Georgia State Route 85

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This article is about the current state highway. For the Interstate Highway, see Interstate 85 in Georgia.

State Route 85 marker

State Route 85
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 96.5 mi[1] (155.3 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 27 / SR 1 in Columbus
US 27 / US 27 Alt. / SR 1 in Columbus
I‑185 in Columbus
US 80 / SR 22 in Columbus

US 27 Alt. / SR 14 / SR 190 in Manchester
North end: I‑75 west of Forest Park
Counties: Muscogee, Harris, Talbot, Meriwether, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
I‑85 SR 86

State Route 85 (SR 85) is a 96.5-mile-long (155.3 km) state highway in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia. Its routing passes within portions of Muscogee, Harris, Talbot, Meriwether, Coweta, Fayette, and Clayton counties. It connects the Columbus and Forest Park areas, via Manchester, Woodbury, and Fayetteville.

Route description[edit]

SR 85 begins at an intersection with US 27/SR 1 (Veterans Parkway) in downtown Columbus, within Muscogee County. It heads west on 14th Street, before turning north on 2nd Avenue. It continues to the north, until it meets the southern terminus of SR 22 Connector, which takes on the "2nd Avenue" name. At this intersection, SR 85 heads east on Manchester Expressway and meets SR 219 (River Road) before it has a second intersection with US 27/SR 1 (Veterans Parkway). At this intersection, US 27 Alternate begins, running concurrent with SR 85. The two routes continue to the east, to an interchange with Interstate 185 (I-185), then curve to the northeast on the south side of Peachtree Mall, which is located just south of the Columbus Airport. Just past the mall, the highways become a limited-access highway. They have an interchange with Warm Springs Road, which leads to Cooper Creek Park. They head to an interchange with Miller Road, which leads to the neighborhood of Crystal Valley. To the northeast is US 80/SR 22. Then, they meet County Line Road, which leads to Midland. This road is actually about 3,000 feet (910 m) south of the Muscogee–Harris county line. In Harris County, the concurrency skirts past the Woodland Hills Golf Course. Just before entering Ellerslie, the limited-access highway ends. A little while later, SR 315 joins the concurrency, and leaves it in town. US 27 Alternate/SR 85 head to Waverly Hall, where they intersect SR 208. On the Harris–Talbot county line, the two routes meet SR 85 Alternate/SR 116. At this intersection, US 27 Alternate north/SR 85 Alternate north/SR 116 west take the left fork, on Warm Springs Road, while SR 85 north/SR 116 east take the right one. Less than 0.5 miles (0.80 km) into Talbot County, SR 116 splits off to the east, while SR 85 continues to the northeast. Just before entering Manchester is SR 41, which begins a short concurrency. Almost immediately, the two routes cross into Meriwether County and enter Manchester. They intersect the eastern terminus of SR 190 (Pine Mountain Highway) just after the city limits. At 2nd Street, SR 41 departs to the northwest, while SR 85 heads into downtown Manchester. At Foster Street, SR 85 turns to the east, while SR 85 Spur continues straight ahead, on Truitt Street. In Woodbury, it meets SR 18/SR 74/SR 109 (Woodbury Highway). At this intersection, SR 74 turns to the north, concurrent with SR 85. They reach the northern terminus of SR 85 Alternate (Whitehouse Parkway). Farther to the north-northwest, in Gay, is the eastern terminus of SR 109 Spur (Greenville Street). In the unincorporated community of Alps, they intersect SR 362, which briefly joins the concurrency. Less than 3 miles (4.8 km) later, they reach the Meriwether–Coweta county line. The concurrent highways pass through Haralson and enter the southeast part of Senoia. There, they intersect with SR 16 (Wells Street). Less than 2 miles (3.2 km) later, they cross over Line Creek, into Fayette County. They enter Starrs Mill, where SR 74 (Joel Cowan Parkway) departs to the northwest, while SR 85 continues to the northeast. In Fayetteville, it intersects SR 92, which forms a concurrency through the city. Then, they intersect SR 54. After that, SR 92 departs to the northwest. Next, is the southern terminus of SR 314. Farther on, in Kenwood, is the southern terminus of SR 279. After that, SR 85 crosses over Camp Creek, into Clayton County. On the southwestern edge of Riverdale, it intersects SR 138. Approximately 2,000 feet (610 m) later is the southern terminus of SR 139 (Church Street). Farther to the north-northeast is the western terminus of SR 331 (Forest Parkway), which the northbound lanes of SR 85 have to take to access I-75. SR 85's northbound lanes continue for another 3,000 feet (910 m), and then they end at a U-turn to go back to the south. However, the southbound lanes actually start at I-75, approximately 1,500 feet (460 m) farther to the north-northeast.[1]

There are two sections of SR 85 that are part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility:

  • From its southern terminus to the town of Ellerslie
  • From its intersection with SR 54 in Fayetteville to its northern terminus[2][3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Muscogee Columbus 0.0 0.0 US 27 / SR 1 (Veterans Parkway) Southern terminus
2.6 4.2 SR 22 Conn. west (2nd Avenue) Eastern terminus of SR 22 Connector
3.0 4.8 SR 219 (River Road) – LaGrange
3.5 5.6
US 27 / SR 1 (Veterans Parkway) / US 27 Alt. south
Southern end of US 27 Alternate concurrency
4.8 7.7 I‑185 – Fort Benning, Atlanta I-185, exit 7
6.9 11.1 Warm Springs Road – Cooper Creek Park
9.1 14.6 Miller Road – Crystal Valley
10.3 16.6 US 80 / SR 22 (J.R. Allen Parkway/Beaver Run Road)
15.9 25.6 County Line Road – Midland
Harris   17.8 28.6 SR 315 west – Cataula Southern end of SR 315 concurrency
Ellerslie 18.3 29.5 SR 315 east (Talbotton Road) – Talbotton Northern end of SR 315 concurrency
Waverly Hall 24.1 38.8 SR 208 – Talbotton
county line
  31.2 50.2
US 27 Alt. north / SR 85 Alt. north / SR 116 west (Warm Springs Road)
Northern end of US 27 Alternate concurrency; southern end of SR 116 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 85 Alternate
Talbot   31.6 50.9 SR 116 east – Woodland Northern end of SR 116 concurrency
  37.4 60.2 SR 41 south – Woodland Southern end of SR 41 concurrency
Meriwether Manchester 37.8 60.8 SR 190 west (Pine Mountain Highway) – Pine Mountain Eastern terminus of SR 190
38.3 61.6 SR 41 north (2nd Street) – Warm Springs Northern end of SR 41 concurrency
38.8 62.4 SR 85 Spur west (Truitt Street) Eastern terminus of SR 85 Spur
Woodbury 48.5 78.1 SR 18 / SR 74 east / SR 109 (Woodbury Highway) Southern end of SR 74 concurrency
49.2 79.2 SR 85 Alt. south (Whitehouse Parkway) – Warm Springs Northern terminus of SR 85 Alternate
Gay 56.3 90.6 SR 109 Spur west (Greenville Street) – Greenville Eastern terminus of SR 109 Spur
Alps 61.3 98.7 SR 362 west (Callaway Road) – Greenville Southern end of SR 362 concurrency
  62.2 100.1 SR 362 east (Griffin Highway) – Griffin Northern end of SR 362 concurrency
Coweta Senoia 71.2 114.6 SR 16 (Wells Street) – Newnan, Griffin
Fayette Starrs Mill 74.3 119.6 SR 74 west (Joel Cowan Parkway) – Peachtree City Northern end of SR 74 concurrency
Fayetteville 82.3 132.4 SR 92 south – Griffin Southern end of SR 92 concurrency
83.6 134.5 SR 54 east (Stonewall Avenue East) – Jonesboro Eastbound one-way part of SR 54
83.6 134.5 SR 54 west (Lanier Avenue) – Peachtree City Westbound one-way part of SR 54
84.2 135.5 SR 92 north – Fairburn Northern end of SR 92 concurrency
84.8 136.5 SR 314 north – College Park Southern terminus of SR 314
  88.3 142.1 SR 279 north – College Park Southern terminus of SR 279
Clayton Riverdale 91.2 146.8 SR 138 – Union City, Jonesboro
91.6 147.4 SR 139 north (Church Street) – College Park Southern terminus of SR 139
  95.8 154.2 SR 331 east (Forest Parkway) to I‑75 – Forest Park, Lake City Western terminus of SR 85; northbound SR 85 traffic must take this to access I-75
  96.4 155.1 U-turn back to southbound SR 85 Northbound lanes are closed, so traffic must U-turn back to the south
  96.8 155.8 I‑75 No entrance ramps to I-75, exit 237A
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

State Route 85 Alternate[edit]

State Route 85 Alternate
Location: South of Shiloh to Woodbury, Georgia
Length: 18.7 mi[4] (30.1 km)

State Route 85 Alternate (SR 85 Alternate) is a 18.7-mile-long (30.1 km) alternate route that connects the Shiloh and Woodbury areas, via Warm Springs. From its southern terminus to Warm Springs, it is concurrent with U.S. Route 27 Alternate.[4]

SR 85 Alternate is not part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2]

County Location Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
county line
  0.0 0.0
US 27 Alt. south / SR 85 / SR 116 east
Southern terminus; southern end of US 27 Alternate & SR 116 concurrencies
Harris Shiloh 1.8 2.9 SR 116 west – Hamilton Northern end of SR 116 concurrency
No major junctions
Meriwether F. D. Roosevelt State Park 5.0 8.0 SR 190 (Pine Mountain Highway) – Pine Mountain, Manchester
Warm Springs 8.5 13.7
US 27 Alt. north / SR 41 (Spring Street) – Greenville, Manchester
Northern end of US 27 Alternate concurrency
  12.9 20.8 SR 173 south (Raleigh Road) – Manchester Northern terminus of SR 173
Woodbury 17.1 27.5 SR 18 / SR 109 (Main Street)
18.7 30.1 SR 74 / SR 85 (Oakland Road) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

State Route 85 Spur[edit]

State Route 85 Spur
Location: Manchester
Length: 0.8 mi[5] (1.3 km)

State Route 85 Spur (SR 85 Spur) is a spur route that exists completely within Manchester. It connects SR 41 (North 5th Avenue) with the SR 85 mainline. It is used to bypass downtown Manchester.[5]

SR 85 Spur is not part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2]

The entire route is in Manchester, Meriwether County.

Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 SR 41 (North 5th Avenue) – Talbotton, Warm Springs Western terminus
0.8 1.3 SR 85 (Truitt Street/Foster Street) – Columbus, Woodbury Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Route of SR 85". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-84.9903216+to:32.5071506,-84.989819+to:32.509896,-84.932551+to:32.5440016,-84.8682488+to:GA-85&hl=en&ll=33.050112,-84.523315&spn=1.23163,1.766052&sll=33.624154,-84.40208&sspn=0.001186,0.001725&geocode=FVN97wEd3DDv-g%3BFW597wEdjybv-im56buCr82MiDGb-U7TVxAHag%3BFQ4F8AEdhSjv-imJ1iCfZ8yMiDF0nEY092PyyQ%3BFcgP8AEdOQjw-imxFQrQTjPziDGyQ6NvbJTXMg%3BFQGV8AEdaAPx-ilpSXanFzTziDGYzZYrjpnXaQ%3BFWMQAQIdZiD4-g&oq=Forest&dirflg=h&mra=dme&mrsp=5&sz=19&via=1,2,3,4&t=m&z=9. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Highway System: Atlanta, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Route of SR 85 Alternate". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-84.678384+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=32.898038,-84.633865&spn=0.348802,0.441513&sll=32.993997,-84.573363&sspn=0.001361,0.001725&geocode=FXMt9AEdZrLz-g%3BFUiM9QEdEOnz-im1Sp_kBFzziDFONnUKwU7LKQ%3BFXV09wEdCIX1-g&oq=Sh&mra=mift&mrsp=2&sz=19&via=1&t=m&z=11. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Route of SR 85 Spur". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-84.615755&spn=0.009571,0.013797&sll=32.857198,-84.60983&sspn=0.001196,0.001725&geocode=FX1n9QEdQsv0-g%3BFaFb9QEdN_T0-g&oq=Forest&dirflg=h&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=19&t=m&z=16. Retrieved July 22, 2013.

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