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Interstate 16 shield
Interstate 16
Main route of the Interstate Highway System
Maintained by Georgia DOT
Length: 166.81 mi[1][2] (268.45 km)
West end: I-75 in Macon
Major
junctions:
I-95 near Savannah
East end: Montgomery Street in Savannah
Georgia State Routes
< SR 403 Georgia 404.svg SR 405 >

Interstate 16 (I-16), also known as Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway or State Route 404, is an intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Georgia, United States.[3] I-16 runs from downtown Macon, at Interstate 75 to downtown Savannah at Montgomery Street (Exit 167B).[4]

The highway carries the unsigned designation of State Route 404, though the state route has a spur that is signed.

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Route description

I-516 spurs off in two opposite directions, perpendicular to I-16.

I-16 serves as a hurricane evacuation route for Savannah and other coastal areas. The road is designed for contraflow travel with railroad-type gates to block most entrance and exit ramps for the normally eastbound lanes. Some ramps are ungated, apparently for entrance to and exit from the contraflow lanes. Just east of Exit 42 is a crossover to return all westbound traffic to the westbound travel lanes.

Southeast of Macon, I-16 passes through Ocmulgee National Monument but without direct access. Visitors need to first exit at the Colliseum Drive (U.S. Route 80) exit.

History

The last part of the highway opened up on September 22, 1978, running it through Emanuel County, Candler County, and Bulloch County completing the connection between downtown Macon and Savannah. As with all Georgia Interstate Highways, exit numbers were replaced in 2000 with mile-log numbers.

In 2003 the Georgia Legislature passed a resolution[5] to designate Interstate 16 in honor of James L. Gillis, Sr., a Democrat who served as a State Representative, State Senator and Director of the Georgia Department of Transportation, as the Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway. [1] Gillis' sons, Hugh and James, Jr., also served as Democratic State legislators. Hugh was a Representative from 1941 to 1953 and a State Senator from 1953 to 1955 and from 1963 to 2005. James, Jr. was a State Senator from 1945 to 1946.[6]

Exit list

County Location # Destinations Notes
Old New
Bibb Macon 1 I-75 (SR 401) – Atlanta, Valdosta Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2 1A US 23 / US 129 / SR 49 (Spring Street, SR 11/SR 19) – Milledgeville No westbound exit
3 1B SR 22 (Second Street) to US 129 / SR 49Macon Westbound exit only
4 2 US 80 / SR 87 (Coliseum Drive, ML King Jr. Boulevard)
5 6
US 23 / US 129 Alt. (Ocmulgee East Boulevard, Golden Isles Highway, SR 87)
Twiggs 6 12 Sgoda Road - Huber
7 18 Bullard Road - Jeffersonville
8 24 SR 96Jeffersonville, Tarversville
9 27 SR 358Allentown, Danville
Bleckley 10 32 SR 112Allentown, Montrose
Laurens 11 39 SR 26Cochran, Montrose
Dudley 12 42 SR 338Dexter, Dudley
13 49 SR 257Dublin, Dexter
14 51 US 319 / US 441 (SR 31) – Dublin, McRae, Tallulah Falls
15 54 SR 19East Dublin, Dublin
16 58 SR 199 (Old River Road) – Lothair, East Dublin
Treutlen 17 67 SR 29Vidalia, Soperton
18 71 SR 15 / SR 78Soperton, Adrian
19 78 US 221 / SR 56Swainsboro, Soperton
20 84 SR 297Vidalia
Emanuel
Oak Park 21 90 US 1 (SR 4/SR 46) – Swainsboro, Lyons
Candler 22 98 SR 57Reidsville, Swainsboro, Stillmore
Metter 23 104 SR 23 / SR 121Metter, Reidsville
24 111 Pulaski-Excelsior Road
Bulloch 25 116 US 25 / US 301 (SR 73) – Statesboro, Claxton
26 127 SR 67Pembroke, Fort Stewart, Statesboro
27 132 Ash Branch Church Road
28 137 SR 119Springfield, Pembroke, Fort Stewart
Bryan 29 143 US 280 (SR 30) to US 80 (SR 26) – Pembroke
Effingham 30 148 To US 80 (SR 26) / Old River Road
Chatham Bloomingdale 31 152 SR 17 (Bloomingdale Road)
Garden City 155 Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Pooler
32 157 I-95 (SR 405) – Brunswick, Jacksonville, Florence, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Signed as exits 157A (south) and 157B (north)
33 160 SR 307 (Dean Forest Road)
Savannah 33A 162 Chatham Parkway
34A 164A I-516 east / US 17 south / US 80 east / SR 21 south (Lynes Parkway, SR 25 south/SR 26 east/SR 421 east) West end of US 17 overlap
34B 164B I-516 west / US 80 / SR 21 west / SR 25 north (Lynes Parkway, SR 26 west/SR 421 west) – Garden City
35 165 SR 204 (37th Street, Abercorn Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
36 166 US 17 north / SR 404 Spur / Gwinnett Street, Louisville Road - Charleston East end of US 17 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
37A 167A M. L. King Jr. Boulevard Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
37B 167B Montgomery Street - Savannah Civic Center, Downtown Savannah Eastbound exit and westbound entrance

Auxiliary routes

See also

References

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Main Interstate Highways (major interstates highlighted)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3
Lists  Primary  Main - Intrastate - Suffixed - Future - Gaps
Auxiliary  Main - Future - Unsigned
Other  Standards - Business - Bypassed
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