Centers now have new state maps

The Georgia Visitors Center, 1751 Williams Road, should have copies of the 2008 state highway maps by Tuesday.

More than one million official maps are being distributed across Georgia beginning this week, the State Transportation Board reports. The bulk of the maps will be used by the Georgia Department of Economic Development for distribution at the centers. Others will be retained by the Georgia Department of Transportation to fulfill requests from the general public.

The map has undergone major changes. New features include symbols identifying hurricane evacuation routes, toll roads and Amtrak rail stations in Georgia.

The Interstate 185 Scenic Byway and the Warren County-Piedmont Scenic Byway extension also have been added, with their mileage and location included in the index. The state now has 12 Scenic Byways.

The maps feature 1,205 cities, towns and communities, with their locations both on the map and in the index. All communities removed from the 2006 maps have been restored to this map, said Paul Tanner, assistant transportation data administrator for the DOT. An inset of the Atlanta downtown connector has been added.

Photographs of historic or scenic sites from each of Georgia's 13 congressional districts, selected by Transportation Board members, also are featured. The cover is a photograph of a fisherman on Lake Lanier at dawn. The photo was taken by Olivia Anne Hartley, 16, of Gainesville, as part of a school project.