U.S. Route 280

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U.S. Route 280 marker

U.S. Route 280
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 80
Maintained by ALDOT and GDOT
Length: 392 mi[1] (631 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-20 / I-59 / US-31 in Birmingham, AL
 

I-459 in Hoover, AL
US-231 in Sylacauga, AL
I-85 / US-29 / US-431 in Opelika, AL
I-185 in Columbus, GA
US 19 in Americus, GA
I-75 in Cordele, GA
US 23 / US 319 / US 341 / US 441 in McRae, GA
US 1 in Lyons
US 25 / US 301 in Claxton, GA

I-16 near Black Creek, GA
East end: US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 near Black Creek, GA
Highway system

U.S. Route 280 is a spur of U.S. Highway 80. It currently runs for 392 miles (631 km) from Blichton, Georgia at U.S. Highway 80 to Birmingham, Alabama at I-20/I-59. For much of its route, U.S. 280 travels through rural areas and smaller cities in southern Georgia and east central Alabama. Once the highway approaches Birmingham, it is a major suburban route. Numerous shopping centers are located on U.S. 280 throughout northern Shelby County and southern Jefferson County.

Through Talladega County, Alabama, U.S. 280 is known as the Jim Nabors Highway, in honor of the Sylacauga, Alabama, native known to the world as Gomer Pyle. The historical designation of US-280 and SR-38 is the Florida Short Route.

For many years, US-280 and SR-38 was considered one of the more dangerous routes in Alabama, due to the number of large stretches of narrow two lane roadway leading southeastwardly from Birmingham. Work was completed in 2006 making U.S. 280 a four-lane highway throughout the entire state of Alabama. This project began in the 1970s. As a result, U.S. 280 now bypasses numerous small towns in east Alabama, including Goodwater, Jacksons' Gap, Camp Hill and Waverly.

In Georgia, US 280 from Columbus to I-16 is also a Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP) corridor known as "Power Alley".[2]

Route description[edit]

Alabama[edit]

US 280 begins at an interchange with Interstate 20, Interstate 59, and U.S. Route 31 in downtown Birmingham. US 280 continues south, cosigned with US 31 along the Elton B. Stephens Expressway (locally known as the Red Mountain Expressway). The routes interchange with U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 78 prior to exiting the city. At Homewood, the expressway comes to an end as US 280 separates from US 31. In Cahaba Heights, US 280 interchanges with Interstate 459.

US 280 is paired with unsigned State Route 38 throughout the state. The U.S. Highway has a length of 141.356 miles (227.490 km) in Alabama.[3]

Georgia[edit]

US 280 begins in Georgia at the state's border with Alabama in Columbus. There it is paired with State Route 520 and U.S. Route 27. It maintains this designation as it passes through Fort Benning. US 280 continues east, where it passes through Plains (the boyhood home of Jimmy Carter) and becomes cosigned State Route 30 in Americus. It maintains this designation until the route's terminus in Blichton.

History[edit]

Prior to the completion of the Elton B. Stephens (Red Mountain) Expressway in Birmingham, U.S. 31, U.S. 78 and U.S. 280 overlapped until they junctioned U.S. Route 11 at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 24th Street.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Jefferson Birmingham 0.000 0.000 I-20 / I-59 / US-31 north (Carraway Boulevard) – Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Atlanta Western terminus; I-20/I-59 Exit 126; west end of concurrency with US-31
2nd Avenue North Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
0.835 1.344 US-11 north (1st Avenue North) Westbound exit only
1.245 2.004 US-78 (Third Avenue South/Fourth Avenue South) Right-in/right-out interchanges
1.598 2.572 SR-149 south (University Boulevard) Partial cloverleaf interchange
Highland Avenue Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
21st Avenue South Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
Homewood 3.331 5.361 US-31 south (Montgomery Parkway) / Rosedale Drive west – Montgomery Flyover ramps; east end of concurrency with US-31
Mountain Brook Hollywood Boulevard / Cahaba Road Diamond interchange and flyover ramps
4.737 7.623 SR-149 north (Shades Creek Parkway) – Homewood, Mountain Brook Partial cloverleaf interchange
Cahaba Heights Pump House Road Partial cloverleaf interchange
Hoover 7.899 12.712 I-459 – Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Atlanta I-459 Exit 19
Shelby 11.819 19.021 SR-119 (Cahaba Valley Road) – Leeds, Helena
Harpersville 29.431 47.365 US-231 north / SR-25 south – Vincent, Wilsonville West end of concurrency with US-231
  34.437 55.421 SR-76 west (Klein Road) – Wilsonville West end of concurrency with SR-76
Talladega Childersburg 35.523 57.169 SR-235 north (Coosa Pines Road)
36.109 58.112 SR-76 east (1st Street) – Desoto Caverns East end of concurrency with SR-76
Sylacauga 47.310 76.138 US-231 south (Broadway Avenue) / SR-21 north – Sylacauga, Montgomery Diamond interchange; east end of concurrency with US-231
Coosa Kellyton 63.362 101.971 SR-9 – Goodwater, Equality Diamond interchange
65.221 104.963 SR-115 south – Equality
Tallapoosa Alexander City 70.096 112.809 SR-22 west (Rockford Highway) – Rockford West end of concurrency with SR-22
71.788 115.532 SR-22 east / SR-63 (Cherokee Road) – New Site, Eclectic East end of concurrency with SR-63
Dadeville 83.501 134.382 SR-49 north (Horseshoe Bend Road) – New Site West end of concurrency with SR-49
84.821 136.506 SR-49 south (Tallassee Street) – Franklin East end of concurrency with SR-49
Camp Hill 91.488 147.236 SR-50 (Allgood Street) – La Fayette
Chambers
No major junctions
Lee The Bottle 104.511 168.194 SR-147 north – Gold Hill West end of concurrency with SR-147
104.911 168.838 SR-147 south (College Street) – Auburn East end of concurrency with SR-147
Opelika 110.241 177.416 SR-14 west / SR-15 – Auburn, Opelika
111.851 180.007 I-85 south / US-29 south – Montgomery I-85 Exit 58; west end of concurrency with I-85 and US-29
113.871 183.258 SR-51 (Marvyn Parkway) to SR-169 – Opelika, Hurtsboro I-85 Exit 60
115.294 185.548 I-85 north / US-29 north / US-431 north (Torbert Boulevard) – Opelika I-85 Exit 62; east end of concurrency with I-85 and US-29; west end of concurrency with US-431
Russell Phenix City 137.659 221.541 US-80 east (J.R. Allen Parkway) – Columbus Directional intersection; west end of concurrency with US-80
138.598 223.052 US-80 west (Crawford Road) – Montgomery East end of concurrency with US-80
140.466 226.058 US-431 south (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) – Eufaula, Dothan Partial cloverleaf interchange; east end of concurrency with US-431
Colin L. Powell Parkway / Seale Road Partial cloverleaf interchange
Chattahoochee River 141.356
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227.490
0.0
Alabama-Georgia state line
Muscogee Columbus US 27 / SR 1 north (Martha Berry Highway) – La Grange West end of concurrency with US 27 / SR 1
I-185 north / Lindsey Creek Parkway – La Grange, Fort Benning Partial cloverleaf interchange with flyover from eastbound US 280 to northbound I-185
Central Avenue – Fort Benning Partial cloverleaf interchange
Chattahoochee   8th Division Road – Fort Benning Trumpet interchange
Cusseta SR 26 east (Clarke Duncan Highway) – Buena Vista
US 27 / SR 1 south (Martha Berry Highway) – Lumpkin East end of concurrency with US 27 / SR 1
Stewart Richland SR 520 east (Richland Bypass) / SR 27 west (Nicholson Street) – Dawson, Lumpkin East end of concurrency with SR 520; west end of concurrency with SR 27
Webster Preston SR 41 south (Washington Street) – Shellman West end of concurrency with SR 41
SR 41 north (Cass Street) – Buena Vista East end of concurrency with SR 41
Sumter Plains SR 45 (Bond Street) – Buena Vista, Dawson
Americus SR 49 south – Dawson West end of concurrency with SR 49
US 19 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) / SR 3 south – Albany West end of concurrency with US 19 / SR 3
US 19 / SR 3 north / SR 30 west (Martin Luther King Boulevard) – Butler East end of concurrency with US 19 / SR 3; west end of concurrency with SR 30
SR 377 south (Lee Street)
SR 49 north (Crawford Street) – Andersonville East end of concurrency with SR 49
SR 27 east (Vienna Road) – Vienna East end of concurrency with SR 27
Leslie SR 118 to SR 195 – Smithville, Leesburg
Crisp Cordele US 41 / SR 7 / SR 90 north (7th Street) – Vienna, Ashburn West end of concurrency with SR 90
I-75 – Macon, Valdosta I-75 Exit 101
SR 90 south – Rebecca East end of concurrency with SR 90
Wilcox Pitts SR 159 south (10th Street) – Ashburn
SR 215 north (8th Street) – Vienna West end of concurrency with SR 215
Rochelle SR 112 / SR 215 / SR 233 (Ashley Street) – Rebecca, Pineview, Fitzgerald East end of concurrency with SR 215
Abbeville US 129 / SR 11 – Fitzgerald, Hawkinsville
Dodge   SR 87 north (Abbeville Highway) – Hartford, Eastman
Rhine SR 117 north / SR 165 (Central Street) – Chauncey, Eastman, Jacksonville West end of concurrency with SR 165
Telfair Milan SR 165 south (Mt. Zion Street) – Jacksonville East end of concurrency with SR 165
McRae US 319 / US 441 / SR 31 south – Jacksonville West end of concurrency with US 319, US 441, and SR 31
US 23 / US 341 / SR 27 (Oak Street) – Helena, Eastman, Hazlehurst
Wheeler US 319 / US 441 / SR 31 north – Dublin East end of concurrency with US 319, US 441, and SR 31
Alamo SR 149 south – Scotland
SR 126 (Commerce Street) – Lumber City, Cadwell
Glenwood SR 19 (2nd Street) – Lumber City, Dublin
Montgomery Mount Vernon US 221 / SR 56 (Railroad Avenue) – Soperton, Uvalda
Ailey SR 227 north (Broad Street) – Tarrytown
Higgston SR 15 north / SR 29 north / SR 135 south (James Street) – Soperton, Alston
Toombs Vidalia SR 130 (Adams Street) – Petross
SR 15 south / SR 29 south (Jackson Street) – Baxley
Lyons US 1 / SR 4 (State Street) – Swainsboro, Baxley
Tattnall Reidsville SR 56 west (Shepards Bridge Road) – Toombs Central
SR 147 west (Tattnall Street)
SR 23 / SR 57 / SR 121 (Main Street) – Collins, Glennville, Surrency
Evans Bellville SR 169 (Smith Street)
SR 292 west – Manassas
Claxton SR 129 north (Ralph Street) – Metter West end of concurrency with SR 129
US 25 / US 301 / SR 73 (Duval Street) – Glennville, Statesboro
SR 129 south (River Street)
Bryan Pembroke SR 67 / SR 119 (Main Street) – Fort Stewart, Hinesville, Statesboro
Ellabelle SR 204 east – Georgetown
Black Creek I-16 (Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway) – Savannah, Macon I-16 Exit 143
US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 east – Statesboro, Savannah Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Highways from US 1 to US 830 Robert V. Droz
  2. ^ "Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP)". Georgia Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Retrieved 2011-11-23.