State Route 161

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Alabama State Route 161 is a 1.7 mile connector between SR 182 along the Gulf of Mexico and SR 180 in Orange Beach. Named Orange Beach Boulevard, the arterial carries four lanes with a center turn lane between the two east-west corridors.

Alabama Route 161 North
SR 161 begins and curves northeast around Cotton Bayou between SR 182 (Perdido Beach Boulevard) and Cotton Bayou Drive. 08/02/06
Marina Drive stems east from SR 161 (Orange Beach Boulevard) to a boat ramp at Terry Cove opposite Campground Road west to Gulf State Park. 08/02/06
Northbound SR 161 at Terry Cove Drive east. Terry Cove Drive spurs east to serve a number of residences west of Terry Cove. 08/02/06
Nearing the SR 161 intersection with SR 180 (Canal Road) along Orange Beach Boulevard north. SR 180 spurs east to East Orange Beach and Caswell on a peninsula between Arnica Bay and Bayou St. John. 08/02/06
SR 180 travels three miles west from SR 161 to the Foley Beach Express northbound beginning at The Wharf. The Foley Beach Express spans Portage Creek via a two-lane toll bridge, providing a more direct route to Foley in lieu of SR 59 for interests in Orange Beach. 08/02/06
SR 161 concludes at SR 180 (Canal Road) in Orange Beach. SR 180 stretches west to Fort Morgan and east to Perdido Bay. Long range plans discussed involve extending Orange Beach Boulevard northward across Wolf Bay on a new toll bridge. If built, a new north-south corridor would extend from the span to U.S. 98 and perhaps Interstate 10 in eastern Baldwin County. 08/02/06
Alabama Route 161 South
The beginning of SR 161 southbound as it departs SR 180 (Canal Road) in Orange Beach. Private investors lobbied in 2004 for a tolled two-lane span extending northward from SR 161 across Wolf Bay to Baldwin County 95. Had it been approved, ground breaking on the project was thought to get underway between 2006 and 2008. However discussions on the new bridge continue (2011), but no concrete plans for its funding or construction are committed. 05/16/04
Traffic signal on SR 161 (Orange Beach Boulevard) southbound at Marina Road east and Campground Road west. Marina Drive spurs east to a boat ramp on Terry Cove while Campground provides local access to Gulf State Park. 05/16/04
Junction 182 shield posted on SR 161 (Orange Beach Boulevard) southbound. The state highway ends at the upcoming intersection with Perdido Beach Boulevard. 05/16/04
SR 182 travels west to Romar Beach, Gulf State Park, and Gulf Shores and east to Perdido Pass and Perdido Key, Florida. SR 292 continues the coastal route northeast to Warrington and Pensacola. 08/24/03
A second view of the SR 161 southern terminus at SR 182 (Perdido Beach Boulevard). A new retail complex (Shoppes at Paradise Pointe) was added to the northwest corner of the junction by 2009. 05/16/04

Photo Credits:

  • 08/24/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 05/16/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/02/06 by AARoads.

Connect with:
State Route 180
State Route 182

Page Updated 02-19-2011.

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