Georgia State Route 10 Loop

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State Route 10 marker

State Route 10 Loop
Paul Broun Parkway
Route information
Loop route of SR 10
Maintained by GDOT
Length:19.1 mi[1] (30.7 km)
Major junctions
Beltway around Athens
Location
Counties:Clarke, Oconee
Highway system

Georgia State Routes
Former

SR 421Georgia 422.svgSR 500
 
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State Route 10 marker

State Route 10 Loop
Paul Broun Parkway
Route information
Loop route of SR 10
Maintained by GDOT
Length:19.1 mi[1] (30.7 km)
Major junctions
Beltway around Athens
Location
Counties:Clarke, Oconee
Highway system

Georgia State Routes
Former

SR 421Georgia 422.svgSR 500

State Route 10 Loop (SR 10 Loop, also known as Loop 10, Paul Broun Parkway, or the Athens Perimeter Highway) is a 19.1-mile-long (30.7 km) state highway in the form of a beltway around Athens in the U.S. state of Georgia. Except for a single at-grade intersection, it is built to freeway standards. Much of the road is concurrent with other routes (such as U.S. Route 29 (US 29), US 78, US 129, US 441, SR 8, and SR 15) that pass through the Athens area. It also carries the unsigned SR 422. Only US 78 Business, SR 10, and SR 15 Alternate pass through downtown Athens. Inner/outer directions are often used to sign the loop.

Route description[edit]

SR 10 Loop begins at an interchange with US 29, US 78, SR 8 and SR 316 to the south, and Epps Bridge Parkway to the north in Oconee County south of Athens. It heads east as a four-lane freeway, concurrent with US 29, US 78, and SR 8, and crosses McNutt Creek to enter Clarke County and Athens as it meets a partial cloverleaf interchange with US 129, US 441 and SR 15, which includes a connection to Timothy Road to the north. Those three routes join SR 10 Loop as it continues east and crosses the Middle Oconee River. The freeway then curves to the northeast and intersects Milledge Avenue, where SR 15 Alternate begins, heading north from the interchange.[2]

After this intersection, SR 10 Loop crosses a Georgia shortline railroad[3] and turns to the northeast, where it meets College Station Road at a diamond interchange. At this point the highway right-of-way abuts the University of Georgia campus; immediately north of the College Station Road interchange is an on-ramp from a campus parking lot that is normally closed, but is used on Georgia Bulldogs football home game days to allow departing spectators access onto inner 10 Loop directly from the campus. Northeast of here, the highway crosses the North Oconee River and meets a folded diamond interchange with SR 10, which is Oconee Street west of the interchange and Lexington Road east of it. At this interchange, US 78 splits from the highway and turns east, and its business route (US 78 Bus.) begins and heads west toward the center of the city.[2]

North of this interchange, SR 10 Loop curves to the northwest and meets an at-grade intersection with Peter Street and Olympic Drive, then crosses Trail Creek. As of December 2013 construction is ongoing to upgrade the intersection to a grade-separated interchange. North of here, the highway crosses a CSX railroad,[3] then meets an interchange with Old Hull Road. This interchange does not provide complete access between the two roads; there is only an exit going northbound and only an entrance from Old Hull Road going southbound. Just north of here, the highway meets an interchange at which US 29 and SR 8 continue north while SR 10 Loop, US 129, US 441, and SR 15 exit and turn due west. This interchange also completes access to Old Hull Road by providing the movements missing from the aforementioned interchange: an exit from the inner loop and an entrance to the outer loop.[2]

West of this interchange, the freeway passes over the western fork of Trail Creek, then meets a partial cloverleaf interchange with North Avenue and Danielsville Road. Farther west, it intersects Dr Martin Luther King Jr Parkway and Commerce Road at a diamond interchange. Here, US 441 and SR 15 leave the freeway and turn north along Commerce Road. SR 10 Loop then curves in a southwesterly direction and crosses the North Oconee River again before coming to another diamond interchange, this one with Chase Street.[2]

SR 10 Loop continues southwest and crosses the CSX railroad again,[3] then dips to the north and intersects Prince Avenue and Jefferson Road. At this interchange, US 129 and SR 15 leave SR 10 Loop and turn north. The freeway's next exit to the southwest is a diamond interchange with Tallassee Road and Oglethorpe Avenue. Farther southwest, SR 10 Loop crosses the Middle Oconee River again, then intersects SR 10 and US 78 Bus at a partial cloverleaf interchange with Atlanta Highway.[2]

Then, SR 10 Loop curves back to the southeast, crosses McNutt Creek, leaving Athens and crossing back into Oconee County. The freeway has one final exit, with Oconee Connector, access to which is incomplete; the outer loop has only an exit, and the inner loop has only an entrance. Finally, the highway curves back to the east and meets the interchange with US 29, US 78, SR 8, and SR 316, where the exit numbers reset and the loop begins again.[2]

All of SR 10 Loop is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[4]

History[edit]

Various sections of the route were constructed and opened before other sections. The first section to open was the northern part, between US 129/Prince Avenue and Old Hull Road, although US 29 north of 10 Loop had not been built at that time. The next section was an extension of the first section, westward to Atlanta Highway, which was US 29 & 78 at the time (it is now US 78 Business). This was followed by the eastern part of the route, from US 29 to Milledge Avenue (US 29 north of 10 Loop opened at the same time). The final part of the route to be constructed was the southern section from Milledge Avenue to Atlanta Highway.[citation needed]

New exit numbers were assigned on August 2, 2004.[5]

In 2005, new Georgia Department of Transportation maps indicated that SR 422 had been commissioned to cover the same route as SR 10 Loop.

Exit list[edit]

Exits are numbered in a counterclockwise direction.

CountyLocation#DestinationsNotes
Old
Oconee11 US 29 south / US 78 west / SR 8 west / SR 316 west – Monroe, AtlantaClockwise end of US 29/US 78/SR 8 overlap
ClarkeAthens174 US 129 south / US 441 south / SR 15 south / Timothy Road – Watkinsville, MadisonClockwise end of US 129/US 441/SR 15 overlap; signed as exits 4A (US 129/US 441/SR 15 south) and 4B (Timothy Road) on inner loop
156 SR 15 Alternate north (Milledge Avenue)Exit to reach State Botanical Garden of Georgia
147College Station Road – University of Georgia
138
US 78 east / US 78 Bus. west / SR 10 (Oconee Street, Lexington Road)
Counterclockwise end of US 78 overlap; exit to reach Downtown Athens, Lexington, Washington, Athens-Ben Epps Airport
Peter Street, Olympic DriveAt-grade intersection
11A10AOld Hull RoadCounterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance.
10B US 129 north / US 441 north / SR 10 Loop outer – Commerce, Jefferson (also unsigned SR 15 North)Counterclockwise exit. Counterclockwise end of US 29/SR 8 overlap. At the interchange with US 29 North, motorists must take this exit to remain on SR 10 loop. The thru route becomes US 29 North to Danielsville, Hartwell, to SR 72 to Elberton.
10C US 129 south / US 441 south / SR 10 Loop inner – Watkinsville, Lexington [via US 78] (also unsigned US 29 South, SR 8 West, and SR 15 South)Clockwise exit. At the interchange with US 29 North, motorists must take this exit to remain on SR 10 loop. The thru route is a spur from the interchange that ends at an intersection with Old Hull Road.
1110D US 29 north (SR 8 east) – Hartwell, Danielsville, ElbertonClockwise exit and counterclockwise entrance.
1011North Avenue, Danielsville RoadSigned as exits 11A (Danielsville Road) and 11B (North Avenue) on inner loop, exit 11B to reach Downtown Athens
912 US 441 north / SR 15 north – CommerceCounterclockwise end of US 441/SR 15 overlap
813Chase Street
714 US 129 north / SR 15 Alternate / Prince Avenue – JeffersonHugh Logan Interchange, Counterclockwise end of US 129 overlap, exit to reach University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus
615Tallassee Road, Oglethorpe Avenue
318
US 78 Bus. / SR 10 (Atlanta Highway) – Monroe
Georgia Square Mall
Oconee -20Oconee ConnectorCounterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Inc. "Route of SR 10 Loop". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-78+E&daddr=US-78+E+to:US-78+E+to:US-78+E+to:US-78+E+to:US-129+N%2FUS-29+N%2FUS-441+N+to:US-129+N%2FUS-29+N%2FUS-441+N+to:US-129+N%2FUS-29+N%2FUS-441+N+to:US-129+N%2FUS-441+N+to:US-129+N%2FUS-441+N+to:US-129+N+to:US-129+N+to:GA-10+Loop+S%2FGA-8+W+to:GA-10+Loop+S%2FGA-8+W+to:GA-10+Loop+S+to:GA-10+Loop+S+to:GA-10+Loop+S&hl=en&ll=33.94336,-83.406658&spn=0.120905,0.264187&sll=33.91249,-83.44856&sspn=0.00189,0.004128&geocode=FRN1BQIdP7AG-w%3BFXeEBQIdID4H-w%3BFfeNBQIdjKwH-w%3BFWq4BQIdZOUH-w%3BFULwBQId8wUI-w%3BFZQ-BgIdUyMI-w%3BFeRiBgIdNxoI-w%3BFaN5BgIdQSgI-w%3BFb14BgIdefYH-w%3BFah3BgIdTs0H-w%3BFehpBgIdCY8H-w%3BFVVfBgIdBkUH-w%3BFVhGBgIdBwUH-w%3BFWDoBQIdzoUG-w%3BFcKWBQIdQngG-w%3BFf18BQIda44G-w%3BFRN1BQIdP7AG-w&mra=dme&mrsp=16&sz=19&t=h&z=13. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Google Inc. "Georgia State Route 10 Loop". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=GA-10+Loop+S&daddr=US-129+N+to:GA-10+Loop+S&hl=en&ll=33.944357,-83.399105&spn=0.083166,0.169086&sll=33.944072,-83.406143&sspn=0.083166,0.169086&geocode=FaR3BQIdu6EG-w%3BFb5cBgIdqGsH-w%3BFRZ4BQIdU58G-w&mra=dme&mrsp=2&sz=13&t=m&z=13. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Georgia Department of Transportation (May 5, 2005). Georgia Rail System (Map). http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Documents/railroad/Georgia_Rail_Map_plain.pdf. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "National Highway System: Athens-Clarke County, GA" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ State Route 10 Loop New Exit Numbers

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing