Georgia State Route 72

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State Route 72 marker

State Route 72
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 46.7 mi[1] (75.2 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 29 / SR 8 in Athens
East end: SC 72 at the South Carolina state line southwest of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Counties: Clarke, Madison, Elbert
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 71 SR 73

State Route 72 (SR 72) is a 46.7-mile-long (75.2 km) state highway that runs west-to-east through portions of Clarke, Madison, and Elbert counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The route connects the Athens area with the South Carolina state line, southwest of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, via Comer and Elberton.

Route description[edit]

SR 72 begins at an intersection with US 29/SR 8 (Old Monroe Road) in the northeastern part of Athens, on the northern edge of Athens Technical College, in Clarke County. It travels to the northeast, crossing into Madison County and passes through the towns of Hull and Colbert, and meets the western terminus of SR 172, just northeast of Colbert. Just before entering Comer, the route crosses over the South Fork Broad River. In town, it intersects the eastern terminus of SR 98 (Gholston Street) and the northern terminus of SR 22 (Main Street). SR 72 departs Comer, passing northeast of Watson Mill Bridge State Park, before crossing through Carlton. It heads northeast, crossing over the Broad River into Elbert County. It continues northeast toward Elberton. Just before entering town, it begins a concurrency with SR 17 (Bowman Highway). In town, it intersects SR 77 (Oliver Street). On the southeastern edge of town, SR 17 splits off to the southeast onto Elbert Street, while SR 72 heads east-southeast. It passes through rural areas of the county, and intersects the northern terminus of SR 79 (Lincolnton Highway), and meets its eastern terminus. At the South Carolina line, it crosses over Richard B. Russell Lake. There, the roadway continues to the northwest, toward Calhoun Falls, as South Carolina Highway 72.[1]

All of SR 72 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2][3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Clarke Athens 0.0 0.0 US 29 / SR 8 (Old Monroe Road) – Danielsville, Downtown Athens Western terminus
Madison 9.5 15.3 SR 172 east – Bowman Western terminus of SR 172
11.6 18.7 South Fork Broad River
Comer 13.3 21.4 SR 98 west (Gholston Street) – Danielsville Eastern terminus of SR 98
13.4 21.6 SR 22 west (Main Street) – Lexington Northern terminus of SR 22
Broad River 22.0 35.4 Madison–Elbert county line
Elbert 30.2 48.6 SR 17 north (Bowman Highway) – Bowman Western end of SR 17 concurrency
Elberton 31.6 50.9 SR 77 (Oliver Street) – Lexington, Hartwell
33.6 54.1 SR 17 south (Elbert Street) – Washington Eastern end of SR 17 concurrency
42.1 67.8 SR 79 south (Lincolnton Highway) – Lincolnton Northern terminus of SR 79
Richard B. Russell Lake 46.73 75.20 South Carolina state line
SC 72 east – Calhoun Falls Continuation beyond South Carolina state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Google (July 28, 2013). "Route of SR 72" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Highway System: Athens-Clarke County, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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