Interstate 65 cuts a swath through the city of Mobile west of the Mid-Town section of the municipality. Five interchanges serve the city with a sixth at Cottage Hill Road a possibility in the future.


Interstate 65 north
Traveling north from the directional interchange with Interstate 10, Interstate 65 approaches the Exit 1 six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard). Exit 1 serves the Cottage Hill and Midtown sections of Mobile in addition to Henry Aaron Stadium, home of AA Baseball's Mobile Baybears. Photo taken 01/23/09.
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The first shield of Interstate 65's 887-mile trek resides midway between Interstate 10 and the Halls Mill Road. This shield, installed in 2001, was crafted to 1958 MUTCD specifications with eight inch numbers. It was replaced in January 2011.
Formal names of Interstate 65 include the Heroes' Highway, Purple Heart Trail, and Belt Line Highway (in Mobile and Prichard). Photo taken 01/23/09. Second photo taken 06/02/10. Third photo taken 03/18/12.
Exit 1 claims the right-hand lane of Interstate 65 north for U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard). U.S. 90 constitutes a four-lane commercial arterial west to Tillman's Corner and Theodore and east to Alabama 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) and Airport Boulevard west of downtown. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Construction redesigned the full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 90 in 2003-04. Exit 1B closed on February 8, 2004 as Exit 1A was redesigned to accommodate all movements to Government Boulevard. The project was designed to eliminate weaving traffic concerns along Interstate 65 above U.S. 90. This view looks at the original guide signs for Exits 1A/B. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Exit 1 departs as a two-lane off-ramp from Interstate 65 north to U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard). U.S. 90 leads east from the freeway along the "Mobile Motor Mile", a commercialized arterial lined with car dealerships. Eventually the route transitions into a picturesque canopy type road leading in east into downtown along Government Street. Photo taken 01/23/09.
A look at the replaced signage for Exits 1A/1B on Interstate 65 north at the Government Boulevard off-ramp. Photo taken 10/30/03.
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The off-ramp for Exit 1 expands to four overall lanes ahead of U.S. 90. U.S. 90 constitutes a commuter route linking Midtown Mobile with the Theodore area. Connections with Lakeside Drive and the I-65 Service Roads also provide connections to Cottage Hill Road, which leads west from the Bel Air Mall area to West Mobile. Photos taken 11/21/08.
A look at the former Exit 1B departure from Interstate 65 onto U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) west. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Interstate 65 generally travels above the adjacent Service Roads from U.S. 90 north to U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue). Pictured here is the elevated roadway near its cross over Cottage Hill Road and the second reassurance marker. Photo taken 03/18/12.
One mile south of the busy six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Airport Boulevard along Interstate 65 north. Airport Boulevard constitutes the busiest commercial route within the Mobile metropolitan area. Photo taken 10/09/09.
Upcoming exit signs such as this one along Interstate 65 north are commonly used in urban areas of Alabama. The next three interchanges serve multi-lane arterials serving the Midtown, Spring Hill, Tacon, Crichton, and Forest Hill communities of the city. Photo taken 02/07/06.
One half mile south of the partial cloverleaf interchange of Exit 3. Interstate 65 adds an auxiliary lane for the Airport Boulevard off-ramp from the U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) westbound on-ramp. Airport Boulevard is signed as the most direct route from Interstate 65 to Mobile Regional Airport and the University of South Alabama. The six-lane arterial however provides a slow-moving drive for travelers bound for these points of interest. Photo taken 10/30/03.
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Drivers bound for Airport Boulevard leave Interstate 65 north at Exit 3. Exit 3 was reconfigured from a two-lane ramp departure into a single lane exit in 2009. Photo taken 02/07/06. Second photo taken 10/09/09.
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Departing Interstate 65 along the Exit 3 ramp to Airport Boulevard. Like Exit 1, Exit 3 expands to four overall lanes ahead of the ramp split. Bel Air Mall and various restaurants, retail stores, and hotels can be found within the immediate vicinity of Exit 3. Airport Boulevard otherwise joins Midtown with West Mobile and the Seven Hills area outside of the city. Photos taken 10/30/03.
Passing under the twin overpasses of Airport Boulevard at the location of the former Exit 3B loop ramp onto the arterial westbound (now a grassy area). Dauphin Street meets Interstate 65 at a diamond interchange in one mile (Exit 4). Photo taken 10/09/09.
Commercialized frontage makes up the landscape of both sides of Interstate 65 leading north from Airport Boulevard to Exit 4 (Dauphin Street). Dauphin Street constitutes a four-lane boulevard west to Spring Hill College and McGregor Avenue and east to Florida Street. Less commercial in nature, the four-lane street joins Downtown, Tacon, Midtown with Spring Hill and Country Club Estates in Mobile. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Exit 4 departs Interstate 65 north to Dauphin Street. Dauphin Street was extended west from Interstate 65 to McGregor Road in the 1970s. The thoroughfare serves the Spring Hill Memorial Hospital campus and Springhill College Golf Course. McGregor Avenue north from Dauphin Street serves Langan Park and the Mobile Museum of Art.
Note the missing arrow on the Exit 4 overhead; this has been the case since at least 2000. Photo taken 10/09/09.
Continuing north, Interstate 65 rises above Old Shell Road, an important east-west route linking the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, and Mid Town Mobile. There is no direct access to the road; drivers instead must connect with it utilizing the I-65 Service Roads south from Spring Hill Avenue (Exit 5A). Photo taken 02/08/06.
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Interstate 65 northbound reassurance shield situated between the Dauphin Street (Exit 4) and Springhill Avenue (Exit 5A) interchanges. This is one of the few remaining neutered shields posted for Interstate 65 along the freeway mainline in Mobile. Photo taken 05/25/12. Second photo taken 02/28/02.
Exit 5A for Springhill Avenue departs in 0.25 miles. Exits 5A & 5B are the last to serve the city of Mobile. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Northbound at the Exit 5A partial-cloverleaf interchange with Spring Hill Avenue. Spring Hill Avenue merges with U.S. 98 at Moffett Road to the east and continues west to Joseph N. Langan Park at Forest Hill, becomes Zeigler Boulevard westward to Tanner Williams Road in West Mobile. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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Just north of the Canadian Northern Illinois Central Railroad under crossing, Interstate 65 meets U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 5B). Exit 5B connects with the adjacent East I-65 Service Road to provide connections with Moffett Road. Moffett Road angles northwest from Spring Hill Avenue to Semmes and Wilmer, connecting the city of Mobile with George County, Mississippi.
A new alignment for U.S. 98 is currently under construction north of Wilmer. This section will bypass the town and eventually tie into a Semmes bypass connecting with the current west end of Alabama 158 at Schillinger Road. Upon completion of this project, U.S. 98 will shift from Moffett Road onto the new four-lane divided highway to meet Interstate 65 at Exit 13. Photos taken 02/08/06.
Utilizing the Exit 5B ramp to the North Beltline Highway, motorists split between the Service Road south to U.S. 98 and north to U.S. 45 in Prichard. A Texas style U-turn lane also exists between the East I-65 and West I-65 Service Roads independent of the traffic light with U.S. 98. Photo taken 12/19/08.
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Interstate 65 and its Service Roads continue northeast to meet U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) at the Exit 8 six-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange in Prichard.
Initially removed during the 2005 reconstruction of Exit 8 and not replaced, the one-mile guide sign reappeared without U.S. 45 by 2007. Photo taken 11/12/03. Second photo taken 11/21/08.
Before reaching Exit 8 on Interstate 65 north, drivers see the first guide sign for Interstate 165. Interstate 165 constitutes a 4.30-mile spur between Interstate 65 at Prichard and Downtown Mobile. The freeway opened to traffic on October 28, 1994 at a cost of $240 million and represents the best route into downtown Mobile from points west and north. Photo taken 11/21/08.
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One half mile south of U.S. 45 on Interstate 65 northbound. Completed in 2005, road work reconfigured the full-cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 45 and Interstate 65 into a partial-cloverleaf interchange by eliminating the loop ramps from the freeway onto the surface road. The project also entailed replacing all of the existing U.S. 45 guide signs to reflect the consolidation of north and southbound movements into one ramp. Photo taken 11/12/03. Second photo taken 11/21/08.
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All traffic movements to U.S. 45 now depart Interstate 65 via a single ramp rather than the Exit 8A and 8B configuration of the past. Pictured here is the former and new configuration for Exit 8. U.S. 45 is known as Saint Stephens Road through this interchange. The roadway heads south through Prichard before terminating at U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) west of downtown and north to the Eight Mile community of northwest Prichard. Photo taken 11/12/03. Second photo taken 10/10/11.
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A look at the former Exit 8B loop ramp onto U.S. 45 northbound from Interstate 65 north. The ramp is just a grassy area now. U.S. 45, while basically serving the needs of local traffic interests here, is the main corridor between Mobile and the north Mobile County city of Citronelle. Further north the US route traverses pine forest farms en route to Yellow Pine and State Line, Mississippi. The highway constitutes a four-lane divided highway from the state line to Meridian, Mississippi. Four-laning is also planned for all of U.S. 45 north of Prichard in Alabama. Photo taken 10/25/03. Second photo taken 11/21/08.
Interstate 65 expands to eight lanes overall with the addition of auxiliary lanes in both directions between U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) and Interstate 165 (Exit 9). Photo taken 11/21/08.
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Northbound reassurance shield for Interstate 65 posted after the one-mile sign bridge for Interstate 165 (Exit 9). South Bessemer Avenue parallels the freeway nearby between U.S. 45 and Main Street within the Whistler community of Prichard. Pictured here was an original Interstate 65 Alabama shield and its 2007 replacement. Photo taken 09/16/00. Second photo taken 10/10/11.
Truck U.S. 98 guide signs were posted within the Mobile area during the Summer and Fall of 2001. These signs reflect the routing for all hazmat cargo across the Mobile River via the Africatown-Cochrane Bridge in lieu of the Interstate 10 George C. Wallace Tunnel or U.S. 98 Bankhead Tunnel. The truck route follows Interstate 165 south to U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) east. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Northbound Interstate 65 at the split of Interstate 165 south (Exit 9). Interstate 165 was planned as Interstate 210, an urban loop linking Interstates 65 and 10 at downtown Mobile. Opposition to a viaduct along Water Street between Beauregard Street and Interstate 10 ultimately cancelled the full loop.
Note that the sign bridge at the beginning of Interstate 165 indicates the next two Prichard exits on Interstate 165 south. Underneath Interstate 65 at this point is Whistler Street, which meets the first southbound Interstate 165 exit nearby. Photo taken 10/10/11.
Traveling through the three level stack interchange along Interstate 65 north, one mile south of the Exit 10 diamond interchange with West Lee Street. Photo taken 07/15/05.
Two lanes join Interstate 65 northbound briefly between Interstate 165 and Exit 10 (West Lee Street). Interstate 65 enters the city limits of Chickasaw at this location. West Lee Street provides the only access to the city. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Thompson Boulevard passes over Interstate 65 north ahead of the Exit 10 off-ramp to West Lee Street. West Lee Street leads east from the freeway to South Craft Highway near U.S. 43. Commanche Street ties into West Lee Street west of Exit 10 from Wasson Avenue in Prichard. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Interstate 65 straddles the Prichard and Chickasaw city line from Eight mile Creek northward to the Chickasaw Creek. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Drivers next enter the city of Saraland on the one-mile approach to Exit 13. Saraland's center lies along U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) at 2nd Avenue, approximately three miles east of Interstate 65. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Alabama 158 & 213 cross paths with Interstate 65 at the Exit 13 partial-cloverleaf interchange in Saraland. This former diamond interchange saw reconstruction between 1999 and 2003 to include a loop ramp from Industrial Parkway west onto I-65 south. Interstate 65 was expanded to six lanes in the process. Photo taken 09/26/08.
One half mile south of Exit 13 along Interstate 65 at the 2003-built Chickasaw Creek bridge. The freeway slices through Chickasabogue Park at this point.
Alabama 213 meanwhile connects Saraland with the University of Mobile, Shelton Beach, Chickasabogue Park and Eight mIle within the city of Prichard. Northward the state highway angles to its end at U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard). Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 65 north expands to four lanes after the Chickasaw Creek to accommodate a two-lane off-ramp to Alabama 158 & 213 (Industrial Parkway). The city of Citronelle is featured for Exit 13 as Alabama 158 connects to U.S. 45 to the west near Kushla. Alabama 158 was extended west from U.S. 45 to Schillinger Road in January 2008. The four-lane divided highway will eventually carry U.S. 98 east from the Wilmer and Semmes area. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Exit 13 parts ways with Interstate 65 north for Alabama 158 & 213 (Industrial Parkway) at Saraland. Alabama 213 travels 5.8 miles between Eight Mile in Prichard and the five-point intersection with U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard), Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) and Ferry Avenue east. Long range planning includes an extension the six-lane portion of north Interstate 65 to Exit 19. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Exit 13 expands to four lanes ahead of its intersection with Alabama 158 & 213 (Industrial Parkway). The two state highways combine briefly through the interchange with Interstate 65. Industrial Parkway opened in 1967 as Alabama 158 between U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) and U.S. 45 west of Mobile County 55 (Kali-Oka Road). The highway initially carried two lanes, but now carries four east beyond its split with Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) north. Alabama 213 generally carries local traffic along its two-lane alignments beyond Industrial Parkway. Photos taken 07/17/07.
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Alabama 158 and 213 shields posted at the end of Exit 13 with Industrial Parkway. Industrial Parkway serves a busy commercial area surrounding Interstate 65, but otherwise is lightly developed. The east end ties into Industrial Parkway Extension. A new alignment for Bay Bridge Road was once planned to tie into the east end of Alabama 158 from the Cochrane Bridge area in Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07. Second photo taken 09/26/08.
New Interstate 65 reassurance shields were installed after the completion of the Exit 13 expansion project. This style of assembly with dual supports is uncommon in Alabama, but is the standard in states like Indiana. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Celeste Road (Mobile County 41) stems west from its beginning at U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) and Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) to meet Interstate 65 at the Exit 15 diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/15/05.
One half mile south of the Exit 15 off-ramp to Celeste Road. Celeste Road winds through northwest Saraland, serving a number of new residential subdivisions sandwiched between Mobile County 41 and Mobile County 55 (Kali-Oka Road). Photo taken 02/07/06.
Mobile County 41, though sparsely signed, provides a long distance route between Saraland and Citronelle in northern Mobile County. Eastward from Exit 15, Celeste Road connects with U.S. 43 north near Mackies and the Satsuma city line. Photo taken 02/07/06.
An original Interstate 65 Alabama shield posted north of Exit 15 in Saraland. This stretch of Interstate 65 opened to traffic in 1967. Photo taken 10/25/03.
The next interchange lies four miles away and is the last within the Mobile metropolitan area. The speed limit is 70 mph northward, barring construction, to Exit 167 (U.S. 80) at Montgomery. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Interstate 65 exits the city limits of Satsuma and passes over a BNSF Railroad line on the one mile approach to U.S. 43. Exit 19 serves the northernmost reaches of the Mobile metro area, including the communities of Satsuma, Creola and Axis. Photo taken 02/07/06.
U.S. 43 and Interstate 65 part ways on their respective paths at Exit 13. U.S. 43 continues to Grove Hill, Thomasville, Demopolis and Tuscaloosa. The corridor along the Tombigbee River is home to several industries including paper mills and the new ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless USA plant at Mt. Vernon among others. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Exit 19 departs Interstate 65 north for U.S. 43. U.S. 43 immediately enters Satsuma to the south and the city limits of Creola to the north. Creola and adjacent Axis are fairly rural in nature. Further north the four-lane divided highway continues to Bucks, Chastang, and Mount Vernon on the 19-mile drive to Calvert in Washington County. Overall U.S. 43 travels 410 miles between Mobile and Columbia, Tennessee. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Exit 19 partitions into a two-lane northbound ramp to U.S. 43 and a single lane south to Satsuma. A fair number of trucks utilize U.S. 43 north, so the directional cloverleaf interchange includes higher speed ramps between Interstate 65 and U.S. 43.
U.S. 43 currently represents the main north-south route between Mobile and Tuscaloosa, serving the Black Belt region of western Alabama. This geographic realm is defined by the dark soil that is found throughout the area. Unfortunately, this region also includes the poorest counties within the state. To augment some of the economic woes, the state proposes a Black Belt Freeway, traveling between Mobile and Florence/Muscle Schoals in far northwestern Alabama. Rationale for constructing a new freeway includes potential economic growth in the form of new businesses and manufacturing plants along the corridor. It is however unlikely that any new roadway will be constructed in the near future as funding woes remain a problem. Talks surrounding a Florence to Mobile route date back to the 1970s. Photo taken 10/25/03.
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Interstate 65 spans Gunnison Creek between U.S. 43 and the Lister Dairy Road overpass. This stretch of freeway opened in 1970. Photo taken 07/15/05. Second photo taken 0000.
Interstate 65 curves northeast through Creola toward the Mobile River Delta. Meeting the freeway next is Sailor Road (Exit 22). Photo taken 03/20/09.
Aforementioned Lister Dairy Road ties in with an I-65 Service Road leading north to Sailor Road and Exit 22. Exit 22 utilizes the frontage road along the northbound side of Interstate 65 to make the connections to Sailor Road south and Dead Lake Road to the west. Photo taken 03/20/09.
Exit 22 consists of a folded-diamond interchange with I-65 Service Road, Sailor Road, and Dead Lake Road. Dead Lake Road ties in from U.S. 43 and Creola to the west. Continuing north, Dead Lake Road meets Creola Axis Loop Road East and North Mobile County Airport before ending at Dead Lake Marina near the Interstate 65 high level bridge. Photo taken 03/20/09.
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Angling northeast from Creola along Interstate 65. I-65 Service Road continues along the northbound side of the freeway through to the Jim Bell Branch to Dead Lake. The neutered shield pictured in 2005 was replaced by 2009. Photo taken 07/15/05. Second photo taken 03/20/09.
Interstate 65 travels nine miles between Creola and Alabama 225 south of Stockton. Montgomery is 151 miles to the north. Photo taken 03/20/09.
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The steel arches of the Mobile River Delta bridges rise above the forest line along Interstate 65 east of Creola. Photo taken 07/15/05. Second photo taken 02/07/06.
Areas surrounding the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers constitute 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 02/07/06.
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Ascending over the Mobile River Delta bridges along Interstate 65 north. The steel arch bridge is the first in a series of three bridges that span the Mobile River, Little Lizard Creek, Middle River, Mifflin Lake, and the Tensaw River. The Mobile River in conjunction with the Tombigbee and Tennessee Rivers, comprises an important waterway network for the deep south region of the U.S. It forms from the merge of the Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers in northern Baldwin County. Photos taken 02/07/06.
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Cresting over the Mobile River along Interstate 65. The 12-mile stretch between Creola and Alabama 255, including the Mobile River Delta bridges opened to traffic on October 2, 1981. This was the last stretch of Interstate 65 to open south of Birmingham. Photos taken 02/07/06, 07/15/05, 03/20/09.
Traveling through the tied-arch section of the Interstate 65 bridge over the Mobile River. The span is officially designated the General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge, who was a Chief Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Photo taken 07/15/05.
Northbound Interstate 65 descending from the bridge crest 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 02/07/06.
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Little Lizard Creek meanders between the Mobile and Middle Rivers under Interstate 65. The Baldwin County line straddles the creek north of The Basin and south of Bayou East. Photo taken 07/15/05. Second photo taken 03/20/09.


 


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09/16/00, 02/28/02, 10/25/03, 10/30/03, 11/12/03, 07/15/05, 02/07/06, 02/08/06, 07/17/07, 09/26/08, 11/21/08, 11/22/08, 12/19/08, 01/23/09, 03/20/09, 10/09/09, 06/02/10, 10/10/11, 03/18/12, 05/25/12 by AARoads

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

Page Updated 11-15-2011.