Interstate 59 North - Birmingham to Gadsden

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Interstate 59 North
Interstate 59 veers northerly from Interstate 20 and croses over Aviation Avenue by the south approach to the runways of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Interstate 59 northbound continues through the city of Birmingham to Exit 131 with Oporto-Madrid Boulevard. Oporto-Madrid Boulevard curves southward to Red Gap of Red Mountain and Exit 132 of Interstate 20. Photo taken 11/03/11.
One half mile out from the half diamond interchange with Oporto-Madrid Boulevard (Exit 131) on Interstate 59 north. 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11) meets the freeway in another half mile at a wye interchange with I-59 north. Use Exit 131 for U.S. 11 (1st Avenue North) south as Exit 132 defaults onto northbound. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Exit 131 departs Interstate 59 north for Oporto-Madrid Boulevard to Trotwood Park and Gate City. U.S. 11 (1st Avenue North) swaps sides with Interstate 59 ahead at East Lake Park. 1st Avenue North constitutes the commercial district of the East Lake neighborhood of the city nearby.
U.S. 11 will cross back to the south of Interstate 59 at milepost 136. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Exit 132 claims the right lane of Interstate 59 north, reducing the freeway mainline to two lanes through Trussville and points beyond. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Interstate 59 kinks northeast from the Red Oak Road overpass toward Jones Valley. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interchange sequence sign posted one half mile out from the half diamond (Exit 133) with 4th Avenue South. This exit serves the hilly Roebuck and South Highlands residential areas and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 northbound at Exit 133 to 4th Avenue South. 4th Avenue South concludes at adjacent U.S. 11 (Parkway East) to the north. Parkway East eventually becomes Alabama 75, the focal point of the next interchange (Exit 134). The 113.22-mile state route travels north from Birmingham to Center Point, Pinson, Oneonta, Albertville and the Georgia state line in Dekalb County. Photo taken 09/29/03.
A diamond interchange facilitates the movements of Interstate 59 to Roebuck Parkway. Alabama 75 begins 0.7 miles south of Exit 134 at Eplanade Drive and leads north onto Parkway East through Huffman in Jones Valley. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Northbound reassurance shield for Interstate 59 posted as the freeway leaves the Jones Valley area. U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) parallels the north side of the freeway to Sadler Gap of Red Mountain. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Valley Drive passes underneath Interstate 59 between the Biscayne Highlands and Brookhurst neighborhoods as the freeway advances to within two miles of Interstate 459. The northbound freeway crests over Red Mountain ahead. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Original button copy signs appeared on this sign bridge located one mile west of Exit 137 and Interstate 459 south. Interstate 459 between I-59 and I-20 at Irondale opened to traffic in 1978. Photo taken 11/03/11.
An auxiliary sign touts the connections of I-459 south with I-20 east (Exit 29) and I-65 south (Exit 15) and the nearby Exit 32 with U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) northeast to Trussville. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Now one half mile southwest of the Interstate 459 terminal interchange. The Birmingham south bypass is a conduit for development of the expanding metropolitan area. This growth is especially evident through the suburbs of Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and Mountain Brook. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Reflectorized overheads are found at the Exit 137 departure of Interstate 459 southbound. The control cities of Interstate 459 do not feature any of the Birmingham suburbs or the southbound end point at the city of Bessemer. Instead they consist of the Interstates 20 and 65 destinations. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Veering away from the Interstate 59 northbound mainline, drivers taking Exit 137 reenter the city limits of Birmingham ahead of Birmingham Race Course and Alton. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Passing through the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 459. The top level carries the I-459 north to I-59 southbound ramp. The second level shuttles motorists from I-59 south onto I-459 south. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 travels along Pinchgut Creek through a valley between Red and Little Sand Mountains into the city of Trussville. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Still within the Birmingham metropolitan area despite the forested setting, Interstate 59 advances to within one mile of the busy diamond interchange (Exit 141) with Chalkville Road. Photo taken 11/03/11.
A third lane opens ahead of the Exit 141 off-ramp to Chalkville Road on I-59 north. Chalkville Road leads south from the freeway to downtown Trussville and U.S. 11 (Main Street). Photo taken 11/03/11.
Exit 141 expands into a two-lane off-ramp from Interstate 59 north. The immediate vicinity is buffeted by numerous travel amenities and retail, with Chalkville Road comprising a divided highway westward onto Red Mountain. The suburb of Pinson is reached from Exit 141 via Chalkville Road west to either Tyler Loop or Sweeney Hollow Roads north from Chalkville beyond Center Point. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 veers east from along side Red Mountain into Vann Valley. Photo taken 11/03/11.
The Cahaba River begins at Red Mountain and flows southward to Vann Valley, Trussville and Hoover in Shelby County. The river comprises just a small stream under Interstate 59 in this scene at the one-mile guide sign for Exit 143 and Deerfoot Parkway. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Deerfoot Parkway widens into a four-lane divided highway within the vicinity of folded diamond interchange (Exit 143) with Interstate 59. Happy Hollow and Mt. Olive Church Roads tie into the interchange along the I-59 frontage from the west.
Mt. Olive Church Road spurs west to a local church. The road was built over with Deerfoot Parkway on its north-south component to Happy Hollow Road when Exit 143 opened in 1989. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Exit 143 loops away from Interstate 59 north to Deerfoot Parkway. The road climbs Red Mountain to the city of Clay and Old Springville Road. Southward, Deerfoot Parkway concludes at U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) in Trussville. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 sweeps eastward from Happy Hollow around Cedar Mountain toward Hubbards Lake. The forthcoming stretch is the proposed location for the east end of Interstate 422, the North Birmingham Belt Line. Photo taken 11/03/11.
U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) again travels close to Interstate 59 ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 148) with Liles Lane. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Liles Lane comprises an east-west connector between Interstate 59 and U.S. 11 at the town of Argo. The local road ties in with Advent Circle south into Trussville to the west. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 crosses into St. Clair County just north of the Exit 143 on-ramp from Liles Lane. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Reassurance marker posted within the town limits of Argo on northbound I-59. Photo taken 11/03/11.
The city of Springville is next along Interstate 59 north in seven miles. Gadsden is a 40 mile drive still. Photo taken 11/03/11.
U.S. 11 and Interstate 59 swap sides as the freeway turns onto the western slope of Simmons Mountain. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Alabama 174 provides the first of two routes into Springville from Interstate 59 at Exit 154 in one mile. Photo taken 11/03/11.
One half mile south of the Exit 154 diamond interchange with Alabama 174 (Marrieta Road) on Interstate 59 north. SR 174 ends at U.S. 11 (Main Street) and County Road 9 (Muphrees Valley Road) in Springville. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Exit 154 departs Interstate 59 north for Alabama 174 (Marrieta Road). Alabama 174 parallels Little Canoe Creek through a valley southeast from I-59 between Jones and Simmons Mountain. The state route connects Springville with Odenville and U.S. 411, 7.81 miles to the south. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Turning more easterly, Interstate 59 rises along the north side of Jones Mountain on the drive away from Springville. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Alabama 23 ties Interstate 59 with U.S. 11 (Main Street) at the east end of Springville in one mile (Exit 156). Photo taken 11/03/11.
SR 23 totals just 12.61 miles from Springville east to U.S. 231 at Ashville. Long exit less stretches become more common as Interstate 59 lines the Appalachian Mountains northeast to Georgia. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Northbound Interstate 59 at the ramp departure of Exit 156 to Alabama 23. Alabama 23 winds 1.82 miles east to St. Clair Springs and 6.98 miles along Barker Mountain to Cool Springs. Photo taken 11/03/11.
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Continuing north, travelers along Interstate 59 venture 12 miles to Ashville and 31 miles to Gadsden. Photos taken 11/03/11.
Interstate 59 north passes by Pinedale Lake on the half mile approach to a northbound side rest area near Pinedale Shores. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Drivers northbound reach the final rest area of Interstate 59. There is no facility in Georgia along I-59. Instead the next rest area for northbound travelers is the Interstate 24 welcome center ahead of Exit 174 by Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. Photo taken 11/03/11.
U.S. 231 and Interstate 59 meet on the north side of Ashville at a diamond interchange (Exit 166) in one mile. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Waters of Muckleroy Creek flow under Interstate 59 on the half mile approach to Exit 166. U.S. 231 leads 2.69 miles southeast to U.S. 411 in the Ashville city center. Northward the US highway continues 14 miles to the Blount County seat of Oneonta. Photo taken 11/03/11.
Exit 166 leaves Interstate 59 north for U.S. 231, 1.12 miles southeast of Whitney Junction and U.S. 11. U.S. 231 stretches 912 miles across five states from Panama City, Florida to St. John, Indiana. Photo taken 11/03/11.
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Roadways of Interstate 59 separate for most of the drive northeast from Ashville to the town of Steele through Canoe Creek Valley. Photos taken 11/03/11.
Steele Station Road stems southeast from U.S. 11 (Main Street) to meet Interstate 59 at a diamond interchange (Exit 174) in Steele. Photo taken 11/03/11.
East from Exit 174, Steele Station Road journeys to Rainbow City, Northeast Alabama Regional Airport and Black Creek Parkway into South Gadsden. Photo taken 11/03/11.
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Bending more to the east, Interstate 59 leaves Steele and presses through Canoe Creek Valley on the seven mile drive to Attala. Downtown Gadsden is now 12 miles away. Photos taken 11/03/11.
Spanning Little Canoe Creek, Interstate 59 enters Etowah County. The county founded on December 7, 1866 derives its name from the Cherokee word for "edible tree". Photo taken 11/03/11.


 


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09/29/03, 10/03/10, 11/03/11 by AARoads

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Page Updated 10-16-2012.