According to Bestitude, US 441 is a US Highway in the US state of Georgia. Forming a long north-south route across the state, the road begins at the Florida border and then runs through the center of the state to the North Carolina border. The only place of interest on the route is Athens. The road is double numbered with several roads, such as US 319, US 129 and US 23. The route is 562 kilometers long.
US 129 / US 441 near Madison.
The road begins at Edith on the Florida border. US 441 in Florida comes from Lake City and loops around Okefenokee Swamp, a large swamp area. The road then heads north and after about 55 kilometers you reach the village of Homerville, where you cross US 84, the road from Valdosta to Waycross. About 30 kilometers later, in Pearson, you cross the US 82, the road from Albany to Brunswick on the coast. This part of Georgia is relatively sparsely populated and has many small villages but no larger towns. The road then has 2×2 lanes until Douglas, where you cross US 221, the road from Valdosta to Augusta. The road then runs north as a secondary route and from Jacksonville, theUS 319 from Tifton into. One then reaches the town of McRae, an important crossroads in central Georgia. One crosses here US 23, the road from Brunswick to Macon, the US 280, the road from Columbus to Savannah and the US 341, the road from Brunswick to Perry. About 50 kilometers later you cross Interstate 16, the highway from Macon to Savannah. Shortly afterwards, in the town of Dublin, you cross the US 80, and turn off the US 319 to walk towards Augusta. US 441 has 2×2 lanes from here, which takes about 75 kilometers to Milledgeville. Then you reach Eatonton in the Oconee National Forest, where US 129from Macon inserts. Both roads will be double numbered for the time being. About 30 kilometers away, you cross Interstate 20, the highway from Atlanta to Augusta and Columbia. Here one also crosses US 278, which runs parallel to I-20. Then follow 50 kilometers to Athens, a larger university city with a highway ring. Here one crosses US 29, which comes from Atlanta and heads towards Anderson in South Carolina. It also crosses US 78, which comes from Atlanta and runs to Augusta. This is also where the US 129off to walk northwest toward Gainesville. US 441 then has 2×2 lanes to Commerce, where it crosses Interstate 85, the highway from Atlanta to Charlotte. The road still has 2×2 lanes after that and then goes into the foothills of the Appalachians. Here at Cornelia the road merges with US 23, which comes from Atlanta and Gainesville. Both roads will then be double-numbered for the rest of the route in Georgia. The border with North Carolina follows at Dillard, after which US 441 in North Carolina continues to Knoxville.
US 441 was one of the original US Highways of 1926, but at the time it only ran in Florida. In 1948, the northern terminus was changed from High Springs, Florida to US 23 in Baldwin, Georgia. With this, a large part of US 441 in Georgia was already established. In 1952, US 441 was extended further north through the Appalachian Mountains to Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Due to the high concentration of through roads, US 441 has never really gained a dominant position in north-south traffic, despite no Interstate Highway being built in the same corridor. The US 441 has a large number of double numbers, but only serves one place of supraregional character, the university city of Athens.
Dublin – Athens – Baldwin – Clayton
Most of the upgrades have been made to the northern half of US 441. Virtually no upgrades have been carried out on the southern part. From the mid-1980s, the doubling of US 441 began. The first sections were the section between I-16 and Dublin (which coincides with US 319 ) and an approximately 20-kilometer stretch from Milledgeville to the north. A 2×2 diversion at Milledgeville was completed in the late 1980s, followed by diversions at Eatonton and Madison in the early 1990s, which coincide with US 129. A diversion was also realized at Commerce in the early 1990s. In the mid-1990s a diversion was realized at Watkinsville, just south of Athens.
Much of the integral doubling was done after 2000 as part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program. In essence, two longer stretches have been widened; an approximately 120 km stretch from Dublin to Eatonton and an approximately 110 km stretch from Athens to Clayton in the Appalachian Mountans. The route from Dublin to Milledgeville was largely widened to 2×2 lanes in the period 2005-2012, with a large bypass of Dublin around 2009. A large part between Milledgeville and Athens is still single-lane.
Around 2005, the route from Athens to Commerce was widened to 2×2 lanes, partly with route diversions. In the period 1995-2005, the largest part between Commerce and Baldwin was widened to 2×2 lanes, including route diversions. The stretch through the mountains between Baldwin and Clayton has been widened in two phases, the southern, flatter part was widened in the 1990s, the northern, more mountainous part largely around 2005.