Interstate 185 (Georgia)

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This article is about the current Interstate Highway. For the current state highway, see Georgia State Route 185.

Interstate 185 marker

Interstate 185
Route information
Maintained by Georgia DOT
Length: 49.30 mi[1][2] (79.34 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 27 / US 280 / SR 1 / SR 520 in Fort Benning
  US 80 / SR 22 in Columbus
North end: I‑85 near LaGrange
Location
Counties: Muscogee, Harris, Troup
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 410 Georgia 411.svg SR 413

Interstate 185 (I-185) is a 49.30-mile (79.34-km) secondary interstate in western Georgia. I-185 is also known as unsigned State Route 411, and is named the Chet Atkins Parkway for its entire length. It provides a freeway connection between the Metro Atlanta and Metro Columbus.

Route description[edit]

Its southern terminus is at US 27, US 280, SR 1, and SR 520 in Columbus, just north of Fort Benning; south of this interchange, a freeway continues onto the base.[citation needed] Its northern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 85 (I-85) near LaGrange.

History[edit]

The rural portions of I-185 (north of Exit 10) were equipped with call boxes as part of a pilot program in May 1999.[3] It is currently the only stretch of Interstate Highway in Georgia to be so equipped.[4]

Future[edit]

In 2006, business and government officials in southwest Georgia began a campaign to have the interstate extended to Monticello, Florida, and connect with Interstate 10. The proposed route would run parallel to SR 520 (known as Corridor Z) to Albany, and then parallel to US 19.[5] Local opposition to the plan soon emerged.[6] Critics argued that the proposed interstate would siphon business from small towns that the new road bypassed.[7] In 2009, Georgia's Department of Transportation concluded a two year study of the proposal, which found that extending I-185 would "be inconsistent with existing comprehensive land use plans; would have a negative impact on prime agricultural land, forests and cultural assets; and could have a detrimental impact on poverty and minority populations".[8] GDOT announced it would instead focus on upgrading and improving other key arterial highways in southwest Georgia, including Georgia 133 between Albany and Valdosta.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Muscogee Columbus 0.00 0.00 Lindsey Creek Parkway south – Fort Benning Southern terminus
1 1 US 27 / US 280 / SR 1 / SR 520 – Columbus, Cusseta, Albany Split into exits 1A (south / east) and 1B (north / west)
2 3 St. Marys Road
3 4 Buena Vista Road
4 6 SR 22 Spur (Macon Road)
5 7
US 27 Alt. / SR 85 – Columbus, Manchester
Signed as exits 7A and 7B northbound
6 8 Airport Thruway – Columbus Airport
7 10 US 80 / SR 22 (J.R. Allen Parkway) to US 27 – Phenix City
8 12 Williams Road Welcome center
9 14 Smith Road
Harris   10 19 SR 315 – Mulberry Grove
  11 25 SR 116 – Hamilton
  12 30 Hopewell Church Road – Whitesville
  13 34
Troup   14 42 US 27 / SR 1 – Pine Mountain
  15 46 Big Springs Road
  16 50 I‑85 (Georgia State Route 403) – Atlanta, Montgomery Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Data (2003). "Interstate Mileage Report (438 Report)". 
  3. ^ "Georgia's Call Box Project". Transportation Research Board. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Kolb, Stephanie L., et al. (2000). "Evaluation of Georgia’s Emergency Motorist Aid Call Box Pilot Project". 
  5. ^ "New Interstate idea gets mixed reviews". 
  6. ^ "Thomas County commission against interstate extension". 13 December 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Thomas County commission against interstate extension". 13 December 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.talltimbers.org/ttnews/news.cfm?news_id=161.  Missing or empty |title= (help)