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Interstate 65 Southbound - 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
A short distance south of the Elmore County line is the first of eight bridges of Interstate 65 along the peninsula formed by the Alabama river. These elevated structures pass over relief areas for the river during flooding rains. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Alabama 143 ventures south from Millbook to end at Interstate 65 via a partial "Y" interchange (Exit 176 of I-65 north). A reassurance shield follows the on-ramp onto Interstate 65 south. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Mobile appears for the first time on southbound mileage signs for Interstate 65 two miles out from Exit 173 to North Boulevard in Montgomery. Photo taken 12/28/09.
An original button copy sign follows for the Exit 173 trumpet interchange with North Boulevard (Alabama 152). This is the first of six Montgomery exits.
Guard rails were replaced along the southbound side of Interstate 65 in 2010. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Originally the third lane of Interstate 65 southbound defaulted onto Alabama 152 (North Boulevard) east at Exit 173. Expansion of Interstate 65 to six overall lanes was completed in 2010. When the freeway was limited to four lanes, speed limits reduced to a "strictly enforced" 50 miles per hour. They are now set at 60 mph. Photo taken 06/18/05.
The first sign for Interstate 85 (Exit 171) accompanies the 0.75-mile sign bridge for North Boulevard (Exit 173). Interstate 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. Photo taken 08/08/10.
Passing over the final relief channel bridge of the Alabama River along Interstate 65 at Exit 173. Traffic to Maxwell Air Force Base is advised to use the following split-diamond interchange 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 06/02/11.

Alabama 152 begins its 6.61-mile drive from Exit 173 across the Alabama River to junction U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 (Wetumpka Highway). North Boulevard constitutes a controlled access expressway with an assortment of interchanges and at-grade intersections. Pictured here is the previous set of signs used until fall 2010. Photo taken 08/08/10.
The updated guide sign for Exit 173 continues to ignore Alabama 152 and omits a tab for Exit 173. 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 06/02/11.
A lone U.S. 82 shield resides within the trumpet interchange of Exit 173. The overlap with Interstate 65 is not acknowledged on pull through signs above the freeway. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Historical look at the original sign bridge posted one mile north of the Interstate 85 southern terminus and three lane span across the Alabama River. The bridge was expanded to four lanes and a partial right-hand shoulder by fall 2010. Overheads pictured here were retained on a replacement sign bridge, but replaced in 2011. Photo taken 06/18/05.
The replacement sign bridge for Exits 172 and 171 posted at the Alabama River. Departing in one half mile is an off-ramp to Dickerson Street, a southbound side service road connecting Bell, Clay, Herron and Clayton Streets at Exit 172. Use Herron Street east for the State Capitol complex and Old Alabama Town Historic District. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Looking at the new sign bridge for Interstate 85 north and Clay / Herron Streets posted in 2011. Bell Street doubles an old alignment of U.S. 80 west from downtown to Birmingham Highway (former U.S. 31). Photo taken 11/07/11.
The right-hand lane defaults onto Dickerson Street northbound at Exit 172. Expansion of the 1973-built Alabama River bridges added an inside lane in each direction, joining the previously separate bridges with a jersey barrier median. The Exit 172 overhead pictured here utilizes an original sign bridge and does not represent the 2011 sign changes to include Herron Street. Clay & Herron Streets constitute a one-way street couplet from Oak Street nearby to Bibb Street in downtown. Photo taken 06/02/11.
A two-lane ramp leaves the north end of the Alabama River bridge for Clay Street west and Herron Street east at Exit 172. A stacked directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 85 north and the Day Street Connector west departs in one half mile. Interstate 85 currently 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 06/18/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
The original button copy sign for Day Street indicated 0.75 miles to the Exit 171 off-ramp. New signs revised the distance to one half mile.
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 10/03/10. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east expand to four lanes in anticipation of the Exit 171 two-lane ramp to Interstate 85 north. Construction of a 3.5-mile section of the Montgomery outer loop bypass from Interstate 85 south to Alabama 110 commenced on September 28, 2011. This is the first leg of the future Interstate 85 extension west to Selma and Cuba. When complete to Interstate 65, Interstate 85 will relocate to the bypass route, leaving the original in-city freeway as newly designated Interstate 685. Photo taken 06/02/11.
One final look at the original concrete for Interstate 65 south at the Clayton Street overpass. All pavement was overlaid with asphalt upon completion of the 2006-10 road work through Montgomery.
Drivers merge onto the freeway otherwise from Dickerson Street to form one of the two lanes for Exit 171. Photo taken 06/02/11.
A new sign bridge installed at Clayton Street replaces the bridge mounted overheads for Interstates 65 south and 85 north. Interstate 85 ventures east from Exit 171 through to Mt. Meigs outside the city. U.S. 80 joins the route from East Boulevard to Waugh (Exit 16). Photo taken 10/03/10.
Traffic to Interstate 85 and Day Street depart in unison from Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east. Interstate 85 represents a major corridor between Montgomery and Atlanta with portions of the route now eight lanes in Georgia. The freeway in Alabama tallies 80.00 miles, serving Auburn and Opelika before crossing the Chattahoochee River by Lanett. Photo taken 06/18/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
A parting shot of the Exit 171 ramp partition to Interstate 85 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway) north and Day Street Connector west. When Interstate 85 shifts to the outer bypass, Interstate 685 will take its place through to near milepost 15. AASHTO and FHWA approved of the new designation in 2011, though signage may not be altered until completion of the future segment.1 Photo taken 06/18/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
Fairview Avenue, another former alignment of U.S. 80, meets Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east at the next exit. Widening of the freeway through to Exit 171 again focused on adding an inside lane in each direction, with the replacement of the grassy median with a jersey barrier. Photo taken 06/18/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
Passing through the stack interchange with Interstate 85 and the Day Connector along Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east. The ramp to I-85 north constitutes the lowest level of the junction. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Motorists merging onto Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east from Interstate 85 south form an auxiliary lane through to the Exit 170 diamond interchange. Fairview Avenue leads east to Huntingdon College and southwest to junction U.S. 31 & Alabama 21. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Early Street passes over Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east, one quarter mile north of the Exit 170 off-ramp to Fairview Avenue. 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 06/02/11. Second photo taken 07/12/05.
Reassurance shield assembly posted for Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east between Early Street and the Stephens Street pedestrian overpass. Speed limits were increased to 60 mph from 50 mph after construction was completed in 2010 along this stretch. Photo taken 06/02/11.
A two-lane ramp leaves the southbound freeway for Fairview Avenue at Exit 170. Fairview Avenue remained within the state highway system as Alabama 21 through to Norman Bridge Road (historic U.S. 331) until 1985. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
A half-diamond interchange quickly follows between Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east with Edgemont Avenue east to the Edgemont Heights neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 06/18/05. Second 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 06/18/05. Second photo taken 07/11/10.
Approaching a CSX Railroad underpass, southbound motorists see a set of shields for Interstate 65 south & U.S. 82 east. Photo taken 06/02/11.
U.S. 82 parts ways with Interstate 65 south at the South Boulevard diamond interchange (Exit 168) in one mile. South Boulevard, constructed in the early-60s, was originally intended to circumvent traffic away from downtown Montgomery in conjunction with East and North Boulevards. A lack of access control turned the divided highway into a congested arterial over the years. Photo taken 06/02/11. Second photo taken 06/18/05.
One half mile north of the Exit 168 off-ramp to South Boulevard. 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 06/18/05. Second photo taken 07/11/10.
Two lanes leave Interstate 65 south for U.S. 82 east onto South Boulevard. Alabama 21 turns south with U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway) at West Boulevard to junction 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. The US route stays east of Interstate 65 to Luverne and Opp. Photo taken 06/18/05. Second photo taken 07/11/10. Third photo taken 06/02/11.
Interstate 65 south & U.S. 80 west
Where U.S. 82 east leaves Interstate 65, U.S. 80 west takes its place between South Boulevard and Selma Highway (Exit 167). The US route originally followed South Boulevard west to U.S. 31 south with realignment occurring in 1992 when a new freeway linking the U.S. 31-80 and Alabama 21 split with Interstate 65 at Exit 167 opened. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
Shield assembly posted for Interstate 65 south & U.S. 80 west along their 1.11-mile overlap. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Spanning Catoma Creek, Interstate 65 south & U.S. 80 east prepare to split with two lanes continuing to Mobile and two turning west to Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). Photo taken 06/02/11.
Southbound at the split with U.S. 80 west at Exit 167. 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 Jackson, Mississippi, Monroe and Shreveport, Louisiana and ultimately Mesquite, Texas. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Beyond subdivisions flanking the west side of Interstate 65 near Exit 167, the freeway becomes rural and remains that way until Satsuma in Mobile County. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Interstate 65 south
Hope Hull represents the next exit of Interstate 65 south. Mileage to Mobile is 166, which is two miles longer than the remaining mileage of the freeway to Interstate 10. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Connections via U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway) north from Exit 164 lead motorists to Montgomery County 42 (Hyundai Boulevard / former Teague Road). CR-42 provides motorists with a 3.5 mile connection to parallel U.S. 331 (Norman Bridge Road) and the May 20, 2005 opened Hyundai manufacturing plant. Construction of the plant resulted in a 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 06/02/11.
Exit 164 represents the last time that U.S. 31 directly interacts with Interstate 65 southbound. Southward to Baldwin County, U.S. 31 stays east of the freeway through Greenville, Georgiana and Evergreen. Photo taken 08/08/10.
Interstate 65 reaches the Exit 164 off-ramp to U.S. 31 (Mobile Highway). Hope Hull resides nearby, Pintlala lies seven miles to the south. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Construction in 2003 expanded the Exit 167 off-ramp to accommodate increasing truck traffic to 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.
Heading southwesterly along Interstate 65 from Hope Hull toward the crossing of Pintlala Creek and settlement of Tyson. Photo taken 07/11/10. Second photo taken 06/02/11.
One mile north of the Exit 158 diamond interchange with Lowndes County 6 (Tyson Road) on Interstate 65 south. Original concrete of I-65 through this stretch was paved over in fall 2001. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Southbound travelers depart for Lowndes County after a 17.94-mile stretch in Montgomery County on the approach to Exit 158. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Signs for Exit 158 ignore both Lowndes County 6 west to Tyson and Montgomery County 24 (Cloverfield Road) east to Pintlala. County Road 24 crosses the Pinchony Creek at Federal Road on the 3.5-mile drive to junction U.S. 31 at Pintlala. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Exit 158 departs Interstate 65 south for County Road 6 (Tyson Road). CR-6 connects with Lowndes County 26 west, two miles to Tyson, and the county seat of Hayneville. Photo taken 06/02/11.
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 06/02/11.
Alabama 97 crosses paths with Interstate 65 at the Exit 151 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Alabama 97 travels just 29.80 miles between U.S. 80 at Lowndesboro and U.S. 331 at Highland Home. The state route travels north from Exit 151 two miles to Letohatchee and 8.96 miles to Alabama 21 at Hayneville. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Interstate 65 southbound partitions with the Exit 151 off-ramp to Alabama 97. Continuing south, SR-97 leads 4.26 miles to merge with U.S. 31 near the settlement of Davenport. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Long stretches without exits are the norm for Interstate 65 as travelers continue southwest to Lower Alabama. Fort Deposit is next in 12 miles via Exit 142 and Alabama 185. Photos taken 06/02/11.
The last of three Lowndes County interchanges of Interstate 65 joins the freeway with Alabama 185 (Old Fort Road) at Exit 142 in one mile. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Alabama 185 comprises a 23.13-mile loop west from U.S. 31 through the town of Fort Deposit and 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 06/02/11.
Logan, a small settlement 2.5 miles east of Exit 142, lies at the north end of Alabama 185 along U.S. 31. U.S. 31 continues south from there to Spring Hill and Greenville. Photo taken 06/02/11.
Interstate 65 sees another forested carriageway split as it leaves Exit 130 on the initial 13-mile drive to Greenville. Mobile is now 140 miles to the southwest. Photos taken 07/11/10.
18.74 miles of Interstate 65 within Lowndes County conclude as the road enters Butler County ahead of the Fort Deposit Road overpass. Photo taken 07/11/10.



Sources:

  1. ALABAMA Interstate FHWA Decision Letter, February 17, 2011.
  2. Town of Fort Deposit, Alabama.
Photo Credits:
2005-06-18, 2005-07-12, 2009-12-28, 2010-07-11, 2010-08-08, 2010-10-03, 2011-06-02, 2011-11-07 by AARoads

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

Page Updated 12-08-2011.

 
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