Georgia 316

Georgia 316 varies between an at-grade expressway and limited access highway from Interstate 85 near Lawrenceville east to the Athens Perimeter Highway (Georgia 10 Loop). Long range discussion involving the 39-mile corridor included upgrading the remainder of the route to freeway standards. Several at-grade intersections will be upgraded to interchanges as well.

A 2004 proposal by the Parkway Group called for the implementation of tolls to help pay for the conversion of Georgia 316 to limited access standards. Estimated to cost $1 billion, toll rates considered at the time outlined as much as $4.70 for a one way trip at a rate of 12 cents per mile1


Georgia 316 east
Exit 1 provides a connection to Boggs Road from nearby Interstate 85 on Georgia 316 east. Boggs Road is also accessible directly from Interstate 85 southbound at Exit 106. The north-south roadway joins Georgia 120 (Duluth Highway) with Old Norcross Road to the south. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
The next exit of Georgia 316 eastbound sees a parclo interchange with Sugarloaf Parkway. Sugarloaf Parkway comprises a four-lane divided highway between Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee and U.S. 29 outside of Lawrenceville. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
0.50-mile guide sign for Sugarloaf Parkway (Exit 2) posted on Georgia 316 eastbound. Sugarloaf Parkway loops southeast from the Lawrenceville Freeway to Georgia 20 (Grayson Highway) south of Lawrenceville. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Georgia 316 eastbound at the ramp departure for Sugarloaf Parkway. Sugarloaf Parkway meets Lake Parkway just north of the freeway and Old Norcross Road just south of Georgia 316. The parkway also sees an interchange with Interstate 85 (Exit 108) to the northwest. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
The Sugarloaf Parkway on-ramp forms an auxiliary lane for Riverside Parkway (Exit 4) on Georgia 316 eastbound. Riverside Parkway, like Sugarloaf Parkway, comprises a suburban surface route through the Lawrenceville community. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Georgia 316 eastbound at the Exit 4 diamond interchange with Riverside Parkway. Riverside Parkway travels north from Old Norcross Road to Georgia 316, Georgia 120 (Duluth Highway), and Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
The final interchange of the Lawrenceville Freeway (Exit 5) joins Georgia 316 with Georgia 120 (Duluth Highway). The first sign bridge for the diamond interchange resides at the Riverside Parkway over crossing. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Georgia 316 eastbound again expands to three lanes between the exits with Riverside Parkway and Georgia 120. Georgia 120 (Duluth Highway) comprises an east-west route between Alpharetta, Duluth, and Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville Suwanee Road passes over the freeway midway between Exits 4 and 5. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Traffic to Georgia 120 (Duluth Highway) leaves Georgia 316 (Lawrenceville Freeway) eastbound at Gwinnett Medical Center. The Duluth Highway transitions into Pike Street on the eastbound drive into Lawrenceville itself. Georgia 120 ends at U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 in the heart of town. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
One half mile east of Georgia 120 is a turn-off onto Walther Road southbound from Georgia 316 eastbound. Ramps also exist in the westbound direction for the northern segment of Walter Road. The exit however is basically unsigned and of benefit to local traffic. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Georgia 316 downgrades from a freeway into a four-lane surface arterial ahead of the intersection with Collins Hill Road. A turn lane departs the state route for Collins Hill Road south to Lawrenceville ahead of the signalized intersection. Use Collins Hill Road north for Gwinnett University Center. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).
Georgia 316 (University Parkway) bypasses Lawrenceville to the north and merges with U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 (Winder Highway) east of town. The trio share 30 miles of pavement between Lawrenceville and the Athens Perimeter Highway (Georgia 10 Loop). Pictured here is the first set of reassurance shields posted on the overlap after their merge. Photo taken by J.T. Legg (01/27/05).

Sources:

  1. "Toll road projects ride on guesses." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 25, 2004.

Page Updated February 4, 2005.

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