State Route 213 - Shelton Beach Road

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Primarily a local roadway in the north Mobile suburbs of Saraland and Prichard, Alabama 213 is known as Shelton Beach Road. The two lane highway serves the University of Mobile and has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 65 along side Alabama 158. A new alignment opened in 2003 over the Chickasaw Creek near Chickasabogue Park. The new bridge replaced a series of five spans to the east. The state route begins at U.S. 45 and ends at U.S. 43.

Alabama 213 north
The first intersection of consequence along Alabama 213 is that of the west end of Whistler Street in Prichard. A flasher is posted here for the secondary route that serves Chickasabogue Park and the central business district of the city. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 north of Whistler Street meets the confluence of College Parkway and Kali-Oka Road (Mobile County 55). These two roadways serve the private University of Mobile to the northwest. Alabama 213 otherwise remains vastly undeveloped to the Saraland city limits. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) emerges from forest land near Shelton Beach to meet Alabama 158 (Industrial Parkway) and Interstate 65. Note the erroneous Alabama 213 junction shield posted instead of Alabama 158. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 158 & 213 briefly overlap through a parclo interchange of Interstate 65 along Industrial Parkway. Westward Alabama 158 continues to interchanges with Mobile County 55 (Kali-Oka Road) and U.S. 45 before entering the January 2008 opened extension to Schillinger Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 northbound at the merge onto Alabama 158 east. The southbound ramp of Interstate 65 ties into the intersection where Shelton Beach Road ends. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A look at the Alabama 213 and 158 interchange with Interstate 65 before the addition of the southbound loop ramp to Interstate 65. Photo taken 10/26/99.
Alabama 158 east & 213 north
A pair of Interstate 65 shields posted before the southbound ramp to the freeway departs Industrial Parkway east. Formerly a diamond interchange, construction between 1999 and 2003 upgraded the exchange to a parclo. Photo taken 11/04/03.
New sign bridges were installed during 2003 as part of the last phase of the Exit 13 reconstruction project. The alignment of Alabama 213 as it ties into Alabama 158 also saw alteration to space the intersections of Alabama 158 further apart. This improves the traffic flow along Industrial Parkway. Photo taken 07/16/07.
The major aspect of the interchange reconstruction was the creation of a loop ramp from Alabama 158 west & Alabama 213 south onto Interstate 65 south. This ramp results in a third overpass of Industrial Parkway as seen in this photograph. Saraland becomes the control point for Alabama 158 but not for Alabama 213 north. It should be noted that this interchange is already encompassed within the city limits of Saraland. Photo taken 07/16/07.
A four lane off-ramp from Interstate 65 northbound ends at this intersection with Alabama 158 & 213. To the left is the departure of the Interstate 65 northbound on-ramp. The next northbound interchange, Exit 15, also serves the city of Saraland. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Alabama 213 northbound prepares to depart Alabama 158 eastbound. This partitioning was shifted to the east to increase the spacing between it and the Interstate 65 northbound ramps intersection. Alabama 213 returns to its Sheldon Beach Road alignment through north Saraland, ending at U.S. 43 adjacent to Celeste Road (Mobile County 41). Photo taken 07/16/07.
Alabama 213 north
The first Alabama 213 northbound reassurance shield one sees after departing the overlap with Alabama 158. Alabama 213 quickly reduces from four to two lanes as it treks northeast through the city of Saraland. Photo taken 07/17/07.
2nd Street begins and heads east from this traffic light on Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach road) in Saraland. 2nd Avenue provides a through road east to Amelia Park and U.S. 43 near the Saraland Municipal Complex. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) intersects the north end of Cleveland Road. Cleveland Road constitutes a through route southeast to U.S. 43 north of Alabama 158. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Continuing through residential areas of Saraland on Alabama 213 northbound after the Cleveland Road intersection. Shelton Beach Road is considered just a secondary arterial through this stretch. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Saraland Loop Road connects Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) with Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) and the Saraland Plaza Shopping Center. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Approaching the north end of Alabama 213, where the route intersects U.S. 43 and Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) near the Satsuma city line. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Five point intersection at the terminus of Alabama 213 in Saraland. Celeste Road links U.S. 43 with Interstate 65 at Exit 17. Ferry Avenue extends east from U.S. 43 into an adjacent neighborhood. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 213 south
Alabama 217 reassurance marker posted after the signalized intersection with Cleveland Road south. Photo taken 07/17/07.
2nd Avenue travels west from U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) near the Saraland Municipal Complex to end at Alabama 213 by the Richardson Commercial Park. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Alabama 158 west & 213 south
The on-ramp to Interstate 65 northbound departs Industrial Parkway. 158 miles separated the capital city of Montgomery from Alabama 158 and Saraland. Alabama 158 gains the control city of Citronelle for the connection via U.S. 45. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The right hand lane becomes exit only for the new loop ramp to Interstate 65 south. Downtown Mobile lies eight miles to the south. The bridges above carry four lanes of Interstate 65. However, provisions were built into the refurbished bridges for an eventual widening of the freeway to six lanes. Photo taken 11/22/09.
Alabama 213 southbound departs Alabama 158 west at the next intersection for Shelton Beach and Chickasabogue Park in Prichard. The southbound Exit 13 off-ramp ties into the intersection from the north. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Alabama 158 westbound at the partition with Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) south. Alabama 213 continues a short distance to its end at U.S. 45 in Eight Mile, adjacent to the Alabama 217 (Lott Road) northbound beginning. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Alabama 213 south
Curving southward on Alabama 213 from the intersection with Kali-Oka Road to the crossing of Chickasaw Creek at Shelton Beach. A stub to the left (east) remains from the old Shelton Beach Road alignment bypassed in 2003 when a new creek bridge opened. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The southern terminus of Alabama 213 at U.S. 45 in northwest Prichard. Shelton Beach Road Extension stems south from here to U.S. 98 in Mobile. Alabama 217 ends at the adjacent intersection along U.S. 45 north. Photo taken 11/04/03.

Photo Credits:

10/26/99, 11/04/03, 11/12/03, 07/16/07, 07/17/07, 11/22/08, 11/22/09 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 43
U.S. 45
State Route 158

Page Updated 12-13-2009.