Georgia State Route 81

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State Route 81 marker

State Route 81
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 68.5 mi[1] (110.2 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 19 / US 41 / SR 3 south of Lovejoy
  I‑75 / US 23 / SR 20 / SR 42 in McDonough
I‑20 / US 278 / SR 12 in Covington
US 78 / SR 10 / SR 20 in Loganville
US 29 / SR 316 southwest of Winder
North end:
US 29 Bus. / SR 8 / SR 11 / SR 53 in Winder
Location
Counties: Henry, Newton, Walton, Barrow
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 80 US 82

State Route 81 (SR 81) is a 69.0-mile-long (111.0 km) diagonal state highway that runs southwest-to-northeast in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. Its route exists within portions of Henry, Newton, Walton, and Barrow counties.

Route description[edit]

Western terminus to Oxford[edit]

SR 81 south in Oxford in May 2009

SR 81 begins at an intersection with US 19/US 41/SR 3 (Bear Creek Boulevard), just south of Lovejoy, in Henry County. It heads east to McDonough. There, it intersects SR 20 (Hampton Road). They run concurrent to the northeast, into the main part of town. Immediately, they have an interchange with Interstate 75 (I-75) at exit 218. Afterward, the two highways intersect US 23/SR 42. A little farther to the east is an intersection with SR 155 (Zack Hinton Parkway). At this intersection, SR 20 splits off to the north. SR 81 then heads to the southeast before curving to the northeast and crosses over the South River, into Newton County. In Henry County, SR 81 is signed as a west–east route; signage changes to south–north at or near the Newton County line. The highway has an intersection with SR 212. Then, it head north before curving to the northeast again. It meets SR 162 just before it enters Porterdale. In town is an intersection with the northern terminus of SR 162 Connector. SR 81 crosses over the Yellow River and passes through the main part of town. Immediately after leaving Porterdale, it enters Covington, where it turn north and intersects US 278/SR 12, before passing under, but not interchanging I-20. Then, it passes through Oxford.[1]

Oxford to Winder[edit]

SR 81 south in Winder in May 2009

On the northern end of Oxford, the road curves to the north-northeast and meet the northern terminus of SR 142, before turning to the north and entering Walton County. Northward is Walnut Grove, where it intersects SR 138. The route heads north-northwest to Loganville. In town is a brief concurrency with US 78/SR 10 (Atlanta Highway) and splits off to the northwest. In the main part of town is a very brief concurrency with SR 20. Then, it heads northeast, passing through rural areas of the county, before it crosses the Apalachee River into Barrow County. Southwest of Winder is an intersection with US 29/SR 316. Just before entering Winder, the highway passes Fort Yargo State Park on its western end. In Winder, it reaches its northern terminus, an intersection with US 29 Business/SR 8/SR 11/SR 53.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Henry   0.0 0.0 US 19 / US 41 / SR 3 (Bear Creek Boulevard) Southern terminus
McDonough 8.4 13.5 SR 20 west (McConough Hampton Road) – Hampton Southern end of SR 20 concurrency
8.6 13.8 I‑75 – Macon, Atlanta I-75, exit 218
11.3 18.2 US 23 south / SR 42 south (Griffin Street) Southbound lanes of US 23/SR 42 on one-way pairs
11.3 18.2 US 23 north / SR 42 north (Macon Street) Northbound lanes of US 23/SR 42 on one-way pairs
11.8 19.0 SR 20 east / SR 155 (Zack Hinton Parkway) – Conyers, Griffin Northern end of SR 20 concurrency
Newton   24.5 39.4 SR 212 – Stewart
  30.4 48.9 SR 162 (Lovers Lane Road/Salem Road) – Stewart, Conyers
Porterdale 31.6 50.9 SR 162 Conn. south Northern terminus of SR 162 Connector
Covington 35.5 57.1 US 278 / SR 12
  40.2 64.7 SR 142 south (Industrial Park Boulevard NE) – Covington Northern terminus of SR 142
Walton Walnut Grove 45.4 73.1 SR 138 – Conyers, Monroe
Loganville 52.1 83.8 US 78 east / SR 10 east (Atlanta Highway) Southern end of US 78/SR 10 concurrency
52.5 84.5 US 78 west / SR 10 west (Atlanta Highway) Northern end of US 78/SR 10 concurrency
53.2 85.6 SR 20 west (Main Street) – Conyers Southern end of SR 20 concurrency
53.4 85.9 SR 20 east (Loganville Highway SW) – Lawrenceville Northern end of SR 20 concurrency
Barrow   64.7 104.1 US 29 / SR 316 (University Parkway)
Winder 68.5 110.2
US 29 Bus. / SR 8 (May Street) / SR 11 / SR 53 (East May Street/North Broad Street) – Lawrenceville, Athens
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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