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Interstate 65 South - Montgomery & Lowndes Counties


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The city of Montgomery. In the 1980s all non-Interstate routes were removed from within the North, East, and South Boulevard loop around the city. This results in numerous overlaps along the divided surface boulevards.

Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east
Interstate 65 crosses a series of eight bridges along the peninsula formed by the Alabama River. The spans pass over flood relief areas for the river. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 143 ventures south from Millbook to end at Interstate 65 via a wye interchange (Exit 176 along I-65 north). A reassurance shield stands after the on-ramp. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Mobile, 182 miles away, appears for the first time on southbound mileage signs for Interstate 65 on this assembly posted two miles out from North Boulevard (Exit 173) in Montgomery. Photo taken 10/09/16.
An original button copy sign follows for the trumpet interchange (Exit 173) with North Boulevard (Alabama 152). Alabama 152 is the first of six Montgomery exits. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Expansion of Interstate 65 to six overall lanes through Montgomery was completed in 2010. The freeway meets the south end of Interstate 85 in two miles.
I-85 presently begins in Montgomery and leads northeast to Auburn, Opelika and Atlanta. A western extension is proposed to continue the route to Interstates 20 & 59 by way of the U.S. 80 corridor and Cuba. If the South Montgomery Bypass portion of I-85 is completed, the current stretch of I-85 east will become Interstate 685. AASHTO and FHWA approved the new designation in 2011.1 Photo taken 10/09/16.
Nearing the final Alabama River relief channel bridge along Interstate 65 south ahead of Exit 173. Interests to the state capitol are directed to use Herron Street east. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Traffic to Maxwell Air Force Base is advised to use the split-diamond interchange (Exit 173) with Clay and Herron Streets. Bell Street joins the central business district of Montgomery with the military base via Maxwell Boulevard to the west. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 152, a 6.61-mile controlled access expressway east to U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 (Wetumpka Highway), begins at Exit 173 and crosses the Alabama River. Connections with U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 north lead drivers to Blue Ridge and the Elmore County seat of Wetumpka. North Boulevard also serves the State Farmer's Market and Maxwell A.F.B. Gunter Annex. Photo taken 10/09/16.
A lone U.S. 82 shield stands within the trumpet interchange at Exit 173. The overlap with Interstate 65 is not acknowledged on pull through signs. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Crossing the Alabama River, Interstate 65 gains an auxiliary lane from SR 152 through to the Dickerson Street off-ramp (Exit 172) for Bell, Clay, Herron and Clayton Streets. Bell Street doubles an old alignment of U.S. 80 west from Downtown to Birmingham Highway (former U.S. 31). Photo taken 10/09/16.
Expansion of the 1973-built Alabama River bridges added an inside lane in each direction, joining the previously separate spans with a barrier median. This Clay Street overhead predates the 2011 sign changes made to include Herron Street for Exit 172. Clay and Herron Streets form a one-way street couplet from Oak Street nearby to Bibb Street in Downtown. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Exit 172 leaves I-65 south from the south end of the Alabama River bridge with two lanes to Clay Street west and Herron Street east. The directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 85 north and the Day Street Connector west follows in one half mile. I-85 travels 672 miles north to Petersburg, Virginia by way of Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina; Charlotte, Greensboro and Durham, North Carolina. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Day Street leads west from the freeway network to Maxwell A.F.B. and Birmingham Highway (old U.S. 31). The connector is only accessible from southbound Interstate 65 and Interstate 85. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east expand to four lanes through to the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 171) for Interstate 85 north. Construction of a 3.5-mile section of the Montgomery outer loop bypass, from I-85 south to SR 110 commenced on September 28, 2011. The first leg of the future Interstate 85 extension west to Selma and Cuba opened to traffic in January 2016. Photo taken 10/06/16.
The on-ramp from Dickerson Street adds a second auxiliary lane for I-65 north through to I-85 and the Day Street connector. Interstate 85 ventures east from Exit 171 through to Mt. Meigs outside Montgomery. U.S. 80 joins the route from East Boulevard to Waugh (Exit 16). Photo taken 10/06/16.
Traffic to both Interstate 85 and Day Street depart in unison from Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east. Interstate 85 travels 80.00 miles northeast through Atlanta, connecting the capital city with Auburn and Opelika before crossing the Chattahoochee River into Georgia by Lanett. Photo taken 10/06/16.
A parting shot of the ramp partition at Exit 171 for Interstate 85 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway) north and Day Street Connector west. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Fairview Avenue, another former alignment of U.S. 80, meets Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east at the enusing exit. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Passing through the three level interchange with Interstate 85 and the Day Connector along Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Motorists merging onto Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east from Interstate 85 south form an auxiliary lane through to the diamond interchange (Exit 170) with Fairview Avenue. Fairview Avenue leads east to Huntingdon College and southwest to U.S. 31 & Alabama 21 (Mobile Highway). Photo taken 10/09/16.
Early Street passes over Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east, one quarter mile north of Exit 170. Fairview Avenue was redesignated U.S. 80 Alternate by 1974 through to the one-way couplet of Perry / Hull Streets (former Alternate U.S. 231 and U.S. 331). Photo taken 10/09/16.
Reassurance shields assembly posted ahead of the Stephens Street pedestrian overpass. Speed limits on I-65 were increased to 60 mph from 50 mph after construction was completed in 2010 along this stretch. Photo taken 10/09/16.
A two-lane ramp (Exit 170) leaves the southbound freeway for Fairview Avenue. Fairview Avenue remained within the state highway system as Alabama 21 through to Norman Bridge Road (historic U.S. 331) until 1985. Photo taken 10/09/16.
A half-diamond interchange (Exit 169) quickly follows along Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east with Edgemont Avenue east to the Edgemont Heights neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Edgemont Avenue ventures east from Exit 169 to Audubon Road, where the street changes names to Glen Grattan Drive en route to Woodley Road (former U.S. 82 & 231). Photo taken 10/09/16.
This set of shields stands ahead of the CSX Railroad underpass. Photo taken 10/09/16.
U.S. 82 parts ways with Interstate 65 south at South Boulevard (Exit 168) in one mile. Constructed in the early-60s in conjunction with East and North Boulevards, South Boulevard was originally intended to circumvent traffic away from Downtown Montgomery. With no access control measures in place, development eventually overtook the highway. Photo taken 10/09/16.
One half mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 168) with South Boulevard on I-65 south & U.S. 82 east. Photo taken 10/09/16.
South Boulevard doubles as U.S. 80 and Alabama 21 between U.S. 31 nearby (Mobile Highway / West Boulevard) and East Boulevard (U.S. 80 east & U.S. 231-Alabama 21 north). U.S. 82 follows the arterial 5.48 miles east to Troy Highway, where it merges with U.S. 231 south. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Two lanes leave Interstate 65 south for U.S. 80 & 82 east and South Boulevard. Alabama 21 turns south with U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway) at West Boulevard to U.S. 80 (Selma Highway). The state route joins the Montgomery area with the Lowndes County seat of Hayneville. U.S. 82 leaves the metropolitan area for Union Springs and Eufaula while U.S. 331 begins 1.58 miles east of Exit 168 and follows South Court Street to Wiley. U.S. 331 stays east of Interstate 65 to Luverne and Opp. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 south & U.S. 80 west
U.S. 80 west accompanies Interstate 65 from South Boulevard to Exit 167. Prior to 1992, the US route followed South Boulevard west to overlap with U.S. 31 south. Photo taken 06/02/11.
U.S. 80 combines with I-65 south for 1.11 miles. West from Exit 167, the US highway heads to Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). Photo taken 10/09/16.
Spanning Catoma Creek, one third of a mile north of the semi directional T interchange with the U.S. 80 freeway west to U.S. 31 & Alabama 21. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Southbound traffic partitions for I-65 to Mobile and U.S. 80 west. U.S. 80 comprises a four-lane divided highway west 45 miles to Selma and 97 miles to Demopolis. Portions of the roadway are expressway grade with interchanges. U.S. 80 joins the Interstate 20 corridor at Meridian and follows it west to Mesquite, Texas. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Beyond the Southlawn subdivision abutting the west side of I-65 near Exit 167, the freeway becomes rural and stays that way until Satsuma in Mobile County. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 south
The subsequent exit of Interstate 65 south lies three miles ahead at Hope Hull. The distance to Mobile is 166 miles, two miles longer then the remainder of the freeway to Interstate 10. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Connections via U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway) north from Exit 164 lead motorists to Montgomery County 42 (Hyundai Boulevard / former Teague Road). CR 42 constitutes a 3.5 mile link with U.S. 331 (Norman Bridge Road) and Hyundai manufacturing plant opened on May 20, 2005. Construction of the plant also coincided with widening of U.S. 31, County Road 42, and U.S. 331. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Approaching the Hyundai Boulevard overpasses on Interstate 65 south, one mile out from the diamond interchange with Exit 164 (U.S. 31). Photo taken 10/09/16.
Exit 164 represents the last time that U.S. 31 directly interacts with Interstate 65. Southward to Baldwin County, U.S. 31 stays east of the freeway through Greenville, Georgiana and Evergreen. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 reaches the off-ramp (Exit 164) to U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway) at Hope Hull. Pintlala lies seven miles to the south. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Construction in 2003 expanded the off-ramp at Exit 167 to accommodate increasing truck traffic for an adjacent industrial park along Folmar Parkway and south of County Road 42 (Wasden Road). A truck stop occupies land southeast of the interchange as well. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Advancing southwest from Hope Hull, Interstate 65 travels across Pintlalla Creek toward settlement of Tyson in seven miles. Mobile is now 162 miles away. Photos taken 10/09/16.
One mile north of the diamond interchange (Exit 158) with CR 6 (Tyson Road) on Interstate 65 south. The original concrete along this stretch was paved over with asphalt in fall 2001. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 travels 17.94 miles south through Montgomery County to Lowndes County. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Signs for Exit 158 omit both Lowndes County 6 west to Tyson and Montgomery County 24 (Cloverfield Road) east to Pintlala. CR 24 overtakes Federal Road east across Pinchony Creek to intersect U.S. 31 in 3.5 miles. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Exit 158 departs Interstate 65 south for County Road 6 (Tyson Road). CR 6 connects with CR 26 west to nearby Tyson and the county seat of Hayneville. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Reassurance shield and mileage sign posted for Interstate 65 south on the eight-mile drive to Letohatchee. There are no major cities between Montgomery and Mobile otherwise. Photos taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 97 crosses paths with Interstate 65 at a diamond interchange (Exit 151) in one mile. Photo taken 10/09/16.
A 29.80 mile route, Alabama 97 arcs northwest from U.S. 331 near Highland Home to Hayneville and U.S. 80 at Lowndesboro. Photo taken 10/09/16.
North from Exit 151, SR 97 travels 8.96 miles through Letohatchee to Alabama 21 at the town of Hayneville. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Exit 151 separates from the I-65 southbound mainline for SR 97. Continuing south, SR 97 leads 4.26 miles to merge with U.S. 31 to the settlement of Davenport. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 sees a number of long exit less stretches through Lower Alabama. Fort Deposit lies 12 miles ahead via Exit 142 in 9.2 miles. Photos taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 185 begins at the settlement of Logan from U.S. 31 and heads west 2.5 miles to Interstate 65 at Exit 142. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 185 comprises a 23.13-mile loop west to the town of Fort Deposit and south to the city of Greenville. Fort Deposit was established in 1813 as a supply depot by General Ferdinand Claiborne during the Creek Indian War. Settlers homesteaded at Fort Deposit following the conflict, and by 1855 a post office was established.2 Photo taken 10/09/16.
Entering the rural diamond interchange (Exit 142) with SR 185 east to U.S. 31 and west to Fort Deposit. U.S. 31 parallels I-65 to the east from Logan south to Spring Hill and Greenville. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Interstate 65 sees another forested carriageway split as it leaves Exit 130 on the 13-mile drive to Greenville. Mobile is now 140 miles to the southwest. Photos taken 10/09/16.
The 18.74 section of Interstate 65 within Lowndes County concludes as the freeway crosses into Butler County ahead of the Fort Deposit Road overpass. Photo taken 10/09/16.


 

Sources:

  1. ALABAMA Interstate FHWA Decision Letter, February 17, 2011.
  2. Town of Fort Deposit, Alabama.


Photo Credits:

2010-07-11, 2011-06-02, 2016-10-06, 2016-10-09 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 85
U.S. Highway 31
U.S. Highway 80
U.S. Highway 82

Page Updated 05-16-2017.

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