Interstate 516

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Interstate 516 marker

Interstate 516
W.F. Lynes Parkway
Route information
Maintained by Georgia DOT
Length: 6.49 mi[3] (10.44 km)
Existed: 1985[1][2] – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 21 in Garden City
  US 80 / SR 25 / SR 26 in Savannah
I‑16 / US 17 in Savannah
US 17 / US 80 / SR 25 / SR 26 in Savannah
Veterans Parkway in Savannah
East end: SR 21 and Montgomery Street in Savannah
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 419 Georgia 421.svg SR 422

Interstate 516 (I-516, also known as the W.F. Lynes Parkway) is a 6.49-mile-long (10.44 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway mostly in the coastal city of Savannah, located in the east-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is a spur route of I-16. I-516 is concurrent with Georgia State Route 21 (SR 21), upon which I-516 was designated over in 1985, for the entire length of the Interstate. It was formerly also signed as SR 26 Loop.[4][5] SR 421 was added as a hidden reference route numbering in 2000 to ensure that all interstates in Georgia had 400-series reference numbers.[6][7]

Route description[edit]

I-516 begins in the northeastern part of Garden City, as a freeway continuation of SR 21 (Augusta Road), with which I-516 travels concurrently for its entire length. The two highways travel to the southeast to an interchange with SR 25/SR 26 Connector (Burnseed Road), which leads to US 80/SR 26. However, the exit is only signed as US 80. At this interchange, SR 25 joins the concurrency. In the midst of this interchange is a crossing over the Savannah and Dundee Canal. The three highways pass just southwest of the Mary Calder Golf Club. After beginning a curve to the south-southwest is an interchange with SR 25 Connector (West Bay Street). Here, US 80/SR 26 join the concurrency. The five highways cross over the Savannah–Ogeechee Canal. A short distance later is an incomplete interchange with West Gwinnett Street. Almost immediately is an interchange with I-16/US 17 (Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway). At this point, US 17 joins the concurrency. A short distance later is an incomplete interchange with Tremont Road. At Ogeechee Road, US 17/SR 25 depart the concurrency to the southwest, while US 80/SR 26 depart to the northeast. I-516/SR 21 continue to the south-southwest and have an interchange with the northern terminus of Veterans Parkway, just before curving to the east-southeast. They cross underneath, but do not have an interchange with, Liberty Parkway. They cross over some CSX Transportation railroad lines just before crossing over the Springfield Canal. Just west-northwest of Mildred Street, the freeway ends and the two highways continue to an intersection with Montgomery Street. At this point, I-516 meets its eastern terminus, while SR 21 (Derenne Avenue) continues to the east-southeast.[8]

The entire length of I-516 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[9]

History[edit]

1920s to 1960s[edit]

The road that would eventually be designated as I-516 was established as a segment of SR 21 from the current western terminus of I-516 to an intersection with SR 26.[10] In 1926, US 17/SR 25 were designated along this section of SR 21.[11][12] Between 1963 and 1966, I-16 was under construction in Savannah, and the majority of what would become I-516, from Augusta Avenue to its current eastern terminus, was being proposed as SR 26 Loop.[13][4] Later in 1966, SR 26 Loop was completed (but not to freeway standards) from just east-southeast of what is now the Veterans Parkway exit to La Roche Avenue, with a proposal to extend it northward through Savannah State University. The rest of the proposed route was also under construction at that time. Also, the construction of I-16 continued at this time.[4][5] In 1967, the section from I-16 to just east-southeast of what is now the Veterans Parkway exit was still under construction but scheduled to open "Spring '68". I-16 was complete in Savannah at this time.[5][14] In 1968, the segment of SR 26 Loop from I-16 to just east-southeast of what is know the Veterans Parkway exit was opened (at freeway standards).[14][15]

1970s to 2000s[edit]

By 1970, the segment from Augusta Avenue to I-16 was opened (at freeway standards).[15][16] Later that year, there was a proposal to extend the western terminus a little farther to the west, to meet what is now US 80/SR 25 Connector/SR 26.[16][17] Between 1977 and 1979, the entirety of SR 26 Loop, with the exception of the segment between Skidaway Road and La Roche Avenue, was redesignated as an extension of SR 21. The Skidaway–La Roche section was removed from the state highway system. Due to this, the proposal to extend SR 26 Loop from La Roche was removed, as well.[18][19] By March 1980, the freeway portion was extended to the west, roughly along the same alignment proposed in 1970.[19][20] In 1982, the freeway portion was extended a little more to the west, nearly to the current western terminus of I-516.[21][22] In 1985, the entire highway from its then-current western terminus at Burnseed Road to Montgomery Road was designated as I-516. The freeway portion was extended westward to the interchange with SR 25 (Burnseed Road) and eastward to the current eastern end. Also US 17/SR 25 and US 80/SR 26 were re-routed along the freeway, from the West Bay Street exit to the Ogeechee Road exit.[1][2] In 1995, US 17 was majorly re-routed through the city of Savannah to its current alignment. Therefore, it is concurrent with I-516/SR 21 from the I-16 exit to the Ogeechee Road exit.[23][24] In 2001, SR 421 was designated along I-516's length.[6][7]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Chatham County.

Location Mile[8] km Exit Destinations Notes
Garden City 0.0 0.0 SR 21 north (Augusta Road) – Springfield Western terminus; western end of SR 21 concurrency
0.1 0.2 8 SR 25 north / SR 26 Conn. south (Burnseed Road) to US 80 to SR 26 Exit signed only as "US 80"; western end of SR 25 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 26 Connector
Savannah 1.3 2.1 7 SR 25 Conn. (West Bay Street) – Downtown Savannah
1.6 2.6 7A US 80 west / SR 26 west (Augusta Avenue) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only; western end of US 80/SR 26 concurrency
2.3 3.7 6 Gwinnett Street – Amtrak station Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
2.5 4.0 5 I‑16 / US 17 north (Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway) – Downtown Savannah Western end of US 17 concurrency
3.2 5.1 4 Tremont Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
3.8 6.1 3 US 17 south / US 80 south / SR 25 east / SR 26 east (Ogeechee Road) Eastern end of US 17, SR 25, and US 80/SR 26 concurrencies
  4.7 7.6 2 Veterans Parkway south – Georgetown Northern terminus of Veterans Parkway
Savannah 6.9 11.1 SR 21 south (Derenne Avenue) Eastern terminus; roadway continues as SR 21; eastern end of SR 21 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1984) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1984_1985.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1986) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1986_1987.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1966) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1966.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1967) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1967.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 2001) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/2001_2002.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 2002) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/2002_2003.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Google Inc. "Route of I-516". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=GA-21+S&daddr=GA-21+S+to:GA-21+S+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:I-516+E+to:Wm+F+Lynes+Pkwy+to:W+Derenne+Ave&hl=en&ll=32.068756,-81.12648&spn=0.123502,0.264187&sll=32.030074,-81.115274&sspn=0.001931,0.004128&geocode=Fd3T6QEdNc4p-w%3BFanQ6QEdKdMp-w%3BFcDM6QEdJNkp-w%3BFbyq6QEdRxYq-w%3BFdaZ6QEdShIq-w%3BFTeG6QEdrwgq-w%3BFQx36QEd0gIq-w%3BFQ9t6QEdFP8p-w%3BFVBF6QEdKvAp-w%3BFd0k6QEd7-Mp-w%3BFbD26AEdBM4p-w%3BFe3N6AEdNwgq-w%3BFUa96AEdAEgq-w&mra=dme&mrsp=12&sz=19&t=h&z=13. Retrieved October24, 2013.
  9. ^ "National Highway System: Savannah, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1920) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1920.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  11. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (September 23, 1921) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1921.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (October 1, 1926) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1926.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  13. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (June 1, 1963) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1963.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1968) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1968.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  15. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1969) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1969.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  16. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1970) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1970.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  17. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1971) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1971.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  18. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1977-8) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1977_1978.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  19. ^ a b Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1979) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1979.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  20. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (March 1, 1980) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1980_1981.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  21. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1982) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1982.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  22. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1983) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1983_1984.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  23. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1994) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1994_1995.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  24. ^ Georgia State Highway Department (January 1, 1996) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1996_1997.pdf. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing