Interstate 65 South - Mobile County

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Interstate 65 arcs southward through the city of Mobile west of Mid-Town. Five interchanges serve the Port City.
Interstate 65 South
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Interstate 65 rises high above the Mobile River west of the county line. Drivers enter the city limits of Creola in the process. 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. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 01/01/10.
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A sea of pine forest comprises the landscape of northern Mobile County visible from the General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge. General W.K. Wilson, Jr. was a Chief Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who lived in Mobile. Photos taken 07/12/05.
Exit 22 in the city of Creola, is the first of twelve Mobile County interchanges along the final miles of Interstate 65. The exchange connects with local roads that serve not only Creola, but also the nearby town of Axis and Dead Lake to the east. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A folded diamond interchange joins Interstate 65 with Sailor Road, Dead Lake Road, and I-65 Service Road east of central Creola. Creola is rural in nature, entailing a handful of residential roads along Old Highway 43, Dead Lake Road, and Creola Axis Loop Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 22 loops from Interstate 65 south to the intersection of Dead Lake and Sailor Roads. Sailor Road spurs east from the I-65 Service Road to a dead end. Dead Lake Road travels west to U.S. 43 and east to Creola Axis Loop Road East and North Mobile County Airport. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Continuing southwest through Creola, Interstate 65 next approaches Satsuma and Saraland. Lister Dairy Road passes over the freeway in the distance. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 43 travels south from Mt. Vernon and northeast Mobile County through Chastang, Bucks, Axis and Creola to meet Interstate 65 at the Exit 19 directional cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Southbound motorists span Gunnison Creek on the half mile approach to Exit 19 and U.S. 43. U.S. 43 constitutes a four-lane divided highway southward from Creola into Satsuma and Saraland. The route ends at the Plateau section of Mobile in nine miles. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Replaced overhead for U.S. 43. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 19 loops away from I-65 south to U.S. 43 on the north side of Satsuma. U.S. 43 parallels a Norfolk Southern Railroad line southward to Chickasaw and Prichard. Overall the highway represents the main route from the Gulf Coast northward to Thomasville, Demopolis and Tuscaloosa. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Angling southwest from U.S. 43 toward the city limits of Satsuma. An original reassurance marker was posted between the on-ramp and BNSF Railroad under crossing. Photo taken 06/10/01.
Interstate 65 enters the city limits of Saraland between the Baker Road and Hells Swamp Branch. Celeste Road (Mobile County 41) crosses paths with the freeway at the first Saraland interchange (Exit 15). Photo taken 07/12/05.
One half mile north of the Exit 15 diamond interchange with Celeste Road. Celeste Road carries Mobile County 41 west from its beginning at U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard), Ferry Avenue, and SR 213 (Shelton Beach Road) northwest through growing residential areas of Saraland (pop. 12,288). Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 15 departs Interstate 65 south for Celeste Road. Mobile County 41 connects Saraland with Citronelle in northern Mobile County. Lafitte Road joins Celeste Road nearby with Mobile County 55 (Kali-Oka Road) east of Oak Grove as well. Photo taken 06/05/06.
SR 158 & 213 come together at the Exit 13 parclo interchange in Saraland. SR 213 follows Shelton Beach Road southwest to Eight Mile in Prichard and northeast to U.S. 43 (Saraland) at Celeste Road. SR 158 travels east to U.S. 43 (Saraland Boulevard) and west to Schillinger Road northeast of Semmes. Photo taken 06/05/06.
A loop ramp was added from Industrial Parkway westbound onto Interstate 65 southbound by 2003. The interchange reconstruction also realigned SR 213 to coincide with expansion of SR 158. SR 158 was built in 1967 between U.S. 43 and U.S. 45 near Kushla. Four-laning of the route west to U.S. 45 occurred by 2005 and in January 2008 SR 158 extended west to an extension of Schillinger Road. The corridor will become part of U.S. 98 when its bypasses of Wilmer and Semmes are completed. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Southbound Interstate 65 at the Exit 13 off-ramp to SR 158 & 213. SR 213 travels south from the ramp end to the University of Mobile and Chickasabogue Park in Prichard. SR 158 meets Mobile County 55 (College Parkway) at a diamond interchange to the west near the university and the Alabama Motorsports Park site. Photo taken 06/05/06.
A historical look at an original Interstate 65 Alabama shield south of Exit 13. When photographed, Interstate 65 carried only four lanes south from the former diamond interchange with Industrial Parkway. The 1999-2003 project to expand Exit 13 coincided with a six-laning of Interstate 65 south to a new Chickasaw Creek bridge. Photo taken 09/16/00.
Crossing the Chickasaw Creek on Interstate 65 southbound within Chickasabogue. I-65 enters the city limits of Chickasaw at the 2003-rebuilt bridge, meeting West Lee Street (Exit 10) in 1.75 miles. The interchange sequence sign pictured here is a 2007 replacement of a panel damaged by hurricane winds. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Diagrammatic overhead posted two miles north of the Exit 9 split with Interstate 165 south. I-165 joins Interstate 65 with downtown's Prichard and Mobile. Photo taken 06/05/06.
West Lee Street and Interstate 65 meet at the Exit 10 diamond interchange in Chickasaw. West Lee Street connects the freeway with U.S. 43 (Craft Highway) via and Jackson Street and Sutherland Drive to the east. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Exit 10 parts ways with Interstate 65 south for West Lee Street. Connections with Commanche Street nearby lead drivers southwest to Wasson Avenue and U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) in Prichard. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Interstate 165 constitutes a 4.90-mile spur leading southeast from Interstate 65 (Exit 9) to U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) and the intersection of Beauregard (U.S. 90) and Water Streets in Mobile. Opened on October 28, 1994 at a cost of $240 million, the majority of the freeway is elevated over Prichard streets and wetlands associated with Three Mile Creek. Photo taken 06/05/06.
The on-ramp from West Lee Street forms an auxiliary lane to the three-level stack interchange with Interstate 165 (Exit 9). Exit 9 departs with two lanes in one quarter mile as Interstate 65 approaches the city limits of Prichard. Photo taken 06/05/06.
An original reassurance shield (1958 MUTCD specs) of Interstate 65 posted midway between Exits 10 and 9. This stretch of freeway was completed in 1965. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Exit 9 truck route sign posted for the Bay Bridge Road connection to Interstate 10 via Interstate 165 south. Interstate 165 sees three southbound off-ramps to serve the city of Prichard, the third of which connects with U.S. 90 and Truck U.S. 98 (Bay bridge Road). The route in conjunction with Bay Bridge Road provides an eastern bypass across the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge east to Blakeley Island and Interstate 10. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Interstate 65 south at the split with Interstate 165 south (Exit 9). Interstate 65 constitutes a six-lane freeway south directly to Water Street. Water Street comprises a six-lane boulevard from the Alabama State Docks south to the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center and Exit 26B of Interstate 10. The Water Street alignment was originally considered for a six-lane freeway viaduct to be built as part of Interstate 210. Interstate 210 was the planned predecessor to Interstate 165. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Interstate 65 curves southwest from Interstate 165 on the one-mile approach to U.S. 45. The freeway traverses the Whistler community of northwest Prichard. Photo taken 06/05/06.
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Advancing south from I-165, Interstate 65 approaches a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 8) with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). This exchange was converted from a cloverleaf in 2005 to eliminate weaving traffic along the freeway. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 06/05/06.
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All traffic destined for U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) departs Interstate 65 southbound in unison at Exit 8. The US highway represents the main route north to Citronelle and Meridian, Mississippi and overall travels 1297 miles between Mobile and Ontonagon, Michigan. Photo taken 11/04/03. Second photo taken 02/08/06.
South from Exit 8, U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) ends at U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) beyond Allenville in Mobile. The US route north continues to Eight Mile and Kushla in northwest Prichard. Photo taken 0000.
A historical look at the former Exit 8A loop ramp onto U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) south from Interstate 65 southbound. Interstate 65 gains a frontage road system (East / West I-65 Service Roads) from St. Stephens Road southward to Halls Mill Road. The frontage roads are also known as the Beltline Highway, one of Interstate 65's formal names through Mobile. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Southbound motorists enter the city limits of Mobile just southwest of U.S. 45 (Exit 8). Next in line is the Exit 5B folded diamond interchange to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road). Photo taken 06/05/06.
A 0.50-mile guide sign for Exit 5B was installed along Interstate 65 south by 2008. U.S. 98 follows Moffett Road northwest from Spring Hill Avenue at the Crichton community of Mobile nearby to Semmes, Wilmer, and George County, Mississippi. The four varies between a four and five lane arterial west to Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) near mile marker ten. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Nearing the Exit 5B off-ramp onto the adjacent West I-65 Service Road. The frontage road leads south to its end at U.S. 98 opposite the parallel Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad to Moffett Road. Photo taken 06/05/06.
U.S. 98 represents a busy commuter corridor leading toward West Mobile and Semmes from the medical district of Spring Hill Avenue and downtown via Broad Street. U.S. 98 joins Mobile with Lucedale and Hattiesburg, Mississippi as a four-lane corridor within the Magnolia State. Upon completion of the Wilmer and Semmes bypasses, the US route will shift to a new four-lane alignment leading east to Exit 13 of Interstate 65 via SR 158. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Interstate 65 spans the CN Railroad ahead of the parclo interchange (Exit 5A) with Spring Hill Avenue. Spring Hill Avenue splits with U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) and continues west to Joseph N. Langan Park and Forest Hill. The boulevard extends west as Zeigler Boulevard to Tanner Williams Road in West Mobile. Points of interest for Exit 5A include the Mobile Museum of Art and Spring Hill College by way of Old Shell Road. Connected to Exit 5A via the west I-65 Service Road, Old Shell Road passes under I-65 nearby. Photo taken 06/05/06.
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Southbound reassurance shield, and its 2009 replacement, for Interstate 65 posted at the end of the Springhill Avenue / Exit 5A on-ramp. Adjacent and below, the East I-65 Service Road intersects Old Shell Road. Old Shell Road represents a busy two-lane road linking the Tacon and Midtown areas with Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama. Photo taken 02/28/02. Second photo taken 02/06/09.
Interchange sequence sign displaying the distance to Dauphin Street (Exit 4), Airport Boulevard (Exit 3), and U.S. 90 (Exit 1). Photo taken 10/31/03.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 65 with Dauphin Street near Springhill Medical Center. Exit 4 opened in the 1970s when Dauphin Street was extended west as a four-lane arterial to Springhill College Golf Course and McGregor Avenue. Dauphin Street joins the Country Club Estates area with Midtown, Tacon and Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 06/05/06.
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Exit 3 quickly follows on Interstate 65 south as a six-ramp parclo interchange with Airport Boulevard. Airport Boulevard constitutes Mobile's busiest east-west commercial corridor, linking the Bel Air Mall area near I-65 with Mobile Regional Airport and the Schillinger Road retail strip. Airport Boulevard carries four to six lanes from Florida Avenue west to the airport. Further west, the county highway continues to Mississippi 614 to Hurley.
What was previously a two-lane ramp departure was restriped by 2009 to provide only one dedicated lane to Airport Boulevard. The fourth southbound lane emanates from the Exit 4 on-ramp. Photo taken 06/05/06. Second photo taken 10/09/09.
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Like Exits 8 and 1, Exit 3 originally existed as a cloverleaf interchange. By 1996, the loop ramp onto Airport Boulevard east was eliminated as all movements were combined to a single ramp. Drivers departing Interstate 65 via Exit 3 are provided with four lanes ahead of the intersection with Airport. Heavily commercial frontage occupies the landscape west from Sage Avenue to McGregor Avenue, providing a slow drive for any commuter or traveler utilizing the arterial. Photos taken 11/12/03.
The final main line exit of Interstate 65 is the six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 90. A grassy foot print remains from the removed Exit 3A loop ramp at the 1.50-mile sign bridge for Exit 1. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Interstate 65 and its parallel frontage roads continue south from Airport Boulevard to U.S. 90 (Exit 1). U.S. 90 follows Government Boulevard east through Mid Town Mobile and southwest to Tillman's Corner and Theodore. Exits 1A/B were combined into a single off-ramp on February 8, 2004. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Interstate 65 concludes an 888 mile route at I-10, two miles south of the Cottage Hill Road overpass in Mobile. Winds from Hurricane Katrina toppled the two-mile guide sign in 2005; this view looks at its replacement. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Nearing the Exit 1 ramp departure to U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) on Interstate 65 south. U.S. 90 mainly serves commuter interests between Tillman's Corner and Mid Town. The route also facilitates traffic to Henry Aaron Stadium, home of Double AA Baseball's Mobile Bay Bears. Photo taken 06/05/06.
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Exit 1 departs Interstate 65 south with two lanes 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.
The second photo displays the former guide signs for Exits 1B/A. Photo taken 10/30/03. Second photo taken 06/05/06.
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Following the Exit 1 off-ramp from Interstate 65 to U.S. 90, motorists see four overall lanes to Government Boulevard. U.S. 90 west intersects Lakeside Drive north to Cottage Hill Road and Satchel Paige Drive south to the stadium and Halls Mill Road at Farnell to the east. Photo taken 06/05/06. Second photo taken 05/19/04.
The former Exit 1A cloverleaf ramp to U.S. 90 east/Government Boulevard of Interstate 65 southbound. The removal of this ramp eliminates the weaving traffic concerns that occurred with the advent of U.S. 90 westbound merging traffic from a cloverleaf ramp behind the camera. This interchange technically should be Exit 2, as milepost 2 is situated just to the south of this ramp. Photo taken 10/30/03.
One mile out from I-10, traffic along Interstate 65 south partitions with two lanes leading east to Downtown Mobile while three lanes continue west to Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans. The state based control points used here are not used on any other Interstate 10 signage in Alabama. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A look at what was the final Interstate 65 reassurance shield. This assembly was posted just beyond the one-mile sign bridge for Interstate 10, affixed to the third streetlight behind the gantry. By 2010 the shield assembly was replaced and moved one light post closer... Photo taken 10/28/03.
The replacement for the last Interstate 65 southbound shield. Photo taken 03/18/12.
Halls Mill Road (Mobile County 28 / original U.S. 90) passes over Interstate 65 one half mile north of the partition into ramps for Interstate 10. Interstate 10 east sees five interchanges for the city of Mobile before descending into the George Wallace Tunnel under the Mobile River. 38 miles separate the southern terminus of Interstate 65 with the Pensacola spur of Interstate 110 south. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Exit 0 placards appear for the only time at the split of traffic between Interstate 10 east to Pensacola and west to Biloxi. Downtown Mobile is six miles to the east, with New Orleans located roughly 123 miles to the west.
The eastbound directional ramp is shoulder less and merges onto the left side of Interstate 10 east. Originally the ramp was striped for one lane. Westbound Interstate 10 continues three miles to SR 193 at Tillman's Corner.
A 2,460-mile freeway, Interstate 10 connects Jacksonville, Florida with Santa Monica, California. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 0 placards appear for the only time at the split of traffic between Interstate 10 east to Pensacola and west to Biloxi. Downtown Mobile is six miles to the east, with New Orleans located roughly 123 miles to the west.
The eastbound directional ramp is shoulder less and merges onto the left side of Interstate 10 east. Originally the ramp was striped for one lane. Westbound Interstate 10 continues three miles to SR 193 at Tillman's Corner.
A 2,460.34-mile freeway, Interstate 10 connects Jacksonville, Florida with Santa Monica, California. Photo taken 09/30/12.


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09/16/00, 06/10/01, 02/28/02, 10/28/03, 10/30/03, 10/31/03, 11/04/03, 11/12/03, 05/19/04, 07/12/05, 02/08/06, 06/05/06, 07/17/07, 09/28/08, 02/06/09, 10/09/09, 01/01/10, 06/02/10, 03/18/12, 09/30/12 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 10-02-2012.