Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 south
Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 exit Blowing Spring Hollow and approach the Exit 365 diamond interchange with Alabama 53 east and Upper Elkton Road. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Alabama 53 begins at Exit 365 and travels east to 7th Street and Ardmore. There the road follows the state line along Main Street before turning southeast to Huntsville. The state route totals 345.29 miles, mostly as a hidden component of U.S. highways, to the Florida state line near Dothan. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Exit 365 leaves Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 south for Alabama 53 and Upper Elkton Road south. Upper Elkton Road acts as a frontage road to the freeway through Holland Gin and Sandlin Road at Exit 361. Photo taken 11/07/11.
A rest area and tourist information center follow along Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 southbound at Holland Gin. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Reassurance shield for Interstate 65 posted as Upper Elkton Road comes into view. U.S. 31 is absent from the overlap between Exit 1 in Tennessee to Exit 354 and Athens. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Elkmont is the next control city for Interstate 65 south for the Sandlin Road diamond interchange at Exit 361. Athens is the next city actually along the freeway. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Southbound Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 reach the first Alabama rest area. A rocket stands as a monument to Alabama's contribution to the space industry, that of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville. Photos taken 11/07/11.
Upper Fort Hampton Road passes over Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 south of the rest area. Motorists then see a second reassurance marker for I-65 and Upper Elkton Road returns to view. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Sandlin Road east and Thach Road west come together at Exit 361 of Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/11.
The town of Elkmont lies four miles to the west along Sandlin Road at Upper Fort Hampton Road. Thach Road east links Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 with Thach, Oak Grove and Limestone County 71 (Mooresville Road). Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 arc eastward away from parallel Elkton Road, to cross over a CSX Railroad line, before turning back westward to Athens. Photos taken 11/07/11.
Interstate 65 & U.S. 31 southbound approach their split at the Exit 354 trumpet interchange in the city of Athens. Photo taken 11/07/11.
U.S. 31 veers southwest from the freeway through Athens, but stays east of downtown. The original alignment of the US Route took U.S. 31 northeast via Alabama 251 (Pryor Street) to Oakdale, Sardis Springs, Bethel and Ardmore. There is no direct access between Interstate 65 and SR-251. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Exit 354 carries U.S. 31 motorists into Athens from Interstate 65 south in this scene. This location marks the northern terminus of Alabama 3, a 374.38-mile route that is wholly overlapped, and unsigned, with U.S. 31 to Spanish Fort. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Huntsville appears on the next mileage sign for Interstate 565 & U.S. 72 Alternate east along with Decatur, via U.S. 72 Alternate west, and Birmingham. Alabama 251 (Pryor Street) passes over Interstate 65 in the background. Photo taken 11/07/11.
U.S. 72 meets Interstate 65 at the Exit 351 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/11.
U.S. 72, like U.S. 31, travels through Athens but bypasses downtown. U.S. 72, and later U.S. 72 Business, was originally signed along Clinton Street north to Washington Street west through the central business district. Clinton Street also doubled as U.S. 31 Business at one point. Those routes and Alabama 99, formerly signed along Market Street, were relocated or decommissioned. SR-99 now uses Elm Street east to end at U.S. 31. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Drivers bound for U.S. 72 depart Interstate 65 southbound at Exit 351. U.S. 72 stretches 170 miles across the northern tier of Alabama, providing a four-lane corridor west from Athens to Florence and east to Huntsville, Scottsboro and Bridgeport. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Reassurance shield and mileage sign posted as Interstate 65 leaves U.S. 72 through southern reaches of Athens. Huntsville lies 31 miles to the east, opposite the Tennessee River city of Decatur to the west of Exit 340. The canalized Swan Creek flows just west of the freeway. Photos taken 11/07/11.
Opened in October 2009, Exit 347 joins Interstate 65 south with Huntsville-Brown's Ferry Road (Limestone County 24) via a diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Huntsville-Brown's Ferry Road travels west from Exit 347 to Tanner Crossroads (U.S. 31) and Tanner. Eastward, the rural highway continues to Dogwood Flats, Peets Corner and the city of Madison. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Southbound at the Exit 347 ramp departure to Huntsville-Brown's Ferry Road along Interstate 65. The highway was extended east from the Madison County line to Hughes Road as Gillespie Road. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Two sets of transmission lines pass over Interstate 65. These lead west to the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and northeastward around Huntsville by way of Wade Mountain. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Two miles north of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 565 east, U.S. 72 Alternate, and Alabama 20 west (Exits 340A/B) on Interstate 65 south at the Garrett Road overpass. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Interstate 565 constitutes a 23-mile spur from Interstate 65 to downtown Huntsville and Chapman Mountain. The freeway was completed in October 1991, replacing an at-grade routing of Alabama 20 through Mooresville, Madison and west Huntsville.
Pictured here is the one mile guide sign for Exit 340 posted ahead of a Norfolk Southern Railroad underpass and Bibb Garrett Road. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Alabama 20 begins and continues Huntsville-Decatur Highway from Interstate 565 & U.S. 72 Alternate west five miles to Decatur via U.S. 31 south. U.S. 72 Alternate, omitted from Interstate 65 guide signs, follows all of I-565. The US Route doubles as Appalachian Development Corridor V and the Trail of Tears Corridor. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Exit 340B loops onto Interstate 565 & U.S. 72 Alternate east to Madison and Huntsville. Remnants of "East Alabama 20" are visible on the overhead from when the state route's former alignment to downtown Huntsville. Interstate 565 ventures nines miles to Huntsville International Airport, 14 miles to Redstone Arsenal (via Rideout Road), and 16 miles to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center tourist attraction. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Decatur appears again on this southbound mileage sign for the first Morgan County interchange. Birmingham is now 77 miles away. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Interstate 65 travels through Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, west of Limestone Creek, to Wheeler Lake of the Tennessee River. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Twin bridges carry Interstate 65 travelers across the Tennessee River as Decatur appears to the west. These 1973-built spans conclude the 29.61-mile stretch of roadway in Limestone County. Photos taken 11/07/11.
The formal Morgan County line sign appears at the south end of the Tennessee River viaduct of Interstate 65. Though, the actual border lines the channel of the waterway. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Alabama 67 (Point Mallard Parkway) angles southeast from Beltline Road and U.S. 31 in Decatur to meet Interstate 65 at the Exit 334 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Exit 334 represents the first of five Morgan County interchanges of Interstate 65. Alabama 67 comprises a 47.11-mile route from the Decatur State Docks on Wheeler Lake to U.S. 231 near the community of Summit in Blount County. The state route follows Beltline Road around Decatur and serves interests to Racking Horse Celebration Arena and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Interstate 65 passes between Burleson and Priceville Mountains on the slow descent to Rountree Bottom. Photo taken 11/07/11.
The community of Hartselle is the next destination of interest on southbound mileage signs for Interstate 65. Birmingham is now an hours drive. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Alabama 36 heads east along Main Street from downtown Hartselle to meet Interstate 65 at the Exit 328 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/11.
State Route 36 totals 47.47-miles between Alabama 33 at Wren, west of Hartselle, to U.S. 231 by Laceys Spring, 21 miles east of Exit 328. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Hartselle resides just west of Exit 328 along parallel U.S. 31. Alabama 36 joins the city with Danville and the Alabama 157 corridor leading northwest to Muscle Schoals. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Interstate 65 continues six miles south to Falkville in southern Morgan County. Birmingham is another 64. Photos taken 11/07/11.
Thompson Road links Interstate 65 with U.S. 31 south of Hartselle and Morgan County 27 (Mount Tabor Road / Mt. Zion Road) west of Cedar Cove. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Several industrial parks line Thompson Road between the Exit 322 diamond interchange and U.S. 31. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Motorists bound for Thompson Road leave Interstate 65 south at Exit 325. Thompson Road west to U.S. 31 south provides an alternate route to Falkville. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Interstate 65 bends eastward toward Aiken Mountain and the outskirts of Falkville over the next three miles. Photos taken 11/07/11.
Morgan County 55 (Pike Road) sees a diamond interchange with Interstate 65 at Exit 322 outside Falkville. Photo taken 11/07/11.
East from Exit 322, County Road 55 meanders to Cole Spring, Cook Gap Mountain and Eva (Morgan County 73). CR-55 becomes Cullman County 1527 en route to Fairview. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Exit 322 parts ways with Interstate 65 south for County Road 55 (Pike Road). CR-55 shares an implied overlap with U.S. 31 (2nd Street) to West Pike Road and Alabama 157 by Campground Mountain. Falkville began with a small general store opened by its namesake, Louis M. Falk in 1858. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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Leaving Falkville, Interstate 65 approaches the Piney Grove Road overpass beyond this reassurance shield. Lacon Mountain and other hills rise along the southern horizon. Photos taken 11/07/11.
U.S. 31 meets Interstate 65 for the first time since splitting with the freeway at Athens in one mile. (Exit 318). Photo taken 11/07/11.
Coming into view to the west, U.S. 31 parallels Interstate 65 over the Flint Creek ahead of the Exit 318 diamond interchange. U.S. 31 shifts sides with the freeway and continues to Vinemont, South Vinemont and Cullman. Lacon, a small settlement at Lacon Road and County Road 23 (Old US 31), resides nearby to the north. Photo taken 11/07/11.
Southbound at the Exit 318 gore point for U.S. 31 at Wilhite Cove. Interests to Folsom Field airport should follow U.S. 31 south to County Road 1398 east near Vinemont. The final Exit 318 guide sign was missing between December 2009 and November 2011. Photo taken 11/07/11.
18.93 miles of Interstate 65 in Morgan County conclude as the freeway enters Cullman County at Indian Creek, on the fringe of Lacon Mountain. Photo taken 11/07/11.


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11/07/11 by AARoads

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