Interstate 85 South - Macon & Montgomery Counties

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Interstate 85 South
The final rest area of Interstate 85 southbound follows the crossing of Hodnett Creek within Tuskegee National Forest. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Rest areas along I-85 north and south were not built during the original construction. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Exit 42 joins Interstate 85 south with the west end of Alabama 186 in one mile. The 3.82-mile route connects the freeway with U.S. 29 and U.S. 80. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Wire Road (Macon County 53) meanders west from Auburn and ties into Exit 42 from the north. The county road continues southwest of Alabama 186 to U.S. 80 within Tuskegee National Forest. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Exit 41 departs Interstate 85 south after the crossing over Miles Creek. Alabama 186 mainly serves travel interests between Montgomery and Phenix City via U.S. 80, east of its split with U.S. 29. U.S. 29 south & 80 west share 7.5 miles to the Tuskegee city center otherwise. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Southbound reassurance marker posted for Interstate 85 ahead of Choctahatchee Creek. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Next in line for southbound drivers is the city of Tuskegee. The city limits of the Macon County seat reach the freeway, but Downtown is nearly four miles to the south. Montgomery is now 39 miles away. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Alabama 81 joins Interstate 85 with Tuskegee along a 10.43-mile course between U.S. 29 & 80 and Alabama 14 at Notasulga. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Alabama 81 south serves several points of interest including Moton Field Municipal Airport (06A), Tuskegee University, and the Tuskegee Institute & Airmen National Historic Sites. The route also connects with Alabama 199, a 10.22-mile route northwest from Tuskegee to Chehaw, Woodland and SR 14, which does not have direct access with I-85. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Interstate 85 southbound reaches the off-ramp (Exit 38) to Alabama 81 (Notasulga Road). The state route concludes at the Main Street town square where U.S. 29 and 80 split. U.S. 29 leaves I-85, the route which it has followed since Greensboro, North Carolina, for good at Tuskegee. U.S. 29 continues south to Union Springs, Troy and ultimately Pensacola. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Continuing west, Tuskegee is again referenced on a mileage sign, though a better choice would be the town of Franklin. Photo taken 07/12/05.
One mile east of the diamond interchange (Exit 32) with Alabama 49 north and Macon County 51 south at Franklin. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Alabama 49 begins at Interstate 85 and travels 82.68 miles north to Dadeville, Lineville and Alabama 281 (Talladega Scenic Drive) near Cheaha Mountain, the tallest point in the state. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Tuskegee-Franklin Road carries SR 49 north from Exit 32 through rural Franklin to Macon County 36. The state route exits the county four miles to the north en route to SR 14 and Reeltown. Southward, County Road 51 (Pleasant Springs Road) angles southeast from Exit 32 to U.S. 80 in western reaches of Tuskegee. Photo taken 12/31/12.
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Southbound mileage sign and shield assembly posted ten miles ahead of the town of Shorter and 30 miles from the capital city. Photo taken 12/31/12. Second photo taken 07/11/10.
Two forested roadway splits exist along the 6.3 mile stretch between Exits 32 and 26. Photo taken 12/31/08.
Alabama 229 south and Macon County 30 west come together at the a diamond interchange (Exit 26) in one mile. Photo taken 12/31/12.
One half mile east of the off-ramp (Exit 26) to Alabama 229 north to Tallassee and County Road 30 south by the E V Smith Research Center. Tallassee lies six miles north of Interstate 85 at Alabama 14. Signs for Exit 26 direct motorists northward along SR 229 to Monster Mountain motocross Park. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Exit 26 was a later addition to Interstate 85 having only opened in 1985. Alabama 229 travels 21.02 miles overall between I-85, Milstead nearby, Tallassee, Kent, Red Hill and SR 63 near Lake Martin.
This sign was removed by 2010 and not replaced. Photo taken 12/31/08.
An Interstate 85 southbound shield precedes the crossing of Calebee Creek. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Interstate 85 bends southwestward and travels closer to parallel U.S. 80. U.S. 80 enters the scene from Shorter and La Place to the east. Downtown Montgomery is now just 24 miles to the west. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Approaching the diamond interchange (Exit 22) with SR 138 at the CR 40 overpass. Macon County Greyhound Park (Victoryland) lies nearby. Races at the facility ended on May 10, 2011 due to financial troubles associated with the prohibition of electronic bingo games. Simulcast dog and horse races continued at the venue.1 Photo taken 07/31/11.
Alabama 138 links Interstate 85 at Exit 22 with adjacent U.S. 80 in Shorter. The state route totals just 0.785 miles between the two highways. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Exit 22 departs Interstate 85 south for Alabama 138 east to U.S. 80 and a local unpaved road north to swamps and the Shorters Station railroad siding of the CSX Railroad line. Photo taken 07/31/11.
West from Shorter, Interstate 85 spans the Cubahatchee Creek ahead of Tysonville and the county line. Photo taken 07/31/11.
The unincorporated community of Waugh is the next destination and exit of Interstate 85 south in six miles as Downtown Montgomery is just 20 miles to the west. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Line Creek separates Macon and Montgomery Counties across Interstate 85 south between the Tallapoosa River and Bullock County. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Nearing the Montgomery County 200 (Alexander Road) overpass along Interstate 85 south, one mile east of Exit 16 with Alabama 126 and U.S. 80 east. Areas surrounding the interchange lie within the corporate limits of Pike Road, an otherwise lightly populated town to the south. Photo taken 12/31/12.
U.S. 80 merges onto Interstate 85 south from Exits 16 to 6 (East Boulevard). Alabama 126 follows a portion of the old route west from Waugh to Mt. Meigs and eastern Montgomery. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 16) with Alabama 126 and U.S. 80 east on I-85 south. Alabama 126 originally traveled along the north side of Interstate 85 along Atlanta Highway between Waugh and the Arrowhead area of Montgomery (Exit 11). When U.S. 80 was relocated from south of I-85 onto the freeway, the state route was extended over the former alignment to form a complete loop stretching 11.05 miles overall. Photo taken 12/31/12.
U.S. 80 was relocated onto the freeway along this stretch on November 24, 2010. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Interstate 85 U.S. 80 West
A westbound U.S. 80 shield would later join this southbound Interstate 85 shield assembly posted after Exit 16. Alabama 126 appears on both sides of the freeway though much of this stretch along Atlanta Highway to the north and old U.S. 80 to the south. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Mitylene, a community wholly within the city of Montgomery, is the destination of former U.S. 80 west from Exit 11 in seven miles. Downtown Montgomery is just 12 miles out now. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Construction along this stretch between September 2011 and January 26, 2016 expanded I-85 and built a new interchange with the Montgomery Outer Loop (SR 108). The outer loop consists of a planned freeway leading south and west to Interstate 65 near Hope Hull. It will become a part of an extended Interstate 85 when it is fully completed. Photo taken 12/31/12.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 85 south & U.S. 80 west with Alabama 126, Alabama 110 (Chantilly Parkway) south and former U.S. 80 (Atlanta Highway) west at Exit 11. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Spanning Jenkins Creek, a half mile ahead of Exit 11 on I-85 south. Alabama 126 loops east from this interchange back to Mount Meigs and Waugh. Alabama 110 begins and leads southeast to Merry and a parclo interchange with the Montgomery Outer Loop. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Alabama 110 joins Montgomery with the Bullock County seat of Union Springs along a 32.26-mile path to U.S. 82. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Until 2010, U.S. 80 departed Interstate 85 at Exit 11 for Atlanta Highway west to Arrowhead, Mitylene and East Boulevard (U.S. 231 & Alabama 21) in Montgomery. Atlanta Highway continues west to become Madison Avenue into Downtown. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Southbound drivers formally enter the city limits of Montgomery west of Exit 11. Photo taken 07/31/11.
Eastchase Parkway parallels the freeway to the south through a The Shoppes at Eastchase retail development while a forest stand separates I-85 & U.S. 70 from the Halcyon Summit subdivision to the north. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Alabama 271, a north-south route between Atlanta Highway (former U.S. 80) and U.S. 231 (Troy Highway) meets Interstate 85 & U.S. 80 at Exit 9 in one mile. Photo taken 12/31/12.
An interchange sequence sign takes the place of a conventional mileage sign along Interstate 85 south, as the freeway remains wholly within Montgomery to its conclusion. East Boulevard (U.S. 231, U.S. 80 west, and Alabama 21) is four miles to the west followed by Perry Hill Road in 5.5 miles. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Signs for Exit 9 used to reference Alabama 110 instead of U.S. 231. This changed when SR 110 shifted from an alignment along Carter Hill and Vaughn Roads to Chantilly Parkway directly to Interstate 85 (Exit 11). U.S. 231 enters Montgomery from Troy, Ozark and Dothan to the southeast as the most direct route to Florida from the capital city. Photo taken 07/11/10.
Exit 9 leaves Interstate 85 south & U.S. 80 west for Alabama 271 (Taylor Road). The 5.44-mile route serves Auburn University at Montgomery and Mitylene to the north and Barachias at U.S. 231 to the south. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Interstate 85 expands to eight overall lanes between Exits 9 and 6. Widening of the freeway to six lanes through eastern Montgomery was completed in the late 1990s. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Bell Road passes over Interstate 85 & U.S. 80, one mile east of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 6) with East Boulevard. U.S. 80 parts ways with the freeway ahead to combine with U.S. 231 & SR 21 south to U.S. 82 (Troy Highway). U.S. 80 and 82 continue west from there with SR 21 to Exit 168 of Interstate 65 and their split. Photo taken 12/31/12.
East Boulevard is part of a system of 1960s arterials encircling the city of Montgomery. Service roads and retail accompany most of the boulevards, and East Boulevard at Interstate 85 is no exception. An interchange to the north facilitates movements to Atlanta Highway (former U.S. 80) and Eastdale Mall. U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 otherwise continue north from there to Madison Park and their departure from the boulevard system to Wetumpka. Photo taken 12/31/12.
The 1976 State Legislature designated Interstate 85 in Montgomery as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway, in honor of the civil rights activist. A similar sign is posted on Interstate 85 northbound, just after the beginning. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Two lanes depart Interstate 85 south for U.S. 80 west to East Boulevard. U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 overlap from South Boulevard to Wetumpka, Rockford and Sylacauga. Use Exit 6 for Faulkner University, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Maxwell AFB - Gunter Annex. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Interstate 85 South
Interstate 85 travels solo for the final trek to Downtown Montgomery. Photo taken 01/21/13.
Interchange sequence sign posted one mile ahead of the parclo interchange (Exit 4) with Perry Hill Road. Exits to Ann and Mulberry Streets follow at the Oak Park community of Montgomery. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Perry Hill Road leads south to Vaughn Road (former Alabama 110) from Exit 4 of Interstate 85 south in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 12/31/12.
A lane drop occurs as Exit 4 departs for Perry Hill Road as Interstate 85 continues with six overall lanes. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Exit 4 expands into a two-lane off-ramp for Perry Hill Road. Perry Hill Road leads north to the intersection of Atlanta Highway (old U.S. 80) and Dalraida Road. Dalraida Road continues from there to Maxwell A.F.B. - Gunter Annex. Photo taken 12/31/12.
The Perry Hill Road on-ramp forms a fourth westbound lane to the diamond interchange (Exit 3) with Ann Street. Interstate 85 between Exits 2 and Exit 7 saw reconstruction during the late 1990s that resulted in new highway lighting, widening and repaving. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Ann Street extends Robinson Hill Road from residential areas to Interstate 85 at Exit 3. Photo taken 12/31/12.
North from Exit 3, Ann Street heads to the confluence of Madison Avenue east, Atlanta Highway west, Federal Drive north and Mt. Meigs Road. The intersection of Atlanta Highway and Federal Drive is where U.S. 231 & Alabama 21 originally split with U.S. 80 east from Downtown Montgomery. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Mulberry Street is the next off-ramp (Exit 2) of Interstate 85 southbound. Exit 2 serves the New ASU Stadium, a 26,500-seat venue opened in November 2012. Photo taken 12/31/12.
A split-diamond interchange (Exit 2) joins Interstate 85 with Mulberry Street and adjacent Forest Avenue at Jackson Hospital and Oak Park. Photo taken 12/31/12.
The first sign for the southern terminus of Interstate 85 appears two miles out from I-65 as speed limits reduce to 50 miles per hour. Exit 1 departs next for Union Street and the central business district in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 01/21/13.
Traffic from Exit 2 merges onto Interstate 85 southbound, adding a fifth lane to upcoming Exit 1. The freeway otherwise continues through a split-diamond interchange between Union Street (U.S. 331 until 1990) and Court Street. Photo taken 01/21/13.
The final reassurance marker for I-85 stands by the Hall Street overpass. Forthcoming Union Street provides the most direct route to Downtown and the state capitol. Points of interest also include the First White House of the Confederacy, Old Alabama Town, and the Montgomery Campus of Troy University. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Interstate 85 southbound at the two-lane ramp departure for Union Street and South Street west. South and Arba Streets act as service roads between the on and off-ramps to provide access to five blocks of north-south streets to Downtown and Alabama State University.
The freeway ends in 1.25 miles at the ramp split of Interstate 65 north for Birmingham and south to Mobile. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Dropping below grade, Interstate 85 passes under Lawrence, Perry and Court Streets on the final mile. The directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 65 includes a southbound ramp to Day Street. Day Street connects the ending freeway with Hill Street and Birmingham Highway (old U.S. 31 & 80) by Maxwell A.F.B. Motorists bound for the base however are directed onto I-65 north to the Herron Street off-ramp for Maxwell Boulevard (old U.S. 80). Photo taken 12/31/12.
A sign affixed to the South Court Street overpass advises motorists of the sharp curve for the ramp to Interstate 65 southbound. Similar warning signs precede the George C. Wallace Tunnel along Interstate 10 east in Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 01/21/13.
Interstate 85 southbound widens to four lanes in anticipation of the three-level stack interchange with Interstate 65. I-65 provides a commuter route south to the airport and U.S. 80 west to Selma and north to Millbrook and Prattville. Photo taken 12/31/12.
This diagrammatic overhead guides motorists along the four southbound lanes of Interstate 85 to the associated directions of I-65. A majority of the traffic utilizes the southbound Interstate 65 ramp toward the city of Mobile. Interstates 65 and Interstate 85 comprise a major corridor from Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia southwest to New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Photo taken 01/21/13.
If the Montgomery Outer Loop (SR 108) is ever completed, Interstate 85 will be relocated to the south, with the remainder of the freeway through Montgomery renumbered as I-685. I-685 was preapproved by AASHTO on October 30, 2010. Photo taken 12/31/12.
An end shield is posted for Interstate 85 after the Rose L. Parks Avenue underpass. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Traffic partitions into ramps for Interstate 65 as Interstate 85 concludes. I-65 northbound skims the western reaches of the Montgomery central business district en route to Birmingham, 87 miles to the north. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Unlike the south end of I-65 (Exit 0), Interstate 85's final exits are unnumbered. Gore point signs include shields for I-65 in place of the word "Exit". Photo taken 01/21/13.
Two lanes turn southward from I-85 to join Interstate 65 ahead of Ridgecrest. The city of Mobile is 164 miles to the south. Photo taken 12/31/12.
Continuing straight from I-85 south leads motorists onto the Day Street connector, a direct ramp with the nearby surface street. Photo taken 12/31/12.

  1. "VictoryLand ending live greyhound racing, saying bingo once subsidized races." The Associated Press, May 10, 2011.

Photo Credits:

  • 08/22/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/12/05 by AARoads.
  • 12/31/08 by AARoads.
  • 07/11/10 by AARoads.
  • 07/31/11 by AARoads.
  • 12/31/12 by AARoads.
  • 01/21/13 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 80
U.S. 231
U.S. 280
U.S. 431

Page Updated 02-19-2016.