Georgia State Route 255

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State Route 255 marker

State Route 255
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 19.7 mi[3] (31.7 km)
Existed: 1949[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 115 east of Cleveland
North end: SR 197 in Batesville
Location
Counties: White, Habersham
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 254 SR 256

State Route 255 (SR 255) is a 19.7-mile-long (31.7 km) S-shaped state highway located in the North Georgia mountains section of the U.S. state of Georgia. It travels through White and Habersham counties.

Route description[edit]

SR 255 begins at an intersection with SR 115 (Clarkesville Highway) east of Cleveland, in White County. The route heads northeast, and crosses over Blue Creek and travels through Batesville. Farther to the east, it passes New Blue Creek Cemetery and intersects SR 384 (Duncan Bridge Road). It then crosses over Brasstown Creek shortly before it crosses over Chattahoochee River and enters Habersham County. Just after the county line, SR 255 crosses over Amys Creek and meets SR 17 (Unicoi Turnpike). The two highways share a concurrency, heading in a northwestern direction. During the concurrency, SR 17/SR 255 intersect SR 255 Alt. (Ben T. Huiet Highway) and cross Maudlin Mill, Car, and Chickamauga Creeks before they reach Sautee Nacoochee. At Maudlin Mill Creek, they cross back into White County. There, SR 255 splits to the north. Just prior to curving to the northeast, the route crosses over Ben Creek, and just after that curve, it crosses over Bean Creek and enters Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Northeast of Bean Creek, SR 255 intersects Sky Lake Road, which leads to Sky Lake. Just after Sky Lake Road, the highway has a second crossing over Chickamauga Creek. It heads to the east, and re-enters Habersham County, at the same time exiting the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. A short while afterward, SR 255 has a second intersection with SR 255 Alt. Just northeast of that intersection, the route re-enters the Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest. The highway heads north-northeast to meet its northern terminus, an intersection with SR 197 in Batesville. SR 255 travels through the historic Sautee Valley Historic District.[3]

No section of SR 255 is part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility and defense.[4]

History[edit]

SR 255 was established in 1949 along an alignment from Sautee to Batesville.[1][2] In 1953, a section from Sautee to just inside the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest was paved.[5][6] By 1960, the entire route from Sautee to Batesville was paved, and the section from the current western terminus to the southern intersection with SR 17 was paved. It is unknown if the concurrency with SR 17 existed at this time.[7][8]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
White 0.0 0.0 SR 115 (Clarkesville Highway) – Cleveland Southern terminus
2.8 4.5 SR 384 (Duncan Bridge Road) – Leaf, Helen
Habersham 7.0 11.3 SR 17 south (Unicoi Turnpike) – Clarkesville South end of SR 17 concurrency
9.6 15.4 SR 255 Alt. north (Ben T. Huiet Highway) Southern terminus of SR 255 Alt.
White Sautee 11.9 19.2 SR 17 north (Unicoi Turnpike) – Helen North end of SR 17 concurrency
Habersham 16.6 26.7 SR 255 Alt. south (Ben T. Huiet Highway) Northern terminus of SR 255 Alt.
Batesville 19.7 31.7 SR 197 (Monroe Street) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Habersham County alternate route[edit]

State Route 255 Alternate
Location: Habersham County
Length: 3.3 mi[9] (5.3 km)

State Route 255 Alternate (SR 255 Alt.) is a 3.3-mile (5.3 km) alternate route for SR 255. Its route is shorter and more direct than the mainline, and bypasses the Sautee Valley Historic District, and unincorporated community of Sautee. The highway is entirely within Habersham County.[9]

None of SR 255 Alt. that is included as a part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility and defense.[4]

SR 255 Alt. was established between 1960 and 1963 on the same routing as today.[10][11]

The entire route is in Habersham County.

Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 SR 17 / SR 255 (Unicoi Turnpike) – Clarkesville, Helen Southern terminus
3.3 5.3 SR 255 – Helen, Clayton, Moccasin Creek State Park Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1948). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to February 28, 1948.)
  2. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1949). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to April 1, 1949.)
  3. ^ a b c d Google (February 22, 2013). "Overview map of SR 255" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b National Highway System: Georgia (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1952). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to January 1, 1952.)
  6. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1953). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to September 1, 1953.)
  7. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1957). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to July 1, 1957.)
  8. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1960). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map) (1960–61 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to June 1, 1960.)
  9. ^ a b Google (February 22, 2013). "Overview map of SR 255 Alt." (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Georgia State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by GSHD. Georgia State Highway Department. June 1, 1960. Retrieved February 22, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1963). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved February 22, 2013.  (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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