Georgia State Route 3

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This article is about the current state highway. For the proposed Interstate Highway, see Interstate 3.

State Route 3 marker

State Route 3
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 351.00 mi[1] (564.88 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 19 / SR 57 and SR 300 at the Florida state line south-southeast of Thomasville
  US 84 / US 319 / SR 35 / SR 38 near Thomasville
US 41 / SR 7 / SR 155 south of Griffin
I‑75 west of Morrow
I‑285 in Forest Park
US 78 / US 278 / SR 8 in Atlanta
US 19 / SR 9 in Atlanta
I‑285 east of Smyrna
US 411 / SR 20 / SR 61 in Cartersville
North end: US 41 / US 76 / SR 8 at Tennessee state line near Chattanooga
Location
Counties: Thomas, Mitchell, Dougherty, Lee, Sumter, Schley, Taylor, Upson, Pike, Spalding, Henry, Clayton, Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, Gordon, Whitfield, Catoosa
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 2 SR 4

State Routenbsp;3 (SR 3) is a 351-mile-long (565 km) state highway that travels south-to-north through portions of western Georgia, roughly paralleling Interstate 75 (I-75). The route travels from its southern terminus at the Florida state line, where SR 3 and SR 300 end, concurrent with US 19. Here, US 19 travels concurrent with State Road 57, 12 miles (19 km) south-southeast of Thomasville. It passes through portions of Thomas, Mitchell, Dougherty, Lee, Sumter, Schley, Taylor, Upson, Pike, Spalding, Henry, Clayton, Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, Gordon, Whitfield, and Catoosa counties to its northern terminus at the Tennessee state line, near Chattanooga, where US 41/US 76 continue, concurrent with State Route 8.

Route description[edit]

Southern and central Georgia[edit]

The route starts at the Florida state line in Thomas County, and is co-signed with US 19 and SR 300 from its inception. SR 3 heads slightly northwest and skirts east past Thomasville, before heading through Pelham to Camilla in Mitchell County. SR 3 turns slightly northeast in Camilla and heads through Baconton, Georgia to Albany in Dougherty County, where its concurrence with SR 300 ends, before turning north and heading to Leesburg in Lee County. In Leesburg, the route turns slightly northwest once more, runs through Smithville, and crosses into Sumter County.

Turning north again, SR 3 continues through Americus and crosses into Schley County, curving slightly northwest to Ellaville. Leaving Ellaville in a northerly direction again, SR 3 bisects Schley County and heads into Taylor County and through Butler into Upson County. Just after entering Upson County, the route turns northwest yet again and runs to Thomaston. Turning back to the north, SR 3 enters Pike County, and runs through Zebulon on its way slightly northeast to Griffin in Spalding County. South of Griffin, SR 3 intersects and begins a concurrence with US 41 and SR 7, in addition to its continued concurrence with US 19. SR 3 also features a brief freeway section as it passes through the western portion of Griffin.

Metro Atlanta[edit]

Heading north, the route enters the western portion of Henry County, and heads through Hampton, where the Atlanta Motor Speedway has direct access from the highway, which regularly sees massive backups on weekends when NASCAR races take place there. Continuing north into Clayton County, SR 3 heads through Jonesboro, and crosses I-75 in Morrow.

Heading north through Forest Park, the route crosses first into Fulton County, then crosses I-285, and I-75 again, as well as I-85, in quick succession, as it makes its way through the southern Atlanta suburban communities of Hapeville and East Point, forming one side of the perimeter of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport near Hapeville. Turning north, the route parallels the Downtown Connector very closely, crosses I-20 in downtown Atlanta, and continues north, beginning and ending concurrencies with US 19, US 78, and US 278, as well as forming part of the western boundary of the campus of Georgia Tech. SR 3 subsequently crosses I-75 for a third and fourth time just northwest of where I-75 and I-85 split, and crosses I-285 once more in Vinings, just after having entered Cobb County.

Northern Georgia[edit]

Heading northwest through Marietta and Kennesaw, the route leaves the Atlanta area and heads into Bartow County, through Cartersville and Adairsville, and on into Gordon County. SR 3 heads through Calhoun, crosses I-75 for a fifth time just south of Resaca, and continues to head north into Whitfield County. Heading through Dalton, the route crosses I-75 yet again, before heading northwest into Catoosa County, where it crosses I-75 for the seventh and final time, before reaching its northern terminus at the Tennessee state line, south of Chattanooga.

History[edit]

On April 2, 1980, SR 3 was designated as the 'Andersonville Trail' at the concurrence of SR 3 with US 280 in Americus.[2]

On May 4, 1992, SR 3 was designated as the 'Admiral Mack Gaston Parkway' where SR 3 connects SR 52 and SR 71 in Dalton.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Thomas   US 19 / SR 300 south Southern terminus at the Florida state line; continues south as US 19/Florida State Road 57; southern end of US 19 and SR 300 concurrencies
Thomasville US 84 / SR 38 – Cairo, Quitman US 84 BUS/SR 38 BUS
US 319 / SR 35 north
US 84 / SR 38 – Cairo, Quitman US 84 Bypass/SR 38 Bypass
Ochlocknee SR 188 – Cairo, Coolidge
Meigs SR 111 – Cairo, Moultrie
Mitchell Pelham SR 93 – Cairo, Baconton
Camilla SR 37 northeast / SR 112 northwest – Newton, Sylvester
Baconton SR 93 southeast – Pelham
Dougherty Albany SR 133 west / SR 234 southeast – Morgan, Doerun
US 82 northwest / SR 520 east – Dawson, Sylvester US 82 BUS
US 82 northwest / SR 300 east / SR 520 – Dawson, Sylvester Northern end of SR 300 concurrency; southern end of US 82/SR 520 concurrency
SR 91 northeast / SR 133 north
US 19 northwest / US 82 north / SR 300 / SR 520 – Dawson, Leesburg Northern end of US 82/SR 520 concurrency
Lee Leesburg SR 32 / SR 195 northeast – Dawson, Ashburn, Leslie
Smithville SR 118 – Dawson, Leslie
Sumter Americus US 280 west / SR 27 west / SR 49 south – Plains Southern end of US 280/SR 27/SR 49 concurrency
US 280 east / SR 27 east / SR 49 north – Leslie, Vienna, Andersonville Northern end of US 280/SR 27/SR 49 concurrency
SR 30 northwest
Schley   SR 271 east – Andersonville
Ellaville SR 26 / SR 228 – Buena Vista, Oglethorpe, Andersonville
  SR 240 west – Buena Vista
Taylor   SR 90 west / SR 127 Southern end of SR 90 and SR 127 concurrencies
  SR 127 east Northern end of SR 127 concurrency
  SR 90 southeast – Ideal Northern end of SR 90 concurrency
Butler SR 96 / SR 137 north – Junction City, Reynolds
  SR 208 – Talbotton, Roberta
  US 80 west / SR 22 – Talbotton Southern end of US 80/SR 22 concurrency
  US 80 east / SR 22 – Roberta Northern end of US 80/SR 22 concurrency
Upson Thomaston SR 36 / SR 74 – Woodland, Barnesville, Woodbury, Yatesville
Pike   SR 109 west – Molena Southern end of SR 109 concurrency
  SR 109 east – Meansville Northern end of SR 109 concurrency
Zebulon SR 18 – Concord, Barnesville
Spalding   US 41 southeast / SR 7 – Barnesville Southern end of US 41/SR 7 concurrency
Griffin SR 362 southwest – Williamson
SR 16 – Senoia, Jackson
SR 92 northwest – Woolsey
Henry Hampton SR 20 east – McDonough
  SR 81 east – McDonough
Clayton Jonesboro SR 54 / SR 138 – Fayetteville, Morrow, Union City, Stockbridge
Morrow I‑75 – Macon, Atlanta
Forest Park SR 331 southeast – Lake City
Fulton I‑285 – Atlanta
Hapeville I‑75 – Macon, Atlanta
East Point I‑85 – Columbus, Atlanta
Lakewood Heights SR 166 west
Atlanta US 29 south / SR 3 Conn. – East Point, Decatur Southern end of US 29 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 3 Connector
US 29 north / US 78 / US 278 / SR 8 – Mableton, Decatur Northern end of US 29 concurrency; southern end of US 78/US 278/SR 8 concurrency
US 29 / US 78 / US 278 / SR 8 – Mableton, Decatur Northern end of US 78/US 278/SR 8 concurrency
US 19 east / SR 9 Northern end of US 19 concurrency
I‑75 – Atlanta, Marietta
Buckhead I‑75 – Atlanta, Marietta
Cobb Vinings I‑285 to I‑75 – Greenville, Birmingham Part of Cobb Cloverleaf
Marietta SR 280 west
SR 120 east – Roswell
Acworth SR 92 east – Woodstock Southern end of SR 92 concurrency
SR 92 southwest – Powder Springs Northern end of SR 92 concurrency
Bartow Emerson SR 293 north – Cartersville
Cartersville SR 113 southwest – Rockmart
US 411 / SR 20 east / SR 61 Southern end of US 411/SR 20 concurrency
  US 411 / SR 20 west / SR 293 west Northern end of US 411/SR 20 concurrency
Adairsville SR 140 – Armuchee, Waleska
Gordon Calhoun SR 53 – Rome, Fairmount
SR 156 / SR 373 – Armuchee, Ranger
Resaca I‑75 – Marietta, Dalton
SR 136 – LaFayette, Talking Rock
Whitfield Dalton SR 52 east – Chatsworth
US 76 east – Chatsworth Southern end of US 76 concurrency
I‑75 – Calhoun, Fort Oglethorpe
  SR 201 south – Villanow
Catoosa   I‑75 – Dalton, Fort Oglethorpe
Ringgold SR 151 north Southern end of SR 151 concurrency
SR 151 south – LaFayette Northern end of SR 151 concurrency
  SR 146 southwest – Fort Oglethorpe
Tennessee state line US 41 north / US 76 / SR 8 – Chattanooga Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Thomasville–Meigs alternate route[edit]

State Route 3 Alternate
Location: Thomasville to Meigs
Length: 15.5 mi[4] (24.94 km)

State Route 3 Alternate (SR 3 Alt.) uses an older routing of US 19/SR 3 for 15.5 miles (24.9 km) between Thomasville and Meigs. Until recently, this was the SR 3 mainline, while SR 300 served as the state route concurrency for US 19.

Leesburg bypass[edit]

State Route 3 Bypass
Location: Leesburg

State Route 3 Bypass (SR 3 Byp.) is a short western bypass of the town of Leesburg in Lee County, which was completed in 2009.[5] It is concurrent with US 19 Byp. for its entire length.

Clayton County connector route[edit]

State Route 3 Connector
Location: Clayton County

The portion of Tara Boulevard in Clayton County that is not covered by US 19/US 41/SR 3 near Interstate 75 (I-75) is designated as State Route 3 Connector (SR 3 Conn.). The route is little more than a high-capacity set of ramps to and from I-75 and is unsigned.

Atlanta connector route[edit]

State Route 3 Connector
Location: Atlanta

State Route 3 Connector (SR 3 Conn.) is a connector route in the city limits of Atlanta. The entire length travels along the southeastern edge of Spelman College. It starts at an intersection with US 29/SR 14/SR 154, just northeast of an overpass for Interstate 20 (I-20). US 29/SR 3 Conn. travel north-northwest. Just before an intersection with Westview Drive, they curve to the northeast and meet the northern terminus of SR 3 Conn., an intersection with US 19/US 41/SR 3.

Whitfield County connector route[edit]

State Route 3 Connector
Location: Whitfield County

State Route 3 Connector (SR 3 Conn.) is in Whitfield County south of Dalton; it connects Interstate 75 (I-75) to US 41/SR 3 and the Dalton Bypass. A newer instance is located in Marietta, on a stretch of Roswell Road that was formerly SR 120 east of US 41/SR 3.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google, Inc. "GA-3". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Attached_KML/Georgia_State_Route_3%26action%3Draw. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  2. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation. [1], Resolution of the General Assembly of the Sate of Georgia. Accessed on 16 November 2012.
  3. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation. [2], Resolution of the General Assembly of the Sate of Georgia. Accessed on 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ Google, Inc. "GA-3 Alt". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204951141650792001568.0004ce8cd719b39c93799&msa=0&ll=30.970544,-84.04541&spn=0.210184,0.307274. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  5. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (October 27, 2009) (PDF). Proposed Revisions to the State Highway System in Lee County (Map). https://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateHighwaySystemRevisionMaps/3410_Lee_w_Date.pdf. Retrieved November 17, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing