U.S. Route 43

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U.S. Route 43 marker

U.S. Route 43
Route information
Length: 410 mi[1] (660 km)
Existed: 1934[1] – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 90 Alt. (Baybridge Rd) in Mobile, AL
 

I‑65 in Saraland, AL
US 80 in Demopolis, AL
US 11 in Eutaw, AL
I‑20 / I‑59 in Tuscaloosa, AL
I‑359 in Tuscaloosa, AL
I‑22 in Hamilton, AL
US 72 in Florence, AL

US 64 in Lawrenceburg, TN
North end: US 31 / US 412 in Columbia, TN
Location
States: Alabama, Tennessee
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR 42 AL SR 44
SR 42 TN SR 43

U.S. Route 43 (US-43, US 43) is a north–south United States Highway that runs for 410 miles (660 km) from Mobile, Alabama, to central Tennessee. The highway's southern terminus is in Mobile, at US 90. Its northern terminus is Columbia, Tennessee, at US 31.

Route description[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Between Mobile and Fayette and again from Killen to the Tennessee state line, US-43 runs concurrently with unsigned State Route 13 (SR-13). Between Fayette and Hamilton, US-43 is concurrent with unsigned SR-171. Between Hamilton and Florence, the unsigned partner for US-43 is SR-17. From its beginning in Mobile US-43 passes through the western part of Alabama. It serves as the principal route connecting Mobile and Tuscaloosa, and from Tuscaloosa to Muscle Shoals and Florence. Prior to the completion of Interstate 65 (I-65), motorists traveling from Mobile to Birmingham followed US-43 to Thomasville; from there, they followed SR-5 until its junction with US-11 near West Blocton.

Except for Mobile, Tuscaloosa, and Muscle Shoals/Florence, US-43 passes through rural areas and small towns.

Tennessee[edit]

History[edit]

Prior to the completion of Corridor X in western Alabama, US-43 and US-278 shared a concurrency with US-78 between Guin and Hamilton. The route used to extend up to Henderson, Kentucky. It overlapped with Interstate 24 and Interstate 65. It overlapped with the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and what is now present-day Interstate 69. It was decommissioned when U.S. Route 41 Alternate came into existence.

Future[edit]

Preliminary talks have indicated that Alabama state officials support a plan to build future I-63 along US-43's route from Mobile to Muscle Shoals via Tuscaloosa. The plan is estimated to cost roughly $1.5 billion and is being spearheaded by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Subcommittee. The project is expected to help the economies of cities in the Black Belt by connecting communities western Alabama, the Tombigbee Waterway and the Port of Mobile.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Alabama Mobile Prichard 0.000 0.000 US 90 (Bay Bridge Road) / SR 13 – Grand Bay, Loxley Southern terminus; south end of concurrency with SR-13; southern terminus of SR-13
Saraland 4.539 7.305 SR 158 west (Industrial Parkway) – Prichard Eastern terminus of SR-158
6.574 10.580 SR 213 south (Shelton Beach Road) – Prichard Northern terminus of SR-213
Creola 10.576 17.020 I‑65 – Mobile, Montgomery I-65 exit 19; parclo interchange.
Washington Wagarville 50.406 81.121 SR 56 west (St. Stephens Avenue) – Chatom Eastern terminus of SR-56
Clarke Jackson 59.621 95.951 SR 177 north (Commerce Street) Southern terminus of SR-177
61.101 98.333 SR 69 (Coffeeville Road) – Coffeeville Approximately 0.25 miles (400 m) west of the southern terminus of SR-69
62.341 100.328 SR 177 south (College Avenue) Northern terminus of SR-177
Grove Hill 75.760 121.924 US 84 (Grove Hill Avenue) / SR 12 – Coffeeville, Whatley Diamond interchange.
Fulton 82.757 133.184 SR 178 east Western terminus of SR-178
Thomasville 91.080 146.579 SR 154 west (Tallahatta Springs Road) – Coffeeville Eastern terminus of SR-154
93.087 149.809 SR 5 north – Marion Southern terminus of SR-5
Marengo Dixons Mills 101.572 163.464 SR 10 – Butler, Oak Hill
Linden 118.131 190.113 SR 69 south – Nanafalia Southern end of SR-69 concurrency
119.477 192.280 SR 28 east (Coats Avenue) – Camden Southern end of SR-28 concurrency
119.890 192.944 SR 28 west (Cahaba Avenue) – Bellamy Northern end of SR-28 concurrency
Providence 122.423 197.021 SR 69 north – Prairieville Northern end of SR-69 concurrency
Demopolis 134.323 216.172 US 80 east / SR 8 east – Faunsdale Southern end of US-80/SR-8 concurrency
135.275 217.704 US 80 west / SR 8 west – Cuba Northern end of US-80/SR-8 concurrency
Greene Eutaw 160.423 258.176 SR 14 east (Greensboro Street) – Greensboro Southern end of SR-14 concurrency
160.710 258.638 US 11 south / SR 7 south (Boligee Street) – Boligee Southern end of US-11/SR-7 concurrency
160.946 259.017 SR 14 west (Main Street) – Aliceville Northern end of SR-14 concurrency
Knoxville 173.626 279.424 I‑20 / I‑59 – Epes, Tuscaloosa Diamond interchange; exit 52
Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa 194.287 312.675 I‑359 south / US 11 north / SR 7 north / SR 69 south – Birmingham, Greensboro Northern end of US-11/SR-7 concurrency; south end of SR-69 concurrency; I-359 exit 2
Northport 197.139 317.264 US 82 east / SR 6 east (McFarland Boulevard) / SR 69 north – Duncanville Southern end of US-82/SR-6 concurrency; northern end of SR-69 concurrency
198.093 318.800 US 82 west / SR 6 west (McFarland Boulevard) – Coker Northern end of US-82/SR-6 concurrency
200.192 322.178 SR 171 north – Fayette Southern terminus of SR-171
Fayette Bankston 226.727 364.882 SR 13 north / SR 18 east – Eldridge, Oakman Northern end of SR-13 concurrency; southern end of SR-18 concurrency
Fayette 240.217 386.592 SR 18 west (Columbus Street) / SR 171 south (2nd Avenue) – Vernon, Northport Northern end of SR-18 concurrency; southern end of SR-171 concurrency
246.256 396.311 SR 129 north – Glen Allen Southern terminus of SR-129
247.233 397.883 SR 102 east Western terminus of SR-102
Marion Winfield 260.526 419.276 SR 118 east / SR 253 north – Jasper, Twin Southern end of SR-118 concurrency; southern terminus of SR-253
Guin 266.701 429.214 SR 44 east (7th Street) – Twin Western terminus of SR-44
267.066 429.801 US 278 west / SR 107 south / SR 118 west / SR 142 west (11th Avenue) – Beaverton, Fayette Southern end of US-278 concurrency; northern end of SR-118 concurrency; northern terminus of SR-107; eastern terminus of SR-142
Hamilton 275.428 443.258 I‑22 – Brilliant, Carbon Hill, Twin Diamond interchange; exit 16
280.185 450.914 SR 17 south (6th Avenue) / SR 171 south (Military Street) – Sulligent Southern end of SR-17 concurrency; northern end of concurrency and northern terminus of SR-171
280.517 451.448 US 278 east / SR 74 (Bexar Avenue) – Natural Bridge Northern end of US-278 concurrency
285.822 459.986 SR 187 north – Hodges, Belgreen Southern terminus of SR-187
Hackleburg 294.323 473.667 SR 172 (School Road) / SR 253 south (Main Street) – Hodges, Bear Creek, Twin Northern terminus of SR-253
Franklin Spruce Pine 304.307 489.735 SR 13 south (A.W. Todd Memorial Highway) – Phil Campbell Southern end of SR-13 concurrency
Russellville 310.871 500.298 SR 24 – Red Bay, Moulton Parclo interchange.
Colbert Tuscumbia 327.903 527.709
US 72 west / SR 2 west (Lee Highway) / US 72 Alt. east / SR 20 east / SR 157 south (Joe Wheeler Highway) – Cherokee, Town Creek, Moulton
Southern end of US-72/SR-2/SR-20/SR-157 concurrency
Muscle Shoals 331.231 533.065 SR 184 east (2nd Street) – Sheffield Western terminus of SR-184
Lauderdale Florence 333.658 536.971 SR 20 west (Coffee Road) Northern end of SR-20 concurrency
335.496 539.928 SR 17 north (Helton Drive) / SR 157 north – Zip City Northern end of SR-17/SR-157 concurrency
337.819 543.667 SR 133 (Cox Creek Parkway) – Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia
Killen 342.215 550.742 US 72 east / SR 2 east (Lee Highway) – Rogersville, Athens Northern end of US-72/SR-2 concurrency
347.747 559.645 SR 64 east to SR 101 – Lexington Western terminus of SR-64
AlabamaTennessee state line 353.077
0.000
568.222
0.000
Northern terminus of SR-13 in Alabama
Southern terminus of SR 6 in Tennessee
Tennessee Lawrence St. Joseph SR 227 west (Iron City Road) – Iron City Southern end of SR 227 concurrency
Loretto SR 227 east (Main Street) Northern end of SR 227 concurrency
Leoma SR 98 south (Rabbit Trail Road) – Bonnertown Northern terminus of SR 98
Lawrenceburg US 64 east / SR 15 east – Pulaski Southern end of US 64/SR 15 concurrency
US 64 west / SR 15 west (Gaines Street) to SR 242 (Buffalo Road) – Waynesboro, Iron City Northern end of US 64/SR 15 concurrency
Summertown SR 240 west (Monument Road) – Deerfield Eastern terminus of SR 240
Maury SR 20 east – Summertown, Hohenwald Eastern terminus of SR 20
Mount Pleasant SR 243 north (Main Street) – Columbia Southern terminus of SR 243
SR 166 (1st Avenue) – Pulaski, Hampshire
Columbia
US 412 west / US 412 Bus. / SR 99 (Hampshire Pike)
Southern end of US 412 concurrency
SR 50 (Williamsport Pike) – Williamsport, Lewisburg
SR 7 – Lyles
US 31 / SR 6 north (Nashville Highway) / US 412 east / SR 99 east (Bear Creek Pike) – Pulaski, Spring Hill, Chapel Hill Northern terminus; northern end of concurrency with US 412 and SR 6/SR 99
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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