Interstate 85 North - Montgomery & Macon Counties

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Interstate 85 North
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A three-level directional cloverleaf interchange handles the movements between Interstate 65, Interstate 85 and Day Street outside downtown Montgomery. Motorists taking the ramp from I-65 south to I-85 north join traffic from the Day Street connector east to form the northbound beginning of I-85 from under the I-65 mainline. Photos taken 06/05/96.
Ramps from Interstate 65 and Day Street combine ahead of the Rosa L. Parks Avenue underpass and this sign proclaiming Interstate 85 through Montgomery as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway. The concrete pictured here was paved over with asphalt by 2008. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Four lanes of Interstate 85 north lower toward the Exit 1 split-diamond interchange with Court Street. Exit 1 forms Arba Street, an eastbound side service road from Court Street east to Union Street, on the south side of downtown Montgomery near Alabama State University. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 1 quickly leaves Interstate 85 north at the Holcombe Street under crossing for the central business district, Old Alabama Town and the Alabama State Capitol. A second split diamond interchange (Exit 2) follows in 1.25 miles with Forest Avenue. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Passing under Perry Street along Interstate 85 north. Perry and Hull Streets were once a part of U.S. 331 between downtown and Fairview Avenue. Union Street later carried the route until its truncated to South Boulevard in 1990. Photo taken 04/13/12.
The first shield of Interstate 85 north stands past the Union Street on-ramp from Arba Street and ASU. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Forest Avenue leads south from Highland Avenue outside downtown to meet Interstate 85 by Oak Park and Jackson Hospital just ahead. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 2 departs northbound Interstate 85 for Forest Avenue at West 2nd Street. Return access is provided by Mulberry Street to the east. Southward Mulberry ends at Carter Hill Road (former Alabama 110) near Cloverdale. Narrow Lane Road stems south from former SR 110 nearby to Huntingdon College. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 next meets Ann Street in one mile at the Exit 3 diamond interchange by Oak Park. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Ann Street leads north from forthcoming Exit 3 to the confluence of Madison Avenue (old U.S. 80 & 231 and Alabama 21) east, Atlanta Highway (old U.S. 80) west and Federal Drive (old U.S. 231 & Alabama 21) south. Photo taken 04/13/12.
South from Exit 3, Ann Street becomes Robison Hill Road at East 5th Street to Carter Hill Road (old Alabama 110) at the McGehee Estates community. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 winds southeast from Ann Street and the second reassurance marker. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Four lanes of Interstate 85 north continue one mile to a parclo interchange with Perry Hill Road (Exit 4). Photo taken 04/13/12.
Perry Hill Road consists of a divided arterial between I-85 (Exit 4) and Vaughn Road (former Alabama 110) to the south. Leafy residential streets front both sides of the freeway ahead of the Exit 4 off-ramp. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 4 expands to a two-lane off-ramp for Perry Hill Road from Interstate 85 north. Perry Hill Road continues north from the Interstate to Atlanta Highway (old U.S. 80) at the Dalraida community. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Motorists taking Exit 4 partition into three turn lanes for Perry Hill Road. The center lane joins the arterial south to its left turn lanes for Carmichael Road, a connector east to East Boulevard serving a bevy of offices and lodging establishments. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Speed limits increase from 60 to 65 miles per hour as the freeway roadways diverge somewhat. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Northbound drivers next approach a directional cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 80 west, U.S. 231 and Alabama 21. Collectively known as East Boulevard, the roadway is part of system of 1960s-built arterials encircling the core of Montgomery. Photo taken 04/13/12.
U.S. 80 east joins Interstate 85 north from Exit 6 to Exit 16 at Waugh. The route previously followed East Boulevard to Atlanta Highway east at Eastdale Mall. The relocation of the route onto I-85 took place in 2010.
U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 otherwise follow East Boulevard north to Wetumpka Highway at North Boulevard (Alabama 152) west. The tandem join Montgomery with Wetumpka and Sylacauga to the north. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 6 leaves Interstate 85 north for East Boulevard. The busy stretch of commercial route includes a number of travel amenities and assorted retail in either direction. U.S. 80 west & 231 south part ways in 3.12 miles at Troy Highway, where U.S. 82 west enters South Boulevard and U.S. 231 leaves East Boulevard. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Traffic along Exit 6 partitions into turn lanes for East Boulevard and adjacent Carmichael Road. Use U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 north for Maxwell A.F.B. Gunter Annex via their former alignment along Cong. W.L. Dickinson Drive south and East Boulevard south for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival off Vaughn Road (former Alabama 110). Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 North U.S. 80 East
U.S. 80 enters Interstate 85 north for a 9.51-mile overlap with the freeway. Atlanta Highway (former U.S. 80) leads east from U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 to Mitylene and Exit 11. Photo taken 04/13/12.
One mile west of Alabama 271 (Taylor Road) on Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east. Alabama 271 comprises a multi-lane divided highway between Auburn University at Montgomery, north of I-85, to U.S. 231 at Barachias. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 9 was reconstructed in the early 2000s with the addition of a loop ramp onto Interstate 85 south & U.S. 80 west from SR 271 north. Alabama 271 (Taylor Road) connects U.S. 82 & 231 (Troy Highway), Vaughn Road (former Alabama 110), and Atlanta Highway (old U.S. 80) along a 5.44-mile course. The route is signed as an alternate to U.S. 231 for points south such as Troy and Dothan. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east reach the Exit 9 off-ramp at Oliver Creek. Photo taken 04/13/12.
The end of the Exit 9 off-ramp sees traffic partition into turn lanes for Alabama 271 and Eastchase Parkway, a 2003-constructed commercial road connecting Taylor Road with Alabama 110 (Chantilly Parkway). Photo taken 01/16/04.
Drivers along Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east pass by The Shoppes of Eastchase retail area and see this set of shields. Photo taken 12/03/11.
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Approaching Alabama 126 and the western terminus of Alabama 110 at Exit 11. Alabama 126 took over the existing U.S. 80 alignment in Fall 2011 as the U.S. Highway was siphoned onto Interstate 85 from Exit 6 east to Exit 16. Alabama 126 now constitutes an 11.054 mile loop utilizing the north and south frontage roads between the aforementioned interchanges. This interchange also serves the communities of Mt. Meigs and Mitylene along the now signed Alabama 126 (Atlanta Highway) nearby. Photo taken 06/21/05. Second photo taken 12/03/11.
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One half mile west of Exit 11 on Interstate 85 north. The connection with the four-lane Alabama 110 facilitates travel to the towns of McDade and Cecil en route to the Bullock County seat of Union Springs, 32 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 06/21/05. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
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Interstate 85 north and U.S. 80 east at Exit 11. Alabama 126 crosses from the northwest to the southeast with Alabama 110 beginning on the south end of the diamond interchange. U.S. 80 (Atlanta Highway) formerly crossed the interstate here, immediately turning east to parallel Interstate 85 to Exit 22. The U.S. highway is now concurrent with I-85 until Exit 16 where the route rejoins its current alignment. Photo taken 06/21/05. Second photo taken 04/13/12.
A parting shot of the Exit 11 off-ramp from Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east. Alabama 126 overtakes U.S. 80 west for just 0.204-miles along Atlanta Highway near Technacenter Drive. Alabama 110 south begins and follows Chantilly Parkway on its 32.26-mile course to U.S. 82. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Approaching the crossing of Jenkins Creek along Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east. Alabama 126, Atlanta Highway on the north side, Old Highway 80 East on the south, parallels both directions of the freeway in this scene as well. Photo taken 12/03/11.
Four miles west of Waugh and over two hours away from Atlanta along Interstate 85 north & U.S. 80 east near Mt. Meigs. Photo taken 04/12/12.
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Work broke ground on September 28, 2011 on a $65.8-million project to construct the first 3.5 miles of the Montgomery Outer Loop (SR 108). Flyover ramps will connect Alabama 108 with Interstate 85 at a high-speed directional interchange when the roadway opens, currently slated for December 2014. This is the first segment of the eventual I-85 extension west to Cuba, Alabama. Photos taken 04/13/12.
U.S. 80 east will depart Interstate 85 north at Exit 16 in one mile. Immediately to the south of this guide sign is Alabama 293, a 2.5 mile route connecting Alabama 126 (former U.S. 80) with Alabama 110, running parallel with the Montgomery Bypass. Photo taken 12/03/11.
Just west of Exit 16 with Alabama 126 north of Waugh. Alabama 126 (former U.S. 80) parallels the concurrent interstate and U.S. highway to the south for the next one half mile before crossing the interstate at Exit 16. The state route then proceeds to backtrack toward Montgomery parallel with I-85 south and U.S. 80 west, ending along Atlanta Highway (also former U.S. 80) northwest of Exit 11. Photo taken 06/21/05.
U.S. 80 east prepares to exit Interstate 85 north at Alabama 126 (Exit 16). Currently, only trailblazers let motorists know of the impending departure of the U.S. highway from I-85 at Exit 16. U.S. 80 will rejoin its current alignment immediately south of the diamond interchange. Current guide signs also do not indicate that Alabama 126 crosses the interstate at Exit 16, as this exit predated the state highway. Cecil lies along the Alabama 110 corridor and is reached via Montgomery County 37. Motorists wishing to access nearby Alabama 293 follow U.S. 80 east to Alabama 126 (former U.S. 80). Photo taken 12/03/11.
Ascending along the Exit 16 off-ramp of U.S. 80 east from Interstate 85 north. Alabama 126 shields appear but are banner less due to the fact that the road comprises a loop and that eastbound eventually faces westbound... Photo taken 12/03/11.
Interstate 85 North
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Interstate 85 and U.S. 80 part ways along respective courses to the town of Shorter in Macon County. The first guide sign along the northbound freeway lies 152 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Photos taken 04/13/12.
Northbound motorists span Line Creek and enter Macon County midway between Waugh and Shorter. Photo taken 04/13/12.
One mile west of the Exit 22 diamond interchange with Alabama 138, a 0.785-mile route connecting Interstate 85 with parallel U.S. 80 at Shorter. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 22 provides the second to last direct route to U.S. 80 before the route separates from the Interstate 85 corridor to Phenix City and Columbus, Georgia. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 22 departs Interstate 85 north for Alabama 138 to U.S. 80 at Shorter. Macon County Greyhound Park (Victoryland) occupies land just east side of the interchange. While races at the track ended on May 10, 2011, patrons may still partake in simulcast betting on dog and horse racing. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Reassurance marker and mileage sign for I-85 north posted ahead of the Macon County 40 overpass, 16 miles west of Tuskegee. Photo taken 04/13/12. Second photo taken 06/21/05.
Travelers along Interstate 85 next meet the south end of Alabama 229 at the Exit 26 diamond interchange. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Alabama 229 leads north from I-85 near the E V Smith Research Center along a 21.02-mile path to Tallassee, Burlington, Kent, Red Hill and SR 63 near Lake Martin. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Macon County 30 stems southeast from Exit 26 of Interstate 85 and SR 229. The county highway arcs eastward to the town of Franklin alongside the freeway to Exit 32. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 continues east 6.3 miles to Franklin through forested hills. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Interstate 85 encounters a third straight Alabama state highway terminus at the Exit 32 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Alabama 49 travels 30 miles north from Franklin to the Tallapoosa County seat of Dadeville. Macon County 51 (Pleasant Springs Drive) continues the roadway south from Exit 32 to Tuskegee. Connections with CR-30 (Franklin Road) lead drivers east to Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. Photo taken 04/13/12.
An 82.68-mile route, Alabama 49 leads northward to Lineville and Alabama 281 (Talladega Scenic Drive) near Cheaha Mountain, the tallest point in the state. Photo taken 04/13/12.
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Travelers remain within the town of Franklin to just east of the County Road 36 overpass. The freeway stays north of Tuskegee to Exit 38, 3.1 miles north of downtown. Atlanta is 136 miles to the northeast. Photos taken 04/13/12.
Alabama 81 follows Notasulga Road north from Crawford Street in the Tuskegee street grid to meet Interstate 85 at a diamond interchange (Exit 38) in one mile. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Notasulga lies 6.5 miles north of Exit 38 at the terminus of Alabama 81, Alabama 14. SR 14 mirrors I-85 east from Wetumpka to Auburn. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Exit 38 parts ways with Interstate 85 north for Alabama 81. Alabama 81 begins at the Main Street square with U.S. 29 & 80 at the Tuskegee city center. U.S. 29 enters the Macon County seat from Troy and Union Springs to the south to join U.S. 80 east to Pleasant Hill. The route will accompany the I-85 corridor northeast to Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Wire Road is referenced as the next destination along this mileage sign posted 129 miles away from Atlanta. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Alabama 186 and Wire Road (Macon County 53) come together at the Exit 42 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Alabama 186 connects Interstate 85 with U.S. 80 at its split with U.S. 29 in Tuskegee National Forest. The 3.83-mile connection allows traffic easy access to U.S. 80 for the Columbus-Phenix City metropolitan area 37 miles to the east. Photo taken 04/13/12.
One half mile out from the Exit 42 off-ramp to Alabama 186 east. SR 186 ends at the parclo interchange where U.S. 29 north & 80 east split for Auburn and Society Hill respectively. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Wire Road (Macon County 53 / Lee County 137) continues northeastward across the Lee County line to Auburn and the campus of Auburn University. Southward Macon County 53 backtracks to U.S. 80 near Tuskegee. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Crossing Miles Creek, northbound motorists enter the one mile approach to the first rest area of I-85. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Since replaced, a 1961-MUTCD spec shield for Interstate 85 was posted after Miles Creek. The freeway enters Tuskegee National Forest to just beyond Hodnett Creek. Photo taken 06/21/05.
Northbound motorists reach the rest area within Tuskegee National Forest. The next facility is the Georgia Welcome Center. Photo taken 04/13/12.
Crossing into Lee County, 47.47 miles north of the Interstate 85 beginning in Montgomery. Photo taken 04/13/12.


Photo Credits:

06/05/96, 01/16/04, 06/21/05, 12/03/11, 04/12/12, 04/13/12 by AARoads

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U.S. 80
U.S. 231
State Route 21

Page Updated 11-02-2012.