Interstate 459 north
Leaving the diamond interchange (Exit 10) with Alabama 150 (John Hawkins Parkway), Interstate 459 travels a through a forested valley between Pine Mountain and Chestnut Ridge. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The next exit serves the commercial center of Hoover. Montgomery is 83 miles to the south via Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/25/12.
U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway) meets Interstate 459 at a parclo interchange adjacent to Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover. The north-south commercial arterial connects Hoover with Pelham in Shelby County. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstate 65 meets Interstate 459 a mile east of U.S. 31 at a symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 15). Photo taken 06/25/12.
U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway) primarily handles local traffic interests through Hoover and Pelham. The US highway shadows Interstate 65 throughout the state and meets the freeway at the next northbound exit beyond I-459 at Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The second of three Hoover area exits from Interstate 459 north departs for U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway). The overpasses in the background are a part of the 2002-opened wye interchange (Exit 13A) linking I-459 south with Galleria Boulevard.
Exit 15 follows in 1.5 miles to Interstate 65 north to Downtown Birmingham and south to the capital city. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Nearing the ramp departure (Exit 15) for Interstate 65 along I-459 northbound at the Lorna Road overpass. The right two lanes depart in unison for I-65. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstate 459 north expands to five overall lanes ahead of Exit 15. Interstate 65 ventures ten miles north to Downtown Birmingham and 78 miles south to Montgomery. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Gore point signs at Interstate to Interstate junctions in Alabama usually include a shield of the intersected route. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 15 partitions into single lane ramps for Interstate 65. Overall Interstate 65 travels 887 miles between Gary, Indiana and Mobile. North from Birmingham, the freeway continues to the Huntsville area, Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolis. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The four-level stack between Interstates 65 and 459 falls within a valley by Hoover. Motorists taking the northbound ramp travel the lowest level of the junction and emerge on the I-65 climb onto Little Valley Mountain. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Trailblazers for Interstate 20 and 59 accompany confirming shields for I-459 north from Interstate 65 at Hoover, northeast to Irondale. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Interstate 459 maintains six lanes through the Interstate 65 junction and next meets Acton Road at Exit 17. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Acton Road connects Hoover and Vestavia Hills between the Rocky Ridge and Acton communities nearby. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Interstate 459 widens to include a tree filled median beyond the diamond interchange (Exit 17) with Acton Road. Acton Road lines the hill south of Interstate 459 from Exit 17 east to the intersection of County Road 91 (Cahaba River Road) and Colonnade Drive. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Interstate 459 northbound reassurance shield posted after the Acton Road on-ramp. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Mileage sign listing the distances to Mountain Brook (via U.S. 280 west), Gadsden (via Interstate 59 north) and Atlanta (via Interstate 20 east). Photo taken 10/07/12.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 19 (U.S. 280) posted along Interstate 459 northbound. U.S. 280 constitutes a busy suburban corridor between Birmingham and Mountain Brook southeast to eastern reaches of Hoover and Inverness. Development is heavy along the six lane divided highway in and around Interstate 459. Photo taken 10/07/12.
U.S. 280 totals 392 miles from Birmingham to Blitchton, Georgia, but originally stretched as far as Savannah. The US Highway joins Birmingham with Sylacauga, Alexander City and the Auburn-Opelika area to the southeast. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Traffic congestion associated with the heavy development along the U.S. 280 corridor has led to proposals including adding an elevated tolled express lane and interchange improvements at Interstate 459. One completed project was the expansion of Exit 19 from I-459 north to two lanes. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Ramps from both directions of Interstate 459 combine ahead of the Exit 19 overpass above Collonade Parkway. A signalized intersection follows at the seven-lane stretch of U.S. 280. Photo taken 10/07/12.
The eastbound control city for U.S. 280 is Childersburg, a city 28 miles to the southeast. U.S. 280 west continues 4.7 miles to the merge with U.S. 31, with the pair continuing north along the Red Mountain Expressway to Interstates 20 & 59, where U.S. 280 ends. Photo taken 10/01/03.
Traveling near Elmore Lake, Interstate 459 leaves a portion of Birmingham for the city of Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Clearview mileage sign posted eight miles out from the junction with Interstate 20 east to Atlanta. The next two exits serve Mountain Brook, Irondale and Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 10/08/16.
The 194-mile long Cahaba River flows under Interstate 459 twice through Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Interstate 459 curves over the second Cahaba River crossing and Overton Road, one half mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 23) with Liberty Parkway. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Liberty Parkway arcs southeast from adjacent Overton Road to Sicard Hollow Road (County Road 60) and the suburb of Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Passing by the next reassurance shield, Interstate 459 travels along side Flat Ridge and Overton. This stretch of freeway was completed in 1982. Photo taken 10/08/16.
This interchange sequence sign highlights the final three mainline exits of Interstate 459. Drivers reach Grants Mill Road (Exit 27) in 2.25 miles near Moore Corner. Photo taken 10/08/16.
One mile west of the diamond interchange (Exit 27) with Grants Mill Road. Grants Mill Road meanders south from Interstate 459 to Grants Mill on the Cahaba River and Alabama 119 at Lake Purdy. Photo taken 10/08/16.
elmont Road passes over Interstate 459 a half mile west of Grants Mill Road (Exit 27). Grants Mill Road ventures north to Old Leeds Road at Pineview, and west over Shades Mountain to Interstate 20 (Exit 133) at Irondale. Photo taken 10/08/16.
The first sign for the four-level interchange (Exit 29) with Interstate 20 at Jefferson Park along I-459 north stands at the Belmont Road over crossing. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Interstate 459 northbound reaches the off-ramp (Exit 27) to Grants Mill Road. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 20 serves eastern reaches of the city of Birmingham and the suburbs of Irondale, Mountain Brook and Leeds on its course to Atlanta. The freeway varies between four and six lanes between Birmingham and Anniston, with construction continuing to increase the capacity overall. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 20 merges with Interstate 59 six miles to the west near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM). Photo taken 10/08/16.
One half mile ahead of the symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 29) with Interstate 20. West through Birmingham, I-20 combines with I-59 to Downtown en route to Bessemer, Tuscaloosa and Meridian, Mississippi. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interests to Barber Motorsports Park are directed onto Interstate 20 east four miles to U.S. 78 (Exit 140) outside of Leeds. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Exit 29 leaves I-459 north at the Ratliff Road undepass for Interstate 20. I-20 continues east 48 miles to Anniston and 130 miles to Atlanta, Georgia. The freeway also serves Pell City, Talladega, Eastaboga and Oxford along the drive. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Traffic partitions into the respective on-ramps to Interstate 20. East from Birmingham, the freeway travels 128 miles to meet Interstate 285 at Atlanta. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 20 stretches 1,539 miles across the southern U.S., leading west from Birmingham to Jackson, Mississippi, Monroe and Shreveport, Louisiana, Longview, Dallas, Fort Worth, Abilene and west Texas. Eastward beyond Atlanta, Interstate 20 continues to Augusta, Georgia and Columbia and Florence, South Carolina. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Button copy guide sign posted on the transition ramp from I-459 north to I-20 west for the nearby exchange (Exit 135) with Old Leeds Road. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Passing through the exchange with Interstate 20 along I-459 north. U.S. 78 parallels I-20 just to the north. Photo taken 01/19/13.
The four level interchange with Interstate 20 was completed in 1978 as part of the first section of the beltway opened to traffic. Photo taken 10/08/16.
I-459 reenters the city of Birmingham at the upcoming diamond interchange (Exit 31) with Derby Parkway. Photo taken 01/19/13.
Shields for I-459 north and I-59 stand at the crossing of Abeg Creek. Photo taken 01/19/13.
Derby Parkway hooks west from Amber Hills Road on Blackjack Ridge to Exit 31 en route to Birmingham Race Course. Photo taken 01/19/13.
A two-lane off-ramp (Exit 31) departs I-459 north for Derby Parkway and the Alton industrial area. The belt line freeway next meets U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) and Interstate 59. Photo taken 01/19/13.
A lane drop occurs in one mile as Interstate 459 reaches a folded diamond interchange (Exit 32) with U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway). Photo taken 01/19/13.
The final reassurance marker for Interstate 459 north. Photo taken 01/19/13.
Traffic partitions into ramps for Interstate 59 south back into Birmingham and north to Gadsden in one mile. U.S. 11 parallels the freeway along an arterial route between Roebuck Plaza and the Trussville city center. Photo taken 01/19/13.
Exit 32 ties into U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway) opposite Edwards Lake Road north through an adjacent retail area and onto Red Mountain. Interstate 59 straddles Red Mountain northeast through Trussville. Photo taken 01/19/13.
A wide grassy median separates the roadways of Interstate 459 leading into the directional T interchange (Exits 33A/B) with I-59. An end shield precedes the separation of traffic. Photo taken 01/19/13.
I-459 north defaults onto Interstate 59 north while a single lane ramp joins the freeway south to Roebuck, East Lake and BHM Airport in the city. Photo taken 01/19/13.
Travelers taking I-59 north reach I-759 east to Gadsden in 44.5 miles and I-24 east to Chattanooga in 124 miles. Photo taken 01/19/13.


 


Photo Credits:

10/01/03, 06/25/12, 10/07/12, 01/19/13, 10/08/16 by AARoads

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U.S. 31
U.S. 280

Page Updated 05-12-2017.