State Route 287 - Gulf Shores Parkway / Rabun Road

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Alabama 287 travels the northernmost leg of Gulf Shores Parkway from Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) at Bay Minette to Interstate 65 at Baldwin County 47 (Rabun Road). The Parkway was expanded to five lanes by Summer of 2001 to accommodate beach bound traffic and hurricane evacuation situations. South of Alabama 59, Alabama 287 turns southeasterly along Hand Avenue to its Courthouse Square end in Downtown Bay Minette, the county seat of Baldwin County.

Alabama 287 north
A short distance north of Courthouse Square, Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue) meets 5th Street in Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue) leaves the North Baldwin Infirmary Hospital area and approaches the Alabama 59 departure from the Gulf Shores Parkway. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) bypasses downtown Bay Minette along a commercialized stretch of Gulf Shores Parkway. The state highway turns northwest from the county seat toward Exit 34 of Interstate 65. Alabama 287 continues Gulf Shores Parkway northeast to Exit 37 of Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Northbound Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue) at Alabama 59. Alabama 59 continues north from Bay Minette to Stockton and Uriah. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Departing the intersection with Alabama 59 and Hand Avenue, Alabama 287 expands to five overall lanes to Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/05/06.
An end shield stands at Alabama 287's transition to CR 47 just north of Interstate 65. CR 47 travels northeast to Rabun and a split into branches for Lottie and Perdido. Photo taken 07/01/01.
Alabama 287 south
Baldwin County 47 (Rabun Road) ends and Alabama 287 begins at the Exit 37 diamond interchange with Interstate 65. Photo taken 07/01/01.
Alabama 287 continues Rabun Road across Interstate 65. The northbound on-ramp to Montgomery departs after the two-lane overpass. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Leaving Exit 37, Alabama 287 widens to five overall lanes as the Gulf Shores Parkway leading south to Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) in Bay Minette. This expansion was completed in 2001. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 287 enters northeast Bay Minette and meets Alabama 59. Gulf Shores Parkway trades places with the state routes, continuing around Bay Minette along Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) to U.S. 31. Alabama 287 meanwhile angles southeast along the leafy Hand Avenue into Downtown. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 59 connects Bay Minette with Exit 34 of Interstate 65 and the community of Stockton. Heading south, Alabama 59 follows Gulf Shores Parkway to its end at the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 06/05/06.
9th Street connects Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue) with Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) at the Bay Minette Shopping Center and east into a residential area to Marks Avenue. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Southbound reassurance marker posted along Hand Avenue after its signalized intersection with 9th Street. Photo taken 06/06/06.
5th Street crosses Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue) at a traffic light near Bay Minette Elementary School. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 287 ends at Courthouse Square and U.S. 31. Photo taken 03/20/09.
Courthouse Square is home to the Baldwin County Administration Building and a number of other government services. U.S. 31 follows D'Olive Street west to its merge with Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue) and east along 2nd Street to junction Baldwin County 112. U.S. 31 joins Bay Minette with Atmore to the north and the Mobile area to the south. Photo taken 03/20/09.

Photo Credits:

07/01/01, 02/08/06, 06/05/06, 06/06/06, 03/20/09 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
State Route 59

Page Updated 01-22-2010.