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Interstate 285

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Interstate 285 (Georgia State Route 407), usually known as the Perimeter, is a beltway interstate highway encircling Atlanta, Georgia for 64 miles (103km). It is very heavily traveled and frequently slows to a crawl during rush hour.

I-285 intersects with Interstate 85 in the northeast (Tom Moreland Interchange/"Spaghetti Junction") and southwest, Interstate 75 in the northwest ("Cobb Cloverleaf") and southeast, Interstate 20 (Tom Murphy Freeway/Ralph David Abernathy Freeway/Purple Heart Highway) in the east and west, and Georgia 400 (Turner McDonald Parkway/T. Harvey Mathis Parkway) in the north. It also meets one end each of Interstate 675, Langford Parkway ("Lakewood Freeway"), and the Stone Mountain Expressway. For 1.21 miles (1.95km) in the southwest corner, I-85 occupies the median of I-285, yet the roadways remain separate. Exits are numbered clockwise, starting at the southwestern-most point at I-85, and ending just east of there where it meets I-85 again.

The highway was officially opened in 1969. At that time, it was a total of four lanes wide. Currently, it is eight to ten lanes wide, with the northern part from I-75 to S.R. 400 to I-85 being by far the most heavily traveled. For this reason, the Georgia NaviGAtor chose this section to be the first to be upgraded with new traffic cameras.

Because the Perimeter was built so near the city, the Outer Perimeter had been proposed very far out, even beyond most of the exurbs. Most of the idea has been shelved indefinitely, however the Northern Arc section continues to come up, particularly under the previous governor of Georgia Roy Barnes.

The section from I-75 to I-85 on the south side is currently being bridged for a new runway for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Interstate 285/Georgia State Route 407 Exit Numbers and Interchanges

Interstate 285 North/Georgia State Route 407 North

  • Washington Road (C.R. 1389) (mile 1, former exit 2)
  • Camp Creek Parkway (S.R. 6)/Atlanta Airport/Georgia International Convention Center/College Park/East Point (mile 2, former exit 3)
  • Arthur B. Langford Jr. Parkway (S.R. 166 East/S.R. 154 North)/Downtown Atlanta (mile 5A, former exit 4A)
  • Campbellton Road (S.R. 166 West/S.R. 154 South)/Ben Hill (mile 5B, former exit 4B)
  • Cascade Road (C.R. 4176) (mile 7, former exit 5)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (S.R. 139)/Adamsville (mile 9, former exit 6)
  • Ralph David Abernathy Freeway (I-20 East/S.R. 402 East)/Atlanta/Augusta (mile 10A, former exit 7A)
  • Tom Murphy Freeway (I-20 West/S.R. 402 West) Birmingham (mile 10B, former exit 7B)
  • Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (Bankhead Highway) (U.S. 78/U.S. 278/S.R. 8) (mile 12, former exit 8)
  • Bolton Road (Northbound Only) (mile 13, former exit 9)
  • South Cobb Drive (S.R. 280)/Smyrna (mile 15, former exit 10)
  • South Atlanta Road (C.R. 4519)/Smyrna (mile 16, former exit 11)
  • Paces Ferry Road (C.R. 2838)/Vinings (mile 18, former exit 12)
  • Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41/S.R. 3) (Northbound Only) (Westbound utilize exit 20) (mile 19, former exit 13)
  • I-75 (S.R. 401)/Marietta/Chattanooga/Atlanta (mile 20, former exit 14)

Interstate 285 East/Georgia State Route 407 East

  • Northside Drive (C.R. 287)/New Northside Drive/Powers Ferry Road (C.R. 1154) (mile 22, former exit 15)
  • Riverside Drive (C.R. 209)/Mount Vernon Highway (mile 24, former exit 16)
  • Roswell Road (U.S. 19 South/S.R. 9)/Sandy Springs (mile 25, former exit 17)
  • Glenridge Drive (C.R. 3377)/Glenridge Connector (S.R. 407 Loop) (Eastbound Only) (mile 26, former exit 18)
  • Turner McDonald Parkway (S.R. 400/U.S. 19 North)/Cumming/Dahlonega/Atlanta (mile 27, former exit 19)
  • Peachtree-Dunwoody Road (C.R. 3377) (Westbound Only) (mile 28, former exit 20)
  • Ashford-Dunwoody Road (C.R. 1764) (mile 29, former exit 21)
  • Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (C.R. 5156)/North Shallowford Road (C.R. 1775)/Peachtree Road (C.R. 1698) (mile 30, former exit 22)
  • Peachtree Industrial Boulevard South (S.R. 141 South)/Chamblee (mile 31A, former exit 23A)
  • Peachtree Industrial Boulevard North (S.R. 141 North)/Norcross (mile 31B, former exit 23B)
  • Buford Highway (U.S. 23/S.R. 13)/Doraville (mile 32, former exit 25)
  • I-85 South (S.R. 403 South)/Atlanta (mile 33A, former exit 26A)
  • Veterans Parkway (I-85 North/S.R. 403 North)/Greenville/(mile 33B, former exit 26B)
  • Chamblee-Tucker Road (C.R. 5166) (mile 34, former exit 27)

Interstate 285 South/Georgia State Route 407 South

  • Northlake Parkway (C.R. 3112) (Northlake Mall) (Southbound Only) (mile 36, former exit 27A)
  • Lavista Road (S.R. 236)/Tucker (mile 37, former exit 28)
  • Lawrenceville Highway (U.S. 29/S.R. 8) (mile 38, former exit 29)
  • Stone Mountain Freeway West (U.S. 78 West/S.R. 410 West)/Decatur/Atlanta (mile 39B, former exit 30B)
  • Stone Mountain Freeway East (U.S. 78 East/S.R. 410 East to S.R. 10)/Snellville/Athens (mile 39B, former exit 30B)
  • East Ponce de Leon Avenue/Church Street (C.R. 5151) (mile 40, former exit 31)
  • Memorial Drive (Cynthia McKinney Parkway) (S.R. 10)/Avondale Estates(mile 41, former exit 32)
  • Indian Creek Train Station/MARTA Parking (Northbound Only) (mile 42, exit 32A)
  • Covington Highway (U.S. 278/S.R. 12) (mile 43, former exit 33)
  • Glenwood Road (S.R. 260) (mile 44, former exit 34)
  • Ralph David Abernathy Freeway (I-20 West/S.R. 402 West)/Atlanta/Birmingham (mile 46B, former exit 35B)
  • Purple Heart Highway (I-20 East/S.R. 402 East)/Augusta (mile 46A, former exit 35A)

Interstate 285 West/Georgia State Route 407 West

  • Flat Shoals Road/Candler Road (S.R. 155) (mile 48, former exit 36)
  • Bouldercrest Road (C.R. 5187) (mile 51, former exit 37)
  • Terrell Starr Parkway (I-675 South/S.R. 413 South)/Macon (mile 52, former exit 38)
  • Moreland Avenue (U.S. 23/S.R. 42)/Fort Gillem (mile 53, former exit 39)
  • Jonesboro Road (S.R. 54)/Forest Park (mile 55, former exit 40)
  • I-75 (S.R. 401)/Old Dixie Road (U.S. 19/U.S. 41/S.R. 3)/Old Dixie Highway/Forest Park/Atlanta/Macon (mile 58, former exit 41)
  • Clark Howell Highway (C.R. 1567)/Loop Road (Eastbound Only) (mile 59, former exit 42) (Westbound utilize exit 58)
  • Riverdale Road (S.R. 139) (mile 60, former exit 43)
  • I-85 (S.R. 403)/Columbus/Montgomery/Atlanta Airport/Atlanta (mile 61, former exit 44)
  • Old National Highway (S.R. 279)/South Fulton Parkway (S.R. 14 Spur) (mile 62, former exit 1)

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