End of US highway 80

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Photo credits: Chris Elbert; Andy Field; Alan Hamilton; Karin and Martin Karner; Joe Maloney; Alex Nitzman; Brian Taylor

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-1932 Savannah, GA San Diego, CA
1932-1973 Tybee Island, GA San Diego, CA
1973-1979 Tybee Island, GA Yuma, AZ
1979-1989 Tybee Island, GA Benson, AZ
1989-1991 Tybee Island, GA Anthony, NM
1991-1993 Tybee Island, GA Pecos, TX
1993-present Tybee Island, GA Dallas, TX

US 80 was an original 1926 route; at the time its east end was in Savannah GA. Starting in 1931, US 280 rode along with US 80 on the 20-mile segment leading into Savannah; you can view a photo of their common endpoint on this page.

But in 1932 the US 80 designation was extended about 10 miles further east, to its current terminus: a little seaside community then known as Savannah Beach, but now more commonly referred to as Tybee Island.

The east end of US 80 is not the easternmost point on the highway. That actually occurs about a mile north of the terminus, where US 80 reaches the Atlantic Ocean near the mouth of the Savannah River on Tybee Island. At that point, the highway takes a sharp turn and begins heading mostly south (but also slightly back west) along the shoreline, on Butler Avenue. It's at the 5-way intersection with Inlet Avenue and Tybrisa Street (aka 16th Street) where the US 80 designation ends. The photo below was looking south on Butler at the east end of US 80:

Taylor, 2001

Butler continues straight ahead as a local road for another quarter-mile or so. That's Inlet going off into the right background (behind the white truck). Between the red car and the Arby's sign was an "End" assembly, shown close-up below:

Taylor, 2001

Unfortunately, not long after that photo was taken, that assembly disappeared. But by the time of Alex's visit, it had been sort of replaced:

Field/Nitzman, May 2007

('course it's actually been over 30 years since US 80 went all the way to San Diego, but I still like the sign.) By 2009 that sign was gone, too, replaced with a monument...

Maloney, Dec. 2009

...and just behind that is a newer version of the sign:

Maloney, Dec. 2009

Heading the opposite direction on Butler, the photo below shows the first westbound US 80 sign:

Field/Nitzman, May 2007

The green sign ahead says "Historic Tybee Lighthouse Causeway". Way off on the horizon you might just be able to make out a white watertower. US 80 actually heads north and slightly east to about that point, before turning west towards the mainland.


Originally the west end of US 80 was in San Diego CA; you can view photos from there on this page.


For 40 years US 80 was a grand coast-to-coast route, over 2700 miles in length. But the end of the road's glory days was in 1973, when the west end was eliminated in California. The photo below is looking north on 4th Street in Yuma AZ (westbound Business I-8/historic US 80) at the CA state line:

Karners, Dec. 2011

When CalTrans decommissioned the US 80 designation in their state, this was where the route ended.


In 1979, most of US 80 was removed from Arizona as well; all that remained was the segment that came in from New Mexico down to Douglas and then back up to Benson. Today that's AZ hwy. 80, which comes into Benson from the south and then heads west on 4th Street. The shot below shows the west end of 4th - your only option there is to veer right to a "Y" that serves east or west I-10 at interchange 303:

Hamilton

The road at far left used to be US 80 continuing on towards Tucson, but now it's the offramp for eastbound I-10. The photo below is looking north at this same interchange:

Elbert, Apr. 2008

That shows where US 80 actually ended. Heading east on I-10, US 80 began at this exit:

Elbert, Apr. 2008

That off-ramp leads to the same spot photographed above:

Hamilton

That shows what was the west beginning of US 80 for about 10 years. Downtown Benson is about a mile in that direction. In the distance, on the far side of the San Pedro River valley, lie the Dragoon Mountains.


In 1989, the US 80 designation was completely removed from Arizona and New Mexico, so that its west end was at the TX/NM line in Anthony. US 80 was co-signed with I-10 at the time, so here's a shot of its former end:

Hamilton

That's looking north on westbound I-10. Below we're looking the opposite direction:

Hamilton

As one entered Texas on I-10, they were suddenly at the west beginning of US 80.


That didn't make much sense, so within two years TXDoT had truncated US 80 at Pecos. In the photo below, we're looking east on I-20:

Elbert, Mar. 2007

The interstate was built on top of US 80 to this point, but ahead it veers to the right, bypassing Pecos to the south. This exit leads to the overpass visible in the distance, which allows traffic to re-connect to the original alignment of US 80 through Pecos, straight ahead. So this was the west beginning of US 80 for a few years.


However, for the most part I-20 had been built on top of US 80 everywhere between Pecos and Dallas (except where the interstate bypasses the towns along the route). So in 1993 TXDoT removed the US 80 designation west of Dallas. Here's the last trailblazer:

Karners, Jan. 2012

That's in Mesquite, approaching the Dallas city limits, about a half-mile before the route's terminus at its junction with I-30:

Karners, Jan. 2012

Below is a shot taken while approaching the west beginning of US 80 on I-30:

Field/Nitzman, Oct. 2003

Obscured behind the second overpass is the first eastbound confirming sign; it's shown close-up below:

Field/Nitzman, Oct. 2003