East-west roadway between Interstate 10 near Grand Bay and Alabama Port. The highway carries two lanes on its 19 mile course through Bayou La Batre and Coden, traversing wetlands areas along the way. The southern terminus is located a short distance north of Dauphin Island at Alabama 193. At Mobile County 59, an abandoned bridge for old Alabama 188 stands over the Fowl River.


Alabama 188 east
Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) transitions into the eastbound beginning of Alabama 188 at the diamond interchange with Interstate 10. Interstate 10 heads west to Franklin Creek and Biloxi, Mississippi from here. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Alabama 188 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road South) passes over Interstate 10 en route to the community with Grand Bay. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Interstate 10 travels six miles east to Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) and 22 miles to downtown Mobile. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Turning southwest along Alabama 188 at the crossing of Franklin Creek into Grand Bay. A toll ferry trailblazer directs motorists to the Mobile Bay Ferry between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Nearing the merge with U.S. 90 east on Alabama 188 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road South) in Grand Bay. Photo taken 01/16/09.
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U.S. 90 travels west from Grand Bay to Pascagoula, Mississippi and east to St. Elmo, Irvington, and Theodore. Photos taken 01/16/09.
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Alabama 188 eastbound merges with U.S. 90 within Grand Bay. The two highways overlap for one fifth a mile east before Alabama 188 turns to the southeast to the fishing/shrimping town of Bayou La Batre. Photo taken 11/04/99. Second photo taken 01/16/09.
U.S. 90 & Alabama 188 east
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Still within Grand Bay, Alabama 188 prepares to split with U.S. 90 eastbound for Grand Bay Bayou La Batre Highway. U.S. 90 continues east to St. Elmo and Irvington while Alabama 188 angles southeast to Bayou La Batre and Coden. Photo taken 09/12/10. Second photo taken 10/13/03.
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U.S. 90 and Alabama 188 eastbound at their split. The toll ferry trailblazer refers to the Mobile Bay Ferry linking Dauphin Island with Fort Morgan. Alabama 188 ends at Alabama 193 at Alabama Port; Alabama 193 continues south from that junction to Dauphin Island. Photo taken 10/13/03. Second photo taken 06/09/10.
Alabama 188 east
Alabama 188 travels south 0.4 miles from U.S. 90 to Saeger Road. Photo taken 09/12/10.
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Approaching Saeger Road, Alabama 188 (Grand Bay Bayou La Batre Highway) turns easterly and leaves the Grand Bay area. Photos taken 09/12/10.
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Resuming an eastward course, Alabama 188 leaves Saeger Road and continues to Henderson Camp and Two Mile Roads. Photos taken 09/12/10.
Alabama 188 (Grand Bay Bayou La Batre Highway) bends southeast at the five point intersection with Two Mile Road east, Ramsey Road north and Ramsey Road Extension south. Ramsey Road leads north to U.S. 90 and Old Pascagoula Road. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Alabama's Coastal Connection scenic byway follows Alabama 188 east from Grand Bay to Alabama 193 at Alabama Port. The scenic route entails 130 miles of Alabama state and county roads as well as the Mobile Bay Ferry between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Photo taken 09/12/10.
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Alabama 188 turns southward as it departs U.S. 90 and the town of Grand Bay. Pictured here is the signalized intersection with Hurricane Boulevard west and Four Mile Road east. Four Mile Road connects Grand Bay Bayou La Batre Highway with Argyle Road and Mobile County 19. Photo taken 10/12/03. Second photo taken 09/12/10.
Argyle Road ends at Alabama 188 ahead of this eastbound reassurance shield. Argyle Road heads north to St. Elmo. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Alabama 188 nears the southern terminus of Mobile County 19. Otherwise known as the Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway, County Road 19 travels northward through Dixon Corner to Irvington and U.S. 90. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Alabama 188 overtakes Mobile County 19 and turns southward onto Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway. The 2009 completion of the Mobile County 39 expressway between Irvington and Interstate 10 (Exit 10) replaced County Road 19 as the main route northward to Mobile. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Entering the town limits of Bayou La Batre along Alabama 188 (Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway) east. The state route becomes Wintzell Avenue through the municipality. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Just within town, Alabama 188 (Wintzell Avenue) intersects the south end of Padgett Switch Road (Mobile County 23). Padgett Switch Road leads directly to the four-lane expressway of Mobile County 39 at Half Mile Road near Irvington. The expressway provides a high speed connection and evacuation route to U.S. 90 and Interstate 10 west of Theodore. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Little River Road spurs west from Alabama 188 (Wintzell Avenue) to residential and industrial areas north of the Bayou La Batre waterway. Photo taken 09/12/10.
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A three lane drawbridge carries Alabama 188 over the Bayou La Batre waterway into the north entrance into downtown Bayou La Batre. The movable bridge was constructed in 1984. Photos taken 09/12/10.
Shell Belt Road west and Railroad Street south radiate outward from Alabama 188 (Wintzell Avenue) south of the draw bridge. Shell Belt Road loops southwest and then east along Portersville Bay. Railroad Street connects Bayou La Batre with Sans Souci Beach. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Traveling southward through the heart of Bayou La Batre on Alabama 188 at Hemley Street. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Continuing south along Alabama 188 through Bayou La Batre to Alba Street. Alba Street leads west to Railroad Street and east five blocks to a dead end. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Spanning Bayou Coden, Alabama 188 shifts to an eastward trajectory through the community of Coden. This is the last area of significant settlement along the corridor between Bayou La Batre and Alabama Port. Photo taken 09/12/10.
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A set of flashers guide traffic through the Hemley Road intersection of Alabama 188. This north-south roadway travels from the shores of the Portersville Bay northward to Davenport Street in eastern Bayou La Batre. Photo taken 10/12/03. Second photo taken 09/12/10.
Toll ferry trailblazers for the Mobile Bay Ferry to Grand Bay continue to be posted periodically along Alabama 188 east. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Four miles east of Coden, Alabama 188 approaches the southern terminus of Mobile County 59 (Bellingrath Road). Photo taken 09/12/10.
Mobile County 59 (Bellingrath Road) ventures north to Delchamps, Bellingrath Gardens>, Fowl River, Laurendine and Theodore. County Road 59 represents one of two north-south roadways connecting Dauphin Island and Mon Louis Island with Mobile. Lossing Road and a stub alignment of old Alabama 188 tie in from the south side of Alabama 188. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Eastbound Alabama 188 reassurance shield, posted at the foot of the West Fowl River Bridge adjacent to the southern end of Mobile County 59. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Eastbound motorists reach Mon Louis Island beyond the West Fowl River. Mon Louis Island is not a traditional island, but is an area of land bound by the waterway combo of West Fowl River, The Narrows and East Fowl River to the west, Mobile Bay to the east, and Mississippi Sound to the south. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Leaving Heron Bay and entering Alabama Port, a rural community along Mobile Bay at the junction of Alabama 188 east and Alabama 193. Photo taken 09/12/10.
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Approaching the eastern terminus of Alabama 188 at Alabama 193 (Dauphin Island Parkway). Alabama 193 travels 26.2 miles from Dauphin Island to the south and Tillman's Corner to the north. Photos taken 09/12/10.
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A set of flashers operate at the east end of Alabama 188. Traffic turning to the right sees a seven mile drive to the southern terminus of Alabama 193 at Dauphin Island. Northward, Alabama 193 continues to Mon Louis, Bayleys Corner, Bellefontaine and Hollingers Island. Photos taken 09/12/10.
Alabama 188 west
Westbound Alabama 188 intersects Mobile County 59 (Bellingrath Road) at the Fowl River. Mobile County 59 provides a good alternative to Alabama 193 from Dauphin Island to Mobile. An old bridge alignment of Alabama 188 appears nearby. Photo taken 08/09/02.
Interstate 10 and Alabama 188 come together just north of Franklin Creek outside Grand Bay. The diamond interchange is the first of I-10 east from the Moss Point and Pascagoula area of Jackson County, Mississippi. Photo taken 04/05/12.
A truck stop and several fast food franchises line Alabama 188 at Interstate 10, adding traffic to the westbound on-ramp to Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo taken 04/05/12.
An end shield for Alabama 188 follows on the north side of the Grand Bay interchange with I-10. Mobile County 11 commences and follows Grand Bay Wilmer Road northward to Dees. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Alabama 188 Abandoned Fowl River Bridge
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The Fowl River Bridge along Alabama 188 was built in 1968. It parallels a portion of the previous span to the north. Photos taken 08/09/02.
Looking south from the Fowl River Bridge toward Mississippi Sound. Although still some distance from the sound, land south of Alabama 188 mostly consists of tidal marshland. Visible as well is the remaining segment of the original Alabama 188 bridge. Photo taken 08/09/02.
With the 1968 Fowl River Bridge visible to the left, what remains of the old SR 188 roadway doubles as a parking area for fishing along the old span. Photo taken 08/09/02.



Photo Credits:

  • 11/04/99 by AARoads.
  • 08/09/02 by AARoads.
  • 10/12/03 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 10/13/03 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 01/16/09 by AARoads.
  • 06/09/10 by AARoads and Lou Corsaro.
  • 09/12/10 by AARoads.
  • 04/05/12 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. Highway 90
Alabama 193

Page Updated 10-02-2012.