Georgia 166 - Langford Parkway

Beginning at the Alabama-Georgia State Line west of Jonesville, SR 166 heads east through Carollton en route to Atlanta. SR 154 accompanies the route east from Douglas County onto Campbellton Road to East Point. The two routes meet Interstate 285 and upgrade to Langford Parkway, a four-lane urban freeway. SR 154 splits with SR 166 to join U.S. 29, while Langford Parkway leads the rest of SR 166 east to I-75/85 (Downtown Connector) and a conclusion at Lakewood Avenue in south Atlanta.

Unconstructed Interstate 420

Named the Lakewood Freeway until July 1995, Georgia 166 was once part the proposed alignment for Interstate 420 approved by AASHTO on June 17, 1975. Meant to provide traffic relief to Interstate 20 through central Atlanta, I-420 was first proposed as an urban loop beginning at Douglasville and ending at Gresham Park in Dekalb County. The Interstate would use Lakewood Freeway from I-285 to I-20.

The western leg of the I-420 was dropped early during the planning phase, so that the loop would start at the Perimeter Highway (I-285) instead of I-20 in Douglas County. With community opposition arising in neighborhoods east of the Downtown Connector and in adjacent Dekalb County, the freeway was never completed. Although still including in the 1988 Metro Atlanta Planning Map, I-420 was dropped by the mid 1980s, with the Lakewood Freeway ending at a half diamond interchange with Lakewood Avenue just east of the Downtown Connector.

Georgia 166 east
A parclo interchange lies just east of I-285, linking Langford Parkway with Greenbriar Parkway south to Greenbriar Mall and parallel Campbellton Road to the north. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Turning northeast from Greenbriar Parkway, Langford Parkway passes under Childress Drive. Construction underway in 2003 added a barrier median. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Descending toward the Dodson Road overpass on Georgia 154 & 166 eastbound. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A split diamond interchange connects SR 154 & 166 with Delowe Drive and Stanton Road at northern reaches of East Point. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A fiberglass guide sign directed traffic to the Knotts Avenue off-ramp from SR 166 east. SR 154 splits with Langford Parkway here to combine with U.S. 29 & SR 139 (Main Street) north to Fort McPherson. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A slip ramp departs SR 166 (Langford Parkway) east onto adjacent Lakewood Avenue ahead of Sylvan Road. Sylvan Road leads south 1.1 miles to Cleveland Avenue. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A quarter mile separates the Sylvan Road underpass from eastbound off-ramp of SR 166 to Perkerson Road. Perkerson Road arcs southward through Perkerson Park to connect Langford Parkway with U.S. 19 & 41 (Metropolitan Parkway). Photo taken 08/22/03.
With the Downtown Connector exchange nearby, Georgia 166 eastbound expands to three lanes as Langford Parkway passes through the folded diamond interchange with Perkerson Road and Lakewood Avenue. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Passing over U.S. 19 & 41 (Metropolitan Parkway), traffic on Georgia 166 separates into ramps for the Downtown Connector. Interstates 75 & 85 split just south of Langford Parkway on respective paths to Macon and ATL Airport. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The loop ramp from I-75 & 85 south adds a second through lane for the Langford Parkway spur east to Lakewood Avenue. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Roadway stubs allude to the unconstructed section of Interstate 420 leading east from Lakewood Avenue to Gresham Park as Georgia 166 ends. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The Georgia 166 off-ramp to Lakewood Avenue east has the right of way over the surface street. Lakewood Avenue heads east from the Polar Rock neighborhood to Lakewood Heights. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 166 west
Lakewood Avenue east at the westbound beginning of Georgia 166 (Langford Parkway) from the Polar Rock neighborhood of Atlanta. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Langford Parkway passes under Pryor Road just ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstates 75 & 85 (Downtown Connector). 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 north side of Georgia 166, joining the freeway with U.S. 19 & 41 (Metropolitan Parkway) to the east and Perkerson Road to the west. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A lane drop occurs along SR 166 westbound at the Sylvan Road off-ramp. Sylvan Road links the freeway with Cleveland Avenue, 1.2 miles to the south in East Point. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The last button copy sign posted along Langford Parkway was this panel at the folded diamond interchange with U.S. 29 and Georgia 139-154 (Main Street), south of Fort McPherson. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Winding west along the Atlanta and East Point city line, the ensuing exit along Langford Parkway departs in one half mile for Stanton Road. This sign bridge was erected by late 2003. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Continuing west form the Delowe Drive on-ramp, SR 154 & 166 (Langford Parkway) advance 1.25 miles to Interstate 285. The final exit loops onto Campbellton Road next. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia 154 & 166 angle southwest and parallel Campbellton Road through to the parclo interchange with Greenbrier Parkway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Traffic to both I-285 north to Smyrna and south to College Park leaves Langford Parkway and separates into respective ramps for the Perimeter Highway. SR 154 & 166 transition to a commercialized stretch of Campbellton Road beyond this exchange. Photo taken 01/17/04.

Page Updated March 8, 2004

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