Wrightsboro Road

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Wrightsboro Road
GA388EndGrovetown.JPG
SR 223 intersecting the southern terminus of SR 388 in Grovetown, where both highways meet Harlem-Grovetown Road
Part of SR 223 from western terminus to Grovetown
SR 388 in Grovetown
Namesake Wrightsboro, Georgia
Length 24.7 mi[1] (39.8 km)
Location Columbia and Richmond counties
West end SR 223 at Hinton Wilson Road east-northeast of Thomson
Major
junctions
US 221 / SR 47 north of Harlem
SR 223 / SR 388 at Harlem–Grovetown Road in Grovetown
SR 388 at Katherine Street in Grovetown
SR 383 west of Augusta
I‑520 in Augusta
East end James Brown Boulevard in Augusta

Wrightsboro Road is a 24.7-mile-long (39.8 km) major road in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia, traveling through southern Columbia and northeastern Richmond counties. At its western end, it is fairly rural, but at its eastern end, it is an urban corridor of the Augusta metropolitan area. It connects rural areas of southwestern Columbia County with Grovetown and Augusta. It also serves as the main entry point to Augusta Mall. From its western terminus, east-northeast of Thomson, to Grovetown, it is signed as part of Georgia State Route 223 (SR 223). In Grovetown, it is signed as part of SR 388. East of Grovetown, it is an unnumbered highway.

It was named after Wrightsboro, a settlement formed in 1768 by British Royal Governor James Wright. It was a settlement for displaced Quakers from North Carolina.[2] Later, Thomson, Dearing, and Wrightsboro were merged with parts of Warren County to form McDuffie County.

Route description[edit]

Columbia County[edit]

Wrightsboro Road begins at an intersection with Georgia State Route 223 (SR 223) and Hinton Wilson Road, east-northeast of Thomson, in Columbia County. West-northwest of this intersection, SR 223 has the local name of East White Oak Road. At this intersection, SR 223 assumes Wrightsboro Road as its local street name. They then cross over Kiokee Creek and have a slight northward jog before continuing to the southeast. Approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) later, they intersect US 221/SR 47 (Jake Pollard Highway). SR 223/Wrightsboro Road then curve to a more east-southeasterly routing and cross over Little Kiokee Creek. Then, they travel just south of Euchee Creek Elementary School and Euchee Creek Library. A short distance later, the roadway crosses over the northern terminus of the Grovetown Trails at Euchee Creek, briefly skirting along the northwestern city limits of Grovetown in the process. A few hundred feet later, the road crosses into Grovetown proper and has an intersection with Harlem–Grovetown Road. This intersection also marks the southern terminus of SR 388, which takes on the Wrightsboro Road name, while SR 223 continues known as East Robinson Avenue. SR 388/Wrightsboro Road travel to the left and in a northeasterly direction, before curving to the east. Along the way, the roadway is lined with numerous retail businesses on both sides of the road. They also travel along the southeastern edge of Goodale Park. They serve as one of the most important thoroughfares in the area.[citation needed] At an intersection with Katherine Street, SR 388 travels to the north-northeast, known as Horizon South Parkway, while Wrightsboro Road continues to the east. It leaves the city limits just before passing by the Grovetown post office. Then, it transitions into more of a residential roadway and begins to gradually turn to the northeast. Just to the east of Bellevue Memorial Gardens, a cemetery, it curves back to the east-southeast and intersects SR 383 (Jimmy Dyess Parkway). Immediately after this intersection, the road enters Richmond County and the city limits of Augusta.[1]

Richmond County[edit]

As soon as the road travels through the SR 383 intersection, it curves to the south-southeast and immediately curves to an easterly direction, narrowing from four lanes to two. It travels north of Sue Reynolds Elementary School and then makes a gradual curve to the southeast. At the eastern terminus of Belair Road, Wrightsboro Road curves to the east-northeast and transitions into a more business-oriented roadway. It has an intersection with Augusta West Parkway, which serves as a frontage road for the western side of Interstate 520 (I-520). After that intersection, Wrightsboro Road has an interchange with the Interstate highway itself. Immediately after this interchange are two entrance roads to Augusta Mall. An intersection with Marks Church Road, which serves as a frontage road for the east side of I-520, as well as Garden Spring Lane, which also leads to the mall, is next. Just after this intersection, is an intersection with Capps Road, which is the last road off Wrightsboro Road to lead to the mall. From I-520, Wrightsboro Road is littered with businesses on both sides of the highway. At the intersection with North Leg Road and Jackson Road, Wrightsboro travels just south of Copeland Elementary School. Three blocks later, it skirts along the southern edge of Georgia Regents University's (GRU) Forest Hills campus and Forest Hills Golf Club. Then, it skirts along the northern edge of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course and Daniel Field, a public use airport. Just past Daniel Field, Wrightsboro Road travels between GRU's Summerville campus and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The roadway skirts along the south edge of Monte Sano Elementary School. It travels just south of Paine College. On the southwest corner of GRU's main campus, Wrightsboro Road passes under, but does not have an intersection with, SR 4 (15th Street/Ruth B. Crawford Highway), although there is a ramp that leads to Wrightsboro Road. It then curves to the southeast, passing just to the southwest of Lucy Craft Laney High School, C. T. Walker Traditional Magnet School, and A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. Just over 1,000 feet (300 m) later, the roadway meets its eastern terminus, at an intersection with James Brown Boulevard, just before that road transitions into Nicholas Street.[1]

National Highway System[edit]

The only sections of Wrightsboro Road that are part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility, are as follows:

  • The easternmost part of SR 223 and the entirety of the road from the SR 223–SR 388 intersection to the interchange with I-520
  • From approximately Highland Avenue to the SR 4 overpass in Augusta.[3][4]

History[edit]

In the fall of 2012, Reeves Construction Company of Macon was awarded a contract to widen Wrightsboro Road from two to four lanes between Jimmy Dyess Parkway and I-520. This was partially done to protect Flowing Wells Spring, a historic spring that was built to provide water to Sue Reynolds Elementary School.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Columbia   0.0 0.0 SR 223 west (East White Oak Road) – Thomson Western terminus; western end of SR 223 concurrency; intersection with Hinton Wilson Road
  3.8 6.1 US 221 / SR 47 (Jake Pollard Highway)
Grovetown 10.5 16.9 SR 223 east (East Robinson Avenue) / SR 388 north – Fort Gordon Eastern end of SR 223 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 388; western end of SR 388 concurrency; intersection with Harlem–Grovetown Road
11.3 18.2 SR 388 north (Horizon South Parkway) Eastern end of SR 388 concurrency; intersection with Katherine Street
  15.4 24.8 SR 383 (Jimmy Dyess Parkway)
Richmond Augusta 18.3 29.5 I‑520 (Bobby Jones Expressway) I-520, exit 2
23.5 37.8 SR 4 (15th Street/Ruth B. Crawford Highway) No access from Wrightsboro Road to SR 4 or from SR 4 south to Wrightsboro Road
24.7 39.8 James Brown Boulevard Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Google (March 27, 2014). "Route of Wrightsboro Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff writer. "Wrightsboro". ExploreGeorgia.org. Georgia Department of Economic Development. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. November 15, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Highway System: (Draft) Augusta-Richmond County, GA--SC" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. November 15, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ Pavey, Rob (January 31, 2013). "Wrightsboro widening to spare historic spring". The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia). Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

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