Interstate 95 South - Savannah to Darien

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The midpoint of the Savannah River represents the state boundary between South Carolina and Georgia. The 1976-built bridge leads motorists into an area of wetlands as the freeway expands to six overall lanes. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Acknowledging the state slogan in place of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, Georgia Welcome signs changed in 2016. Photo taken 01/01/17.
A weigh station lies 0.75 miles to the south of Knoxboro Creek. The facility precedes the state welcome center. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 leaves the eastern sliver of Effingham County for Chatham County and the Port Wentworth city limits at the crossing over Knoxboro Creek. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The Georgia Welcome Center off-ramp departs a quarter mile beyond the weigh station. Travelers may acquire a Georgia Official Highway and Transportation Map for free at the tourist information center. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Trucks depart for the weigh station as Interstate 95 south nears the Rice Hope community of Port Wentworth. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Southbound motorists reach the first of two Georgia rest areas along Interstate 95. The second facility lies 70 miles to the south near Brunswick. Photo taken 01/03/14.
SR 21, a 86-mile route from Millen southeast to Savannah, meets Interstate 95 at Exit 109 along side SR 30 in one mile. Costing $6 million, nearly two years of construction rebuilt the exchange with SR 21/30 into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). The new ramp configuration debuted to motorists on January 15, 2017.1 Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 30 ties into Georgia 21 for a 3.3-mile overlap between Piedmont Avenue to the north and Bonny Bridge Road to the south. The cross-state route stretches 230 miles west from Georgia 25 in Port Wentworth to Georgia 41 at Draneville. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Southbound I-95 at Exit 109 to SR 21 & 30 (Augusta Road) at Monteith in Port Wentworth. SR 21 provides a direct route to the Georgia Ports Authority and the city of Rincon. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Georgia 21 and 30 shield assembly posted at the Exit 109 ramp end. Georgia 21 is part of a longer four-lane route with U.S. 25 & Georgia 121 between Savannah and Augusta to the northwest. Known as the Savannah River Parkway (Georgia 555 and Georgia 565), the corridor was part of the 2004 conceptual Interstate 3 between Savannah and Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo taken 05/29/07.
Continuing southwest, Interstate 95 next meets Jimmy DeLoach Parkway at a diamond interchange (Exit 106). Photo taken 01/03/14.
The first mileage sign for I-95 south in Georgia precedes Pooler by six miles and Interstate 16 by eight miles. Brunswick lies 76 miles to the south. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Jimmy DeLoach Parkway was constructed by Chatham County to improve access between Port Wentworth, the Port of Savannah, I-95 and Bloomingdale. The parkway was extended south from SR 21/30 (Augusta Road) to SR 307 on May 27, 2016. Opening then was the $73 million Jimmy DeLoach Connector (SR 21 Spur), a limited access highway to the port.2 Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 passes over both a CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroad line ahead of Exit 106 to Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. The four-lane controlled access route winds west to U.S. 80 & Georgia 17-26 in Bloomingdale while serving a number of newer subdivisions along the way. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The first reassurance marker for Interstate 95 south posted in Georgia. The freeway travels through the outskirts of the Savannah city limits between Exits 106 and 104. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Curving more southerly, Interstate 95 approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 104) with both Pooler Parkway south and Airways Avenue east. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Airways Avenue was constructed in 2004 to serve the new terminal of Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Pooler Parkway, a county-built four-lane roadway leading south to Interstate 16, ties into Exit 104 from a retail area to the west. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 104 leaves Interstate 95 south for Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). The original airport terminal was located off Georgia 307 (Dean Forest Road) on the east side of the facility. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 wholly enters the city of Pooler ahead of the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 102) with U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road). Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 80 joins Interstate 95 with the Pooler city center to the west and Garden City to the east. The formerly cross-country route stretches 1,032 miles from Mesquite, Texas to end at Tybee Island, 30.7 miles to the east. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 run concurrent from Tybee Island to Dudley, generally following the corridor of Interstate 16 from Savannah westward. The pair intermingle with Interstate 516 before following Ogeechee Road and Victory Drive east through Midtown Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstates 16 and 95 come together at a full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 99B/A) in two miles. The 166.81-mile long freeway links Savannah and the Golden Isles with Macon and Atlanta.
Construction beginning in 2019 will upgrade this exchange into a systems interchange. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Pine Barren Road passes over Interstate 95 on the 1.25-mile approach to Interstate 16. I-16 replaced U.S. 80 as the main route west to Macon. The freeway concludes at Interstate 75 in 157 miles. Photo taken 01/03/14.
One half mile north of Exit 99 with Interstate 16. The east-west freeway has a 6.49-mile spur (Interstate 516) at Savannah that links the northwest suburb of Garden City with Hunter Army Air Field. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 99B departs for rural I-16 west to Bloomingdale, Statesboro, Dublin and Macon. The pre-1999 exit number for Interstate 16 was Exit 17. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 16 ends 8.8 miles to the east at Montgomery Street north and the Savannah National Historic District. The freeway combines with U.S. 17 ahead of the Talmadge Bridge (Georgia 404 Spur) across the Savannah River. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Heading south from I-16, Interstate 95 lines the Pooler city line to Culvert Swamp. A handful of subdivisions front the freeway along this stretch. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Jacksonville debuts on southbound mileage signs 127 miles out. Four miles separate the sign from the last Chatham County exit. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A diamond interchange (Exit 94) joins Interstate 95 with Georgia 204 (Fort Argyle Road west / Abercorn Street Extension east) in one mile. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 204 originates at Interstate 16 along the 37th Street Connector, following the expressway southeast to 37th Street east. Turning south and better known as Abercorn Street, Georgia 204 continues by Midtown to become the primary commercial arterial to Southside Savannah. Abercorn Street Extension takes the route west across the Little Ogeechee River to meet Interstate 95 at Exit 94. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A number of traveler services abut Exit 94, concluding a busy stretch of Georgia 204 from the east. The state route becomes more rural on the northwesterly course to Ellabelle, Lanier and U.S. 280 east of Pembroke. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 traverses more wet lands from Exit 94 south to the Ogeechee River. Areas on the west side of the freeway lie within the city of Savannah. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Richmond Hill, a Bryan County suburb of Savannah, is next in four miles. Brunswick follows in an hour. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The Ogeechee River separates Chatham and Bryan Counties as part of its 294 mile course from Greene County, south of Union Point, into the Atlantic Ocean at Ossabaw Island. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 traverses Lost Swamp on the one mile approach to Georgia 144. The state route provides one of two routes to Richmond Hill from I-95. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 144 ventures south from forthcoming Exit 90 along Ford Avenue through Richmond Hill. The state route ends five miles south of Keller at Fancy Hall. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 90) with SR 144 on I-95 south. SR 144 meanders west 39 miles across Fort Stewart Military Reservation from Exit 90 to Glennville. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A forested median appears as Interstate 95 curves southward from Sterling Creek and this reassurance marker. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 17 (Coastal Highway) crosses paths with Interstate 95 for the first time in Georgia at Exit 87 between Richmond Hill and Daniel. Photo taken 01/03/14.
One half mile north of the folded diamond interchange (Exit 87) with U.S. 17 (Coastal Highway) on I-95 south. U.S. 17 parallels I-95 south throughout the Gold Coast of Georgia. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Exit 87 loops away from Interstate 95 south onto U.S. 17 (Coastal Highway). U.S. 17 provides part of a four-lane route to the Liberty County seat of Hinesville along with Georgia 196. The two routes parallel a CSX Railroad line along an otherwise rural corridor. Photo taken 12/21/13.
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Taking the Exit 87 off-ramp from I-95 south to U.S. 17. U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 next meet Interstate 95 at Exit 67 and the pair commingle southward to Jacksonville, Florida. Photos taken 11/13/06.
A swath of long exit less stretches commences along Interstate 95 south from Richmond Hill to Brunswick. The freeway ascends over a Riceboro Southern Railroad line ahead of Elbow Swamp beyond this shield assembly. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Another pervasive area of wetlands surrounds the Jerico River, where Interstate 95 leaves Bryan County for Liberty County. Photo taken 01/03/14.
U.S. 84 & Georgia 38 meet Interstate 95 at the first of two Liberty County exits in one mile. The pair overlap 228 miles west from Exit 76 to the Alabama state line at the Chattahoochee River. Photo taken 01/03/14.
A diamond interchange connects Interstate 95 and U.S. 84 & Georgia 38 west to Midway, Hinesville, Ludowici and Jesup. Islands Highway ties into Exit 76 from Seabrook, Sunbury (via Sunbury Road) and Colonels Island to the east. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Exit 76 departs Interstate 95 south for U.S. 84 & Georgia 38 west and Islands Highway east. U.S. 84 angles southwest to Waycross, where the route crosses paths with U.S. 82 (the former route of U.S. 84 east to Brunswick). U.S. 84 continues west from there to Valdosta. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The roadways of I-95 diverge through forest land east of Cay Creek and north of the North Newport River. Photo taken 12/21/13.
South Newport, an unincorporated community along U.S. 17 & Georgia 25, is the next exit of I-95 south in nine miles. Brunswick is 45 miles away. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Spanning Payne Creek to the northeast of Retreat on I-95 south. This portion of freeway was completed in 1972. Photo taken 12/21/13.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (South Coastal Highway) advance southeast three miles from Retreat to switch sides with Interstate 95 at Exit 67. Photo taken 01/03/14.
One half mile out from the diamond interchange (Exit 67) with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (South Coastal Highway) on Interstate 95 south. The pair span the South Newport River nearby into the settlement of South Newport. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Drivers bound for South Newport part ways with Interstate 95 south at Exit 67. Photo taken 12/21/13.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 advance eight miles south from South Newport to Eulonia, staying east of I-95 to Exit 29. Photo taken 12/21/13.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 95 south with Highway Gothic Series E font follows the on-ramp from Exit 67. A mileage sign with the distances of Eulonia - 9 and Brunswick - 36 was removed from the stretch north of Jones Road during the widening of I-95. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Entering McIntosh County along Interstate 95 south at the South Newport River. The short waterway flows east from Big Mortar and Bull Town Swamps into the Atlantic Ocean at St. Catherines Island. Photo taken 01/03/14.
An uninterrupted forested stretch of Interstate 95 leads drivers south to SR 57 (Townsend Road) near the community of Eulonia. SR 57 ends one mile to the east, opposite the southbound beginning of SR 99 to Crescent, Valona and Darien. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Southbound Interstate 95 at the diamond interchange (Exit 58) with Georgia 57 (Townsend Road). Georgia 57 travels 178.5 miles overall between U.S. 80 outside Macon and U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 at adjacent Eulonia. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 through McIntosh County was the last portion within Georgia to be expanded to six overall lanes. Photo taken 12/21/13.
The McIntosh County seat of Darien is the next destination of I-95 south in 11 miles. Brunswick is now just 27 miles away. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 95 to the west of Kidd Island along the nine-mile exit less stretch leading toward Darien. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The McIntosh County weigh station is the final facility truckers encounter until Nassau County, Florida. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Leaving the scales on I-95 south, drivers see another reassurance shield ahead of the Ardoch Road overpass. Photo taken 01/03/14.
What was the second Business Loop for Interstate 95 remaining in service followed SR 251 south from Exit 49 to U.S. 17 & SR 25 south through the city of Darien. Signs along I-95 south retain business shields while all others both along the route or posted on I-95 north were removed. The lone business loop for I-95 in service is at Fayetteville, North Carolina. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 251 meanders 12 miles south from Georgia 57 at Townsend to meet Interstate 95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 49) in one half mile. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Exit 49 leaves I-95 south for SR 251 and former Business Loop I-95 south to U.S. 17 & SR 25 in Darien. The business route returned to I-95 via SR 99 to Exit 42, west of Broadfield. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Georgia 251 shield posted at the Exit 49 ramp end by the Preferred Outlets at Darien retail complex. Photo taken 11/13/06.
The first in a series of bridges carries Interstate 95 southbound motorists across Cathead Creek to the west of Darien. Photo taken 01/03/14.
18 miles north of Brunswick, I-95 next meets Georgia 99 in six miles. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Interstate 95 leaves Potosi Island for Generals Island at Darien Creek. Photo taken 12/21/13.
Spanning the Butler River, I-95 crosses onto Butler Island while entering Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area. Photo taken 01/03/14.
Waters along the short Champney River flow under the fourth I-95 bridge west of Darien. Photo taken 01/03/14.
The 137-mile long Altamaha River separates McIntosh and Glynn Counties across Interstate 95. The river originates at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers to the northwest, with its mouth at Altamaha Sound south of Wolf Island. Photo taken 01/03/14.


 

Sources:

  1. "UPDATE: Highway 21 Diverging Diamond Interchange Now Open." WSAV (Savannah, GA), January 15, 2017.
  2. "New Jimmy DeLoach Connector open." WTOC (Savannah, GA), May 27, 2016.


Photo Credits:

  • 11/13/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 05/29/07 by AARoads.
  • 12/21/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/03/14 by AARoads.
  • 01/01/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 16
U.S. 17
U.S. 80
Georgia 21
Georgia 21 Alternate / Jimmy Deloach Parkway

Page Updated 11-18-2018.