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Old 06-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hwy Numbers and mile markers in Georgia

In Alabama and most other states, mile markers begin and the state line and end at the other state border, increasing south to north and west to east. Also, federal highways, including interstates and most state highways, have even numbers for east-west routes and odd numbers for north-south roads. Also, the mile markers on interstates correspond with exit numbers. For instance, knowing an exit number allows you to calculate a need for fuel or a rest stop before exiting the interstate.

In Georgia, however, the mile markers begin with zero in each county, then start over again in the next county. The exits are numbered consecutively without regard to the mile marker, and the state highways are numbered randomly, regardless of direction. Sunday, I was traveling on Ga. Hwy. 100 NORTH.

Do any other states follow this pattern?
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Also, federal highways, including interstates..., have even numbers for east-west routes and odd numbers for north-south roads. Also, the mile markers on interstates correspond with exit numbers. For instance, knowing an exit number allows you to calculate a need for fuel or a rest stop before exiting the interstate.
This is true for Georgia, too (although interstate exit numbers were formerly numbered sequentially in Georgia without regard to mileage, this changed several years ago; the 3M company must have made a bundle off of the state-wide sign conversion project).

However, as to state routes, they are indeed not assigned route numbers on an east-west or north-south basis. I've lived here 51 years, and I have never been able to make any sense of the route numbering system.

P.S. I know the stretch of Hwy 100 in Haralson and Polk Counties very well.
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In Georgia, however, the mile markers begin with zero in each county, then start over again in the next county. The exits are numbered consecutively without regard to the mile marker, and the state highways are numbered randomly, regardless of direction. Sunday, I was traveling on Ga. Hwy. 100 NORTH.

Do any other states follow this pattern?
Vermont seems to be even east-west... mostly....

Vermont's RT100 is a long north-south load... it does a fair amount of east/west travel as well. There are 100a, 100b and 100c extensions in various places. The road is well known for riding and it seems to go to each major ski area, it is heavily used still.

We have an infamous major intersection here where Route 2 and Route 2a intersect. 2a is a north-south and Rt2 an east-west but it does go N/S at times as it has to go around the mountains. 116 is also a north-south road here while 125 is east-west.

Our interstate exits are numbered consecutively. It makes exit 15 connect to Route 15, but that is the only interesting bit on that front. Oh and we have a 1 mile interstate - I-189 it connects US7 to I89.

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I can't stand consecutively numbered exits. The mileage marker method is much more meaningful.
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Speaking of hwy signs....


I wonder if this is the reason we kept getting lost in Ireland.
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"In Georgia, however, the mile markers begin with zero in each county, then start over again in the next county." --This part is true. I suspect it has something to do with Georgians' penchant for home rule and is embedded deep in the arcane recesses of state law.

"The exits are numbered consecutively without regard to the mile marker." -- This part is not true. You may have an obsolete map--don't depend on navigating with it if it shows consecutive numbering! Georgia began converting its Interstates to mileage based exits before Y2K. They were first, and even the divided US and State numbered four lanes all should be done by now.

As for the directions state numbered routes go, they're not as random in Georgia as you may think. But let's face it...in all the states of Dixie, Alabama included (in fact, I'd say [u]especially[/i] in east Alabama), roads all converge on towns from whatever general direction the next towns lie in. They're not laid out on mile square grids like the Midwest or the Great Plains. Then, add geographical features like the south end of the Appalachians and great meandering rivers, and you have a LOT of roads that simply can't be unambiguously called north-south or east-west routes!!

But they have to be given a number of some kind anyway, so highway planners do the best they can in picking one that describes the most common directions of travel along it. The stretch of Georgia 100 I used to live on in Meriwether County was definitely east-west through there; but obviously not so much, after one gets beyond about Franklin.
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