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Veterans Parkway (Savannah)

Originally named the Southwest Bypass, the Veterans Parkway constitutes a county-maintained freeway between Georgia 204 (Abercorn Street Extension) and Interstate 516 (W.F. Lynes Parkway) southwest of Savannah. The four-lane freeway provides a bypass route of the commercialized Abercorn Street for travelers entering the metropolitan area from Richmond Hill to the southwest. Veterans Parkway was designed and built by the Georgia Department of Transportation, yet the four-lane freeway is maintained by Chatham County and therefore does not receive a state highway number.

Road work upgraded the southern terminus from a signalized intersection into a high-speed trumpet interchange between March 2000 and October 2002. The project began March of 2000 and removal of the existing south-end intersection occurred in 2001 as work began on the flyover ramps between Georgia 204 and Veterans Parkway.1 Crews completed the $29.5-million project by October 24, 2002.2.

Veterans Parkway north
The Veterans Parkway departs a trumpet interchange with Georgia 204 (Abercorn Street Extension) and crosses the Little Ogeechee River and CSX Railroad line. Veterans Parkway straddles the western reaches of Hunter Army Airfield through marshy areas associated with the river. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Veterans Parkway parallels the CSX Railroad line for awhile before branching northwest toward the Buckhalter Road over crossing. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for Chatham Parkway, a county-maintained facility leading north to U.S. 17 & Georgia 26 (Ogeechee Road), Interstate 16, and U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road) at Garden City. Photo taken 05/29/05.
The first northbound exit of the Veterans Parkway in Savannah interchanges with Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway constitutes a north-south divided highway between nearby Garrard Avenue and U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road). An empty space for Chatham Parkway guide signs along Veterans Parkway and Interstate 16 (Exit 162) remains from when the roadway was planned as Georgia 167. The state highway designation for Chatham Parkway however was dropped several years ago, yet new signs continue to allocate space for the route. Photos taken 05/29/05 & 01/18/04.
Diagrammatical overhead for the northbound end of the Veterans Parkway at Interstate 516 (Lynes Parkway). Completed by 1991, the trumpet interchange between Veterans Parkway and Interstate 516 & Georgia 21 (Lynes Parkway) lies just west of DeRenne Avenue and south of U.S. 17 and U.S. 80 (Ogeechee Road). Use the freeway east for Hunter Army Airfield, midtown Savannah, and Tybee Island. Interstate 516 west & Georgia 21 north travel 4.5 miles to Garden City. Photos taken 05/29/05 & 01/18/04.
Veterans Parkway northbound defaults onto Interstate 516 west & Georgia 21. Lynes Parkway meets Interstate 16 in two miles for traffic interests to downtown Savannah and the Eugene Talmadge Bridge into South Carolina. Photo taken 05/29/05.

Veterans Parkway south
The southbound beginning of Veterans Parkway departs Interstate 516 east & Georgia 21 (Lynes Parkway) southbound and quickly encounters the one-mile guide sign for Chatham Parkway. Chatham Parkway enters the scene from U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Ogeechee Road) to the north. Photo taken 05/29/05.
The two ramps from Interstate 516 merge one half mile ahead of the Chatham Parkway diamond interchange. Chatham Parkway comprises a divided highway between U.S. 80 & Georgia 26 (Louisville Road) at Garden City and Garrard Avenue near Lamarville. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Southbound at the Chatham Parkway off-ramp on Veterans Parkway. Chatham Parkway serves business and industrial parks along its drive north to Interstate 16 and Garden City. The roadway was planned as Georgia 167 but built by Chatham County. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Veterans Parkway ascends to cross the Little Ogeechee River and CSX Railroad ahead of the trumpet interchange with Georgia 204 (Abercorn Street Extension). The interchange replaced a signalized intersection by 2001. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Spanning the Little Ogeechee River on Veterans Parkway southbound. Veterans Parkway traverses wetlands between the Buckhalter Road overpass and Georgia 204. Photo taken 05/29/05.
One half mile north of the Georgia 204 (Abercorn Street Extension) interchange on Veterans Parkway southbound. Georgia 204 constitutes a multi-lane divided highway through Southside Savannah to junction Interstate 95. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Traffic partitions into ramps for Georgia 204 east and west at the south end of Veterans Parkway. Georgia 204 meets Interstate 95 5.2 miles to the west and ends 30 miles to the northwest at U.S. 280 near Pembroke. Abercorn Street Extension eastbound curves northeast to Savannah Mall and Southside Savannah. Photo taken 05/29/05.
The trumpet interchange with Georgia 204 (Abercorn Street Extension) elevates over the adjacent marshland and six-lane divided highway. Pictured here is the view looking west from the eastbound loop ramp to Georgia 204 from Veterans Parkway south. Photo taken 05/29/05.

Sources:

  1. "Delays, congestion expected on Veterans Parkway." Savannah Morning News, July 31, 2001.
  2. "Time-saving flyover opens on Veterans Parkway." Savannah Morning News, October 24, 2002.

Page Updated February 13, 2006