Interstate 575

Interstate 575 is a suburban freeway spur from the Atlanta metropolitan area northward to Ball Ground. The 30.97-mile highway is cosigned with Georgia 5, the Interstate's predecessor. North of Ball Ground, the highway continues as a multi-lane, divided highway via Georgia 515 en route to U.S. 19/Blairsville just south of the North Carolina State Line.

Interstate 575 North
Soon after departing from Interstate 75 northbound, Interstate 575 sees its first interchange. Barrett Parkway intersects Interstate 575 at Exit 1. This surface arterial links U.S. 41 with Interstate 75, Interstate 575, and Bells Ferry Road. For some reason or another, the exit is sign with Interstate 75 trailblazers. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The first interchange (Exit 7) within Cherokee County is the fourth along the Interstate 575 mainline. Featured here is the east-west Georgia 92 through the south Woodstock community (pop. 10,050). Photo taken 08/22/03.
The towns of Canton (pop. 7,709) and Holly Springs (pop. 3,195) are served by the Interstate 575 Exit 14 diamond interchange. Canton Road and Holly Springs Parkway travel north-south between the two bedroom communities. Photo taken 08/22/03.
At Exit 16, Georgia 20 eastbound merges onto Interstate 575 northbound for a three mile overlap. Departing via the South Street interchange is the first of two Business Georgia 5 highways from the north-south freeway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstate 575 sees a tri-level stack interchange for Georgia 5 Business and Georgia 20 westbound. The south Canton connector also links the Interstate with Bells Ferry Road (former Georgia 205 until 1985) and Georgia 140 (Marietta Highway). Bells Ferry Road shadows Interstate 575 northward from Interstate 75 to Canton. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A collector/distributor roadway travels northbound between Exits 16 and Hickory Flat Highway (Georgia 140). Shrouded by the trees, this roadway shuttles Georgia 20 (South Street) traffic onto Interstate 575 east of the upcoming partial cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstate 575 swings to the east of Canton with Georgia 20 eastbound in tow. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the upcoming Exit 19 folded cloverleaf interchange. At this junction Georgia 20 departs the freeway via Main Street and the Cumming Highway to the town of Cumming (pop. 4,220). Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstate 575, Georgia 5, and Georgia 20 reassurance shields posted at Milepost 18. These shields document the overlap between Georgia 140 (Exit 17) and Exit 19. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Northbound Interstate 575 at the Main Street overpasses. Georgia 20 originally traveled westward along Main Street and Marietta Road through downtown Canton. The next interchange brings Georgia Business 5 back to Interstate 575 and Georgia 5. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The Exit 20 diamond interchange with Georgia Business 5 is set in the Etowah River valley northeast of Canton. Georgia Business 5 enters the interchange as the Marietta Highway and continues northward along Riverstone Parkway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Business Georgia 5 does not directly interact with Interstate 575 at Exit 27. Rather, the two highways are linked via Howell Bridge Road. Georgia 5B continues along the Ball Ground Highway to the east of the freeway into the town by the same name. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Georgia 5 enters the last mile of Interstate 575 northbound. Georgia 372 intersects Georgia 5 at the northern terminus, drawing to a close itself in the process. The north-south state highway composes a short freeway between Interstate 575 and the Canton Highway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
An end sign for Interstate 575 and the freeway it travels it posted at the Georgia 372 and Business Georgia 5 intersection. Georgia 5 and Georgia 515 travel northward along the Appalachian Highway to Jasper (pop. 2,167) as a four lane expressway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The first Georgia 515 shield to appear along the Interstate 575 and Georgia 5 corridor northbound. This shield assembly is placed at the southbound beginning of Georgia 372. The freeway spur overlaps with Georgia 5B to Ball Ground and Nelson (pop. 626). Photo taken 08/22/03.
Somewhat erroneous is this end Interstate 575 shield. The sign is in error because its placement north of the at-grade intersection (Georgia 5B and Georgia 372) places it outside the Interstate 575 freeway. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstate 575 South
The beginning of Interstate 575 southbound occurs at the departure of Georgia Business 5 and Georgia 372 north of Ball Ground (pop. 730). The business loop of Georgia 5 returns to Interstate 575 and Georgia 5 in three miles at Exit 27. Georgia uses Interstate business loops along Interstate 75 in Cordele, Perry, and Valdosta, so why doesn't the state designate Business Georgia 5 as Business Loop I-575? Photo taken 08/22/03.
Scenes Related to Interstate 575
Junction Interstate 575 and Georgia 5 shields on Barrett Parkway westbound at Marietta. This diamond interchange is situated just north of Interstate 75 Exit 268 and east of Interstate 75 Exit 269. Photo taken 12/07/99.
Interstate 75 trailblazer with button copy numbering. This shield directs northbound Interstate 575 motorists onto Barrett Parkway west to the Exit 269 interchange of Interstate 75. This off-ramp is a short distance north of the Interstate 575 departure from Interstate 75 itself. Photo taken 12/07/99.
Situated in rural Cherokee County is the Exit 24 interchange of Interstate 575 at Airport Drive. This junction serves the Cherokee County Airport and nearby Georgia 515 (Ball Ground Highway). Pictured here is the southbound shield assembly at the otherwise sleepy junction. Photo taken 08/22/03.
A likely original Interstate 575 shield is posted on Airport Drive eastbound at the northbound on-ramp. The control point featured is the Chattahoochie National Forest town of Ellijay (pop. 1,584). This mountain community is 27 miles to the north via the Georgia 5 corridor. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstate 575 curves northeasterly toward the village of Ball Ground (pop. 730). The northern reaches of the freeway become more hilly as the highway increases in elevation. This vista is visible from the Airport Drive overpass at Exit 24. Photo taken 08/22/03.

Page Updated June 30, 2004.

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