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State Route 296 (SR 296) is a south–north state highway located in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia. It functions like a western bypass of Wrens. The highway travels from US 1/US 221/SR 4/SR 17 north of Louisville to SR 17 northwest of Wrens.

State Route 296 marker

State Route 296
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length16.4 mi[3] (26.4 km)
Existed1953[1][2]–present
Major junctions
South end US 1 / US 221 / SR 4 / SR 17 north of Louisville
 
North end SR 17 northwest of Wrens
Location
CountiesJefferson, Glascock, Warren
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 295SR 297

SR 296 was formerly part of SR 16, which used to travel southeast of Warrenton. When SR 16 was shifted southward, it was redesignated as SR 16 Connector (SR 16 Conn.). The connector, which only existed for about a year, was redesignated as SR 296.

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Route descriptionEdit

SR 296 begins at an intersection with US 1/US 221/SR 4/SR 17 approximately 3.6 miles (5.8 km) north of Louisville, in Jefferson County. It heads northwest to an intersection with SR 88/SR 540 (Fall Line Freeway) approximately 3.9 miles (6.3 km) southwest of Wrens. Just before that intersection, the highway assumes more of a northerly routing to the town of Stapleton, where it intersects SR 102. After leaving Stapleton, SR 296 assumes a more northeasterly routing. After intersecting SR 80 approximately 3.9 miles (6.3 km) northwest of Wrens, the route leaves Jefferson County, briefly cutting across the extreme eastern corner of Glascock County. Shortly after entering Warren County, the route meets its northern terminus, an intersection with SR 17 approximately 4.9 miles (7.9 km) northwest of Wrens.

SR 296 mainly serves to connect US 1/US 221/SR 4 and SR 17 with the town of Stapleton. Largely a rural route, SR 296 sees an Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) of less than 2,000 vehicles.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

In 1952, the path of SR 16 southeast of Warrenton was shifted southward, replacing the path of SR 16S. The portion from northwest of Wrens to north of Louisville was redesignated as SR 16 Conn.[4][1] The next year, the path of SR 16 Conn. was redesignated as SR 296.[1][2]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
Jefferson0.00.0     US 1 / US 221 / SR 4 / SR 17Southern terminus
7.111.4   SR 88 (Fenns Bridge Road) / SR 540 (Fall Line Freeway) – Sandersville, Wrens
Stapleton11.418.3  SR 102 (Main Street) – Gibson, Wrens
13.922.4  SR 80 – Warrenton, Wrens
Glascock
No major junctions
Warren16.426.4  SR 17 (Wrens Highway) – Wrens, ThomsonNorthern terminus; roadway continues as Jennings Road.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1953). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved June 12, 2017. (Corrected to January 1, 1953.)
  2. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1953). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved June 12, 2017. (Corrected to September 1, 1953.)
  3. ^ a b Google (February 10, 2013). "Overview map of SR 296" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  4. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1952). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved June 12, 2017. (Corrected to January 1, 1952.)