Interstate 65 in Alabama

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This article is about the section of Interstate 65 in Alabama. For the entire route, see Interstate 65.

Interstate 65 marker

Interstate 65
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 366 mi[1] (589 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑10 in Mobile
  I‑165 in Prichard
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I‑85 in Montgomery (Future)
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Future I‑685 / I‑85 in Montgomery
I‑459 in Hoover
I‑20 / I‑59 in Birmingham
I‑22 in Fultondale

I‑565 / US 72 Alt. in Decatur
North end: I-65 / US 31 at Tennessee state line
Location
Counties: Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Butler, Lowndes, Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga, Chilton, Shelby, Jefferson, Blount, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR 64 SR 65

Interstate 65 (I-65) meanders across 366 miles (589 km) of the Alabama countryside linking six of the state's ten largest cities. The highway links together many important roadways that make commerce inside and outside of the state's boundaries possible. It starts at Interstate 10 near Mobile. The route passes through the major cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Decatur before entering Tennessee in the north near the town of Ardmore.

The entire Alabama portion of I-65 is dedicated as Heroes Highway,[2] in honor of the CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann and all of the people who died during the September 11 attacks.

Route description[edit]

I-65 starts in Mobile at an interchange with Interstate 10, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. From there it runs northeast, intersecting with I-165 in Prichard, Alabama and crossing the Mobile River delta at the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge. En route to Montgomery, it passes county seats Evergreen (Conecuh County) and Greenville (Butler County). In the case of an hurricane evacuation on Alabama's coast, I-65 can be converted to an evacuation route where all lanes flow in the northbound direction from Mobile to Montgomery. This process is known as contra-flow.

Billboard along I-65 North, north of Prattville and just south of mile marker 191.[3]

At Montgomery, it intersects the southern terminus of I-85 and crosses the Alabama River north of the city. The Hyundai Corporation's automotive plant in Montgomery is located just off I-65. It can be accessed using the Pintlala-Hope Hull exit (number 164).

At Chilton County, I-65 enters the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area. Approximately halfway between Montgomery and Birmingham, it passes Clanton (Chilton County seat), where the water tower, visible from the road, is shaped and painted to resemble a huge peach. Between mile markers 212 and 219, I-65 was designated "War on Terror Memorial Highway" in 2014.

From mile marker 242 to 290 I-65 carries at least 6 lanes of traffic. I-65 intersects I-459 in Hoover, then passes through the cities of Vestavia Hills and Homewood, which often generate heavy traffic. As the interstate passes by downtown Birmingham, south-bound travelers have a view of the Vulcan statue atop Red Mountain. At the north edge of downtown, I-65 intersects I-20/I-59 with a cross-over interchange, often called "Malfunction Junction".

North of Birmingham at mile 266, interchange ramps provide access to parallel US-31. It is here that I-65 meets the eastern terminus of I-22, which heads northwest to Memphis, Tennessee, filling in a gap in the Interstate system. The interstate then continues 98 miles (158 km) in the general direction of Huntsville, passing the city of Cullman on the way. After entering the Decatur Metropolitan Area, in southern Morgan County, the interstate passes Decatur. The highway connects the Decatur and Huntsville Metropolitan Areas as it crosses Wheeler Lake (Tennessee River) on a 2.6-mile (4.2 km) bridge. The interstate emerges again into the fringes of Decatur, in an open area of seemingly "endless" cotton fields where it intersects, inside Decatur, with Alabama 20, US-72 Alternate, and the spur-route, I-565 to Huntsville.

Between Walkers Chapel Road in Fultondale and the Tennessee River in Decatur (Limestone County), I-65 has been designated the "Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway". The sign designating the north end of this portion of road cites Reagan's speech in Decatur on July 4, 1984. The interstate then continues, passing Athens, and merges with US-31. The 2 routes travel concurrently approximately 12 miles to the Tennessee state line.

In the Birmingham/Hoover vicinity, a plan to widen the interstate from North Birmingham to Alabaster has been proposed. The project is to widen the interstate by adding a HOV lane and keeping the original 3 lanes making it four lanes in each direction. This is planned to stretch to the Pelham area. From there on the interstate will widen from 2 lanes each way to 3 lanes each way into the Helena/Alabaster area.

Near the northern border of Alabama with Tennessee on southbound I-65 is located the Alabama Welcome Center and rest area. The unique feature of this rest area compared to others is the existence of a large Saturn IB rocket erected on the site as a memorial to Alabama's—and in particular, Huntsville's—contribution to NASA's space exploration.[4]

History[edit]

In 1997, at Georgiana (Exit 114), honoring legendary country musician and Alabama native Hank Williams, the interstate was designated as Hank Williams' Memorial "Lost Highway", after one of his songs. This designation continues northward until mile 179 north of Montgomery. From the state's capital, I-65 doglegs northwards, bypassing Prattville and Clanton before going through Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama. From exit 242 to 290, this highway carries at least six lanes of traffic. A portion of the interstate running through Birmingham, has been nicknamed "Malfunction Junction" for its numerous wrecks. These accidents include two separate occasions of the support beams melting after crashes by 18-wheelers, and the numerous collisions that happen every year, result from the junction with I-20 and I-59.

In 2004, following the death of President Ronald Reagan, a lengthy segment of I-65 from Jefferson County to Limestone County was designated the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The sign designating the north end of the segment includes a statement from Reagan's speech at Point Mallard Aquatic Center in nearby Decatur on July 4, 1984.

Future[edit]

Just a few miles north of I-22 will be the new interchange (exit 274), which will be the Corridor X-1 and has been designated as I-422. This loop route will connect I-65 with I-59 northeast of Birmingham and I-20/I-59 southwest of Birmingham, and this will serve as an Interstate Highway bypass of Birmingham, augmenting the existing I-459, which already provides the southern loop of Birmingham. Construction of this interchange is still several years away, but right-of-way is in the process of being acquired to build I-422.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[5] km Exit Destinations Notes
Mobile Mobile 0.000 0.000 0 I‑10 – Mississippi, Florida Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus; I-10 exit 20
1.930 3.106 1 US 90 (SR 16, Government Boulevard)
3 Airport Boulevard Serves Mobile Regional Airport and University of South Alabama
4 Dauphin Street
5A Springhill Avenue
5.752 9.257 5B US 98 (SR 42, Moffett Road)
Prichard 8.412 13.538 8 US 45 (SR 13, St. Stephens Road) – Prichard, Citronelle
9.640 15.514 9 I‑165 south – Prichard, Downtown Mobile I-165 exits 0A-B
Chickasaw 10 West Lee Street
Saraland 13.067 21.029 13 SR 158 (Industrial Parkway) / SR 213 – Eight Mile, Saraland
15 Celeste Road – Saraland, Citronelle
19.495 31.374 19 US 43 – Satsuma, Creola
22 Sailor Road – Creola
Mobile River
Tensaw River
24.220 38.978 General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge
Baldwin 31.793 51.166 31 SR 225 – Stockton, Spanish Fort
33.935 54.613 34 SR 59 – Bay Minette, Stockton
37.724 60.711 37 SR 287 (Gulf Shores Parkway) – Bay Minette, Rabun
45 Rabun, Perdido
Escambia 54 CR 1 (Jack Springs Road)
57.656 92.788 57 SR 21 – Atmore, Uriah
Barnett Crossroads 69.356 111.618 69 SR 113 – Flomaton, Wallace
Conecuh 77.402 124.566 77 SR 41 – Brewton, Repton
83 CR 7 – Castleberry, Lenox
92.930 149.556 93 US 84 (SR 12) – Evergreen, Monroeville
96.509 155.316 96 SR 83 – Evergreen, Midway
100.685 162.037 101 CR 29 – Owassa
Butler 107 Hank Williams Road – Grace, Garland
113.969 183.415 114 SR 106 – Georgiana, Starlington
Greenville 127.661 205.450 128 SR 10 (Pineapple Highway) – Greenville, Pine Apple Southern end of SR 10 Truck overlap
130.046 209.289 130
SR 185 / SR 10 Truck east – Greenville
Northern end of SR 10 Truck overlap
Lowndes 141.531 227.772 142 SR 185 – Fort Deposit, Logan
151.108 243.185 151 SR 97 – Letohatchee, Davenport
158 To US 31 (SR 3, Tyson Road) – Pintlala, Tyson
Montgomery 163.792 263.598 164 US 31 (SR 3) – Pintlala, Hope Hull
Montgomery 166 I‑85 north to I‑685 Future southern terminus of Montgomery bypass; future southern terminus of I-85
167.103 268.926 167 US 80 west (SR 8 west) – Selma Southern end of US 80/SR 8 overlap
168.213 270.713 168 US 80 east / US 82 east (SR 6 east/SR 8 east/SR 21, South Boulevard) to US 231 (SR 53) / US 331 (SR 9) Northern end of US 80/SR 8 overlap; southern end of US 82/SR 6 overlap
169 Edgemont Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
170 Fairview Avenue
171.157 275.450 171 I‑85 / I‑685 north / Day Street – Atlanta I-85 no number signed; Future Interstate 685, west exits 0A-B, east exit 0 to 65 north.
172 Herron Street, Clay Street – Downtown Montgomery
Bridge over the Alabama River
172.725 277.974 173 To US 231 (North Boulevard)
Elmore Millbrook 176 SR 143 – Millbrook, Coosada Northbound exit and southbound entrance
MillbrookPrattville
city line
178.961 288.010 179 US 82 west (SR 6 west, Cobbs Ford Road) to Montgomery Toll Road – Millbrook, Prattville Northern end of US 82/SR 6 overlap
Prattville 181.282 291.745 181 SR 14 – Prattville, Wetumpka
Autauga 186.426 300.024 186 US 31 (SR 3) – Pine Level, Prattville
Chilton 200 Verbena
Clanton 205.340 330.463 205 US 31 / SR 22 (SR 3) – Clanton, Verbena
208 Lake Mitchell Road – Clanton, Lake Mitchell
211.876 340.981 212 SR 145 (Lay Dam Road) – Clanton, Lay Dam Peach Tower exit
219 Jemison, Thorsby
Shelby Calera 228.380 367.542 228 SR 25 (Main Street) – Montevallo, Calera
231.206 372.090 231 US 31 (SR 3) – Saginaw, Calera, Montevallo
234 Shelby County Airport
238.321 383.540 238 US 31 (SR 3, 1st Street) – Alabaster, Saginaw
Pelham 242 CR 52 – Pelham, Helena
246.062 395.998 246 SR 119 (Cahaba Valley Road)
Hoover 247 CR 17 (Valleydale Road)
Jefferson 250.083 402.470 250 I‑459 – Atlanta, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa I-459 exit 15
251.967 405.502 252 US 31 (Montgomery Highway)
254 Alford Avenue
Homewood 255 Lakeshore Parkway
256 Oxmoor Road – Homewood Signed as exits 256A (west) and 256B (east) southbound
Birmingham 258 Green Springs Avenue
259A University Boulevard (northbound)
6th Avenue South (southbound)
Signed as exit 259 northbound
259B 4th Avenue South & 3rd Avenue South Southbound exit (4th Avenue) and northbound entrance (3rd Avenue)
260 US 11 (US 78/SR 4 east/SR 7, 3rd Avenue North) / 6th Avenue North – Downtown Birmingham Southern end of unsigned SR 4 overlap; signed as exit 260B northbound
260.562 419.334 261 I‑20 (SR 4 west) / I‑59 – Gadsden, Atlanta, Tuscaloosa Northern end of unsigned SR 4 overlap; signed as exits 261A (east/north) and 261B (west/south); I-20/59 exits 124A-B
262A 16th Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
262B Finley Boulevard To US 78
263 32nd Avenue (northbound)
33rd Avenue (southbound)
264 Daniel Payne Drive/Lewisburg Road Ramp to I-65 North also connects to I-22 West.
Fultondale 265A I‑22 – Memphis Eastern terminus of Interstate 22, exits 95A-B.
265B US 31 (SR 3) – Fultondale
267 Walker Chapel Road
Gardendale 271 Fieldstown Road
272 Mt. Olive Road actually takes motorists to Mt. Olive Boulevard, which intersects Mt. Olive Road about a quarter mile east of the exit
275 To US 31 (SR 3, Barber Road) – Morris
Warrior 280 To US 31 (SR 3, Service Road) – Warrior
281 Old US 31 – Warrior
282 Cane Creek Road – Robbins, Warrior
Blount Smoke Rise 284.361 457.635 284 US 31 south (SR 3 south) / SR 160 east – Hayden, Corner Southern end of US 31/SR 3 overlap
287.370 462.477 287 US 31 north (SR 3 north, Bee Line Highway) – Garden City, Blount Springs Northern end of US 31/SR 3 overlap
289 Empire, Blount Springs
Cullman 291.861 469.705 291 SR 91 – Hanceville, Colony
299.446 481.912 299 SR 69 south – Jasper, Dodge City Southern end of SR 69 overlap
303.490 488.420 304 SR 69 north – Cullman, Good Hope Northern end of SR 69 overlap
Good Hope 305 CR 222 (Good Hope Road)
Cullman 307.464 494.815 308 US 278 (SR 74) – Cullman, Double Springs
310.039 498.959 310 SR 157 (Section Line Road) – Cullman, Moulton
Morgan 318.161 512.030 318 US 31 (SR 3, 2nd Avenue) – Lacon, Vinemont
321.855 517.975 322 Pike Road – Falkville, Eva
Hartselle 324.938 522.937 325 Thompson Road
327.474 527.018 328 SR 36 (Main Street) – Hartselle
DecaturPriceville
city line
333.337 536.454 334 SR 67 – Decatur, Priceville, Somerville
Wheeler Lake
Tennessee River
336.619 541.736 Bridge over Wheeler Lake and Tennessee River
Limestone Huntsville 340.002 547.180 340 I‑565 east / SR 20 west (US 72 Alt.) – Huntsville, Decatur Signed as exits 340A (west) and 340B (east) southbound; I-565 exit 1 westbound & 1A-B eastbound; eastern terminus of SR-20; western terminus of I-565
Tanner 347.412 559.105 347 Huntsville–Browns Ferry Road
Athens 351.024 564.918 351 US 72 (SR 2) – Athens, Huntsville
354.157 569.960 354 US 31 south – Athens Southern end of US 31 overlap; unsigned northern terminus of SR-3
360.918 580.841 361 Thach Road
364.826 587.131 365 SR 53 south (Upper Elkton Road, 7th Street) – Ardmore Northern terminus of SR-53
366.229 589.388 I-65 / US 31 north – Nashville Continuation into Tennessee
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Lane configurations[edit]

Total Mileage in Alabama-366.00 miles

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Heroes Highway of Alabama". Montgomerygop.net. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ Simon, Scott (July 23, 2005). "Alabama Billboard's Message Changes". All Things Considered. NPR. Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Bayne (April 6, 2014). "Iconic rocket due for repair". Decatur Daily. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Milepost/General Highway Maps". Alabama Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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