one crosses the SR-154, the Lakewood Freeway. The road then enters the city of Atlanta itself and intersects Interstate 20, the highway from Birmingham to Augusta. The road then runs through the west side of downtown, past the Georgia Dome, before turning east, past Coca-Cola headquarters. One then crosses the wide Interstate 75, which is double-numbered with I-85. The road then runs directly past the high tower of Bank of America. The road here is double numbered with US 78 and US 278. In Decatur, US 278 turns off towards Augusta, and crosses US 23. The US 78turns off shortly after to form a short highway eastbound. US 29 then forms the Lawrenceville Highway and crosses Interstate 285 again.
One then enters the vast eastern suburban area of Atlanta. One then crosses the Ronald Reagan Parkway, a short highway from Bethesda to Snellville. Not far after that, one reaches Lawrenceville, a subcenter in the vast conurbation. The road then follows the University Parkway, the busy connection between the university city of Athens and Atlanta. Unnoticed, the urban area changes into an increasingly sparsely populated countryside, about 60 kilometers from the center. The US 29 then has 2×2 lanes but with level crossings and is therefore not a highway. One then reaches Athens, which is surrounded by a ring highway. It crosses US 129, which runs from Macon to Gainesville, US 441, which runs from Milledgeville to Toccoa, and theUS 78, which comes from Atlanta and heads toward Augusta.
US 29 then continues northeast, here at a much greater distance from Interstate 85, which one will no longer cross for the time being. One then passes through the wooded eastern part of the state, crossing several more State Routes. One then reaches Hartwell, a village on the much larger Hartwell Lake, which also forms the border with South Carolina. Near the Hartwell Dam, the road crosses the Savannah River, which also borders South Carolina. US 29 in South Carolina then continues towards Greenville.
US 29 was one of the original US Highways of 1926 and has run through Georgia since its inception. US 29 has traditionally been one of Georgia’s major highways, both for intra-state and through traffic.
US 29 has been largely replaced by Interstate 85, but in eastern Georgia I-85 has traveled further north from US 29, strikingly enough, I-85 does not reach the city of Athens. Partly due to the construction of I-85, US 29 west of Atlanta has hardly been upgraded.
US 29 is a major urban arterial in the Atlanta area. Between Atlanta and Lawrenceville, the area around US 29 has gradually been completely urbanized, but few major upgrades have been made to the road despite the very intense traffic. During the 1980s, the road was often widened on the existing platform to a 5-lane road with a center turn lane, but without route diversions or grade-separated elements.
Between Lawrenceville and Athens, US 29 has been upgraded to a 2×2 divided highway. The first upgrade of the entire US 29 was the northern bypass of Athens, which was built directly as a freeway in the mid-1960s. However, it was only considerably later that US 29 was upgraded, as US 78, which ran slightly further south, had priority. It took until the early 1990s before US 29 between Lawrenceville and Athens was widened to a 2×2 divided highway, completed around 1993.
East of Athens, no substantial upgrades have been made to US 29.
There is some talk of upgrading the busy US 29 between Lawrenceville and Athens to a freeway. Athens is home to the University of Georgia and there is a lot of traffic between the two cities.