Battleship Parkway

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Battleship Parkway
Coordinates 30°40′29″N 87°57′57″W / 30.6748°N 87.9658°W / 30.6748; -87.9658Coordinates: 30°40′29″N 87°57′57″W / 30.6748°N 87.9658°W / 30.6748; -87.9658
Carries 4 lanes of US 90 / US 98
Crosses Mobile Bay
Locale Mobile, Alabama
Other name(s) The Causeway
Characteristics
Total length 7 miles (11.3 km)
History
Opened 1926

Battleship Parkway, commonly referred to locally and in the media as the "Causeway", is a 7-mile (11.3 km) long causeway that carries US 90 and US 98 eastbound across Mobile Bay from the Bankhead Tunnel on Blakeley Island in Mobile, Alabama to Spanish Fort, Alabama. The roadway itself is a four-lane divided highway for most of its length. It is very susceptible to flooding and is usually submerged during hurricane storm surges. The Battleship Parkway is home to Battleship Memorial Park and to many of the Mobile area's more prominent seafood restaurants.[1]

History[edit]

It was constructed in 1926 as a series of raised earthen embankments and concrete bridges.[2] It was the only road connection between Mobile and Baldwin counties over Mobile Bay until the construction of the nearby Jubilee Parkway in 1978.

In 2007 a 3.4-mile-long (5.5 km) turtle chainlink fence was constructed along part of the causeway to protect the Alabama red bellied cooter from traffic.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visit Historical Mobile". "Travel World Magazine". Retrieved December 28, 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "History". "Rivers of Alabama: Mobile Bay". Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Turtle protectors on the Causeway". BaldwinReport.com. November 14, 2007.