Interstate 165

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Interstate 165 marker

Interstate 165
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 4.90 mi[3] (7.89 km)
Existed: 1994[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: No image wide.svg Truck plate.svg
US 90.svg US 98.svg Alabama 16.svg US 90/Truck US 98/SR 16 at Beauregard & North Water Streets in Mobile
North end: I-65 in Prichard
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR-164 SR-165

Interstate 165 (I-165) is a spur from Interstate 65 that provides access to Mobile, Alabama. It runs for 4.9 miles (7.9 km) from Beauregard Street in downtown Mobile north to Interstate 65 in Prichard. As it is, I-165 terminates into Water Street which itself terminates into an I-10 on-ramp less than two miles (3 km) further. The route is elevated for its entire length.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

Interstate 165 began life as a planned Interstate 210. Many problems, including community opposition and access to the Mobile waterfront, prevented the freeway from reaching its intended southern terminus at Interstate 10; I-165 ends about 1 mile short of I-10 and becomes Water Street. Since the road had no connection to Interstate 10, the number 210 was no longer applicable to the freeway, so 165 was chosen instead.[4]

Construction of the freeway would commence in early 1991[5] and was originally slated for opening in April 1995.[6] Costing $240 million to complete, the route was officially opened to the public at 5:00 in the evening on October 28, 1994.[4] In attendance at the ceremony were former governor Jim Folsom U.S. Representative Sonny Callahan and Federal Highway Administration head Rodney Slate.[4] Upon its completion, it saved commuters traveling between downtown Mobile and the northern suburbs along Interstate 65 an average of nine minutes.[7] While still under construction in 1993, efforts to name the freeway in honor of Mobile baseball great Satchel Paige never materialized. [6]

Its construction resulted in the demolition of many structures within downtown Prichard, including such landmarks as the main public library and fire station.[8]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Mobile County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Prichard 0 I-65 – Mobile, Montgomery Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 0A (south) and 0B (north)
1A Whistler Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1B Price Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Dr. M.L. King Jr. Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1C Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue, Whistler Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
2 US-90 east (Bay Bridge Road, US-98 Truck east/SR-16 east) to I-10 east / Dr. M.L. King Drive North end of US-90/US-98 Truck/SR-16 overlap
Mobile 3 To Conception Street Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance; former US-43 north/SR-13 north
4 US-90 west (US-98 Truck west/SR-16 west) to US-98 (SR-42)
To State Docks
To I-10 / Water Street
I-165 ends at an at-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alabama @ SouthEastRoads.com - Interstate 165". AARoads.com. 2003-03-29. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Interstate 165 Alabama @ Interstate-Guide.com". AARoads.com. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  3. ^ "FHWA Route Log and Finder List -- Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b c Pickett, Rhoda (October 28, 1994). "Interstate 165 opens today, completing state's system". Mobile Register. pp. 1A. 
  5. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 9, 1994). "Coming soon: I-165". Mobile Register. pp. 1A. 
  6. ^ a b Pickett, Rhoda (September 2, 1993). "Officials: I-165 to be ready by '95". Mobile Register. pp. 1A. 
  7. ^ Werenth, George (October 29, 1994). "I-165 now open Route connecting downtown with I-65 in Prichard saves motorists 9 minutes in travel time". Mobile Register. pp. 1B. 
  8. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 24, 1993). "Prichard undergoes a facelift". Mobile Register. pp. 1A. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing