Alabama State Route 79

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State Route 79 marker

State Route 79
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length117 mi[1] (188 km)
Major junctions
South end I-20 / I-59 at Birmingham
  US 231 at Cleveland
US 278 east of Blountsvile
US 431 at Guntersville
SR 69 at Guntersville
SR 227 at Guntersville
US 72 at Scottsboro
North end SR 16
Location
CountiesJefferson, 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]

Alabama State Route 79 begins at a modified-diamond-interchange in east Birmingham, near Birmingham Int'l Airport. The route turns northeast on a four-lane divided highway and continues in this direction until it reaches Pinson. It junctions with AL-151, which leads to AL-75. The route loses its four-lane divided highway status and becomes a two-lane road, crossing into Blount County.

In southern Blount County, there are no major junctions until it reaches Cleveland. It junctions with AL-160 and continues north for just about a mile, reaching U.S. 231. It continues on its right-of-way until it crosses the Locust Fork and leaves U.S. 231 in Blountsville. It junctions with U.S. 278 a few miles later. It eventually enters Marshall County.

It eventually reaches Guntersville. It junctions with U.S. 431. It maintains a concurrency with it, junctioning with AL-69 and AL-227 before splitting off from U.S. 431 and heading north to the Jackson County line.

In Jackson County, there are no major junctions until it turns off of its right-of-way—its right-of-way becoming AL-279—in Scottsboro. It junctions with U.S. 72 and AL-35 before leaving the city. In Skyline, the route junctions with AL-146. It continues north until it crosses the Tennessee state line.

Future[edit]

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]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
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]

References[edit]

Route map:

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.