U.S. Route 278 in Alabama

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 278 in Alabama. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 278.

U.S. Route 278 marker

U.S. Route 278
State Route 74
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 199.182 mi[1] (320.552 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 278 towards Amory, Mississippi
 
East end: US 278 towards Atlanta, Georgia
Location
Counties: Marion, Winston, Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR 277 SR 279
SR 73 SR-74 SR 75

U.S. Route 278 (US 278), mostly internally designated by the Alabama Department of Transportation as State Route 74 (SR 74), is a major east–west U.S. highway across the northern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. West of Hamilton, SR 74 continues west to end at US 78 (unsigned SR 4), while US 278 turns south along US 43/SR 17/SR 171 to Guin, where it turns west along SR 118 to the Mississippi state line.

Route description[edit]

For the most part, US 278 and SR 74 are routed parallel to US 78, along the north side of that highway. The only section of SR 74 that is signed as an independent route is along the former route of US 78 between the interchange with Interstate 22 (I-22) and downtown Hamilton, a distance of approximately 5 miles (8.0 km). East of Hamilton, SR 74 is partnered with US 278.

History[edit]

During the 1960s–1980s, there were some different variations of the routing of US 278 through the cities of Gadsden and Attalla, however construction of four-lane segments on the western side of Gadsden and in Attalla allowed the highway to be placed on its current route which has been in place since the mid-1980s.


U.S. Route 278 Business
Location: Piedmont

Until the mid-1980s, a US 278 Business (US 278 Bus.) existed in the city of Piedmont. US 278 is carried on a four-lane segment that bypasses the center of Piedmont. US 278 Bus. began where the four-lane segment began on the northeast side of Piedmont, then traveled southwest into the center of the city and intersected SR 9 and then traveled to the north, concurrent with SR 9 until it intersected the four-lane US 278 on the northern edge of the city.

Future[edit]

A four-laning project is ongoing east of Gadsden near the town of Hokes Bluff.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Lamar 0.000 0.000 US 278 west / SR 118 begins – Tupelo Continuation into Mississippi; western end of SR 118 concurrency
Sulligent 5.741 9.239 SR 17 – Vernon, Hamilton
Marion Guin 17.785 28.622 SR 142 east
19.408 31.234 SR 107 south – Fayette
19.692 31.691 US 43 south / SR 118 west / SR 171 south (11th Avenue East) / SR 142 west (11th Avenue West) – Winfield Southern end of US 43 and SR 171 concurrencies; eastern end of SR 118 concurrency
Hamilton 28.054 45.149 I‑22 / US 78 / SR 4 – Tupelo, Birmingham
32.811 52.804 SR 17 south / SR 171 ends – Vernon Southern end of SR 17 concurrency; northern end of SR 171 concurrency
33.163 53.371 US 43 north / SR 17 north (Military Street North) / SR 74 west (Bexar Avenue West) – Hackleburg Northern end of US 43 and SR 17 concurrencies; western end of SR 74 concurrency
43.486 69.984 SR 253 – Hackleburg, Winfield
47.781 76.896 SR 241 north to SR 129 – Phil Campbell
48.342 77.799 SR 129 – Haleyville, Brilliant, Fayette
Winston Natural Bridge 56.402 90.770 SR 13 south – Tuscaloosa Western end of SR 13 concurrency
56.857 91.502 SR 5 south / SR 13 north – Russellville, Jasper Eastern end of SR 13 concurrency
Double Springs 69.277 111.491 SR 195 north – Haleyville Western end of SR 195 concurrency
69.742 112.239 SR 33 north / SR 195 south – Double Springs, Moulton Eastern end of SR 195 concurrency
Cullman Cullman 105.738 170.169 I‑65 – Birmingham, Huntsville
107.674 173.285 US 31 (SR 3 / 2nd Avenue SW) / SR 69 Western end of SR 69 concurrency
110.736 178.212 SR 69 north – Arab, Guntersville Eastern end of SR 69 concurrency
111.173 178.916 SR 157 north
Holly Pond 120.978 194.695 SR 91 south – Hanceville, Garden City Northern terminus of SR 91
Blount 126.822 204.100 US 231 (SR 53) – Arab, Birmingham
Brooksville 129.322 208.124 SR 79 – Guntersville, Birmingham
Snead 134.880 217.068 SR 75 – Albertville, Oneonta
Etowah 146.360 235.544 SR 132 west – Altoona, Oneonta Eastern terminus of SR 132
148.539 239.050 SR 179 north Southern terminus of SR 169
Attalla 152.840 245.972 SR 77 – Albertville, Lincoln
153.338 246.774 US 431 north (SR 1) – Albertville Western end of US 431 concurrency
155.253 249.855 US 11 south (SR 7 / 3rd Street SW) Western end of US 11 concurrency
155.585 250.390 US 11 north (SR 7 / 3rd Street NW) Eastern end of US 11 concurrency
156.428 251.746 I‑59 – Birmingham, Chattanooga I-59 exit 183
Gadsden 159.707 257.024 SR 211 north (Noccalula Road) Southern terminus of SR 211
161.182 259.397 US 411 (SR 25 / Albert Rains Boulevard) – Centre, Rainbow City, Ashville Interchange
161.469 259.859 SR 291 south (Hood Avenue) to I‑759 Northern terminus of SR 291
163.243 262.714 US 431 south (SR 1 / East Meighan Boulevard) – Anniston Eastern end of US 431 concurrency
Calhoun Piedmont 184.081 296.250 SR 200 west (Tom Bible Memorial Highway) to SR 21 – Jacksonville, Anniston Eastern terminus of SR 200
184.605 297.093 SR 9 south (N. Main Street) Western end of SR 9 concurrency
184.693 297.235 SR 9 north – Centre Eastern end of SR 9 concurrency
Cherokee
No major junctions
Cleburne 199.182 320.552 US 278 east / SR 6 east – Atlanta Continuation into Georgia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Milepost Maps". Alabama Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 


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