I-16 highlighted in red
|Maintained by GDOT|
|Length:||166.81 mi (268.45 km)|
|Existed:||1972 – present|
|West end:||I‑75 in Macon|
US 23 / US 129 Alt. / SR 87 near East Macon
US 319 / US 441 / SR 31 near Dublin
US 221 / SR 56 northeast of Soperton
US 1 / SR 4 / SR 46 in Oak Park
US 25 / US 301 / SR 73 near Register
US 280 / SR 30 southwest of Blitchton
I‑95 in Pooler
I‑516 / US 17 / US 80 / SR 21 / SR 25 in Savannah
US 17 / SR 404 Spur in Savannah
|East end:||Montgomery Street in Savannah|
|Counties:||Bibb, Twiggs, Bleckley, Laurens, Treutlen, Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch, Bryan, Effingham, Chatham|
Interstate 16 (I-16), also known as Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway is an east–west Interstate Highway located entirely within the U.S. state of Georgia. It carries the hidden designation of State Route 404 (SR 404) for its entire length. I-16 travels from downtown Macon, at I-75 to downtown Savannah at Montgomery Street (Exit 167B). I-16's unsigned designation of State Route 404 has a spur that is signed in Savannah.
I-16 serves as a hurricane evacuation route for Savannah and other coastal areas. The road is designed for contraflow travel with railroad-type gates to block most entrance and exit ramps for the normally eastbound lanes. Some ramps are ungated, apparently for entrance to and exit from the contraflow lanes. Just east of exit 42 is a crossover to return all westbound traffic to the westbound travel lanes.
The freeway begins at an intersection with I-75, just northwest of downtown Macon. The Interstate proceeds southeast, passing just east of the downtown area. Southeast of Macon, I-16 travels through Ocmulgee National Monument but without direct access. Visitors need to first exit at the US 80/SR 87 (Coliseum Drive) exit. Leaving Macon behind, I-16 proceeds east-southeast across the flat, rural portion of Central Georgia, bypassing the cities of Jeffersonville, Danville, and Dudley en route to Dublin, the largest city directly on the route between Macon and Savannah, where it intersects US 319 and US 441. Leaving Dublin behind, the Interstate bypasses the cities of Soperton and Metter en route to US 25 and US 301, which lead north to Statesboro and south to Claxton. Following this exit, the Interstate encounters another 45 miles (72 km) of rural terrain en route to Savannah. The first highway met in the western suburbs of Savannah is I-95, followed by the Interstate's only spur route, I-516, which leads north to Garden City and south to Savannah's downtown area. The freeway then goes through the western portion of downtown Savannah, ending at Montgomery Street, which leads to downtown Savannah proper.
I-16's only two rest areas are between exits 42 and 49 near Dudley.
Until 2000, the state of Georgia used the sequential interchange numbering system on all of its Interstate Highways. The first exit on each highway would begin with the number "1" and increase numerically with each exit. In 2000, the Georgia Department of Transportation switched to a mileage-based exit system, in which the exit number corresponded to the nearest milepost.
In 2001 the Georgia Legislature passed a resolution, to designate the Earl T. Shinhoster Interchange at the interchange with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Savannah in honor of Earl Shinhoster, who was a Black civil rights activist. This interchange is located in the economic and cultural center for Black Savannah.
In 2003, the Georgia Legislature passed a resolution to designate I-16 in honor of James L. Gillis, Sr., a Democrat who served as a State Representative, State Senator and Director of the Georgia Department of Transportation, as the Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway. Gillis' sons, Hugh and James, Jr., also served as Democratic state legislators. Hugh was a Representative from 1941 to 1953 and a State Senator from 1953 to 1955 and from 1963 to 2005. James, Jr. was a State Senator from 1945 to 1946.
||This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.|
|County||Location||mi||km||Old exit||New exit||Destinations||Notes|
|Bibb||Macon||0.0||0.0||1||1||I‑75 (SR 401) – Atlanta, Valdosta||Exit 1 is for 75 south; western terminus; Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-75 exit 165.|
|0.7||1.1||2||1A||US 23 / US 129 / SR 49 (Spring Street, SR 11/SR 19) – Milledgeville||No westbound exit or eastbound entrance from southbound Spring Street|
|1.0||1.6||3||1B||SR 22 (Second Street) to US 129 / SR 49 – Macon||Westbound exit only|
|1.3||2.1||4||2||US 80 / SR 87 (Coliseum Drive, ML King Jr. Boulevard)|
US 23 / US 129 Alt. (Ocmulgee East Boulevard, Golden Isles Highway, SR 87)
|Twiggs||||11.3||18.2||6||12||Sgoda Road – Huber|
|||17.4||28.0||7||18||Bullard Road – Jeffersonville|
|||23.1||37.2||8||24||SR 96 – Jeffersonville, Tarversville|
|||26.8||43.1||9||27||SR 358 – Danville|
|Bleckley||||31.6||50.9||10||32||SR 112 – Allentown, Montrose|
|Laurens||||38.4||61.8||11||39||SR 26 – Cochran, Montrose|
|Dudley||40.9||65.8||12||42||SR 338 – Dexter, Dudley|
|||47.7||76.8||13||49||SR 257 – Dublin, Dexter|
|||50.3||81.0||14||51||US 319 / US 441 – Dublin, McRae|
|||52.6||84.7||15||54||SR 19 – East Dublin, Dublin|
|||57.4||92.4||16||58||SR 199 (Old River Road) – Lothair, East Dublin|
|Treutlen||||65.9||106.1||17||67||SR 29 – Vidalia, Soperton|
|||70.1||112.8||18||71||SR 15 / SR 78 – Soperton, Adrian|
|||76.5||123.1||19||78||US 221 / SR 56 – Swainsboro, Soperton|
|||83.0||133.6||20||84||SR 297 – Vidalia|
|Emanuel||Oak Park||88.1||141.8||21||90||US 1 – Swainsboro, Lyons|
|Candler||||96.7||155.6||22||98||SR 57 – Reidsville, Swainsboro, Stillmore|
|Metter||102.5||165.0||23||104||SR 23 / SR 121 – Metter, Reidsville|
|Bulloch||||114.9||184.9||25||116||US 25 / US 301 (SR 73) – Statesboro, Claxton|
|||125.0||201.2||26||127||SR 67 – Pembroke, Fort Stewart, Statesboro|
|||27||132||Ash Branch Church Road|
|||28||137||SR 119 – Springfield, Pembroke, Fort Stewart|
|Bryan||Ellabell||29||143||US 280 (SR 30) to US 80 (SR 26) – Pembroke|
|Truck weigh stations|
|Effingham||||30||148||To US 80 (SR 26) / Old River Road|
|Chatham||Bloomingdale||31||152||SR 17 (Bloomingdale Road) – Bloomingdale|
|Pooler||155||Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Pooler|
|32||157||I‑95 (SR 405) – Brunswick, Jacksonville, Florence, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport||Signed as exits 157A (south) & 157B (north); I-95 exits 99A-B; cloverleaf interchange.|
|Garden City||33||160||SR 307 (Dean Forest Road)|
|34A||164A||I‑516 east / US 17 south / US 80 east / SR 21 south (Lynes Parkway, SR 25 south/SR 26 east/SR 421 east)||West end of US 17 overlap; I-516 exit 5.|
|34B||164B||I‑516 west / US 80 / SR 21 west / SR 25 north (Lynes Parkway, SR 26 west/SR 421 west) – Garden City||I-516 exit 5.|
|35||165||SR 204 (37th Street, Abercorn Street)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|36||166||US 17 north / SR 404 Spur / Gwinnett Street, Louisville Road - Charleston||East end of US 17 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; old US 17 Alt.|
|37A||167A||M. L. King Jr. Boulevard, Gaston Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; Earl T. Shinhoster Interchange; old US 17S|
|167||269||37B||167B||Montgomery Street – Savannah Civic Center, Downtown Savannah||Eastern Terminus; Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; old US 17N|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Auxiliary route of SR 404
|Location:||Savannah – South Carolina state line|
|Length:||3.07 mi (4.94 km)|
State Route 404 Spur (SR 404 Spur) is a 3.07-mile-long (4.94 km) spur route that travels from I-16 exit 166 northward along US 17 to the South Carolina state line. As its number suggests, it is a spur from SR 404, the unsigned route that is designated along the full length of I-16. At the northern end is the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
Auxiliary route of Interstate 16
|Location:||Garden City–Savannah, Georgia|
Interstate 516 (I-516) is a 6.49-mile-long (10.44 km) auxiliary route from Garden City to DeRenne Avenue in Savannah, Georgia. It is also known as W.F. Lynes Parkway, and has an unsigned designation State Route 421.
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