U.S. Highway 123

U.S. 123 constitutes a short east-west route between Toccoa and Greenville South Carolina. Following a four lane divided expressway from the western end to Georgia 184 at Toccoa, U.S. 123 travels under 100 miles on the trek through Appalachian Piedmont. From the split with Georgia 17 eastward, U.S. 123 travels through Downtown Toccoa on a slow two lane alignment. The highway is vastly rural east of the Stephens County seat through to the South Carolina state line at the Tugaloo River.

Completion of the U.S. 23 & Georgia 365 expressway east from Gainesville to a point north of Cornelia included the extension of U.S. 123 north from its previous terminus at U.S. 23 in Baldwin, northward over former U.S. 23 and U.S. 441 Business to the new bypass to the north. Changes to both U.S. 23 and U.S. 123 were granted by AASHTO on June 25, 1981.

Further changes for U.S. 23, U.S. 123 and U.S. 441 were approved by AASHTO on June 4, 1990. Completion of the expressway bypass for U.S. 23 and U.S. 441 to the east of Clarkesville included the relocation of U.S. 123 onto its expressway from Toccoa.

U.S. 123 North
First northbound U.S. 123 shield, posted along with north Georgia 365 and south Georgia 17. The three highways share pavement along a four-lane expressway for six miles to the city of Toccoa. Photo taken 10/15/01.
U.S. 123 South
End U.S. 123 shield assembly posted at the end of the southbound U.S. 123/Georgia 365 ramp to south U.S. 23/441/Georgia 15. Georgia 365, which follows all of U.S. 123 in the Peach State, continues southward along U.S. 23 to a terminus with Interstate 85 along Interstate 985. Photo taken 10/15/01.
Scenes Related to U.S. 123
This photograph shows the split of U.S. 123/Georgia 365 from Georgia 17 as seen from adjacent Tommy Irvin Road northbound. Georgia 17 turns northward on the Toccoa Highway from U.S. 123 westbound at this intersection, facilitating the movements between U.S. 123 south to U.S. 23 & 441 north and from U.S. 23 & 441 south to U.S. 123 north. A wye interchange funnels U.S. 123/Georgia 365 southbound traffic onto U.S. 23/441/Georgia 15 southbound to the left of this intersection. Photo taken 10/15/01.
U.S. 23/441/Georgia 15 shield assembly on Georgia 17 (Toccoa Highway) northbound. Georgia 17 acts as the connector ramp from U.S. 123/Georgia 365 south to U.S. 23/441/Georgia 15 north. Photo taken 10/15/01.

Page Updated January 4, 2004.

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