Georgia State Route 59

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State Route 59 marker

State Route 59
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 32.3 mi[1] (52.0 km)
Major junctions
Southwest end:
US 441 / US 441 Bus. / SR 15 / SR 15 Alt. in Commerce
Northeast end: Lake Hartwell
Location
Counties: Jackson, Banks, Franklin, Hart
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
I‑59 SR 60

State Route 59 (SR 59) is a 32.3-mile-long (52.0 km) state highway that runs southwest-to-northeast through portions of Jackson, Banks, Franklin, and Hart counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The route connects Commerce with the northwestern shore of Lake Hartwell, via Carnesville and Lavonia. The highway closely parallels Interstate 85 (I-85).

Route description[edit]

SR 59 begins at an intersection with US 441/SR 15 (Homer Road) in the northeastern part of Commerce within Jackson County. This intersection also marks the northern terminus of US 441 Business/SR 15 Alternate, which take the Homer Road designation. South of here, US 441/SR 15 are known as Veterans Memorial Parkway. Almost immediately, SR 59 crosses into Banks County. The only major intersections in the county are with eastern terminus of SR 164 and the southern terminus of SR 63. In Franklin County, it intersects SR 51 before meeting the eastern terminus of SR 198. Less than 1 mile (1.6 km) later, it intersects SR 106, which runs concurrent into Carnesville. In town, SR 145 joins the concurrency for just over 1 mile (1.6 km). At the end of the concurrency, SR 59 splits off to continue its northeast routing. In Lavonia, it intersects SR 17, before meeting the northern terminus of SR 77 Connector. About 2 miles (3.2 km) later, the road crosses into Hart County. It intersects SR 77. It continues to the northeast and curves to the east to meet its northern terminus, along the northwestern shore of Lake Hartwell.[1]

History[edit]

Before the construction of Lake Hartwell, SR 59 continued into South Carolina as South Carolina Highway 59. With the I-85 bridge less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the old crossing, the states had no need to directly reconnect the roads. SR 59 is not concurrent with I-85 on either side of the lake and the two highways do not officially connect.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Jackson Commerce 0.0 0.0
US 441 / SR 15 (Veterans Memorial Parkway/Homer Road) / US 441 Bus. south / SR 15 Alt. south (Homer Road) – Athens, Cornelia
Southern terminus
Banks   3.9 6.3 SR 164 north – Homer Southern terminus of SR 164
Hudson River 4.9 7.9 Unnamed bridge Crossing over the Hudson River
  5.1 8.2 SR 63 north – Toccoa Southern terminus of SR 63
Franklin   11.7 18.8 SR 51 (Sandy Cross Road) – Homer, Sandy Cross
  14.2 22.9 SR 198 west – Unity Eastern terminus of SR 198
Middle Fork Broad River 15.0 24.1 Unnamed bridge Crossing over the Middle Fork Broad River
  16.0 25.7 SR 320 north – Toccoa Southern terminus of SR 320
Carnesville 16.4 26.4 SR 106 south (Athens Road) – Ila Southern end of SR 106 concurrency
16.8 27.0 SR 145 south (Hull Avenue) – Franklin Springs Southern end of SR 145 concurrency
18.2 29.3 SR 106 north / SR 145 Northern end of SR 106 & SR 145 concurrencies
North Fork Broad River 20.9 33.6 Unnamed bridge Crossing over the North Fork Broad River
Lavonia 26.3 42.3 SR 17 (Jones Street) – Royston, Toccoa
26.5 42.6 SR 77 Conn. south (Vickery Street) Northern terminus of SR 77 Connector
27.5 44.3 SR 328 north (Gumlog Road) – Avalon Southern terminus of SR 328
Hart   30.3 48.8 SR 77 (Providence Church Road/Whitworth Road) – Hartwell
Lake Hartwell 32.3 52.0 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (August 3, 2013). "Route of SR 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 

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