U.S. Route 280

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U.S. Route 280

US 280 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 80
Maintained by ALDOT and GDOT
Length392 mi (631 km)
ExistedJanuary 1954[1]–present
Major junctions
West end I-20 / I-59 / US 31 in Birmingham, AL
Major intersections
East end US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 in Blitchton, GA
CountryUnited States
StatesAlabama, Georgia
CountiesAL: Jefferson, Shelby, Talladega, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Lee, Russell
GA: Muscogee, Stewart, Webster, Sumter, Crisp, Wilcox, Dodge, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Bryan
Highway system

U.S. Route 280 (US 280) is a spur of U.S. Highway 80. It currently runs for 392 miles (631 km) from Blitchton, Georgia, at US 80 to Birmingham, Alabama at I-20/I-59. For much of its route, US 280 travels through rural areas and smaller cities in southern Georgia and east central Alabama. Once the highway approaches Birmingham, it is a major suburban route. Numerous shopping centers are located on US 280 throughout northern Shelby County and southern Jefferson County.

US 280 is the main connector between Birmingham, AL and Auburn, AL.

Through Talladega County, Alabama, US 280 is known as the Jim Nabors Highway, in honor of the Sylacauga, Alabama, native known for portraying the television character Gomer Pyle. The historical designation of US-280 and Alabama SR 38 is the Florida Short Route.

For many years, US 280 and SR 38 was considered one of the more dangerous routes in Alabama, due to the number of large stretches of narrow two-lane roadway leading southeastwardly from Birmingham. Work was completed in 2006 making US 280 a four-lane highway throughout the entire state of Alabama. This project began in the 1970s. As a result, US 280 now bypasses numerous small towns in east Alabama, including Goodwater, Jackson's Gap, Camp Hill and Waverly.

In Georgia, US 280 from Columbus to I-16 is also a Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP) corridor known as "Power Alley".[2]

Route description

Western terminus at Interstates 20 & 59 in Birmingham.


US 280 terminates concurrently with U.S. 31 at I-20/I-59. US 31 continues onward at this point. The route continues through downtown Birmingham with US 31. They junction with US 11 and US 78 and climb over Red Mountain into Mtn. Brook as a section of highway called the Red Mountain Expressway. Here, US 280 splits off of US 31 at a highly complex interchange with elements of a Directional-T and a Parclo.

It continues on somewhat of a freeway through Mtn. Brook, eventually reaching The Summit, a huge outdoor mall. It also junctions with I-459 at this point, at a Parclo-like interchange which is being modified to better suit traffic.[3]

The route continues through one of the more developed areas of east Birmingham and eventually climbs over Double Oak Mountain into Shelby County and Chelsea. It continues east to Harpersville, which is home to its junction with US 231 north and SR 25. US 280 continues with US 231 until it reaches the Coosa River, which it crosses into Talladega County. It eventually reaches Sylacauga, which is home to its junction with US 231 south and SR 21. This specific junction is a diamond interchange, commonly used on freeways.

The route continues south-east through northern Coosa County until it has another diamond interchange with SR 9. It then passes through Kellyton, which is home to its minor junction with SR 115.

It crosses into Tallapoosa County just before entering Alexander City, which is home to Russell Athletic. US 280 junctions with SR 22 and SR 63 in the city. It then proceeds through slightly hilly terrain to Dadeville. It junctions with SR 49, which connects the route to the Talladega National Forest/Cheaha State Park. It leaves Dadeville, promptly enters Camp Hill, junctions with SR 50, and enters the southwestern corner of Chambers County, and then crosses into Lee County.

The route then reaches The Bottle, which is named for the bright orange wooden replica of a Nehi soda bottle which stood in the location from 1924 to 1936.  It crosses into Auburn, which is barely skimmed by US 280 as it then crosses into nearby Opelika. The route junctions with US 29/I-85. It joins the freeway with them and continues through I-85's junction with SR 51. It then splits off of the road with US 431. It continues on a heavily traveled road into Russell County, and eventually to Phenix City, which is actually in the Eastern Time Zone due to its close proximity with Columbus, Georgia across the Chattahoochee River. It junctions with US 80. The route then leaves US 431 behind and crosses the Chattahoochee River, leaving Alabama and entering Georgia in Columbus. US 280 has a length of 141.356 miles (227.490 km) in Alabama.[4]

US 280 has the unsigned designation of State Route 38 (SR 38) throughout its length in Alabama.


US 280 begins in Georgia at the state's border with Alabama in Columbus. There it is paired with State Route 520 and U.S. Route 27. It maintains this designation as it passes through Fort Moore. Upon arriving in Cusseta, US 280/GA 520 diverge from US 27 and continue southeast to Richland, where US 280 splits off from GA 520. From here, US 280 continues on its own east, passing through Plains (the boyhood home of Jimmy Carter) and becomes cosigned with State Route 30 in Americus. US 280/SR 30 then continue east-southeast, crossing I-75 in Cordele, still continuing east through mainly rural areas of the southern portion of the state, passing through smaller towns such as McRae–Helena, Mount Vernon, Vidalia, and Pembroke. The highway then turns to the northeast as it leaves Pembroke, crossing I-16 at exit 143. Still continuing northeast, the highway then terminates in Blichton at U.S. Route 80.

National Highway System

Except for the easternmost portion between I-16 and the eastern terminus, the entire length of US 280 is part of the National Highway System, a system of routes determined to be the most important for the nation's economy, mobility, and defense.[5][6][7][8][9]


Prior to the completion of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway in Birmingham, US 31, US 78, and US 280 traveled concurrently until they intersected US 11 at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 24th Street.

Major intersections

I-20 / I-59 / US 31 north (Carraway Boulevard / SR 3) – Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, Gadsden
Western terminus; western end of US 31/SR 3 concurrency; I-20/I-59 exit 126A
0.7291.1732nd Avenue NorthWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.8351.344 US 11 (1st Avenue North / SR 7)Westbound exit only
1.2452.004 US 78 (3rd–4th Avenue South / SR 4)
1.5982.572University Boulevard
Highland Avenue / Arlington AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
21st Avenue SouthEastbound exit and westbound entrance
US 31 south (SR 3 south) / SR 38 east / Rosedale Drive – Montgomery, Homewood
Eastern end of US 31/SR 3 concurrency; western end of SR 38 concurrency; western terminus of SR 38
BirminghamHomewood lineHollywood Boulevard – Mountain Brook, Birmingham ZooGardensEastern end of freeway
Mountain Brook4.7377.623 SR 149 – Homewood, Mountain Brook, Samford UniversityInterchange
Mountain BrookPump House Road – Cahaba HeightsInterchange
Birmingham7.89912.712 I-459 – Atlanta, Gadsden, Montgomery, TuscaloosaI-459 exit 19
Colonnade DriveInterchange
ShelbyHoover11.81919.021 SR 119 (Cahaba Valley Road) – Leeds, Oak Mountain State Park, Lake Purdy
US 231 north (SR 53 north) / SR 25 – Vincent, Wilsonville, Pell City
Western end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency
SR 76 west (Klein Road) – Columbiana, Montevallo
Western end of SR 76 concurrency
SR 235 north (Coosa Pines Road)
Southern terminus of SR 235

SR 76 east (1st Street) / CR 008 west – Childersburg, Fayetteville, Kymulga Covered Bridge and Grist Mill, Talladega College Historic District, DeSoto Caverns
Eastern end of SR 76 concurrency; eastern terminus of CR 008
US 231 south (SR 53) / SR 21 – Sylacauga, Montgomery
Eastern end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency; interchange
CoosaSocapatoy63.362101.971 SR 9 – Wetumpka, GoodwaterInterchange
SR 115 south / Firehouse Road – Kellyton
Northern terminus of SR 115
TallapoosaAlexander City70.096112.809
SR 22 west (Rockford Highway) – Rockford, Historic Downtown Alexander City, Charles E. Bailey Sportplex
Western end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 22 east / SR 63 (Cherokee Road) – Alex City, Eclectic, Central Alabama Community College, Wind Creek State Park, Historic Downtown Alexander City
Eastern end of SR 22 concurrency
SR 49 north (Horseshoe Bend Road) – New Site, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Western end of SR 49 concurrency
SR 49 south (North Broadnax Street) – Dadeville Business District, StillWaters, Tallapoosa County Historical Museum
Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Camp Hill

SR 50 east / CR 34 west – Camp Hill, Lyman Ward, StillWaters, Camp Hill Business District
Western end of SR 50 concurrency; eastern terminus of CR 34
SR 50 west – Lyman Ward, Girls Ranch
Eastern end of SR 50 concurrency
ChambersNo major intersections
SR 147 north (Heath Road) – LaFayette
Western end of SR 147 concurrency
The Bottle104.911168.838
SR 147 south (North College Street) – Auburn
Eastern end of SR 147 concurrency
Opelika110.241177.416Pepperell ParkwayFormer US 29

I-85 south / US 29 south (SR 15) – Montgomery
Western end of I-85/US 29/SR 15 concurrency; US 280 west follows exit 58.
SR 51 to SR 169 – Opelika, Hurtsboro
I-85 exit 60

I-85 north / US 29 north (SR 15) / US 431 north (Columbus Parkway / SR 1) – Atlanta, Opelika, Southern Union State Community College
Eastern end of I-85/US 29/SR 15 concurrency; western end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency; US 280 east follows exit 62.
RussellPhenix City137.659221.541

US 80 east (SR 8) to I-185 – Columbus
Western end of US 80/SR 8 concurrency
US 80 west (Crawford Road / SR 8) – Montgomery
Eastern end of US 80/SR 8 concurrency
US 431 south (SR 1) – Eufaula, Dothan
Eastern end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency; interchange
Colin L. Powell Parkway / Seale RoadInterchange
Chattahoochee River141.356
Oglethorpe Bridge; AlabamaGeorgia state line

US 27 north / SR 1 north (Veterans Parkway) – Hamilton, Waverly Hall, Airport
Western end of US 27/SR 1 concurrency
See SR 520 (mile 0.0-35.1)

SR 520 east / SR 27 west – Dawson, Lumpkin
Eastern end of SR 520 concurrency; western end of SR 27 concurrency
SR 41 south (Washington Street) – Weston, Dawson
Western end of SR 41 concurrency

SR 41 north (Cass Street) – Buena Vista, Ellaville
Eastern end of SR 41 concurrency

SR 45 south (Bond Street) to SR 308 – Dawson, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Northern terminus of SR 45

SR 49 south – Dawson
Western end of SR 49 concurrency

US 19 south / SR 3 south / Spring Street – Albany
Western end of US 19/SR 3 concurrency

US 19 north / SR 3 north / SR 30 west (South MLK Boulevard) – Ellaville, Buena Vista
Eastern end of US 19/SR 3 concurrency; western end of SR 30 concurrency

SR 377 south (Lee Street)
Northern terminus of SR 377

SR 49 north (Tripp Street / Crawford Street) – Oglethorpe, Andersonville, Andersonville National Historic Site, Airport, South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University
Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency

SR 27 east (Vienna Road) – Vienna
Eastern end of SR 27 concurrency

SR 118 south / SR 195 south (Bailey Avenue) – Leesburg, Smithville, Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
Western end of SR 195 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 118
De Soto
SR 195 north – Andersonville
Eastern end of SR 195 concurrency
SR 300 Conn. south – Albany, Camilla
Northern terminus of SR 300 Conn.
I-75 BL / US 41 / SR 7 north (7th Street) / SR 90 – Vienna, Ashburn, Historic Downtown Cordele
Western end of SR 90 concurrency

I-75 (SR 401) to SR 300 – Macon, Valdosta, Albany
I-75 exit 101

SR 90 south – Rebecca
Eastern end of SR 90 concurrency
SR 159 south (10th Street) – Rebecca, Ashburn
Northern terminus of SR 159

SR 215 north (8th Street) – Vienna
Western end of SR 215 concurrency
Rochelle SR 112 / SR 233 (Ashley Street) – Hawkinsville, Rebecca

SR 215 south (Gordon Street) – Fitzgerald
Eastern end of SR 215 concurrency
Abbeville US 129 / SR 11 (Broad Street) – Hawkinsville, Fitzgerald, Wilcox State Prison
SR 87 north (Abbeville Highway) – Eastman, Hawkinsville
Southern terminus of SR 87
SR 117 / SR 165 north (Central Street) – Eastman, Jacksonville
Western end of SR 165 concurrency
SR 165 south (Mt. Zion Street)
Eastern end of SR 165 concurrency

US 319 south / US 441 south / SR 31 south – Fitzgerald, Douglas
Western end of US 319/US 441/SR 31 concurrency

US 23 south / US 341 south / SR 27 south (Oak Street) – Hazlehurst
Southbound lanes of US 23/US 341/SR 27 on one-way pair

US 23 north / US 341 north / SR 27 north – Eastman
Northbound lanes of US 23/US 341/SR 27 on one-way pair

US 319 north / US 441 north / SR 31 north – Dublin, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge
Eastern end of US 319/US 441/SR 31 concurrency

SR 149 south – Scotland
Northern terminus of SR 149
Alamo SR 126 (Commerce Street) – Cadwell, Lumber City
Glenwood SR 19 (2nd Street) – Dublin, Lumber City
MontgomeryMount Vernon
US 221 / SR 56 (Railroad Avenue) to I-16 – Soperton, Uvalda
AileyBroad StreetFormer SR 227 north

SR 15 north / SR 29 north / SR 135 south (James Street) to I-16 – Tarrytown, Soperton, Uvalda
Western end of SR 15/SR 29 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 135
ToombsVidalia SR 130 (Adams Street) – Uvalda

SR 15 south / SR 29 south (Jackson Street) – Baxley
Eastern end of SR 15/SR 29 concurrency
US 1 / SR 4 (South State Street) to I-16 – Swainsboro, Baxley

SR 86 west – Oak Park
Eastern terminus of SR 86
SR 56 west (Shepards Bridge Road) – Uvalda
Eastern terminus of SR 56

SR 147 west (Tattnall Street) – State Prison
Eastern terminus of SR 147

SR 23 / SR 57 / SR 121 (Main Street) to I-16 – Metter, Glennville
SR 169 (Smith Street) to I-16 – Bellville, Jesup

SR 292 west – Manassas
Eastern terminus of SR 292
SR 129 north (Ralph Street) – Metter
Western end of SR 129 concurrency
US 25 / US 301 / SR 73 (Duval Street) – Statesboro, Glennville

SR 129 south (River Street)
Eastern end of SR 129 concurrency

SR 67 north / SR 119 south (Main Street) to I-16
Western end of SR 67/SR 119 concurrency

SR 67 south / SR 119 north (College Street) to I-16 – Springfield
Eastern end of SR 67/SR 119 concurrency

SR 204 east to I-95 – Ellabell
Western terminus of SR 204
I-16 (SR 404) – Macon, SavannahI-16 exit 143
US 80 / SR 26 / SR 30 east – Statesboro, Savannah
Eastern terminus; eastern end of SR 30 concurrency; former US 280 east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "U.S. 431, U.S. 280 Markers Now Up". The Opelika Daily News. Opelika, Alabama. January 26, 1954. p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP)". Georgia Department of Transportation. 2012. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Paepcke, Jon (January 24, 2019). "Improved I-459 ramp to U.S. 280 set to open in Birmingham" – via www.wvtm13.com.
  4. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  5. ^ National Highway System: Alabama (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 8, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. ^ National Highway System: Birmingham, AL (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 9, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  7. ^ National Highway System: Auburn, AL (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 9, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  8. ^ National Highway System: Georgia (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 8, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ National Highway System: Columbus, GA (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. May 9, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.

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