Interstate 75 South - Locust Grove to Macon

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Interstate 75 South
Georgia 16, a 178-mile cross-state route between Carrollton and Warrenton, sees a diamond interchange (Exit 205) with I-75 in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 quickly enters Butts County on the quarter mile approach to Exit 205 with Georgia 16. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 16 provides a direct route to Griffin, 11 miles to the west, along a four-lane divided highway (Arthur K. Bolton Parkway). This alignment replaced a two-lane route along Jackson Road and an overlap with GA 155 south. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 16 transitions into a two-lane route east of Exit 205 on the eight-mile drive to Jackson. The state route follows 3rd Street and U.S. 23 through Downtown before exiting the city to Monticello and Eatonton. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The Lamar County seat of Barnesville, 17 miles to the southwest, is served by the next exit of I-75 south. Macon is now 43 miles away. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 36 crosses paths with Interstate 75 at a diamond interchange (Exit 201) in one mile. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A 95-mile route between GA 208 near Waverly Hall and U.S. 278 at Covington, Georgia 36 joins the seats of Barnesville and Jackson along a 22-mile course. Photo taken 08/07/13.
An array of truck stops abut the junction of I-75 and GA 36. The state route otherwise travels a rural path southwest to Liberty Hill and northeast to Mulberry Street in Jackson. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 crosses the Lamar County line immediately south of Exit 198. Photo taken 08/07/13.
High Falls Road spans Interstate 75 south beyond this southbound shield assembly. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A second High Falls Road ties into Interstate 75 at Exit 198 from adjacent Monroe County and High Falls State Park. Photo taken 08/07/13.
One half mile north of the Exit 198 diamond interchange with High Falls Road east and Highfalls Park Road west. Photo taken 08/07/13.
High Falls Road forms an arc east from Exit 198 to High Falls, High Falls Lake and Georgia 36 in Butts County. High Falls Park Road continues the road west to GA 36 near Liberty Hill. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The Lamar / Monroe County line straddles the interchange with High Falls Road. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Forested frontage lies ahead of the Interstate 75 southbound turn preceding the Little Towaliga River. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A rural diamond interchange (Exit 193) lies one mile ahead with Johnstonville Road near the River Forest golf course community. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Johnstonville Road leads east from Exit 193 to Box Ankle and Georgia 42 south of Blount. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Exit 193 departs I-75 south for Johnstonville Road west to Johnstonville, Goggins and Barnesville in Lamar County. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Continuing south, Interstate 75 passes over Rocky Creek ahead of a roadway separation at Red Creek. Photo taken 08/07/13.
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Roadways for I-75 come together one mile north of weigh stations lining both sides of the freeway. Photos taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 42 emerges from its overlap with U.S. 23 at Flovilla to break away southward 17 miles to Exit 188 with I-75 at the city of Forsyth. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The forthcoming parclo interchange (Exit 188) ties the southbound side of I-75 with adjacent Goodwyne Road near the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus. Georgia 42 overtakes Goodwyne Road southeast along both the freeway and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line to eventually join GA 83 (Lee Street) south. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Exit 188 leaves Interstate 75 south for Georgia 42. GA 42 intertwines with the I-75 corridor for 115 miles from Georgia 13 at Brookhaven to Georgia 49 at Byron. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 83 (Cabiness Road) enters Forsyth from Berner, 11 miles to the north. The state route combines with GA 42 south along Lee Street to Downtown and U.S. 41 (Main Street). Photo taken 08/07/13.
A short overlap carries Georgia 83 west along U.S. 41 (Main Street) to its departure from Forsyth to Brent, Strouds and its south end at U.S. 341. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 187) with Georgia 83 (Cabiness Road) on I-75 south in Forsyth. GA 83 stretches 86.5 miles to the northeast from Monroe County by way of the Jasper County seat of Monticello to Madison and Monroe. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Tift College Drive extends east from Johnson Street and Tift College to meet Interstate 75 at a diamond interchange (Exit 186) in one mile. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Georgia 18 overlaps with U.S. 41 east from Barnesville to Forsyth. The state route parts ways with U.S. 41 (Brooklyn Avenue) for Harold G. Clarke Parkway east to Exit 185. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Juliette Road continues Tift College Drive east from Interstate 75 to the settlement of Juliette beyond U.S. 23. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The fourth Forsyth exit departs in 0.75 miles for Georgia 18 east to Lake Juliette, Dames Ferry and the Jones County seat of Gray. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A diamond interchange (Exit 185) joins Interstate 75 with Georgia 18 at the Forsyth city line. GA 18 goes for 148 miles across central Georgia from West Point to Jeffersonville. Photo taken 08/07/13.
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Interstate 75 ventures southeast from Forsyth four miles to the diamond interchange (Exit 181) with Rumble Road. The split with I-475 follows as Macon is now just 21 miles away. Photos taken 08/07/13.
Rumble Road veers east 2.3 miles from U.S. 41 and the settlement of Smarr to Interstate 75 at Exit 181. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Rumble Road traverses forested hills another 3.8 miles east from Exit 181 to Pea Ridge Road. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Southbound I-75 at the Exit 181 off-ramp to Rumble Road for Smarr. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The first rest area along Interstate 75 south of Atlanta includes a tourist information center. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A wye interchange (Exit 177) follows the rest area with the split of Interstate 475 south. Totaling 15.83 miles, Interstate 475 provides a western bypass of Macon for long distance travelers south to Valdosta and Florida. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 crosses Little Deer Creek just ahead of the rest area off-ramp. Four additional facilities line the route south of Macon. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Having carried at least six lanes from Chattanooga, Tennessee southward, Interstate 75 prepares to drop to four lanes to the north side of Macon. Interstate 475 carries the bulk of motorists with six lanes of capacity. Photo taken 08/07/13.
An older ground-level guide sign for Exit 177 and Interstate 475 south. This sign was replaced with a new sign bridge preceding the Pea Ridge Road overpass by 2007. Signs for I-475 otherwise reference Bypass to Valdosta, which is somewhat wordy for an Interstate control point. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Opened to traffic in 1967, the southernmost Interstate 475 prepares to split with I-75. Two previous I-475's exist at Toledo, Ohio and Flint, Michigan. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 475 provides access to U.S. 41 (Dixie Highway) at the community of Bolingbroke via adjacent Exit 15. U.S. 41 stays west of I-75 and does not cross the freeway directly until Exit 160 at Pio Nono Avenue. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Exit 177 separates traffic bound for Macon and Savannah (via I-16 east) from drivers headed to South Georgia and the peninsula of Florida. I-475 sees four interchanges overall and three in Bibb County.
Stay on I-75 south to I-16 east for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Tubman Museum and Ocmulgee National Monument. Photo taken 08/07/13.
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Turning more easterly, Interstate 75 leaves I-475 and approaches a half diamond interchange with Pate Road (old GA 19 Spur) on its way to Interstate 16 (12 miles) and Downtown Macon (14 miles). Photos taken 07/05/14.
Bass Road (former Georgia 361) extends Foster Road north from Zebulon Road to a diamond interchange (Exit 172) with Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/05/14.
Drivers bound for Bass Road leave Interstate 75 south at Exit 172. Bass Road arcs east to U.S. 23 (Riverside Drive). The road was a part of Georgia 361 until 1982.1 Photo taken 07/05/14.
U.S. 23 & Georgia 87 finally return to Interstate 75 at Exit 171. The route loops east from the freeway at Locust Grove to Jackson and Berner, paralleling the Ocmulgee River southward into Macon. Photo taken 07/05/14.
Heavy development surrounds the formerly rural diamond interchange anchored by The Shoppes at River Crossing nearby. U.S. 23 & GA 87 (Riverside Drive) act as a west side frontage road to Interstate 75 southward from Exit 171 to the split with Interstate 16 east. Photo taken 07/05/14.
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One half mile guide sign for Exit 169 to U.S. 23 & Georgia 87. Five miles remain before the Interstate 16 eastbound beginning. Downtown Macon lies two miles south of the directional interchange. Photos taken 07/05/14.
The diamond interchange (Exit 169) with Arkwright Road provides another access point to adjacent U.S. 23 & Georgia 87 (Riverside Drive). The road otherwise ends at Northside Drive by two shopping centers. Photo taken 07/05/14.
3.3 miles of Interstate 75, from Arkwright Road southward into the city, was expanded to six lanes during $68-million in road work from August 2010 to November 2013.2 Photo taken 07/05/14.
Next in line for southbound motorists is Exit 167 with Georgia 247 (Pierce Avenue) south. GA 247 begins a 43-mile route to the Perry area from I-75 and U.S. 23. Photo taken 07/05/14.
Interstate 75 formally enters the Macon city limits just ahead of the Red Oak Drive overpass. Photo taken 07/05/14.
The freeway prepares to lose the additional travel lane gained at Arkwright Road (Exit 169). Photo taken 07/05/14.
Construction associated with the widening of Interstate 75 southward from Exit 169 included the redesign of the parclo interchange with Georgia 247 (Pierce Avenue). New ramps were added to southbound joining the freeway with parallel U.S. 23 (Riverside Drive) just ahead of its intersection with Pierce Avenue. These replaced the original ramps further south.2 Photo taken 07/05/14.
The first guide sign for Interstate 16 (Exit 165) appears two miles in advance of the directional interchange. An intrastate route, Interstate 16 goes nearly 167 miles southeast from Macon to Montgomery Street outside Downtown Savannah. Photo taken 07/05/14.
Reassurance marker posted for I-75 south beyond the merge from Exit 167. This segment of freeway will be expanded in conjunction with the I-16 interchange upgrade. Photo taken 07/05/14.
U.S. 23 & Georgia 87 (Riverside Drive) come into view again beyond the former on-ramp from GA-247. Presently a left side ramp departs Interstate 75 south in 1.25 miles for I-16 east. Work may commence in 2016 on a project to modernize the interchange.2 Photo taken 07/05/14.
A diagrammatic overhead outlines the left side ramp (Exit 165) for Interstate 16 east. I-16 is a lightly traveled route, mirroring U.S. 80 to the south through mostly rural areas, with the exception of Dublin. Photo taken 07/05/14.
The aforementioned Norfolk Southern Railroad travels below Interstate 75 as the freeway bends east from U.S. 23 to Exit 165. A single lane ramp carries motorists onto I-16 east, which spans the Ocmulgee River to the north of Downtown. Photo taken 07/05/14.
A closer look at the ground level sign for Interstates 16 and 75 preceding Exit 165. Interests to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Tubman Museum and Ocmulgee National Monument should take I-16 to Exit 2 (U.S. 80 & Georgia 87). Photo taken 05/29/07.
Interstate 75 turns southwest from the split with I-16 (Exit 165) by Mercer University west of Downtown. Two exits also connect I-16 with the central business district via U.S. 129 and U.S. 80. Photo taken 07/05/14.
Southbound I-75 at the beginning of Interstate 16 (Jim L. Gillis Highway). Finished by 1978, I-16 crosses paths with Interstate 95 in 157 miles. Photo taken 07/05/14.


 
Sources:
  1. List of former state routes in Georgia (U.S. state) @ Wikipedia.org.
  2. "Interstate widening project wraps up in Macon." Macon Telegraph, November 4, 2013.


Photo Credits:

  • 05/29/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/29/07 by AARoads.
  • 08/07/13 by AARoads.
  • 07/05/14 by AARoads.

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Interstate 16
Interstate 475

Page Updated 11-23-2014.