Interstate 16 East - Savannah Area

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Interstate 16 East
Exit 143 represents the lone interchange in Bryan County along Interstate 16. Joining the freeway in one mile is U.S. 280 & Georgia 30. U.S. 280 concludes just 1.6 miles to the east at U.S. 80 and Blichton. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Eastbound Interstate 16 at the diamond interchange (Exit 143) with U.S. 280 & Georgia 30. U.S. 280 travels 392 miles overall, taking a westward course to Pembroke, Claxton, Vidalia, Cordele, Columbus and ultimately Birmingham, Alabama. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Following the Exit 143 off-ramp to U.S. 280 & Georgia 30 from I-16 east. GA 30 overlaps with U.S. 280 west to Americus and east to U.S. 80. The state route zigzags eastward using a combination of U.S. 80 east and GA 17 north to Port Wentworth. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Signs posted at Exit 143 reference U.S. 280 west only from I-16 east. U.S. 280 used to cosign with U.S. 80 east into Savannah. Photo taken 05/29/07.
A pair of weigh stations line Interstate 16 one mile to the southeast of U.S. 280 & GA 30. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Bryan County Interstate Centre lines the north side of Interstate 16 at U.S. 280. The industrial development kicked off in the mid-2000s. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Truckers reach the lone weigh station of Interstate 16 east. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Savannah is just 23 miles away, with Bloomingdale Road highlighted next at nine miles. The design of this guide sign predates the addition of Exit 148. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Interstate 16 crosses the Ogeechee River into the southern wedge of Effingham County. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Old River Road branches southward from U.S. 80 & Georgia 26-30 at Eden to Meldrim and a diamond interchange (Exit 148) with Interstate 16. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Exit 148 departs Interstate 16 east for Old River Road. Some suburban development lines Old River Road in both directions of the freeway as I-16 progresses into the Savannah metropolitan area. Southward the road ties into Georgia 204, which I-16 meets in Savannah. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Reassurance shield assembly for Interstate 16 east posted ahead of milepost 149. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Home to 265,128 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, Interstate 16 enters Chatham County. Chatham County was formed in 1777 by the merging of Christ Church Parish and part of St. Phillips Parish. The third oldest county in Georgia derives its name from one of England's most celebrated prime ministers, William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham.1 Photo taken 05/29/07.
Interstate 16 approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 152) with SR 17 (Bloomingdale Road) north and Little Neck Road south. Bloomingdale, a city incorporated in 19742, lies mostly to the north of I-16 along SR 17 and U.S. 80 & SR 26. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Georgia 17 commences a 293-mile route to the North Carolina state line at Exit 152. The state routes mirrors the course of the Ogeechee River northwest from Bloomingdale to Millen and Louisville.
Little Neck Road stems south from Georgia 17 (Bloomingdale Road) to U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) near Georgetown. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Spanning the Little Ogeechee River, Interstate 95 leaves Bloomingdale for the city of Pooler as speed limits reduce to 65 miles per hour. The exchange with Interstate 95 was the next exit in four miles until Pooler Parkway opened in 2004. Photo taken 05/29/07.
A diamond interchange (Exit 155) joins Interstate 16 with Pooler Parkway, a county constructed facility looping north from Quacco Road to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Photo taken 05/29/07.
Pooler Parkway constitutes a semi-controlled access highway through the city of Pooler with direct connections to U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road) and the passenger terminal of SAV (via Airways Avenue east). Photo taken 05/29/07.
Exit 155 leaves Interstate 16 east for Pooler Parkway north and Quacco Road south. Pooler Parkway has enhanced suburban development in the area as it becomes more of a commuter route in conjunction with I-16 into Savannah. Photo taken 05/29/07.
A full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 157A/B) connects Interstate 16 with I-95 in one mile. A two to three year project starting in 2019 upgrades Exit 157 to a systems interchange. Photo taken 05/29/07.
One half mile ahead of Exit 157A for I-95 south to Brunswick and Jacksonville, Florida. Interstate 95 stays west of Savannah for the most part, passing through Pooler and Port Wentworth as part of its 112-mile rural course through the Peach State. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Exit 157B provides a second route to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) via Interstate 95 north. I-95 meets Airways Avenue (Exit 104), the gateway to the airport terminal, in 4.8 miles. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Interstate 16 transitions into the Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway between Interstate 95 and the eastern terminus. The highway west to Macon is the James Gillis, Sr. Memorial Highway, named after the former Georgia Department of Transportation director.3 Photo taken 05/29/05.
Interstate 95 ventures south 63 miles to Brunswick and 120 miles to Jacksonville, Florida. The freeway parallels U.S. 17 from Beaufort County, South Carolina to Orange Park, Florida. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Exit 157B loops away from I-16 east onto I-95 north. Interstate 95 sees four more Chatham County exits before crossing the Savannah River into Hardeeville, South Carolina. Florence, SC lies 172 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Interstate 16 straddles the Pooler city line to forthcoming Exit 160. The reassurance marker posted after I-95 was missing by 2007 and not replaced by 2014. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Continuing east, Interstate 95 next approaches the diamond interchange with Georgia 307 (Dean Forest Road). Downtown Savannah is nine miles away. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 307 constitutes an 8.5-mile long route between U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) by Silk Hope and Georgia 25 (Coastal Road) at Garden City. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 160 leaves Interstate 16 east for SR 307 (Dean Forest Road). SR 307 provides a direct route to the Garden City Terminal of the Georgia Ports Authority from I-16. The former passenger terminal of SAV Airport, now the Airport Business Center, is located off Dean Forest Road north as well. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A final forested stretch takes Interstate 16 into the city limits of Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Six miles of Interstate 16 east remain to Downtown Savannah. Garden City, via I-516 west, is also six miles away. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Next in line for eastbound travelers is the parclo interchange (Exit 162) with Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway winds northward from Garrard Avenue at Lamarville to U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road) in Garden City. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The two-mile guide sign for Interstate 516, U.S. 17-80, and SR 21-25-26 precedes the Chatham Parkway interchange. Interstate 516 follows W.F. Lynes Parkway between Hunter Army Airfield and Garden City. The freeway doubles as the route of SR 21 between SR 204 (Abercorn Street) in Savannah and Augusta Road north to Port Wentworth. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 162 leaves Interstate 16 east for Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway serves business and industrial parks on its curved routing between Veterans Parkway and U.S. 80. The route was planned as Georgia 167 originally, which is the reason why Exit 162 guide signs include a space for a route marker. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Chatham Center Drive appears along the south side of Interstate 16 as the freeway progresses east toward the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 162A/B) with Interstate 516. Speed limits lower to 55 miles per hour on this stretch. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 passes over the CSX Savannah Yard on the approach to Exit 164A for Interstate 516-U.S. 80 east & U.S. 17-Georgia 21 south. U.S. 17 south & 80 east follow Lynes Parkway south to Ogeechee Road. There U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 part ways for Silk Hope and Richmond Hill to the southwest while U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 turn east toward Victory Drive through Midtown Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 164A departs Interstate 16 east for Interstate 516 & U.S. 80-Georgia 26 east and U.S. 17 and Georgia 21-25 south. Interstate 516 curves southeast at Liberty City to DeRenne Avenue (Georgia 21) at Montgomery Street. Photo taken 05/29/07.
The Exit 164A overhead was replaced by 2013. Interstate 516 was designated in 1985, replacing Georgia 26 Loop along the entirety of W.F. Lynes Parkway. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Traffic to Interstate 516 & U.S. 80-SR 26 west and SR 21-25 north loop away from I-16 east toward Garden City. The four highways combine to Exit 7A where U.S. 80 & SR 26 depart for Augusta Avenue. SR 21 and 25 follow separate alignments from the freeway end to Port Wentworth. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 east & U.S. 17 north
Continuing east, I-16 motorists advance toward a wye interchange (Exit 164) with SR 204 (37th Street Connector). Exit 164 represents the north/east end of SR 204, which forms a 36.1-mile long L-shaped route to South Side Savannah and Pembroke. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 17 north combines with Interstate 16 east from I-516 west, though reassurance shields omit the overlap. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 204 (37th Street Connector) leads south from Interstate 16 & U.S. 17 across Midtown Savannah toward the campus of Savannah State University. The college lies east of the Truman Parkway along Skidaway Road. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Nearing the separation with Georgia 204 (Exit 165) along Interstate 16 east & U.S. 17 north. The 37th Street Connector provides a high-speed route to Ogeechee Road at 37th Street.
Exit 166 follows in 0.75 miles for the continuation of U.S. 17 north to the Eugene Talmadge Bridge. Completed in 1991, the freeway extends north from I-16 at Gwinett Street to Louisville Road before ascending across the Savannah River. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A two-lane off-ramp (Exit 165) departs Interstate 16 east & U.S. 17 north for Georgia 204 (37th Street Connector). Georgia 204 turns south onto Abercorn Street in 1.3 miles.
Abercorn Street constitutes the main commercial arterial through to Southside Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Separate signs precede the wye interchange (Exit 166) with Georgia 404 Spur north. U.S. 17 peels away from I-16 east ahead for Hutchinson Island and Charleston, South Carolina. The island is home to the Savannah Convention Center. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The Talmadge Bridge is a four-lane cable-stayed bridge linking the Historic District of Savannah with Hutchinson Island. The span opened in March 1991 to replace a lower two-lane cantilever bridge built in 1953 by the same name. Preceding the completion, U.S. 17 was realigned eastward from the Houlihan Bridge at Port Wentworth over the former alignment of U.S. 17 Alternate in 1988. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 17 branches northward from Interstate 16 east along side Georgia 404 Spur at Exit 166. Georgia 404 Spur emerges as a branch of Georgia 404, the hidden state route for all of Interstate 16. U.S. 17 continues as a freeway with ramps to Louisville Road and Hutchinson Island. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The Gwinnett Street off-ramp departs U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur northbound just beyond the split with Interstate 16 east. Gwinnett Street travels east to Forsyth Park and west to the industrial area of Telfair Junction. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Interstate 16 East
Two lanes of Interstate 16 turn eastward for the final approach to the Savannah Historic District. Exit 167A departs next for Gaston Street east at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. MLK Boulevard, former U.S. 17-80, leads north to Bay Street east for interests to Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island along U.S. 80 east of Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Speed limits gradually reduce as I-16 passes over the U.S. 17 & GA 404 Spur northbound flyover. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 east at Exit 167A to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Exit 167B follows as the flyover (Earl T. Shinhoster Bridge) onto Montgomery Street north. Montgomery Street flows northbound two blocks from the freeway end to the Savannah Civic Center. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 ends on the periphery of Downtown Savannah ahead of Liberty Street. Downtown is home to the Savannah College of Art and Design. Photo taken 01/03/14.
An end shield precedes the left side merge of I-16 east onto Montgomery Street north. Photo taken 01/03/14.


 

Sources:

  1. Chatham County, New Georgia Encyclopedia.
  2. georgia.gov - Bloomingdale.
  3. Economic Development History of Interstate 16 in Georgia - Economic Development - FHWA.


Photo Credits:

05/29/05, 05/29/07, 01/03/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 516 - W.F. Lynes Parkway

Page Updated 01-24-2014.