Interstate 65 south
Alabama 113 commences an 15.46 mile route south to the Florida state line at Flomaton from Exit 69 in one mile. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Together with U.S. 29 south from Flomaton, Alabama 113 forms a four lane corridor from I-65 into northwest Florida. Plans for the corridor originated in 1967, but only right of way was acquired within Alabama by the 1970s. Widening of U.S. 29 through Escambia County, Florida was completed by 1990. Work on the Alabama portion of the corridor finally broke ground on September 11, 2007. The $22.7-million project to four lane the last 13.5 miles of Alabama 113 was completed on November 12, 2008.1 Photo taken 10/09/16.
Alabama 113 to U.S. 29 south and Alabama 21 to Florida 97 south provide the most direct routes to Pensacola from Interstate 65 in Lower Alabama. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Southbound travelers reach the diamond interchange (Exit 69) with SR 113 south to Flomaton and CR 17 (Barnett Highway) north to Barnett Crossroads. Photo taken 10/09/16.
The rural community of Wallace is 6.8 miles to the east via CR 17 north and CR 40. Pensacola, Florida is a 59 mile drive to the south via SR 113 and U.S. 29. Photo taken 10/09/16.
Southbound reassurance marker for Interstate 65 posted south of Exit 69. A crossover within the median is used for contraflow during hurricane evacuation situations. Photo taken 07/12/05.
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12 miles of uninterrupted pine forest represent the landscape of Interstate 65 southbound through northwest Escambia County. Photos taken 07/12/05.
Alabama 21 and Interstate 65 meet at a diamond interchange (Exit 57) near Martinsville. Alabama 21 travels 278 miles northward from Florida 97 near Atmore to Piedmont in northeastern Alabama. Florida 97 continues the route 24 miles south to U.S. 29 near Molino.
Exit 57 is home to the Wind Creek Gaming Center. Operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the facility includes a high rise hotel and casino. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 57 leaves Interstate 65 south for Alabama 21. Alabama 21 comprises a four-lane divided highway south six miles to U.S. 31 in Atmore. Uriah represents the northbound control point, located 13 miles away at the northern terminus of Alabama 59. Alabama 21 continues north from there to Frisco City and Monroeville. Photo taken 12/29/01.
An older confirming shield posted for Interstate 65 south near Martinsville. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Escambia County 14 passes over Interstate 65 southbound at this mileage sign posted 14 miles northeast of Perdido. Escambia County 14 angles northwest from Martinsville and Alabama 21 to Poarch. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Escambia County 1 (Jack Springs Road) connects Interstate 65 with Freemanville and the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation at Exit 54. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A diamond interchange connects I-65 with Escambia County 1 at Exit 54. CR 1 (Jack Springs Road) leads south to Atmore and Alabama 21, and northwest to Jack Springs and Boonevile. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 54 departs Interstate 65 south for CR County 1 (Jack Springs Road). CR 1 north to CR 47 (Three Mile Road) west leads to Redtown in Baldwin County. Southward the county road ends as Howard Street within Atmore. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Interstate 65 angles through northern Baldwin County from the Perdido area to Stockton. There are four interchanges within Baldwin, the first joining the freeway with CR 47 between Perdido and Rabun. Photo taken 07/12/05.
CR 47 stems west from U.S. 31 near the Escambia County line to CR 61 in Perdido. The county road arcs westward from there, meeting another branch of CR 47 (Jack Springs Road) at Rabun. Rabun Road continues the route southwest to Alabama 287 and Exit 37. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Southbound Interstate 65 at the diamond interchange (Exit 45) with Baldwin County 47. Connections with Baldwin County 96 and 94 lead drivers west to Alabama 59 near Stockton and Vaughn. All roads in this area are very rural in nature. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Bay Minette lies 13 miles to the south, followed by the south end of Interstate 65 at 41 miles on this mileage sign. Photo taken 06/05/06.
One mile east of the diamond interchange (Exit 37) with Gulf Shores Parkway / Rabun Road on Interstate 65 south. Alabama 287 begins here and travels 6.4 miles south to the county seat of Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Gulf Shores Parkway is the designation of the four to five lane roadway that links Interstate 65 with Gulf Shores and the Gulf of Mexico. The parkway entails the northernmost stretch of Alabama 287 and all of Alabama 59 south from Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 287 is acknowledged on the final guide sign for Exit 37 of Interstate 65 south. Aforementioned Baldwin County 47 transitions into the state route from Rabun to the northeast. Alabama 287 and 59 provide a direct route to the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Interests to Faulkner State Community College should use Exit 37 to Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Taking the off-ramp (Exit 37) to Alabama 287 south and Baldwin County 47 north. Both highways follow Rabun Road in name. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Alabama 59 crosses paths with Interstate 65 at a diamond interchange (Exit 34) northwest of Bay Minette. The state route continues northwest to Stockton and Alabama 225. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Alabama 59 constitutes 94.1 miles in length between Alabama 182 at Gulf Shores and Alabama 21 at Uriah. The northernmost stretch of roadway undulates through pine forest on an otherwise rural path. Southward the highway gains traffic and capacity through Bay Minette, Loxley, Robertsdale, Summerdale, and Foley. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 34 leaves Interstate 65 south for Alabama 59. Alabama 59 carries two lanes southeast to Alabama 287 (McMeans Avenue), where it overtakes Gulf Shores Parkway. Alabama 59 bypasses the county seat while Alabama 287 follows Hand Avenue into Downtown. U.S. 31 merges with Alabama 59 from Bay Minette southward to Stapleton. Photo taken 07/12/05.
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Continuing west along Interstate 65 toward the Mobile River Delta. Just out of view is parallel Baldwin County 21 (Live Oak Road). The county road connects Alabama 59 with Alabama 225 north of Exit 31. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 01/01/10.
Alabama 225 comes together with Interstate 65, 21 miles north of Spanish Fort at Exit 31. Photo taken 04/11/02.
Alabama 225 leads south from its beginning in Stockton to Historic Fort Blakeley State Park and U.S. 31 in Spanish Fort. The state route consists of a two-lane rural highway to suburban areas north of Spanish Fort. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Drivers bound for Stockton and Spanish Fort depart Interstate 65 south at Exit 31. Stockton is an unincorporated community located at the north end of Alabama 225. The community is rich in history as both a Civil War village and former international border town. When Spain owned Florida, its boundary extended westward along the 31st parallel. In 1799, this boundary was marked by the Ellicott Stone in Stockton. The stone is named for Major Andrew Ellicott, the surveyor of the border appointed by President George Washington. Photo taken 01/01/10.
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Nine miles separate Alabama 225 from the next southbound exit at Creola. Interstate 65 enters the Mobile River Delta area on the 13-mile approach to Satsuma. Note the crossover in the median. This ramp opens during hurricane evacuation situations when contraflow is implemented along Interstate 65. Photo taken 01/01/10. Second photo taken 07/12/05.
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 07/12/05.
The first of three crests along the Interstate 65 Mobile River Delta bridges spans the Tensaw River. The Tensaw is the first of three navigable rivers that the freeway crosses between Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Photo taken 01/01/10.
A second crest rises above both Mifflin Lake and the Middle River. The Middle River bisects the land between the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers, doubling as the county line north from Little Lizard Creek to the Tensaw River. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Interstate 65 south kinks more southward over northern reaches of The Basin toward its high level bridge over the Mobile River. Photo taken 01/01/10.
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The tied-arch bridges over the Mobile River are officially named the General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge. Locals refer to them as the "Dolly Parton" Bridges. The 12-mile stretch between the Stockton area and Creola, 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 07/12/05.
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Climbing along Interstate 65 south over the steel arch bridge, drivers span Little Lizard Creek, the boundary between Baldwin and Mobile Counties. The Baldwin County line straddles the creek north of The Basin and south of Bayou East between the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers. Photos taken 07/12/05.


 

Sources:

  1. "Widened Highway 113 Opens Joint Alabama And Florida Project." NorthEscambia.com, November 13, 2008.


Photo Credits:

12/29/01, 04/11/02, 07/12/05, 06/05/06, 01/01/10, 10/09/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 31
Alabama 21
Alabama 59
Alabama 225
Alabama 287 - Gulf Shores Parkway / Rabun Road

Page Updated 05-16-2017.