Georgia State Route 96

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State Route 96 marker

State Route 96
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length94.9 mi[1] (152.7 km)
Major junctions
West end US 80 / SR 22 / SR 41 / SR 540 in Geneva
 
East end US 441 / SR 29 near Irwinton
Location
CountiesTalbot, Taylor, Crawford, Peach, Houston, Twiggs, Wilkinson
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 95SR 97

State Route 96 (SR 96) is a 94.9-mile-long (152.7 km) state highway that travels west-to-east through portions of Talbot, Taylor, Crawford, Peach, Houston, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties in the west-central and central parts of the U.S. state of Georgia. The highway travels from its western terminus at US 80/SR 22/SR 41/SR 540 in Geneva to its eastern terminus at US 441/SR 29 south-southeast of Irwinton.

The portion from Geneva to a point west of Fort Valley is part of the Fall Line Freeway, a long-distance route for commercial vehicles that travels from Columbus to Augusta. This segment may also be included as part of the proposed eastern extension of Interstate 14 (I-14), an Interstate Highway that is currently entirely in Central Texas and may eventually end in Augusta.

Route description[edit]

Talbot County[edit]

SR 96 begins at an intersection with US 80/SR 22/SR 41/SR 540 (Geneva Highway / Fall Line Freeway) in the central part of Geneva, which is located in the south-central portion of Talbot County. At this intersection, SR 96 begins a concurrency with SR 540 and the FLF. They travel to the northeast, paralleling some railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), and immediately intersect the western terminus of SR 240. They curve to the east-southeast and leave the city limits of Geneva. They meet a former portion of SR 96. They wind through rural areas of the county and curve to the east-southeast. SR 90 then joins the concurrency just before they cross over the NS rail line. The highways curve to the south-southeast and meet another former portion of SR 96. SR 90, SR 96, SR 540, and the FLF cross over Black Creek before curving to the east-southeast. It then enters the southwestern portion of Junction City. They intersect Old Mauk Road, which leads to the main part of the city. They curve back to the east-northeast and cross over some railroad tracks of CSX. Almost immediately, they begin a curve to the southeast. They intersect the southern terminus of Buckner Road, a former portion of SR 96. At this intersection, SR 90 departs to the south. The other highways curve to the east-southeast and enter the west-central portion of Taylor County.

Taylor County[edit]

SR 96, SR 540, and the FLF travel just north of Carl Brown Lake at a point southwest of Howard. They meet a former portion of SR 96 before intersecting the western terminus of Brown Road, which leads to the main part of the community. Then, they meet Watson Road, which also leads to the main part of Howard. Here, they enter the southern part of the community. Immediately, they curve to the southeast and then leave Howard. They curve to the east-northeast and intersect the eastern terminus of Brown Road, which is a former portion of SR 96. They skirt along the southern edge of the Fall Line Sandhills Natural Area. An intersection with the western terminus of Industry Road leads to the Fall Line Sandhills East Wildlife Management Area. They begin a curve to the south-southeast and intersect the western terminus of a former portion of SR 96. Then, they meet SR 137 (Charing Road) before they curve back to the east-southeast. Just before an intersection with the northern terminus of Payne Farm Road and the southern terminus of Tower Street, they enter the far southern part of Butler. They intersect US 19/SR 3 (South Broad Street) before beginning a gradual curve to the northeast and leaving Butler. They curve to the east-northeast and intersect the eastern terminus of the former portion of SR 96 encountered on the western side of the city. The highways wind their way through rural areas of the country and enter the western part of Reynolds just west of an intersection with the southern terminus of Hicks Road. They travel to the east-southeast and intersect the western terminus of West William Wainwright Street, a former portion of SR 96. Just west of Sumter Street, they curve to the east. One block later, an intersection with Crawford Street leads to the U.S. Post Office for the town. Another block later, they intersect SR 128 (Winston Street). This intersection is also the eastern terminus of the former portion of SR 96 encountered near the western end of the town. At the intersection with Collins Street, they begin a curve to the east-northeast. The highways leave Reynolds and curve back to the east-southeast. After curving to the southeast, they cross over an unnamed creek on the Ward Edwards Bridge. Then, they cross over Black Bottom Creek. After a curve back to the east-northeast, they cross over the Flint River on a bridge that is also named Ward Edwards Bridge. At this crossing, they enter the southern portion of Crawford County.

Crawford and Peach counties[edit]

SR 96, SR 540, and the FLF curve to the east-southeast and then curve to the northeast. They travel through rural areas of the county and then on a bridge over railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway. They begin a curve back to the east-northeast and then enter the southwestern part of Peach County. They encounter no intersections before entering the southeastern part of Crawford County. Immediately, they intersect Aldridge Street, the only intersection in this portion of Crawford County. After re-entering the southwestern portion of Peach County, they curve to the northeast and intersect the southern terminus of SR 49 Conn. Here, SR 96 splits off to the southeast, while SR 540 and the FLF take SR 49 Conn. to the north-northeast. SR 96 travels to the southeast and then curves to the due east. It slightly bends to the east-southeast and then enters the western part of Fort Valley. Just past William Drive, it curves to the east-northeast. Just past Westview Drive, it curves back to the east. At an intersection with Anderson Avenue, the highway begins a curve to the east-southeast. Then, it intersects US 341/SR 7/SR 49. Here, US 341/SR 7 and SR 96 begin a brief concurrency to the south-southeast. When SR 96 splits off, it travels to the southeast. Almost immediately, it crosses over some railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway on the Gamaliel Hilson Memorial Overpass. Just pass this bridge is an intersection with the eastern terminus of SR 7 Conn. (Commercial Heights Parkway). At this intersection, SR 96 turns to the left and heads in an easterly direction. The highway travels through a residential area and then leaves the main part of the city. It curves to the east-northeast and crosses over Bay Creek. After winding back to the east, it travels through the unincorporated community of Miami Valley. It curves to the east-southeast and travels just south of Housers Millpond. It crosses over Mossy Creek and curves back to the east. It then has an interchange with Interstate 75 (I-75). It continues to the east and leaves the city limits of Fort Valley and enters the northwestern part of Houston County.

Houston, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties[edit]

Immediately, SR 96 has an intersection with US 41/SR 11. It curves to the northeast and enters the southern part of Warner Robins. It curves back to the east and passes Houston County High School. After leaving Warner Robins, it winds its way to the east-southeast. It has an interchange with US 129/SR 247 (General Robert L. Scott Highway) in the far northern part of Bonaire. The highway passes the Waterford Golf Club. It then crosses over the Ocmulgee River on The Mark Fitzpatrick M. Quinean Bridge and enters Twiggs County. SR 96 crosses over Savage Creek on the Gen. Ezekiel Wimberly Memorial Bridge. It then crosses over some railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway. It curves to the east-northeast and enters Tarversville, where it intersects US 23/US 129 Alt./SR 87. The highway curves to the northeast. After a curve back to the east-northeast, it travels just north of Faulk Lake. It curves back to the northeast and intersects the western terminus of SR 358 (Homer Chance Highway). It curves to a northerly direction and crosses over Richland Creek before an interchange with I-16. The highway heads to the north-northeast and enters the southern part of Jeffersonville. curves back to the northeast before crossing over Turkey Creek. It has an intersection with US 80/SR 19 and the eastern terminus of SR 18 (Magnolia Street). Here, SR 96 turns right and follows US 80/SR 19 to the southeast. Two blocks later, SR 96 splits off by turning left onto Church Street and travels to the northeast. Immediately, it crosses over some railroad tracks of CSX and passes a building housing the city hall. A few blocks later, it turns right onto Main Street and travels to the southeast. After curving to the east-northeast, the highway leaves the city limits of Jeffersonville. It curves to the east-southeast and enters the southwestern part of Wilkinson County. SR 96 curves to the northeast and travels through the unincorporated community of New Providence. It then winds its way through rural areas of the county until it meets its eastern terminus, an intersection with US 441/SR 29 at a point south-southeast of Irwinton.

National Highway System[edit]

The following portions of SR 96 are part of the National Highway System (NHS), a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility, and defense:

  • From its western terminus to an intersection with the western terminus of Columbus Road, west-northwest of the central part of Butler[2]
  • From the eastern terminus of East Main Street, east of Butler, to the interchange with I-16, south-southeast of Jeffersonville[2][3]

While SR 96 between Columbus Road and East Main Street is not part of the NHS, these two streets that make up a former portion of SR 96, are.[2]

Future[edit]

The Fall Line Freeway, which begins from Columbus along US 80/SR 22, is planned to follow SR 96 from Geneva to Fort Valley, where the freeway will then follow SR 49 and SR 49 Connector to Byron, where it will then follow to Macon on Interstate 75 (I-75). This is also part of the route envisioned for the yet-to-be-constructed I-14 that will stretch from Louisiana or Mississippi to either Georgia or South Carolina.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
TalbotGeneva0.00.0 US 80 west / SR 22 west / SR 41 south / SR 540 west (Fall Line Freeway) – Buena Vista
US 80 east / SR 22 east / SR 41 north (Geneva Highway) – Talbotton
Western end of SR 540 and Fall Line Freeway (FLF) concurrency; western terminus
0.20.32 SR 240 east – Five PointsWestern terminus of SR 240
0.71.1Old Highway 96 eastWestern terminus of Old Highway 96; former SR 96 east
1.21.9Old Highway 96 westEastern terminus of Old Highway 96; former SR 96 west
5.18.2 SR 90 west – TalbottonWestern end of SR 90 concurrency
5.58.9Old SR 96 east – Junction CityWestern terminus of Old SR 96; former SR 96 east
Junction City7.111.4 SR 90 east / Buckner Road north – Mauk, Junction City, Fall Line Sandhills West Wildlife Management AreaEastern end of SR 90 concurrency; southern terminus of Buckner Road, which is former SR 96 west.
Taylor10.016.1Unnamed road eastWestern terminus of unnamed road; former SR 96 east
12.720.4Brown Road westEastern terminus of Brown Road; former SR 96 west
17.928.8Old 96 Road east (Columbus Road east) – Taylor County Industrial ParkWestern terminus of Old 96 Road (Columbus Road); former SR 96 east
18.930.4 SR 137 (Charing Road) – Tazewell, Butler
Butler20.332.7 US 19 / SR 3 (South Broad Street) – Ellaville, Americus, Butler, Thomaston, Business district
22.836.7Old S.R. 96 west (East Main Street west)Eastern terminus of Old S.R. 96 (East Main Street); former SR 96 west
Reynolds28.946.5West William Wainwright Street eastWestern terminus of West William Wainwright Street; former SR 96 east
29.447.3 SR 128 (Winston Street) – Oglethorpe, RobertaFormer SR 96 west
Flint River34.4–
34.5
55.4–
55.5
Ward Edwards Bridge
Crawford
No major junctions
Peach
No major junctions
Crawford
No major junctions
Peach39.162.9 SR 49 Conn. east / SR 540 east (Fall Line Freeway) – Byron, RobertaEastern end of SR 540 and FLF concurrencies; western terminus of SR 49 Conn.
Fort Valley42.468.2 US 341 north (SR 7 north) / SR 49 – Roberta, Byron, Montezuma, The Andersonville TrailWestern end of US 341/SR 7 concurrency; SR 49 north provides access to Navicent Health Medical Center of Peach County, located in Byron.
42.668.6 US 341 south (SR 7 south) – PerryEastern end of US 341/SR 7 concurrency
42.7–
42.7
68.7–
68.7
Gamaliel Hilson Memorial OverpassCrossing over railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway
42.868.9 SR 7 Conn. west (Commercial Heights Parkway) – Massee Lane GardensEastern terminus of SR 7 Conn.
50.8–
51.0
81.8–
82.1
I-75 (SR 401) – Valdosta, MaconI-75 exit 142; provides access to Navicent Health Medical Center of Peach County, located in Byron
Houston52.384.2 US 41 / SR 11 – Perry, Macon
Bonaire59.8–
60.1
96.2–
96.7
US 129 / SR 247 (General Robert L. Scott Highway) – Hawkinsville, Warner Robins, Bonaire, Museum of AviationInterchange
Ocmulgee River63.4–
63.5
102.0–
102.2
The Mark Fitzpatrick M. Quinean Bridge
Twiggs64.4–
64.4
103.6–
103.6
Gen. Ezekiel Wimberly Memorial BridgeCrossing over Savage Creek
69.1111.2 US 23 / US 129 Alt. / SR 87 – Cochran, Macon
74.3119.6 SR 358 east (Homer Chance Highway) – DanvilleWestern terminus of SR 358
76.5123.1 I-16 east (Jim L. Gillis Highway east / SR 404 east) – SavannahI-16 east exit 24
76.6–
76.6
123.3–
123.3
Deputy Richard Daniels Memorial Bridge; crossing over I-16 (Jim L. Gillis Highway / SR 404)
76.6123.3 I-16 west (Jim L. Gillis Highway west / SR 404 west) – MaconI-16 west exit 24
Jeffersonville81.6131.3 US 80 west / SR 19 north – Macon
SR 18 west (Magnolia Street)
Western end of US 80/SR 19 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 18
81.8131.6 US 80 east / SR 19 south / Church Street southEastern end of US 80/SR 19 concurrency
Wilkinson94.9152.7 US 441 / SR 29 – Dublin, East Dublin, McRae, Irwinton, McIntyreEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (January 22, 2020). "Overview map of SR 96 (Geneva to near Butler)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
    Google (January 22, 2020). "Overview map of SR 96 (near Butler to Fort Valley)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
    Google (January 22, 2020). "Overview map of SR 96 (Fort Valley to Bonaire)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
    Google (January 22, 2020). "Overview map of SR 96 (Bonaire to near Jeffersonville)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
    Google (January 22, 2020). "Overview map of SR 96 (near Jeffersonville to near Irwinton)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c National Highway System: Georgia (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 8, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  3. ^ National Highway System: Warner Robins, GA (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 9, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2020.

External links[edit]

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