U.S. Highway 29 & Georgia 8


U.S. 29 travels west of the Interstate 85 corridor from West Point northeast to La Grange, Hogansville and Grantsville. The 1.9 mile long south bypass of Grantsville, approved by AASHTO on June 21, 1971, ties into Interstate 85 at Exit 35. U.S. 29 heads east from there to Moreland, where it joins U.S. 27 Alternate north to cross paths with I-85 again ahead of Newnan. Beyond Newnan, U.S. 29 stays north of parallel I-85 to Palmetto, Fairburn, Union City, College Park and East Point.

Through Atlanta, U.S. 29 follows Lee and Whitehall Streets along a railroad corridor through to U.S. 19 & 41 (Northside Drive). The route overlaps with U.S. 19 & 41 along Northside Drive around the west side of Downtown Atlanta, and with U.S. 78 & 278 to the north. Historically U.S. 19 and 29 combined along Spring Street through the central business district, with U.S. 29 turned east with U.S. 78 at North Avenue.

Lawrenceville Highway leads U.S. 29 northeast from Decatur to Tucker and Gwinnett County. East from the county seat of Lawrenceville, U.S. 29 combines with Georgia 316 along an at-grade expressway through to Athens. The highway bypasses Athens to the north along SR 10 Loop (Athens Perimeter Highway). When it was completed, the freeway was designated as SR 8, with U.S. 29 joining the route per AASHTO on October 14, 1967.

U.S. 29 angles northeast from Athens with four lanes to split with MSR 72 east to Hull. The ensuing drive north to Danielsville constitutes a rural two lane highway. U.S. 29 turns east through Royston and northeast to Hartwell, where it expands into a three lane commercial boulevard beyond a couplet through Downtown. The US highway exits the state south of Hartwell Dam along the Savannah River.

Approved by AASHTO on June 9, 1986, the U.S. 29 Business loop through Decatur in Dekalb County was eliminated.

U.S. 29 north
U.S. 78-278 & Georgia 8 share pavement from Northside Drive (U.S. 19 & 41) eastward to the one-way street couplet of Spring and Peachtree Streets. There U.S. 29 turns easterly onto North Avenue (U.S. 78-278 & Georgia 7). The four highways proceed three blocks east to Piedmont Avenue where they turn north one block. Pictured here is Piedmont Avenue northbound at Ponce De Leon Avenue. U.S. 29-78-278 & Georgia 8 north/east turn right onto Ponce De Leon Avenue eastbound. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8 eastbound shield assembly on Ponce De Leon Avenue. The east-west surface highway carries between four and six lanes between Piedmont Avenue and Juniper Street eastward to the Atlanta city limits. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Approaching the east end of Freedom Parkway (Georgia 10) on Ponce De Leon Avenue (U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8 eastbound). Freedom Parkway was constructed in the 1990s as an extension of the defunct Interstate 485 freeway (Georgia 410 freeway stub) from Interstate 75 & 85 eastward to Ponce De Leon Avenue. Unlike the planned freeway, Freedom Parkway is an at-grade facility with intersections. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The intersection of Ponce De Leon Avenue at Freedom Parkway. Georgia 10 enters the four-way overlap of U.S. 29-78-278 & Georgia 8 eastbound. The state route begins at the Interstate 75 & 85 Exit 248C stack interchange near downtown. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8-10 eastbound (Ponce De Leon Avenue) at Mooreland Avenue (U.S. 29 & Georgia 42). Here U.S. 23 northbound splits with Georgia 42 for Ponce De Leon Avenue. The U.S. highway becomes the sixth element to the overlap of Ponce De Leon Avenue between Mooreland Avenue and Georgia 155 (Clairemont Avenue). Photo taken 01/17/04.
A six pack of reassurance shields for U.S. 23-29-78-278 and Georgia 8-10 is posted at the gateway to Springdale Park on Ponce De Leon Avenue eastbound. The roadway straddles parkland through to the Decatur city line. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 depart Ponce De Leon for Lake Road at Deepdene Park near the Atlanta city line. U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 follow Howard Avenue through downtown Decatur (pop. 18,147), and eastern suburb of Atlanta. Georgia 10 returns to U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 & 78 guide signs posted at the U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 (Lake Road) intersection with Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23-29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound reassurance shield assembly on Ponce De Leon Avenue after the U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 eastbound split. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23-29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 east pass underneath a narrow railroad overcrossing before parting ways with Ponce De Leon Avenue at the city of Decatur. The four-way overlap turn northeasterly onto Scott Boulevard through Decatur itself. Ponce De Leon meanwhile continues eastward to the center of town and Clarkston (pop. 7,231). Photo taken 01/17/04.
A second set of U.S. 29 & 78 guide signs is posted at the Scott Boulevard split from Ponce De Leon Avenue. Ponce De Leon Avenue at one time carried U.S. 29 Business & Georgia 8 into downtown Decatur to Church Street. At Church Street U.S. 29 Business & Georgia 8 turned northward to a return to U.S. 29 & U.S. 78 (Scott Boulevard). U.S. 29 Business was terminated and Georgia 8 realigned during the 1990s. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Scott Boulevard eastbound approaching Georgia 155 (Clairmont Road). Georgia 155 straddles the eastern suburbs of Atlanta via Flat Schoals Parkway, Candler Road/Avenue, Clairmont Avenue/Road. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The junction of U.S. 23-29-78 and Georgia 8 (Scott Boulevard) with Georgia 155 (Clairmont Road) represents the eastern extant of the U.S. 23 overlap with U.S. 29-78 and Georgia 8. U.S. 23 turns northward ahead onto Clairmont Road with Georgia 155 through to the original Buford Highway alignment near Chamblee (pop. 9,552). Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23 departs Scott Boulevard for Clairmont Road (Georgia 155). U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound continue along Scott Boulevard for another two miles to North Dekalb. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Interstate 285 trailblazer posted on Scott Boulevard (U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound) after Clairmont Road (U.S. 23 north & Georgia 155). U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 intersect the Perimeter Highway via Exit 39. U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 intersect the Atlanta Beltway at Exit 39. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound (Scott Boulevard) at Church Street northeast of Dekalb. Church Street used to carry U.S. 29 Business and Georgia 8 back onto U.S. 29 & 78 here. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Closer look at the U.S. 29-78 & Georgia 8 shield assembly at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Church Street. An Interstate 285 trailblazer is visible in the background on Church Street itself. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The split of U.S. 29 north & Georgia 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) eastbound from U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 (Stone Mountain Parkway). The interchange represents the western terminus of Georgia 410, an east-west highway following the Stone Mountain Parkway between U.S. 29 and Georgia 10. U.S. 29 north & Georgia 8 follow the surface arterial Lawrence Highway to North Dekalb and Tucker (pop. 26,532) through the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta. The Stone Mountain Parkway from Interstate 285 westbound was once touted as part of Interstate 485. Photo taken 01/17/04.
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 01/27/05.
U.S. 29 south
U.S. 23-29 south & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8-10 westbound (Ponce De Leon Avenue) at Mooreland Avenue (Georgia 42) in Atlanta. Here U.S. 23 departs the six-way overlap for Mooreland Avenue southbound (Georgia 42). U.S. 23 did not always share pavement with U.S. 29-78-278. The US highway originally continued northward with its state route counterpart Georgia 42 along Briercliff and Druid Hill Roads to Georgia 13 (Buford Highway). From there U.S. 23 took the Buford Highway northward to Clairmont Road (Georgia 155). The routing change to Ponce De Leon Avenue and Clairmont Roads occurred in the late 1990s. Photos taken 01/17/04.

Page Updated February 4, 2005.

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