Interstate 65 North - Mobile County

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Interstate 65 North
Traveling north from the three wye interchange with I-10, Interstate 65 advances one mile to U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard). Exit 1 serves the Cottage Hill and Midtown sections of Mobile in addition to Henry Aaron Stadium, the previous home of the Mobile Baybears AA Baseball franchise. Photo taken 01/23/09.
The first I-65 confirming marker for the 887-mile route north to Gary, Indiana stands midway between I-10 and the Halls Mill Road overpass in Mobile. Locally known as the Belt Line Highway, I-65 throughout Alabama is also the Heroes' Highway and a part of the Purple Heart Trail. Photo taken 03/18/12.
A lane drop occurs along I-65 north at the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 1) with U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard). U.S. 90 constitutes a four-lane commercial arterial west to Tillman's Corner and Theodore and east to SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) and Airport Boulevard at the Carlen and Rickarby neighborhoods. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Construction in 2003-04 redesigned the cloverleaf interchange joining I-10 with U.S. 90 to eliminate weaving traffic. Exit 1B for U.S. 90 west closed on February 8, 2004 as Exit 1A was redesigned to accommodate movements to both directions of Government Boulevard. Photo taken 05/06/16.
Two lanes separate from I-65 north for U.S. 90 at Exit 1. The off-ramp expands to four lanes ahead of Government Boulevard at the west end of the "Mobile Motor Mile", a commercialized strip lined with car dealerships. Photo taken 11/21/08.
U.S. 90 constitutes a commuter route linking Midtown Mobile with Skyland Park, Crestview and other neighborhoods west of I-65. Connections with Lakeside Drive and the I-65 Service Roads link with Cottage Hill Road, a major arterial to West Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Interstate 65 generally travels above the adjacent Service Roads from U.S. 90 north to U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue). The elevated roadway crosses over Cottage Hill Road beyond the second reassurance marker northbound. Photo taken 11/21/14.
The ensuing exit is the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 2) with Airport Boulevard by the Shoppes at Bel Air Mall. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Airport Boulevard is the first of three arterials connecting with Interstate 65 with the Spring Hill, Tacon, Crichton and Forest Hill communities in Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Airport Boulevard travels west 2.5 miles to University Boulevard, which heads north to the University of South Alabama (USA) campus, and 7.2 miles to Air Terminal Drive at Mobile Regional Airport (MOB). Photo taken 11/21/14.
A second lane for Airport Boulevard at Exit 3 from I-65 northbound was removed in 2009. Photo taken 05/06/16.
Airport Boulevard constitutes a heavily traveled commercial arterial west from Midtown Mobile and Interstate 65 to Schillinger Road and Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) in West Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
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The ramp at Exit 3 expands to four overall lanes ahead of the commercial strip of Airport Boulevard. Airport Boulevard (Mobile County Road 56) extends from West Mobile and the Seven Hills Area to Mississippi 614 ahead of Hurley. Photos taken 10/30/03.
A loop ramp formerly departed from I-65 north for Airport Boulevard west, 0.75 miles ahead of the exchange with Dauphin Street (Exit 4). Photo taken 11/21/14.
Commercialized frontage lines both sides of I-65 along the Belt Line Highway northward to Dauphin Street (Exit 4). Photo taken 05/06/16.
Dauphin Street constitutes a multi lane arterial west to Spring Hill College and McGregor Avenue at Country Club Estates and east to Florida Street at the Carlen community. Photo taken 05/06/16.
Exit 4 leaves northbound I-65 to Dauphin Street. Dauphin Street was extended west from the Belt Line Highway to McGregor Avenue in the 1970s. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 65 continues a half mile north to a parclo interchange (Exit 5A) with Spring Hill Avenue at the College Park neighborhood. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 65 spans Old Shell Road beyond this shield assembly. The I-65 Service Roads link forthcoming Spring Hill Avenue (Exit 5A) with Old Shell Road, an arterial heading west to Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama (USA). Photo taken 11/21/14.
Spring Hill Avenue branches west from U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) to the Parkhill neighborhood and Langan Park by the Mobile Museum of Art. Zeigler Boulevard extends the road to Tanner Williams Road (CR 70) in West Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Exit 5A lowers from I-65 to Spring Hill Avenue. Spring Hill Avenue east merges with U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) through the Crichton area. U.S. 98 follows Spring Hill Avenue east to U.S. 90 (Broad Street) outside Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) crosses paths with Interstate 65 adjacent to a CN Railroad and Threemile Creek at Exit 5B. U.S. 98 travels northwest from Mobile to Semmes and Wilmer, connecting Mobile with Lucedale and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photo taken 02/08/06.
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A folded diamond interchange (Exit 5B) joins I-65 with U.S. 98 via the adjacent service roads. U.S. 98 will eventually shift northward from Moffett Road onto a new four lane highway from I-65 at Exit 13 and SR 158 west to George County, Mississippi. Funding issues have delayed completion of this corridor for over a decade. Photos taken 05/05/12.
Confirming marker posted northbound ahead of the Greenmound neighborhood in Mobile. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Posted in 2007, the initial sign for Exit 8 omits U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) along I-65 northbound. Road work completed in 2005 reconfigured Exit 8 from a cloverleaf into a six-ramp parclo interchange. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 165, a 4.30 mile route southeast from Prichard to Downtown Mobile, ties into I-65 at the succeeding exit beyond U.S. 45. The freeway spur cost $240 million to construct and opened to traffic on October 28, 1994. Photo taken 05/15/16.
U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) originates in Mobile from U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) at the Lyons Park community. Traveling northwest, U.S. 45 meets I-65 in Prichard en route to Eight Mile and SR 158 at Kushla. Photo taken 05/15/16.
With the removal of Exit 8B in 2005, Exit 8A was renumbered as Exit 8 for both U.S. 45 north to Citronelle and south through Prichard. U.S. 45 joins Lower Alabama with Waynesville, Quitman and Meridian, Mississippi. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 65 expands to eight lanes overall with auxiliary lanes between U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) and I-165 (Exit 9). Interstate 165 winds southward through Prichard to the Alabama State Docks and Water / Beauregard Streets north of Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A series of guide signs posted along Moffett Road, I-65 and I-165 advise beach traffic from U.S. 98 and points west of Mobile to bypass I-10 and the Wallace Tunnel at Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 05/15/16.
South Bessemer Avenue parallels the east side of I-65 between U.S. 45 and Main Street at the Whistler community of Prichard. Photo taken 10/10/11.
Guide signs for the U.S. 98 Truck route were posted within the Mobile area during the Summer and Fall 2001. U.S. 98 Truck overlaps with I-165 south from Exit 9 to Bay Bridge Road, and with U.S. 90 across the Africatown-Cochrane Bridge to U.S. 98 east of the Bankhead Tunnel. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Spanning Whistler Street and Turner Road, I-65 northbound enters the two-wye interchange (Exit 9) with Interstate 165 south. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Progressing northward from I-165, Interstate 65 continues one mile to a diamond interchange (Exit 10) with West Lee Street. Photo taken 07/15/05.
The entrance ramp from I-165 adds a northbound lane ahead of West Lee Street in the city of Chickasaw. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 10 generally serves local traffic in Chickasaw. West Lee Street connects with Commanche Street south toward Prichard and with neighborhood streets east to U.S. 43 (Craft Highway). Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 65 straddles the Prichard and Chickasaw city line from Eight Mile Creek northward to Chickasaw Creek. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 65 next enters the city of Saraland. The Saraland city center lies 2.6 miles east of the freeway along U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) at 2nd Avenue. Photo taken 11/25/14.
SR 158/213 converge with Interstate 65 at a parclo interchange (Exit 13) in Saraland. Road work underway from 1999 to 2003 rebuilt the diamond interchange here with a loop ramp from SR 158 west to I-65 south. The six lane portion of I-65 was also extended north to Exit 13. Photo taken 11/25/14.
I-65 travels through Chickasabogue Park on the half mile approach to SR 158/213. SR 213 angles southwest from U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) in Saraland to the University of Mobile, Shelton Beach, and Eight Mile in the city of Prichard. Photo taken 11/25/14.
A fourth lane opens along I-65 north leading to Exit 13. SR 158 (Industrial Parkway) stems west from U.S. 43 and Industrial Parkway Extension in Saraland to U.S. 45 at Kushla. SR 158 was extended westward to Schillinger Road (CR 31) in January 2008 as part of the planned realignment of U.S. 98 north away from Wilmer and Semmes. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Two lanes partition from I-65 north for SR 158/213 along Industrial Parkway. SR 213 travels 5.8 miles from U.S. 45 at Eight Mile and the five point intersection with U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard), CR 41 (Celeste Road) and Ferry Avenue east. Photo taken 11/25/14.
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Exit 13 expands to four lanes ahead of the short overlap for SR 158/213 (Industrial Parkway). Industrial Parkway opened in 1967 as a two lane route for SR 158 between U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) and U.S. 45 west of CR 55 (Kali-Oka Road). Photos taken 11/25/14.
An array of retail, hotels and industrial businesses line Industrial Parkway within the vicinity of Interstate 65. A one time proposal outlined extending Bay Bridge Road northward from the Cochrane Bridge in Mobile to SR 158 at U.S. 43 in Saraland. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Confirming marker posted north of Exit 13. A frontage road (I-65 Service Road) parallels the freeway to the west, opening up timberland for development. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Celeste Road (CR 41) stems west from U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) and SR 213 (Shelton Beach Road) to a diamond interchange with Interstate 65 in one mile. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Celeste Road winds through northwest Saraland, serving a number of new residential subdivisions sandwiched between CR 41 and CR 55 (Kali-Oka Road). Photo taken 06/07/17.
Mobile County Road 41 comprises part of a long distance route between Saraland and Citronelle in northern Mobile County. Eastward from Exit 15, Celeste Road connects with U.S. 43 near Mackies and the Satsuma city line. Photo taken 02/07/06.
The section of Interstate 65 north from Exit 15 to Satsuma opened to traffic in 1967. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Interstate 65 proceeds north through the city of Satsuma 157 miles to Montgomery. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Shifting northeastward, I-65 runs along the Satsuma city limits, spanning a BNSF Railroad line on the one mile approach to U.S. 43 (Exit 19). U.S. 43 converges with the freeway by the rural city of Creola. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Having paralleled Interstate 65 northward from Prichard, U.S. 43 diverges with the freeway beyond Creola en route to Mt. Vernon, Grove Hill, Demopolis and Tuscaloosa. Overall U.S. 43 travels 410 miles between Mobile and Columbia, Tennessee. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Exit 19 departs Interstate 65 north for U.S. 43. U.S. 43 constitutes a four lane highway from Mobile County to Thomasville and Alabama's Black Belt region, an agricultural area defined by it's dark soil. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Exit 19 splits with two lanes joining the northbound lanes of U.S. 43. With initial discussion originating in the 1970s, the Black Belt Freeway was once considered along U.S. 43 between Mobile and the Shoals Region in Northwest Alabama. Meant to stimulate economic growth, the corridor never advanced due to lack of funding. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Interstate 65 spans Gunnison Creek between U.S. 43 and the Lister Dairy Road overpass. This stretch of freeway opened in 1970. Photo taken 05/12/16.
Interstate 65 curves northeast through Creola toward the Mobile River Delta. Meeting the freeway next is Sailor Road at Exit 22. Photo taken 05/12/16.
Exit 22 from northbound utilizes the adjacent I-65 Service Road to connect with Sailor Road. Sailor Road spans the freeway northwest to Dead Lake Road. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 22) with I-65 Service Road, Sailor Road and Dead Lake Road on I-65 north. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Dead Lake Road leads west to U.S. 43 in Creola and north to Creola Axis Loop Road East and Dead Lake Marina to Mark Reynolds/North Mobile County Airport. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Angling northeast from Creola, I-65 runs between Dead Lake Road and I-65 Service Road to Jim Bell Branch and wetlands associated with Dead Lake. Photo taken 06/07/17.
Interstate 65 travels nine miles between Creola and SR 225 south of Stockton. Montgomery is 142 miles further north. Photo taken 06/07/17.
The steel arches of the Mobile River Delta bridges rise above the tree line along Interstate 65 east of Creola. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Areas surrounding the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers along Interstate 65 fall within the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Wetland Conservation Area. This zone includes the W.L. Holland Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta WMA. Photo taken 06/07/17.
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The General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge taking Interstate 65 across the Mobile River is the first in a series of three bridges over the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Flowing south from the confluence of the Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers, the Mobile River is part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway system, man made waterways accommodating commercial navigation between the Deep South region and the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 02/07/06. Second photo taken 06/07/17. Third photo taken 06/07/17.
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Cresting to a height of 125 feet above the Mobile River, the tied arch bridge along I-65 opened along with the 12 mile stretch of roadway between Creola and SR 225 on October 2, 1981. This was the last stretch of Interstate 65 to open south of Birmingham. Photos taken 06/07/17.
The General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge honors a Mobile native who served as Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the President Kennedy administration. The span is more commonly known in Lower Alabama as the Dolly Parton Bridge.1 Photo taken 06/07/17.
Descending toward Baldwin County, industrial plants can be seen to the northwest along the Mobile River banks. The Mobile skyline can be seen on clear days over the southern horizon as well. Photo taken 05/12/16.
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Little Lizard Creek meanders between the Mobile and Middle Rivers. The Baldwin County line straddles the creek north of The Basin and south of Bayou East. Photos taken 05/06/16.


 
Sources:
  1. "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?" Mobile Register (AL), June 30, 2019.


Photo Credits:

10/25/03, 10/30/03, 07/15/05, 02/07/06, 02/08/06, 11/21/08, 01/23/09, 10/10/11, 03/18/12, 05/05/12, 11/21/14, 11/25/14, 05/06/16, 05/12/16, 05/15/16, 06/07/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Interstate 165
U.S. 43
U.S. 45
U.S. 90
U.S. 98
State Route 158
State Route 213 - Shelton Beach Road

Page Updated 09-09-2019.