State Route 163 - Dauphin Island Parkway

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Alabama State Route 163 is Dauphin Island Parkway (known as the DIP by Mobilians) in Mobile County. Generally a five lane boulevard, the state route serves areas of south Mobile including Brookley Field and Dog River. The northern end connects Interstate 10 with with Government Boulevard (U.S. 90) and Airport Boulevard near Midtown Mobile. SR 163 ends to the south at SR 193 east of Theodore.

SR 163 originally continued south of the Fowl River all the way to Dauphin Island. This alignment preceded the establishment of SR 193 south from Tillman's Corner to the barrier island. SR 163 was relocated due to the closure and removal of the Dauphin Island Parkway bridge across Theodore Ship Channel.

Alabama Route 163 North
SR 163 Dog River Bridge, as seen from a nearby frontage road. The Dog River is the home to marinas and industry, as it snakes its way through south Mobile. This span is visible from the Interstate 10 Bayway at night. Photo taken 03/28/02.
SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) northbound at the multi level interchange (Exit 22) with Interstate 10. SR 163 rises quickly to cross over the six lane freeway due to the proximity of the adjacent CSX Railroad line. Photo taken 11/03/03.
The eastbound entrance ramp to I-10 departs SR 163 north. A left side ramp connect I-10 east with DIP north. Photo taken 11/03/03.
A loop ramp joins SR 163 north with I-10 west ahead of McVay Drive. McVay is a collector connecting Dauphin Island Parkway with U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) to the northwest. Hank Aaron Stadium is located off McVay Drive via Satchel Paige Drive. Photo taken 01/29/10.
SR 163 advances north onto the final section of Dauphin Island Parkway (DIP) at the Loop. Photo taken 11/13/03.
Approaching U.S. 90 west to Midtown Mobile and east to Downtown Mobile. DIP crosses a Norfolk Southern Railroad line leading into the intersection. The final block extends north to Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 11/13/03.
SR 163 concludes at a five point intersection with Government Street, and Williams Street, which links Airport Boulevard east with both U.S. 90 and SR 163. Photo taken 11/13/03.
An end shield for SR 163 is posted at U.S. 90, one block from the end of DIP. Photo taken 11/13/03.
Dauphin Island Parkway extends north from U.S. 90 (Government Street) as a one way street to Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Alabama Route 163 South
The first southbound shield for SR 163 appears just south of Government Street. DIP is a three lane boulevard south to the intersection with Duval Street and Halls Mill Road. Photo taken 11/13/03.
Dauphin Island Parkway kinks southwest over Halls Mill Road beyond this reassurance marker. Including a diagonal arrow, the previous shield assembly was posted slightly further south. Photo taken 02/06/09.
Halls Mill Road splits southwestward to Holcombe Avenue (historic U.S. 90). Gosson Street leads northwest to Holcombe Avenue while Duval Street extends east to Michigan Avenue and Interstate 10 (Exit 24). Photo taken 02/06/09.
Continuing south from the five point intersection with Halls mill Road, Gosson and Duval Streets on SR 163. Photo taken 02/06/09.
Zula Lane stems west from SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) as part of a residential loop with Bucker Road. Photo taken 02/06/09.
Frontage roads accompany Dauphin Island Parkway periodically between Zula Lane and McVay Drive near Interstate 10. Photo taken 02/06/09.
Traffic bound for Interstate 10 departs in unison from SR 163 from the McVay Drive intersection with Dauphin Island Parkway. Photo taken 02/06/09.
SR 163 and I-10 meet at a multi level interchange with a left side entrance ramp joining DIP south with the freeway eastbound. Photo taken 02/06/09.
Advancing south from I-10, SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) enters the Neshota and Forest Park communities in south Mobile. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Old Military Road west and Gatot Koco Drive east leave SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) southbound at the next traffic light. Gatot Koco Drive links with Military Road near Mobile Downtown Airport (Brookley Field). Photo taken 06/15/09.
Reassurance shield posted after Old Military Road. SR 163 curves southeastward around the periphery of Dog River. Photo taken 06/15/09.
A signalized shopping center entrance is located on SR 163 between Yorkshire and Cedar Point Roads. The ensuing signal is with Cedar Crescent east and Gulf Dale Drive west. Cedar Crescent radiates eastward from Dauphin Island parkway to a grid of streets and mobile home parks. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Traffic lights operate at Brill Road west and Club House Road southwest from SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) south. Club House Road heads west to Trimmier Park and the Dog River. Photo taken 06/15/09.
SR 163 reassurance marker posted ahead of Gill Road west and Cedar Crescent east. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Stewart Road spurs east from SR 163 to Dog River Point north of this shield assembly. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Boykin Boulevard ventures west from Dauphin Island Parkway at this traffic light to Alba Club Road near Trimmier Park. Photo taken 06/15/09.
SR 163 continues with five lanes southward toward the Dog River Bridge. Photo taken 06/15/09.
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Spanning Dog River along SR 163 southbound between the city of Mobile and Hollingers Island. The four lane bridge opened to traffic in 1995. Photos taken 06/15/09.
SR 163 makes a western turn from Dauphin Island Parkway onto Hamilton Boulevard on Hollingers Island. SR 163 historically continued southward to Bellefontaine, but the bridge over the Middle Fork of the Deer River was removed. Photo taken 06/15/09.
SR 163 connects west to SR 193 south to Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island Parkway spurs south to the Mobile Middle Bay Port of the Alabama State Docks. Photo taken 06/15/09.
SR 163 south at the four-way stop between Dauphin Island Parkway, Hamilton Boulevard, and Island Road east to Bay Road. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Traveling west along Hamilton Boulevard after SR 163 Dauphin Island Parkway. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Approaching SR 193 (Rangeline Road) and Mobile County Road 26 (Hamilton Boulevard) west on SR 163 southbound. Photo taken 06/15/09.
SR 193 replaced SR 163 as the main route southward to Dauphin Island. Rangeline Road and the interchange (Exit 17) with Interstate 10 were built between 1979 and 1983. Photo taken 06/15/09.
End shield assembly posted for SR 163 at SR 193 and CR 26 west. CR 26 extends Hamilton Boulevard into Theodore. SR 193 follows Rangeline Road south to Laurendine Road (CR 24) and Bellefontaine, where it overtakes what was SR 163. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Alabama Route 163 scenes
Dauphin Island Parkway north where SR 163 joins the arterial from Hamilton Boulevard on Hollingers Island. Photo taken 06/15/09.



Photo Credits:

03/28/02, 11/03/03, 11/13/03, 07/16/07, 02/06/09, 06/15/09, 01/29/10 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. 90
State Route 193

Page Updated 02-09-2011.

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