U.S. Highway 129

Unlike its parent within the Peach State, U.S. 129 strays away from Interstates for the most part. The U.S. Highway crosses the entire length of the state from the Florida state line southeast of Valdosta northward to the Tennessee state line in the north Georgia Mountains. U.S. 129 does not remain rural in focus throughout Georgia as it visits the cities of Warner Robins (famous for professional wrestling's Brad Armstrong!), Macon, Athens (home to the University of Georgia), and Gainesville on the 300+ mile journey.

U.S. 129 North
Four blocks removed from the Exit 1 interchange of Interstate 16, U.S. 129 intersects Georgia 22 and the northern terminus of U.S. 129 Alternate (Clinton Road). The alternate route follows U.S. 80 to the east out of Macon before turning southward along U.S. 23 (Emery Highway) east of Warner Robins (pop. 48,804). The highway rejoins U.S. 129 at Hawkinsville (pop. 3,280). Photo taken 12/15/01.
Span wire diagram sign for the split of U.S. 129 and Georgia 11 at the town of Gray (pop. 1,811). Where one Georgia route leaves, another begins. This transition involves the beginning of a 23 mile overlap between U.S. 129 and Georgia 44 between Gray and Eatonton (pop. 6,764). Photo taken 12/15/01.
Just south of Eatonton is split of U.S. 129 with Georgia 44 and the beginning of Business U.S. 129 & 441. U.S. 441 enters the area from the southeast via Milledgeville. At Eatonton, U.S. 129 and 441 begin a lengthy overlap to the city of Athens (pop. 100,266). Photo taken 12/15/01.
Georgia Loop 10 Outer and U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 north split with U.S. 78 eastbound at Exit 13. U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 travel Lexington Road to Athens/Ben Epps Airport eastward to the Clarke County line. The pair continue from there along Athens Road to Crawford (pop. 807) and Lexington (pop. 239) in 16 miles. U.S. 78 Business enters the fold from O'Conee Street and downtown Athens from the northwest. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A non-freeway segment of Georgia Loop 10 exists between U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 (Exit 13) and Exit 11A (Old Hull Road). The Athens Perimeter Highway (U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 north) transition back into a freeway ahead of the junction with U.S. 29 (Exit 11). Pictured here is a soon to be replaced diagrammatical overhead for the half-diamond interchange with Old Hull Road (Exit 11A) and the U.S. 29 entry point onto the Athens Perimeter Highway (Exit 11). Photo taken 01/17/04.
To remain on Georgia Loop 10 Outer and U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 northbound at Exit 11 (U.S. 29), traffic must utilize a loop ramp. The mainline of the Athens Perimeter Highway otherwise defaults onto U.S. 29 northbound for Danielsville (pop. 457). Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 southbound merges onto Georgia Loop 10 Outer and U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 northbound at Exit 11. Situated just west of there is the Exit 10 diamond interchange with Danielsville Road & North Avenue. North Avenue travels 1.5 miles out of downtown to Georgia Loop 10, becoming Danielsville Road and Georgia 106 in the process. Photo taken 01/17/04.
An auxiliary lane adds to Georgia Loop 10 & U.S. 29-129-441 and Georgia 15 fray between Exits 10 (Danielsville Road & North Avenue) and Exit 11 (Commerce Road). The upcoming diamond interchange sees U.S. 441 & Georgia 15 north part ways with the Athens Perimeter Highway for Nicholson and Commerce. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 129 South
U.S. 129 southbound within the Interstate 985/U.S. 23/Georgia 365 interchange near Gainesville (pop. 25,578). This photograph displays U.S. 129 southbound at the northbound Interstate 985 ramp. Note the lack of companion U.S. 23 and Georgia 385 shields. Interstate 985 terminates at the next northbound interchange (Exit 24 - Georgia 369). U.S. 129 continues southward 14 miles with Georgia 11 to Interstate 85. Photo taken 10/15/01.
Georgia Loop 10 Inner & U.S. 29 north and U.S. 129 south at the Exit 9 diamond interchange with U.S. 441 & Georgia 15 (Commerce Road). 18 miles separate U.S. 441 from Commerce (pop. 5,292) and the Athens Perimeter Highway. Nicholson (pop. 1,247) resides ten miles north of Athens. U.S. 441 & Georgia 15 merge onto Georgia Loop 10 Inner and friends at Exit 9. The highways continue southward to the Macon Highway interchange of Exit 17 (U.S. 129). Photo taken 01/17/04.
East of the Danielsville Road and North Avenue interchange (Exit 10) is the U.S. 29 northbound split from the Athens Perimeter Highway. A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange sees U.S. 29 depart via a loop ramp from the left as Georgia Loop 10 Inner and U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 south turn southward. Exit 11 is signed with the Georgia 72 control point of Elberton (pop. 4,743). Georgia 72 (Hull Road) begins 1.5 miles to the north. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A myriad of routes are displayed on span wire sign assemblies on southbound U.S. 129 near the interchange with Interstate 16: Georgia 11 follows U.S. 129 from Gray (pop. 1,811) southward to the Florida state line. A wrong-way multiplex with U.S. 23 begins at roughly this location, as U.S. 23 and Georgia 19 enter U.S. 129 from the east. The last element on this assembly is Georgia 49. Georgia 49 connects Macon with Milledgeville (pop. 18,757) 30 miles to the northeast at U.S. 441. The state highway joins U.S. 129 less then a mile north of the Interstate 16 interchange and follows U.S. 129 southward through Macon (before departing for Byron [pop. 2,887] at Interstate 75). Georgia 22 also flows through this interchange with U.S. 129 to U.S. 80. Note the downtown skyline of Macon in the background. Photos taken 01/18/04.
U.S. 129 southbound at Interstate 16 within the city of Macon (pop. 97,255). The interchange with U.S. 129 marks the last on the Interstate 16 mainline before the freeway terminates at Interstate 75. U.S. 129 continues southward into downtown Macon on an overlap with U.S. Highway 80. Photo taken 12/15/01.

Page Updated March 10, 2004.

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