Interstate 165 (Alabama)

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Interstate 165 marker

Interstate 165
I-165 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-65
Maintained by ALDOT
Length5.070 mi[2] (8.159 km)
Major junctions
South endWater Street in Mobile
US 90 / US 98 Truck in Mobile
North end I-65 in Prichard
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 164SR 165

Interstate 165 (I-165) is a spur from I-65 that provides access to Mobile, Alabama. It travels for approximately 5.07 miles (8.16 km) from Water Street in downtown Mobile north to I-65 in Prichard. As it is, I-165 terminates into Water Street which itself terminates into an I-10 on-ramp less than 2 miles (3.2 km) further. The route is elevated for its entire length.

Route description[edit]

I-165 begins at an interchange with US 90/US 98 Truck in Mobile. I-165/US 90/US 98 Truck travel concurrently to the north-northwest. This interchange also includes Water Street, with leads to I-10. Almost immediately is an incomplete interchange that leads to Conception Street Road. It is only accessible from the northbound lanes. The three highways curve to a northwesterly heading, before US 90/US 98 Truck depart the highway at exit 2, on the Mobile–Prichard city line. Shortly afterward, I-165 meets an incomplete interchange (exit 1C) with Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue, and Whistler Street, that is only accessible from the northbound lanes. It then has an incomplete interchange (exit 1B) with Price Avenue, Wilson Avenue, and Dr. M.L. King Jr. Drive, that is only accessible from the southbound lanes. After that, is an incomplete interchange (exit 1A) with Whistler Street, that is only accessible from the southbound lanes. Almost immediately, the highway meets its northern terminus, an interchange with I-65.


Interstate 210

I-165 began life as a planned Interstate 210 (I-210). Many problems, including community opposition and access to the Mobile waterfront, prevented the freeway from reaching its intended southern terminus at I-10; I-165 ends about 1 mile (1.6 km) short of I-10 and becomes Water Street. Since the road had no connection to I-10, the number 210 was no longer applicable to the freeway, so 165 was chosen instead.[3]

Construction of the freeway commenced in early 1991[4] and was originally slated for opening in April 1995.[5] Costing $240 million to complete (equivalent to $376 million in 2018[6]), the route was officially opened to the public at 5:00 in the evening on October 28, 1994.[3] In attendance at the ceremony were former governor Jim Folsom, U.S. Representative Sonny Callahan, and Federal Highway Administration head Rodney Slate.[3] Upon its completion, it saved commuters traveling between downtown Mobile and the northern suburbs along Interstate 65 an average of nine minutes.[1] While still under construction in 1993, efforts to name the freeway in honor of Mobile baseball great Satchel Paige never materialized.[7]

Its construction resulted in the demolition of many structures within downtown Prichard, including such landmarks as the main public library and fire station.[8]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Mobile County.

Prichard0.0000.0000 I-65 – Mobile, MontgomeryNorthern terminus; northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 0A (south) and 0B (north); I-65 exit 9
1AWhistler StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
1BPrice Avenue / Wilson Avenue / Dr. M.L. King Jr. DriveSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
1CWilson Avenue / Price Avenue / Whistler StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
US 90 east / US 98 Truck east (Bay Bridge Road) to I-10 / Dr. M.L. King Drive
Northern end of US 90/US 98 Truck concurrency
Mobile5.08.0To Conception Street RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
US 90 west / US 98 Truck west (Beauregard Street) to US 98 – State Docks
Southern terminus; at-grade intersection; southern end of US 90/US 98 Truck concurrency
I-10.svg Water Street to I-10Continuation beyond Beauregard Street
I-10 – Florida, MississippiFormer proposed interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Werenth, George (October 29, 1994). "I-165 now open Route connecting downtown with I-65 in Prichard saves motorists 9 minutes in travel time". Mobile Register. pp. 1B.
  2. ^ a b Milepost Map (PDF) (Map). Alabama Department of Transportation. 1999. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Pickett, Rhoda (October 28, 1994). "Interstate 165 opens today, completing state's system". Mobile Register. pp. 1A.
  4. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 9, 1994). "Coming soon: I-165". Mobile Register. pp. 1A.
  5. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (September 2, 1993). "Officials: I-165 to be ready by '95". Mobile Register. pp. 1A.
  6. ^ Thomas, Ryland; Williamson, Samuel H. (2019). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved April 6, 2019. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the Measuring Worth series.
  7. ^ Drummond, Barbara (March 14, 1993). "Name connector after pitcher 'Satchel' Paige". Mobile Register. pp. 3C.
  8. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 24, 1993). "Prichard undergoes a facelift". Mobile Register. pp. 1A.
  9. ^ Google (May 7, 2014). "Overview map of I-165" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 7, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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