Georgia State Route 316

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State Route 316 marker

State Route 316
University Parkway
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 38.9 mi[1] (62.6 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑85 west of Lawrenceville
 
US 29 / US 29 Bus. / SR 8 northeast of Lawrenceville

US 78 / US 78 Bus. / SR 10 southeast of Bogart
East end: US 29 / US 78 / SR 10 Loop in Athens
Location
Counties: Gwinnett, Barrow, Oconee
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 315 SR 317

State Route 316 (also known as SR 316, University Parkway, Georgia 316, or 316) is a state highway in northern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. It links the Atlanta metropolitan area with Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia. The state route is 38.9 miles (62.6 km) in length.

The first 5 miles (8.0 km) of the state highway is a freeway, but the rest of the route is at-grade with traffic signals.

Despite SR 316 being concurrent with US 29 for most of its route, the road is nearly always referred to by its state route designation, while US 29 is usually associated with its original route.

GA 316 could possibly be extended as a freeway from its Buford Drive exit to the Athens Perimeter on its current route, hitting roads like Winder Hwy (US 29 Business), Sugarloaf Parkway (current interchange), SR 81/Loganville Highway, SR 53/Hog Mountain Road, and US 78/GA 10 (current interchange)---it was considered as a toll road in 2004, but was rejected.[2][clarification needed]

Route description[edit]

Gwinnett County[edit]

SR 316 begins at an interchange with Interstate 85 (I-85) exit 106, west of Lawrenceville. The route heads east, and then northeast, to an intersection with SR 120 in Lawrenceville. Farther to the northeast is an intersection with SR 20/SR 124, also in Lawrenceville. Northeast of the city, is a major intersection: US 29/SR 8 come in from the west and intersect SR 316. At the intersection, SR 8 continues to the northeast, concurrent with US 29 BUS, while SR 316 has a concurrency with the US 29 mainline.

Barrow County[edit]

South of Winder, the two routes intersect SR 81. To the east, at Bethlehem, is an intersection with SR 11. Then they encounter SR 53 southeast of Winder and at Statham they intersect SR 211.

Oconee County[edit]

Southeast of Bogart, the two routes intersect US 78/SR 10, which come in from the southwest. At the intersection, SR 10 continues to the northeast, concurrent with US 78 BUS, while the US 78 mainline joins the US 29/SR 316 concurrency. US 29/US 78/SR 316 intersect SR 10 Loop/SR 422 (Paul Broun Parkway/Athens Perimeter Highway) southwest of Athens. Here, SR 316 has its eastern terminus, while US 29/US 78 join SR 10 Loop/SR 422 in a concurrency to the east.

History[edit]

The first portion of the highway was completed as a freeway to Lawrenceville in 1960, after the city was bypassed by I-85. With the subsequent expansion of Atlanta into its eastern suburbs, travel between the capital and Athens became increasingly difficult as highways US 29 and US 78 were both routed through multiple business districts. Over the next decades, the state completed SR 316 in sections, weaving along the original route of US 29 in order to bypass communities and business districts, including Winder and the congested Atlanta Highway in Athens.[citation needed]

Gwinnett Junction with I-85[edit]

In 2006 the Department of Transportation upgraded the interchange of I-85 and SR 316 with new bridges and collector/distributor (C/D) lanes involving Pleasant Hill, Boggs, and SR 120. Westbound drivers going to Pleasant Hill Road could go there without being in the I-85 southbound lanes; traffic going to Atlanta had two new lanes with the left lane converted to an HOV lane.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Gwinnett 0.0 0.0 I‑85 (Veterans Parkway) – Atlanta, Greenville Western terminus
Lawrenceville 4.2 6.8 SR 120 (Duluth Highway NW) – Lawrenceville, Duluth
6.4 10.3 SR 20 / SR 124 (Buford Drive NE) – Lawrenceville, Buford, Snellville, Grayson
10.0 16.1
US 29 south / US 29 Bus. north / SR 8 (Winder Highway) – Lawrenceville, Dacula, Winder
Western end of US 29 concurrency; western terminus of US 29 BUS
Barrow 20.5 33.0 SR 81 (Loganville Highway) – Winder, Loganville
Bethlehem 22.9 36.9 SR 11 (Monroe Highway) – Winder, Monroe
26.6 42.8
US 29 Bus. / SR 8 / SR 53 (Hog Mountain Road) – Winder, Watkinsville
Western end of SR 8 concurrency; eastern terminus of US 29 BUS
Statham 29.5 47.5 SR 211 – Statham Southern terminus of SR 211
Oconee 35.0 56.3
US 78 west / US 78 Bus. east / SR 10 (Monroe Highway) – Bogart, Monroe
Western end of US 78 concurrency; western terminus of US 78 BUS
38.9 62.6 US 29 north / US 78 east / SR 10 Loop – Athens, University of Georgia, Lexington, Hartwell Eastern terminus; eastern end of US 29, US 78, & SR 8 concurrencies; SR 10 Loop forms a loop around Athens
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (October 10, 2012). "Route of SR 316" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/507"

External links[edit]