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Interstate 16 West - Savannah Area

Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard south
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard south at Jones Street, one block ahead of the westbound beginning of Interstate 16.
MLK Boulevard (formerly Broad Street), along with Montgomery Street, represents the pre-1985 alignment of U.S. 17-80 & Georgia 25-26 between Bay Street and Victory Drive. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A two-lane ramp veers away from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard south for Interstate 16 west to Pooler, Bloomingdale and Macon. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Trailblazers for Interstate 95 and Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) accompany the ramp to I-16 west from MLK Boulevard south. A single lane ramp joins the freeway beginning from Taylor Street west here as well. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 west
Interstate 16 was formally designated the Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway from Savannah west to I-95 in 2003. The entirety of I-16 west to Macon doubles as the James Gillis, Sr. Memorial Highway. Gillis was a longtime Georgia Department of Transportation director.1 Photo taken 01/03/14.
The first reassurance marker for Interstate 16 precedes the wye interchange with U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur south. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 west & U.S. 17 south
U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur lead south from the Eugene Talmadge Bridge over the Savannah River to combine with Interstate 16 west at the Gwinnett Street half-diamond interchange. Photo taken 12/21/13.
No longer posted, this shield assembly announced the overlap between Interstate 16 west & U.S. 17 south after the Gwinnett Street on-ramp. U.S. 17 combines with I-16 west through to I-516 east (Exit 164A). Photo taken 05/29/05.

An I-95 trailblazer accompanies the second westbound shield for I-16 to aid motorists joining the freeway from U.S. 17 south. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Georgia 404 Spur end shield assembly posted ahead of the 37th Street Connector (GA 204) wye interchange. Georgia 404 is the unsigned counterpart of Interstate 16 throughout the Peach State while GA 404 Spur is the state route companion of U.S. 17 north to the state line.
This assembly was previously placed at the Gwinnett Street on-ramp, but moved further west by 2013. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Approaching the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 164B/A) with Interstate 516, U.S. 80, and Georgia 21-25-26 on I-16 west & U.S. 17 south. U.S. 80 overlaps with I-516 & GA 21 (Lynes Parkway) between Garden City (Exit 7A) and Ogeechee Road (Exit 3) to bypass its former route to Downtown Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A left-hand merge brings traffic from the ending Georgia 204 onto Interstate 16 west & U.S. 17 south ahead of this reassurance marker. Residential street grids abut both sides of the elevated freeway along this stretch. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 516 was designated in 1985 over the former Georgia 26 Loop freeway (W.F. Lynes Parkway) between DeRenne Avenue in Savannah and Garden City. U.S. 17, U.S. 80 and their counterparts Georgia 25 and 26 were relocated to share portions of the freeway at that time. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Exit 164B departs I-16 west for I-516 & U.S. 80-Georgia 26 west and Georgia 21 & 25 north. Georgia 21 extends north from the freeway end to Port Wentworth and Rincon while GA 25 angles north to the Port of Savannah and Houlihan Bridge into South Carolina. U.S. 80 & GA 26 branch westward from I-516 to Pooler. Photo taken 12/21/13.
U.S. 17 parts ways with I-16 west via Exit 164A for I-516 & U.S. 80 east and Georgia 21 south.
U.S. 17 & GA 25 angle southwest from Lynes Parkway in 1.25 miles to Silk Hope and Richmond Hill while U.S. 80 & GA 26 take Ogeechee Road east to Victory Drive through Midtown Savannah. Georgia 21 ends three blocks beyond the I-516 end at GA 204 (Abercorn Street). Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 west
Continuing west, Interstate 16 crosses over the CSX Savannah Yard ahead of a partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 162) with Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway comprises a north-south arterial between Garrard Avenue at Lamarville and U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road) at Garden City. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The first mileage sign posted for Interstate 16 west lies 162 miles ahead of Macon. SAV Airport is a 12-mile drive via I-16 west to I-95 north. This sign reflected the original terminal off GA 307, which was seven miles away.
The first emergency evacuation crossing for I-16 contraflow precedes the Chatham Parkway overpass. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Westbound I-16 at the Exit 162 loop ramp to Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway was planned as Georgia 167, a state route loop proposed between Interstate 516 (then Georgia 26 Loop) and U.S. 80 (Louisville Road). Today the parkway is a county maintained roadway serving a number of industrial parks, office parks and car dealerships. Photo taken 12/21/13.
58,190 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded along the forested stretch of I-16 between Exits 162 and 160 in 2012. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Georgia 307 (Dean Forest Road) crosses paths with Interstate 16 at a diamond interchange (Exit 160) in one mile. Photo taken 12/21/13.
An 8.5-mile route, Georgia 307 (Dean Forest Road) leads north from Exit 160 to Georgia 25 (Coastal Road) at the Georgia Ports Authority and south to U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) by Silk Hope. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The full-cloverleaf interchange (Exits 157B/A) with Interstate 95 is next along I-16 west in two miles. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Interstate 16 enters the city limits of Pooler from Exit 160 west to the Little Ogeechee River. Photo taken 12/21/13.
The second Emergency Evacuation Crossover along Interstate 16 west. Photo taken 11/13/06.
Interstate 95 travels 112 miles through southeast Georgia, mainly accommodating through traffic between Florida and the Northeastern U.S. As such, the entire route in Georgia was expanded to six overall lanes by December 2010. Photo taken 12/21/13.
One half mile ahead of the Exit 157B off-ramp for Interstate 95 north to Florence, South Carolina. I-95 north serves commuter interests to Pooler, Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and Port Wentworth before reaching Hardeeville, South Carolina. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 157B leaves I-16 west for I-95 north. Interstate 95 south continues from Pooler to Richmond Hill, Brunswick and Jacksonville, Florida. Photo taken 12/21/13.
South from Exit 157B, travelers taking I-95 reach Brunswick in 67 miles and Jacksonville in 127 miles. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Suburban development encroaches the following stretch of Interstate 16 through to Pooler Parkway (Exit 155). Photo taken 03/15/10.
A diamond interchange (Exit 155) joins Interstate 16 with Pooler Parkway in one mile. Photo taken 03/15/10.
The city of Bloomingdale in six miles, is the final Chatham County exit along I-16 west. Macon is 156 miles away, with Atlanta appearing for the first time to I-16 drivers at 237 miles out. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Completed in 2004 as a county-maintained facility, Pooler Parkway constitutes a controlled-access roadway south from Exit 155 to Quacco Road and north to the Pooler city center and Airways Avenue east to SAV Airport. Photo taken 03/15/10.
This neutered shield for Interstate 16 west of the Pooler Parkway on-ramp was missing by 2010, perhaps replaced by a hurricane evacuation trailblazer. Photo taken 01/18/04.
The forthcoming rural diamond interchange (Exit 152) with Little Neck Road represents the south end of Georgia 17, a 293-mile route northwest to the North Carolina state line at Chatuge Lake. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Little Neck Road winds northwest from U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) through the far outskirts of Savannah to become Georgia 17 north at Exit 152. GA 17 (Bloomingdale Road) extends the road 2.9 miles north to U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 by Bloomingdale City Hall. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Leaving the Savannah area, Interstate 16 becomes vastly more rural through to Macon. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Pembroke, seat of Bryan County, is 20 miles to the west. Macon is still over two hours away. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Interstate 16 enters the southernmost reaches of Effingham County for a distance of 2.8 miles. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Old River Road meanders north from Georgia 204 to a diamond interchange (Exit 148) with Interstate 16. Beyond Exit 148, Old River Road continues by the community of Meldrim to U.S. 80 & Georgia 26-30 at Eden. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Spanning the Ogeechee River, Interstate 16 enters the northern extent of Bryan County. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Interstate 16 crosses the third in a series of flood relief bridges for the Ogeechee at milepost 146. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Turning more toward the northwest, Interstate 16 approaches its lone set of weigh stations. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Nearing the weigh station off-ramp on I-16 west of the Tar City Road overpass. Photo taken 03/15/10.
U.S. 280 commences a 392-mile trip to Birmingham, Alabama from U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 at Blichton, 1.6 miles to the east of Exit 143. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 143) with U.S. 280 & Georgia 30 on Interstate 16 west. U.S. 280 & GA 30 venture six miles west to Lanier (junction GA 204) and 11 miles to Pembroke. The pair share pavement west to Claxton, Vidalia, Cordele and Americus. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Traffic counts lower to 23,470 vpd west of Exit 143. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Statesboro, seat of Bulloch County, home of Georgia Southern University and crossroads of U.S. 80 and U.S. 25-301, is the next control city at 29 miles out. Macon is now 142 miles away. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Georgia 119 comprises a multi-state route with S.C. 119, running 87 miles between Riceboro and Garnett. The north-south route sees a diamond interchange (Exit 137) with I-16 one mile west of Black Creek. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Westbound motorists reach the Bulloch County line ahead of Exit 137. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Exit 137 departs Interstate 16 west for Georgia 119. The state route provides the only public route across Fort Stewart Military Reservation between Pembroke and Hinesville. The road may be closed at the discretion of the U.S. Army however. Photo taken 03/15/10.
Pembroke is an eight-mile drive to the southwest via GA 119 south. Springfield, seat of Effingham County, is 19 miles to the northeast. Photos taken 03/15/10.

Sources:

  1. Economic Development History of Interstate 16 in Georgia - Economic Development - FHWA.
Photo Credits:
  • 2004-01-18 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 2005-05-29 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 2006-11-13 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 2010-03-15 by AARoads.
  • 2013-12-21 by AARoads.
  • 2014-01-03 by AARoads.

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Interstate 95
Interstate 516 - W.F. Lynes Parkway

Page Updated 01-21-2014.

 
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