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U.S. Highway 11

U.S. 11 North
With the City of Eutaw water tower looming high overhead, U.S. 43 north & Alabama 14 west encounter U.S. 11 in the Greene County seat of 1,878. U.S. 11 and 43 begin their relationship at this intersection, jointly traveling to the northeast 34 miles to downtown Tuscaloosa. Alabama 14 leaves the one-mile overlap with U.S. 43 onto U.S. 11 south toward Interstate 20-59 Exit 40 and the village of Clinton. Photo taken 08/10/02.
At the city of Tuscaloosa, U.S. 11 travels with Interstate 359 and Alabama 69 on the 2.30 mile long Interstate 359. This photograph looks at the first sign displayed the three-way overlap. There are two mainline interchanges of the freeway. Both of them are featured on this sign bridge. Photo taken 08/10/02.
The 35th Street diamond interchange serves the southern reaches of the city of Tuscaloosa. The east-west surface street connects Moody Swamp Road from the west with Alabama 215/24th Avenue. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Situated within the Exit 1 partial cloverleaf interchange is the one-mile overhead for the upcoming Exit 0 interchange with Interstate 20-59. Two lanes are allocated for the upcoming ramp. Photo taken 08/10/02.
End Interstate 359 southbound sign bridge. Interstate 20-59 northbound travel to the city of Birmingham in 49 miles. 85 miles to the southwest lies the Interstate 20-59 southbound control city of Meridian, Mississippi. U.S. 11 north & Alabama 69 south continue to the freeway end south of the Interstate 20-59 interchange. At the traffic light there, the two part ways. Photo taken 08/10/02.
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.
At Exit 97, U.S. 11 & Alabama 5 enter Interstate 20-59 northeast. This photograph displays Eastbound Interstate 20 and Northbound Interstate 59, U.S. 11 and Alabama 5 approaching Exit 100, Abernant and Bucksville. This exit also leads to the Tannehill Ironworks Historic State Park. The iron ore and steel industry plays a major role in the Birmingham industrial foundation. Photo taken 08/10/02.

Situated before the diamond interchange of Exit 104 is the two-mile guide sign for Exit 106. Exit 106 represents the southern terminus of the Birmingham Bypass - Interstate 459. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Exit 104 departs Interstate 20 east & Interstate 59/U.S. 11/Alabama 5 north for Rock Mountain Lakes. The interchange also serves the village of McCalla along nearby Jefferson County 18. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Interstate 20-59 & U.S. 11/Alabama 5 northbound expand to four lanes in anticipation of the impending split with Interstate 459 north. Exit 106 allows through-traffic to bypass the cities of Bessemer and Birmingham for long-distance destinations such as Atlanta and Chattanooga. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Interstate 459 northbound departs Interstate 20-59 & U.S. 11/Alabama 5. The 33-mile route varies between four and six lanes while carrying a 65 mph speed limit. The bypass has succumbed to development pains of its own, with heavy sprawl along the Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and Mountain Brook interchanges. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Replaced gore-point sign at Exit 106 along Interstate 20-59 & U.S. 11/Alabama 5 northeast. The junction currently exists as a trumpet interchange, but that status may change with the eventual extension of the belt-line to the north. See the High Priority Corridors @ SouthEastRoads.com: Birmingham Northern Beltline (Corridor 28) page for more details. Photo taken 08/10/02.
The Exit 108 interchange represents the departure of U.S. 11 and Alabama 5 from the Interstate 20-59 fold. Now beyond the Interstate 459 beginning, Interstate 20-59 revert back to just four lanes through the city of Bessmer (pop. 29,672). Photo taken 08/10/02.
Interstate 20-59 northbound at the Exit 108 diamond interchange at Academy Drive. U.S. 11 and Alabama 5 briefly travel Academy before turning northeast along the Bessemer Super Highway. This divided highway travels through the heart of the city, continuing from there into western reaches of the city of Birmingham. 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.
The intersection of 24th Street (U.S. 78 south of 1st Avenue North) and 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11). Traffic continuing straight through the traffic light into downtown enters the U.S. 11 south & U.S. 78 westbound overlap. 24th Street crosses over the railroad lines via a four lane viaduct. Photo taken 10/01/03.
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.
A cloverleaf ramp from U.S. 31 south & U.S. 280 eastbound to U.S. 11/1st Avenue North sits abandoned. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The abandoned ramp as it merges onto U.S. 11 northbound. The U.S. 11 viaduct begins on the western side of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway viaduct. Photo taken 10/01/03.
The substandard nature of the cloverleaf ramp no doubt played a role in its demise. Traffic to U.S. 11 can either utilize the Carraway Boulevard ramp to the north or the 3rd Avenue South (U.S. 78) ramp to the south. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Looking back toward downtown and the cloverleaf ramp merge onto U.S. 11. One block to the east is the U.S. 11 & 78 overlap beginning at 24th Street. Photo taken 10/01/03.
This photograph looks eastward from the abandoned merge lane of the U.S. 31 south & U.S. 280 eastbound cloverleaf ramp to U.S. 11 north. Traffic interests to U.S. 31 north & U.S. 280 west are advised to turn left onto 26th Street ahead. Four blocks to the north is the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 20-59 at 5th Avenue North. Photo taken 10/01/03.
A closer look at the bank of shields on U.S. 11 north/1st Avenue North. By the time traffic can access U.S. 31, U.S. 280 northbound will have concluded. That is because 26th Street ties into U.S. 31 at the north end of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway. The same intersection allows traffic to enter the freeway at its beginning for U.S. 31 south & U.S. 280 east. 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.
At Exit 108 U.S. 11 & Alabama 5 southbound merge onto Interstate 20-59 for an 11 mile overlap between Bessmer and Woodstock. This photograph displays the two-mile guide sign for Interstate 459/Exit 106. This is the first exit of the four-way overlap. The upcoming trumpet interchange represents the eastern extent of a new six-lane segment of Interstate 20-59. Interstate 459 is a high-priority corridor itself, that of High Priority Corridors 28. The future aspirations for the route is the creation of a north-belt freeway for the metropolitan area. Photo taken 09/27/03.
With Interstate 459 traffic added to the fold, Interstate 20-59 & U.S. 11/Alabama 5 press southwestward toward the city of Tuscaloosa. Pictured here is a button copy sign for Exit 104/Rock Mountain Lake. As mentioned above, construction results in the expansion of Interstate 20-59 from four to six lanes with the installation of a concrete jersey barrier median. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Interstate 20-59 & U.S. 11/Alabama 5 depart Jefferson County and enter Tuscaloosa County at the Exit 100 interchange. While not displayed, this interchange represents the eastern terminus of Alabama 216. The state route travels east-west between Cottondale and nearby Abernant. Bucksville is located just to the east of this junction. Photo taken 09/28/03.
The four-way overlap of Interstate 20-59 with U.S. 11/Alabama 5 concludes at the Exit 97 interchange near the villages of Lakeview and Woodstock. U.S. 11 will continue to follow Interstate 20-59 through to Tuscaloosa and points south. Alabama 5 meanwhile splits with the federal route in two miles. The state highway from there skims southward through the Black Belt region of the state, concluding 107 miles to the south at U.S. 43 near Thomasville (pop. 4,649). Photo taken 08/10/02.
Northbound Interstate 359 from U.S. 11 south/Alabama 69 north at the westbound Interstate 20/southbound Interstate 59 cloverleaf ramp. There are no exit numbers for the Interstate 20/59/359 junction, although the state of Alabama does use Exit 0 for the southern terminus of Interstate 65. Photo taken 09/28/03.
Interstate 359 sees the first of two northbound exits for 35th Street and the University of Alabama. This photograph shows the overhead one sees while leaving Interstate 20/59. Exit 1 also serves nearby Kauloosa Avenue. Photo taken 09/28/03.
The first northbound Interstate 359 reassurance shield, cosigned with U.S. 11 south and Alabama 69 north. The sign does retain the state name, but in an alternate format being that the font for "Alabama" is the same height as that for "Interstate". U.S. 11 and Alabama 69 overlap for the entire 2.30 miles of the six to eight lane freeway. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Six lanes continue north of Exit 1 for 35th Street to the northern terminus and transition to a surface street for U.S. 11/Alabama 69. Traffic continuing northward can easily access the University of Alabama campus via University Boulevard (Alabama 215) beyond Exit 2 and the northern terminus of Interstate 359. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Northbound Interstate 359, Southbound U.S. 11, and Northbound Alabama 69 approaching Exit 2, 15th Street/Stillman College, one-half mile. Omitted from this guide sign is the fact that 15th Street carries U.S. 11 south and U.S. 43. Photo taken 08/10/02.
U.S. 11 & 43 see a 24 mile overlap from the city of Tuscaloosa southwest to the Greene County seat of Eutaw (pop. 1,878). In downtown Eutaw, the cosigning concludes at the central square. Here U.S. 43 enters a short overlap with the east-west Alabama 14. This photograph reveals a shield assembly at the intersection where U.S. 11 leaves U.S. 43. Photo taken 08/10/02.

Photo Credits:
2002-08-10, 2003-09-27, 2003-09-28, 2003-10-01 by AARoads

Page Updated 11-03-2003.

 
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