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Georgia State Route 316

State Route 316 (SR 316), also known as University Parkway, or Georgia 316, is a 38.9-mile-long (62.6 km) state highway that exists in the northern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. It links the Atlanta metropolitan area with Athens, home of the University of Georgia.

State Route 316 marker

State Route 316
University Parkway
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length38.9 mi[1] (62.6 km)
Major junctions
West end I-85 west of Lawrenceville
 
East end US 29 / US 78 / SR 10 Loop in Athens
Location
CountiesGwinnett, Barrow, Oconee
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 315SR 317

The first 5 miles (8.0 km) of the state highway is a freeway, but the rest of the route is at-grade with traffic signals.

Despite SR 316 being concurrent with US 29 for most of its route, the road is nearly always referred to by its state route designation, while US 29 is usually associated with its original route.

SR 316 could possibly be extended as a freeway from its Buford Drive exit to the Athens Perimeter on its current route, intersecting roads like Winder Highway (US 29 Business), Sugarloaf Parkway (current interchange), SR 81 (Loganville Highway), SR 53 (Hog Mountain Road), and US 78/SR 10 (current interchange).

Route descriptionEdit

Gwinnett CountyEdit

SR 316 begins at an interchange with Interstate 85 (I-85) exit 106, west of Lawrenceville. The route heads east, and then northeast, to interchanges with SR 120, Riverside Parkway, Sugarloaf Parkway, and Collins Hills Road/SR 20/SR 124, all in Lawrenceville. Then the route becomes an at-grade highway. Northeast of the city is a major intersection: US 29/SR 8 come in from the west and intersect SR 316. At the intersection, SR 8 continues to the northeast, concurrent with US 29 BUS, while SR 316 has a concurrency with US 29. From then on, the speed limit is raised from 55 to 65 miles per hour. GA 316 continues to head east into rural Gwinnett County. Next, there is an interchange with the Sugarloaf Parkway freeway extension. The last major intersection is at Harbins Road. Finally, the road heads over the Appalachee River into rural Barrow County.

Barrow CountyEdit

South of Winder, the two routes intersect SR 81. To the east, at Bethlehem, is an intersection with SR 11. Then they encounter SR 53 southeast of Winder and at Statham they intersect SR 211.

Oconee CountyEdit

Southeast of Bogart, the two routes intersect US 78/SR 10, which come in from the southwest. At the intersection, SR 10 continues to the northeast, concurrent with US 78 BUS, while the US 78 mainline joins the US 29/SR 316 concurrency. US 29/US 78/SR 316 intersect SR 10 Loop/SR 422 (Paul Broun Parkway/Athens Perimeter Highway) southwest of Athens. Here, SR 316 has its eastern terminus, while US 29/US 78 join SR 10 Loop/SR 422 in a concurrency to the east.

HistoryEdit

The first portion of the highway was completed as a freeway to Lawrenceville in 1960, after the city was bypassed by I-85. With the subsequent expansion of Atlanta into its eastern suburbs, travel between the capital and Athens became increasingly difficult as highways US 29 and US 78 were both routed through multiple business districts. Over the next decades, the state completed SR 316 in sections, weaving along the original route of US 29 in order to bypass communities and business districts, including Winder and the congested Atlanta Highway in Athens.[citation needed]

Gwinnett junction with I-85Edit

In 2006, the Georgia Department of Transportation upgraded the interchange of I-85 and SR 316 with new bridges and collector/distributor (C/D) lanes involving Pleasant Hill Road, Boggs Road, and State Route 120. By utilizing one of these flyover bridges, drivers travelling westbound on SR 316 can access Pleasant Hill Road independently from I-85 southbound traffic. Another flyover built carried two new lanes of traffic going towards Atlanta on I-85 from SR 316.[2] An HOV-only lane was converted to an express lane in 2011.[3]

FutureEdit

SR 316 is scheduled to receive a number of improvements resulting in the entire route becoming a limited-access highway.[4] This includes projects at SR 11[5][6] and SR 81.[7] GDOT is planning on constructing a new interchange at Harbins Road in 2019 and hopes to have it open to traffic in 2021.[8]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Gwinnett0.00.0  I-85 (Veterans Parkway / SR 403) – Atlanta, GreenvilleWestern terminus
Lawrenceville1.62.6Sugarloaf ParkwayGwinnett Technical College
3.35.3Riverside Parkway
4.26.8   SR 120 (Duluth Highway NW) – Lawrenceville, Duluth, Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville
6.410.3   SR 20 / SR 124 (Buford Drive NE) / Collins Hill Road – Lawrenceville, Buford, Snellville, Grayson, Georgia Gwinnett College, Coolray Field, US Auto Sales BoulevardEastern terminus of freeway section
Dacula10.016.1    US 29 south / US 29 Bus. north / SR 8 (Winder Highway) – Lawrenceville, Dacula, WinderWestern end of US 29 concurrency; western terminus of US 29 Bus.
11.318.2Sugarloaf ParkwayLawrencevilleInterchange; eastern terminus of Sugarloaf Parkway
12.319.8Harbins RoadFuture interchange, expected completion 2021; current at-grade intersection
Barrow20.533.0  SR 81 (Loganville Highway) – Winder, LoganvilleFuture interchange, expected completion October 31, 2020[7]; current at-grade intersection
Bethlehem22.936.9  SR 11 (Monroe Highway) – Winder, MonroeFuture interchange; current at-grade intersection
26.642.8    US 29 Bus. / SR 8 / SR 53 (Hog Mountain Road) – Winder, WatkinsvilleWestern end of SR 8 concurrency; eastern terminus of US 29 Bus.
Statham29.547.5  SR 211 – StathamSouthern terminus of SR 211
Oconee35.056.3    US 78 west / US 78 Bus. east / SR 10 (Monroe Highway) – Bogart, MonroeWestern end of US 78 concurrency; western terminus of US 78 Bus.
38.962.6    US 29 north / US 78 east / SR 10 Loop (Paul Broun Parkway / Athens Perimeter Highway) / Epps Bridge Parkway north – Athens, University of Georgia, Lexington, HartwellEastern terminus of SR 316; southern terminus of Epps Bridge Parkway; eastern end of US 29, US 78, and SR 8 concurrencies
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Google (October 10, 2012). "Overview map of SR 316" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation. "Interstate 85 and State Route 316 Reconstruction and HOV Lane Extension Project". Georgia Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 2, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation. "I-85 Express Lanes". Georgia Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "State Route 316 Corridor Study" (PDF). GDOT. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Wickert, David (December 6, 2018). "Feds award $24.8 million for Ga. 316 interchange". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Yeomans, Curt (December 6, 2018). "Isakson, Perdue announce nearly $25M federal grant for Ga. 316, Ga.11 interchange project". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Contract awarded for Ga. 316/Ga. 81 project". Barrow News Journal. August 30, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Yeomans, Curt (August 29, 2017). "Georgia State Route 316 set to go under many changes in the next decade, says GDOT". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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