U.S. 29 travels west of the Interstate 85 corridor from West Point northeast to La Grange, Hogansville and Grantsville. The 1.9 mile long south bypass of Grantsville, approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on June 21, 1971, ties into Interstate 85 at Exit 35. U.S. 29 heads east from there to Moreland, where it joins U.S. 27 Alternate north to cross paths with I-85 again ahead of Newnan. Beyond Newnan, U.S. 29 stays north of parallel I-85 to Palmetto, Fairburn, Union City, College Park and East Point.
Through Atlanta, U.S. 29 follows Lee and Whitehall Streets along a railroad corridor through to U.S. 19/41 (Northside Drive). The route overlaps with U.S. 19/41 along Northside Drive around the west side of Downtown Atlanta, and with U.S. 78/278 to the north. Historically U.S. 19 and 29 combined along Spring Street through the central business district, with U.S. 29 turned east with U.S. 78 at North Avenue.
Lawrenceville Highway leads U.S. 29 northeast from Decatur to Tucker and Gwinnett County. East from the county seat of Lawrenceville, U.S. 29 combines with State Route 316 along an at-grade expressway through to Athens. The highway bypasses Athens to the north along SR 10 Loop (Athens Perimeter Highway). When it was completed, the freeway was designated as SR 8, with U.S. 29 joining the route per AASHO on October 14, 1967.
U.S. 29 angles northeast from Athens with four lanes to split with MSR 72 east to Hull. The ensuing drive north to Danielsville constitutes a rural two lane highway. U.S. 29 turns east through Royston and northeast to Hartwell, where it expands into a three lane commercial boulevard beyond a couplet through Downtown. The US highway exits the state south of Hartwell Dam along the Savannah River.
Approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on June 9, 1986, the U.S. 29 Business loop through Decatur in Dekalb County was eliminated.
|U.S. 29/SR 8 north and SR 316 (University Parkway) east of Wall Road near the city of Statham. This assembly was replaced by 2008 and the SR 316 replaced with milepost 15. Photo taken 01/27/05.|
01/27/05 by J.T. Legg
Page Updated 06-14-2020.