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Interstate 985

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Interstate 985 (I-985) is a 25.01-mile-long (40.25 km) Auxiliary Interstate Highway in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. It begins at an interchange with I-85 (which also serves as the southern terminus of SR 365) on the southeastern edge of Suwanee and continues northeastward to the city of Gainesville. I-985 is also known as the Sidney Lanier Parkway and is also designated as unsigned State Route 419. The roadway was designated as I-985 in 1985.

Interstate 985 marker

Interstate 985
Sidney Lanier Parkway
I-985 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length25.01 mi[3] (40.25 km)
Existed1985[1][2]–present
Major junctions
South end I-85 / SR 365 in Suwanee
  US 23 / SR 20 in Buford
US 129 / US 129 Bus. / SR 11 in Gainesville
North end US 23 / SR 365 in Gainesville
Location
CountiesGwinnett, Hall
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
I-675US 1
SR 417Georgia 419.svgSR 421

I-985 and SR 365 are concurrent for I-985's entire length, but only the I-985 signs are displayed. I-985 is also concurrent with US 23 from exit 4 northward.

I-985 is the highest-numbered spur route of a north-south Interstate, and is second only to I-990, which serves the Buffalo metropolitan area.

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Route descriptionEdit

Gwinnett CountyEdit

In Gwinnett County, I-985 begins concurrent with SR 365 at an interchange with I-85 on the southeastern edge of Suwanee. The two highways head northeast to Buford, at an interchange with US 23/SR 20 (Buford Drive N.E.). Here, US 23 joins the concurrency of I-985/SR 365.[4]

Hall CountyEdit

The three routes head northeast into Hall County until they meet SR 347. In Flowery Branch they meet Spout Springs Road at the Rankin Smith Interchange. Then they enter Oakwood, and meet SR 53 (Mundy Mill Road), which doesn't have any return access from southbound I-985/US 23/SR 365. Just after, they enter Gainesville, where they intersect SR 13 (Atlanta Highway). Its interchange has access to both SR 13 and SR 53. Farther into Gainesville is SR 53 Connector/SR 60 (Candler Road/Queen City Parkway). In the main part of the city, US 129/US 129 Business/SR 11 (Athens Highway) meet the concurrency. US 129/SR 11 head south toward Jefferson, while US 129 joins the concurrency through the rest of the city. Meanwhile, US 129 Business/SR 11 head north into the heart of Gainesville. Nearly 2.5 miles (4.0 km) later US 129 departs to the north with SR 369 on Jesse Jewell Parkway. About 1.4 miles (2.3 km) later, I-985 ends, while US 23/SR 365 continue north.[4]

National Highway SystemEdit

All of I-985 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[5][6]

HistoryEdit

1920sEdit

The roadway that would eventually become I-985 was built at least as early as 1919 as SR 13 from Buford to just northeast of Gainesville, along the same alignment as it runs today.[7] A reconfiguration of the SR 13 and SR 15 intersection in the Baldwin–Cornelia area, caused the two routes to run concurrently between the two cities.[7][8] By the end of 1926, a small section in Gainesville was paved.[8][9] By 1929, US 23 was designated along the section from Buford to Gainesville.[9][10]

1930s and 1940sEdit

By 1932, US 23 was designated along the route all the way to Cornelia. In addition, the entire route, from Buford to the South Carolina state line, was paved.[10][11] The next month, US 23, and possibly SR 13 was extended south from Buford.[11][12] In 1935, after a long series of improvement projects the section just south of Buford was paved.[13][14] Between 1946 and 1948, US 123 entered the state, being routed on a concurrency with SR 13 between Toccoa and the state line.[15][16] Prior to April 1949, US 123's concurrency with SR 13 was extended to Cornelia. During this time, US 441 was extended along SR 15, thus beginning a concurrency with SR 13.[16][17]

1950s-1970sEdit

Between 1955 and 1957, a freeway (presumably I-85) was under construction from northeast Atlanta northeast to Suwannee, paralleling US 23/SR 13.[18][19] Between 1957 and 1960, I-85 was completed as far north as what is now known as SR 317, which is located just southwest of what is now the southern terminus of I-985/SR 365,[19][20] and by 1966, it was completed northeast of Atlanta within the state.[21][22] In 1966, SR 365 was being projected as a freeway from its current southern terminus northeast and curving around the southeastern side of Gainesville.[22][23] In 1969, the whole freeway section, with the exception of the southernmost portion from I-85 to US 23/SR 20, was completed. Also, the entire completed section was designated as SR 365.[24][25] The next year, the southern-most segment was completed.[25][26] By 1979, the SR 365 freeway was listed as "under construction" from the northern terminus of the freeway northeast to US 23/US 441/SR 15 near Cornelia.[27][28]

1980s and 1990sEdit

Between 1980 and 1982, SR 365 was extended along the "under construction" section, but it was not a freeway. Also, US 23/SR 13 from Gainesville to Cornelia were moved onto this new highway.[29][30] By 1986, the entire freeway segment was designated as I-985.[1][2]

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[4]kmExitDestinationsNotes
GwinnettSuwanee0.00.0-  I-85 south (SR 403) – AtlantaSouthern terminus of I-985/SR 365; southern end of SR 365 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-85 exit 113
Buford3.55.64   US 23 south / SR 20 (Buford Drive N.E.) – Cumming, BufordSouthern end of US 23 concurrency
Hall8.012.98  SR 347 (Friendship Road / Lanier Islands Parkway) – Lake Lanier
Flowery Branch11.418.312Phil Niekro Boulevard / Spout Springs Road – Flowery BranchRankin Smith Interchange
14.022.514  SR 13 (Martin Road) – Oakwood, Flowery BranchNorthbound exit ramp to Martin Road only; southbound exit ramp to Martin Road only; currently under construction
Oakwood15.725.316  SR 53 (Mundy Mill Road) – Oakwood, DawsonvilleNorthbound exit ramp to SR 53 only; no southbound exit 16
Gainesville16.025.717  SR 13 (Atlanta Highway) – GainesvilleNorthbound exit ramp to SR 13 only: southbound exit includes separate ramps to SR 13 and SR 53.
19.731.720   SR 60 / SR 53 Conn. north (Candler Road / Queen City Parkway) – Gainesville, DawsonvilleSouthern terminus of SR 53 Conn.
21.334.322    US 129 south / SR 11 / US 129 Bus. north (Athens Highway)Southern end of US 129 concurrency; southern terminus of US 129 Bus.
23.738.124   US 129 north / SR 369 west (Jesse Jewell Parkway) – Gainesville, Cleveland, CummingNorthern end of US 129 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 369
25.140.4-   US 23 north / SR 365 north (Cornelia Highway)Northern terminus of I-985; northern end of US 23 and SR 365 concurrencies
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Georgia State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by GSHD. Georgia State Highway Department. January 1, 1984. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Georgia State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by GSHD. Georgia State Highway Department. January 1, 1986. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2".
  4. ^ a b c Google (October 30, 2013). "Route of Interstate 985" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "National Highway System: Gainesville, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  7. ^ a b 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 October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1921). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  9. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1926). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  10. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (October 1929). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  11. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  12. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (February 1932). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  13. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (April 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  14. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (July 1, 1935). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  15. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1946). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to November 7, 1946.)
  16. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1948). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to February 28, 1948.)
  17. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1949). System of State Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to April 1, 1949.)
  18. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1955). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to June 1, 1955.)
  19. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (1957). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to July 1, 1957.)
  20. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1960). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map) (1960–1961 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to June 1, 1960.)
  21. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (1963). State Highway System and Other Principal Connection Roads (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. OCLC 5673161. Retrieved October 30, 2013. (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)
  22. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  23. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1967). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  24. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1969). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  25. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1970). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  26. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1971). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  27. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1977). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1977–1978 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  28. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1978). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  29. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1980). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1980–1981 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  30. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (1982). Official Highway and Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 30, 2013.

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