Alabama 181 comprises a 1.5-mile connector route between U.S. 90 / Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) at Malbis and U.S. 31 (Spanish Fort Boulevard) at Spanish Fort. Named Malbis Plantation Parkway, the commercial arterial meets Interstate 10 midway between the two US highways.

Construction expanded a portion of Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) south from two to four lanes to serve growing suburban areas in east Daphne and Fairhope. This work coincided with a mileage swap between Baldwin County and the state, where Belforest Road was added to Alabama 181. The state route extends south from U.S. 90, 17 miles to U.S. 98 near Weeks Bay.


Alabama 181 south
The southbound beginning of Alabama 181 (Malbis Plantation Parkway) as the state route departs U.S. 31 and the Baldwin County 27 extension. Pictured here is the first southbound shield and associated Interstate 10 trailblazer. Photo taken 05/16/04.
Southbound reassurance shield posted on the Malbis Plantation Parkway between Interstate 10 (Exit 38) and U.S. 90 at Malbis. Photo taken 05/07/04.
Approaching U.S. 90 on Alabama 181 south at Malbis. The state route replaced Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) south from the upcoming intersection to Belforest, Alabama 104, and U.S. 98 near Weeks Bay. Photo taken 05/07/04.
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The original southern terminus of Alabama 181 (Malbis Plantation Parkway) at U.S. 90 in Malbis. Three miles to the west is Daphne and Spanish Fort and six miles to the east is Loxley. Photo taken 05/07/04. Second photo taken 08/24/03.

Belforest Road

North-south roadway between Malbis and Barnwell east of the Spanish Fort-Daphne-Fairhope eastern shore communities. Mobile County 27 travels from the south end of Alabama 181 at U.S. 90 in the growing Malbis area, cutting directly south through growing areas east of the burgeoning coastal development. To the south of Alabama 104, Baldwin County 27 becomes more rural in nature, passing by pastures and the occasional resident subdivision. The south end occurs at Weeks Bay.

A four-laning project is set to begin involving all of Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) between the current south end of Alabama 181 at U.S. 90 in Malbis to U.S. 98 at Weeks Bay. Upon completion of the project, the state of Alabama will overtake maintenance of the highway from Baldwin County in exchange for Alabama 112. The new four-lane Belforest Road will join an extended Alabama 181 within the state highway system.

Alabama 181 north
Baldwin County 27 widened to four lanes as Malbis Plantation Parkway as intersected U.S. 90 and Alabama 181. The parkway continued one half mile north to I-10. Photo taken 08/26/01.
The previous end shield for Baldwin County 27 north at U.S. 90 and Alabama 181. Prior to the extension south to Weeks Bay, Alabama 181 was an extremely short route connecting U.S. 90 with I-10 and U.S. 31. Photo taken 08/26/01.
Alabama 181 south
The community of Belforest lies at the crossroads of Baldwin County 27 and 64. Known as Daphne Road, CR 64 travels east from the city of Daphne to Belforest and Loxley. The highway eventually turns north to meet I-10 at Exit 53. Photo taken 08/24/03.
Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) southbound after Baldwin County 64 (Daphne Road). Belforest Road intersects Baldwin County 13 two miles ahead. Photo taken 05/15/04.
Approaching Alabama 104 on Baldwin County 27 southbound. Alabama 104 is an east-west highway between U.S. 98 and the city of Fairhope and U.S. 90 at the town of Robertsdale. Photo taken 08/24/03.
A traffic light operates at the intersection of Alabama 104 and Belforest Road. Six miles to the east along Alabama 104 is the town of Silverhill. Five miles to the south Baldwin County 27 intersects U.S. 98. Photo taken 08/24/03.
Belforest Road southbound at Baldwin County 48. Baldwin County 48 (Fairhope Avenue) travels two miles east from U.S. 98 and the city of Fairhope to Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road). Eastward Baldwin County 48 continues another 6.5 miles to Baldwin County 55 south of Silverhill. Photo taken 05/15/04.
Baldwin County 27 continues another 1.5 miles southward to Baldwin County 44 (Twin Beech Road). As of 2004, there were no more traffic lights along Belforest Road southbound. Photo taken 05/15/04.
Southbound Baldwin County 27 at Baldwin County 32 (Dixie Road). Baldwin County 32 travels 24.6 miles from Point Clear and U.S. 98 Alternate eastward to Fairhope Municipal Airport and Summerdale through central Baldwin County. Photo taken 05/15/04.
Baldwin County 27 jogs east than south on the approach to U.S. 98 at Turkey Branch. When Alabama 181 is extended south a new alignment will likely link Belforest Road and U.S. 98 to remove the dogleg that currently exists along Baldwin County 27. Photo taken 05/15/04.
U.S. 98 turns east from U.S. 98 Alternate on the 13 mile drive between the Eastern Shore and Foley. Baldwin County 27 ends at the US highway but resumes again one half mile to the west via Mary Ann Beach Road south. Harris Lane ties into the current Belforest Road intersection with U.S. 98 from the south otherwise. Photo taken 05/15/04.

Sources:

  1. "Officials applaud road-widening projects for Baldwin 27 and U.S. 31." The Mobile Register, May 11, 2004.


Photo Credits:

  • 08/26/01 by AARoads.
  • 08/24/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 05/07/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/15/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/16/04 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. 31
U.S. 90
U.S. 98
Alabama 104

Page Updated 07-06-2004.