Georgia State Route 81

State Route 81 (SR 81) is a 69.0-mile-long (111.0 km) diagonal state highway that travels southwest-to-northeast in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. Its path exists within portions of Henry, Newton, Walton, and Barrow counties. It connects the McDonough area with Winder, via Covington and Loganville.

State Route 81 marker

State Route 81

Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length68.5 mi[1] (110.2 km)
Major junctions
West end US 19 / US 41 / SR 3 south of Lovejoy
Major intersections
North end US 29 Bus. / SR 8 / SR 11 / SR 53 in Winder
CountryUnited States
CountiesHenry, Newton, Walton, Barrow
Highway system
  • Georgia State Highway System
SR 80 US 82

Route descriptionEdit

Western terminus to OxfordEdit

SR 81 south in Oxford in May 2009

SR 81 begins at an intersection with US 19/US 41/SR 3 (Bear Creek Boulevard), just north of Hampton, in Henry County. It heads east to McDonough. There, it intersects SR 20 (Hampton Road). They run concurrent to the northeast, into the main part of town. Immediately, they have an interchange with Interstate 75 (I-75) at exit 218. The exit will be rebuilt into a diverging diamond interchange in 2020.[2] Continuing east, the two highways intersect US 23/SR 42 in the downtown McDonough Square.

From the downtown square to an intersection with SR 155 (Zack Hinton Parkway) the highways form an east-west one-way pair. At this intersection, SR 20 splits off to the north. SR 81 then heads to the southeast before curving to the northeast and crosses over the South River, into Newton County. The bridge over the South River will be replaced by Georgia DOT in 2020.[3]

In Henry County, SR 81 is signed as a west–east route; signage changes to south–north at or near the Newton County line. The highway has an intersection with SR 212. Then, it heads north before curving to the northeast again. It meets SR 162 just before it enters Porterdale. The intersection with SR 162 is under construction to install a new roundabout; completion is expected in May 2020.[4] In town is an intersection with the northern terminus of SR 162 Connector. SR 81 crosses over the Yellow River and passes through the main part of town. Immediately after leaving Porterdale, it enters Covington, where it turn north and intersects US 278/SR 12, before passing under, but not interchanging I-20. Then, it passes through Oxford.[1]

Oxford to WinderEdit

SR 81 south in Winder in May 2009

On the northern end of Oxford, the road curves to the north-northeast and meet the northern terminus of SR 142, before turning to the north and entering Walton County. Northward is Walnut Grove, where it intersects SR 138. The route heads north-northwest to Loganville. In town is a brief concurrency with US 78/SR 10 (Atlanta Highway) and splits off to the northwest. In the main part of town is a very brief concurrency with SR 20. Then, it heads northeast, passing through rural areas of the county, before it crosses the Apalachee River into Barrow County.

Southwest of Winder is an intersection with US 29/SR 316. As of fall 2019, the intersection is under construction to be converted into a grade-separated interchange. Construction is estimated to be completed in October 2020.[5] Just before entering Winder, the highway passes Fort Yargo State Park on its western end. In Winder, it reaches its northern terminus, an intersection with US 29 Business/SR 8/SR 11/SR 53.[1]

National Highway SystemEdit

The following portions of SR 81 are part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility, and defense:

  • From SR 155 in McDonough to the intersection with the southern terminus of Crowell Road and the western terminus of Covington Bypass in Porterdale[6]
  • The entire length of the concurrency with US 78/SR 10 in Loganville[6]

Major intersectionsEdit

Henry0.00.0    US 19 / US 41 / SR 3 (Bear Creek Boulevard)Western terminus
SR 20 west (McDonough Hampton Road) – Hampton
Southern end of SR 20 concurrency
8.613.8  I-75 (SR 401) – Macon, AtlantaI-75 exit 218
US 23 south / SR 42 south (Griffin Street) – Locust Grove, Jackson
Southbound lanes of US 23/SR 42 on one-way pairs
US 23 north / SR 42 north (Macon Street) – Stockbridge
Northbound lanes of US 23/SR 42 on one-way pairs
  SR 20 east / SR 155 (Zack Hinton Parkway) – Conyers, Griffin
Northern end of SR 20 concurrency
Newton24.539.4  SR 212 – Monticello
30.448.9  SR 162 (Lovers Lane Road / Salem Road) – Conyers
SR 162 Conn. south
Northern terminus of SR 162 Conn.
Covington35.557.1   US 278 / SR 12 – Conyers, Madison
SR 142 south (Industrial Park Boulevard NE) – Covington
Northern terminus of SR 142
WaltonWalnut Grove45.473.1  SR 138 – Conyers, Monroe
US 78 east / SR 10 east (Atlanta Highway) – Monroe
Southern end of US 78/SR 10 concurrency
US 78 west / SR 10 west (Atlanta Highway) – Snellville
Northern end of US 78/SR 10 concurrency
SR 20 west (Main Street) – Conyers
Southern end of SR 20 concurrency
SR 20 east (Loganville Highway SW) – Lawrenceville
Northern end of SR 20 concurrency
Barrow64.7104.1   US 29 / SR 316 (University Parkway) – Lawrenceville, AthensInterchange
Winder68.5110.2     US 29 Bus. / SR 8 (May Street) / SR 11 / SR 53 (East May Street/North Broad Street) – Lawrenceville, Athens, JeffersonNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Google (July 25, 2013). "Overview map of SR 81" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Ashley, Asia (2018-03-25). "Public views plans for McDonough diverging diamond interchange, detour routes". Henry Herald. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  3. ^ "GeoPI Project Information". Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  4. ^ "Roundabout coming to Hwy. 81 at Salem Road". The Covington News. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  5. ^ Swanepoel, Sharon (2019-10-20). "Bridge beams to be set on SR 316/81 overnight Tuesday, Oct. 22". Your Local News. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  6. ^ a b National Highway System: Atlanta, GA (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 9, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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