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State Route 56 (SR 56), also known as the Mike Padgett Highway, is a 140.3-mile-long (225.8 km) state highway that travels south-to-north in an upside down question mark, with a western loop around Vidalia. It travels through portions of Tattnall, Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Burke, and Richmond counties in the southeastern and east-central parts of the U.S. state of Georgia. The route connects the Reidsville and Augusta areas, via Swainsboro and Waynesboro.

State Route 56 marker

State Route 56
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length140.3 mi[1] (225.8 km)
Major junctions
South end US 280 / SR 30 in Reidsville
  US 1 / SR 4 north of Baxley
US 221 / SR 135 in Uvalda
US 280 / SR 30 in Mt. Vernon
I-16 northeast of Soperton
US 221 / SR 171 in Gillis Springs
US 1 / SR 4 in Swainsboro
US 80 / SR 26 / SR 57 in Swainsboro
US 25 / SR 24 / SR 121 in Waynesboro
I-520 in Augusta
North end US 25 / SR 121 in Augusta
CountiesTattnall, Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Burke, Richmond
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 55SR 57

Route descriptionEdit

SR 56 begins at an intersection with US 280/SR 30 (West Brazell Street) in Reidsville, in Tattnall County. It travels to the west, crossing over the Ohoopee River, and enters Toombs County. A short distance after entering the county, the highway curves to the southwest. In New Branch, it intersects SR 178. In Toombs Central is US 1/SR 4. The highway continues to the southwest, before curving to the west-northwest. Then, it crosses into Montgomery County and enters Uvalda. In Uvalda, SR 56 intersects US 221/SR 135. South of this intersection, US 221/SR 135 run concurrent toward Hazlehurst. In Uvalda, SR 135 splits off, and US 221/SR 56 travel to the north-northwest to Mt. Vernon, where they have a second intersection with US 280/SR 30 (Spring Street). After leaving town, US 221/SR 56 travel north to an intersection with the southern terminus of SR 199. West of Tarrytown, they cross into Treutlen County, before entering Soperton. In town, they turn to the northeast. In the main part of town, they intersect SR 15/SR 29 (Main Street). At this intersection, SR 15 joins the concurrency for a short while. The three routes intersect SR 78 (Louisiana Street). Here SR 15/SR 78 head to the northwest, while SR 78 heads southeast. A short distance farther to the northeast, they intersect SR 46 (Metter Road). Just over 1 mile (1.6 km) after leaving town, they intersect the northern terminus of SR 227. Just before an interchange with Interstate 16 (I-16; Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway), the two highways have an intersection with SR 86. They curve to the north-northeast and enter Gillis Springs, where US 221/SR 56 intersect the southern terminus of SR 171. Here, US 221/SR 171 head to the north, while SR 56 departs to the east. Then, it curves to the north-northeast and cross over the Ohoopee River for a second time, crossing into Emanuel County. It heads north, curves to the northeast, and crosses over the Little Ohoopee River. The highway continues to the northeast and intersects US 1/SR 4 (South Main Street), just before entering Swainsboro. There, it intersects US 80/SR 26 (West Main Street)/SR 57 (Kight Road). The four highways run concurrent to the northeast. At the intersection with US 1 Business/SR 4 Business (Main Street), SR 57 splits off to the southeast, along US 1 Business/SR 4 Business south. Approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) later, SR 56 splits off to the north-northeast. It passes through Modoc and meets SR 192 in Summertown. Farther to the northeast, it crosses over the Ogeechee River into Burke County and Midville. In town, it intersects SR 17 (Lee Street). A few blocks later, it meets the southern terminus of SR 305 (Jones Street). Leaving town, it heads north-northeast and curves to the northeast. SR 56 passes through rural areas of the county toward Waynesboro. Just before it enters town, it intersects SR 24/SR 80. The three routes head east-northeast into town and curve to the northeast to an intersection with US 25/SR 121 (Liberty Street). At this intersection, SR 24 departs to the south-southeast, while SR 56/SR 80 continue through town. Just before leaving Waynesboro, they meet US 25 Bypass/SR 121 Bypass. The two routes curve to the north-northeast, to the point where SR 56 and SR 80 split apart. SR 56 continues to the north-northeast and curves to the north-northwest. It curves back to the north-northeast and intersects the northern terminus of SR 23. Then, it curves around Southland Timber Lake, and meets the western terminus of SR 56 Spur (River Road). The highway crosses over McBean Creek into Richmond County and Augusta. It heads north and northwest, to meet the southern terminus of the now decommissioned SR 56 Spur (Tobacco Road), which leads to Augusta Regional Airport. North-northwest of here is an interchange with I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway). The route continues to the north-northwest, and curves to the northwest, until it meets its northern terminus, a second intersection with US 25/SR 121 (Peach Orchard Road) in the southern part of Augusta.[1]

The only section of SR 56 that is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility, is the portion north of Tobacco Road.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

TattnallReidsville0.00.0   US 280 / SR 30 (West Brazell Street)Southern terminus
Ohoopee River2.74.3W.A. Nail Bridge; crossing over the Ohoopee River
ToombsNew Branch7.311.7  SR 178 – Lyons
Toombs Central13.521.7   US 1 / SR 4
MontgomeryUvalda23.838.3   US 221 south (1st Street/Main Street) / SR 135 (1st Street) – Hazlehurst, VidaliaSouthern end of US 221 concurrency
Mount Vernon35.356.8   US 280 / SR 30 (Spring Street) – McRae, Vidalia
40.565.2  SR 199 north – East DublinSouthern terminus of SR 199
TreutlenSoperton49.679.8   SR 15 / SR 29 south (Main Street)Southern end of SR 15 concurrency
49.780.0   SR 15 / SR 78 north (Louisiana Street)Northern end of SR 15 concurrency
50.080.5  SR 46 (Metter Road) – Eastman, Oak Park
53.285.6  SR 227 southNorthern terminus of SR 227
55.889.8  SR 86 – East Dublin, Oak Park
56.290.4  I-16 (Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway / SR 404) – Macon, SavannahI-16 exit 78
Gillis Springs58.193.5   US 221 north / SR 171 northNorthern end of US 221 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 171
Ohoopee River61.398.7Unnamed bridge; crossing over the Ohoopee River, marking the Treutlen–Emanuel county line
Emanuel70.8113.9   US 1 / SR 4 (South Main Street)
Swainsboro72.2116.2    US 80 west / SR 26 west (West Main Street) / SR 57 north (Kight Road)Southern end of US 80/SR 26 and SR 57 concurrencies
73.0117.5    US 1 Bus. / SR 4 Bus. / SR 57 south (Main Street)Northern end of SR 57 concurrency
73.5118.3   US 80 east / SR 26 east (East Main Street)Northern end of US 80/SR 26 concurrency
Summertown84.1135.3  SR 192 east – Twin CityWestern terminus of SR 192
Ogeechee River89.5144.0Unnamed bridge; crossing over the Ogeechee River, marking the Emanuel–Burke county line
BurkeMidville89.8144.5  SR 17 (Lee Street) – Wadley, Millen
90.0144.8  SR 305 north (Jones Street) – VidetteSouthern terminus of SR 305
112180   SR 24 west / SR 80 west – Louisville, WrensSouthern end of SR 24 and SR 80 concurrencies
Waynesboro113182    US 25 / SR 24 east / SR 121 (Liberty Street)Northern end of SR 24 concurrency
114.3183.9   US 25 Byp. / SR 121 Byp.
117.6189.3  SR 80 east – Shell BluffNorthern end of SR 80 concurrency
124.4200.2  SR 23 south – Shell BluffNorthern terminus of SR 23
125.6202.1  SR 56 Spur east (River Road)Western terminus of SR 56 Spur
McBean Creek125.7202.3Unnamed bridge; crossing over McBean Creek, marking the Burke–Richmond county line
RichmondAugustaTobacco RoadFormer SR 56 Spur north
137.9221.9  I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway / SR 415) – AtlantaI-520 exit 9
140.3225.8   US 25 / SR 121 (Peach Orchard Road)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Burke County spur routeEdit


State Route 56 Spur
LocationRural Burke County
Length6.7 mi[3] (10.8 km)

State Route 56 Spur (SR 56 Spur) is a 6.7-mile-long (10.8 km) spur route that exists entirely within the northeastern part of Burke County. It is known as River Road for its entire length.

It begins at an intersection with the SR 56 mainline, just southeast of McBean. It travels to the northeast for less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Then, it curves to the east-southeast for most of its route. It crosses over Boggy Gut Creek on an unnamed bridge. Finally, it heads southeast to meet its eastern terminus, an intersection with the eastern terminus of SR 80, northeast of Shell Bluff.[3]

The entire route is in Burke County.

0.00.0  SR 56 – Waynesboro, AugustaWestern terminus
6.710.8  SR 80 west – WaynesboroEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Richmond County spur routeEdit


State Route 56 Spur
Length6.6 mi[6] (10.6 km)

State Route 56 Spur (SR 56 Spur) was a 6.6-mile-long (10.6 km) spur route that existed entirely within the southeastern part of Richmond County. Its route was entirely within the city limits of Augusta. It's west–east section was part of Tobacco Road. It was known as Doug Barnard Parkway for the rest of its length.

Its southern terminus was at an intersection with the SR 56 mainline (Mike Padgett Highway), where Tobacco Road continues past the spur's terminus. It traveled east on Tobacco Road. Then, it turned north onto Doug Barnard Parkway at the main entrance to Augusta Regional Airport. The highway paralleled the western edge of the airport before curving to the northwest. Then, it had an interchange with Interstate 520 (I-520; Bobby Jones Expressway). After a crossing over Rocky Creek, a curve to the northeast, and a crossing over Butler Creek, it had a curve to the northwest just before it met its northern terminus, an intersection with US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278/SR 10/SR 121 (Gordon Highway) in the central part of Augusta. Here, the roadway continues as Molly Pond Road.[6]

The highway was decommissioned in 2014.[4][5]

The entire route was in Augusta, Richmond County.

0.00.0    SR 56 (Mike Padgett Highway) to I-20 / I-520 – Waynesboro, AugustaSouthern terminus
3.65.8  I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway / SR 415) – AtlantaI-520 exit 10
6.610.6    US 1 / US 25 / US 78 (US 278 / SR 10 / SR 121 / Gordon Highway) / Molly Pond Road north – Downtown Augusta, Medical District, GrovetownNorthern terminus of SR 56 Spur; southern terminus of Molly Pond Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Google (August 4, 2013). "Route of SR 56 (Reidsville to Waynesboro)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
    Google (August 4, 2013). "Route of SR 56 (Waynesboro to Augusta)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "National Highway System: Augusta-Richmond County, GA--SC" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Google (August 4, 2013). "Route of SR 56 Spur (Burke County)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (2013). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2013–2014 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (2015). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2015–2016 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Google (August 4, 2013). "Overview map of SR 56 Spur (Richmond County)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 4, 2013.

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