Skip to main content

4/9 Roadtrip: Augusta to Raleigh

Headed back to Raleigh from Augusta on Monday the 9th.

Route: Ga 28, I-20, US 78, GA 17, GA 77 Connector, GA 77, I-85, I-485, I-85, US 70, I-540.

Accomplishments: Added two more counties Wilkes and Elbert, GA. Reclinched I-485 and clinched GA 77 Conn. I added more mileage to US 78, GA 17 and GA 77.

Notes:

Along US 78 around the McDuffie/Wilkes County Line are signs that says D.O.T Widening Proposed Call (phone number) for information. I've never seen that done before. Is this a common practice in Georgia?

Notice that Georgia now signs bicycle routes. They are the standard bike route sign although they do include a direction banner also. I came across bike route 85 on this trip.


There is a brief detour for GA 77 just north of Elberton. It puts you on a few county roads and as a result. I found a very unique one lane concrete bridge.


It appears that there no longer are any button copy signs left on Interstate 85 in South Carolina, at least I-85 North.

I-85 between Spartanburg and the North Carolina line is like going back into a time warp. Interchange ramps that includes two way traffic for frontage roads, onramps from a rural route in the middle of nowhere, old railroad overpasses, etc. This was originally a US 29 bypass route built in the late 50s and pre-dates in some parts I-85. Some of the interchanges in the last decade have been improved but it still is a blast from the past.

Checked out the most recently opened section of I-485.

A few things of interest: The newly opened stretch is called Future I-485. Or Future North/South Inner/Outer 485 depending on what sign you see.




So far the highway is open to NC 27. I also exited at Moores Chapel Road at the diamond interchange that includes two roundabouts at the end of the ramps. It seems that a lot of local motorists are still confused by the concept...or at least what I saw in the three or four minutes I was there. Guide signs are present along Moores Chapel Road at the Roundabouts and include the Future North/South Inner/Outer jumble that you can only find in North Carolina.



They are now widening I-85 around Spencer from miles 78-82. It looks like this project will go a lot quicker than what appeared to be the never ending widening in and around Salisbury.

My I-485 Page: http://www.gribblenation.com/ncpics/charlotte/485/index.html

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Niagara Falls

  Arguably the world's most famous waterfall, or rather a set of waterfalls, Niagara Falls may not need much of an introduction, as it is a very popular tourist attraction in both New York State and the Province of Ontario, a destination of plenty of honeymooning couples, vacationing families and college students out for a good time for a weekend. Niagara Falls is also the site of many daredevil activities over the years, such as tightrope walking and going over the falls in a barrel. It is always nice to have a bit of a refresher, of course. Niagara Falls is made up of two main waterfalls, American Falls (also known as Rainbow Falls), which is on the American side of the border and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls), where the border between the United States and Canada crosses. There is also a smaller waterfall on the New York side of the border, which is Bridal Veil Falls. The height of the waterfalls are impressive, with Horseshoe Falls measuring at

The Smithtown Bull in Smithtown, New York

  Before I moved to Upstate New York as a young man, I grew up in the Long Island town of Smithtown during the 1980s and 1990s. The recognizable symbol of Smithtown is a bronze statue of a bull named Whisper, located at the junction of NY Route 25 and NY Route 25A near the bridge over the Nissequogue River. Why a bull, you may ask. The bull is a symbol of a legend related to the town's founding in 1665 by Richard "Bull" Smythe, with a modernized name of Richard Smith. It also so happens that there is a story behind the legend, one that involves ancient land right transfers and some modern day roads as well. So the story goes that Smythe made an agreement with a local Indian tribe where Smythe could keep whatever land he circled around in a day's time riding atop his trusty bull. Choosing the longest day of the year for his ride, he set out with his bull Whisper and went about riding around the borders of the Town of Smithtown. As legend has it, Smythe t

Route 75 Tunnel - Ironton, Ohio

In the Ohio River community of Ironton, Ohio, there is a former road tunnel that has a haunted legend to it. This tunnel was formerly numbered OH 75 (hence the name Route 75 Tunnel), which was renumbered as OH 93 due to I-75 being built in the state. Built in 1866, it is 165 feet long and once served as the northern entrance into Ironton, originally for horses and buggies and later for cars. As the tunnel predated the motor vehicle era, it was too narrow for cars to be traveling in both directions. But once US 52 was built in the area, OH 93 was realigned to go around the tunnel instead of through the tunnel, so the tunnel was closed to traffic in 1960. The legend of the haunted tunnel states that since there were so many accidents that took place inside the tunnel's narrow walls, the tunnel was cursed. The haunted legend states that there was an accident between a tanker truck and a school bus coming home after a high school football game on a cold, foggy Halloween night in 1