Georgia State Route 515

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State Route 515 marker

State Route 515
Zell Miller Mountain Parkway
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 76.2 mi[3] (122.6 km)
Existed: 1989[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑575 / SR 5 / SR 5 Bus. / SR 372 west of Nelson
 
North end: SR 17 and NC 69 at the North Carolina state line northwest of Hiawassee
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 500 SR 520

State Route 515 (SR 515) is a 76.2-mile-long (122.6 km) four-lane C-shaped state highway in the northern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. It begins just west of Nelson. It curves to the northeast to Lake Chatuge, where it heads north to the North Carolina state line. The highway was built to give motorists in the north Georgia mountains better access to Atlanta and its outlying suburbs, as opposed to the old SR 5 and U.S. Route 76 (US 76) highways, which this project replaced. SR 515 is also known as the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway, in honor of Zell Miller, the Young Harris native turned Georgia governor and U.S. senator. It is one of the Georgia Department of Transportation's Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP) corridors. The highway is known for its mountain views all along its route. SR 515 is part of the Appalachian Development Highway System's Corridor A. The highway was designated in 1989.

Route description[edit]

SR 5 and SR 515 in northern Pickens County, Georgia

SR 515 begins just west of Nelson and just north of the Cherokee-Pickens County line, at the convergence of the northern terminus of Interstate 575, SR 5, the northern terminus of SR 5 Business, and the northern terminus of SR 372. It is concurrent with SR 5 from its southern terminus to Blue Ridge. It is also concurrent with US 76 from East Ellijay to a point between Young Harris and Hiawassee. It maintains a fairly strict south-north routing from its southern terminus to Blue Ridge and then becomes a due east-west route for the remainder of its length.[3]

SR 515 is a significant route for the north Georgia mountains, funneling tourist traffic and serving as a growth corridor. SR 515 sees an Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) of more than 10,000 vehicles south of Blue Ridge, and at least 5,000 on the entirety of the route.[4]

The entire length of SR 515, including the concurrent sections, is part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility and defense.[5]

History[edit]

The road that would eventually become numbered as SR 515 was established at least by 1919 along nearly the same alignment as it travels today. At the time, it was numbered as SR 5 from Nelson to Ellijay, SR 2 and possibly 5 from Ellijay to Blue Ridge, and SR 2 from Blue Ridge to the Young Harris area. The entire route was paved by this time.[6] In 1989, SR 515 was signed along its entire length.[1][2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Pickens 0.0 0.0 SR 5 Bus. south / SR 372 south – Nelson, Ball Ground
I‑575 south / SR 5 south (SR 417) – Canton
Southern terminus; northern terminus of I-575; northern terminus of SR 5 Business/SR 372; southern end of SR 5 concurrency
Jasper 2.4 3.9 SR 53 east / SR 108 (Waleska Highway) – Waleska, Tate, Reinhardt University, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Funk Heritage Center Southern end of SR 53 concurrency
7.0 11.3 SR 53 west / SR 53 Bus. south (West Church Street) – Fairmount, Jasper, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Historic Downtown Jasper Business District, Airport Northern end of SR 53 concurrency
SR 136 – Resaca, Talking Rock, Carters Lake interchange
Gilmer 19.7 31.7 SR 382 west
East Ellijay 24.9 40.1 US 76 west / SR 2 west / SR 282 west (First Avenue) to US 41 – Chatsworth, Historic Downtown Ellijay Southern end of US 76/SR 2 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 282
SR 52 – Fort Mountain State Park, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge interchange
Fannin Blue Ridge SR 5 north (West First Street) – Epworth, Downtown Blue Ridge north end of SR 5 overlap
45.1 72.6 SR 60 (Lakewood Highway) – Murphy, NC, Morganton
Union 55.9 90.0 SR 325 north (Nottely Dam Road) – Murphy, NC, Nottely Dam
Nottely River 61.9 99.6 Bridge
Blairsville 63.0 101.4 US 19 north / US 129 north / SR 11 north (Murphy Highway) – Murphy N.C. South end of US 19/US 129/SR 11 concurrency; former northern terminus of US 129 Truck/SR 11 Truck
63.5 102.2 Pat Haralson Memorial Drive – Union County Courthouse, Blairsville, Union General Hospital Interchange
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest US 19 south / US 129 south / SR 11 south (Glenn Gooch Bypass) – Cleveland, Brasstown Bald North end of US 19/US 129/SR 11 concurrency; former north end of US 129 Truck/SR 11 Truck concurrency
Towns Young Harris 71.6 115.2 SR 66 north (Murphy Street) Southern terminus of SR 66
75.0 120.7 US 76 east / SR 2 east / SR 17 south – Hiawassee Northern end of US 76/SR 2 concurrencies; southern end of SR 17 concurrency
76.0 122.3 SR 339 west (Crooked Creek Road) – Warne, NC Eastern terminus of SR 339
76.2 122.6 NC 69 north – Hayesville North Carolina state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1989). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1989–90 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1990). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1990–91 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Google (February 23, 2013). "Route of SR 515" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  5. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. May 8, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1920). System of State Aid Roads as Approved Representing 4800 Miles of State Aid Roads Outside the Limits of the Incorporated Towns (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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