Interstate 95 in Georgia

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Interstate 95 marker

Interstate 95
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length: 112.03 mi[3] (180.29 km)
Existed: 1968[1][2] – present
History: Completed in 1977
Major junctions
South end: I-95 at Florida state line
 

US 17 / US 82 / SR 25 near Brunswick
US 25 / US 341 / SR 27 near Brunswick
I‑95 Bus. / SR 251 in Darien
I‑16 in Savannah

US 80 / SR 26 in Pooler
North end: I-95 at South Carolina state line
Location
Counties: Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, Bryan, Chatham, Effingham
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 94 SR 95
SR 404 SR 405 SR 406

Interstate 95 (I-95), the main Interstate Highway on the east coast of the United States, serves the Atlantic coast of the U.S. state of Georgia. It crosses into the state from Florida at the St. Marys River near Kingsland and travels to the north past the cities of Brunswick and Savannah to the South Carolina state line at the Savannah River near Port Wentworth. The route also passes through the cities of Richmond Hill, Darien and Woodbine. I-95 in Georgia has the unsigned designation of State Route 405 (SR 405).

Route description

All of I-95 in Georgia has three lanes in each direction, except in the Brunswick area, where it has four lanes in each direction. From the Florida state line to west of Savannah, I-95 travels along the U.S. Route 17 (US 17) corridor, passing near or through marshlands, and is close to the Atlantic coastline.

Annual traffic fatalities variable sign over I-95 north

The highway enters Georgia via twin bridges over the St. Marys River, where it immediately enters the city of Kingsland, intersecting State Route 40 (SR 40). The Interstate continues generally north-northeast, bypassing the smaller communities of Woodbine and Waverly en route to Brunswick, where it intersects US 17, US 25, and US 341. The freeway leaves Brunswick, bypassing the cities of Darien and Midway, before reaching the southern suburbs of Savannah. The route first encounters US 17 again, this time in Richmond Hill, before intersecting SR 204, a busy freeway and southern bypass into Savannah. The route then intersects with I-16 and US 80 in Pooler, also providing direct access to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport via the Airways Avenue exit (exit 104). After that, the final exit in Georgia is in Port Wentworth, where it intersects SR 21, the major thoroughfare between Augusta and Savannah. I-95 leaves Georgia via twin bridges over the Savannah River, and heads north into South Carolina.

The State Welcome Centers on both ends of I-95 are integrated with other interchanges. The northbound Welcome Center is built into the northbound off-ramp with exit 1, while the on-ramp from here runs under a bridge beneath the same off-ramp before leading back onto northbound I-95. The southbound Welcome Center can be found just after the off-ramp for first southbound truck weighing center, only for both facilities to share an on ramp back to southbound I-95. Other rest areas, weigh stations, and visitors centers operate independently with no access to any other facilities or destinations.

Northbound I-95 at the interchange with I-16; Note the crossing gates at the on and off ramps

I-95 intersects I-16 near Savannah (exit 99). Ramps to and from the eastbound lanes of I-16 feature barrier gates to prevent traffic from entering I-16 in the wrong direction during contraflow lane reversal for hurricane evacuations.


History

1960s

In 1965, I-95 was proposed from the Florida state line to SR 251 near Darien. It was under construction from there to SR 99 near Crescent. It was proposed from there to the South Carolina state line.[4][5] In 1966, it was under construction from its southern interchange with SR 99 to just north of SR 131 in South Newport.[5][6] In 1967, it was under construction just north of South Newport. It was under construction from Richmond Hill to I-16 near Savannah.[6][1] In 1968, it was under construction from the Florida state line to SR 40 in Kingsland. It was also under construction from its southern interchange with SR 99 to SR 251 near Darien. It was open as I-95 from SR 251 to its northern interchange with SR 99 in Eulonia. It was under construction from Eulonia to US 17/SR 25 north of South Newport.[1][2]

1970s

In 1970, the highway was under construction from the Florida state line to just southeast of Woodbine. It was also under construction from US 25/US 341/SR 27 near Brunswick to SR 251 near Darien. It also had an under construction from Eulonia to I-16.[7][8] In 1971, it was under construction from the Florida state line to northeast of White Oak, and also between the US 17/SR 25 interchanges north of South Newport and in Richmond Hill.[8][9] In 1972, it was open from the Florida state line to SR 40 in Kingsland. It was under construction from Kingsland to northeast of White Oak. It was under construction from east of Waverly to US 25/US 341/SR 27 near Brunswick. It was open from there to US 17/SR 25 north of South Newport. It was open from Richmond Hill to I-16. It was under construction from just west of the South Carolina state line to the line.[9][10] In 1973, it was open from the Florida state line to southeast of Woodbine. It was under construction from there to near Brunswick, and from I-16 to the South Carolina state line.[10][11] In 1974, the highway was open from the Brunswick to SR 38 southeast of Midway.[11][12] In 1976, it was open from the Florida state line to US 17/US 84/SR 25/SR 50 southeast of Brunswick. It was open from US 25/US 341/SR 27 near Brunswick to I-16.[13][14] In 1977, it was open for its entire length.[14][15]

After completion

In 1998, the Georgia State Senate passed a resolution to designate the portion of I-95 between the Ogeechee River (BryanChatham county line) north to the Savannah River in the Greater Savannah Area as the Tom Coleman Highway, in honor of Tom Coleman, a Democrat who served as state senator from 1981 to 1995.[16]

Until 2000, the state of Georgia used the sequential interchange numbering system on all of its Interstate Highways. The first exit on each highway would begin with the number "1" and increase numerically with each exit. In 2000, the Georgia Department of Transportation switched to a mileage-based exit system, in which the exit number corresponded to the nearest milepost.[17][18]

Construction to widen I-95 from two to three lanes started with the Chatham County segment in 1989, with the other county segments done in phases, with the project completed throughout Georgia on December 10, 2010.[citation needed]

Exit list

County Location mi km Old exit[18] New exit Destinations Notes
St. Mary's River 0.00 0.00 I-95 south Continuation into Florida
Camden Kingsland 1.07 1.72 1 1 St. Marys Road – St. Marys Northbound traffic can access the Georgia Welcome Center using exit 1
3.27 5.26 2 3 SR 40 (East King Avenue) – Kingsland, St. Mary's
5.73 9.22 2A 6 Laurel Island Parkway – Kingsland , Saint Marys
7.23 11.64 3 7 Harriets Bluff Road
Woodbine 14.24 22.92 4 14 SR 25 Spur – Woodbine
22.44 36.11 22 Horse Stamp Church Road Fully opened April 3, 2012
Waverly 26.46 42.58 5 26 Dover Bluff Road
Glynn Brunswick 29.26 47.09 6 29 US 17 / US 82 / SR 520 – Brunswick, Jekyll Island, Waverly
35.86 57.71 7 36 US 25 (New Jesup Highway) / US 341 / SR 27 – Jesup, Brunswick Signed as exits 36A (south) and 36B (north); previously signed as exits 7A and 7B accordingly
Dock Junction 37.69 60.66 8 38 SR 25 Spur (Golden Isles Parkway) to US 17 – Brunswick
42.40 68.24 9 42 I‑95 Bus. south / SR 99 – Darien
McIntosh Darien 48.88 78.66 10 49 I‑95 Bus. north / SR 251 – Darien
Townsend 58.32 93.86 11 58 SR 57 / SR 99 – Eulonia, Ludowici
Liberty Riceboro 67.29 108.29 12 67 US 17 / SR 25 – South Newport, Riceboro
Midway 75.96 122.25 13 76 US 84 / SR 38 – Midway, Sunbury
Bryan Richmond Hill 87.01 140.03 14 87 US 17 (Coastal Highway) – Richmond Hill, Midway
89.38 143.84 15 90 SR 144 – Fort Stewart, Richmond Hill Signed as Old Clyde Road northbound
Chatham Savannah 93.45 150.39 16 94 SR 204 – Savannah, Pembroke
Pooler 98.76 158.94 17 99 I‑16 (Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway) – Savannah, Macon Signed as exits 99A (east) and 99B (west); previously signed as exits 17A and 17B accordingly; I-16 exits 157A-B; cloverleaf interchange.
101.51 163.36 18 102 US 80 / SR 26 – Pooler, Garden City
Savannah 103.50 166.57 18A 104 Airport Sign.svg Pooler Parkway, Airways Avenue – Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
105.92 170.46 106 Jimmy DeLoach Parkway – Bloomingdale, Port Wentworth Signed as exits 106A (south) and 106B (north)
Port Wentworth 108.03 173.86 19 109 SR 21 / SR 30 – Port Wentworth
Effingham
No major junctions
Savannah River 112.03 180.29 I-95 north Continuation into South Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business loops

Darien

Interstate 95 Business
Location: Darien, Georgia
Length: 8.1 mi[19] (13.0 km)

The Interstate 95 Business Loop (BL 95) for Darien begins at Exit 42 on I-95, and runs concurrent with SR 99. It then joins US 17/SR 25 (Ocean Highway) and follows the road north in a triple concurrency. After SR 99 separates to the northeast in downtown Darien, BL 95 turns northwest onto SR 251 where it reunites with I-95 at its northern terminus on Exit 49.

Brunswick

Interstate 95 Business
Location: Brunswick, Georgia
Length: 15.7 mi[20] (25.3 km)

The former Interstate 95 Business Loop (BL 95) for Brunswick used to serve Brunswick and the Golden Isles between Exits 29 and 38 (former Exits 6 and 8). It was concurrent with US 17/SR 25 but no longer exists. The route returned to I-95 via SR 25 Spur.[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ 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 December 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1969). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Office of Transportation Data (December 31, 2003). Interstate Mileage Report (PDF) (Report). Georgia Department of Transportation. 1DPP438. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 18, 2006. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ 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 December 27, 2016.  (Corrected to June 1, 1963.)
  5. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1967). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1970). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1971). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b State Highway Department of Georgia (January 1972). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: State Highway Department of Georgia. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1973). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1974). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1974–1975 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1975). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1975–1976 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1976). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1976–1977 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1977). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1977–1978 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ Georgia Department of Transportation (January 1977). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1977–1978 ed.). Scale not given. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ "State Resolution 648: Designate portion of I-95 in honor of Tom Coleman and Mack Mattingly". First Reader Summary. Georgia General Assembly. March 9, 1998. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Georgia's Interstate Exit Numbers". Georgia Department of Transportation. June 12, 2003. Archived from the original on February 15, 2004. Retrieved April 30, 2007. 
  18. ^ a b Staff (June 12, 2003). "Interstate 95". Georgia's Interstate Exit Numbers. Georgia Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on February 26, 2004. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ Google (March 10, 2017). "Business Loop I-95 (Darien)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  20. ^ Google (September 5, 2016). "Business Loop I-95 (Brunswick)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Interstate Business Route 95". Interstate Guide. AARoads. June 10, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 

External links

Route map: Google

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Interstate 95
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