Alabama State Route 35

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State Route 35 marker

State Route 35
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length68.291 mi[1] (109.904 km)
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 at Fort Payne
I-59 at Fort Payne
SR 75 at Rainsville
SR 71 at Section
SR 40 south of Scottsboro
US 72 / SR 279 at Scottsboro

SR 79 northwest of Scottsboro
North end US 72 near Woodville
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 34SR 36

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

Route description[edit]

North of its southern terminus, SR 35 begins an ascent over Lookout Mountain as a two-lane road. The highway heads in a northwesterly direction as it travels 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, Joe Faulkner, erected a reinforced concrete wall to protect his property. The wall assumed the popular name, "Joe's Truck Stop."[2]

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

From Fort Payne, SR 35 is routed along a four-lane divided highway as it heads towards Rainsville. The highway is a four-lane highway from its intersection with US 11 in Fort Payne to its intersection with US 72 in Scottsboro, except for a brief stretch from near its intersection with SR 71 in Section, to the foot of Sand Mountain and the east bank of the Tennessee River, where it intersects SR 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 Comer Bridge (southbound) and the Bob Jones Bridge (northbound). A new bridge is under construction to replace the Comer Bridge, and was expected to open in 2012, but finally opened May 2016.[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 SR 35 was at Scottsboro, where it intersected US 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 a south by southwestward trajectory as it leaves Scottsboro, it is signed as “SR 35 north” until its terminus at a second intersection with US 72 at Woodville in western Jackson County.

Major intersections[edit]

CherokeeLawrence0.0000.000 SR 9 – Rome, Georgia, Cedar Bluff, Centre, PiedmontSouthern terminus
Gaylesville2.5764.146 SR 68 – Cedar Bluff, Summerville
Blanche11.20518.033 SR 273 south / CR 15 northNorthern terminus of SR 273
DeKalb14.32423.052 SR 176 west (Little River Canyon Rim Parkway)Eastern terminus of SR 176; northern terminus of Little River Canyon Rim Parkway
Fort Payne21.98335.378 US 11 north (Gault Avenue / SR 7) to I-59 northSouth end of US 11/SR 7 concurrency
23.03837.076 US 11 south (Gault Avenue / SR 7) – AttallaNorth end of US 11/SR 7 concurrency
24.16438.888 I-59 – Gadsden, ChattanoogaI-59 exit 218
Rainsville31.74351.085 SR 75 (McCurdy Avenue) – Fyffe, Shiloh, Sylvania, Henagar
JacksonSection41.61666.974 SR 71 north – Dutton, TrentonSouthern terminus of SR 71
46.21174.369 SR 40 east – HenagarWestern terminus of SR 40
Scottsboro49.53979.725 US 72 / SR 279 south (SR 2) – Huntsville, ChattanoogaInterchange; south end of SR 279 concurrency
50.49081.256 SR 279 north (Willow Street) / CR 21 north (Tupelo Pike)North end of SR 279 concurrency
55.00888.527 SR 79 – Guntersville, Skyline
Woodville68.291109.904 US 72 (SR 2) – Huntsville, ChattanoogaNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Milepost Maps (Map) (1999 ed.). Alabama Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 12, 2013. 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

External links[edit]

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