U.S. Route 331

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U.S. Route 331 marker

U.S. Route 331
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 31
Length 149.830 mi[1][2] (241.128 km)
Major junctions
South end US 98 / SR 30 / SR 83 at Santa Rosa Beach, FL
 

I-10 in DeFuniak Springs, FL
US 90 in DeFuniak Springs, FL
US 84 in Opp, AL

US 29 in Brantley, AL
North end US 80 / US 82 / SR 6 / SR 8 / SR 9 / SR 21 at Montgomery, AL
Location
States Florida, Alabama
Counties FL: Walton
AL: Covington, Crenshaw, Montgomery
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 302ALI-359
SR 329FLSR 331
I-175SR 187SR 188

U.S. Route 331 (US 331) is a spur of U.S. Route 31. It currently runs for 150 miles (240 km) from Montgomery, Alabama at U.S. Route 80 and U.S. Route 82 to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida east of Fort Walton Beach at U.S. Route 98. Unlike U.S. Route 131, U.S. Route 231, and U.S. Route 431, U.S. 331 never intersects with its "parent" route, U.S. Route 31; the two routes come within 4 miles (6.4 km) of each other in Montgomery.

Route description[edit]

Florida[edit]

The Clyde B. Wells Bridge, U.S. Route 331, spans the eastern section of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Florida.

U.S. Route 331 begins at U.S. Route 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. From there it runs north towards a long concrete slab bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay. The bridge ends at Wheeler Point, and the road makes a sharp curve to the northeast where it encounters an intersection with County Road 3280, and then turns straight north again. Running along the eastern edge of Mallery Bayou, and LaGrange Bayou, the road makes a less drastic northeastern curve at the bridge over Ramsey Brook, and it eventually intersects State Road 20 on the eastern edge of Freeport. The road continues on this trajectory thanks to a 2007 FDOT construction project, but eventually straightens before approaching the northern terminus of State Road 883(former US 331/SR 83) in Owl's Head. From that point it runs along the eastern edge of Eglin Air Force Base, which includes the Eglin Wildlife Management Area. This territory ends across the street from the intersection of Edgewood Circle. After the intersection with Indian Creek Ranch Road, US 331/SR 83 makes a slight northwest curve to meet the southern end of County Road 278 (Coy Burgess Loop). The road runs straight north from there and becomes a divided highway as it approaches the north end of CR 278 just south of Interstate 10 at Exit 85 in DeFuniak Springs. Within the city, US 331/SR 83 remains a divided highway running in the same trajectory, where the only intersection of any level of importance is CR 280(Bob Sikes Road). After the intersection with Myrtle Avenue, it takes another slight curve to the northeast. Two more local intersections will be encountered before the road runs beneath a bridge for the CSX P&A Subdivision, and a parallel bridge with Baldwin Avenue just before the intersection with U.S. Route 90, where both U.S. Route 331 and SR 83 split into two separate concurrencies; US 331 turns left while SR 83 turns right. US 90/331 curves northwest where it encounters the western terminus of Baldwin Avenue, the very city street it crosses under on the north side of the P&A Subdivision. After this it runs along the same railroad line where it encounters the DeFuniak Springs Country Club, but at the eastern edge of DeFuniak Springs Airport, the concurrency ends as US 90 heads west towards Pensacola, while US 331 turns north onto the two-lane hidden SR 187.

The newly independent US 331 runs straight north for one mile. Shortly after the intersection of Walton Road, US 331 curves slightly to the northwest. This trajectory continues for 1.7 miles until it curves more to the northwest just before the intersection with the western terminus of Sunrise Road which leads to CR 1883. From that point it runs north of Holly Lake and then King Lake, and soon after this serves as the northern terminus of a local street named King Lane Road which leads to a local campground. Continuing in the same direction, the road passes more local dead end streets before crossing a bridge over Gum Creek. then climbs a small hill as it passes by an abandoned farm field and later a dirt road named Andrews Road before approaching the western terminus of CR 192, which also shares an intersection with Doctor Nelson Road. Entering Liberty the road descends slightly into a minimal valley and begins to curve more westerly after passing by the First Baptist Church, then crosses a bridge over Middle Creek. After the bridge it passes a local dirt road named Harrison Drive. Most of the road is surrounded by forestland, but the woods on the southwest side are thinner because the obstruct some local farmland, interrupted by the clearing for another church on the southwest side of the road. Next door is a local gas station and convenience store, which is across the street from one of three private houses on the northeast corner of the west end of County Road 1084. One more church can be found on the southwest side of the road before it crosses over another bridge over Big Swamp Creek, and another bridge over the Bee Branch between South Hall Road and Williams Road before it starts to curve back to the northwest. The road maintains the same relative trajectory as it passes some farmland and local dead end streets, After passing under a power line right-of-way, US 331 encounters the first intersection and south end of a concurrency with County Road 2, a former segment of State Road 2. Just north of that intersection on the opposite side is the eastern terminus of County Road 2A. Later the road curves around another pond into another angle further to the northwest. The telephone poles along the east side of the street veer off into the woods along a former segment of the road just south of the end of the concurrency with CR 2, after which the road turns straight north. However the straight trajectory doesn't last as long as one might expect as the road curves slightly to the right south of the shared intersection with South Suttles Road and the abandoned Pittman Road and then runs between two ponds before curving back to the left in order to cross a bridge over Long Creek. North of the bridge, it enters Gordon, where it encounters two county roads along the east side, specifically the western terminus of County Road 0605(Jackson Still Cutoff) and then the southern terminus of County Road 285 which leads to Britton Hill, the highest natural point in the State of Florida.

The road enters the Town of Paxton along some farm fields on both sides of the road, and the first intersection is a private driveway leading northeast to a house on the other side of Quiet Lake. The next intersection is a dirt road to the southwest named Wain Huckabee Road. Only when it approaches a water tower on the grounds of the Ellis Agricultural Field Airport does US 331 get close to a moderately important intersection, specifically the intersection of County Road 147 (Webster Lane), which despite being an odd-numbered route spans west to east from SR 85 west of Paxton to CR 285 north of Britton Hill. Despite being in an incorporated community, the surroundings of US 331 remain relatively agricultural with exceptions of farm-related businesses, and some random schools, churches, residences, local stores, and even the Town Hall, the vicinity of which actually contains a center left-turn lane. US 331 actually begins to curve straight north again between the intersections of South end of Vann Circle and Clear Springs Road and the north end of Vann Circle where it will remain throughout the rest of the state. The last two intersections in Florida are with another loop street, albeit a deformed one named Geohagan Circle. US 331 crosses the Florida-Alabama State line entering Florala, where SR 187 terminates, Alabama State Route 9 begins, and the road itself momentarily becomes a four-lane undivided highway.

Alabama[edit]

Once crossing the state line, U.S. 331 immediately enters Florala, where it starts a concurrency with Alabama State Route 54 on the east side of town. The highway continues into downtown Florala, where Alabama State Route 55 joins the concurrency (this intersection serves as a terminus for AL-54).

U.S. 331 continues northward to Opp, where it becomes concurrent with U.S. 84 as a bypass around the eastern side of town. A business route of U.S. 331 continues northward through town and rejoins U.S. 331 north of Opp, just after U.S. 84 leaves the concurrency with U.S. 331. The highway then continues northward and enters Crenshaw County. It keeps north and into the town of Brantley, where U.S. 29 forms a concurrency with U.S. 331.

The highways continue north into Luverne, where U.S. 29 turns northeast and U.S. 331 turns northwest as they leave town. U.S. 331 soon turns back to the north and passes through several small communities before entering Montgomery County. It passes through several more small communities before entering the southern part of the city of Montgomery. It then intersects the southern bypass of the city (U.S. 80 and U.S. 82). This intersection serves as the northern terminus for U.S. 331.

History[edit]

A US 331 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

The original version of US 331 traveled along what is now U.S. Route 29 south of Flomaton, Alabama between 1926 and 1936.[3] The current version was revived in 1953.

Beginning in 1956, signs for U.S. Highways in Florida had different colors for each highway. The shield for US 331 was green with white lettering and outline, until the state was forced by the federal government to conform to standards that required consistent black-and-white signs in 1993.

Until 2007, US 331/SR 83 turned left at State Road 20 in Florida in a short concurrency until it reached Madison Street, then traveled north past Owl's Head Road just south of Eglin Air Force Base.

Major intersections[edit]

StateCountyLocationmi[1][2]kmDestinationsNotes
FloridaWalton0.0000.000 US 98 (SR 30) – Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Seagrove Beach, Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, Eden State Gardens, Henderson Beach State Recreation Area, Topsail Hill State PreserveSouthern terminus
Choctawhatchee Bay2.110–
3.538
3.396–
5.694
Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge
6.0939.806 CR 3280 east
Freeport9.68215.582 SR 20 to SR 293 (Mid-Bay Bridge) – Freeport, Bruce
14.01422.553 CR 883 south – FreeportFormer alignment of US 331 / SR 83
22.20835.740Coy Burgess Loop (CR 278)
DeFuniak Springs23.57037.932 CR 278 (Coy Burgess Loop Road)
23.8438.37 I-10 (SR 8) – Pensacola, TallahasseeExit 85 (I-10)
24.78439.886 CR 280 west (Bob Sikes Road)
25.90841.695 US 90 east (Nelson Avenue / SR 10 east / SR 83 north) – Ponce de LeonNorth end of SR 83 concurrency; south end of US 90 / SR 10 concurrency
27.79144.725 US 90 west (SR 10) – CrestviewNorth end of US 90 / SR 10 concurrency; south end of SR 187 concurrency
34.21055.056 CR 192 east
Liberty35.51957.162 CR 1084 east
38.27061.590 CR 2 east
38.41661.825 CR 2A west
Gordon41.71867.139 CR 2 west
45.55973.320 CR 0605 south
45.75773.639 CR 285 north
Paxton47.60576.613 CR 147 (Webster Lane / Lakewood-Paxton Cutoff Road) – Lakewood
 49.356
0.000
79.431
0.000
Florida–Alabama state line
Northern terminus of SR 187; southern terminus of SR 9
AlabamaCovingtonFlorala0.3700.595 SR 54 east (5th Avenue) – Samson, Geneva
1.5262.456 SR 55 south (3rd Street) to SR 85 – Crestview, Fort Walton BeachSouth end of SR 55 concurrency
1.7502.816 SR 55 north (5th Avenue) – AndalusiaNorth end of SR 55 concurrency
Opp19.45131.303 US 84 west (Veterans Memorial Parkway / SR 12 west) – AndalusiaSouth end of US 84 / SR 12 concurrency
21.83835.145 SR 52 east – Kinston
23.20837.350 SR 134 east – Enterprise
25.00040.234 US 84 east (SR 12 east) – ElbaSouth end of US 84 / SR 12 concurrency
Crenshaw40.34264.924 SR 141 south (Pine Level Road) – Elba
42.87969.007 SR 189 south (Elba Highway) – Elba
Brantley44.52871.661 US 29 south (West Emmett Avenue / SR 15 south) – Dozier, AndalusiaSouth end of US 29 / SR 15 concurrency
Luverne53.96886.853 US 29 north / SR 10 east (East 3rd Street / SR 15 north) – TroyNorth end of US 29 / SR 15 concurrency; south end of SR 10 concurrency
55.76289.740 SR 10 west – Rutledge, GreenvilleNorth end of SR 10 concurrency
Highland Home73.173117.761 SR 97 north (Davenport Highway) – Davenport
MontgomeryAda84.294135.658 SR 94 east – Ramer
Montgomery100.474161.697 US 80 / US 82 / SR 21 (South Boulevard / SR 6 / SR 8 / SR 9 north) to I-65 / I-85 / US 231 – Selma, Tuscaloosa, Tuskegee, Union SpringsNorthern terminus; access to Montgomery Regional Airport
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ a b "Milepost Maps". Alabama Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Sanderson, Dale (August 19, 2009). "End of US Highway 331[I]". US Ends.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. [unreliable source]

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