U.S. 78

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U.S. 78 overlaps with U.S. 278 across Atlanta, exiting the city along Ponce de Leon Avenue through Druid Hills. This stretch includes concurrences with U.S. 29 east from Northside Drive and U.S. 23 from Moreland Avenue. Through Decatur, U.S. 29/78 arcs north, avoiding Downtown along Scott Boulevard, a four lane boulevard north from Ponce de Leon Avenue to Church Street (old U.S. 29 Business). The route was proposed to bypass Decatur and North Decatur along an extension of the Stone Mountain Freeway. The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) approved the realignment of U.S. 78 onto the unbuilt facility on October 26, 1969. The freeway was cancelled west of the separation with U.S. 29 (Lawrenceville Highway), and completed by late 1969 from there to Interstate 285 (Perimeter Highway). The remainder of Stone Mountain Freeway replaced Memorial Highway (SR 10) as the route of U.S. 78.

Through Athens, U.S. 78 shifted southward onto the Athens Perimeter Highway (SR 10 Loop) in 1988. The former surface route through Downtown was redesignated as U.S. 78 Business. Both changes were approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on June 7, 1988.

U.S. 78 bypasses Washington to the north along a 4.7 mile loop to the north of the Wilkes County seat. With the new alignment of U.S. 78, the former route through Downtown was redesignated as U.S. 78 Business. AASHTO approved the Georgia application for both changes on June 30, 1970.

U.S. 29 North U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 East

U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8 overlap east along North Avenue from Georgia Tech into Midtown. The four routes split into a one-way couplet between Juniper Strete and Piedmont Avenue.
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U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8 shift one block north from North Avenue onto Ponce De Leon Avenue via Piedmont Avenue in Midtown Atlanta.
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Reassurance markers posted along Ponce De Leon Avenue eastbound ahead of Glen Iris Dive south, Midtown Place and Ponce City Market.
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Advancing east from Ponce City Market, U.S. 29-78-278 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) intersect SR 10 at Freedom Parkway. Built in the 1990s, Freedom Parkway is a controlled access road curving south to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and I-75/85 at Downtown Atlanta.
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SR 10 originates within the exchange joining I-75/85 with Freedom Parkway, Ellis Street and Andrew Young International Boulevard, 1.96 miles to the southwest. A portion of this route was previously designated as Interstate 485.
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U.S. 29 North U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 State Route 10 East

Continuing east along Ponce De Leon with SR 10, U.S. 29-78-278 intersect U.S. 23 south and SR 42 (Briarcliff Road) at Atkins Park. U.S. 23/SR 42 straddle the Fulton/Dekalb County line southward.
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U.S. 23 U.S. 29 North U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 State Route 10 East

U.S. 23 accompanies U.S. 29-78-278 and SR 8/10 for 1.66 miles east from Springdale Park in Atlanta to E Lake Road at Deepdene Park.
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U.S. 278/SR 10 branch southeast from U.S. 23-29-78/SR 8 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) onto E Lake Road to Howard Avenue through the city of Decatur. SR 10 eventually returns to U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain.
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U.S. 23 U.S. 29 North U.S. 78 State Route 8 East

U.S. 29/78 part ways 3.62 miles northeast from the split with U.S. 278 on respective courses to Lawrenceville and Stone Mountain.
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U.S. 23 remains alongside U.S. 29/78-SR 8 another 1.46 miles to Clairemont Avenue to North Druid Hills.
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U.S. 23-29-78/SR 8 separate from Ponce De Leon Avenue for Scott Boulevard just beyond a 1911-built concrete arch bridge along the CSX Railroad.
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Ponce De Leon Avenue east from U.S. 23-29-78 (Scott Boulevard) was formerly a part of U.S. 29BU east to Church Street in Downtown Decatur.
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Turning northwest along Scott Boulevard, U.S. 23-29-78 approach SR 155 (Clairemont Avenue) north from Decatur.
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U.S. 23 combines with SR 155 (Clairemont Avenue) 5.48 miles through North Decatur, North Druid Hills and SR 13 (Buford Highway) at Chamblee.
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U.S. 23 rejoins its original alignment along Buford Highway northeast from Chamblee to Doraville, Norcross and Duluth. SR 155 continues south from Decatur to Candler-McAfee, Panthersville and McDonough.
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U.S. 29 North U.S. 78 State Route 8 East

An Interstate 285 trailblazer stands at the intersection with SR 155 (Clairemont Avenue). U.S. 29/SR 8 meet the Perimeter Highway at Exit 38. U.S. 78/SR 410 cross the Atlanta Beltway at Exit 39.
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U.S. 29/78-SR 8 (Scott Boulevard) converge with Church Street at a wye intersection north of Decatur.
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The reassurance markers at Church Street mark the former north end of U.S. 29BU from Decatur. U.S. 29BU was decommissioned per action by AASHTO on June 9, 1986.
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U.S. 29/SR 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) partition with U.S. 78 east at a wye interchange adjacent to North Dekalb Mall. U.S. 78 turns east onto the Stone Mountain Freeway (SR 410) to Clarkston and Stone Mountain.
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U.S. 78 State Route 410 East

A half diamond interchange ties into U.S. 78/SR 410 (Stone Mountain Freeway) from Druid Hills Road just east of the split with U.S. 29/SR 8 (Lawrenceville Highway).
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An auxiliary lane opens along U.S. 78/SR 410 (Stone Mountain Freeway) east to the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 2) with Interstate 285.
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Passing just north of Claxton, U.S. 78/SR 410 (Stone Mountain Freeway) advance east from I-285 to a diamond interchange (Exit 3) with Brockett Road.
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Brockett Road links the Stone Mountain Freeway with Ponce De Leon Avenue west into the city of Claxton.
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Eastbound U.S. 78/SR 410 parallel the South Fork of Peachtree Creek leading to Exit 3.
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Brockett Road branches northeast from Cooledge Ridge just north of U.S. 78 en route to Tucker. Cooledge Road connects with U.S. 29 (Lawrenceville Highway) opposite Northlake Parkway.
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Making a gradual easterly turn, U.S. 78/SR 410 next meet Mountain Industrial Boulevard at a diamond interchange (Exit 4).
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U.S. 78 converges with SR 10 (Memorial Drive) north of the city of Stone Mountain in 2.75 miles. SR 10 represents the pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 78 to the west.
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Mountain Industrial Boulevard serves myriad of warehouses and distribution centers spreading north from Ponce De Leon Avenue in the city of Tucker.
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The 7.25 mile route of State Route 410 concludes along U.S. 78 east at the trumpet interchange (Exit 5) with SR 10 west on Memorial Drive.
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Rising to a height of 1,686 feet above sea level, Stone Mountain appears just beyond the tree line on the approach to SR 10 (Memorial Drive).
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U.S. 78 State Route 10 East

U.S. 78/SR 10 continue east from Memorial Drive to a trumpet interchange (Exit 7) with SR 236 (Hugh Howell Road) north.
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Three exits remain along the Stone Mountain Freeway eastbound.
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SR 236 constitutes a suburban route traveling 14.25 miles west from U.S. 78/SR 10 to SR 237 (Piedmont Road) at Buckhead in Atlanta.
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U.S. 78/SR 78 run along the north side of Stone Mountain Park to a trumpet interchange (Exit 8) with Jefferson Davis Drive at the main entrance.
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Two lanes separate from U.S. 78/SR 10 eastbound for the main entrance to Stone Mountain.
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A commercialized diamond interchange (Exit 9) joins West Park Place with U.S. 78/SR 10 at the east end of the Stone Mountain Freeway.
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U.S. 78/SR 10 transitions into a commercial arterial along Stone Mountain Highway beyond the exchange with W Park Place Boulevard.
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U.S. 78 State Route 10 East

U.S. 78/SR 10 bypass Downtown Monroe along a 4.0 mile long freeway to the north. SR 10BU, a 3.51 mile long route along Spring Street, branches southeast at a wye interchange.
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U.S. 78/SR 10 proceed east along the Monroe bypass a half mile to SR 138 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) south and Charlotte Rowell Boulevard north.
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State Route 138 travels southwest 18 miles into the city of Conyers. Charlotte Rowell Boulevard was constructed in 2014 northward from SR 138, 1.00 mile to SR 11 (Broad Street).
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SR 11 heads north from Downtown Monroe along Broad Street to a diamond interchange with U.S. 78/SR 10.
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State Route 11 continues north from Monroe nine miles to the town of Bethlehem and 13 miles to the Barrow County seat of Winder.
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U.S. 23 U.S. 29 South U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 State Route 10 West

U.S. 23 separates from U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8-10 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) westbound at SR 42 (Briarcliff Road) along the Fulton/DeKalb County line.
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U.S. 23 rejoins its original alignment south alongside SR 42 to Moorhead Avenue. SR 42 extends 4.94 miles north through Druid Hills to SR 13 (Buford Highway).
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U.S. 29 South U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 West

U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8 west of the split with SR 10 (Freedom Parkway) along Ponce de Leon Avenue at the Virginia-Highland neighborhood in Atlanta.
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U.S. 29-78-278 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) west at Ponce De Leon Place north.
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Passing by the historic Ponde City Market on U.S. 29-78-278 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) west ahead of Glen Iris Drive south.
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The entrance to Midtown Place shopping center ties into Ponce De Leon Bouelvard across from Ponce City Market.
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Ponce De Leon Avenue westbound at Glen Iris Drive south.
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Reassurance markers posted west of Glen Iris Drive. Only the U.S. 29 shield remained as of February 2020.
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Boulevard NE and Monroe Drive come together at the succeeding traffic light along U.S. 29-78-278 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) westbound.
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U.S. 29-78-278 separate into a one-way couplet at Piedmont Avenue.
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U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8 westbound follow Ponce De Leon Avenue west one block to Juniper Street south.
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Ponce De Leon Avenue extends a short distance west to Fox Theatre and Spring Street adjacent to the Downtown Connector (I-75/85).
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U.S. 29/78/278 west rejoin the eastbound direction along North Avenue from Juniper Street. North Avenue proceeds one block to Peachtree Street.
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Spring Street south forms a couplet with Peachtree Street north paralleling I-75/85 to the east through Tech Square.
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The Varsity lies on the northwest corner of U.S. 29-78-278 (North Avenue) at Spring Street.
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North Avenue spans the Downtown Connector (I-75/85) west to Williams Street at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).
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North Avenue lowers into a subway below the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Marietta Street.
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U.S. 29 parts ways with U.S. 78/278-SR 8 west to combine with U.S. 19/41-SR 3 south along Northside Drive.
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U.S. 78/278 make a free flow turn onto Northside Drive west just ahead of the intersection joining U.S. 29 with U.S. 19/41 south.
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U.S. 29 overlaps with U.S. 19/41 (Northside Drive) south 1.92 miles to Peters Street at Atlanta University Center.
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U.S. 19 U.S. 41 State Route 3 North U.S. 78 U.S. 278 State Route 8 West

U.S. 19/41 north and U.S. 78/278 west overlap northwest 0.83 miles from North Avenue to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
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U.S. 78/278-SR 8 split with U.S. 19/41-SR 3 (Northside Drive) and resume westward into the Bankhead neighborhood of Atlanta. Northside Drive leads U.S. 19/41 northeast to Georgia Tech and Home Park.
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U.S. 78 scenes
Peachtree Street south at U.S. 29-78-278/SR 8 (North Avenue) in Midtown Atlanta. Photo taken 07/02/17.



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07/02/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 85
U.S. 23
U.S. 29
U.S. 441
State Route 10 Loop - Athens Perimeter Highway

Page Updated 06-14-2020.

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