A current and historic US Highway endpoint near Brunswick GA
|Highway||Approx. time period|
|US 84||1926-1958 (probable)|
Looking at a road atlas, it's difficult to be certain exactly where the east end of US 82 is located: does it terminate at US 17? Is it co-signed with US 17 to I-95? Or perhaps further, into Brunswick?
As it turns out, according to signage, the designation does indeed continue a half-mile further east from its junction with US 17, co-signed with it to I-95 (interchange 29) outside Brunswick. This first photo is from northbound I-95:
Until 1989, that exit marked the east beginning of US 84. On the gore at the bottom of that offramp, we have this assembly...
...and roughly the same thing is posted on the far side of the divided highway:
Just west from there was once a dual-signed confirming assembly...
...but Alex reports that was gone by 2004. Just ahead, the two routes split:
Today, US 17 is to the left, and GA hwy. 303 is to the right. However, it was GA 303 that originally carried US 17 up into Brunswick. So straight ahead on today's US 82 was probably the original east beginning of US 84. (However, it's possible that US 84 would've been co-signed with US 17 northward, closer to Brunswick. If so, you can view a photo of that location on my US 341 page.)
Anyway, just ahead is the first westbound marker:
Before we start heading back the opposite direction, I want to show a really cool, older photo from this junction:
That's looking north on US 17, which originally continued straight ahead, but which is now directed to the right. To the left was probably the original east beginning of US 84. It's interesting to note that I-95 was not complete in this area at the time of that photo - that's why traffic is directed straight ahead instead of to the right (where interchange 29 is today). But the coolest thing, in my opinion, is that this photo was taken back when it was US 84 (not US 82) that ran through here. And this was also the timeframe during which US 84 was signed east all the way out to Jekyll Island.
Anyway, this next series is heading east on US 82:
The photos above and below show signage at what was probably US 84's original east endpoint.
As you can see, US 82 is consistently signed past its junction with US 17. There was no "End" sign, but here is the signage that is present at its terminus:
As I said, that was the endpoint of US 84 until 1989, which is when the US 82 and 84 designations were swapped east of Waycross. I should also point out that - while this has long been the signed endpoint of the US route - I'm told the designation officially continues ahead to Jekyll Island... although US 82 has never been signed east of Brunswick, and US 84 was signed to Jekyll Island only until about 1978.