Alabama State Route 53

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State Route 53 marker

State Route 53
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length345.287 mi[1] (555.686 km)
Most of length signed as US 231
Southern standalone section
Length20.137 mi[1] (32.407 km)
South end SR 71 towards Marianna, Fla.
North end
US 231 Bus. / US 431 Bus. at Dothan
Northern standalone section
Length28.423 mi (45.742 km)
South end US 231 / US 431 in Huntsville
Major
junctions
I-565 in Huntsville
North end I-65 / US 31 near Ardmore
Location
CountiesHouston, Dale, Coffee, Pike, Montgomery, Elmore, Coosa, Talladega, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Cullman, Marshall, Morgan, Madison, Limestone
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 52SR 54

State Route 53 (SR 53) is a 345.287-mile (555.686 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Alabama. The majority, between Dothan and Huntsville, is signed as U.S. Route 231 (US 231), but the two ends – south to Florida and north to I-65/US 31 near Tennessee – are independent. In those areas, US 231 uses SR 1, sharing the route with US 431 north of Huntsville, where it is referred to as Memorial Parkway.

An 18-mile-long (29 km) stretch of SR 53, from Research Park Boulevard in Huntsville to just south of Ardmore, is designated as the "Paul Luther Bolden Memorial Highway" in honor of Paul L. Bolden, a Medal of Honor recipient and Madison County's most-decorated World War II veteran.[2]

Route Description[edit]

Beginning at its southern terminus, SR 53 assumes a slight northwesterly trajectory as it travels through Dothan, where it joins US 231, heading towards Montgomery. Between Dothan and Huntsville, SR 53 is the unsigned partner to US 231, however, only SR-53’s mile markers are present along the route.

At Huntsville, SR 53 diverts from US 231 and once again becomes a signed route until it reaches its northern terminus just west of Ardmore at I-65/US 31 crossing several major roads along the way including University and Sparkman Drives in Huntsville. The northbound lane of SR 53 actually enters Tennessee before going south to I-65. Tennessee State Route 7 travels concurrently with SR 53 on the state line and both Alabama and Tennessee mile markers are present on the highway.

Major intersections[edit]

SR 53, coming in from the upper left, follows the Tennessee state line at Ardmore
A sign denoting SR 53 in Toney
CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Houston0.0000.000 SR 71 south – MariannaFlorida state line
Dothan18.63929.997 US 431 / SR 210 (Ross Clark Circle) to US 84 / US 231 south – Panama City, Enterprise, Ashford, Eufaula, Bainbridge
20.13732.407
US 231 Bus. south / US 431 Bus. south (South Oates Street / SR 1) – Marianna, Panama City
Northern end of signed SR 53; southern end of US 231 Bus./US 431 Bus./SR 1 concurrency
21.15834.051
US 84 Bus. / SR 52 (Main Street / SR 12) – Dothan Civic Center
22.07235.521
US 431 Bus. north (Reeves Street / SR 1) – Headland, Eufaula
Northern end of US 431 Bus./SR 1 concurrency
24.00738.636
US 231 Bus. end / US 231 south / SR 210 (Ross Clark Circle) to US 431 north / US 84 – Enterprise, Panama City, Headland, Eufaula, Rip Hewes Stadium
Northern end of US 231 Bus. concurrency; southern end of US 231 concurrency
SR 53 is the unsigned designation for US 231 for the next 292.857 miles (471.308 km)
MadisonHuntsville316.864509.943 US 231 north / US 431 (Memorial Parkway / Governors Drive / SR 1) to I-565 – Guntersville, Monte Sano State ParkInterchange; northern end of US 231 concurrency; southern end of signed SR 53
318.548512.653
I-565 / US 72 Alt. to I-65 / Jordan Lane – Decatur, Botanical Garden
I–565 exit 17
319.915514.853 US 72 (University Drive / SR 2) – Alabama A&M University
324.449522.150 SR 255 south (Research Park Boulevard) to US 72 / I-565 / MLK BoulevardInterchange
LimestoneArdmore340.87548.58 SR 7 begins / Stateline RoadSouthern end of TN 7 concurrency along Tennessee state line
341.77550.03 SR 110 east – Fayetteville
342.07550.51
SR 7 Truck north (Austin Street)
342.37550.99 SR 7 north (Main Street west)Northern end of TN 7 concurrency
342.878551.809 SR 251 south (Ardmore Avenue south)Old US 31 south
345.287555.686 I-65 (US 31) – Birmingham, NashvilleNorthern terminus; I–65 exit 365; road continues south as Upper Elkton Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Huggins, Paul (August 21, 2013). "Paul Luther Bolden Memorial Highway honors Madison County's highest decorated WWII soldier". The Huntsville Times. Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications. Retrieved August 22, 2013.