U.S. Route 431 in Alabama

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U.S. Route 431 marker

U.S. Route 431
State Route 1
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 352.958 mi[1] (568.031 km)
Existed: 1954[citation needed] – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 231 / US 231 Bus. / US 431 Bus. / SR 1 / SR 210 in Dothan
  US 280 in Phenix City
US 80 in Phenix City
I‑85 / US 29 in Opelika
I‑20 east of Oxford
US 278 in Gadsden
US 411 in Gadsden
I‑59 in Attalla
US 231 in Huntsville

I‑565 / US 72 Alt. in Huntsville
US 72 in Huntsville
North end: US 231 / US 431 towards Fayetteville, TN
Location
Counties: Houston, Henry, Barbour, Russell, Lee, Chambers, Randolph, Cleburne, Calhoun, Etowah, Marshall, Madison
Highway system
US 411 I‑459
SR 959 SR-1 SR 2

U.S. Highway 431 (US-431), internally designated by the Alabama Department of Transportation as State Route 1 (SR-1), is a major north–south state highway across the eastern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. Although US-431's south end is in Dothan, SR-1 continues south for about 13 miles (21 km) along US-231 to the Florida state line.

Route description[edit]

Map of Dothan

State Route 1 is primarily the unsigned partner route assigned to U.S. Highway 431. The two routes are co-aligned from the southern terminus of US-431 at Dothan to the Tennessee state line. South of Dothan, State Route 1 is assigned to U.S. Highway 231. The two highways run north from Dothan through the Wiregrass region of southeastern Alabama through the towns of Headland and Abbeville en route to Eufaula, where it intersects U.S. Route 82. North of Eufaula, en route to Phenix City, the highway encounters some of the most sparsely populated parts of the state, only passing near the unincorporated communities of Pittsview, Glenville, and Seale in the 46 mile (74 km) drive between the two cities. In Phenix City, the highway junctions with U.S. Route 280 and U.S. Route 80. North of Phenix City, en route to Opelika, US 431 and US 280 join together for a concurrency, passing through the cities of Smiths Station and Salem on the way into Opelika. In Opelika, the two highways cross Interstate 85 and split in Opelika; US 431 continuing northeastward and US 280 northwestward. North of Opelika, the highway encounters rural terrain again, passing through the cities of LaFayette, Roanoke, and Wedowee en route to Anniston. In Oxford, just south of Anniston, the highway intersects Interstate 20, joining I-20 for an approximately three-mile concurrency, after which it goes through Anniston, northward into Gadsden, where it joins with US-278, crosses Interstate 59, and shares a brief wrong-way concurrency with US-11 in nearby Attalla, after which it continues northwestward, splitting from US-278 northwest of Attalla and later passing through Guntersville en route to Huntsville. In Huntsville, US-231 and US-431 (Governors Drive) junction again as Memorial Parkway, and State Route 1 is partnered with both U.S. Highways until they cross into Tennessee.

From its point of origin in Houston County, State Route 1 is aligned very close to the Alabama-Georgia border, coming within less than one mile (1.6 km) of the border at both Eufaula and Phenix City. At Phenix City, US-431 and unsigned State Route 1 begin a concurrency with U.S. Highway 280 and unsigned State Route 38 and turn to the northwest. At Opelika, US-431 and State Route 1 divert from US-280 and resume their northward orientation.

East of Oxford, State Route 1 and US-431 merge with westbound Interstate 20 and run concurrently with Interstate 20 from Exit 191 to Exit 188. At Oxford, State Route 1 and US-431 begin a gradual northwestward trajectory, passing through Anniston, Gadsden and Guntersville. The two routes resume their northward orientation upon merging with U.S. Highway 231 at Huntsville.

The portion through Oxford and Anniston is currently routed via Veterans Memorial Parkway as of December 21, 2015. Prior to this date, this portion was routed via Quintard Avenue, which constitutes the major north-south business and local route through these cities and is a congested route with many traffic signals and no room for widening. [2]

Four-lane routing[edit]

One of the criticisms of US-431 in its entirety from Kentucky to Alabama was that it was mainly a two-lane road. ALDOT has prioritized four-laning the route in Alabama as a viable north–south road corridor in the eastern part of the state.

The old alignment of US 431 between Pittsview and the Barbour County line

Of particular concern was the segment from Seale south to the Barbour County line, where rolling hills along the original alignment limit the visibility of oncoming traffic, contributing to poor decisions by motorists to pass, resulting in numerous head-on collisions. In this segment alone, 31 people were killed in crashes between 1992 and 2006, leading Readers Digest to proclaim it one of "America's Deadliest Highways" in 2000.[3] After being contacted by and subsequently meeting the family of a fatal crash victim in 2003, ALDOT Director Joe McInnes decided to expedite the construction on the last remaining stretch of two-lane road between Seale and the Barbour County line.[4] This 16-mile section was completed and opened in late 2010. The old alignment in Russell County is still open to traffic and is now labeled County Route 137.

Traveling south from Tennessee, as of mid-2009, US-431 is a four-lane route to Oxford, Alabama. Then, after diverting from I-20 east of Oxford at Exit 191, it reverts to a two-lane highway southward to Opelika, Alabama, with a brief four-lane stretch just south of Wedowee, Alabama. From Opelika southward to its southern terminus in Dothan, Alabama, US-431 is now open as a four-lane highway.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Houston Dothan 0.000 0.000
US 231 / US 231 Bus. north / US 431 Bus. north (South Oates Street) / SR 210 (Ross Clark Circle) – Ozark, Enterprise, Ashford, Headland
Southern end of US-431; SR-1 follows US-231 from this point southward
12.727 20.482 SR 53 – Cottonwood
14.458 23.268
US 84 / US 84 Bus. west (SR-12/East Main Street) – Ashford
Southern end of concurrency with US-84
14.933 24.032 SR 52 – Columbia
17.838 28.707
US 84 / US 431 Bus. (SR-1/Reeves Street) / SR 210 – Ozark, Headland, Eufaula
Northern end of concurrency with SR-210/US-84; SR-1 follows Bus 431 through Dothan; Southern end of concurrency with SR-1
Henry Headland 25.754 41.447 SR 134 – Abbeville, Headland, Columbia
26.270 42.277 SR 173 north – Newville Southern terminus of SR-173
Abbeville 39.748 63.968 SR 27 – Ozark, Abbeville
42.396 68.230 SR 10 – Blue Springs, Abbeville
Barbour 59.970 96.512 SR 95 south Northern terminus of SR-95
Eufaula 61.908 99.631 SR 131 south – Bakerhill Northern terminus of SR-131
64.058 103.091 SR 30 west – Clayton, Troy Eastern terminus of SR-30
66.823 107.541 US 82 east (SR-6 east/Barbour Street) Southern end of concurrency with US-82
68.307 109.929 US 82 west (SR-6 west) – Montgomery Northern end of concurrency with US-82
74.949 120.619 SR 165 north – Cottonton Southern terminus of SR-165
Russell Seale 96.895 155.937 SR 26 west / CR 18 east – Hurtsboro, Union Springs Eastern terminus of SR-26
99.105 159.494 SR 169 north / CR 138 east – Phenix City, Seale Southern terminus of SR-169
109.155 175.668 SR 165 south (Fort Mitchell Road) Northern terminus of SR-165
Phenix City 112.081 180.377 US 280 east (SR-38 east) – Birmingham, Opelika, Columbus, Atlanta Western end of concurrency with US-280
113.942 183.372 US 80 west (SR-8 west) – Montgomery Western end of concurrency with US-80
114.888 184.894 US 80 east (SR-8 east) – Columbus Eastern end of concurrency with US-80
Lee Opelika 137.253 220.887 I‑85 / US 29 (SR-15) / US 280 west (SR-38 west) – Montgomery, Atlanta Western end of concurrency with US-280; I-85 Exit 62
Chambers Waverly 149.840 241.144 SR 147 south – Auburn Northern terminus of SR-147
Lafayette 158.859 255.659 SR 50
160.794 258.773 SR 77 north – Wadley Southern terminus of SR-77
Randolph Roanoke 180.783 290.942 SR 22 – Roanoke, Rock Mills
Wedowee 194.314 312.718 SR 48 west – R. L. Harris Dam Southern end of concurrency with SR-48
194.437 312.916 SR 48 east (Woodland Avenue) Northern end of concurrency with SR-48
Cleburne Hollis Crossroads 212.540 342.050 SR 9 – Ashland, Montgomery, Atlanta
217.805 350.523 SR 281 SR-281 crosses US-431 on an overpass, but the two routes do not actually intersect. SR-281 is accessible via a county road just south of the overpass.
Calhoun Oxford 221.328 356.193 I‑20 east – Atlanta Eastern end of concurrency with I-20; I-20 Exit 191
225.036 362.160 I‑20 west – Birmingham Western end of concurrency with I-20; I-20 Exit 188
225.269 362.535 US 78 (SR-4) Partial Interchange
Anniston 232.534 374.227 SR 21 (McClellan Boulevard) – Anniston, Jacksonville Partial cloverleaf/trumpet interchange
Alexandria 240.300 386.725 SR 144 west – Ohatchee Eastern terminus of SR-144
247.070 397.621 SR 204 east – Jacksonville Western terminus of SR-204
Etowah Gadsden 258.458 415.948 US 278 east (SR-74 east/Piedmont Cut-Off) – Hokes Bluff, Piedmont, Atlanta Eastern end of concurrency with US-278
260.232 418.803 SR 291 south (Hood Avenue) to I‑759 – Gadsden State Community College Northern terminus of SR-291
260.519 419.265 US 411 (SR-25/Albert Rains Boulevard) – Rainbow City, Ashville, Centre Partial cloverleaf interchange
261.994 421.638 SR 211 north (North 12th Street) Southern terminus of SR-211
265.274 426.917 I‑59 – Birmingham, Chattanooga I-59 Exit 183
Attalla 266.117 428.274 US 11 north (SR-7 north/3rd Street) Southern end of concurrency with US-11
266.449 428.808 US 11 south (SR-7 south/3rd Street) Northern end of concurrency with US-11
268.363 431.888 US 278 west (SR-74 west) – Cullman Western end of concurrency with US-278
268.829 432.638 SR 77 south – Lincoln, Walnut Grove Northern terminus of SR-77
Sardis City 277.880 447.205 SR 205 north Southern terminus of SR-205
Marshall Boaz 280.544 451.492 SR 168 (Mill Avenue) – Douglas
Albertville 286.741 461.465 SR 75 to SR 68 – Geraldine
Guntersville 292.423 470.609 SR 205 south Northern terminus of SR-205
294.742 474.341 SR 79 south – Blountsville, Birmingham Southern end of concurrency with SR-79
295.822 476.079 SR 69 south – Cullman, Arab Northern terminus of SR-69
296.190 476.672 SR 227 south (Lusk Street) – Lake Guntersville State Park Northern terminus of SR-227
302.114 486.205 SR 79 north – Scottsboro Northern end of concurrency with SR-79
Madison Huntsville 333.702 537.041 US 231 south (Memorial Parkway) / SR 53 north (Governors Drive) – Arab, Decatur Southern end of northern concurrency with US-231; southern end of northern signed segment of SR-53
334.700 538.647
I‑565 / US 72 Alt.
335.207 539.463 US 72 west (SR-2 west) / University Drive Southern end of concurrency with US-72
336.884 542.162 US 72 east Northern end of concurrency with US-72
Hazel Green 352.958 568.031 US 231 / US 431 north Continuation into Tennessee; northern terminus of SR-1
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Milepost Maps (PDF) (Map). Cartography by ALDOT Bureau of Transportation Planning, Survey & Mapping Division. Alabama Department of Transportation. 1999. 
  2. ^ Burkhalter, Eddie (27 September 2013). "Bids opened for final leg of Veterans Memorial Parkway". Anniston Star. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.governorpress.alabama.gov/pr/co-2006-05-24-transportation.asp
  4. ^ "Long road to rehabilitation nearly over for east Alabama's deadly U.S. 431". AL.com. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
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