State Route 166 in Georgia
According to ablogtophone, State Route 166 is a state route in the U.S. state of Georgia. The road forms an east-west route through the west of the state, from the Alabama border at Bowden to Atlanta. In Atlanta, the road forms part of the Langford Parkway, an 8 km freeway. State Route 166 is 102 kilometers long.
State Route 166 begins west of Bowdon on the border with the state of Alabama. The road heads east through the hilly woods to Atlanta, south of parallel Interstate 20. The only major core to the Atlanta area is the town of Carrollton, where the road forms a 2×2 lane bypass. The rest of the route is single-lane into the Atlanta metropolitan area.
It then interchanges with Interstate 285, a fairly simple clover turbine, after which the highway forms a fairly curvy 2×2 lane route through the East Point suburb. The area is predominantly wooded and not densely built-up. At Lee Street, you pass under a rail corridor. Not far after that comes the interchange with the Downtown Connector (I-75/85). East of that, the highway ends at Lakewood Avenue.
State Route 166 was assigned to the current route in 1940 and was still partly unpaved at the time. It was not until 1960 that the entire road was paved. The highway was constructed in 1960-1961 and was originally called the Lakewood Freeway. In 1995 the name was changed to the Arthur Langford, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
The highway was originally planned to be extended further east, possibly to the extended I-675 or I-20. The end of the highway at Lakewood Avenue is a reminder of this.
3,500 vehicles drive daily at the Alabama border, rising to 8,500 vehicles at Carrollton and 22,000 vehicles on the Carrollton bypass. The busiest point is on the east side of Carrollton with 31,000 vehicles per day. As far as the Atlanta area, State Route 166 is otherwise fairly quiet with 4,000 to 6,000 vehicles per day. This only increases to more than 10,000 vehicles per day just before I-285. The Langford Parkway handles 50,000 to 52,000 vehicles per day.
State Route 540 in Georgia
According to beautyphoon, State Route 540, also known as the Fall Line Freeway is a state route and divided highway in the US state of Georgia. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the state, from Columbus via Macon to Augusta. Although one speaks of a ‘freeway’, it is in fact a largely level road. The road is 346 kilometers long.
SR-540 begins in Columbus as the JR Allen Parkway, a freeway around the north of the city. The highway begins at the border with the state of Alabama and then heads east and joins Interstate 185. In the northeast of Columbus you cross the US 27, where the freeway ends. SR-540 then follows US 80 and SR-96 east to Macon. This area is wooded and has only small villages. The road is entirely a 2×2 divided highway with intersections.
The road passes through the town of Macon, where Interstate 16 and Interstate 75 converge. East of Macon it’s a slightly more developed 2×2 road past Gordon and Milledgeville and continues east through Sandersville, before turning northeast. The route leads through Wrens to the town of Augusta, located on the border with the state of South Carolina.
The State Route 540 is a concept mainly run over existing roads. Construction on the JR Allen Parkway around Columbus began in 1980, and the highway opened to traffic in stages between 1984 and 1988. The highway is named after the mayor of Columbus who died in a 1973 plane crash in the state.
Several sections of the route have been widened to 2×2 lanes as part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP) that began in 1989. In the early 2000s, the section between Columbus and Macon was completely widened to 2×2 lanes. Finally, the Fort Valley bypass opened in 2005 as a 2×2 divided highway.
East of Macon opened the 2×2 section on a new route between Ivey and Milledgeville in 2010 and the 2×2 bypass of Gordon in 2012. Milledgeville’s actual bypass opened to traffic on October 17, 2016. Circa 2003, a 2×2 lane opened between Wrens and Blythe. Shortly thereafter, the section between Sandersville and Wrens was widened to 2×2 lanes.
The Fall Line ‘Freeway’ is listed as a possible upgrade to Interstate 14. However, the conversion to Interstate Highway will require costly adjustments, for example, only a very small part of the route is grade separated and further grade separation requires major investments due to the many intersections that need to be replaced. A bypass of Macon will also have to be constructed.