Interstate 485 Georgia


Interstate 485 was planned as an urban loop leading northeast from the Downtown Connector (Interstates 75 & 85) to Interstate 85 (Northeast Expressway) near Lindbergh. This loop would tie into a northward extension of planned Interstate 475 through to the Georgia 400 freeway between I-85 and I-285 at Sandy Springs.


AASHTO approved the loop of Interstate 485 between the Downtown Connector and Interstate 85 near Lenox Road on June 30, 1970. The route was eliminated by AASHTO on June 17, 1975, following community opposition to the freeway. The freeway spur east from Interstates 75 & 85 was numbered Georgia 410, and was projected eastward to the U.S. 78 Stone Mountain Freeway at Interstate 285 (Perimeter Highway).

East of Atlanta, the Stone Mountain Freeway was assigned U.S. 78 and Georgia 410. This number was apart of the original Georgia 400 freeway series that coincides with all of the Interstate system within the Peach State. As it currently stands, the Stone Mountain Freeway travels between the Lawrenceville Highway west of Interstate 285 eastward to Rockbridge Road near Stone Mountain State Park.

An ambitious plan to better utilize the high speed interchange at the west end of former Interstate 485 was undertaken during the mid 1990s. This plan extended the renumbered Georgia 10 freeway eastward to U.S. 23 (Moreland Avenue), and to U.S. 278 (Ponce De Leon Avenue) as a divided surface boulevard named Freedom Parkway. The construction project was completed around 1996.

Highway Guides

Western Terminus - Interstate 75/85 Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
Perspective from Interstates 75-85 north
Soon after leaving the compact Interstate 20 stack interchange, the expansive Interstate 75-85 overlap travels northward into the Atlanta Central Business District. A myriad of surface streets, including Georgia 10, are served by the upcoming Exits 248B and 248C. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Just one quarter mile south of the historic western terminus of Interstate 485 on the sixteen lane Interstate 75-85. Georgia 10 ends at this interchange as the Freedom Parkway ramps directly feed into Andrew Young International Boulevard. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Second to last guide sign for Exit 248C/Georgia 10 east of Interstates 75-85 north. The third point of interest on the panel is the President Jimmy Carter Center. The facility is located off of Freedom Parkway to the east. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Interstates 75-85 northbound prepare to descend under the intricate ramps of the Interstate 485 historic western terminus interchange. To the right Exit 248C departs for Andrew Young International Boulevard west and Georgia 10/Freedom Parkway east. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The split of Georgia 10/Freedom Parkway eastbound from the Exit 248C ramp into downtown. The Andrew Young International Boulevard ramp quickly encounters an intersection as it connects with the central business district surface artery. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Perspective from Georgia 10 east
Traffic merging onto Georgia 10 eastbound quickly encounters a traffic light and the surface boulevard connection. The road derives its name Freedom as a theme for the nearby Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Perspective from Georgia 10 west
Entering the Interstate 75-85 and Andrew Young International Boulevard interchange complex on Georgia 10 west. A Georgia 10 end shield is posted for the terminus as traffic prepares to enter the downtown area. Photo taken 08/22/03.
The downtown skyline taking center stage, historic Interstate 485 partitions into ramps for Interstate 75-85 south to Macon and Montgomery to the left and Interstates 75-85 north for Chattanooga, Greenville, and the connection to Andrew Young International Boulevard west. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Partition of the southbound ramp from the north and westbound ramps. The cylindrical glass building is that of Peachtree Center. Those who are familiar with the SimCity series of games should recognize the skyscraper. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Historic Interstate 485 westbound draws to a close at the second partition in traffic. To the right traffic enters the final three miles of the Interstate 75-85 overlap northbound. Ahead to the left, Interstate 485 enters the downtown street grid. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 285 - Clarkston, Georgia
The Interstate 485 loop from Downtown to Interstate 85 near Lindbergh, Atlanta would have ended the route opposite the Georgia 400 freeway leading north to Sandy Springs. The later version of I-485 would have concluded the route at Interstate 285 and the Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) near Clarkston.

Page Updated May 27, 2015.

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