Interstate 75 North - Cordele to Macon

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Interstate 75 North
Now within Dooly County, Interstate 75 nears the Shiloh Road overpass on the one mile approach to a northbound rest area for travelers. Photo taken 11/05/14.
This rest area lies one mile south of the upcoming diamond interchange (Exit 109) with Georgia 215 to Vienna. 55 miles separate drivers from the next available rest area situated along the Interstate 475 bypass near Macon. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Georgia 215 totals 38.6 miles, connecting I-75 with nearby Vienna and the city of Pitts along the U.S. 280 corridor. The state route will meet the freeway in one half mile. Photo taken 10/22/15.
A reassurance shield stands beyond the merge from the northbound rest area by Pennahatchee Creek.
Construction through 2017 replaces all movements to adjacent GA 215 with longer ramps. Work also includes construction of a new overpass for the state route. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Georgia 215 stems east from Georgia 27 near Downtown Vienna, meeting I-75 at Exit 109 before continuing southeasterly 19 miles toward Pitts. The state route joins U.S. 280 for a brief overlap to Wilcox before spoking southeast to its end at Georgia 90 in Ben Hill County. Photo taken 10/22/15.
This shield for Interstate 75 north is placed after Exit 109. The freeway will next meet Georgia 27 (Exit 112) in just under three miles. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Interstate 75 will cross paths with Georgia 27 in one mile as it pulls away from Vienna.
Work starting in 2016 upgrades the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 112). Construction includes new longer ramps with I-75 and expansion of GA 27 along with a new overpass across the freeway. Photo taken 10/22/15.
A 264-mile state route, GA 27 arcs across the Peach state from Georgetown near the Alabama border to Brunswick and the Golden Isles. Photo taken 10/22/15.
The freeway reaches the off-ramp (Exit 112) to Georgia 27. GA 27 shoots southwest from I-75 a short distance to Vienna, where it aligns with Georgia 90 for one mile along Union Street. Advancing eastward, the state route goes 18 miles before reaching Georgia 257 near Hawkinsville. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Five miles separate Exit 112 and Hawkinsville Road (Exit 117) along I-75 north. Photo taken 10/22/15.
The city of Pinehurst is connected to Interstate 75 via Exit 117 (Hawkinsville Road) one mile ahead. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Hawkinsville Road leads west from the upcoming diamond interchange to Pinehurst, connecting to Fullington Avenue before reaching U.S. 41 (Pine Avenue). Photo taken 10/22/15.
The freeway passes to the east of Pinehurst as motorists reach the ramp to Hawkinsville Road. Exit 117 also provides a direct connection with Georgia 230 and Hawkinsville to the northeast. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Interstate 75 will next encounter U.S. 41 (Exit 121) south of Unadilla. Photo taken 11/05/14.
Unadilla lies at the crossroads of U.S. 41 (Georgia 7) and Georgia 230 four miles ahead. Drivers bound for Macon will reach the city in 46 miles. Photo taken 11/05/14.
I-75 curves northwesterly on its one mile approach to the folded diamond interchange (Exit 121) with U.S. 41 & Georgia 7. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Exits 121 & 122 both serve the city of Unadilla along Interstate 75 north. U.S. 41 & GA 7 will meet I-75 in one half mile to enter Unadilla, after having shadowed the freeway since Tifton (Exit 64). Georgia 230 represents the second connection between I-75 and the city in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 07/02/14.
U.S. 41 & Georgia 7 (Pine Street) leaves Interstate 75 and Exit 121 to enter Downtown Unadilla before recurving northwest. The pair cross back under I-75 without access in south Houston County. The freeway will next meet the US highway directly at Exit 135 in Perry. Photo taken 10/22/15.
An auxiliary lane joins the freeway between U.S. 41 and the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 122) with Georgia 230. The state route links Interstate 75 with Byromville located 11 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Powell Road circles along side I-75 to Crumpler Avenue by this reassurance marker. Crumpler Avenue used to continue southwest as Bembry Road before the freeway severed the connection. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Georgia 230 heads east from Exit 122 into Unadilla, where the state route shares a brief overlap with U.S. 41 (Pine Street) before continuing east toward Hawkinsville. Photo taken 10/22/15.
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Interstate 75 north pulls away from Unadilla toward Perry in adjacent Houston County. The freeway will next meet Georgia 26 (Exit 127) in five miles. Photos taken 10/22/15.
Now inside Houston County, the rural freeway approaches Exit 127 with Georgia 26 to Montezuma and Hawkinsville one mile ahead. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Georgia 26 stretches 271 miles across the Peach State, connecting with Cusseta, Oglethorpe, Montezuma and Hawkinsville before merging with U.S. 80 for Dublin, Stateboro and Savannah. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Interstate 75 arrives at the diamond interchange with GA 26. Exit 127 joins the freeway with Montezuma, 16 miles to the west, and Hawkinsville, 18 miles to the east. Photo taken 10/22/15.
The freeway advances north over a series of hills adjacent to South Prong of Elko Creek beyond this shield marker. Photo taken 10/22/15.
The city of Perry is a short eight-mile drive ahead as Macon remains 36 miles away. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Interstate 75 north approaches the first of four interchanges to serve the Houston County seat of Perry in one mile. Photo taken 07/02/14.
South Perry Parkway links the freeway with U.S. 41 and Georgia 224 near Meadowdale to the west while also providing a connection to Georgia 224 (Larry Walker Parkway) to the east. Photo taken 07/02/14.
A diamond interchange facilitates movements between I-75 and South Perry Parkway (Exit 134). South Perry Parkway slips below the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter en route to Georgia 224 east. Interstate 75 will reach the northern counterpart of Perry Parkway (U.S. 341 Bypass) in four miles (Exit 138). Photo taken 07/02/14.
Preparing to pass under South Perry Parkway motorists enter the one mile approach to U.S. 41 (Georgia 7) and Georgia 127 & 224. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Exit 135 primarily serves Downtown Perry as well as the adjacent Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. U.S. 41 & GA 7 briefly join GA 127 & 224 at the diamond interchange before splitting off for downtown. GA 127 follows U.S. 41 along Courtney Hodges Boulevard into Downtown while GA 224 continues southeast toward Hawkinsville. Use Georgia 127 west to reach Marshallville in neighboring Macon County. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Interstate 75 reaches the departure ramp for Exit 135. GA 224 east follows the four-lane Larry Walker Parkway to its end at U.S. 341 near Hawkinsville. Otherwise, the state route curves southwest toward Montezuma and Oglethorpe. U.S. 41, along with GA 7 & 127, turn northward onto Courtney Hodges Boulevard just east of the interchange. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Gaines Drive crosses the freeway on the one mile approach to U.S. 341 & Georgia 7 (Sam Nunn Boulevard). The intrastate U.S. highway stretches 226 miles between Brunswick and Barnesville, serving Jesup, Hawkinsville, Perry, and Fort Valley in between. GA 7 leaves U.S. 41 in downtown and accompanies U.S. 341 for its duration to Barnesville, where it rejoins U.S. 41 north. Photo taken 07/02/14.
I-75 north spans a rail line between Big Indian Creek and the upcoming diamond interchange (Exit 136). Fort Valley is the Peach County seat and is located 11 miles to the northwest along U.S. 341 & GA 7. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Motorists continue north along Interstate 75 at the entrance ramp to Exit 136 to U.S. 341 & GA 7. Sam Nunn Boulevard carries both routes southeast along the primary commercial corridor into Downtown Perry. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Exit 138 joins Interstate 75 with the northern arc of Perry Parkway (U.S. 341 Bypass) in 1.25 miles near the former Thompson Road overpass. The crossing for Thompson Road was severed when the upcoming diamond interchange was added to the freeway system in the early 1990s. Access to the local road is reached via Perry Parkway on either side of I-75. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Though not acknowledged along I-75, U.S. 341 Bypass follows the four-lane Perry Parkway between U.S. 341 near Oak Knolls to the west to U.S. 341 on the east side of Perry. Perry Veterans Parkway continues an additional 1.8 miles south from U.S. 341 near Oak Knolls to Industrial Park Road. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Exit 138 parts ways with I-75 north for Perry Parkway near Thompson Road. Use Perry Parkway and U.S. 341 Bypass west to reach Perry-Houston County Airport. GA 11 Connector tags along Perry Parkway and U.S. 341 Bypass east between I-75 and U.S. 41 & Georgia 11. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Motorists continue along Interstate 75 as the freeway leaves the Perry area for Byron and Macon. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Georgia 96 (Veterans Memorial Highway) will meet Interstate 75 in one mile at a rural diamond interchange (Exit 142). Photo taken 11/07/14.
Interstate 75 north crosses over Mossy Creek into Peach County on the approach to Exit 142. The freeway will travel a distance of 11 miles through eastern Peach County before entering both Crawford and Bibb Counties. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Housers Mill Road connects to Georgia State Route 96 west of the upcoming diamond interchange and runs parallel to the freeway northward to Georgia 247 Connector (Centerville Road). Otherwise Georgia 96 continues west eight miles to Fort Valley. Photo taken 11/07/14.
A ramp leaves Interstate 75 north for Exit 142 to Georgia 96. The state route is currently being widened from a two-lane facility to a four-lane urban arterial between I-75 to just east of U.S. 129 & GA 247 in Bonaire. As a part of the widening project, Georgia 96 will be slightly realigned to include a parclo interchange.1 Photo taken 11/07/14.
The first of two interchanges for Warner Robins occurs in one mile at a diamond interchange with Richard B. Russell Parkway (Exit 144). Use the upcoming exit to reach the Robins Air Force Base (ABF) Museum of Aviation. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Russell Parkway is a four-lane route joining Interstate 75 with nearby Housers Mill Road to the west and U.S. 129 & GA 247 at Robins Air Force Base to the east. Originally ending at Houston Lake Road to the east, Russell Parkway was extended westward to the freeway and Georgia 247, with a ribbon cutting ceremony marking its completion on December 7, 2004.2 Photo taken 11/07/14.
A single lane ramp departs for Richard B. Russell Parkway (Exit 144). The parkway consists of four travel lanes as it heads east through south Warner Robins. Interests to Robins AFB should use Russell Parkway east to the parclo interchange with U.S. 129 & Georgia 247 and the base entrance. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Interstate 75 north will next meet Georgia 247 Connector (Centerville Road & Watson Boulevard) to Warner Robins in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Centerville Road carries GA 247 Connector west from I-75 to GA 49 (Peach Parkway) while east GA 247 Connector follows Watson Boulevard to Centerville and Warner Robins. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Georgia 247 Connector and Watson Boulevard represent the main commercial thoroughfare for both Centerville and Warner Robins. Both Watson Boulevard and Georgia 247 Connector end at a signalized intersection with U.S. 129 & Georgia 247 at the primary entrance to Robins Air Force Base. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Traffic continues north along Interstate 75 through eastern Peach County passing to the west of both Centerville and Warner Robins. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Travelers next approach the city of Byron in three miles via Georgia 49 (Exit 149) while 17 miles remain on the drive to Macon. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Passing underneath White Road, Interstate 75 north comes to within one mile of Georgia 49 (Exit 149) to Byron and Fort Valley. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Georgia 49 (Peach Parkway) extends southwest from I-75 and Exit 149 along the multi-lane Peach Parkway to Byron and Fort Valley, the seat of Peach County. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Motorists depart Interstate 75 for Exit 149 and Georgia 49 to Byron. The state route continues a short distance northeast before merging with U.S. 41 & Georgia 11 (Industrial Highway) to U.S. 129 and Macon. Also use GA 49 north to reach Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Continuing beyond Exit 149, the freeway descends nearly 200 feet on the approach to Crawford County and Echeconnee Creek, a tributary of the Ocmulgee River. Photo taken 11/07/14.
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Drivers momentarily enter Crawford County before crossing Echeconnee Creek into adjoining Bibb County. Photos taken 11/07/14.
Interstate 75 north approaches the first of 12 Bibb County interchanges in one mile at Sardis Church Road (Exit 153). Photo taken 11/07/14.
Sardis Church Road was connected to the freeway via a folded diamond interchange by May 2012. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Currently Sardis Church Road links I-75 with GA 11 (Houston Road) but long range plans call for an extension to U.S. 129 & GA 247 near Middle Georgia Regional Airport.3 The extension would be built on new alignment as well as utilizing a section of Avondale Mill Road. Anticipated construction would begin sometime in 2016.4 Photo taken 11/07/14.
Exit 155 to Hartley Bridge Road precedes the upcoming wye interchange with Interstate 475 (Exit 156). Hartley Bridge Road begins at Houston Road to the east and travels southwestward into rural reaches of Crawford County. In conjunction with Mt. Pleasant Church Road and Fulton Mill Road, Hartley Bridge Road comprises a loop southwest of Macon. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Interstate 475 forms a 15.8 mile western bypass of Macon and is generally used by drivers bound for the Atlanta metro area and beyond. Photo taken 11/07/14.
The interchange between Hartley Bridge Road and Interstate 75 was modified by 2009 to include direct access from the local road to I-475. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Northbound traffic reaches the ramp to Exit 155 (Hartley Bridge Road). The east-west road serves interests to the south Macon communities of Skipperton and Rutland (via Georgia 11). Photo taken 11/07/14.
As the freeway passes under Hartley Bridge Road it comes to within one mile of the split with Interstate 475 north.
Expansion of the I-75 and 475 split took place during road work between 2006 and July 2009. Photo taken 07/02/14.
Interstate 75 north widens to five lanes on the final approach to I-475 north (Exit 156) to Atlanta. The bypass freeway skirts the western side of Macon before reconvening with I-75 at Bolingbroke. Photo taken 07/02/14.
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A collector distributor roadway links Hartley Bridge Road (Exit 155) directly with both Interstate 475 north around Macon and with Interstate 75 north to Downtown and Interstate 16. Photos taken 11/07/14.
Drivers depart for Interstate 475 north as Interstate 75 continues northward toward the central business district of Macon and I-16 (Exit 165). Photo taken 07/02/14.
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Seven miles separate the Interstate 475 wye interchange from Downtown. Interstate 16 spokes southeast from I-75 in eight miles for the coastal city of Savannah. Photos taken 11/07/14.
U.S. 41 and Georgia 247 (Pio Nono Avenue) will meet the freeway at the first Macon interchange in one mile. The U.S. and state routes travel in tandem from U.S. 129 and GA 11 along Pio Nono Avenue to Vineville and Pierce Avenues in west Macon. Photo taken 11/07/14.
I-75 north travels under Jennifer Drive on the half mile approach to Exit 160 (U.S. 41 and GA 247). Photo taken 11/07/14.
Travelers formally enter Macon as Interstate 75 north passes over Rocky Creek. Photo taken 11/07/14.
The freeway reaches the departure ramp for Exit 160 (Pio Nono Avenue). Pio Nono Avenue consists of an undivided arterial its entire length from U.S. 129 (Broadway) to Vineville Avenue. U.S. 41 will follow Vineville Avenue westward toward Forsyth while GA 247 continues along Pierce Avenue to its end at U.S. 23 & GA 87. Photo taken 11/07/14.
U.S. 80 and Georgia 22 (Eisenhower Parkway) will meet Interstate 75 in one mile at Exit 162. Eisenhower Parkway is a major east-west arterial linking the freeway with U.S. 129 (Broadway) to the east and Interstate 475 to the west. Photo taken 11/07/14.
The U.S. and state route pair follow Eisenhower Parkway east from Exit 162 to U.S. 129 north toward Downtown Macon. Eisenhower Parkway continues a short distance east to its end at Edgewood Avenue. Plans called for the parkway to extend further east to Interstate 16 as part of the Fall Line Freeway, but those have yet to come to fruition.
Otherwise I-75 north encounters GA 74 (Mercer University Drive) in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Motorists reach the off-ramp to Exit 162 (Eisenhower Drive) at the Hightower Road overpass. Georgia 22 follows U.S. 80 from the Alabama state line near Columbus to Downtown Macon. Ultimately the state route joins U.S. 129 north towards Gray where it departs the U.S. highway for Milledgeville. Photo taken 11/07/14.
The eastern terminus of Georgia 74 (Mercer University Drive) occurs at the upcoming six-ramp parclo (Exit 163) in 0.75 miles. Overall GA 74 totals 108 miles connecting Macon with Fairburn in Fulton County. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Drivers leave for Exit 163 to Georgia 74 west (Mercer University Drive). Mercer University Drive continues east from I-75 along the south boundary of Mercer University to College and Plant Streets, where it becomes Little Richard Penniman Boulevard to its end at Telfair Street. To the west GA 74 follows Mercer University Drive to I-475, transitioning to Thomaston Road. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Passing under Georgia 74, Interstate 75 curves northeast at the two mile approach to Interstate 16 east (Exit 165) to Savannah. The freeway provides the connection between metro Atlanta and the Gold Coast of Georgia. Photo taken 11/07/14.
A split diamond interchange makes up Exit 164 to U.S. 41 Business and Georgia 19 south (Forsyth Street) and north (Hardeman Avenue) in three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Napier Street spans the freeway on its final approach to Exit 164. Forsyth Street carries U.S. 41 Business & GA 19 south toward Downtown while a frontage road continues to Hardeman Avenue (U.S. 41 Business & GA 19 north) west to Vineville Avenue. Use Vineville Avenue to reach the Macon Museum of Arts and Science. Photo taken 11/07/14.
Traffic departs to U.S. 41 Business & GA 19 south (Forsyth Street) at Exit 164. Both Forsyth Street and Hardeman Avenue converge at Vineville Avenue just to the west. Georgia 19 accompanies the bannered U.S. highway to Downtown where it branches northward along Spring Street. The state route joins U.S. 23 & 129 to cross the Ocmulgee River before turning east along Emery Highway toward U.S. 80. Photo taken 11/07/14.
The directional interchange with Interstate 16 east is one mile out as motorists travel under Forsyth Street and Hardeman Avenue. Photo taken 11/07/14.
I-75 north widens to four lanes on the approach to Exit 165. Two lanes will depart for Interstate 16 southeast toward Savannah while two lanes continue Interstate 75 northward toward the greater Atlanta metro area. Use I-16 east to reach the Ocmulgee National Monument as well as the Tubman Museum and the Georgia Sports and Music Hall of Fame. Photo taken 11/07/14.
U.S. 23 & Georgia 87 (Riverside Drive) pass overhead as the freeway reaches Exit 165. Interstate 16 stretches 166.8 miles linking Downtown Macon with Downtown Savannah. The freeway also provides an important connection between I-75, I-95 and the Port of Savannah. Modifications to the interchange commencing in 2018 will see the addition of collector distributor roadways as well as improvements to the approaches.5 Photo taken 11/07/14.


 
Sources:
  1. SR96 Widening - Houston/Peach Counties (www.dot.ga.gov/Projects/activeprojects/StateRoute/Pages/SR96Widening.aspx)
  2. "20 Years In The Works: Russell Parkway Extension Opens", Macon Telegraph, December 8, 2004.
  3. "Transportation plan moves up Forest Hill, Sardis Church roads construction", Macon Telegraph, April 25, 2012.
  4. Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) Policy Meeting report, February 5, 2014.
  5. I-16/I-75 Improvement Project (www.i16i75.com)


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07/02/14, 11/05/14, 11/07/14, 10/22/15 by AARoads

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