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Interstate 65
I-65 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length366.229 mi [1] (589.388 km)
Major junctions
South end I-10 in Mobile
 
North end I-65 / US 31 at Tennessee state line
Location
Counties Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Butler, Lowndes, Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga, Chilton, Shelby, Jefferson, Blount, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 64 SR 65

Interstate 65 (I-65) meanders across 366 miles (589 km) of the Alabama countryside linking six of the state's ten largest cities. The highway links together many important roadways that make commerce inside and outside of the state's boundaries possible. It starts at Interstate 10 near Mobile. The route passes through the major cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Decatur before entering Tennessee in the north near the town of Ardmore.

The entire Alabama portion of I-65 is dedicated as Heroes Highway, [2] in honor of the CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann and all of the people who died during the September 11 attacks.

Route description

I-65 starts in Mobile at an interchange with Interstate 10, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. From there it runs northeast, intersecting with I-165 in Prichard, Alabama and crossing the Mobile River delta at the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge. En route to Montgomery, it passes county seats Evergreen ( Conecuh County) and Greenville ( Butler County). In the case of a hurricane evacuation on Alabama's coast, I-65 can be converted to an evacuation route where all lanes flow in the northbound direction from Mobile to Montgomery. This process is known as contra-flow.

Billboard along I-65 North, north of Prattville and just south of mile marker 191. [3]

At Montgomery, it intersects the southern terminus of I-85 and crosses the Alabama River north of the city. The Hyundai Corporation's automotive plant in Montgomery is located just off I-65. It can be accessed using the Pintlala-Hope Hull exit (number 164).

At Chilton County, I-65 enters the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area. Approximately halfway between Montgomery and Birmingham, it passes Clanton the county seat, where the water tower, visible from the road, is shaped and painted to resemble a huge peach. Between mile markers 212 and 219, I-65 was designated "War on Terror Memorial Highway" in 2014.

From mile marker 242 to 290 I-65 carries at least 6 lanes of traffic. I-65 intersects I-459 in Hoover, then passes through the cities of Vestavia Hills and Homewood, which often generate heavy traffic. As the interstate passes by downtown Birmingham, south-bound travelers have a view of the Vulcan statue atop Red Mountain. At the north edge of downtown, I-65 intersects I-20/ I-59 with a cross-over interchange, often called " Malfunction Junction".

North of Birmingham at mile 266, interchange ramps provide access to parallel US-31. It is here that I-65 meets the eastern terminus of I-22, which heads northwest to Memphis, Tennessee, filling in a gap in the Interstate system. The interstate then continues 98 miles (158 km) in the general direction of Huntsville, passing the city of Cullman on the way. After entering the Decatur Metropolitan Area, in southern Morgan County, the interstate passes Decatur. The highway connects the Decatur and Huntsville Metropolitan Areas as it crosses Wheeler Lake ( Tennessee River) on a 2.6-mile (4.2 km) bridge. The interstate emerges again into the fringes of Decatur, in an open area of seemingly "endless" cotton fields where it intersects, inside Decatur, with Alabama 20, US-72 Alternate, and the spur-route, I-565 to Huntsville.

Between Walkers Chapel Road in Fultondale and the Tennessee River in Decatur ( Limestone County), I-65 has been designated the "Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway". The sign designating the north end of this portion of road cites Reagan's speech in Decatur on July 4, 1984. The interstate then continues, passing Athens, and merges with US-31. The 2 routes travel concurrently approximately 12 miles to the Tennessee state line.

In the Birmingham/Hoover vicinity, a plan to widen the interstate from North Birmingham to Alabaster has been proposed.[ citation needed] The project is to widen the interstate by adding a HOV lane and keeping the original 3 lanes making it four lanes in each direction. This is planned to stretch to the Pelham area. From there on the interstate will widen from 2 lanes each way to 3 lanes each way into the Helena/Alabaster area.

Near the northern border of Alabama with Tennessee on southbound I-65 is located the Alabama Welcome Center and rest area. The unique feature of this rest area compared to others is the existence of a large Saturn IB rocket erected on the site as a memorial to Alabama's—and in particular, Huntsville's—contribution to NASA's space exploration. [4]

History

In 1997, at Georgiana (Exit 114), honoring legendary country musician and Alabama native Hank Williams, the interstate was designated as Hank Williams' Memorial "Lost Highway", after one of his songs. This designation continues northward until mile 179 north of Montgomery. From the state's capital, I-65 doglegs northwards, bypassing Prattville and Clanton before going through Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama. From exit 242 to 290, this highway carries at least six lanes of traffic. A portion of the interstate running through Birmingham, has been nicknamed "Malfunction Junction" for its numerous wrecks. These accidents include two separate occasions of the support beams melting after crashes by 18-wheelers, and the numerous collisions that happen every year, result from the junction with I-20 and I-59.

In 2004, following the death of President Ronald Reagan, a lengthy segment of I-65 from Jefferson County to Limestone County was designated the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The sign designating the north end of the segment includes a statement from Reagan's speech at Point Mallard Aquatic Center in nearby Decatur on July 4, 1984.

Future

Just a few miles north of I-22 will be the new interchange (exit 274), which will be the Corridor X-1 and has been designated as I-422. This loop route will connect I-65 with I-59 northeast of Birmingham and I-20/I-59 southwest of Birmingham, and this will serve as an Interstate Highway bypass of Birmingham, augmenting the existing I-459, which already provides the southern loop of Birmingham. Construction of this interchange is still several years away, but right-of-way is in the process of being acquired to build I-422.

Exit list

CountyLocationmi [5]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Mobile Mobile0.0000.0000 I-10 – Mississippi, FloridaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus; I-10 exit 20 tri-stack interchange
1.9303.1061 US 90 ( SR 16, Government Boulevard)
3 Airport BoulevardServes Mobile Regional Airport and University of South Alabama
4Dauphin Street
5ASpringhill Avenue
5.7529.2575B US 98 ( SR 42, Moffett Road)
Prichard8.41213.5388 US 45 ( SR 17, St. Stephens Road) – Prichard, Citronelle
9.64015.5149 I-165 south – Prichard, Downtown MobileI-165 exit 0 northbound; tri-stack interchange.
Chickasaw10West Lee Street
Saraland13.06721.02913 SR 158 (Industrial Parkway) / SR 213 – Eight Mile, Saraland
15Celeste Road – Saraland, Citronelle
19.49531.37419 US 43 ( SR 13) – Satsuma, Creola
22Sailor Road – Creola
Mobile River
Tensaw River
24.22038.978 General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge
Baldwin31.79351.16631 SR 225 – Stockton, Spanish Fort
33.93554.61334 SR 59 – Bay Minette, Stockton
37.72460.71137 SR 287 (Gulf Shores Parkway) – Bay Minette, Rabun
45 Rabun, Perdido
Escambia54 CR 1 (Jack Springs Road)
57.65692.78857 SR 21 – Atmore, Uriah
Barnett Crossroads69.356111.61869 SR 113 – Flomaton, Wallace
Conecuh77.402124.56677 SR 41 – Brewton, Repton
83 CR 7 – Castleberry, Lenox
92.930149.55693 US 84 ( SR 12) – Evergreen, Monroeville
96.509155.31696 SR 83 – Evergreen, Midway
100.685162.037101 CR 29 – Owassa
Butler107Hank Williams Road – Grace, Garland
113.969183.415114 SR 106 – Georgiana, Starlington
Greenville127.661205.450128 SR 10 (Pineapple Highway) – Greenville, Pine AppleSouthern end of SR 10 Truck overlap
130.046209.289130
SR 185 / SR 10 Truck east – Greenville
Northern end of SR 10 Truck overlap
Lowndes141.531227.772142 SR 185 – Fort Deposit, Logan
151.108243.185151 SR 97 – Letohatchee, Davenport
158 To US 31 ( SR 3, Tyson Road) – Pintlala, Tyson
Montgomery163.792263.598164 US 31 ( SR 3) – Pintlala, Hope Hull
Montgomery166 I-85 north to I-685Future southern terminus of Montgomery bypass; future southern terminus of I-85
167.103268.926167 US 80 west ( SR 8 west) – SelmaSouthern end of US 80/SR 8 overlap
168.213270.713168 US 80 east / US 82 east ( SR 6 east/ SR 8 east/ SR 21, South Boulevard) to US 231 ( SR 53) / US 331 ( SR 9)Northern end of US 80/SR 8 overlap; southern end of US 82/SR 6 overlap
169Edgemont AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
170Fairview Avenue
171.157275.450171 I-85 / I-685 north / Day Street – AtlantaI-85 no number signed; future I-685, exit 0
172Herron Street, Clay Street – Downtown Montgomery
Bridge over the Alabama River
172.725277.974173 To US 231 (North Boulevard)Unsigned SR 152
Elmore Millbrook176 SR 143 – Millbrook, CoosadaNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
MillbrookPrattville
city line
178.961288.010179 US 82 west ( SR 6 west, Cobbs Ford Road) / SR 14 west to Montgomery Toll Road – Millbrook, PrattvilleNorthern end of US 82/SR 6 overlap; southern end of SR 14 overlap
Prattville181.282291.745181 SR 14 east – Prattville, WetumpkaNorthern end of SR 14 overlap
Autauga186.426300.024186 US 31 ( SR 3) – Pine Level, Prattville
Chilton200 Verbena
Clanton205.340330.463205 US 31 / SR 3 ( SR 3) / SR 22 – Clanton, Verbena
208Lake Mitchell Road – Clanton, Lake Mitchell
211.876340.981212 SR 145 (Lay Dam Road) – Clanton, Lay DamPeach Tower exit
219 Jemison, Thorsby
Shelby Calera228.380367.542228 SR 25 (Main Street) – Montevallo, Calera
231.206372.090231 US 31 ( SR 3) / SR 3 – Saginaw, Calera, Montevallo
234 Shelby County Airport
238.321383.540238 US 31 ( SR 3, 1st Street) – Alabaster, Saginaw
Pelham242 CR 52 – Pelham, Helena
246.062395.998246 SR 119 (Cahaba Valley Road)
Hoover247 CR 17 (Valleydale Road)
Jefferson250.083402.470250 I-459 – Atlanta, Gadsden, TuscaloosaI-459 exit 15
251.967405.502252 US 31 (Montgomery Highway) / SR 3
254Alford Avenue
Homewood255Lakeshore Parkway
256Oxmoor Road – HomewoodSigned as exits 256A (west) and 256B (east) southbound
Birmingham258Green Springs Avenue
259AUniversity Boulevard (northbound)
6th Avenue South (southbound)
Signed as exit 259 northbound
259B4th Avenue South & 3rd Avenue SouthSouthbound exit (4th Avenue) and northbound entrance (3rd Avenue)
260 US 11 ( US 78/ SR 4 east/ SR 7, 3rd Avenue North) / 6th Avenue North – Downtown BirminghamSigned as exit 260B northbound
260.562419.334261 I-20 ( SR 4 west) / I-59 / US 78 / SR 4 – Gadsden, Atlanta, TuscaloosaSouthern end of SR 4/US 78 overlaps; signed as exits 261B (east/north) and 261C (west/south); I-20/59 exits 124B-C
262A16th StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
261.952421.571262BFinley Boulevard
26332nd Avenue (northbound)
33rd Avenue (southbound)
264Daniel Payne Drive/Lewisburg RoadRamp to I-65 north also connects to I-22 west
Fultondale264.010424.883265A I-22 / US 78 / SR 4 – MemphisNorthern end of SR 4/US 78 overlaps; eastern terminus of I-22, exit 95
265B US 31 ( SR 3) – Fultondale
267Walker Chapel Road
Gardendale271Fieldstown Road
272Mt. Olive Road
275 To US 31 ( SR 3, Barber Road) – Morris
Warrior280 To US 31 ( SR 3, Service Road) – Warrior
281Old US 31 – Warrior
282Cane Creek Road – Robbins, Warrior
Blount Smoke Rise284.361457.635284 US 31 south ( SR 3 south) / SR 160 east – Hayden, CornerSouthern end of US 31/SR 3 overlap
287.370462.477287 US 31 north ( SR 3 north, Bee Line Highway) – Garden City, Blount SpringsNorthern end of US 31/SR 3 overlap
289 Empire, Blount Springs
Cullman291.861469.705291 SR 91 – Hanceville, Colony
299.446481.912299 SR 69 south – Jasper, Dodge CitySouthern end of SR 69 overlap
303.490488.420304 SR 69 north – Cullman, Good HopeNorthern end of SR 69 overlap
Good Hope305 CR 222 (Good Hope Road)
Cullman307.464494.815308 US 278 ( SR 74) – Cullman, Double Springs
310.039498.959310 SR 157 (Section Line Road) – Cullman, Moulton
Morgan318.161512.030318 US 31 ( SR 3, 2nd Avenue) – Lacon, Vinemont
321.855517.975322Pike Road – Falkville, Eva
Hartselle324.938522.937325Thompson Road
327.474527.018328 SR 36 (Main Street) – Hartselle
DecaturPriceville
city line
333.337536.454334 SR 67 – Decatur, Priceville, Somerville
Wheeler Lake
Tennessee River
336.619541.736Bridge over Wheeler Lake and Tennessee River
Limestone Huntsville340.002547.180340 I-565 east / SR 20 west ( US 72 Alt.) – Huntsville, DecaturSigned as exits 340A (west) and 340B (east) southbound; I-565 exit 1 westbound & 1A-B eastbound; eastern terminus of SR 20; western terminus of I-565
Tanner347.412559.105347Huntsville–Browns Ferry Road
Athens351.024564.918351 US 72 ( SR 2) – Athens, Huntsville
354.157569.960354 US 31 south – AthensSouthern end of US 31 overlap; unsigned northern terminus of SR 3
Elkmont360.918580.841361Thach Road
364.826587.131365 SR 53 south (Upper Elkton Road, 7th Street) – ArdmoreNorthern terminus of SR 53
366.229589.388 I-65 / US 31 north – NashvilleContinuation into Tennessee
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Lane configurations

Total Mileage in Alabama-366.00 miles
  • From Interstate 10 Exit 0 to Exit 13 ( Saraland) (3-4 lanes each way, 4th lane exit only)
  • From Exit 13 to Exit 167 U.S. Highway 80 west ( Selma) (2 lanes each way)
  • From Exit 167 to Exit 181 ( Prattville)/( Wetumpka) (3 lanes each way)
  • From Exit 181 to Exit 242 County Road 52 ( Pelham) (2 lanes each way)
  • From Exit 242 to Exit 261 Interstate 20/ Interstate 59 (3-4 lanes each way, 5 lanes at Malfunction Junction)
  • From Exit 261 to Exit 267 Walker Chapel Road ( Fultondale) (4 lanes each way)
  • From Exit 267 to Blount County/ Cullman County line Mile marker 291 (3 lanes each way)
  • From Mile marker 291 to Tennessee state line (2 lanes each way)

See also

References

  1. ^ "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Heroes Highway of Alabama". Montgomerygop.net. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ Simon, Scott (July 23, 2005). "Alabama Billboard's Message Changes". All Things Considered. NPR. Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Hughes, Bayne (April 6, 2014). "Iconic rocket due for repair". Decatur Daily. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Milepost/General Highway Maps". Alabama Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2016.

External links

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