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State Route 51 (SR 51) is a 63.6-mile-long (102.4 km) state highway that travels west-to-east through portions of Hall, Banks, Franklin, and Hart counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The highway connects Lula with Lake Hartwell, via Homer, Carnesville, and Hartwell.

State Route 51 marker

State Route 51
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length62.3 mi[3] (100.3 km)
Existed1921[1][2]–present
Major junctions
West end SR 52 in Lula
 
East endHatton Ford Road / Reed Creek Highway in Reed Creek
Location
CountiesHall, Banks, Franklin, Hart
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 50SR 52

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Route descriptionEdit

SR 51 begins at an intersection with SR 52 in Lula, in Hall County. It travels northeast and curves to the southeast to cross into Banks County before it leaves town. It heads to the southeast and meets the northern terminus of SR 323 (John Morris Road) before entering Homer. There, it meets the northern terminus of SR 164 (Historic Homer Highway). At this intersection, the highway begins heading to the northeast taking over the Historic Homer Highway and enters downtown where it intersects Athens Street and Yonah Homer Road, the former of which is an old segment of SR 98. Later the road makes a slight curve to the southeast and then goes back to the northeast, crosses a bridge over the Hudson River, and then turns east off of the Historic Homer Highway onto Old Federal Road. Then, it intersects US 441/SR 15. Then, the route continues to the east, intersecting SR 63 (Martin Bridge Road) in Jewelville, just before entering Franklin County. It curves to the southeast and has an interchange with Interstate 85 (I-85) and an interchange with SR 59 southwest of Carnesville. It intersects SR 326 and SR 106 (Athens Road), before passing through Sandy Cross. There, it meets the northern terminus of SR 174 (Salem Road) and begins to curve to the east and meets the western terminus of SR 145 (Royston Road). The two routes head concurrent to the north-northwest for just over 1 mile (1.6 km), until SR 51 heads to the east-northeast. It intersects SR 327 before entering Canon. In town, it intersects SR 17 (Broad Street). The two routes head concurrent to the northeast, into Bowersville, where SR 51 splits off to the east-southeast. In Flat Shoals, to the west-northwest of Hartwell, the route begins a concurrency with SR 77 (Lavonia Highway). The two routes cross over part of Lake Hartwell, before entering Hartwell. In town, they intersect US 29/SR 8 (Athens Street). All four highways head concurrent to the east-southeast for two blocks. There, SR 51 departs to the north onto Chandler Street. It crosses backwaters of Lake Hartwell before ending at an intersection with Hatton Ford Road and Reed Creek Highway.[3]

SR 51 is not part of the National Highway System.[4]

HistoryEdit

The roadway that would eventually become SR 51 was established at least as early as 1919 as part of SR 17 from Carnesville to Canon.[1] By the end of 1921, SR 17 was shifted eastward. SR 51 was established from SR 17 in Carnesville to SR 59 in Canon.[1][2] By the end of 1926, this segment of SR 51 had a "sand clay or top soil" surface.[2][5] In January 1932, SR 51 was established from Bowersville to Hartwell. However, there was no indication if the two segments of SR 51 were connected via a brief concurrency with SR 17 or not.[6][7] At the end of 1935, the eastern part of the Bowersville–Hartwell segment was under construction.[8][9] In the first half of 1936, this segment had a "completed hard surface".[9][10] By October, a portion west of this segment was under construction.[10][11] In early 1937, SR 51 was established from Lula to Homer and from north-northeast of Homer to south-southwest of Carnesville. There was no indication if they were connected via concurrencies with SR 15 in the Homer area and/or SR 59 in the Carnesville area.[12][13] By October, the central part of the Bowersville–Hartwell segment had completed grading, but was not surfaced. Also, a portion west of this part was under construction.[14][15] By the middle of 1939, approximately half of the Bowersville–Hartwell segment had a sand clay or top soil surface.[16][17] Later that year, nearly this entire segment had completed grading, but was not surfaced.[17][18]

In 1942, a portion northwest of Homer was under construction.[19][20] The next year, SR 51 was extended north of Hartwell to just south of the South Carolina state line. The southern part of this extension was under construction. Also, a portion northwest of Homer had completed grading, but was not surfaced.[20][21] Between November 1946 and February 1948, two segments were hard surfaced: the entire Bowersville–Hartwell segment and the southern half of the Hartwell–Reed Creek segment. Four segments had a sand clay or top soil surface: from Lula to the southern part of Homer, from the northern part of Homer to the SR 106 intersection south-southwest of Carnesville, from the east end of the SR 145 concurrency south-southeast of Carnesville to Canon, and the northern half of the Hartwell–Reed Creek segment.[22][23] Between April 1949 and August 1950, the Lula–Homer segment was hard surfaced.[24][25] By the end of 1951, two segments were hard surfaced: from the SR 106 intersection to the east end of the SR 145 concurrency and nearly the entire Hartwell–Reed Creek segment.[25][26] In 1953, the segment from the east end of the SR 145 concurrency to Canon was hard surfaced. Three segments had completed grading, but was not surfaced: from east-northeast of Homer to the SR 59 intersection west-southwest of Carnesville, a portion just east of the east end of the SR 145 concurrency, and the northern part of the Hartwell–Reed Creek segment.[27][28] Between June 1954 and June 1955, from Homer to just east of the Banks–Franklin county line, the highway was hard surfaced.[29][30] Between July 1957 and June 1960, two segments were paved: from Lula to the east end of the SR 145 concurrency and from just east of this point to just south of Reed Creek.[31][32] By the end of 1965, a portion just east of the east end of the SR 145 concurrency was hard surfaced.[33][34] In 1968, the entire length of SR 51 was hard surfaced.[35][36]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
HallLula0.00.0  SR 52 (Old Cornelia Highway/Lula Road) – Gillsville, ClermontWestern terminus
Banks7.512.1  SR 323 south (John Morris Road) – GillsvilleNorthern terminus of SR 323
Homer12.019.3  SR 164 south (Historic Homer Highway)Northern terminus of SR 164
13.321.4Hudson River
14.924.0   US 441 / SR 15
Jewelville19.130.7  SR 63 (Martin Bridge Road) – Commerce, Toccoa
Franklin24.739.8  I-85 (SR 403) – Atlanta, GreenvilleI-85 exit 160
25.040.2  SR 59 – Commerce, Carnesville
27.744.6  SR 326 – Commerce
30.148.4  SR 106 (Athens Road) – Ila, Carnesville
31.751.0  SR 174 south (Salem Road)Northern terminus of SR 174
34.755.8Middle Fork Broad River
34.755.8  SR 145 south (Royston Road) – RoystonWestern end of SR 145 concurrency
37.159.7  SR 145 north – CarnesvilleEastern end of SR 145 concurrency
37.460.2North Fork Broad River
39.563.6  SR 327 (Bryant Park Road/New Franklin Church Road) – Victoria Bryant State Park, Lavonia
Canon42.368.1  SR 17 south (Broad Street) – RoystonWestern end of SR 17 concurrency
HartBowersville44.972.3  SR 17 north (Shuffond Street) – LavoniaEastern end of SR 17 concurrency
Flat Shoals51.883.4  SR 77 north (Lavonia Highway)Western end of SR 77 concurrency
52.684.7Lake Hartwell
Hartwell53.786.4   US 29 south / SR 8 south (Athens Street)Western end of US 29/SR 8 concurrency
53.886.6    US 29 north / SR 8 north / SR 77 south (East Howell Street)Eastern end of US 29/SR 8 and SR 77 concurrencies
53.986.7    US 29 south / SR 8 south / SR 77 north (West Franklin Street)Northbound lanes of US 29/SR 8/SR 77 on one-way pairs
55.689.5Lake Hartwell
56.090.1
62.3100.3Hatton Ford Road / Reed Creek HighwayEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Reed Creek spur routeEdit

 

State Route 51 Spur
LocationReed Creek
Existed1968[35][36]–1983[37][38]

State Route 51 Spur (SR 51 Spur) was a spur route of SR 51 that existed entirely in Reed Creek. In 1968, it was established and hard surfaced from the SR 51 mainline north and east-northeast to the shore of the "Hartwell Reservoir".[35][36] In 1983, it was decommissioned.[37][38]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c 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 April 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c State Highway Department of Georgia (1921). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Google (February 20, 2017). "Overview map of SR 51" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1926). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (February 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  8. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1936). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  10. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1936). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  11. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1936). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  13. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (April 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  14. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  15. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1, 1937). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  16. ^ 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 April 28, 2017.
  17. ^ 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 April 28, 2017.
  18. ^ 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 April 28, 2017.
  19. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1942). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  20. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1943). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  21. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1944). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  22. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1946). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to November 7, 1946.)
  23. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1948). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to February 28, 1948.)
  24. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1949). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to April 1, 1949.)
  25. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1950). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to August 1, 1950.)
  26. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1952). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to January 1, 1952.)
  27. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1, 1953). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to January 1, 1953.)
  28. ^ 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 April 29, 2017. (Corrected to September 1, 1953.)
  29. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1954). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1954.)
  30. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1955). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1955.)
  31. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1957). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to July 1, 1957.)
  32. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1960). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map) (1960–1961 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1960.)
  33. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1963). State Highway System and Other Principal Connecting Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved April 29, 2017. (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)
  34. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  35. ^ a b c State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1968). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  36. ^ a b c State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1969). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  37. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1983). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1983–1984 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  38. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (1984). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1984–1985 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 29, 2017.

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