Georgia State Route 88
|Maintained by GDOT|
|Length||53.2 mi (85.6 km)|
|West end||SR 24 / SR 540 east of Sandersville|
|East end||US 25 / SR 121 in Hephzibah|
|Counties||Washington, Jefferson, Burke, Richmond|
State Route 88 (SR 88) is a 53.2-mile-long (85.6 km) state highway that travels southwest-to-northeast through portions of Washington, Jefferson, Burke, and Richmond counties in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The highway connects Sandersville, Wrens, Augusta, and Hephzibah.
All of SR 88, from its western terminus in Sandersville to Wrens, is part of the Fall Line Freeway, a highway that connects Columbus and Augusta, partially as a truck route. It may also be incorporated into the proposed eastern extension of Interstate 14 (I-14), an Interstate Highway that is currently entirely within Central Texas and may be extended to Augusta.
SR 88 begins at an intersection with SR 24, just east of Sandersville, in the central part of Washington County. At this intersection, it begins a concurrency with SR 540 (Fall Line Freeway). The two highways head northeast to an intersection with the northern terminus of SR 231 (Tree Nursery Road), north-northwest of Davisboro. This is just before the highways cross over the Ogeechee River into Jefferson County. Not too far into the county is an intersection with SR 171 (Grange Road). South of Stapleton is SR 296. SR 88 and SR 540 continue to the northwest, until they meet US 1/US 221/SR 4/SR 17 in the extreme southwestern part of Wrens. The five highways travel concurrently to the north-northeast into the main part of the city. At an intersection with the western terminus of Howard Street and the southern terminus of Thomson Highway, SR 17 departs to the north-northwest onto Thomson Highway. A few blocks later, they intersect SR 80. At this intersection, SR 80/SR 88 head to the east. At Waynesboro Road, SR 80 departs to the south-southeast, while SR 88 continues its east-northeastern routing. Then, it gradually curves to a near-due-eastern direction, before heading southeast at Matthews. After that, it heads east-northeast, and then northeast, until it enters Burke County, just before it meets SR 305. Here, it heads north-northeast, and straddles the county line for a short distance, into Keysville. The highway briefly heads north-northwest before it turns to the northeast and enters Richmond County and the city limits of Augusta. After a brief portion in the city, it enters the town of Blythe and has a unique intersection with US 1/SR 4. This intersection resembles the letter "K", but with a very short horizontal line connecting its upright parts. SR 88 curves to the east-northeast and re-enters Augusta. It curves to the east-southeast and enters Hephzibah. On the northeastern edge of the city, on the Hephzibah–Augusta line, it meets its eastern terminus, an intersection with US 25/SR 121.
All of SR 88, from its western terminus to where it leaves the US 1/SR 4 concurrency in Wrens, is part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.
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The route of SR 88 is being absorbed into the Fall Line Freeway, which is planned to extend from the Alabama state line in Columbus to an interchange with Interstate 520 in Augusta. It could also become part of the future I-14.
|Washington||||0.0||0.0||SR 24 (Fall Line Freeway / Ridge Road) / SR 540 west (Fall Line Freeway) – Milledgeville, Davisboro||Western end of SR 540 concurrency; western terminus|
|||9.1||14.6||SR 231 south (North Main Street) – Davisboro, Wrightsville, Washington State Prison||Northern terminus of SR 231|
|Ogeechee River||10.6||17.1||Fenns Bridge|
|Jefferson||Grange||13.6||21.9||SR 171 (Grange Road) – Gibson, Warrenton, Louisville, Edge Hill|
|||23.1||37.2||SR 296 – Louisville, Stapleton|
|Wrens||27.1||43.6||US 1 south / US 221 south / SR 4 south / SR 17 south (Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway) – Louisville||Western end of US 1/US 221/SR 4 and SR 17 concurrencies|
|28.3||45.5||SR 17 north (Thomson Highway) / Howard Street east – Thomson||Eastern end of SR 17 concurrency; western terminus of Howard Street|
|28.6||46.0||US 1 north / US 221 north / SR 4 north (Main Street) / SR 540 east (Fall Line Freeway) / SR 80 west (Broad Street) to SR 17 / SR 102 – Augusta, Aiken S.C., Harlem, Appling, Warrenton, Stapleton, Gibson, Avera, Thomson||Eastern end of US 1/US 221/SR 4 and SR 540 concurrencies; western end of SR 80 concurrency; US 1/US 221/SR 4/SR 540 provide access to Wrens Municipal Airport.|
|29.1||46.8||SR 80 east (Waynesboro Highway) – Waynesboro||Eastern end of SR 80 concurrency|
|Burke||||38.3||61.6||SR 305 south – Midville||Northern terminus of SR 305|
|Richmond||Blythe||44.9||72.3||To US 1 (SR 4 / SR 540) – Wrens, Augusta|
|Hephzibah||53.2||85.6||US 25 / SR 121 (Peach Orchard Road) – Waynesboro, Augusta||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Google (July 21, 2013). "Overview map of SR 88" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- "Fall Line Freeway" (PDF) (Press release). Georgia Department of Transportation. September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 15, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- National Highway System: Georgia (PDF) (Map). Federal Housing Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- National Highway System: Augusta-Richmond County, GA--SC (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2013.