Interstate 165

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Opened to traffic October 28, 1994, Interstate 165 allows traffic from Interstate 65 to access downtown Mobile and Prichard. Not without controversy, as the freeway cut through many established communities throughout the city of Prichard, Interstate 165 is elevated through most of its routing. The highway was to have connected to Interstate 10 through Downtown Mobile as Interstate 210. Due to the enormous cost of construction and local opposition, this plan was altered and the spur option was chose.

Service roads parallel Interstate 165 through the city of Prichard. These carry three lanes in each direction and coincide with the freeway between Exits 1C and 2. See the Prichard guide for more on the frontage roads.

Interstate 165 North
Several changes took place at the Interstate 165 split with Conception Street Road since 1999. Pictured here is the original signage at the freeway's northbound beginning. Interstate 165 traveled solo for its 4.90 mile alignment until 1999. U.S. 43 remained on its original Telegraph Road alignment from Conception Street Road into the Plateau community of north Mobile until 2002. Photo taken 06/11/01.
One month after the above photo was shot, the left panel was altered to include the addition of U.S. 90 onto Interstate 165 north. Officially relocated in 1999, signage took two years to reflect the relocation of U.S. 90. U.S. 90 moved from its overlap with U.S. 98 through the Bankhead Tunnel to follow Broad and Beauregard Streets north to Interstate 165 at Water Street. Photo taken 07/01/01.
Signs changed again by November of 2001 as the Telegraph Road overpass nearby permanently closed. U.S. 43 was truncated from Broad and Government Streets to the grade separated intersection of Telegraph Road and U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) at Plateau. The northbound off-ramp at Interstate 165's beginning connects with Conception Street Road leading northwest to Bay Bridge Road near the Prichard city line. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Interstate 165 north & U.S. 90 east rise to pass over the Conception Street Road off-ramp and rail lines associated with the adjacent Alabama State Docks. These photos look at the first northbound shield and its replacement. U.S. 90 is only acknowledged on the overhead sign at the freeway beginning. Photo taken 10/25/03. Second photo taken 07/17/07.
What was an interchange sequence sign for the city of Prichard stood beyond the northwest kink over the state docks railroad lines. Exits 2, 1C, and 1B consist of slip ramps onto the adjacent frontage road system. This sign assembly is no longer posted and might have been removed by hurricane winds. Photo taken 10/25/03.
One mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 2) with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) along Interstate 165 north. U.S. 90 departs the freeway for Bay Bridge Road and the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. U.S. 98 Truck directs trucks carrying hazardous materials onto Bay Bridge Road to bypass both the Bankhead and George C. Wallace Tunnels. Truck U.S. 98 signage is posted along both directions of Interstate 165. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A look at the one-mile sign bridge for Exit 2 before it was updated to reflect the U.S. 90 eastbound departure. Signs were amended in July 2001. Photo taken 06/11/01.
One half mile south of the Exit 2 split with U.S. 90 east on Interstate 165 north. Exit 2 drops from Interstate 165 north to form the beginning of the freeway frontage road system. The service roads coincide with the viaduct north to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue and Whistler Street. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Green outs installed in 2001 added US 90 in text to Bay Bridge Road at the Exit 2 two-lane off-ramp. The US route joins U.S. 98 Truck along Bay Bridge Road east through the Plateau and Magazine sections of north Mobile. Bay Bridge Road west merges with South Craft Highway (original U.S. 43) west of Conception Street Road. Interests to downtown Prichard should use Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive north from Bay Bridge Road / Craft Highway. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Interstate 165 north at the ramp departure (Exit 2) of U.S. 90 east to Bay Bridge Road. Note the replacement overhead. U.S. 90 loops east from the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge onto Blakeley Island, rejoining U.S. 98 at the Exit 27 interchange with Interstate 10. 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 09/26/08.
Descending along Exit 2, drivers are provided with a Texas style u-turn ramp for return access to Interstate 165 south. Several of these u-turn ramps are placed between the north and southbound service roads as well. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 travels a short distance east along Bay Bridge Road to the northbound beginning of U.S. 43. U.S. 43 follows Telegraph Road north to Chickasaw and Craft Highway north to Saraland. Bay Bridge Road originally ended at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near Prichard Avenue. The road was relocated to directly meet Interstate 165 in 1994. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 passes over Bay Bridge Road one half mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 1C) to 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.
Traffic merging onto Interstate 165 north from Bay Bridge Road forms an auxiliary lane to Exit 1C. Exit 1C connects the viaduct with the northbound service road ahead of its intersections with Price Avenue and Whistler Street. A u-turn ramp connects with the southbound service road to provide access to Wilson Avenue. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Exit 1C departs Interstate 165 north. Wilson Avenue represents the former U.S. 43 Alternate and Alabama 193 and constitutes the main commercial route through the city of Prichard. The four-lane roadway heads south to downtown and U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) in Mobile and north to the city of Chickasaw and U.S. 43. Price Avenue connects Mt. Cavalry Avenue with Main Street. Whistler Street provides a through road northwest from Elm Street to Wasson Avenue and Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 09/28/08.
Interstate 165 bends northward on the one-mile approach to Exits 1B/A with Interstate 65. On-ramps joins from Wilson Avenue, Price Avenue, and Whistler Street via the northbound frontage road. The freeway expands to four overall lanes ahead of the stack interchange over Gum Tree Branch. Photo taken 11/22/08.
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Drivers pass by the final Interstate 165 northbound reassurance marker above Whistler Street. This assembly was damaged when a vehicle skimmed the sign, bending it sideways. During the signage updating process to include U.S. 90 during Summer of 2001, ALDOT crews replaced the shield. Photo taken 09/16/00. Second photo taken 09/28/08.
Nearing the north end of Interstate 165, traffic passes over Turner Road. Exit 1A provides access to Interstate 65 south with three overall lanes to Mobile. Exit 1B joins Interstate 65 northbound at the city of Chickasaw. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Traffic partitions into the respective ramps for Interstate 65 from Interstate 165 north. Interstate 65 meets U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) one mile southward before entering the city of Mobile. Motorists merging along Interstate 65 north continue 162 miles to Montgomery. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Interstate 65 ends nine miles to the south at Interstate 10. Northward Interstate 65 continues 250 miles to Birmingham. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Interstate 165 South
Exit 9 departs I-65 north for Interstate 165's southbound beginning. An interchange sequence sign lists the distances to Exit 1A (Whistler Street) and 1B (Price Avenue) within the city of Prichard. Exit 1B serves all interests to Wilson Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive via the southbound frontage road. Photo taken 02/08/06.
A similar Prichard Exits sign lies along the Exit 9 off-ramp from Interstate 65 south onto Interstate 165 south. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Trucks bound for Interstate 10 east from Interstate 65 are directed onto Interstate 165 south to U.S. 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) at Exit 2. Hazardous materials cargo is prohibited from both George C. Wallace Tunnel under the Mobile River. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Ramps from Interstate 65 combine to form a four-lane southbound viaduct. The right lane however quickly departs for Whistler Street (Exit 1A) in one quarter mile. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Interstate 165 turns southeast across Gum Tree Branch and Turner Road on the half-mile approach to Exit 1B for Price and Wilson Avenues. Exit 1A departs next for Whistler Street. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Exit 1A departs Interstate 165 southbound and begins the south service road between Whistler Street and U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road). Whistler Street parallels the viaduct east to Elm Street and Wilson Avenue. Heading northwest, the road continues to Chickasabogue Park, Wasson Avenue to Chickasaw, and Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 06/02/10.
Interstate 165 passes over Price Avenue at the Exit 1B ramp departure. Exit 1B connects the freeway with Price Avenue via a Texas u-turn ramp and Wilson Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive via the southbound frontage road. Price Avenue leads southwest to Main Street. Wilson Avenue (former U.S. 43 Alternate and Alabama 193) provides the main commercial arterial through Prichard. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive parallels Wilson Avenue to the east, representing the original Craft Highway alignment of U.S. 43. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Continuing south, Interstate 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 0000.
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 fro Bay Bridge Road. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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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. Pictured here is the final southbound shield for Interstate 165 and its replacement. Photo taken 09/16/00. Second 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 10/25/03.
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 southbound on-ramp from Telegraph Road. Since closed, this ramp used to carry U.S. 43 onto Interstate 165's end at Beauregard Street. 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.
An excellent view of the Mobile skyline is afforded to motorists descending from the Interstate 165 viaduct. The RSA Tower, completed in 2006, represents the tallest 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.
Interests to Interstate 10 should follow Water Street, a six-lane divided highway leading south to Exit 26B outside the George C. Wallace Tunnel. The surface boulevard was expanded in place of a six-lane viaduct planned for Interstate 210. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A look at the Interstate 165 southbound end from before the truncation of U.S. 43 and the start of renovation for the GM&O Transportation Center. Photo taken 0000.
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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 ventures toward the Mobile River front, passing over the Bankhead and Wallace Tunnels ahead of the Alabama Cruise Terminal. 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.

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

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Interstate 65
U.S. 90
U.S. 98

Page Updated 02-10-2011.