Gordon Highway

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Gordon Highway

Route information
Length22.8 mi[1] (36.7 km)
US 78 / US 278 / SR 10 from western terminus on southeastern edge of Harlem to eastern terminus on the GeorgiaSouth Carolina state line on the northeastern edge of Augusta
US 1 in Augusta
US 25 / SR 121 in Augusta
Major junctions
West end US 78 / US 278 / SR 10 on the southeastern edge of Harlem
Major intersections
East end US 1 / US 25 / US 78 / US 278 / SC 121 / SR 10 at the GeorgiaSouth Carolina state line on the northeastern edge of Augusta

Gordon Highway is a 22.8-mile-long (36.7 km) major highway in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Georgia, traveling through the southern part of Columbia County and the northeastern part of Richmond County. It is named after Confederate general John Brown Gordon. At its western end, it is a relatively rural highway, but at its eastern end, it is an urban corridor of the Augusta metropolitan area. It connects Harlem and rural areas of southern Columbia County with Augusta and North Augusta, South Carolina. It also serves as the two main entry points to Fort Eisenhower. Its entire length, from the southeastern edge of Harlem to the Georgia–South Carolina state line on the northeastern edge of Augusta, is signed as part of US 78/US 278/SR 10. In Augusta, it is signed as parts of US 1 and US 25/SR 121.

Route description

Columbia County

Gordon Highway begins as part of the concurrency of US 78/US 278/SR 10 on the southeastern edge of the city limits of Harlem in Columbia County, where the roadway continues into the city with the local name of Milledgeville Road. The highway travels through the unincorporated communities of Campania and Berzelia. A few thousand feet later, Gordon Highway curves to the northeast, entering into Richmond County (and the city limits of Augusta), and begins paralleling the northern edge of Fort Eisenhower.[1]

Richmond County

Former Kmart store on Gordon Highway

Gordon Highway serves as the access point for Augusta State Medical Prison. A short distance later is Fort Eisenhower's Gate 3, a commercial vehicle gate for the Army base. At the intersection with the eastern terminus of SR 223 (East Robinson Avenue), is an access road for Fort Eisenhower's Gate 2, a variable-hour gate. Approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 km) later is an intersection with the southern terminus of SR 383 (Jimmie Dyess Parkway) and the northern terminus of an access road to Fort Eisenhower's Gate 1, the 24-hour main gate for the base. About halfway between this intersection and the interchange with Interstate 520 (I-520; Bobby Jones Expressway), Gordon Highway leaves the edge of Fort Eisenhower and begins to transition into an urban corridor. After the interstate, the roadway enters the main part of Augusta, traveling south of Aquinas High School, and curves to the south-southeast, past the location of the now-closed Regency Mall. Immediately after a slight curve to the east is an intersection with US 1/SR 4 (Deans Bridge Road). At this intersection, US 1 joins the concurrency. Gordon Highway curves slightly to the east-southeast to an interchange with US 25/SR 121 (Peach Orchard Road), which both join the concurrency. The six highways take Gordon Highway to the east-northeast and intersect the northern terminus of Doug Barnard Parkway (former SR 56 Spur) and the southern terminus of Molly Pond Road. Gordon Highway curves to the north-northeast and intersects Laney Walker Boulevard, thus effectively entering downtown. It travels just to the northwest of Magnolia Cemetery, Cedar Grove Cemetery, and May Park and southeast of the James Brown Arena. A short distance later, they travel to the east of Old Medical College and the Old Government House, then have an interchange with US 25 Bus./SR 28 (Broad Street). Here, US 25 Bus. meets its southern terminus. Just after this interchange, the highway crosses over the Savannah River into South Carolina. At the state line, SR 10/Gordon Highway end, while US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278, concurrent with South Carolina Highway 121 (SC 121), travel on the Jefferson Davis Highway to the northeast toward North Augusta.[1]

The entire length of Gordon Highway in Richmond County is part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[2][3]


Gordon Highway may have existed in 1955 when it was proposed in the 1950s stretching from Milldegeville Road to North Augusta, which made getting to Augusta faster. in 1957, it was extended to 5th Street; that year US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278/SR 10/SR 12/SR 21 were shifted there.

During the 1980's and 1990s there were widening project on Gordon Highway

Following the protests after the murder of George Floyd during the Summer of 2020, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis created the Task Force on Confederate Monuments, Street Names and Landmarks.

The eleventh member task force - consisting of local historians, educators, descendants of Confederate figures, and community activists - was charged with examining the renaming, relocating, or removal of places in Augusta that honor Confederate military figures.

The panel returned a final report to the Augusta Commission in October 2020 with a recommendation that the name of Gordon Highway be renamed.

Since the final report has been submitted with the recommended relocation, no action has been taken on the issue.

Major intersections


US 78 west / US 278 west / SR 10 west (Milledgeville Road west) – Thomson
Western end of US 78/US 278/SR 10 concurrency; western terminus of Gordon Highway; eastern terminus of Milledgeville Road
SR 223 west (East Robinson Avenue) – Grovetown
Eastern terminus of SR 223; northern terminus of access road to Fort Eisenhower's Gate 2

SR 383 north (Jimmie Dyess Parkway) to I-20 (SR 402) – Fort Eisenhower, Intercity bus station, United States Army Signal Corps Museum
Southern terminus of SR 383; northern terminus of access road to Fort Eisenhower's Gate 1
I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway / SR 415) to I-20 (SR 402) – Columbia, Atlanta, Bush Field
I-520 exit 3; Deputy James D. Paugh Memorial Interchange
US 1 south / SR 4 (Deans Bridge Road) – Wrens, Louisville, Augusta
Western end of US 1 concurrency

US 25 south / SR 121 south (Peach Orchard Road)
Western end of US 25/SR 121 concurrency; interchange
20.132.3 Doug Barnard Parkway south / Molly Pond Road north – Augusta Regional Airport, Phinizy Swamp Nature ParkSouthern terminus of Molly Pond Road; northern terminus of Doug Barnard Parkway; former SR 56 Spur south
US 25 Bus. north / SR 28 (Broad Street)
Interchange; southern terminus of US 25 Bus.; also serves Bay Street; eastbound lanes have access via Bay Street.

US 1 north / US 25 north / US 78 east / US 278 east / SC 121 north (Jefferson Davis Highway north) / SR 10 ends / SR 121 ends (Gordon Highway ends) – North Augusta
Eastern end of US 78/US 278/SR 10, US 1, and US 25/SR 121 concurrencies; eastern terminus of SR 10/Gordon Highway; southern terminus of Jefferson Davis Highway; SR 121 continues as SC 121; crossing of the Savannah River at the South Carolina state line.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d Google (April 2, 2014). "Overview map of Gordon Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  2. ^ National Highway System: Georgia (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ National Highway System: Augusta-Richmond County, GA--SC (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2018.