U.S. 80 travels nearly 297 miles across the Peach State, from the Chattahoochee River at Columbus to Tybee Island just on the Atlantic Ocean. The US highway enters the state along J.R. Allen Parkway, a limited access bypass around the north side of Columbus. The freeway takes U.S. 80 east to I-185 and U.S. 27 Alternate (Manchester Expressway). East from there, U.S. 80 advances with four lanes to Geneva and Georgia 96.

The relocation of U.S. 80 north from Phenix City and Columbus along J.R. Allen Parkway was approved by AASHTO on December 4, 1987. AASHTO also approved a temporary alignment of U.S. 80 along Georgia 85 until the 11.2 mile long bypass was completed.

Georgia 96 continues the Fall Line Freeway Corridor east from U.S. 80 and Columbus to Macon by way of Butler and Fort Valley. U.S. 80 shifts north along a winding two-lane alignment to Talbotton, and east through Knoxville and Macon-Bibb County. U.S. 80 formerly traveled along Columbus Road from Lizella east to Montpelier Avenue in Macon. The route followed Coleman Avenue and College Street around Tatnall Square, meeting U.S. 41 Business (Georgia Avenue) 0.6 miles north from there. U.S. 41 Business & 80 overlapped east along Georgia Avenue and Mulberry Street to Spring Street, which led U.S. 80 northeast with U.S. 23 across the OcMulgee River. A new straighter alignment shifted U.S. 80 southward from Lizella east to U.S. 41 Business (Houston Street / Broadway) in Macon. AASHTO approved the relocation on December 3, 1971.

Through urban Macon, U.S. 80 sees interchanges with both Interstates 75 and 475 as it follows Eisenhower Parkway east to U.S. 129. Eisenhower Parkway spurs east from U.S. 80 & 129 to end at Edgewood Avenue. The Fall Line Freeway Corridor was intended to form a south bypass of Macon east across the Ocmulgee River. However environmental studies could not identify a feasible alternative for the highway.1

U.S. 80 and 129 line Broadway north through Downtown Macon, spanning the Ocmulgee River ahead of Interstate 16 and the Macon Coliseum. U.S. 80 turns east along side U.S. 23 & U.S. 129 Alternate for a 2.3 mile overlap. The two part ways with U.S. 23 & 129 Alternate heading south to Cochran and U.S. 80 resuming along a rural course southeast to Jeffersonville. The Fall Line Freeway Corridor resumes east from U.S. 80 along Georgia 57 to Wilkinson County.

The remainder of the US route east parallels the Interstate 16 corridor, generally serving local traffic and linking the county seats of Dublin, Swainsboro and Statesboro. The two routes converge in Savannah, where U.S. 80 takes a convoluted route east along Bay Street to I-516, with Interstate 516 (W.F. Lynes Parkway) south to Ogeechee Road, and Victory Drive across the city. AASHTO approved the realignment along Lynes Parkway on December 7, 1984.

Historically through Savannah, U.S. 80 split with the mainline overlapping with U.S. 17 along Bay Street east to the couplet of West Broad and Montgomery Streets, which led the pair south to Victory Drive. Toll U.S. 80 provided a more direct route through Downtown Savannah along Bay and Presidents Streets to Islands Expressway, a tolled bridge across the Wilmington River. The bannered route was decommissioned after tolls were removed in 1980. An application to AASHTO for the relocation of U.S. 80 to follow all of SR 26 east to White Marsh Island was approved on June 28, 1982.


U.S. 80 east
A pair of 1,487 foot long bridges carry U.S. 80 (J.R. Allen Parkway) across the Chatthoochee River. These spans were completed in 1985.2 Photo taken 09/28/10.
Georgia 22 accompanies U.S. 80 east from the Alabama state line to Macon. Photo taken 09/28/10.
A directional T interchange (Exit 1) links U.S. 80 & SR 22 with SR 22 Connector south to SR 85. SR 85 follows 2nd Avenue south to Downtown Columbus and the at-grade section of Manchester Expressway east to U.S. 27 Alternate. Photo taken 09/28/10.
SR 219 (River Road) branches two miles north from U.S. 27 (Veterans Parkway) to meet U.S. 80 & SR 22 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 2). Photo taken 09/28/10.
The initial guide sign for Interstate 185 precedes the full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 3A/B) with Bradley Park Drive. Photo taken 09/28/10.
Bradley Park Drive east links U.S. 80 with the retail area along Whittlesey Road and Whitesville Road south to U.S. 27 (Veterans Parkway). Photo taken 09/28/10.
Bradley Park Drive continues 1.1 miles west from Exit 3B to SR 219 (River Road). Photo taken 09/28/10.
U.S. 80 arcs northeast from Bradley Park Drive to a full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 4A/B) with Interstate 185. Photo taken 09/28/10.
A collector distributor roadway for the three successive interchanges along U.S. 80 east partitions with the freeway at the Whitesville Road overpass. Photo taken 09/28/10.
Interstate 185 is a 40.39-mile freeway spur linking Fort Benning and Columbus with I-85 near LaGrange. Photo taken 09/28/10.
A loop ramp follows on the c/d roadway for I-185 north toward LaGrange and Atlanta. Subsequent ramps depart for U.S. 27 & SR 1 (Veterans Parkway) and Moon Road. Photo taken 08/22/03.
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U.S. 80 east at the diamond interchange with Interstate 475 by Middle Georgia State University - Macon. Photos taken 05/29/05.
Interstate 475 is the bypass route for I-75, allowing long distance travelers to avoid Macon northward to Atlanta and south to Valdosta and north Florida. Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 80 west
A c/d roadway connects U.S. 80 & SR 22 (J.R. Allen Parkway) west with Moon Road, U.S. 27 & SR 1 (Veterans Parkway) and Interstate 185. I-185 travels 10.5 miles south through Columbus to the entrance of Fort Benning. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The c/d roadway from I-185 merges onto the J.R. Allen Parkway westbound mainline ahead of a cloverleaf interchange (Exits 3B/A) with Bradley Park Drive. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A lane drop occurs along U.S. 80 westbound at the off-ramp (Exit 3B) for West Bradley Park Drive. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Bradley Park Drive is a local route linking SR 219 (River Road) to the west with Whitesville and Whittlesey Roads at an area of big box retail to the east. Photo taken 08/22/03.
J.R. Allen Parkway curves southwest and quickly enters a folded diamond interchange (Exit 2) with River Road (Exit 2). Georgia 219 constitutes a north-south highway between U.S. 27 in Columbus and the city of LaGrange. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Turning south along eastern reaches of Lake Oliver. U.S. 80 passes by Lake Oliver Dam and its generating plant as it separates with SR 22 Connector south to SR 85 (2nd Avenue south / Manchester Expressway east). Photo taken 08/22/03.
Crossing the Chattahoochee River, U.S. 80 enters Alabama and Central Time Zone. The freeway extends another 2.5 miles to U.S. 280 & 431. Photo taken 08/22/03.

Sources:

  1. Fall Line Freeway Fact Sheet. Georgia Department of Transportation. Updated January 2017.
  2. US 80 over CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER. BridgeReports.com.


Photo Credits:

  • 08/22/03 by .
  • 05/29/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 09/28/10 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 16
Interstate 75
Interstate 95
Interstate 185
Interstate 475
Interstate 516 - W.F. Lynes Parkway
U.S. 17
U.S. 19
U.S. 221

Page Updated 04-12-2018.