U.S. Route 280

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U.S. Route 280 marker

U.S. Route 280
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 80
Maintained by ALDOT and GDOT
Length 392 mi[citation needed] (631 km)
Major junctions
West end I-20 / I-59 / US 31 in Birmingham, AL
 

I-459 in Hoover, AL
US 231 in Sylacauga, AL
I-85 / US 29 / US 431 in Opelika, AL
I-185 in Columbus, GA
US 19 in Americus, GA
I-75 in Cordele, GA
US 23 / US 319 / US 341 / US 441 in McRae-Helena, GA
US 1 in Lyons
US 25 / US 301 in Claxton, GA

I-16 near Black Creek, GA
East end US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 in Blitchton, GA
Location
States Alabama, Georgia
Highway system

U.S. Route 280 is a spur of U.S. Highway 80. It currently runs for 392 miles (631 km) from Blichton, Georgia at U.S. Highway 80 to Birmingham, Alabama at I-20/I-59. For much of its route, U.S. 280 travels through rural areas and smaller cities in southern Georgia and east central Alabama. Once the highway approaches Birmingham, it is a major suburban route. Numerous shopping centers are located on U.S. 280 throughout northern Shelby County and southern Jefferson County.

U.S. Route 280 is the main connector between Birmingham, AL and Auburn, AL.

Through Talladega County, Alabama, U.S. 280 is known as the Jim Nabors Highway, in honor of the Sylacauga, Alabama, native known for portraying the television character Gomer Pyle. The historical designation of US-280 and Alabama SR-38 is the Florida Short Route.

For many years, US-280 and SR-38 was considered one of the more dangerous routes in Alabama, due to the number of large stretches of narrow two-lane roadway leading southeastwardly from Birmingham. Work was completed in 2006 making U.S. 280 a four-lane highway throughout the entire state of Alabama. This project began in the 1970s. As a result, U.S. 280 now bypasses numerous small towns in east Alabama, including Goodwater, Jackson's Gap, Camp Hill and Waverly.

In Georgia, US 280 from Columbus to I-16 is also a Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP) corridor known as "Power Alley".[1]

Route description

Western terminus at Interstates 20 & 59 in Birmingham.

Alabama

US 280 begins at an interchange with Interstate 20, Interstate 59, and U.S. Route 31 in downtown Birmingham. US 280 continues south, cosigned with US 31 along the Elton B. Stephens Expressway (locally known as the Red Mountain Expressway). The routes interchange with U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 78 prior to exiting the city. At Homewood, the expressway comes to an end as US 280 separates from US 31. In Cahaba Heights, US 280 interchanges with Interstate 459.

US 280 is paired with unsigned State Route 38 throughout the state, except along the Red Mountain Expressway, where it and US-31 are both concurrent with unsigned State Route 3. The U.S. Highway has a length of 141.356 miles (227.490 km) in Alabama.[2]

Georgia

US 280 begins in Georgia at the state's border with Alabama in Columbus. There it is paired with State Route 520 and U.S. Route 27. It maintains this designation as it passes through Fort Benning. US 280 continues east, where it passes through Plains (the boyhood home of Jimmy Carter) and becomes cosigned State Route 30 in Americus. It maintains this designation until the route's terminus in Blichton.

History

Prior to the completion of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway in Birmingham, US 31, US 78, and US 280 traveled concurrently until they intersected US 11 at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 24th Street.

Major intersections

State County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Alabama Jefferson Birmingham 0.000 0.000 I-20 / I-59 / US 31 north (Carraway Boulevard / SR 3) – Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, Gadsden Western terminus; western end of US 31/SR 3 concurrency; I-20/I-59 exit 126A
0.729 1.173 2nd Avenue North Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.835 1.344 US 11 (1st Avenue North / SR 7) Westbound exit only
1.245 2.004 US 78 (3rd–4th Avenue South / SR 4)
1.598 2.572 University Boulevard
Highland Avenue / Arlington Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
21st Avenue South Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Homewood 3.331 5.361 US 31 south (SR 3 south) / SR 38 east / Rosedale Drive – Montgomery, Homewood Eastern end of US 31/SR 3 concurrency; western end of SR 38 concurrency; western terminus of SR 38
BirminghamHomewood line Hollywood Boulevard – Mountain Brook, Birmingham ZooGardens Eastern end of freeway
Mountain Brook 4.737 7.623 SR 149 – Homewood, Mountain Brook, Samford University Interchange
Mountain Brook Pump House Road – Cahaba Heights Interchange
Birmingham 7.899 12.712 I-459 – Atlanta, Gadsden, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa I-459 exit 19
Colonnade Drive Interchange
Shelby Hoover 11.819 19.021 SR 119 (Cahaba Valley Road) – Leeds, Oak Mountain State Park, Lake Purdy
Harpersville 29.431 47.365 US 231 north (SR 53 north) / SR 25 – Vincent, Wilsonville, Pell City Western end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency
Harpersville 34.437 55.421 SR 76 west (Klein Road) – Columbiana, Montevallo Western end of SR 76 concurrency
Talladega Childersburg 35.523 57.169 SR 235 north (Coosa Pines Road) Southern terminus of SR 235
36.109 58.112 SR 76 east (1st Street) / CR 008 west – Childersburg, Fayetteville, Kymulga Covered Bridge and Grist Mill, Talladega College Historic District, DeSoto Caverns Eastern end of SR 76 concurrency; eastern terminus of CR 008
Sylacauga 47.310 76.138 US 231 south (SR 53) / SR 21 – Sylacauga, Montgomery Eastern end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency; interchange
Coosa Socapatoy 63.362 101.971 SR 9 – Wetumpka, Goodwater Interchange
Kellyton 65.221 104.963 SR 115 south / Firehouse Road – Kellyton Northern terminus of SR 115
Tallapoosa Alexander City 70.096 112.809 SR 22 west (Rockford Highway) – Rockford, Historic Downtown Alexander City, Charles E. Bailey Sportplex Western end of SR 22 concurrency
71.788 115.532 SR 22 east / SR 63 (Cherokee Road) – Alex City, Eclectic, Central Alabama Community College, Wind Creek State Park, Historic Downtown Alexander City Eastern end of SR 22 concurrency
Dadeville 83.501 134.382 SR 49 north (Horseshoe Bend Road) – New Site, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Western end of SR 49 concurrency
84.821 136.506 SR 49 south (North Broadnax Street) – Dadeville Business District, StillWaters, Tallapoosa County Historical Museum Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Camp Hill SR 50 east / CR 34 west – Camp Hill, Lyman Ward, StillWaters, Camp Hill Business District Western end of SR 50 concurrency; eastern terminus of CR 34
91.488 147.236 SR 50 west – Lyman Ward, Girls Ranch Eastern end of SR 50 concurrency
Chambers
No major junctions
Lee Auburn 104.511 168.194 SR 147 north (Heath Road) – LaFayette Western end of SR 147 concurrency
The Bottle 104.911 168.838 SR 147 south (North College Street) – Auburn Eastern end of SR 147 concurrency
Opelika 110.241 177.416 Pepperell Parkway Former US 29
111.851 180.007 I-85 south / US 29 south (SR 15) – Montgomery Western end of I-85/US 29/SR 15 concurrency; US 280 west follows exit 58.
113.871 183.258 SR 51 to SR 169 – Opelika, Hurtsboro I-85 exit 60
115.294 185.548 I-85 north / US 29 north (SR 15) / US 431 north (Columbus Parkway / SR 1) – Atlanta, Opelika, Southern Union State Community College Eastern end of I-85/US 29/SR 15 concurrency; western end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency; US 280 east follows exit 62.
Russell Phenix City 137.659 221.541 US 80 east (SR 8) to I-185 – Columbus Western end of US 80/SR 8 concurrency
138.598 223.052 US 80 west (Crawford Road / SR 8) – Montgomery Eastern end of US 80/SR 8 concurrency
140.466 226.058 US 431 south (SR 1) – Eufaula, Dothan Eastern end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency; interchange
Colin L. Powell Parkway / Seale Road Interchange
Chattahoochee River 141.356
0.0
227.490
0.0
Oglethorpe Bridge; AlabamaGeorgia state line
Georgia Muscogee Columbus US 27 north / SR 1 north (Veterans Parkway) – Hamilton, Waverly Hall, Airport Western end of US 27/SR 1 concurrency
See SR 520 (mile 0.0-35.1)
Stewart Richland SR 520 east / SR 27 west – Dawson, Lumpkin Eastern end of SR 520 concurrency; western end of SR 27 concurrency
Webster Preston SR 41 south (Washington Street) – Weston, Dawson Western end of SR 41 concurrency
SR 41 north (Cass Street) – Buena Vista, Ellaville Eastern end of SR 41 concurrency
Sumter Plains SR 45 south (Bond Street) to SR 308 – Dawson, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Northern terminus of SR 45
SR 49 south – Dawson Western end of SR 49 concurrency
US 19 south / SR 3 south / Spring Street – Albany Western end of US 19/SR 3 concurrency
Americus US 19 north / SR 3 north / SR 30 west (South MLK Boulevard) – Ellaville, Buena Vista Eastern end of US 19/SR 3 concurrency; western end of SR 30 concurrency
SR 377 south (Lee Street) Northern terminus of SR 377
SR 49 north (Tripp Street / Crawford Street) – Oglethorpe, Andersonville, Andersonville National Historic Site, Airport, South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
SR 27 east (Vienna Road) – Vienna Eastern end of SR 27 concurrency
Leslie SR 118 south / SR 195 south (Bailey Avenue) – Leesburg, Smithville, Georgia Rural Telephone Museum Western end of SR 195 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 118
De Soto SR 195 north – Andersonville Eastern end of SR 195 concurrency
Crisp SR 300 Conn. south – Albany, Camilla Northern terminus of SR 300 Conn.
Cordele I-75 Bus. / US 41 / SR 7 north (7th Street) / SR 90 – Vienna, Ashburn, Historic Downtown Cordele Western end of SR 90 concurrency
I-75 (SR 401) to SR 300 – Macon, Valdosta, Albany I-75 exit 101
SR 90 south – Rebecca Eastern end of SR 90 concurrency
Wilcox Pitts SR 159 south (10th Street) – Rebecca, Ashburn Northern terminus of SR 159
SR 215 north (8th Street) – Vienna Western end of SR 215 concurrency
Rochelle SR 112 / SR 233 (Ashley Street) – Hawkinsville, Rebecca
SR 215 south (Gordon Street) – Fitzgerald Eastern end of SR 215 concurrency
Abbeville US 129 / SR 11 (Broad Street) – Hawkinsville, Fitzgerald, Wilcox State Prison
Dodge SR 87 north (Abbeville Highway) – Eastman, Hawkinsville Southern terminus of SR 87
Rhine SR 117 / SR 165 north (Central Street) – Eastman, Jacksonville Western end of SR 165 concurrency
Telfair Milan SR 165 south (Mt. Zion Street) Eastern end of SR 165 concurrency
McRae-Helena US 319 south / US 441 south / SR 31 south – Fitzgerald, Douglas Western end of US 319/US 441/SR 31 concurrency
US 23 south / US 341 south / SR 27 south (Oak Street) – Hazlehurst Southbound lanes of US 23/US 341/SR 27 on one-way pair
US 23 north / US 341 north / SR 27 north – Eastman Northbound lanes of US 23/US 341/SR 27 on one-way pair
Wheeler US 319 north / US 441 north / SR 31 north – Dublin, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge Eastern end of US 319/US 441/SR 31 concurrency
SR 149 south – Scotland Northern terminus of SR 149
Alamo SR 126 (Commerce Street) – Cadwell, Lumber City
Glenwood SR 19 (2nd Street) – Dublin, Lumber City
Montgomery Mount Vernon US 221 / SR 56 (Railroad Avenue) to I-16 – Soperton, Uvalda
Ailey Broad Street Former SR 227 north
Higgston SR 15 north / SR 29 north / SR 135 south (James Street) to I-16 – Tarrytown, Soperton, Uvalda Western end of SR 15/SR 29 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 135
Toombs Vidalia SR 130 (Adams Street) – Uvalda
SR 15 south / SR 29 south (Jackson Street) – Baxley Eastern end of SR 15/SR 29 concurrency
Lyons US 1 / SR 4 (South State Street) to I-16 – Swainsboro, Baxley
SR 86 west – Oak Park Eastern terminus of SR 86
Tattnall Reidsville SR 56 west (Shepards Bridge Road) – Uvalda Eastern terminus of SR 56
SR 147 west (Tattnall Street) – State Prison Eastern terminus of SR 147
SR 23 / SR 57 / SR 121 (Main Street) to I-16 – Metter, Glennville
Evans Bellville SR 169 (Smith Street) to I-16 – Bellville, Jesup
SR 292 west – Manassas Eastern terminus of SR 292
Claxton SR 129 north (Ralph Street) – Metter Western end of SR 129 concurrency
US 25 / US 301 / SR 73 (Duval Street) – Statesboro, Glennville
SR 129 south (River Street) Eastern end of SR 129 concurrency
Bryan Pembroke SR 67 north / SR 119 south (Main Street) to I-16 Western end of SR 67/SR 119 concurrency
SR 67 south / SR 119 north (College Street) to I-16 – Springfield Eastern end of SR 67/SR 119 concurrency
Lanier SR 204 east to I-95 – Ellabell Western terminus of SR 204
I-16 (SR 404) – Macon, Savannah I-16 exit 143
Blitchton US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 east – Statesboro, Savannah Eastern terminus; eastern end of SR 30 concurrency; former US 280 east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ "Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP)". Georgia Department of Transportation. 2012. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
    • Jefferson County (PDF)
    • Shelby County (PDF)
    • Talladega County (PDF)
    • Coosa County (PDF)
    • Tallapoosa County (PDF)
    • Chambers County (PDF)
    • Lee County (PDF)
    • Russell County (PDF)

External links

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  • Endpoints of U.S. Highway 280
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