Georgia State Route 59

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State Route 59 marker

State Route 59
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 30.2 mi[1] (48.6 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 441 / US 441 Bus. / SR 15 / SR 15 Alt. in Commerce
East end: SR 77 near Parkertown
Location
Counties: Jackson, Banks, Franklin, Hart
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
I‑59 SR 60

State Route 59 (SR 59) is a 32.3-mile-long (52.0 km) state highway that runs southwest-to-northeast through portions of Jackson, Banks, Franklin, and Hart counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The route connects Commerce with SR 77 near the shore of Lake Hartwell. The highway passes through Carnesville and Lavonia. It closely parallels Interstate 85 (I-85).

Route description[edit]

SR 59 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 441 (US 441)/SR 15 (Homer Road) in the northeastern part of Commerce within Jackson County. This intersection also marks the northern terminus of US 441 Business/SR 15 Alternate, which take the Homer Road designation. South of here, US 441/SR 15 are known as Veterans Memorial Parkway. Almost immediately, SR 59 crosses into Banks County. The only major intersections in the county are with the eastern terminus of SR 164 and the southern terminus of SR 63. In Franklin County, it intersects SR 51 before meeting the eastern terminus of SR 198. Less than 1 mile (1.6 km) later, the highway intersects SR 106, which travels concurrent with it into Carnesville. In town, SR 145 joins the concurrency for just over 1 mile (1.6 km). At the end of the concurrency, SR 59 splits off to continue its northeast routing. In Lavonia, SR 59 intersects SR 17, before meeting the northern terminus of SR 77 Connector. About two miles (3.2 km) later, the road crosses into Hart County. It intersects SR 77 and the state highway ends.[1] The road continues to the northeast and curves to the east before ending along the northwestern shore of Lake Hartwell.[2]

History[edit]

Before the construction of Lake Hartwell, SR 59 continued into South Carolina as South Carolina Highway 59. With the I-85 bridge less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the old crossing, the states had no need to directly reconnect the roads. SR 59 is not concurrent with I-85 on either side of the lake and the two highways do not officially connect.

The section of SR 59 between SR 77 and the shoreline of Lake Hartwell was transferred to county maintenance between 1990 and 1993.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Jackson Commerce 0.0 0.0 US 441 / SR 15 (Veterans Memorial Parkway/Homer Road) / US 441 Bus. south / SR 15 Alt. south (Homer Road) – Athens, Cornelia
Banks 3.9 6.3 SR 164 north – Homer Southern terminus of SR 164
5.1 8.2 SR 63 north – Toccoa Southern terminus of SR 63
Franklin 11.7 18.8 SR 51 (Sandy Cross Road) – Homer, Sandy Cross
14.2 22.9 SR 198 west – Unity Eastern terminus of SR 198
16.0 25.7 SR 320 north – Toccoa Southern terminus of SR 320
Carnesville 16.4 26.4 SR 106 south (Athens Road) – Ila Southern end of SR 106 concurrency
16.8 27.0 SR 145 south (Hull Avenue) – Franklin Springs Southern end of SR 145 concurrency
18.2 29.3 SR 106 north / SR 145 Northern end of SR 106 & SR 145 concurrencies
Lavonia 26.3 42.3 SR 17 (Jones Street) – Royston, Toccoa
26.5 42.6 SR 77 Conn. south (Vickery Street) Northern terminus of SR 77 Connector
27.5 44.3 SR 328 north (Gumlog Road) – Avalon Southern terminus of SR 328
Hart 30.2 48.6 SR 77 (Providence Church Road / Whitworth Road) – Hartwell
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (February 20, 2017). "Route of SR 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Google (February 20, 2017). "Former routing of SR 59 to Lake Hartwell" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hart County Georgia General Highway Map" (Zip). Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
    • 1990 ed.
    • 1993 ed.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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