Georgia Routes 281-300
SR 281
Counties Passed Through: Madison, Franklin
Total Mileage: 12
Local Name: Wildcat Bridge Road
Southern Terminus: US 29/SR 8 two miles northeast of Danielsville
Northern Terminus: SR 17 in Royston
SR 282
Counties Passed Through: Murray, Gilmer
Total Mileage: 19
Western Terminus: US 411/SR 61 in Ramhurst (6 miles south of Chatsworth)
Original Western Terminus: Murray County Line (County Road)
Eastern Terminus: SR 5/SR 515 in East Ellijay
Original Eastern Terminus: SR 52 in East Ellijay
Background Notes: SR 282 originally only existed in Gilmer County and terminated at the Murray County line, becoming a county road.  In 1969, this was remedied as this short gap was extended to US 411/SR 61 and the gap likely was attributed to the extremely steep mountainous terrain on the Murray County side.  SR 282 was extended further in the late 1970's when US 411/SR 61 was relocated west.  As a result, SR 282 was extended upon a 2-3 mile portion of the Old US 411 northward between the original terminus and the new terminus in Ramhurst at Smyrna-Ramhurst Road, the commencement of a collection of county roads that have become a popular by-pass around Chatsworth connecting to SR 225 in Spring Place.  Never mind the inadequate design and maintenance of these roads to handle through traffic, but GDOT does plan to build a by-pass to replace this road.  After the Ramhurst connections was made, US 76 was relocated to multiplex with all of SR 282 on October 4, 1981.  Current plans to create a direct connection of SR 282 to US 411 are in the works as this is now part of the "Appalachian Foothills Parkway" (another GRIP corridor).
SR 283
Counties Passed Through: Hall
Local Names: Mt. Vernon Road, Holly Springs Road
Total Mileage: 16
Southern Terminus: SR 60 five miles northwest of Gainesville
Northern Terminus: SR 52 three miles east of Clermont
Background Notes: SR 283 originally consisted only of the portion that served as a quasi-"business" route for SR 52 in Clermont, now known as Holly Springs Road.  It was originally a dirt road that was not paved until the 1960's.  SR 283 was extended before 1962 along now Mt. Vernon Road.  This included a short multiplex along SR 52, connecting to the west.
SR 284
Counties Passed Through: Hall, White
Local Names: Clarks Bridge Road, Old Cleveland Highway, Shoal Creek Road
Total Mileage: 16
Southern Terminus: US 129 Business/SR 11 Business in Gainesville
Northern Terminus: SR 115 in Shoal Creek six miles southwest of Cleveland
Background Notes: The Shoal Creek Road portion of SR 284 is the oldest section of the highway, commissioned around 1950.  When originally commissioned, the road was dirt and not paved until the late 1950's.  This short highway remained as such until the early 1960's when US 129 was relocated in the area.  At that point, SR 284 was extended along Old US 129 from the point where they intersected south to where the old route rejoined US 129 while the other portions of Old US 129 between Clermont and Cleveland became respective extensions of SR 254 and 75.  With this change, SR 284 now extending through little Clermont.  At the same time that SR 284 was extended in Clermont, the highway was also extended south of the US 129 intersection along a road parallel to US 129, rejoining it in Gainesville.  That route is presently known as Clarks Bridge Road.  Despite the relocation of US 129, SR 284 has not been truncated north of the Business US 129 route where the route formerly was.  This may change, however, as a rerouting of US 129 in Gainesville is in the works.  
SR 285
Counties Passed Through: Seminole, Decatur
Total Mileage: 14
Western Terminus: SR 91 two miles from the Georgia/Florida border (FL 2)
Eastern Terminus: US 84/SR 38 one mile west of Brinson
Background Notes: A far cry from Georgia's chaotic I-285, SR 285 lies in remote southwest Georgia.  SR 285 originally did not connect US 84 to SR 91, at least not as a state route, and was not fully paved until the mid 1950's.  In fact, SR 285 only consisted of the portion east of SR 39 with its original western terminus at SR 39.  It wasn't until the mid 1970's that SR 285 was extended west to its present western terminus at SR 91.  A very small part of SR 285 enters Decatur County just west of the US 84 intersection.
SR 286
Counties Passed Through: Whitfield, Murray
Local Names: Dawnville-Eton Road
Total Mileage: 10
Western Terminus: US 76/SR 52 six miles east of Dalton
Eastern Terminus: US 411/SR 61 in Eton
SR 287
Counties Passed Through: Taylor
Local Name: John B. Gordon Road
Total Mileage: 3
Northern Terminus: SR 96 east of Reynolds
Southern Terminus: Macon County Line
Background Notes: This route was never even commissioned as a complete highway, continuing across the Macon County Line as a county road.
SR 287 (1986 GDOT Map)
SR 288
Counties Passed Through: Towns
Local Name: Sunnyside Road
Total Mileage: 6
Western Terminus: US 76/SR 2/SR 17 west of Hiawassee
Eastern Terminus: US 76/SR 2/SR 17/SR 75 east of Hiawassee
Background Notes: Serves as a winding backcountry by-pass of Hiawassee.  It does its job when the Georgia Mountain Fair swamps US 76, but the completion of the four lane project in 1989 mostly alleviated this problem.  Locals never refer to it by number and don't even know it's a state highway, so don't call it anything but "Sunnyside".  SR 288 was originally unpaved when commissioned, but was completely paved by the 1958.  This road that featured two distinct one-lane "TVA" bridges featuring a concrete arch.  They were widened in 1985, but the arched portion remains underneath these bridges.  Having seen a photo of one of these bridges, I would appreciate if anyone can get me a photo of these bridges the way they used to look.
SR 289
Counties Passed Through: Appling
Total Mileage: 9
Local Route Number: CR 575 (Appling), CR 323 (Jeff Davis)
Southern Terminus: US 23/SR 19 thirteen miles south of Hazelhurst at corner of Jeff Davis, Appling and Bacon Counties
Northern Terminus: US 341/SR 27 in Graham
Background Notes: The southernmost portion of SR 289 was never completely paved when it was state maintained.  The unpaved section begins south of Zoar Road.  The northern portion, however, was finally paved in 1970 of 1971.  Decommissioned Jan 15, 1979.
.SR 289 (1977 GDOT Map)
SR 290
Counties Passed Through: Quitman
Local Name: Morris Road
Total Mileage: 2
Southern Terminus: Morris at Railroad Tracks
Northern Terminus: US 82/SR 50
Background Notes: Decommissioned 1981.  Morris once was an incorporated city.
SR 290 and SR 291
SR 291
Counties Passed Through: Quitman
Local Name: Old Fort Gaines Road
Total Mileage: 2
Southern Terminus: Hatcher at Railroad Tracks
Northern Terminus: US 82/SR 50
Background Notes: Decommissioned 1981.  SR 291 begins four miles west of SR 290.  See map above: map shows SR 291 also.
SR 292
Counties Passed Through: Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Montgomery
Total Mileage: 32
Western Terminus: SR 15/29 four miles west of Vidalia in the Higgston community
Eastern Terminus: US 280/SR 30 three miles west of Claxton in Bellville community
Background Notes: SR 292 serves as a long alternate route for US 280, running parallel to the railroad tracks its entire length.
SR 293
This route has its own page.
SR 294
This route has its own page.
SR 295
Counties Passed Through: Clayton, Fulton
Total Mileage: 10
Multiplexed Routes: US 19, US 41
Current Route Numbers: I-75, SR 401 (unsigned)
Northern Terminus: University Avenue (in 1954)
Southern Terminus: SR 3 (Old US 19/41) in Jonesboro
Background Info: This fascinating highway was one of the earliest built portions of what is today Atlanta's I-75 just south of Downtown.  Most likely, SR 295 continued to Northside Drive upon completion of the downtown connector in the mid to late 1950's, but may have been reassigned prior to it's completion.  Before GHD began assigning 400 series numbers to interstates and new freeways in Georgia, other numbers were used as the state route multiplex.  Georgia is one of only four states who have separate route numbers for state and US routes.  Similarly, Georgia is the only state who prominently signs both US and State route markers together.  To view an official 1956 Georgia Highway Department map clip of SR 295 (scroll down to see it) with the proposed downtown freeways and South Atlanta the way it looked in 1956, click here.
SR 296
Counties Passed Through: Jefferson, Glascock, Warren
Total Mileage: 16
Northern Terminus: SR 17 six miles north of Wrens
Southern Terminus: US 1/221/SR 4 six miles north of Louisville
Background Notes: SR 296 serves as a long western by-pass of Wrens for traffic heading from Thomson to Louisville and provides a crossing state route for the main intersection in the town of Stapleton, which is also served by SR 102.
SR 297
Counties Passed Through: Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel
Total Mileage: 25
Southern Terminus: Intersection of SR 130 and SR 292 in Vidalia
Northern Terminus: US 1/SR 4 four miles south of Swainsboro
Background Notes: Added to system in early 1950's.  Touches Montgomery County Line
SR 298
Counties Passed Through: Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen
Total Mileage: 7
Western Terminus: SR 46 five miles west of Soperton
Eastern Terminus: SR 297 eight miles north of Vidalia
Background Notes: Added to state route system at same time as SR 297.  This is a very rural and sparsely traveled highway.
SR 299
Counties Passed Through: Dade
Total Mileage: 3
Western Terminus: Tennessee State Line (TN SS 134)
Eastern Terminus: US 11/SR 58 in Wildwood
Background Notes: This route is in a very scenic area, situated in the Lookout Valley between Lookout and Sand Mountain in the Cumberland Plateau.  It largely parallels I-24, but has an intersects with it at one of only two I-24 interchanges in Georgia where I-24 breifly enters Georgia from Tennessee.  In Tennessee, this route continues as Tennessee State Secondary 134 and enters a cove of Sand Mountain right along side I-24 before ending at Nickajack Lake.  SR 299 was added to the state route system in the mid 1950's.
SR 300
This route has its own page.

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