Alabama State Route 79

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State Route 79 marker

State Route 79
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length 117 mi[1] (188 km)
Major junctions
South end I-20 / I-59 at Birmingham
  US 231 at Cleveland
US 278 west of Snead
US 431 at Guntersville
SR 69 at Guntersville
US 72 at Scottsboro
North end SR 16
Counties Jefferson, Blount, Marshall, Jackson
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
US 78US 80

State Route 79 (SR 79) is a 117-mile-long (188 km) state highway that extends northeastward from Birmingham to the Tennessee state line. Prior to the completion of Interstate 65 (I-65), SR 79 was the southern part of the route that connected Birmingham and Huntsville.

The southern terminus of SR 79 is at an interchange of Tallapoosa Street with I-20/I-59 (exit 128) near Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport. Prior to the completion of I-20/I-59, the terminus of SR 79 was at an intersection with US 31, US 78, and US 280 at the intersection of 8th Avenue North and 24th Street in downtown Birmingham.

Route description[edit]

The highway is four-laned from I-20/I-59 to a gap in Sand Mountain, where it travels under two Alabama Power transmission lines, one coming from the Miller Steam Plant. After leaving Tarrant, there is little retail development along SR 79 in Jefferson County.

After leaving Birmingham and Jefferson County, the SR 79 travels through rural areas of Blount, Marshall, and Jackson counties and is largely a two-lane highway. Aside from Birmingham, the only cities with a population exceeding 5,000 that SR 79 travels through are Guntersville and Scottsboro.

North of Scottsboro, SR 79 heads toward Winchester, Tennessee. North of the Tennessee state line, the route is numbered Tennessee State Route 16.


Due to population growth in the area, there are long range plans to widen SR 79 to four lanes into southwestern Blount County.

Major intersections[edit]

JeffersonBirmingham0.0000.00040th Street NorthSouthern terminus
0.0990.159 I-20 / I-59 – Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, AtlantaI-20 / I-59 exit 128
TarrantPine Hill Road – Ketona, Fultondale
Pinson12.29619.788 SR 151 north / CR 131 west (Narrows Road) to SR 75 – Oneonta
BlountCleveland34.39555.353 SR 160 – Nectar, Hayden, Cleveland
35.94857.853 US 231 south (SR 53) – Montgomery, OneontaSouth end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency
37.76660.778 US 231 north (SR 53) – Blountsville, ArabNorth end of US 231/SR 53 concurrency
Brooksville48.86278.636 US 278 (SR 74) – Cullman, Gadsden
MarshallGuntersville64.279103.447 US 431 south (SR 1) – Albertville, GadsdenSouth end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency
65.359105.185 SR 69 south – Cullman, Arab
65.727105.777 SR 227 north – Lake Guntersville State Park, Bucks Pocket State Park
71.651115.311 US 431 north (SR 1) – HuntsvilleNorth end of US 431/SR 1 concurrency
JacksonScottsboro88.671142.702 SR 279 north – Scottsboro
90.430145.533 US 72 (SR 2) – Huntsville, Scottsboro
95.303153.375 SR 35 – Woodville, Scottsboro
107.353172.768 SR 146 west / CR 107 south
117.605189.267 SR 16 north – WinchesterContinuation into Tennessee
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.