Georgia 166 - Langford Parkway (Planned Interstate 420)

Georgia 166 constitutes the east-west Langford Parkway between Interstate 285 and Lakewood Avenue. This freeway carries four lanes and a brief overlap with Georgia 154. The Atlanta and East Point highway transitions into Campbellton Road west of the Perimeter Highway. Georgia 166 follows this roadway westward to Douglasville.

Unconstructed Interstate 420

Beginning at the Alabama-Georgia State Line west of Jonesville, Georgia 166 heads east through Carollton en route to Atlanta. Upon crossing Interstate 285, Georgia 166 (and cosigned Georgia 154) widens to a four-lane freeway. Georgia 166 ends at its interchange with Interstate 75 south of downtown Atlanta. Originally known as the Lakewood Freeway, Georgia 166 was once part of a larger proposed Interstate 420 alignment. This urban loop was to provide relief to the downtown stretch of Interstate 20 to the north. Beginning at Douglasville west of Atlanta, Interstate 420 was to curve southeastward from Interstate 20 to Interstate 285 via Georgia 166. The Lakewood Freeway was to carry Interstate 420 east to rejoin Interstate 20 at Gresham Park.

Like Interstate 475 and Interstate 485 before it, Interstate 420 was not constructed due to community opposition. Even though many maps from the 1960s and 1970s showed Interstate 420 as a proposed route, it was never constructed, with the exception of today's Georgia 166. The Interstate 420 designation was largely abandoned by the late 1970s in Atlanta, even though the path of the highway was still found on documents dated into the late 1980s (such as the 1988 Metro Atlanta Planning Map). More recently, the existing Georgia 166 was renamed from the Lakeland Freeway to Langford Parkway in 1999.

Georgia 166 East
The first interchange of the Langford Parkway eastbound exists at Greenbriar Parkway just east of Interstate 285. This partial diamond interchange serves nearby Greenbriar Mall, Campbellton Road, and Mt. Gilead Road. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 eastbound within the Greenbriar Parkway interchange. A 2003 construction project sees expansion of the roadway and creation of a new centerline guard rail system. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Descending toward the Dodson Road overpass on Georgia 166 eastbound. The compact right-of-way and lack of full shoulders is part of the reason why the state highway is not part of the Interstate system. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A folded diamond interchange composes the second interchange of Georgia 166 eastbound. Departing here is the off-ramp to DeLowe Drive. A service road connects this arterial with Stanton Road to the east. These two north-south highways serve the city of East Point. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A fiberglass guide sign remains at the U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 off-ramp from Langford Parkway. This ramp dumps traffic onto the short Knox Avenue west of U.S. 29 & Georgia 139. A similar configuration exists for the westbound direction with short access ramps between the freeway and Womack Avenue. Fort McPherson is situated just to the north. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Slip ramps exist between Georgia 166 east and Lakewood Avenue for the Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue interchange. Lakewood Avenue intersects Sylvan Road in between the on and off-ramps. Cleveland Avenue is an east-west arterial 1.1 miles to the south along Sylvan Road. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A short span of a quarter mile separates the Sylvan Road undercrossing from the Pekerson Road off-ramp. This interchange is orientated similarly to that of the U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 junction to the west. Short access ramps intersect Pekerson Road adjacent to the freeway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 eastbound expands to three lanes in anticipation of the Interstate 75-85 junction. The Pekerson Road off-ramp departs just before the directional cloverleaf interchange with the paired Interstates. U.S. 41 & Georgia 19 are accessible from Pekerson via the adjacent Langston Drive. U.S. 41 is dubbed Metropolitan Parkway on the route north into Atlanta. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 eastbound at the U.S. 41 & Georgia 19 undercrossing. Departing from the right are the ramps for Interstate 75-85. The guide signs feature Macon for Interstate 75 southbound and Atlanta Airport for Interstate 85 southbound. The two highways split just south of the Georgia 166 interchange. A single lane of travel continues the Langford Parkway eastward. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 eastbound gains a second lane via the Interstate 75-85 northbound on-ramp. The parkway continues only a short distance beyond the Pryor Road overpass to Lakewood Avenue. A Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre overhead guides motorists eastward to Lakewood Avenue. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 eastbound concludes at a folded diamond interchange complete with a freeway stub. The abandoned Interstate 420 project leaves this short stretch of deteriorating roadbed as a GADOT maintenance yard. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The end of the Georgia 166 eastbound off-ramp at Lakewood Avenue. Lakewood Park resides just east of this intersection via Lakewood Avenue and Macon Drive. There is no end shield posted for the Georgia 166 eastern terminus. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 West
The beginning of Georgia 166 westbound at the Pryor Road overpass. Almost immediately after the freeway beginning is the directional cloverleaf interchange of Interstate 75-85. The westbound direction sees a cloverleaf ramp to Interstate 75-85 southbound ahead. Traffic destined for downtown departs just beyond the overcrossing. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Traveling the northbound Interstate 75-85 on-ramp toward the central business district of Atlanta. The paired Interstates feature an expansive right-of-way and 12 to 16 overall travel lanes. The ramp eminating from Georgia 166 eastbound merges with the westbound ramp before both descend onto the Interstate 75-85 mainline. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Ramps from Interstate 75 & 85 merge onto Georgia 166 (Langford Parkway) just ahead of the Lakewood Avenue off-ramp. Lakewood Avenue parallels the westbound carriageway of Langford Parkway between Metropolitan Parkway (U.S. 19 & 41) and Brewer Boulevard/Perkerson Road. Lakewood Avenue resumes south of the freeway and was displaced with the creation of the Georgia 166 Lakewood Freeway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia 166 westbound loses its third lane to the Sylvan Road off-ramp. Sylvan Road links the freeway with Cleveland Avenue one mile to the south in East Point (pop. 39,595). Otherwise the north-south road begins at Central Avenue and Interstate 85 Exit 75 and ends at U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 (Lee Street) to the north. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The lone remnant original button copy sign as of January 2004 is the panel at the U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 (N. Main Street) off-ramp of Georgia 166 westbound. Like the Lakewood Avenue ramp near U.S. 19 & 41, the ramp to U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 features a short curved connector ramp to the parallel Womack Avenue. Womack Avenue intersects N. Main Street just south of Fort McPherson. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The Langford Parkway curves between East Point and the southern boundaries of Fort McPherson between U.S. 29 & Georgia 139 (N. Main Street) and the Stanton Road off-ramp. Pictured here is a new sign bridge installed late 2003 with the 0.50-mile overhead for Stanton Road. A split diamond interchange configuration exists with Georgia 166 at Stanton Road and Delowe Drive. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Sign bridge for the final two exits of Georgia 166 (Langford Parkway) westbound. Departing one mile ahead is the Campbellton Road off-ramp near Greenbriar Mall. Campbellton Road parallels Georgia 166 between Greenbriar Parkway and Maxwell Drive. Photo taken 01/17/04.
One half mile east of the Campbellton Road & Greenbriar Parkway interchange at the Maxwell Drive overcrossing on Georgia 166 west. Greenbriar Parkway loops between Campbellton Road & Mt. Gilead Road southward to Greenbriar Mall and Barge Road. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A three-quarter directional cloverleaf handles the junction of Georgia 166 (Langford Highway) with Interstate 285 (Atlanta Perimeter Highway). The westbound ramps to the Atlanta Beltway split just beyond the departure from the Langford Parkway mainline. Georgia 166 otherwise becomes Campbellton Road west of Interstate 285. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Scenes Related to Georgia 166
Georgia 166 begins at the stub interchange with Lakewood Avenue at Lakewood Park. This photograph shows Lakewood Avenue eastbound as it nears the westbound on-ramp to the Langford Parkway. Photo taken 08/22/03.

Page Updated March 8, 2004

© AARoads