U.S. Highway 82

U.S. 82 crosses southern Georgia from Eufaula, Alabama east to Albany, Tifton and Brunswick. Through Albany, U.S. 82 combines with U.S. 19 along the Liberty Expressway, a freeway bypass around the north and east sides of the city. The former route southeast to Downtown along Dawson Road and east across the Flint River along Oglethorpe Boulevard is U.S. 82 Business. The Liberty Expressway west from U.S. 19 to U.S. 82 was initially designed as SR 333. U.S. 82 shifted onto the freeway, with the old alignment renumbered as a business loop per AASHTO on October 13, 1979.

Through Waycross, the highway was realigned to bypass a portion of the city on a new route west to Waresboro. This change was approved by AASHTO on May 23, 1984. The original eastern terminus was relocated from the intersection of U.S. 17 at Midway to overtake Georgia 38 east to Interstate 95 at Exit 76. This included a new alignment (Georgia 707) extending east from U.S. 17 and 82 to Georgia 38 (Martin Road). AASHTO signed off on the extension at their meeting on June 25, 1979.

The alignments of U.S. 82 and U.S. 84 east of Waycross traded places, with U.S. 82 overtaking U.S. 84 east from Waycross to Brunswick and U.S. 84 following what was U.S. 82 northeast to Midway. An additional adjustment approved by AASHTO on December 2, 1988 was the elimination of U.S. 84 east from I-95 into the city of Brunswick. That left the new U.S. 82 ending at I-95 instead of running concurrent with U.S. 17 across the Sidney Lanier Bridge as U.S. 84 did.

U.S. Highway 82 east
U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 (South Georgia Parkway) near their intersection with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) and Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway). U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 merge with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 for one half mile between Blythe Island Highway and Interstate 95 (Exit 29). Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 82 eastbound continues one half mile east with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25-520 to a parclo interchange with Interstate 95. Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway) travels northeast through Blythe Island County Park to north Brunswick. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) southbound reach Spring Bluff and the Camden County line four miles to the southwest on the drive to Waverly, Woodbine, and Kingsland. U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 northbound overlap with Georgia 520 east six miles to Jekyl Island Road and Jekyl Island State Park. Photo taken 07/22/04.
A set of traffic lights govern the southern terminus of Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway) where U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 merge with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25. Georgia 303 follows the original U.S. 17 alignment west of Brunswick between here and U.S. 17 north of town. The interchange with Interstate 95 lies in the distance. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. Highway 82 west
U.S. 17 south & Georgia 520 westbound carry U.S. 82 westbound from its beginning at Interstate 95 a short distance to Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway). U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 turn southwest toward Spring Bluff, Waverly, and Woodbine to the left. Georgia 303 begins to the right and follows original U.S. 17 northeast to Blythe Island County Park and north Brunswick. U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 continue west onto the South Georgia Parkway en route to Nahunta and Waycross. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 westbound reassurance shields posted after their split with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Coastal Highway) at Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway). The tandem share pavement from Glynn County westward to Waycross, Tifton, Albany, and Dawson. The town of Nahunta and U.S. 301 lies 25 miles ahead. Photo taken 07/22/04.
Green pentagon shields are posted along the Georgia 520 / South Georgia Parkway routing throughout the drive between Waycross and U.S. 17. All of U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 comprises a four-lane divided highway between Tifton and Brunswick as part of the parkway. Photo taken 07/22/04.

Page Updated February 4, 2005.

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