Ronald Reagan Parkway

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Ronald Reagan Parkway
Route information
Maintained by Gwinnett County DOT
Length: 7.3 mi[3] (11.7 km)
Existed: 1995[1][2] – present
Major junctions
West end: Pleasant Hill Road near of Lilburn
  US 29 / SR 8 near of Lilburn
East end: SR 124 and Pinehurst Road in Snellville
Location
Counties: Gwinnett
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes

Ronald Reagan Parkway (RRP) is a controlled-access highway located entirely within Gwinnett County, Georgia, and connects the Lilburn area with Snellville. It is named after Ronald Reagan, the 40th president. The highway was spearheaded by then-Gwinnett County chairman Wayne Mason in the mid-1990s.

Route description[edit]

The parkway begins at an intersection with Pleasant Hill Road, northeast of Lilburn. It passes just north of Browne Lake and has an interchange with US 29/SR 8 (Lawrenceville Highway). On the northeast side of Bethesda Park is an interchange with Bethesda Church Road, which partially travels through the park. After crossing over the Yellow River, it curves to the southeast and has an interchange with Five Forks–Trickum Road. Then, it meets Webb Gin House Road SW and passes to the west of Eastside Medical Center. At Presidential Circle, the freeway portion of the parkway ends and it continues to the southesast at-grade. Approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) later, the parkway intersects SR 124 (Scenic Highway SW). Here, the roadway continues to the southeast as Pinehurst Road SW.[3]

All of Ronald Reagan Parkway is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[4]

History[edit]

The parkway was established in 1995 along the same alignment it runs today.[1][2]

Plans later to extend it as a toll road to Interstate 85 (I-85) were abandoned in February 2013 due to public concerns about tolls, potential traffic and the road path.[5] In 2009, new plans were developed to extend Ronald Reagan Parkway to directly connect with I-85. On June 23, 2009, Gwinnett County voted to approve a partnership with a private firm to study extending the Ronald Reagan Parkway to I-85. The study will cost $1.4 million and will be funded by the County.[6]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Gwinnett County. All exits are unnumbered.

Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
  0.0 0.0 To I‑85 / Pleasant Hill Road Western terminus; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  0.8 1.3 US 29 / SR 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) – Lilburn, Lawrenceville
  1.8 2.9 Bethesda Church Road – Bethesda Park
Yellow River 2.9 4.7 Unnamed bridge Crossing over the Yellow River
  4.0 6.4 Five Forks–Trickum Road – Five Forks
  5.3 8.5 Webb Gin House Road SW –Brookwood High School
Snellville 7.1 11.4 Presidential Circle Freeway ends; roadway continues at-grade.
7.3 11.7 SR 124 (Scenic Highway SW) – Lithonia, Lawrenceville Eastern terminus; roadway continues as Pinehurst Road SW.
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, 1994) (PDF). Georgia State Highway System (Map). Cartography by GSHD. http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/StateMaps/1994_1995.pdf. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b 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 September 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Route of Ronald Reagan Parkway". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy+to:Ronald+Reagan+Pkwy&hl=en&ll=33.895925,-84.063778&spn=0.075661,0.110378&sll=33.872812,-84.014358&sspn=0.001183,0.001725&geocode=FTF9BQIdOYX8-g%3BFbN4BQId1qf8-g%3BFU1iBQId0ub8-g%3BFRJCBQId7CP9-g%3BFYorBQIdVV_9-g%3BFTchBQIdr6X9-g%3BFTDhBAIdAf39-g%3BFUjbBAIdEAv--g&mra=mi&mrsp=7&sz=19&t=h&z=13. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "National Highway System: Atlanta, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Martin K. Conroy (February 21, 2013). http://www.reaganextension.com/documents/Feasibility_Study_Results.pdf. Retrieved September 11, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Patrick Fox (June 23, 2009). "Gwinnett proceeds with Reagan Parkway study" (HTML). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing