Georgia State Route 243
|Maintained by GDOT|
|Length||21.2 mi (34.1 km)|
|South end||SR 57 / SR 540 southwest of Gordon|
|North end||US 441 Bus. / SR 22 / SR 24 in Milledgeville|
The portion from SR 57 southwest of Gordon to SR 540 north-northeast of Ivey was part of the Fall Line Freeway and was replaced in 2019 by an extended SR 540, a highway that connects Columbus with Augusta. This segment may be incorporated into the proposed eastern extension of Interstate 14 (I-14), which is currently entirely within Central Texas and may be extended into Augusta.
Former SR 243 began at an intersection with SR 57/SR 540 (Fall Line Freeway/Maddox Road) southwest of Gordon, in Wilkinson County. At this intersection, it began a concurrency with SR 540 as part of the Fall Line Freeway. The two highways traveled to the north-northeast. After a curve to the northeast, they crossed over Little Commissioner Creek and some railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway. Here, they briefly entered the far western part of Gordon. After leaving the city limits of Gordon, they intersected SR 18 (Gray Highway). They curved to the east-southeast and re-entered Gordon. They left the city limits again. After a curve to the north-northeast, they briefly re-entered the city for a final time. After curving to the north-northeast, they crossed over Lake Tchukolaho on the McCook Bridge. They traveled through the town of Ivey, where they crossed over Beaver Creek and skirted past Brooks Lake. They curved to the northeast to an intersection where SR 540 split off to the northeast and SR 243 turned left to the north-northwest. After the highway separated from the Fall Line Freeway, it had a more northerly routing. Almost immediately, SR 243 entered Baldwin County and crossed a Central of Georgia Railway line. The highway curved to the northeast until it reached the unincorporated community of Scottsboro. There, it had an intersection with US 441/SR 29. After the intersection, SR 243 was concurrent with US 441 Business for the rest of its length. The highway headed north through Hardwick, and entered Milledgeville. It crossed over Fishing Creek on the Mayor Harry G. Bone Bridge. US 441 Business/SR 243 traveled north into downtown Milledgeville, along South Wayne Street. They turned left on West Franklin Street, passed Memory Hill Cemetery, and then turned right on South Clark Street before intersecting SR 49 (West Hancock Street). Just after this intersection, the two highways traveled along the southwestern edge of Georgia College, and intersected SR 22/SR 24 (West Montgomery Street). Here, SR 243 met its northern terminus, while US 441 Business continued north.
The only sections of former SR 243 that were part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility and defense, were the section that traveled along the Fall Line Freeway and the section that was concurrent with US 441 Business.
SR 243 was established in 1946 along an alignment from Gordon to Scottsboro. By 1952, the section from the southern terminus to about Ivey and a section just southwest of Scottsboro were paved. In 1953, the entire route from Gordon to Scottsboro was paved.. In 2018, SR 243 was temporarily paired with the newly assigned SR 540 before being removed in favor of just the SR 540 designation in 2019.
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
|Wilkinson||||0.0||0.0||SR 57 (Fall Line Freeway / Maddox Road) / SR 540 west (Fall Line Freeway) – Jeffersonville, Gray||Western end of SR 540 concurrency; western terminus|
|||9.4||15.1||SR 18 (Gray Highway) – Gray, Jeffersonville|
|Ivey||McCook Bridge||Crossing over Lake Tchukolaho|
|||13.4||21.6||SR 540 east (Fall Line Freeway)||Eastern end of SR 540 concurrency|
|Baldwin||Scottsboro||16.4||26.4||US 441 / SR 29 (Milldegeville Road) / US 441 Bus. begins – Irwinton, Eatonton||Western end of US 441 Bus. concurrency|
|Milledgeville||19.7||31.7||Vinson Highway south||Northern terminus of Vinson Highway; former SR 112 Spur south|
|19.9||32.0||Mayor Harry G. Bone Bridge||Crossing over Fishing Creek|
|21.0||33.8||SR 49 (West Hancock Street) – Macon|
|21.2||34.1||US 441 Bus. north / SR 22 / SR 24 (West Montgomery Street) – Gray, Sparta, Sandersville||Eastern end of US 441 Bus. concurrency; eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1945). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- State Highway Department of Georgia (1946). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 24, 2013. (Corrected to November 7, 1946.)
- Google (February 10, 2019). "Overview map of SR 243" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
- Georgia Department of Transportation (2019). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2019–2020 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). Federal Housing Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
- State Highway Department of Georgia (1950). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 24, 2013. (Corrected to August 1, 1950.)
- State Highway Department of Georgia (1952). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 24, 2013. (Corrected to January 1, 1952.)
- State Highway Department of Georgia (1953). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 24, 2013. (Corrected to September 1, 1953.)