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Interstate 185 Descriptions


Interstate 185 (I-185) is a 49.30-mile (79.34-km) secondary interstate in western Georgia. I-185 is also known as unsigned State Route 411. It provides a freeway connection from Columbus and Fort Benning to Atlanta. Its southern terminus is at U.S. 27, U.S. 280, and Georgia 520 in Columbus, just north of Fort Benning; south of this interchange, a freeway continues onto the base. Its northern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 85 near LaGrange.

I-185 is named the Chet Atkins Parkway for its entire length. It is also known as the unsigned State Route 411.

The rural portions of I-185 (north of Exit 10) were equipped with call boxes as part of a pilot program. It is currently the only stretch of Interstate Highway in Georgia to be so equipped.

In 2006 business and government officials began a campaign to have the interstate extended to Monticello, Florida, and connect with Interstate 10. The proposed route would run parallel Georgia State Route 520 (known as Corridor Z) to Albany, and then parallel to U.S. Route 19.

In 2007, repaving began for the first time since the interstate was opened to traffic.


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