Two alternatives are being studied by the Savannah Planning Commission for the removal of the Interstate 16 spur east from U.S. 17 to Montgomery Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Savannah. These must be submitted to the FHWA and GDOT for final approval. Both call for the dismantling of the freeway lanes and ramps east of U.S. 17 & GA 404 Spur with the addition of two new ramps at the current Georgia 25 Spur partial interchange further north. A boulevard may be built in place of the former I-16, or a new street and wye interchange from I-16. See more on the I-16 Ramp Removal Study here.
There are no official plans to extend Interstate 16 further west. Construction of High Priority Corridor 6/Fall Line Freeway, which includes U.S. 80 west from Geneva to Tuskegee, Alabama, involved building a four-lane divided highway at-grade in Georgia. The Fall Line Freeway is already completed west of Macon. It extends east from U.S. 80 at Geneva along Georgia 96 to Georgia 49 Connector west of Fort Valley. Georgia 49C and Georgia 49 extend the Fall Line Freeway northeast to Exit 149 of Interstate 75 at Byron.
The freeway at Macon was constructed between 1966 and 1968.1 Another 12.5 mile section was completed between U.S. 221 (Exit 78) and U.S. 1 (Exit 90) on December 19, 1977.2 The final section of Interstate 16, through Emanuel, Candler, and Bulloch Counties, opened on September 22, 1978, completing the route between Macon and Savannah.3