U.S. Route 76 in Georgia

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U.S. Highway 76 marker

U.S. Highway 76
Route of US 76 in Georgia in red
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 150.7 mi[1] (242.5 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 41 / US 76 / SR 8 at the Tennessee state line in East Ridge
  I‑75 near Ringgold
I‑75 near Dalton
US 41 / SR 3 / SR 52 in Dalton
US 411 / SR 2 / SR 61 in Chatsworth
US 411 / SR 61 / SR 282 in Ramhurst
SR 2 / SR 5 / SR 515 in Ellijay
US 19 / US 129 / SR 11 in Blairsville
SR 17 / SR 515 near Young Harris
US 23 / US 441 / SR 15 in Clayton
East end: US 76 at the South Carolina state line northwest of Westminster
Location
Counties: Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns, Rabun
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 75 SR 77

U.S. Route 76 (US 76) is an 150.7-mile-long (242.5 km) east–west U.S. highway in the U.S. state of Georgia. It begins at the Tennessee state line, east of Lakeview, Georgia (and in East Ridge, Tennessee), where the roadway continues concurrent with US-41/SR-8 toward Chattanooga. It ends at the South Carolina state line, where US 76 continues toward Anderson. In Georgia, the highway travels within portions of Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns, and Rabun counties. It travels through North Georgia and connects Ringgold, Dalton, Chatsworth, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, and Clayton. Most of the highway is part of the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway, a highway that travels through northern Georgia and through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

Route description[edit]

US 76 traverses the northern part of the state and passes through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest and Georgia's most mountainous region. US 76 passes through Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns, and Rabun counties.

History[edit]

1920s[edit]

The road that would eventually be designated as US 76 was established at least as early as 1919 as part of SR 3 from the Tennessee state line to Dalton, and SR 2 from Dalton to Clayton, and possibly farther to the east.[2] Georgia's 1921 state map didn't show the Chatsworth–Blairsville segment of SR 2. However, it did show SR 2 on a proposed path from Clayton to Pine Mountain. It also showed SR 65 proposed along the current path of SR 28 from Pine Mountain to the South Carolina state line.[2][3] By the end of 1926, SR 2 was paved from Blue Ridge to a point about halfway between there and Blairsville. Also, the proposed section, east of Clayton, was removed from the map[3][4]

1930s[edit]

By the beginning of 1932, SR 3 was paved from the Tennessee state line to Dalton. US 41 was established along this segment. SR 2 was paved from Blairsville to Hiawassee. SR 2 was built from Chatsworth to Ellijay. SR 5 was designated along the Ellijay–Blue Ridge segment.[5][6] In January, SR 2/SR 5 were paved from about Cherry Log to Blue Ridge.[6][7] By August, SR 2 was built from Clayton to the South Carolina state line on its current alignment.[8][9] By January 1935, US 76 was designated along SR 2 from Chatsworth to Blairsville and from just east of Hiawassee to Clayton. It is unclear if US 76 was designated between Blairsville and the Hiawassee area or east of Clayton.[10][11] Between July and October, US 76/SR 2/SR 5 were paved from Ellijay to Cherry Log.[12][13] By October 1936, US 76/SR 2 were paved from Dalton to Chatsworth.[14][15] At the end of the year, there were two small sections of US 76/SR 2 just west of Blairsville and just west of Clayton, that were paved.[15][16] By the middle of January 1938, a very small section, in the vicinity of Lake Burton, was paved.[17][18] The middle of the next year had the section of US 76/SR 2 from the Fanning–Union county line to Blairsville was paved.[19][20] Later that year, a small section of US 76/SR 2, from just east of Lake Burton to Clayton, was paved.[20][21]

1940s[edit]

In the beginning of 1940, the paved section near Lake Burton was expanded slightly.[22][23] By October, US 76/SR 2 were paved from east of the location of the current SR 197 intersection to Clayton.[23][24] At the end of the year, US 76/SR 2 were paved from Hiawassee to the approximate location of where the Appalachian Trail crosses the highway today.[24][25] In 1946, US 76 was designated along SR 2 from Dalton to Chatsworth.[26][27] By the middle of 1948, SR 2 was paved from Clayton to about halfway between there and the South Carolina state line.[27][28] The beginning of the next year found US 76 was designated along the section of SR 3 from Ringgold to Dalton. SR 2 was moved to an alignment near the Tennessee state line, traveling through modern-day Varnell and Crandall. SR 52 took its place between Dalton and Ellijay (it already was concurrent with SR 3 from the Ringgold area to Dalton and SR 5 from Ellijay to Blue Ridge). The entire section of US 76/SR 52, from Chatsworth to Ellijay, was paved.[28][29]

1950s to 1980s[edit]

By the end of 1950, US 76/SR 2 were paved from Hiawassee to just east of the Towns–Rabun county line. Also, SR 2 was paved from Clayton to the South Carolina state line.[29][30] By the middle of 1954, the entire length of roadway, from Tennessee to South Carolina, was paved.[31][32] 1957 found SR 282 built along the current path of US 76, but only from the Murray–Gilmer county line to Ellijay.[33][34] By 1966, US 76 was designated along US 41/SR 3 from Tennessee to Dalton.[35][36] In 1969, SR 282 was extended west to an intersection with US 411/SR 61 southeast of Ramhurst.[37][38] In 1971, US 76/SR 52 were rerouted west of Chatsworth. Before, they bypassed Spring Place. Northwest of the town, they were routed south into town and entered Chatsworth farther south than it previously did. The former route was redesignated as SR 52 Connector.[39][40] In 1981, US 76 was rerouted between Chatsworth and Ellijay. In Chatsworth, US 76 turned south-southeast, along US 411/SR 61. In Ramhurst, it turned east onto a slightly re-routed SR 282 and followed that route to Ellijay.[41][42] In 1987, US 76/SR 2 between Hemp and Blairsville was routed on a farther-north, and more direct, path.[43][44] In 1989, SR 515 was signed along US 76 from East Ellijay to northeast of Young Harris, as it is today.[45][46]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Catoosa 0.0 0.0 US 41 north / US 76 west (Ringgold Road / SR 8 north) – Chattanooga Tennessee state line; northern terminus of SR 3; north end of SR 3 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 8; south end of SR 8 concurrency
0.7 1.1 SR 146 west (Cloud Springs Road) – Rossville Eastern terminus of SR 146
Ringgold 6.3 10.1 SR 2 west (Battlefield Parkway) – Fort Oglethorpe West end of SR 2 concurrency
7.0 11.3 SR 151 south to I‑75 – LaFayette West end of SR 151 concurrency
7.8 12.6 US 41 Truck south / US 76 Truck east / SR 151 north (Tennessee Street) East end of SR 151 concurrency; northern terminus of US 41 Truck; western terminus of US 76 Truck
US 41 Truck north / US 76 Truck west / SR 151 Spur north (Evitt Street) Southern terminus of US 41 Truck and SR 151 Spur; eastern terminus of US 76 Truck
Stone Church 10.2 16.4 SR 2 east East end of SR 2 concurrency
Sugartown 11.2 18.0 I‑75 (SR 401) – Atlanta, Chattanooga I-75 exit 345
Whitfield Tunnel Hill 15.2 24.5 SR 201 north (Tunnel Hill Church Street) – Varnell West end of SR 201 concurrency
Rocky Face 17.6 28.3 SR 201 south (Lafayette Road) – Mount Vernon, Villanow East end of SR 201 concurrency
Dalton 20.1 32.3 I‑75 (SR 401) – Chattanooga, Atlanta I-75 exit 336
22.6 36.4 SR 71 north (Cleveland Highway) – Cohutta, Dalton Southern terminus of SR 71
26.1 42.0 US 41 south / SR 3 south (South Dalton Bypass) / SR 52 west (Walnut Avenue) to I‑75 south – Dalton East end of US 41/SR 3 concurrency; west end of SR 52 concurrency
27.5 44.3 SR 286 east (Lower Dawnville Road) – Dawnville, Eton Western terminus of SR 286
Murray 29.6 47.6 SR 52 Alt. east – Fort Mountain State Park Western terminus of SR 52 Alt.
Chatsworth 31.3 50.4 SR 225 – Cleveland, Calhoun, Vann House Historic Site
34.4 55.4 US 411 north / SR 2 west / SR 61 north (North Third Avenue) – Eton West end of US 411/SR 61 and SR 2 concurrencies
35.8 57.6 SR 2 east / SR 52 east / SR 52 Alt. west (Fort Street) – Dalton, Ellijay, Fort Mountain State Park, Vann House Historic Site East end of SR 2 and SR 52 concurrencies
Ramhurst 41.0 66.0 US 411 south / SR 61 south (SR 282) – Cartersville, Fairmount East end of US 411/SR 61 concurrency; west end of SR 282 concurrency
43.6 70.2 Old Highway 411
Gilmer East Ellijay SR 2 west West end of SR 2 concurrency
60.9 98.0 SR 5 south / SR 515 south (SR 282) East end of SR 282 concurrency; west end of SR 5/SR 515 concurrency
see SR 515 (mile 24.9-75.0)
Towns 111.1 178.8 SR 17 north / SR 515 north (Hayesville Road) – Hayesville NC East end of SR 515 concurrency; west end of SR 17 concurrency
Friendship 113.3 182.3 SR 288 east – Lake Chatuge Recreation Area Western terminus of SR 288
Hiawassee 115.3 185.6 SR 75 north (Bellcreek Road) – Franklin, NC West end of SR 75 concurrency
118.4 190.5 SR 288 west – Lake Chatuge Recreation Area Eastern terminus of SR 288
Macedonia 118.6 190.9 SR 17 south / SR 75 south (Unicoi Turnpike) – Helen, Brasstown Bald, Gainesville, Cleveland, Unicoi State Park East end of SR 17 and SR 75 concurrencies
Rabun 131.4 211.5 SR 197 south – Clarkesville, Helen, Moccasin Creek State Park, Unicoi State Park Northern terminus of SR 197
Clayton 142.4 229.2 US 23 north / US 441 north / SR 15 north – Mountain City, Dillard, Franklin, NC West end of US 23/US 441/SR 15 concurrency
142.7 229.7 US 23 south / US 441 south / SR 15 south – Tallulah Falls, Clarkesville East end of US 23/US 441/SR 15 concurrency
150.7 242.5 US 76 east – Westminster South Carolina state line; eastern terminus of SR 2; east end of SR 2 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Ringgold truck route[edit]

U.S. Highway 76 Truck
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Length: 0.50 mi[47] (0.80 km)

U.S. Route 76 Truck (US 76 Truck) is a short truck detour around a low railroad bridge in Ringgold, which is also concurrent with US 41 Truck for its entire length.

The highway begins at an intersection with US 41/US 76/SR 2/SR 3 (Nashville Street) in downtown Ringgold. At this intersection, they begin a concurrency with SR 151, which ends a concurrency with the main highways. US 41 Truck, US 76 Truck, and SR 151 travel to the north-northeast on Tennessee Street. They pass the Ringgold City Hall and turn right onto High Street. They travel to the east-southeast and cross over some railroad tracks of CSX. At an intersection with SR 151 Spur (Evitt Street), they turn right onto that highway. The three highways travel to the south-southwest and curve to the southeast. At Kittle Street, they curve back to the south-southwest. After passing the Catoosa County Fire Department building, they reach their terminus, another intersection with US 41/US 76/SR 2/SR 3. At this intersection, SR 151 Spur also ends.

The entire route is in Ringgold, Catoosa County.

mi[47] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 41 / US 76 / SR 2 / SR 3 (Nashville Street) / SR 151 south / US 41 Truck ends Western terminus of US 76 Truck; northern terminus of US 41 Truck; west end of US 41 Truck and SR 151 concurrencies
0.1 0.16 SR 151 north (Tennessee Street) East end of SR 151 concurrency
0.3 0.48 SR 151 Spur north (Evitt Street) West end of SR 151 Spur concurrency
0.5 0.80 US 41 / US 76 / SR 2 / SR 3 (Nashville Street) / SR 151 Spur begins / US 41 Truck begins Eastern terminus of US 76 Truck; southern terminus of US 41 Truck; east end of US 41 Truck and SR 151 Spur concurrencies
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (February 16, 2013). "U.S. Route 76 in Georgia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1920). System of State Aid Roads as Approved Representing 4800 Miles of State Aid Roads Outside the Limits of the Incorporated Towns (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1921). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1926). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ No year defined.
  6. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (February 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (May 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (August 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1934). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1936). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1936). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ No year defined.
  19. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (September 1, 1938). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1939). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1939). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1940). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (April 1, 1940). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1940). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  25. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1941). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  26. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1945). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1946). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to November 7, 1946.)
  28. ^ 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 May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to February 28, 1948.)
  29. ^ 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 May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to April 1, 1949.)
  30. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1950). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to August 1, 1950.)
  31. ^ 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 May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to September 1, 1953.)
  32. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1954). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to June 1, 1954.)
  33. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1955). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to June 1, 1955.)
  34. ^ 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 May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to July 1, 1957.)
  35. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1964). State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)
  36. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  37. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1969). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  38. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1970). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  39. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1971). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  40. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1972). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  41. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1981). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1981–82 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  42. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1982). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  43. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1988). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1988–89 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  44. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1988). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1988–89 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  45. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1990). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1990–91 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  46. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1990). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1990–91 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  47. ^ a b Google (December 30, 2016). "Overview map of US 76 Truck" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 

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