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Opened to traffic October 28, 1994, Interstate 165 joins I-65 with Prichard and Downtown Mobile. The bulk of the freeway is elevated, passing over arterial stretches in Prichard and wetland areas between Conception Street and the Alabama State Docks. Three lane service roads accompany I-165 between Exit 1C and Exit 2.

The alignment of Interstate 165 was originally part of an urban loop (I-210) connecting I-10 at the George C. Wallace Tunnel in Mobile with I-65 in Prichard. Due to the high costs for constructing an elevated roadway along Water Street through Downtown Mobile and local opposition, the southern portion of the Interstate 210 was dropped. The remainder from Beauregard Street (U.S. 43) north was eventually built as a freeway spur from I-65.

Interstate 165 North
U.S. 43 previously branched north from Conception Street Road / I-165 onto Telegraph Road to the Plateau community of north Mobile until 2002. Photo taken 06/11/01.
The overhead for U.S. 43 was replaced on July 1, 2001, as the nearby Telegraph Road overpass permanently closed and U.S. 43 was truncated northward to U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road). Conception Street Road leads northwest to Bay Bridge Road near the Prichard city line. The overhead for I-165 was replaced by November 2001 to show the overlap with U.S. 90 east. Photo taken 11/23/14.
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Interstate 165 north / U.S. 90 east rise onto a viaduct crossing Conception Street Road and Alabama State Docks railroad lines. Photo taken 10/25/03. Second photo taken 11/23/14.
An interchange sequence sign for the city of Prichard stood beyond the state docks railroad lines. Exits 2, 1C, and 1B constitute slip ramps onto the adjacent frontage road system. Photo taken 10/25/03.
U.S. 90 splits with I-165 north at Bay Bridge Road in one mile. Combining with U.S. 98 Truck east, U.S. 90 loops southeast from Exit 2 across the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge to U.S. 98 on Blakeley Island. Photo taken 11/23/14.
Signs for Exit 2 were amended in July 2001 to show U.S. 90 east for Bay Bridge Road. U.S. 90 was realigned onto I-165 in 1999. Photo taken 06/11/01.
The I-165 frontage road system extends north from Exit 2 and Bay Bridge Road to connect with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue and Whistler Street. Photo taken 11/23/14.
Bay Bridge Road west merges with S Craft Highway (old U.S. 43) west of Conception Street Road. Craft Highway connects with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive north to Downtown Prichard. Photo taken 11/23/14.
Green outs applied in 2001 added US 90 with Bay Bridge Road at the two-lane off-ramp for Exit 2. U.S. 90/98 Truck run along Bay Bridge Road east through the Plateau and Magazine sections of north Mobile. Photo taken 10/25/03.
U.S. 90 east departs from I-165 north at Exit 2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive continues Craft Highway north to the Summerville section of Prichard, eventually merging with Wilson Avenue (former U.S. 43 Alternate) ahead of U.S. 43 in Chickasaw. Photo taken 11/23/14.
A Texas style U-turn ramp provides return access to Interstate 165 south from Exit 2. Several of U-turn ramps are placed between the north and southbound service roads as well. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 passes over Bay Bridge Road one half mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 1C) for Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue and Whistler Street. Despite two entries on this interchange sequence sign, only one ramp provides access to all three cross streets. Photo taken 09/28/08.
An auxiliary lane opens from the Bay Bridge Road entrance ramp to Exit 1C. Exit 1C connects the viaduct with the northbound service road ahead of Price Avenue and Whistler Street. A U-turn ramp connects with the southbound service road to Wilson Avenue. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Leading south to U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) in Mobile and north to U.S. 43 in Chickasaw, Wilson Avenue (former U.S. 43 Alternate/SR 193) constitutes the main commercial route through Prichard. Price Avenue connects Mt. Cavalry Avenue with Main Street. Whistler Street provides a through road northwest from Elm Street to Wasson Avenue and SR 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 09/28/08.
I-165 curves northward to Exits 1B/A with Interstate 65. Entrance ramps merge from service road, expanding the northbound roadway to four lanes. Photo taken 11/22/08.
The final confirming marker for I-165 stands above Whistler Street. This assembly was installed in Summer 2001. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Passing over Turner Road, I-165 advances northward to the directional T interchange (Exit 1) with Interstate 65 over Gum Tree Branch. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Exit 1A provides access to I-65 south with three overall lanes to Mobile. Exit 1B joins I-65 northbound at the city of Chickasaw. Photo taken 11/22/08.
I-65 ends nine miles to the south at Interstate 10 in Mobile. Montgomery is 162 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Interstate 165 South
An interchange sequence appears along the ramp from I-65 north to I-165 south outlining the distances to Exit 1A (Whistler Street) and Exit 1B for Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue and and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive within the city of Prichard. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Interchange sequence sign for Prichard along the flyover joining I-65 south with Interstate 165. Photo taken 01/02/11.
The Truck route for U.S. 98 accompanies I-165 south from I-65 to U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) at Exit 2. Hazardous materials cargo is prohibited from the Bankhead and George C. Wallace Tunnels under the Mobile River. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Ramps from Interstate 65 converge a quarter mile ahead of the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 1A) for Whistler Street. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Interstate 165 turns southeast across Gum Tree Branch and Turner Road a half mile ahead of Exit 1B for Price and Wilson Avenues. Exit 1A departs next for Whistler Street. Photo taken 11/21/08.
The I-165 service road system extends south from Exit 1A at Whistler Street to U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road). Whistler Street parallels the viaduct east to Elm Street and Wilson Avenue. Heading northwest, the street continues to Chickasabogue Park, Wasson Avenue to Chickasaw, and SR 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 06/02/10.
Exit 1B lowers from I-165 south to a U-turn ramp for Price Avenue, and the service road to Wilson Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Price Avenue leads southwest to Main Street. Wilson Avenue angles south through Downtown Prichard. A historic alignment of U.S. 43, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive parallels Wilson Avenue to the east. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Continuing south, I-165 travels a linear route to Exit 2 (U.S. 90/98 Truck) and the merge with Conception Street Road in Mobile. Exit 2 serves the Alabama State Docks Truck Control in addition to providing the route east across the Mobile River for all vehicles carrying hazardous materials. Additionally U.S. 98 Truck carries all trucks in lieu of the Bankhead Tunnel. Photo taken 11/21/08.
U.S. 90 was relocated from its overlap with U.S. 98 along Government Street in 1999 to follow a loop north along Broad Street, Beauregard Street, Interstate 165, Bay Bridge Road, the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge, and Cochrane Causeway. Signs were initially redesigned to display US 90 in text for Exit 2. Photo taken 06/11/01.
A fourth auxiliary lane joins Interstate 165 south between the Price Avenue on-ramp and Exit 2 off-ramp. U.S. 90/98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) provide a bypass of Downtown Mobile for interests east to Interstate 10 and Baldwin County. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Green-outs were installed in June 2001 to reflect the U.S. 90 relocation onto Bay Bridge Road along Interstate 165 southbound. The reflectorized signage was replaced by January 2002. Photo taken 06/11/01.
Southbound reassurance shield for Interstate 165 posted above Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Exit 2 leaves Interstate 165 south for the parallel frontage road. Motorists utilizing this ramp join U.S. 90/98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) at a signalized intersection in one fifth of a mile. Bay Bridge Road stems east from South Craft Highway near Downtown Prichard to the Plateau and Magazine sections of north Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Taking the Exit 2 off-ramp of Interstate 165 leads motorists onto the parallel frontage roads to a signalized intersection with Bay Bridge Road. Most traffic turns left via a pair of turn lanes onto U.S. 90/98 Truck east to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. Motorists turning left meet Conception Street Road south and the Craft Highway within one quarter mile. Photo taken 06/02/10.
The south end of U.S. 43 lies two thirds of a mile east of I-165 at the one-quadrant interchange joining Bay Bridge Road with Telegraph Road. U.S. 43 followed Craft Highway until 1947.
The I-165 southbound frontage road brings U.S. 90 west onto the freeway viaduct from Bay Bridge Road. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Southbound drivers enter the city of Mobile at the Bay Bridge Road under crossing. The six-lane viaduct continues over a marshy area associated with Three Mile Creek, paralleling a State Docks railroad line and Conception Street Road nearby. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 kinks southeast over Alabama State Docks railroad lines and closely follows Conception Street Road on its final mile. An end overhead advises southbound motorists of the freeway conclusion at Beauregard Street. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Approaching the southern end of Interstate 165 at the intersection with Beauregard and Water Streets. U.S. 90/98 Truck turn west onto Beauregard Street to Broad Street and U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue). Water Street begins and heads south to Downtown Mobile and the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Replaced in Summer 2001, the right side overhead used to display U.S. 43 south. U.S. 43 was truncated from Beauregard and Broad Streets when the Telegraph Road viaduct nearby was demolished. U.S. 31 used to travel with U.S. 43 to their Government Street terminus as well. Photo taken 10/26/99.
Roadways of Interstate 165 expanded to accommodate the former southbound on-ramp from Telegraph Road (old U.S. 43). Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 south / U.S. 90 west lower to a traffic light with Water Street. Beauregard Street ties into the freeway end from the GM&O Transportation Center and the Alabama State Docks. Photo taken 07/17/07.
RSA Tower, completed in 2006, represents the highest skyscraper in Alabama. It replaced the GM Building (formerly the AmSouth Bank Building) as the tallest building in Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Conception Street Road merges with Interstate 165 south / U.S. 90 east. The former U.S. 43 ramp joins from the left, expanding the freeway end to six overall lanes. Water Street, a six-lane divided highway, extends south to I-10 at Exit 26B outside the George C. Wallace Tunnel. Photo taken 11/23/14.
The south end of Interstate 165 before the truncation of U.S. 43 and the start of renovation for the GM&O Transportation Center. Photo taken 10/16/00.
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U.S. 90/98 Truck turn west onto Beauregard Street to Bishop State Community College and the merge with U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue). Water Street runs along the Mobile River front to I-10 at the west entrance to the Wallace Tunnel. The two constitute one half of the Henry Aaron Loop around Downtown Mobile along with Broad and Canal Streets. Photo taken 07/17/07. Second photo taken 11/21/08.

Photo Credits:

10/26/99, 10/16/00, 06/11/01, 10/25/03, 02/08/06, 07/17/07, 09/28/08, 11/21/08, 11/22/08, 06/02/10, 01/02/11, 11/23/14, 11/25/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 90
U.S. 98

Page Updated 03-13-2020.

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