U.S. 123 constitutes a short east-west route between Toccoa and Greenville South Carolina. Following a four lane divided expressway from the western end to Georgia 184 at Toccoa, U.S. 123 travels under 100 miles on the trek through Appalachian Piedmont. From the split with Georgia 17 eastward, U.S. 123 travels through Downtown Toccoa on a slow two lane alignment. The highway is vastly rural east of the Stephens County seat through to the South Carolina state line at the Tugaloo River.
Completion of the U.S. 23 & Georgia 365 expressway east from Gainesville to a point north of Cornelia included the extension of U.S. 123 north from its previous terminus at U.S. 23 in Baldwin, northward over former U.S. 23 and U.S. 441 Business to the new bypass to the north. Changes to both U.S. 23 and U.S. 123 were granted by AASHTO on June 25, 1981.
Further changes for U.S. 23, U.S. 123 and U.S. 441 were approved by AASHTO on June 4, 1990. Completion of the expressway bypass for U.S. 23 and U.S. 441 to the east of Clarkesville included the relocation of U.S. 123 onto its expressway from Toccoa.
||The first confirming marker for U.S. 123, posted east of the intersection with Tommy Irvin Road and the merge with SR 17. U.S. 123 & SR 17-365 follow a controlled access expressway 11.3 miles to the south of Toccoa. Photo taken 10/15/01. |
||An end shield for U.S. 123 stands at the merge with U.S. 23/441 south. SR 365, which combined with U.S. 123 west from the South Carolina line, continues southwest alongside U.S. 23 to I-985 and I-85. Photo taken 10/15/01. |
||Tommy Irvin Road north at U.S. 123, SR 17 and SR 365. SR 17 branches north from U.S. 123 to connect with U.S. 23/441. U.S. 123 defaults onto U.S. 23/441 southbound via an adjacent wye interchange. Photo taken 10/15/01. |
||SR 17 connects U.S. 123 with U.S. 23/441 north to Turnerville and Tallulah Falls en route to Clarkesville. Photo taken 10/15/01. |