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Interstate 459 South
The southbound beginning of Interstate 459 as it departs from Interstate 59 southb. The Interstate 459 north to I-59 south flyover supports this set of original button copy overheads for I-459 and Exit 32 to U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway). Photo taken 08/10/02.
Following the ramp from Interstate 59 north onto Interstate 459 south by a guide sign for the adjacent folded diamond interchange with U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway). U.S. 11 mirrors Interstate 59 eastward from Woodlawn in Birmingham to Trussville to the east. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Exit 32 loops from Interstate 459 onto U.S. 11 (Gadsden Highway). U.S. 11 follows all Interstate 59 southwest to New Orleans and northeast to Trenton, Georgia and Interstate 24. Locally the US route heads to downtown Trussville and the Roebuck Plaza area of east Birmingham. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Continuing southward along Interstate 459, motorists next meet Derby Parkway at a diamond interchange (Exit 31) in one mile. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Reassurance shields for Interstate 459 are coupled with trailblazers for the respective radial freeways leading out of Birmingham for drivers using the road as a bypass of the city. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Derby Parkway leads west from Derby Way to Wright Way and Birmingham Race Course. The facility hosts greyhound racing. Exit 31 opened to traffic in 1994. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Interstate 459 meets Interstate 20 at a symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 29) in two miles. Derby Parkway bound motorists meanwhile depart the freeway from under the Queenstown Road overpass. Derby Parkway connects I-459 with adjacent Amber Hills Road east to Lovick and Alton Road north to Alton and south to Irondale. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Traffic from the Derby Parkway interchange merges onto Interstate 459 southbound at the one-mile sign bridge for Interstate 20 (Exit 29) as the freeway lines the western hillside of Blackjack Ridge. Shields on the button copy overheads were replaced between 2003 and 2005. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Southbound traffic approaches a Norfolk Southern Railroad underpass and sees a reassurance shield and trailblazer shield assembly for Interstates 20 and 459. Photo taken 10/03/10.
Interstate 459 expands to six lanes beyond Exit 32 and maintains that capacity to Exit 6. Pictured here is the half-mile approach to Exit 29 with Interstate 20. I-20 will merge onto Interstate 59 six miles to the west by Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM). Photo taken 10/03/10.
With U.S. 78 (Bankhead Highway) crossing in the background, Interstate 20 bound traffic departs Interstate 459 southbound at Exit 29. Interstate 20 within the immediate vicinity of Interstate 459 serves Irondale to the west and Leeds to the east. Pell City, Oxford and Anniston follow on the 79-mile drive to the Georgia state line. Photo taken 10/03/10.
The ramp from Interstate 459 southbound to Interstate 20 east constitutes one half of the lower level of the four-level interchange. I-20 meets Old Leeds Road, south of U.S. 78, next to the west and Bankhead Highway directly in Leeds to the east. Photo taken 09/29/03.
Interstate 459 continues southwest between Interstate 20 and Grants Mill Road (Exit 27). Exit 27 serves the city of Irondale and the Lake Purdy area of southeast Birmingham. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Shields for Interstate 459 south posted after Interstate 20 include a trailblazer for Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Westbound on the half mile approach to the Grants Mill Road diamond interchange (Exit 27). Photo taken 06/25/12.
Grants Mill Road was extended north from Old Leeds Road to the Memorial Drive interchange with Interstate 20. The commuter route continues beyond nearby Overton Road, 4.2 miles to SR 119 (Eastern Valley Road) near the Shelby County line. An option of tolling the crossing of Lake Purdy was discussed in 2010. Photo taken 06/25/12.
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Six lanes of Interstate 459 continue from Irondale into a sliver of Birmingham to Exit 31 near Overton. Exits for Vestavia Hills follow over the course of nine miles. Photos taken 06/25/12.
One mile east of the diamond interchange (Exit 23) for Liberty Parkway. Photo taken 10/07/12.
Overton Road parallels Interstate 459 from Grants Mill Road southwest to Cahaba Heights. Liberty Parkway snakes its way east 3.5 miles from Overton Road near Exit 23 to Sicard Hollow Road. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Low rolling hills comprise the landscape of Interstate 459 between Hoover and Trussville. Pictured here is the off-ramp (Exit 23) to Overton Access Road west of Overton Road and Liberty Parkway. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Just beyond the Overton interchange is the first of two Interstate 459 bridges across the Cahaba River. The Cahaba flows 194 miles from the Birmingham area southward to the Alabama River at Cahaba. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Passing over River Run Lane, southbound drivers see the next shield assembly for Interstates 459 and 65. Photo taken 06/25/12.
An interchange sequence sign outlines the distance to U.S. 280 (Exit 19), Acton Road (Exit 17) and Interstate 65 (Exit 15) along the southward kink parallel to Liberty Parkway. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Returning to a southwesterly trajectory, Interstate 459 spans the Cahaba River for a second time. Photo taken 06/25/12.
U.S. 280 crosses paths with Interstate 459 in a wedge of Birmingham south of Cahaba Heights. The US highway begins in Birmingham and travels east through Mountain Brook, Hoover, Childersburg, Sylacauga, Alexander City, Opelika and Phenix City within the state of Alabama. The eastern terminus is located at U.S. 80 near Pembroke, Georgia. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The one half mile guide sign for Exit 19 (U.S. 280). The upcoming interchange was slated for redesign with the incorporation of new flyover ramps, but those additions were shelved. Other proposals ranged from adding a viaduct down the middle of U.S. 280 to adding toll lanes to improve commuter congestion associated with the growing suburbs of Shelby County. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstate 459 southbound at the ramp departure (Exit 19) for U.S. 280. The US highway comprises a busy corridor between the central business district of Birmingham through Homewood and Mountain Brook to the south belt line. Suburban development lines the route for approximately 13 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 19 partitions into separate ramps for U.S. 280 west and east. The eastbound ramp swings around to join the northbound I-459 ramp ahead of the seven-lane arterial. U.S. 280 east crosses over Oak Mountain toward the city of Childersburg. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Reassurance shield assembly posted ahead of the Cahaba River Road underpass and Dolly Ridge. Photo taken 08/08/10.
Interstate 65 and companion U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway) cross Interstate 459 close to each other near Patton Chapel in the next five miles. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Lowering from Dolly Ridge, I-459 south approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 17) with Acton Road. Acton Road serves the communities of Vestavia Hills and Hoover. The road constitutes a connector between Interstate 459 and Old Rocky Ridge Road to the west. Photo taken 06/25/12.
One half mile ahead of Exit 17 to Acton Road on I-459 south. Acton Road leads east from Cahaba Lake to Camp Horner Road south to Hoover and the community of Acton. Old Rocky Ridge Road to the west serves the Rocky Ridge community of Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The first sign of the impending junction with Interstate 65 precedes the Acton Road off-ramp. I-65 meets Interstate 459 amid the city limits of Hoover at Exit 15. The north-south freeway represents the main route to Downtown Birmingham from the southern suburbs of Pelham, Alabaster and Calera. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 17 leaves the southbound freeway for Acton Road. Acton Road connects with Old Rocky Ridge Road for Altadena and Rocky Ridge Roads into the city of Vestavia Hills. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstates 65 and 459 come together in a wide valley between Little Valley Mountain in Vestavia Hills and New Hope Mountain at Pelham and Indian Springs. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstate 459 southbound expands to four lanes ahead of Exit 15 to Interstate 65. I-65 leads north eight miles to central Birmingham and 11 miles to "Malfunction Junction" (I-20/59). Photo taken 06/25/12.
A two-lane ramp carries all traffic to Interstate 65 in unison from Interstate 459 south at the crossing of Little Shades Creek. Interstate 65 enters suburban Shelby County at the crossing over the Cahaba River. Widening of the freeway was completed in December 2011 between I-65 and County Road 52 in Pelham. Photo taken 06/25/12.
The Exit 15 gore point sign features an Interstate 65 shield as six overall lanes of Interstate 459 continue through the exchange. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 15 partitions into a two-lane ramp for Interstate 65 north into Hoover and western reaches of Homewood. Southbound travelers continue 77 miles to the capital city of Montgomery. Photo taken 08/08/10.
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Once on the transition ramp from southbound Interstate 459 to southbound Interstate 65, motorists can experience the height of the entire four-level, symmetrical stack interchange. Photo taken 06/18/05. Second photo taken 02/21/01.
Still within the footprint of Exit 15, southbound traffic passes under the one-mile guide sign for Exit 13B. A parclo interchange joins Interstate 459 with U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway) in central Hoover. Exit 13A follows at the 2002-completed wye interchange with Galleria Boulevard. Photo taken 06/25/12.
An older ground-level guide sign remains from when Exit 13 consisted solely of the ramp to U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway). Photo taken 06/25/12.
Two lanes join Interstate 459 southbound from Interstate 65 to the Exit 13 ramps to U.S. 31 and Galleria Boulevard. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Lorna Road passes over Interstate 459 south near Patton Chapel in Hoover. U.S. 31 constitutes a heavily developed six-lane arterial between Hoover and Vestavia Hills to the north. Numerous commercial establishments, including the Riverchase Galleria mall, flank Montgomery Highway. Photo taken 06/25/12.
A two-lane off-ramp descends from Interstate 459 south to U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway). U.S. 31 parallels I-65 throughout Alabama and generally serves local traffic as it does between Hoover and Pelham. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Until 2001, all traffic bound for the nearby Riverchase Galleria mall used the U.S. 31 off-ramp. Exit 13B provides access to the mall from James W. Wilson, Jr. Parkway while also serving adjacent retail development to the west. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 13A claims the right lane of Interstate 459 and quickly expands to a two lane flyover onto Galleria Boulevard south. Galleria Boulevard links the freeway with SR 150 (John Hawkins Parkway), an east-west state route that ends nearby at U.S. 31 (Montgomery Highway) at Lorna Road. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Spanning Patton Creek, a trio of nonstandard shields follow for Interstate 459 south and the connection with I-20 & 59. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Tuscaloosa appears for the first time on southbound mileage signs for I-20 west / I-59 south from Bessemer. Photo taken 06/25/12.
SR 150 (John Hawkins Parkway) continues west from Galleria Boulevard to Paradise Lake and a diamond interchange with Interstate 459 (Exit 10). Photo taken 06/25/12.
SR 150 (John Hawkins Parkway) winds westward from Exit 10 over Pine and Shades Mountains to Parkwood and Laceys Chapel in Bessemer. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Exit 10 leaves Interstate 459 south for SR 150. The state route totals 11.83 miles from Hoover west to U.S. 11 at Bessemer. Photo taken 06/25/12.
Interstate 459 leaves western reaches of Hoover for the city of Bessemer. Meeting the freeway next is Morgan Road (Jefferson County 52) at the community of Morgan. Photo taken 09/28/03.
Interstate 459 reduces from six to four lanes at Exit 6. Morgan Road (County Road 52) leads north to Hill Top, Hopewell and Muscoda (SR 150) in Bessemer. Southward the county road enters Shelby County en route to Helena and the south end of SR 261. Bessemer Airport straddles Bluff Ridge to the south. Photo taken 08/10/02.
Facing west now, Interstate 459 spans Allen Brook and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line on the five-mile drive to Eastern Valley Road (Exit 1). Central Bessemer is 10 miles to the north via I-459 west to Eastern Valley Road north. Tuscsaloosa is referenced for the continuation onto I-20 west / I-59 south. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 459 crosses Red Mountain at Owens Gap, passes under County Road 6 (Pocahontas Road) and meets Eastern Valley Road at Pleasant Hill in one mile (Exit 6). Photo taken 11/04/09.
The first sign for the impending end of Interstate 459 at I-20/59 precedes Exit 1. Two-mile approach signs are always used for Interstate to Interstate junctions in Alabama.
Changes visible between 2003 and 2009 at this location include the leveling of an adjacent hill for the construction of the Colonial Promenade Tannehill retail complex. The shopping center opened on July 25, 2008. Photo taken 11/04/09.
The last extant exit along Interstate 459 southbound is for Bessemer and McCalla. Although not placed on the advance signs, this is Jefferson County 18 (Eastern Valley Road), which parallels the original alignment of U.S. 11 (Jefferson County Road) south through Jones Valley. Adjacent McAdory School Road parallels the freeway west to County Road 20 (Old Tuscaloosa Highway) at McCalla. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Entering the final mile of Interstate 459 southbound at the Old Tuscaloosa Highway underpass. I-20/59 leave Bessemer and the greater Birmingham area for Tuscaloosa and their split at Meridian, Mississippi. Interstate 20 continues from there to Jackson, Vicksburg and Shreveport, Louisiana while Interstate 59 drops southwest to Laurel, Hattiesburg and New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo taken 11/04/09.
An end shield for Interstate 459 stands ahead of the trumpet interchange with I-20/59 Interstate 459. Red Ridge appears on the horizon. Photo taken 11/04/09.
Interstate 459 concludes as two lanes default onto I-20 west / I-59 south to Tuscaloosa. Interstate 422, the North Birmingham Beltline, is proposed to begin at this interchange and lead northeast to Hueytown, Sylvan Springs and Adamsville. Photo taken 11/04/09.
The unnumbered interchange includes a single lane ramp for return access to Bessemer, Brighton, Fairfield and Birmingham. Photo taken 11/04/09.

Photo Credits:

02/21/01, 08/10/02, 09/28/03, 09/29/03, 06/18/05, 11/04/09, 08/08/10, 10/03/10, 06/25/12, 10/07/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 20
Interstate 59
Interstate 65
U.S. 31
U.S. 280

Page Updated 10-11-2012.