Interstate 85 North - Lee & Chambers Counties

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Interstate 85 north
Passing through the new diamond interchange at Cox Road on Interstate 85 north. Work commenced on the project in January 2011 with completion on November 29, 2012. New Exit 50 serves the 2008-established Auburn Technology Park with connections to Beehive Road (County Road 10). Photo taken 04/13/12.
An original button copy sign remained for the one-mile approach to Exit 51 (U.S. 29) outside of the city of Auburn. U.S. 29 enters the freeway from the southwest and merges with I-85 northward by both Auburn and Opelika. Old U.S. 29 continues along College Street into the city by the University of Auburn campus to downtown. Photo taken 01/16/04.
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The Exit 51 diamond interchange was reconstructed in 2005. Work again occurred at the exit in conjunction with new Exit 50 to the southwest. Sign changes made between 2005 and 2012 reflect Alabama 147, a state route following College Street north to Shug Jordan Parkway, an arterial bypass of Auburn to the west. SR 147 combines with SR 269 along the parkway to U.S. 280 at The Bottle. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north
Shield assembly for Interstate 85 north that was posted after Exit 51. U.S. 29 shares 12.83-miles of pavement with the freeway to Exit 64. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Downtown Opelika is the next destination of Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north in ten miles. The freeway remains within the city of Auburn to Exit 57. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the Exit 57 diamond interchange with Bent Creek Road. Older signs for the exit reflected Glenn Avenue and Auburn/Opelika Airport. The adjacent airport was renamed in November 2009 to Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO). Photo taken 06/21/05.
Bent Creek Road comprises a 1.2-mile connector between Glenn Avenue to the north and Hamilton Road to the south within the city of Auburn. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Exit 57 leaves Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north for Exit 57 and Bent Creek Road. Glenn Avenue winds westward to downtown Auburn and east as Frederick Road through Opelika. Hamilton Road meanders through suburban areas of south Auburn from Tiger Town Shopping Center by Exit 58. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
One mile south of the 1999-opened diamond interchange (Exit 58) with Gateway Drive (U.S. 280 west) on I-85 north. U.S. 280 enters the Auburn-Opelika area via the Birmingham Highway from Dadeville to the northwest. Gateway Drive carries the US highway south from Pepperell Parkway (former U.S. 29) to a short overlap with the freeway. U.S. 280 originally joined U.S. 29 eastward along Pepperell Parkway and 2nd Street to 7th Street (U.S. 431) and Columbus Parkway. Photo taken 04/13/12.
This shield assembly for Interstate 85 north again omits the overlap with U.S. 29. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Still seven miles out from downtown Opelika along Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north. Atlanta is 110 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 58 is the first of five interchanges for the city of Opelika along Interstate 85 north. The city limits extend to the Chambers County line. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Drivers bound for U.S. 280 west depart Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north. The sprawling Tiger Town Shopping Center occupies land to the northwest of Exit 58. Gateway Drive was constructed initially to I-85 but was extended eastward to County Road 54 (Capps Way) and Alabama 51 (Marvyn Parkway). Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north and U.S. 280 east
Shields for U.S. 29 north & 280 east follow the on-ramp from Gateway Drive. The I-85 shield posted in 2005 was curiously absent from the assembly. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Approaching the folded diamond interchange (Exit 60) with Alabama 51 (Marvyn Parkway) south to Alabama 169 (Crawford Road) on I-85. Hurtsboro is a small town 28 miles to the south along Alabama 51. Alabama 169 travels south and east to Crawford and U.S. 80. The route constitutes an alternate to the Phenix City area in lieu of U.S. 280 & 431 (Columbus Parkway). Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
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Exit 60 traffic departs for Alabama 51 (Marvyn Parkway) south and Geneva Street north to downtown Opelika. SR 169 travels 26.33 miles overall between SR 51 and U.S. 431 outside Seale. SR 51 totals 113.60 miles from Interstate 85 to New Brockton. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
U.S. 280 prepares to split with Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north at the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 60) with U.S. 431 (Columbus Parkway). U.S. 280 & 431 combine for a 26 mile trek southeast to Smiths Station and Phenix City.
A change made to the sign revised the mileage from one to one half mile. Photo taken 04/13/12.
An original button copy guide sign was replaced at the Exit 62 off-ramp to Columbus Parkway by 2010. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Like U.S. 280, U.S. 431 saw relocation from its downtown Opelika area routing in the 1990s. The US highway turns northward from just west of Exit 62 via the two-lane Fox Run Parkway. The bypass route encircles the city from the east between Columbus Parkway and West Point Parkway (former U.S. 29), where U.S. 431 resumes its original course to Lafayette. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 northbound reassurance shields posted after Exit 62. The two highways split in two miles at Exit 64 (West Point Parkway). Photo taken 04/13/12.
Opelika is featured for the third time on northbound mileage signs for the diamond interchange at West Point Parkway. Atlanta remains 105 miles to the north. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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U.S. 29 rejoins its original alignment east from Exit 64 of Interstate 85 for a 13-mile journey to Fairfax. West Point Parkway leads southwest to U.S. 431 (Lafayette Parkway north / Fox Run Parkway south). Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
Greenouts that were in place on Exit 64 signs concealed a solo U.S. 29 to reflect the northbound only component of the US highway. No control city is used for the rural trek of U.S. 29 east through Pine Grove and southern Chambers County. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 north
The remaining miles of Interstate 85 in Alabama see the route travel alone to West Point, Georgia. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Similar to the impetus for Exit 50 on the southwest side of Auburn, Exit 66 on the northeast side of Opelika was built to enhance access to a new industrial park. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Cusseta, a town in southern Chambers County, is the next destination of Interstate 85 north. This mileage sign precedes the 2001-03 construction of Exit 66 with Andrews Road. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Andrews Road was extended east across Interstate 85 to U.S. 29 (West Point Parkway) in conjunction with the Exit 66 interchange project. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Entering the Exit 66 parclo interchange with Andrews Road on Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Forested frontage sets the tone for Interstate 85 north through the farthest reaches of the Opelika city limits. 100 miles separate this stretch of freeway from Atlanta, Georgia. Photos taken 04/13/12.
County Road 177 crosses Interstate 85 as the freeway nips a corner of Chambers County. The freeway reenters Lee County briefly ahead of Exit 70. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Exit 70 with County Road 388, is the first of three Chambers County interchanges along Interstate 85 north. The diamond interchange provides access to Cussetta via CR-388 west to CR-83 north. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
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Chambers County 388 straddles the Lee County line east to U.S. 29 outside Valley. Westward the county road becomes unpaved after CR-83. Chambers County 83 connects Interstate 85 with the county seat of Lafayette to the northwest. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 northbound reassurance marker posted after Exit 70. A sign posted ahead displays the Valley city limits. The city center is still seven miles to the northeast. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Drivers will reach Atlanta in another 97 miles from southern Chambers County. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Chambers County 208 (Phillips Road west / Fob James Drive east) intersects Interstate 85 at the Exit 77 diamond interchange in one mile. A sign replacement made after 2005 omits the county highway pentagon. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
Phillips Road (County Road 208) arcs northwest from Exit 77 to Huguley and the west side of Lanett. Fob James Drive continues the roadway east from I-85 to Southern Union State Community College and U.S. 29 (20th Avenue) at Langdale in Valley. Photo taken 04/13/12.
An original Interstate 85 shield lies along the stretch of freeway between Exits 77 and 79. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Downtown Lanett, situated three miles north of Exit 79, is the final destination of Interstate 85 north in Alabama. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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One-mile guide sign of Exit 79 (U.S. 29) on Interstate 85 northbound. U.S. 29 comprises the main highway between the cities of Lanett and Valley. Broad Avenue carries the route north from Exit 79 to Alabama 50 (Veterans Memorial Parkway). From there U.S. 29 follows Gilmer Avenue to West Point, Georgia. Southward U.S. 29 follows 20th Avenue through Valley. Photo taken 01/16/04. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
Entering the Exit 79 diamond interchange with U.S. 29 (Broad and 20th Avenues). U.S. 29 straddles West Point Lake to LaGrange, Georgia, as it stays north of Interstate 85 to Georgia Exit 35 at Grantville. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Continuing into Georgia, travelers will first encounter a tourist information center and rest area. Photo taken 04/13/12.
The FHWA October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List indicates that Interstate 85 in Alabama is exactly 80.00 miles in length. This photograph shows what was the last Interstate 85 Alabama shield (adhering to 1961 MUTCD specifications) and milepost 80 at the Chattahoochee River between Alabama and Georgia. The shield was replaced by 2004. Photo taken 10/04/01.
GADOT replaced the Interstate 85 Alabama shield with a state-named version of its own. Photo taken 04/13/12.
The state line follows the west banks of the Chattahoochee River at Interstate 85. This boundary also doubles as the separation of Central and Eastern Time Zones. A sign indicating that was posted in 2005 but gone by 2012. Photo taken 04/13/12.


 


Photo Credits:

10/04/01, 01/16/04, 06/21/05, 04/13/12 by AARoads

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U.S. 29
U.S. 280
U.S. 431

Page Updated 11-04-2012.