Alabama 161 is a 1.7 mile connector between Alabama 182 along the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama 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 161 north
Alabama 161 begins and curves northeast around Cotton Bayou between Alabama 182 (Perdido Beach Boulevard) and Cotton Bayou Drive. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Marina Drive stems east from Alabama 161 (Orange Beach Boulevard) to a boat ramp at Terry Cove opposite Campground Road west to Gulf State Park. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Northbound Alabama 161 at Terry Cove Drive east. Terry Cove Drive spurs east to serve a number of residences west of Terry Cove. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Nearing the Alabama 161 intersection with Alabama 180 (Canal Road) along Orange Beach Boulevard north. Alabama 180 spurs east to East Orange Beach and Caswell on a peninsula between Arnica Bay and Bayou St. John. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Alabama 180 travels three miles west from Alabama 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 Alabama 59 for interests in Orange Beach. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Alabama 161 concludes at Alabama 180 (Canal Road) in Orange Beach. Alabama 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. Photo taken 08/02/06.
Alabama 161 south
The beginning of Alabama 161 southbound as it departs Alabama 180 (Canal Road) in Orange Beach. Private investors lobbied in 2004 for a tolled two-lane span extending northward from Alabama 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. Photo taken 05/16/04.
Traffic signal on Alabama 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. Photo taken 05/16/04.
Junction 182 shield posted on Alabama 161 (Orange Beach Boulevard) southbound. The state highway ends at the upcoming intersection with Perdido Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 05/16/04.
Alabama 182 travels west to Romar Beach, Gulf State Park, and Gulf Shores and east to Perdido Pass and Perdido Key, Florida. Florida 292 continues the coastal route northeast to Warrington and Pensacola. Photo taken 08/24/03.
A second view of the Alabama 161 southern terminus at Alabama 182 (Perdido Beach Boulevard). A new retail complex (Shoppes at Paradise Pointe) was added to the northwest corner of the junction by 2009. Photo taken 05/16/04.



Photo Credits:

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

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Page Updated 02-19-2011.