Georgia State Route 15

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State Route 15 marker

State Route 15
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 346.0 mi[1] (556.8 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 1 / US 23 / US 301 / SR 15 and SR 4 at Florida state line near Folkston
 
North end: US 23 / US 441 at the North Carolina state line in Dillard
Location
Counties: Charlton, Brantley, Pierce, Appling, Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Johnson, Washington, Hancock, Greene, Oconee, Clarke, Jackson, Banks, Habersham, Rabun
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 14 I‑16

State Route 15 (SR 15) is a 346-mile-long (557 km) state highway that travels south-to-north across the entire length of the U.S. state of Georgia, east of its centerline. It connects the Florida state line, south-southeast of Folkston with the North Carolina state line, in Dillard, via Folkston, Vidalia, Sandersville, Athens, Demorest, and Clayton.

Route description[edit]

SR 15 enters Georgia just south of Folkston as a four-lane highway, along with US 1, US 23, US 301, and SR 4. In Homeland, US 301 branches off to the north while the other four routes plus SR 121, head northwest. After about 10 miles (16 km), SR 15 and SR 121 also branch off from US 1/US 23/SR 4, as a two-lane highway, crossing US 82/SR 520 (South Georgia Parkway) in Hoboken. The two state routes continue northwest through Blackshear, where they cross US 84/SR 38. After that, the two state routes continue to stay together, heading north through the community of Bristol. Soon after, SR 121 branches off to the north while SR 15 heads northwest to rejoin US 1 and SR 4 at Baxley. North of Baxley, the three highways continue, remaining a four-lane highway all the way to the Altamaha River. Approximately 10 miles (16 km) past the river crossing, SR 15 branches off to the northwest again, where SR 29 begins and follows SR 15. At Vidalia, SR 15 and SR 29 turn west and follow US 280/SR 30 for several miles to the community of Higgston. The two highways head north from there through the community of Tarrytown and then on to Soperton. SR 29 heads northwest of Soperton while SR 15, along with SR 78, continues north, reaching an interchange with I-16, and goes to Adrian. The two state routes continue northwest to Wrightsville, where SR 78 departs eastward. SR 15 continues by itself through the adjacent cities of Tennille and Sandersville. Through these cites, most of SR 15 has been widened to four lanes, and it briefly picks up SR 24. North of Sandersville, SR 15 crosses the Fall Line Freeway and then heads north through the community of Warthen and onto Sparta. Through Sparta, SR 15 makes a few turns, briefly picking up SR 16 and SR 22. North of Sparta, it picks up SR 77, and continues north through White Plains and Siloam. At Siloam, SR 15 has an interchange with I-20. SR 77 departs to the north while SR 15 continues northwest to Greensboro, passing beneath I-20, but without direct access. In Greensboro, SR 15 makes two more turns, briefly following US 278/SR 12 through downtown. SR 15 continues northwest to Watkinsville, after which it joins US 129/US 441. It travels together with US 441 as a mostly four-lane highway throughout the rest of their course in Georgia.

The three highways, along with several others, circle around the east side of Athens along the SR 10 Loop (Athens Perimeter Highway) and head north through the town of Nicholson and around the east side of Commerce via a bypass. The highways then have an interchange with I-85, and head between the towns of Baldwin and Cornelia, where they become a limited access freeway for a short time and rejoin US 23. The three highways remain together and head through the cities of Tallulah Falls, Clayton, and Dillard before crossing into North Carolina.

The entire length of SR 15 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2][3]

History[edit]

Old SR 15 signage along Lumpkin Street at the intersection of Milledge Avenue, which is now SR 15 Alt.

In Athens, SR 15 has followed several routes prior to its current alignment with SR 10 Loop. It originally was aligned with US 129 along Milledge and Prince Avenue to make its way to Jefferson. SR 24 was paired with US 441 along the current route of SR 15 between Athens and Commerce.[4] It followed this route until both US 441 and US 129 were paired with SR 10 Loop, but had an alternate routing along Lumpkin Street and what is now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. When the main route was shifted to the bypass, this alternate route took the place of the original, eventually pairing with US 129 to Jefferson, while the main route now replaced SR 24 along US 441 from Watkinsville to Commerce.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Charlton 0.0 0.0 US 1 south / US 23 south / US 301 south (SR 15) – Hilliard, Jacksonville
SR 4 begins
Florida state line; southern terminus of SR 4 and SR 15; south end of US 1/US 23/SR 4 and US 301 concurrencies
Folkston SR 40 east (Main Street) to I‑95 – Kingsland Western terminus of SR 40
Love Street Former SR 252 east
SR 23 south / SR 121 south – St. George South end of SR 23 and SR 121 concurrencies
SR 40 Conn. east (Cross Street) – Kingsland, White Oak, D. Ray James Prison Western terminus of SR 40 Conn.
Homeland US 301 north / SR 23 north – Nahunta, Jesup North end of US 301 and SR 23 concurrencies
Racepond US 1 north / US 23 north / SR 4 north – Waycross North end of US 1/US 23/SR 4 concurrency
Brantley Hoboken US 82 / SR 520 (Main Street) – Waycross, Nahunta, Laura S. Walker State Park
Pierce Blackshear US 84 / SR 38 – Waycross, Patterson
SR 203 north (Strickland Avenue) – Alma Southern terminus of SR 203
Bristol SR 32 – Alma, Patterson
Appling SR 121 north – Surrency North end of SR 121 concurrency
SR 203 – Alma, Jesup
Baxley US 1 south / SR 4 south – Airport South end of US 1/SR 4 concurrency
US 341 / SR 27 (Parker Street) – Hazlehurst, Jesup
North Main Street – Glennville Former SR 144 east
Toombs English Eddy SR 147 east – Reidsville Western terminus of SR 147
Toombs Central SR 56 – Uvalda, Reidsville
South Thompson US 1 north / SR 4 north – Lyons Southern terminus of SR 29; north end of US 1/SR 4 concurrency; south end of SR 29 concurrency
Vidalia US 280 east (1st Street) / SR 30 east South end of US 280/SR 30 concurrency
SR 130 (Adams Street) – Uvalda
Montgomery Higgston US 280 west / SR 30 west / SR 135 south (James Street) – Mount Vernon, Uvalda North end of US 280/SR 30 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 135
SR 292 east – Vidalia, Lyons Western terminus of SR 292
Kibbee Ailey Former SR 227 south
Treutlen Soperton US 221 south / SR 56 south (Second Street) / SR 29 north (Main Street) to I‑16 – Dublin, Mount Vernon North end of SR 29 concurrency; south end of US 221/SR 56 concurrency
US 221 north / SR 56 north (North Second Street) / SR 78 south (Louisiana Avenue) – Swainsboro, Metter North end of US 221/SR 56 concurrency, south end of SR 78 concurrency
SR 46 (Metter Road) – Eastman, Metter
I‑16 (SR 404) – Macon, Savannah I-16 exit 71
Blackville SR 86 – East Dublin, Oak Park
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Adrian US 80 / SR 26 (Main Street) – East Dublin, Swainsboro
Johnson Wrightsville SR 57 east (East College Street) – Kite, Swainsboro South end of SR 57 concurrency
US 319 / SR 31 south / SR 78 north (Elm Street) – Dublin, Wadley, Bartow, Midville, East Dublin Northern terminus of SR 31, north end of SR 78 concurrency
SR 57 west (Trilby Street) – Irwinton, Macon North end of SR 57 concurrency
Washington SR 231 north – Harrison Southern terminus of SR 231
Tennille SR 68 west – Oconee, Irwinton South end of SR 68 concurrency
SR 68 east (South Central Avenue) – Milledgeville, Macon North end of SR 68 concurrency
Sandersville SR 242 east – Bartow South end of SR 242 concurrency
SR 242 west (West Church Street) – Milledgeville North end of SR 242 concurrency; former SR 24 west
East McCarty Street – Louisville, Davisboro Former SR 24 east
SR 24 (Fall Line Freeway) – Milledgeville, Wrens, Augusta
Warthen SR 102 east – Mitchell, Gibson Western terminus of SR 102
Hancock Sparta SR 16 east (Augusta Highway) – Warrenton South end of SR 16 concurrency
SR 22 west (Broad Street) – Milledgeville South end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 16 west – Eatonton North end of SR 16 concurrency
SR 22 east (Springfield Road) – Crawfordville, Lexington North end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 77 south (Davis Road) – Eatonton South end of SR 77 concurrency
Greene Siloam SR 77 north (Siloam Union Point Road) to I‑20 – Union Point North end of SR 77 concurrency
Greensboro US 278 east / SR 12 east / SR 44 east (East Broad Street) – Union Point, Washington, Augusta, Airport South end of US 278/SR 12 and SR 44 concurrencies
SR 44 west (Main Street) to I‑20 – Eatonton North end of SR 44 concurrency
US 278 west / SR 12 west (West Broad Street) – Madison, Atlanta North end of US 278/SR 12 concurrency
Oconee Watkinsville US 129 Bus. south / US 441 Bus. south / SR 24 Bus. south (Macon Highway) – Madison South end of US 129 Bus./US 441 Bus./SR 24 Bus. concurrency
SR 53 west (Experiment Station Road) – Winder Eastern terminus of SR 53
US 129 south / US 441 south / SR 24 south – Madison Northern terminus of US 129 Bus., US 441 Bus., SR 24 Bus., and SR 24; south end of US 129/US 441 concurrency
Clarke Athens US 29 south / US 78 west / SR 8 west / SR 10 Loop inner (SR 422 inner) to SR 316 / Timothy Road South end of US 29/SR 8, US 78, and SR 10 Loop concurrencies; SR 15 south follows exit 4A
6 SR 15 Alt. north (Milledge Avenue) – State Botanical Garden, University of Georgia Health Center Southern terminus of SR 15 Alt.
7 College Station Road – University of Georgia, UGA Visitors Center, University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
8 US 78 east / US 78 Bus. west / SR 10 (Oconee Street / Lexington Road) – Lexington, Washington, Airport, Downtown Athens Eastern terminus of US 78 Bus.; north end of US 78 concurrency
Peter Street / Olympic Drive Interchange
10A Old Hull Road
10D US 29 north (SR 8 east) – Danielsville, Hartwell North end of US 29/SR 8 concurrency; no exit number northbound; SR 15 follows exit 10B (northbound) and 10C (southbound)
11 North Avenue / Danielsville Road – Downtown Athens, Classic Center Welcome Center Signed as exits 11A (Danielsville Road) and 11B (North Avenue) southbound
US 129 north / SR 10 Loop outer (SR 422 outer) / Dr. M.L. King Parkway – Winder, Athens, Sandy Creek Park and Nature Center North end of US 129 and SR 10 Loop concurrencies; SR 15 north follows exit 12
Jackson SR 334 north Southern terminus of SR 334
Nicholson SR 335 west – Jefferson Eastern terminus of SR 335
Commerce US 441 Bus. north / SR 334 – Commerce, Commerce Historic District Southern terminus of US 441 Bus.
SR 98 (Ila Road) – Commerce, Danielsville
SR 326 – Commerce
US 441 Bus. south / SR 15 Alt. south (Homer Road) / SR 59 north – Commerce, Carnesville Northern terminus of US 441 Bus.
Mount Olive Road Former SR 59 south
Banks I‑85 (SR 403) – Atlanta, Greenville I-85 exit 149
SR 164 east – Carnesville South end of SR 164 concurrency
SR 164 west (Historic Homer Highway) – Homer North end of SR 164 concurrency
SR 51 – Homer, Royston
SR 198 east – Carnesville
SR 105 south South end of SR 105 concurrency
Habersham Baldwin US 441 Bus. north / SR 105 north (Willingham Avenue) – Baldwin, Cornelia Southern terminus of US 441 Bus., north end of SR 105 concurrency
Cornelia SR 15 Conn. west (Level Grove Road) to SR 365 south – Gainesville, Cornelia
US 23 south / SR 365 south – Gainesville, Atlanta Interchange; south end of US 23 and SR 365 concurrencies; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Cornelia US 441 Bus. / SR 105 / SR 385 north – Clarkesville, Demorest, Cornelia Interchange; southern terminus of SR 385
SR 197 north – Mount Airy, Clarkesville Interchange; southern terminus of SR 197
US 123 north / SR 17 south / SR 365 north – Toccoa, Lavonia Interchange; southern terminus of US 123, north end of SR 365 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance
SR 17 to US 123 north / SR 365 north – Clarkesville, Helen, Toccoa, Lavonia
Hollywood US 441 Bus. south / SR 17 Alt. south / SR 385 (Talmadge Drive) – Clarkesville, Hollywood, Toccoa, Helen, North Georgia Technical College Northern terminus of US 441 Bus./SR 385
Tallulah Falls SR 15 Loop north (Old US 441) – Tallulah Falls Scenic Overlook Southern terminus of SR 15 Loop
SR 15 Loop south (Old US 441) – Tallulah Falls Scenic Overlook, Tallulah Gorge overlook Northern terminus of SR 15 Loop
Rabun Clayton US 76 east / SR 2 east – Westminster, Kingwood Conference Center South end of US 76/SR 2 concurrency
US 76 west / SR 2 west (East Savannah Street) – Hiawassee, Warwoman WMA North end of US 76/SR 2 concurrency
Dillard SR 246 east – Sky Valley, Highlands N.C. Western terminus of SR 246
US 23 north / US 441 north – Franklin North Carolina state line; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Athens–Commerce alternate route[edit]

State Route 15 Alternate
Location: AthensCommerce
Length: 31.6 mi[6] (50.9 km)

State Route 15 Alternate (SR 15 Alt.) is a 31.7-mile long (51.0 km) alternate route of SR 15. It consists of a series of streets, roads, and highways that form a south-to-north-oriented highway in Clarke and Jackson counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. SR 15 Alt.'s southern terminus is in Athens at the interchange of Milledge Avenue and US 29/US 78/US 129/US 441/SR 8/SR 10 Loop/SR 15 (Athens Perimeter Highway) and Macon Highway. The segment along Milledge Avenue winds by the campus of the University of Georgia. This street features stately homes and mansions, some of which house college fraternities and sororities. SR 15 Alt. follows Prince Avenue northwest after the northern end of Milledge Avenue. As SR 15 Alt. leaves Athens, it becomes concurrent with US 129, where it is known as Jefferson Road. Upon entering Jefferson, SR 15 Alt. splits from US 129 and becomes an independent route. Its northern terminus is north of the city of Commerce at its intersection with US 441 (sometimes referred to as the Commerce Bypass) and SR 59.


County Location mi[6] km Destinations Notes
Clarke Athens 0.0 0.0 US 29 (SR 422 / Athens Perimeter Highway) / US 78 / US 129 / US 441 / SR 8 / SR 10 Loop / SR 15 / Milledge Avenue south/Macon Highway west Southern terminus; SR 10 Loop exit 6
2.6 4.2 US 78 Bus. / SR 10 (West Broad Street)
4.3 6.9 US 129 south / SR 10 Loop (SR 422 / Athens Perimeter Highway) South end of US 129 concurrency; SR 10 Loop exit 14
Jackson 10.4 16.7 SR 330 west – Winder Eastern terminus of SR 330
Arcade 17.0 27.4 US 129 north / SR 11 Conn. north (Jefferson Bypass) / US 129 Bus. begins to I‑85 North end of US 129 concurrency; southern terminus of US 129 Bus. and SR 11 Conn.; south end of US 129 Bus. concurrency
17.4 28.0 SR 82 south – Winder South end of SR 82 concurrency
17.9 28.8 Ethridge Road south Former SR 319
Jefferson 20.3 32.7 SR 11 Bus. south (Lee Street) South end of SR 11 Bus. concurrency
20.3 32.7 US 129 Bus. north / SR 11 Bus. north (Washington Street) North end of US 129 Bus. and SR 11 Bus. concurrencies
20.6 33.2 SR 335 east (Danielsville Street) – Nicholson Western terminus of SR 335
21.0 33.8 SR 82 north – Maysville, Jackson County Airport North end of SR 82 concurrency
Commerce 29.5 47.5 US 441 Bus. south / SR 98 (Elm Street/Broad Street) – Athens, Commerce Civic Center South end of US 441 Bus. concurrency
31.6 50.9 US 441 / SR 15 (Veterans Memorial Parkway) / SR 59 north / US 441 Bus. ends – Nicholson, Center, Athens, Homer, Carnesville Northern terminus of US 441 Bus./SR 15 Alt.; southern terminus of SR 59; north end of US 441 Bus. concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Cornelia connector route[edit]

State Route 15 Connector
Location: Cornelia
Length: 0.70 mi[7] (1.1 km)

State Route 15 Connector (SR 15 Conn.) is a 0.7-mile-long (1.1 km) connector route that exists entirely within Cornelia. It is known locally as Level Grove Road, and is designed to facilitate northbound to southbound traffic between US 23/SR 365 and US 441/SR 15. North of US 23 and south of US 441, the highway is unmarked.

The entire route is in Cornelia, Habersham County.

mi[7] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 441 / SR 15 – Baldwin, Clarkesville Eastern terminus
0.5 0.80 US 23 north (Tommy Irvin Parkway) / SR 365 north – Clarkesville Interchange; ramp to northbound lanes of US 23/SR 365
0.7 1.1 US 23 south (Tommy Irvin Parkway) / SR 365 south – Gainesville, Atlanta Interchange; ramp to southbound lanes of US 23/SR 365
0.7 1.1 Alpine Court Circle east Western terminus of SR 15 Conn. and Alpine Court Circle
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Tallulah Falls scenic loop[edit]

State Route 15 Loop
Location: Tallulah Falls
Length: 1.2 mi[8] (1.9 km)

State Route 15 Loop (SR 15 Loop) is a former segment of US 23/US 441/SR 15 used as a scenic overlook for Tallulah Falls. It is essentially a loop off of the three highways to the overlook.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google (January 7, 2017). "Overview map of SR 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "National Highway System: Athens-Clarke County, GA" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1950). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161.  (Corrected to August 1, 1950.)
  5. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1970). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. 
  6. ^ a b Google (March 3, 2017). "Overview map of SR 15 Alt. (Athens to Jefferson)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
    Google (March 3, 2017). "Overview map of SR 15 Alt. (Jefferson to Commerce)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Google (January 7, 2017). "Overview map of SR 15 Conn." (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ Google (January 7, 2017). "Overview map of SR 15 Loop" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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