Alabama State Route 35

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State Route 35 marker

State Route 35
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 68.291 mi[1] (109.904 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
South end: SR-9 northeast of Cedar Bluff
  SR-68 at Gaylesville
SR-273 at Blanche
SR-176 southeast of Fort Payne
US-11 / SR-7 at Fort Payne
I‑59 at Fort Payne
SR-75 at Rainsville
SR-71 at Section
SR-40 south of Scottsboro
US-72 / SR-2 / SR-279 at Scottsboro
SR-79 northwest of Scottsboro
North end: US-72 / SR-2 near Woodville
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR-34 SR-36

State Route 35 is a 68.291-mile-long (109.904 km) state route in the northeastern part of the state. The southern terminus of the route is at its junction with State Route 9 in rural Cherokee County northeast of Cedar Bluff and near the Alabama-Georgia state line. The northern terminus of the route is at Woodville in Jackson County where the route has its second junction with U.S. Highway 72.

Route description[edit]

North of its origin, State Route 35 begins an ascent over Lookout Mountain as a two-lane road. The route heads in a northwestwardly direction as it passes through the Little River Canyon National Preserve along the county line dividing Cherokee County and DeKalb County leading into Fort Payne. As the highway descends Lookout Mountain within the Fort Payne city limits, it makes a 90-degree right turn at the foot of the mountain. Numerous trucks descending this route have suffered brake failure and wrecked at this turn as a result, causing numerous fatalities. One resident living at this turn, a Joe Faulkner, erected a reinforced concrete wall to protect his property. The wall assumed the popular name, "Joe's Truck Stop."[2]

B.B. Comer Bridge (1930) carrying the southbound lanes of Alabama SR-35 over the Tennessee River at Scottsboro

From Fort Payne, State Route 35 is routed along a four-lane divided highway as it leads towards Rainsville. The highway is a four-lane highway from its intersection with U.S. Route 11 in Fort Payne to its intersection with U.S. Route 72 in Scottsboro, except for a brief stretch from near its intersection with State Route 71 in Section, to the foot of Sand Mountain and the east bank of the Tennessee River, where it intersects State Route 40. The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to eventually four-lane this remaining section of the Fort Payne-Scottsboro route.[3] The highway crosses the Tennessee River over the B.B. Comer Bridge (southbound) and the Bob Jones Bridge (northound). A new bridge is under construction to replace the B.B. Comer Bridge, and is expected to open in 2012.[4] In the early 1990s, a section of the highway was rerouted from a dogleg extending from Fort Payne through Pine Ridge to Rainsville along the natural slope of Sand Mountain, to the current four-lane route.[5] The current route reaches the brow of Sand Mountain along a ramp through a manmade gap in the side of the mountain.

Until 1980, the northern terminus of State Route 35 was at Scottsboro, where it intersected U.S. Route 72. It was extended westward along the former alignment of US-72 after the U.S. Highway was relocated to a new four-lane highway between Scottsboro and Huntsville. Although SR-35 travels in south by southwestward trajectory as it leaves Scottsboro, it is signed as “North SR-35” until its terminus at a second intersection with US-72 at Woodville in western Jackson County.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cherokee Lawrence 0.000 0.000 SR-9 – Rome, GA, Cedar Bluff, Centre, Piedmont
Gaylesville 2.576 4.146 SR-68 – Cedar Bluff, Summerville
Blanche 11.205 18.033 SR-273 south / CR-15 north
DeKalb   14.324 23.052 SR-176 west (Little River Canyon Parkway)
Fort Payne 21.983 35.378 US-11 north (Gault Avenue / SR-7) to I‑59 north South end of US-11/SR-7 overlap
23.038 37.076 US-11 south (Gault Avenue / SR-7) – Attalla North end of US-11/SR-7 overlap
24.164 38.888 I‑59 – Gadsden, Chattanooga I-59 exit 218
Rainsville 31.743 51.085 SR-75 (McCurdy Avenue)
Jackson Section 41.616 66.974 SR-71 north – Trenton
  46.211 74.369 SR-40 east
Scottsboro 49.539 79.725 US-72 / SR-279 south (SR-2) – Huntsville, Chattanooga Interchange; south end of SR-279 overlap
50.490 81.256 SR-279 north (Willow Street) / CR-21 north (Tupelo Pike) North end of SR-279 overlap
55.008 88.527 SR-79 – Guntersville, Skyline
Woodville 68.291 109.904 US-72 (SR-2)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Milepost Maps (PDF) (Map) (1999 ed.). Alabama Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Truck Hits Joe's Truck Stop," The Gadsden Times, January 31, 2006, p. 6A
  3. ^ "Scottsboro Mayor Seeks Money to Widen Ala. 35," The Huntsville Times, January 29, 2001, p. B2
  4. ^ "Work Begins on Replacing Comer Bridge," The Huntsville Times, October 11, 2007, p. B1
  5. ^ "Highway 35 Section to be Widened," The Huntsville Times, July 5, 1996 p. B2

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