U.S. Highway 11

U.S. 11 North
This bank of shields sits along U.S. 11/Alabama 5 northbound, as they prepare to merge onto Interstate 20/59 northeast into the metropolitan area of Birmingham. The two highways overlap with Interstate 20/59 northeastward for nine miles to Exit 108. Alabama 5 remains on U.S. routes until splitting with U.S. 78 near Jasper to the north. Continuing north along the old roadway takes one to a county highway northward towards the village of Lakeview. Photo taken 08/10/02.
9th Street southbound at 3rd Avenue North in the city of Birmingham. 9th Street southbound carries U.S. 11 & 78 shields in the northbound direction between 1st Avenue North and this intersection. However this set of shields alludes to the fact that U.S. 11 north & U.S. 78 east follow 3rd Avenue North through the 9th Street intersection. This may relate to the idea that U.S. 11 & 78 continue eastward to 14th Street via 3rd Avenue North as is suggested by some maps. Two blocks to the east is the folded diamond interchange with Interstate 65. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The first shields for U.S. 11/78 on 1st Avenue North Eastbound one sees after 17th Street. The two highways are configured on separate one-way streets through the high-rises of downtown. Photo taken 08/10/02.
U.S. 11 north/U.S. 78 east within the vicinity of the downtown Birmingham Street Mall. The core of the business district can be seen here, as a mixture of old and new high-rises soar skyward. Photos taken 10/01/03.
Still in Downtown Birmingham, U.S. 11 south/U.S. 78 east reassurance shields. This urban scene is located on 1st Avenue North as it approaches the intersection with 21st Street. Photo taken 08/10/02.
U.S. 11 northbound reassurance shield. This assembly is posted just beyond the intersection with 24th Street (U.S. 78 east). Ahead is the intersection with 25th Street and the Elton B. Stephens Expressway at 26th Street. Photo taken 10/01/03.
1st Avenue North east at the abandoned loop ramp that connected U.S. 31 south & U.S. 280 east with U.S. 11 north. Traffic interests to U.S. 31 north & U.S. 280 west are advised to turn left onto 26th Street North ahead to access the on-ramp at 5th Avenue North. Photo taken 10/01/03.
U.S. 11 South
The U.S. 11/1st Avenue North viaduct as it crosses over a Norfolk Southern Railroad line below. The elevated stretch of highway begins at 26th Street and the Elton B. Stephens Expressway. U.S. 11 returns to the surface at the 33rd Street viaduct. Photo taken 10/01/03.
There is no direct access from 1st Avenue North to the Elton B. Stephens Expressway. An off-ramp does exist from U.S. 31 north & U.S. 280 west to U.S. 11 however. Traffic wishing to access the freeway is advised to turn right onto 26th Street north to Carraway Boulevard. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The western end of the U.S. 11 viaduct east of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway. A set of Interstate 20 and 59 shields is posted for the 26th Street connection to the nearby freeway via the 5th Avenue North on-ramp. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Detail of the Interstate 20 and 59 shields at the west end of the 1st Avenue North viaduct. Both shields adhere to 1979 MUTCD specifications. The assembly is attached to a light post. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Side profile of the U.S. 31 south & U.S. 280 eastbound sign bridge for the U.S. 78 3rd & 4th Avenue South off-ramp. Photograph taken from the U.S. 11 vantage point east of the viaduct. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The area underneath the U.S. 31 & 280 viaduct is allocated for parking. 26th Street is cut by the Amtrak, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railroad lines south of 1st Avenue North. The street resumes at U.S. 11 and travels north alongside the viaduct to 5th Avenue North. This view of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway elevated highway is taken from the westbound sidewalk of 1st Avenue North. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Peeking through the gap between the north and southbound viaducts at the button copy guide sign for U.S. 31. U.S. 31 traffic to Carraway Boulevard stays to the left as Interstate 20-59 based traffic departs from the right. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Junction U.S. 78 shield on U.S. 11 south/1st Avenue North at 25th Street. One block ahead the U.S. 11 & 78 overlap begins. The conjoining section will persist through to 14th Street. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The intersection of 24th Street and 1st Avenue North as seen from the northeast corner. North of this intersection 24th Street carries no numbered highway. With that stated, a 276 milepost is posted two blocks to the north. It is unclear as to whether or not 24th Street was at one time part of U.S. 31 or part of another routing. Photo taken 10/01/03.
A closer look at the mast arm supported shield assembly for the U.S. 11 & 78 merge at 24th Street. The first set of reassurance shields for the pair can also be seen in the background. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Southbound U.S. 11/Westbound U.S. 78 reassurance shields, situated on 1st Avenue North in downtown. These are the first signs motorists see after the routes merge at the intersection of 24th Street and 1st Avenue North. Photo taken 08/10/02.
One block removed from 14th Street, a north-south arterial that continues uninterrupted by the CSX/Amtrak lines that bisect the central business district, is this set of U.S. 11 south & U.S. 78 westbound reassurance shields. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Four blocks to the west, U.S. 11 & 78 pass underneath Interstate 65 and reach 9th Street. Here the tandem turn right (north) from 1st Avenue North onto 9th Street. Photo taken 10/01/03.
U.S. 11 south & 78 westbound on 9th Street north at 2nd Avenue North. The federal routes will turn from 9th Street north to 3rd Avenue North at the next intersection. Photo taken 10/01/03.
A closer look at the shield assembly attached to the 2nd Avenue North mast arm traffic light assembly. The shields are a bit misleading, as 9th Street is U.S. 11 & 78. The signs would lead one to believe that U.S. 11 south & 78 eastbound turn east along 3rd Avenue North. These shields may be posted in relation to the connection to Interstate 65 Exit 260 two blocks to the east. Photo taken 10/01/03.
9th Street northbound at 3rd Avenue North. Here U.S. 11 south & U.S. 78 westbound turn left onto 3rd Avenue North westbound. The shields indicate that turning right will take one to U.S. 11 north & U.S. 78 east. Some maps show the federal route along two separate alignments through this part of the city. This may factor into the placement of these signs. While we have shown the alignment of 1st Avenue North and 9th Street, maps also show 3rd Avenue North to 14th Street as part of U.S. 11 & 78. Again this may be in relation to the ramps at Interstate 65 two blocks to the east. Photos taken 10/01/03.
Nonetheless, U.S. 11 south & U.S. 78 westbound leave the 9th & 14th Street mess along 3rd Avenue North toward 7th Street and this reassurance shield assembly. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Nearing the Owenton neighborhood of the city, U.S. 11 south & U.S. 78 westbound prepare to part from one another. The upcoming intersection with 8th Street also represents the beginning of the U.S. 11 and U.S. 78 respective overlap with Alabama 5. Alabama 5 enters the intersection with U.S. 11 northbound via 3rd Avenue. Photo taken 10/01/03.
U.S. 11 southbound continues along 3rd Avenue North as U.S. 78 westbound turns northward with Alabama 5 along 8th Street. The Interstate 20-59 freeway and Thomas neighborhood of the city are one mile to the north. U.S. 11 & Alabama 5 continue west through Owenton to Fairview and Central Park. Photo taken 10/01/03.

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2002-08-10, 2003-10-01 by AARoads

Page Updated 11-03-2003.

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