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U.S. Highway 45 Northbound

U.S. 45 North
The first northbound U.S. 45 reassurance shield and its 2004 replacement, posted on Saint Stephens Road as it departs the five-point intersection with U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) and Ann Street. Saint Stephens Road veers to the northwest away from U.S. 98 slicing a diagonal through the local street grid. Photo taken 10/31/03. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
Older traffic signal assembly on U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) northbound at LaFayette Street. The Traffic Signal Corporation lights were 30" in height and dated from the 1960s. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Another set of older Crouse Hinds signals was found at the five point intersection of Saint Stephens Road at Catherine Street and the west end of Congress Street. New 42" black Eagle signals now hang from the span wires here. Photo taken 10/31/03.
U.S. 45 northbound reassurance shield, posted just beyond the five point intersection pictured above. A small strip mall is situated to the right, with U.S. 45 curving to the northwest at Three Mile Creek en route to Prichard. Photo taken 10/31/03.
U.S. 45 widens briefly to four lanes from the intersection of Cox Street westward to Three Mile Creek and the Allenville community. Cox Street provides a short connector between Saint Stephens Road and the University of South Alabama medical complex on Center Street. Photo taken 10/31/03.
Saint Stephens Road returns to two lanes at the signalized intersection with Pleasant Avenue. Pleasant Ave travels east-west between U.S. 45 and Stanton Road. This street receives a fair amount of traffic. Photo taken 10/31/03.
Northbound U.S. 45 reassurance shield posted near the intersection with Oak Drive. Saint Stephens Road angles to the northwest between Pleasant Avenue and the five point intersection with Wilson Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Photo taken 11/12/03.

30" Crouse Hinds and Traffic Signal Corporation brand signals at the east end of Gloria York Avenue. This local street was originally named Finch Avenue. Photo taken 11/12/03.
U.S. 45 northbound at Allison Street. The signal serves the Mobile Police Department Third Precinct and Michael Figures Park. The center turn lane present between Gloria York Avenue northward ends. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Within a brief stretch, three main surface arterial roadways intersect U.S. 45. The first is that of the north-south Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Pictured here is the merge of that avenue onto U.S. 45 north. Coming in from the right is the Craft Highway, a north-south highway that eventually becomes U.S. 43.
Craft Highway represents the original route of U.S. 43 from U.S. 45 north to Chickasaw. Photo taken 11/12/03.
One block to the north of the Craft Highway & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue five point intersection at Seale Street. Ahead Wilson Avenue departs U.S. 45 to the northeast. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Just beyond Seale Street on the U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) northbound split with Wilson Avenue. Wilson Avenue veers northward to central Prichard, widening into a four-lane arterial ahead of junction Interstate 165. The alignment represents the former U.S. 43 Alternate and Alabama 193, approaching Wilson Avenue. Photo taken 11/12/03. Second photo taken 01/25/09.
U.S. 45 angles northwest, remaining in Mobile until the intersection with Prichard Avenue. Wilson Avenue parallels Craft Highway / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (former U.S. 43) northward before the two merge ahead of the Chickasaw city limits. Wilson Avenue originally split into Lovejoy Loop East and West through downtown Prichard. Photo taken 11/12/03. Second photo taken 01/25/09.
U.S. 45 as it departs Wilson Avenue. The four lane stretch reduces to two through lanes with a center turn lane ahead. The frontage is essentially residential only now. Photo taken 11/12/03.
The alignment of Prichard Avenue represents the city limits between Summerville Street and College Street. This intersection is that of Saint Stephens Road northbound at Prichard.
These signals were replaced by 2007 and left-hand turn movements are no longer protected. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Pressing northward through the city of Prichard at another U.S. 45 northbound reassurance shield. A repaving project was underway at the time of this photograph. Photo taken 10/31/03.
Northbound Saint Stephens Road at the intersection with Clark Avenue. Clark Avenue comprises a through street between U.S. 45 and Lovejoy Loop East at downtown. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The intersection of U.S. 45 and First Avenue. First Avenue serves residential areas to the east and west of Saint Stephens Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 45 expands to four lanes in anticipation of the Interstate 65 Exit 8 partial-cloverleaf interchange. Pictured here is the junction shield for the upcoming freeway posted at Thomas Avenue. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Originally a full-cloverleaf interchange, the junction with Interstate 65 was modified by 2005 to remove two of the loop ramps from the freeway to St. Stephens Road to eliminate weaving traffic concerns below U.S. 45. Interstate 65 leads northeast to Interstate 165, Chickasaw, Saraland, and Satsuma before crossing into Baldwin County. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The intersection of Berkley Avenue west and Hinson Avenue east allows traffic access to East I-65 Service Road south into Mobile and Bessemer Avenue north along side Interstate 65 to Main Street. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) northbound at the ramp departure for Interstate 65 north. Interstate 65 joins the Mobile area with Montgomery and Birmingham. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Crossing over Interstate 65 approaching the southbound ramp to Mobile. Interstate 65 ends in eight miles at junction Interstate 10. Photo taken 10/31/03.
Leeds Avenue ties into the north end of West I-65 Servince Road North at U.S. 45. The frontage road system of Interstate 65 extends south into the city of Mobile. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Several fast food restaurants and other roadside businesses line U.S. 45 leading away from Interstate 65. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Continuing through north Prichard, U.S. 45 intersects Hand Avenue west and Wasson Avenue east. The US route maintains four lanes between Interstate 65 and Alabama 217 (Lott Road). However, there are no left-hand turn lanes for the intervening intersections. Photo taken 11/04/03.
The north end of Wolf Ridge Road as seen from U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) northbound. Wolf Ridge Road links Saint Stephens Road with U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) and northwest Mobile. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Nearing the intersection of Bear Fork Road along U.S. 45 northbound. Bear Fork Road travels east-west between Mobile and Prichard roughly along the city line. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Bear Fork Road and Boaz Avenue meet U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) adjacent to one another at this set of signals. Boaz Avenue is a local road connecting St. Stephens Road with Main Street. Bear Fork Road provides a direct route to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) west of the Prichard city limits. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Entering the community of Eight Mile in northwest Prichard, U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) meets Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 begins and ventures northeast from U.S. 45 along Shelton Beach Road to Saraland. Shelton Beach Road continues south of St. Stephens Road unnumbered to Bear Fork Road and U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) near Forest Hill in Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A short distance to the north of the southern terminus of Alabama 213 is the southern terminus of Alabama 217. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 45 northbound at junction Alabama 217 (Lott Road) north in Eight Mile. >Alabama 217 spurs to the west and north through rural communities of Millertown and Lott before winding up in logging country to the west southwest of Citronelle.
U.S. 45 is also known as Alabama 17, U.S. 43 is also known as Alabama 13. So the Alabama 213 & 217 designations act as branches of their parent routes for Mobile County. Originally Alabama 217 carried the designation of Mobile County 31. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Continuing northwest along U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) from Eight Mile, the road slowly transitions into a rural highway. Old Citronelle Highway crosses paths with the US route ahead. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 158 crosses paths with U.S. 45 at a diamond interchange in northwest Prichard. The east-west road carries four lanes west to Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) and east to junction Interstate 65 and Alabama 213 in Saraland. Photo taken 12/17/09.
Alabama 158 was extended west from U.S. 45 to Schillinger Road in January 2008. The corridor is slated to carry a realigned U.S. 98 once the Semmes and Wilmer Bypasses are completed. Alabama 158 east was upgraded from two to four lanes by 2007. The grade separated intersection with Mobile County 55 was upgraded into a full diamond interchange as well. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Passing under Alabama 158, U.S. 45 reaches the westbound on-ramp toward Semmes. No signage is posted for the westbound state highway. Photo taken 12/17/09.
A historical look at what was the western terminus of Alabama 158 (Industrial Parkway) from U.S. 45 north. Industrial Parkway carries Alabama 158 east through its terminus at U.S. 43 in Saraland. The parkway was built in the 1960s. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Departing the junction with Alabama 158, U.S. 45 narrows to two lanes en route to the north Prichard community of Kushla. The highway remains rural in nature through to Citronelle in north Mobile County. Photo taken 12/17/09.
Traveling northwest along U.S. 45 between the east end of Mobile County 78 (Spice Pond Road) and north end of Mobile County 55 (Kali-Oka Road) at Mauvilla. Photo taken 06/01/10.
Mobile County 55 angles northeast to Oak Grove before turning back south and than east to northern reaches of Saraland. Kali-Oka Road eventually meets Alabama 158 near the University of Mobile campus in north Prichard. Photo taken 06/01/10.
U.S. 45 becomes more rural leading toward Smithtown across Williams Creek. Photos taken 06/01/10.
The two-lane road features passing lanes in both directions between Mobile County 55 and 63 at Chunchula. Photo taken 06/01/10.
Mobile County 63 ventures northeast from U.S. 45 along Roberts Road to Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) at Turnerville and west via Chunchula Georgetown Road to Alabama 217 at Georgetown. Photo taken 06/01/10.
Mobile County 92 (Gulfcrest Road) ends at U.S. 45 in Gulf Crest. Photo taken 06/01/10.
Gulfcrest Road connects U.S. 45 with Alabama 217 (Lott Road). Photo taken 06/01/10.
Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) enters Citronelle from the southeast and straddles the city line westward to a point opposite U.S. 45. A connector road joins the parallel U.S. 45 and Celeste Road just after the intersection with Russell Road. Photo taken 06/01/10.
U.S. 45 enters the city of Citronelle and travels 3rd Street. The US route constitutes the main commercial route through town. Photo taken 06/01/10.
A set of flashers hang above the short connector to Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road). County Road 41 and U.S. 45 are separated by the right of way of a former railroad line northward to the split with Main Street. Photo taken 06/01/10.
Continuing north into Citronelle along U.S. 45 (3rd Street). Celeste Road remains visible to the east. Photo taken 06/01/10.
U.S. 45 follows 3rd Street through the city of Citronelle. This northbound reassurance shield resides along the five-lane arterial after its signalized intersection with State Street (Mobile County 96 west and Mobile County 41 east). Photo taken 05/09/09.
The next intersection in Citronelle sees the departure of Mobile County 96 (unsigned on U.S. 45 north) for Lebaron Avenue. Mobile County 96 ventures east from Citronelle to Mount Vernon and junction U.S. 43. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Citronelle's third traffic light along U.S. 45 governs the movements between 3rd Street and Alabama Street adjacent to the town's largest shopping center. Alabama Street heads east to Mobile Street (Mobile County 35) and west to an end at 5th Street. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Forest Street joins U.S. 45 (3rd Street) with Mobile County 35 (Odom Road). Mobile County 35 travels northeast from Citronelle to Sims Chapel and U.S. 43 at McIntosh. Photo taken 05/09/09.
U.S. 45 leaves the city of Citronelle and resumes a forested drive through to the Washington County line. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Crossing into Washington County near Dwight Hill on U.S. 45 north. 23.7 miles of Alabama remain between the county line and State Line, Mississippi. Photo taken 05/09/09.
In Washington County, the hidden Alabama 17 reveals itself along U.S. 45. This northbound reassurance shield is located at Deer Park near the intersection with Washington County 8. Alabama 17 diverges from U.S. 45 two miles to the north en route to the county seat of Chatom (pop. 1193). Photo taken 02/10/02.
Northbound split of U.S. 45 with Alabama 17. This location marks the southern terminus of unsigned Alabama 57. Alabama 57 continues northward as the state highway compliment for U.S. 45 to the border near State Line, Mississippi. U.S. 45 continues northward to Waynesboro, Quitman, and Meridian, Mississippi, while Alabama 17 continues through the Black Belt to small towns such as Butler (pop. 1952) and York (pop. 2854). Photo taken 02/10/02.


Photo Credits:
2002-02-10, 2003-10-31, 2003-11-04, 2003-11-12, 2004-06-01, 2007-07-16, 2007-07-17, 2009-01-25, 2009-05-09, 2009-12-17, 2010-04-30, 2010-06-01 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. Highway 98
Alabama 17
Alabama 213 - Shelton Beach Road
Alabama 217 - Lott Road

Page Updated 02-10-2011.

 
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