U.S. Route 29

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U.S. Route 29 marker

U.S. Route 29
Route information
Length: 1,036 mi[1] (1,667 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 90 / US 98 at Pensacola, FL
 

I‑10 near Pensacola, FL
I‑75 at Atlanta, GA
I‑26 near Spartanburg, SC
I‑77 at Charlotte, NC
I‑40 at Greensboro, NC
I-85 (numerous locations)
I‑64 at Charlottesville, VA
I‑66 at Arlington, VA

I‑70 at Ellicott City, MD
North end: MD 99 at Ellicott City, MD
Highway system

U.S. Route 29 (US 29) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from Pensacola, Florida to the western suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. This highway's southern terminus is at US 90 and US 98 in Pensacola, Florida. Its northern terminus is at Maryland Route 99 in Ellicott City, Maryland.

The section of US 29 between Greensboro, North Carolina, and Danville, Virginia, has been designated as Future Interstate 785 and has received "Future Interstate" signs in several locations along that route. It will become an official Interstate Highway once improvements have been completed.

From Tuskegee, Alabama to Greensboro, North Carolina, Interstate 85 (I-85) runs parallel with US 29, which along that stretch, serves primarily as a local route.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi km
FL 43.636 70.225
AL 226.550 364.597
GA 207 333
SC 106.4 171.2
NC 168 270
VA 248 399
DC 5.5 8.9
MD 25.859 41.616
Total 1,036 1,667

Florida[edit]

US 29 begins at U.S. Route 90 and U.S. Route 98 in downtown Pensacola, Florida. Throughout the state, U.S. 29 is twinned with the unsigned State Road 95.

The entire route in Florida runs within Escambia County. From its terminus north to State Road 296, it is known as North Palafox Street. From this point it is known as Pensacola Boulevard north to Ten Mile Road, approximately one mile north of U.S. Route 90 Alternate. Between SR 296 and the Molino community, U.S. 29 runs parallel to its former routing, which is now County Road 95A. This former routing continues the name North Palafox Street from SR 296 north to Ten Mile Road.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Escambia County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Pensacola 0.000 0.000 US 90 / US 98 (Cervantes Street / SR 10A)
1.774 2.855 SR 752 (Texar Drive)
1.958 3.151 SR 295 (West Fairfield Drive) to I‑110
Brent 2.976 4.789 SR 292 south (Pace Boulevard)
3.543 5.702 SR 296 (Beverly Parkway / Brent Lane) – Airport
4.172 6.714 SR 750 east (Airport Boulevard)
3.681 5.924 CR 95A north northbound access only
5.208 8.381 CR 453 south (W Street)
5.935 9.551 SR 742 east (West Burgess Road)
Brent
Ensley
6.5 10.5 I‑10 (SR 8) – Pensacola Beach, Tallahassee, Mobile I-10 exit 10
Ensley 8.63 13.89
US 90 Alt. (SR 10) – Mobile, Tallahassee, truck route to NAS Pensacola
interchange
Gonzalez 10.629 17.106 CR 95A
10.753 17.305 CR 297 south (West Roberts Road)
11.307 18.197 CR 186 (East Kingsfield Road)
12.007 19.323 Old Chemstrand Road (CR 749 east)
14.146 22.766 CR 95A south
Cantonment 14.713 23.678 CR 184 (Muscogee Road / Beck's Lake Road)
15.029 24.187 CR 95A north
  20.051 32.269 CR 196
Molino 22.571 36.325 CR 182 (Molino Road) – Barrineau Park, Molino
23.561 37.918 SR 97 – Atmore, Molino
  24.128 38.830 CR 95A south
McDavid 33.317 53.619 CR 164 west
Century 41.478 66.752 CR 4 west – Lake Stone Campground
41.656 67.039 CR 4A west
42.442 68.304 SR 4 east – Jay
43.636 70.225 US-29 north (SR-113)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Alabama[edit]

US 29, internally designated by the Alabama Department of Transportation as State Route 15 (SR-15), is a southwest-northeast state highway across the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. SR-15 ends in Brewton at a junction with US-31 (SR-3) and SR-41, but US-29 continues west with US-31/SR-3 to Flomaton and south on SR-113 to the Florida state line.

U.S. Highway 29 and SR-15 traverse Alabama in a general northeast/southwest slope. It has never been a major route in the state; its significance was completely overshadowed with the completion of Interstate 65 and Interstate 85 during the 1970s. Today, US-29 and SR-15 serve primarily to connect numerous smaller towns and cities in the southwest, south-central, and eastern parts of Alabama, notably passing through Auburn University, and near Troy University, and Tuskegee University in the east.

Georgia[edit]

US 29 passes through the northern portion of Georgia, serving Atlanta and Athens. The highway passes by notable universities, such as Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Georgia in Athens. US 29 also meanders through Hartwell and the Lake Hartwell region near the South Carolina border. From West Point, Georgia (Just south of LaGrange, Georgia) at the Alabama-Georgia Line to downtown Atlanta, Georgia State Route 8 and Georgia State Route 14 are paired with US 29 at various points in the state. US 29 to the southwest of Atlanta has been named Roosevelt Highway, since Franklin D. Roosevelt made his final journey northward from Warm Springs along this stretch of highway. Large crowds gathered along US 29 on this day in April 1945 to pay their final respects to the deceased President. Unfortunately for those who waited along the highway they missed seeing the president's body being transported back to Washington on a train than ran on nearby tracks.

South Carolina[edit]

In South Carolina, US 29 maintains a northeasterly routing, passing through Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg.

From Greenville through Greer, US 29 is known as Wade Hampton Boulevard. It is a major commercial artery for both Greer and Taylors. A six-lane highway, the road forms the western border of Bob Jones University and then passes near Chick Springs, a mineral springs that served as the focus of a small but important resort community during the nineteenth century.

US 29 was built as the main highway between Greenville and the other city of northwestern South Carolina, Spartanburg. The construction of Interstate 85 connecting Greenville to Spartanburg left US 29 underused until recent decades.

North Carolina[edit]

In North Carolina, US 29 connects the cities of Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia and Greensboro. US 29 routes through Charlotte along Tryon Street, one of the main arteries that runs through uptown Charlotte.

Virginia[edit]

In Virginia, part of U.S. 29 is named the Lee Highway. U.S. 29 connects the historic small cities and large towns of west-central Virginia, including Danville, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Warrenton, Manassas, and Fairfax, with Arlington, and Washington, D.C., to the northeast, and with North Carolina to the southwest.

Along its route in Virginia, U.S. 29 provides significant access to and from several major colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, George Mason University in Fairfax, Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, and Liberty University, Lynchburg College, and Randolph College in Lynchburg.

District of Columbia[edit]

US 29 enters Washington, D.C., via the Francis Scott Key Bridge adjacent to Georgetown University. The designation turns east onto the Whitehurst Freeway, bypassing Georgetown to the south. Upon crossing Rock Creek, the freeway ends, becoming the at-grade K Street. US 29 remains on K Street to 11th Street, where US 29 turns north onto 11th for seven blocks. At Rhode Island Avenue, US 29 turns right. US 29 northbound turns left at 6th Street NW (touching US 1 where it turns from Rhode Island Avenue to 6th Street); it follows 6th Street NW for two blocks and then turns left onto Florida Avenue NW, where it then turns right onto Georgia Avenue NW. US 29 southbound at this point, however, follows 7th Street, NW to Rhode Island Avenue NW. The route maintains a northerly routing as it passes through northern Washington, D.C. and enters Maryland. During its alignment with Georgia Avenue NW, US 29 bypasses the Howard University campus to the west.

Maryland[edit]

In Maryland, US 29 turns northeast onto Colesville Road, interchanges with the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), becomes Columbia Pike, and interchanges with New Hampshire Avenue (Maryland Route 650), Maryland Route 200 (known as the Intercounty Connector), Maryland Route 198, Maryland Route 32, Maryland Route 175, Maryland Route 100, US 40 and I-70 before terminating at Maryland Route 99 northwest of Ellicott City.

History[edit]

A US 29 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

Warrenton Turnpike is the former name of US 29 through Prince William County, Virginia. This is the name that was used for this road during the Civil War. Although the road has been expanded past Manassas into four lanes, it remains a rural two lane highway through Manassas National Battlefield Park, where Interstate 66 carries through traffic. On either side of the road through the battlefield, split rail fences define property borders. The route has also been called the Bill-Beth Highway as it was the name of the children of the original highway developer.

U.S. Route 170[edit]

US 170 (1926-1931)

The portion of US 29 from US 70 at Charlotte, North Carolina northeast to Lynchburg, Virginia was U.S. Route 170 from 1926 until 1931, when US 29 was extended over it.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Browse numbered routes
US 27 FL SR 29
I-95 SR 95 SR 97
SR-28 AL SR-30