Alabama State Route 53

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For most of its length, State Route 53 is the unsigned designation of U.S. Route 231. This article is about the standalone sections of SR-53.

State Route 53 marker

State Route 53
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 345.287 mi[1] (555.686 km)
Most of length signed as US-231
Southern standalone section
Length: 20.137 mi[1] (32.407 km)
South end: SR 71 towards Marianna, Fla.
North end: US 231 at Dothan
Northern standalone section
Length: 28.423 mi (45.742 km)
South end: US 231 / US 431 in Huntsville
I‑565 in Huntsville
North end: I‑65 / US 31 near Ardmore
Counties: Houston, Dale, Pike, Montgomery, Elmore, Coosa, Talladega, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Cullman, Marshall, Morgan, Madison, Limestone
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR 52 SR 54

State Route 53 (SR-53) is a 345-mile (555 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Alabama. The majority, between Dothan and Huntsville, is signed as U.S. Highway 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 State Route 1, sharing the route with US-431 north of Huntsville, where it is referred to as Memorial Parkway.

An 18-mile stretch of State Route 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]

Major intersections[edit]

Beginning at its southern terminus, SR-53 assumes a slight northwestwardly trajectory as it passes through Dothan, where it joins U.S. Route 231, heading towards Montgomery. Between Dothan and Huntsville, SR-53 is the unsigned partner to US-231.

SR-53, coming in from the upper left, follows the Tennessee state line at Ardmore

At Huntsville, SR-53 diverts from US-231 and once again becomes a signed route until it reaches its terminus just west of Ardmore at Interstate 65/U.S. Highway 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 runs concurrently with the route on the state line and both Alabama and Tennessee mile markers are present on the highway.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Houston   0.000 0.000 SR 71 south – Marianna Florida state line
Cottonwood 7 11 To US 231 / Sealy Wells Road (CR-55 south) – Sealy Springs, McLane
Dothan 18.639 29.997 SR 210 / US 431 / SR 52 (Ross Clark Circle) to US 84 / US 231 south – Panama City, Enterprise, Ashford, Eufaula, Bainbridge
20.137 32.407
US 231 Bus. south / US 431 Bus. south (South Oates Street / SR-1) – Marianna, Panama City
north end of signed SR-53; south end of US-231 Bus. / US-431 Bus. / SR-1 overlap
21.158 34.051
US 84 Bus. / SR 52 (Main Street / SR-12) – Dothan Civic Center
22.072 35.521
US 431 Bus. north (Reeves Street / SR-1) – Headland, Eufaula
north end of US-431 Bus. / SR-1 overlap
24.007 38.636 SR 210 / US 84 / US 231 south (Ross Clark Circle) to US 431 north – Enterprise, Panama City, Headland, Eufaula, Rip Hewes Stadium north end of US-231 Bus. overlap; south end of US-231 overlap
SR-53 is the unsigned designation for US-231 for the next 292.857 miles (471.308 km)
Madison Huntsville 316.864 509.943 US 231 north / US 431 (Memorial Parkway / Governors Drive / SR-1) to I‑565 – Guntersville, Monte Sano State Park interchange; north end of US-231 overlap; south end of signed SR-53
318.548 512.653
I‑565 / US 72 Alt. to I‑65 / Jordan Lane – Decatur, Botanical Garden
I-565 exit 17
319.915 514.853 US 72 (University Drive / SR-2) – Alabama A&M University
324.449 522.150 SR 255 south (Research Park Boulevard) to US 72 / I‑565 / MLK Boulevard interchange
Lincoln /
Ardmore, TN / Ardmore, AL Stateline Road south end of SR-7 overlap
Giles /
342 550 SR 110 east – Fayetteville
SR 7 north to I-65 north end of SR-7 overlap
Limestone Ardmore 342.878 551.809 SR 251 south (Ardmore Highway)
  345.287 555.686 I‑65 / US 31 – Birmingham, Nashville I-65 exit 365
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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