North of Mobile and outside the cities of Prichard, Saraland, and Satsuma, Mobile County entails mainly rural areas consisting of pine forest dotted with industrial sites. Citronelle and Mt. Vernon are the major population centers toward the Washington County line. Rolling hills carry drivers northwest along U.S. 45 and other roads toward Mississippi.
West Mobile, the unincorporated area beyond Schillinger Road (Mobile County 31) represents the main thrust of suburban expansion from the city of Mobile. Subdivisions and strip malls replace farm land and pine forest west toward Big Creek Lake. County Routes here transition from rural highways into commercial arterials as population growth continues. Beyond West Mobile, Mobile County varies between the shrimping community of Bayou La Batre and the industrialized Hollingers Island area south to Dauphin Island, where lights from offshore oil rigs dot the Gulf horizon.
Mobile County Highways use a similar geographical orientation of county highways in most of Alabama where route numbering starts in the west and south and increases to the north and east.
Until 2009, Mobile County highways were vastly unsigned because of the preference to use street and highway names in lieu of County route numbers. The naming convention vs. the numbering convention aides in 911 Emergency Response services throughout the county. 18" county route pentagons began to appear in 2009 at various intersections outside the city of Mobile in an effort to aid motorists utilizing commercially available mapping products that feature those numbers.
With 2009 and 2010 installations across the county, many unsigned routes were partially signed or signed enough to warrant their inclusion on map products.
An unsigned route, Mobile County 2 is or was the designation for Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island. The east-west road connects the residences of the west end of the island with Alabama 193 (LeMoyne Avenue) and the Mobile Bay Ferry and Fort Gaines to the east.
Bienville Boulevard (Mobile County 2) east
Eastbound views of Bienville Boulevard along the drive from the west end of the built-up portion of Dauphin Island to the area south of Oro Point. The barrier island is mainly home to individual beach houses instead of the usual assortment of condo clusters and high rises found elsewhere on the Gulf Coast. Many hurricanes have taken their toll on the area and the results can be seen in the many vacant lots along the south side of the road. During 2005, Hurricane Katrina created an inlet and separated the undeveloped west end into a separate island. The 2010 BP oil spill disaster resulted in federal funds being used in "plugging the gap" with a stone wall that reconnected the islands in 2011. Photos taken 09/12/10.
Bienville Boulevard expands into a four-lane parkway east of Pirates Cove Street and Lafitte Bay. A public beach resides south of Penalver Street. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Approaching LeMoyne Avenue, the northbound beginning of Alabama 193, on Bienville Boulevard. Alabama 193 links the coastal island with the Mobile County mainland via the Gordon Persons Bridge. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Bienville Boulevard east at Alabama 193 (LeMoyne Avenue). No signs are posted for the state route or for Mobile County 2 here. Dauphin Island Parkway begins initially as a four-lane divided parkway. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Alabama's Coastal Connection scenic byway follows Bienville Boulevard east from Alabama 193 to the Mobile Bay Ferry. The scenic route consists of 130 miles of Alabama state routes and county roads, as well as the Mobile Bay Ferry between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Toll ferry trailblazers are posted along Alabama 188 and 193 east and south to Bienville Boulevard and the Mobile Bay Ferry launch at the east end of Dauphin Island. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Eastbound Bienville Boulevard at Buchanan Street. Buchanan Street represents one of the many roads of the Dauphin Island street grid, leading north toward Confederal Pass and south to Admiral Semmes Avenue. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Nearing the end of the four-lane portion of Bienville Boulevard by the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. The left lane defaults into the Mobile Bay Ferry queue area. Photo taken 09/12/10.
The Mobile Bay Ferry connects Dauphin Island with Fort Morgan (Alabama 180) in Baldwin County. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Bienville Boulevard reaches Fort Gaines and wraps around Pelican Point as a local road. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Encircling historic Fort Gaines at Pelican Point on the east end of Dauphin Island. Fort Gaines, along with Fort Powell to the west, and Fort Morgan to the east were Confederate Army forts during the Civil War used in the defense against the Union Navy for the city and bay of Mobile. Photos taken 09/12/10.
Many deep sea oil platforms are visible off the coast of Dauphin Island. During the night, several areas of light, from the many oil collecting sites offshore, line the horizon. Although in this scene, many oil collecting skimmers serving clean up duties for the BP oil spill diasaster joined their oil collecting counterparts. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Sunset from the east end of Dauphin Island. Waters from Pelican Bay lap the southern shore east of the sandbar that is Pelican Island. Photo taken 09/12/10.
The Fort Morgan of the Mobile Bay Ferry system returns from Baldwin County... Photo taken 09/12/10.
Bienville Boulevard west
Bienville Boulevard westbound at LeMoyne Avenue (Alabama 193) north. A handful of businesses and marinas line Dauphin Island Parkway northward to the Gordon Persons Bridge at Chugae Point. Photo taken 09/12/10.
Wilmer Highway / Grand Bay Wilmer Road
A 13.8 mile route, Mobile County 5 follows Grand Bay Wilmer Road north to Tanner Williams Road, and Wilmer Highway north from there to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) in Wilmer.
Mobile County 5 north
Approaching the brief merge with Mobile County 70 on Mobile County 5 north. The two share an implied overlap through Tanner Williams. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Mobile County 70 leads west from Mobile County 5 and Tanner Williams to Harleston, Mississippi. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Leaving Tanner Williams and Mobile County 70 along Mobile County 5 (Wilmer Road) north. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Lowering toward the intersection with Howells Ferry Road and Mobile County 74 west on Mobile County 5 (Wilmer Road) north. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Mobile County 74 continues Howells Ferry Road west to the Mississippi state line. Howells Ferry Road continues to Howell-Tanner Chapel Road in George County to the west and a dead end at Big Creek Lake to the east. The western Howells Ferry Road was made discontinuous by the creation of Big Creek Lake. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Continuing north along Mobile County 5 (Wilmer Road) from Howells Ferry Road. Photo taken 01/29/10.
U.S. 98 and Alabama 42 shield assembly posted along Mobile County 5 (Wilmer Highway) northbound in Wilmer. The Alabama 42 shield is somewhat of a misnomer, in that its the hidden state route counterpart of U.S. 98 throughout Alabama. These shields were added in 2009. Photo taken 03/29/09.
End shield posted for Mobile County 5 at Wilmer Highway and U.S. 98 (Moffett Road); 2nd Street ties in from the north. U.S. 98 & hidden Alabama 42 travel west to Mississippi and east to Semmes. A new bypass for U.S. 98 is under construction to the north of Wilmer. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Mobile County 5 south
18" pentagon for Mobile County 5 at its southbound beginning in Wilmer. The county road follows Wilmer Highway southward through rural areas west of Big Creek Lake. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Mobile County 5 southbound reassurance marker posted on Grand Bay Wilmer Road North after it leaves Mobile County 70 at Tanner Williams. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Mobile County 7 travels 3.6 miles east from the end of Mississippi 612 near Howell to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) near Wilmer. The route is only signed at its east end on U.S. 98.
Mobile County 7 turns northward after crossing the Flat Creek to its end at U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) west of Wilmer. Photo taken 03/29/09.
The end of Mobile County 7 (Natchez Highway) at U.S. 98. U.S. 98 travels west to Moffett, Latonia, and Lucedale, Mississippi and east beyond Wilmer to Semmes and the city of Mobile. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Grand Bay-Wilmer Rd / Newman Rd
Linking Interstate 10 and Alabama 188 near Grand Bay southwest of Mobile to Mobile County 56 (Airport Blvd) west of the Mobile Regional Airport. It is only signed at the interchange with Interstate 10 (Exit 4), with no reassurance markers posted throughout the rest of the routing. Mobile County 11 is a two lane rural road with a 55 mph speed limit with passing allowed. The highway is the best route from West Mobile to Interstate 10 for traffic bound to Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans. The highway currently is surrounded by farm fields, forest, and a scattering of homes. A few subdivisions have popped up towards Airport Boulevard, and it is probably just the beginning of the Mobile expansion westward.
Mobile County 11 north
Leaving Grand Bay and the confluence of Interstate 10 and Alabama 188, County Road 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) travels to County Road 28 (Old Pascagoula Road). Photo taken 04/05/12.
Old Pascagoula Road (County Road 28) leads west to Valley Forge Road in Jackson County, Mississippi and east to U.S. 90 at Tillmans Corner. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Continuing along Grand Bay Wilmer Road, CR-11 angles northwesterly across Jackson Creek and Bell Branch to Dees. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Dees lies at the cross roads of County Road 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) and County Road 33 (Fort Lake Road west / Dawes Road east). Photo taken 04/05/12.
A four-way stop sign currently governs the movements of County Roads 11 and 33 at Dees. Dawes Road leads northeast to suburban areas of West Mobile from Dawes to Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Leaving Dees, County Road 11 sees an airport trailblazer for Mobile Regional Airport. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Gaston Loop Road stems west from Grand Bay Wilmer Road at this flasher to agricultural areas to County Road 33 (Fort Lake Road). Photo taken 04/05/12.
Jeff Hamilton Road (County Road 36) begins and travels northeast from County Road 11 to Dawes Road (County Road 33). Photo taken 04/05/12.
Mobile County 36 parallels Miller Creek northeast from County Road 11 to Dawes Road. The western most portion of Jeff Hamilton Road remains rural, but suburban development fronts much of the road beyond Cottage Hill Road (CR-40). Photo taken 04/05/12.
Mobile County 11 curves northwestward across Island Branch onto Copeland Island ahead of Miller Creek. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Approaching Airport Boulevard (Mobile County 56) along County Road 11. This is the furthest east that County Road 56 is signed. Photo taken 04/05/12.
County Road 11 concludes at Airport Boulevard west of Seven Hills. Signed here as County Road 56, Airport Boulevard represents the main commercial strip of Mobile further east. West of CR 11, the road provides a connection to CR 5 (Grand Bay Willmer Road) north to U.S. 98 at Wilmer. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Mobile County 11 south
Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) heading south from Dees and the intersection with Mobile County 33 (Dawes Road east / Fort Lake Road west). Photo taken 01/16/09.
Mobile County 11 provides a connection to Interstate 10 from Airport Boulevard leading west from Mobile Regional Airport. Trailblazers are posted periodically along the southbound route. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Old Pascagoula Road (Mobile County 28) meets Mobile County 11 at a traffic light north of Grand Bay. This light was added by 2008. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Mobile County 28 follows Old Pascagoula Road west to Franklin Creek, Mississippi and east to Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Continuing south, Mobile County travels 1.3 miles to the Exit 4 diamond interchange of Interstate 10 and the eastbound beginning of Alabama 188. Photos taken 01/16/09.
Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway
A two-lane north-south highway traveling 5.8 miles between Alabama 188 near Bayou La Batre and Dixon Corner to U.S. 90 at Irvington.
Unsigned CR 19 (Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway) south at unsigned CR 24 (Half Mile Road). Half Mile Road travels west to Cody Driskell Road near U.S. 90 and east to CR 59 (Bellingrath Road) at Laurendine. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Mobile County 21 continues Prine Road southwest from Mobile County 96 (Beverly Jeffries Highway) 5.7 miles through pine forest land and farm fields to junction Alabama 217 (Lott Road) at Earlville Road west of Citronelle.
A series of County Maintenance Ends and Begin signs are posted along Prine Road leading northeast from Alabama 217 (Lott Road). The road otherwise offers a rustic ride through forest and agricultural lands. Photos taken 05/09/09.
Mobile County 96 trailblazer posted ahead of the Mobile County 21 (Prine Road) merge with Beverly Jeffries Highway. The small placard on this assembly references "To Mississippi", for the Mobile County 96 continuation as Mississippi 594 west. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Mobile County 96 travels 10 miles east from Mississippi to overtake Prine Road from Mobile County 21. County Road 96 continues east 1.8 miles onto State Street within the city of Citronelle. Photo taken 05/09/09.
End shield posted for Mobile County 21 at the Prine Road intersection with Beverly Jeffries Highway west. 18" pentagons for Mobile County 21 and 96 here were posted in 2009. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Padgett Switch Road
Padgett Switch Road exists in two segments, both carrying the designation of Mobile County 23, though signage is only found at the north end with U.S. 90. The two lane road travels 5.9 miles south from Mobile County 39 and Half Mile Road to Alabama 188 and 2.2 miles between Half Mile Road and U.S. 90.
Mobile County 23 north
Northbound Padgett Switch Road at the intersection with Half Mile Road (Mobile County 24) and the beginning of Mobile County 39. Mobile County 39 opened in June 2009 to join this intersection with its interchange at U.S. 90 near Irvington. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Padgett Switch Road bends northeast to cross the CSX Railroad and end at U.S. 90. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Traffic lights hang above the end of Mobile County 23 (Padgett Switch Road). U.S. 90 leads west to Irvington and St. Elmo and east to Theodore and Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Mobile County 23 south
Mobile County 23 travels south from U.S. 90 near Theodore to this flasher at Half Mile Road (Mobile County 24). An implied overlap carries the county road west to the resumption of Padgett Switch Road south from Mobile County 39. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Half Mile Road
Half Mile Road doubles as Mobile County 24, an unsigned county road, along the 4.0-mile stretch between Mobile County 19 (Bayou La Batre Irvington Highway) and Mobile County 59 (Bellingrath Road).
Mobile County 24 east
Eastbound Half Mile Road travels one mile east from Bayou La Batre Irvington Highway to the intersection of Padgett Switch Road (Mobile County 23) south and the new Mobile County 39 north. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 39 opened June 2009 between Half Mile Road and U.S. 90, providing part of a four-lane corridor joining Padgett Switch Road with Interstate 10. Upon completion of County Road 39, the intersection with Mobile County 24 was upgraded to include full traffic lights in place of a flasher. Photo taken 04/26/09. Second photo taken 06/15/09.
One half mile beyond Padgett Switch Road south is the resumption of Padgett Switch Road north to U.S. 90. A set of flashers hang above the unsigned split of Mobile County 23 north from 24 east. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 24 west
One half mile west of the Mobile County 23 (Padgett Switch Road) north intersection with Mobile County 24 is the Padgett Switch Road south resumption toward Bayou La Batre. The June-2009 opened extension of Mobile County 39 ties into the intersection from U.S. 90 and Interstate 10 (Exit 10) to the north. Photo taken 06/15/09.
No pentagons are posted at the confluence of Mobile County 24 (Half Mile Road), Mobile County 23 (Padgett Switch Road) south, or Mobile County 39 north. Instead a green sign simply indicates Padgett Switch Road resumes its southward course to Alabama 188. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Two lane highway straddling the Western edge of Mobile Metro. The route links Jeff Hamilton Road Southwest of Mobile Regional Airport with U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) in Semmes. The only Mobile County 25 shields are located on U.S. 98. Long range plans call for the four-laning of this highway, as West Mobile expansion continues rapidly.
Mobile County 25 north
Snow Road (unsigned County 25) lowers from a commercialized intersection with Airport Boulevard to cross Pierce Creek in this northbound scene. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Tanner Williams Road (Mobile County 70) crosses paths with Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) in rural areas northwest of Mobile Regional Airport. Tanner Williams Road heads east to become Old Shell Road at Schillinger Road in West Mobile. Westward the highway continues to Harleston, Mississippi. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Snow Road again drops steeply from Tanner Williams Road north to cross Hamilton Creek east of Big Creek Lake. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Northbound Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) at the traffic light with Mobile County 72 (Howells Ferry Road). Howells Ferry Road heads west to Big Creek Lake and east to Cody Road (Mobile County 37) and U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) south of Miller Park. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Mobile County 68 (Wulff Road) travels east from Snow Road to Mobile County 21 (McCrary Road) and U.S. 98 in Semmes. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Broughton Road east and Nursery Road west come together at this flasher hanging above Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) north. Photo taken 07/16/07.
The north end of Mobile County 25 at U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) near Mary G. Montgomery High School. U.S. 98 continues northwest to Fairview and Wilmer and southeast to Semmes and Mobile. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Mobile County 25 south
Snow Road (Mobile County 25) southbound at Broughton Road west and Nursery Road east in Semmes. Numerous new subdivisions have replaced agricultural lands and nurseries that once abutted this intersection. Photo taken 03/29/09.
A set of flashers hang above the intersection of Snow Road (Mobile County 25) south and Wulff Road (unsigned Mobile County 68) east. Wulff Road leads east and north to Mobile County 27 (McCrary Road) at U.S. 98 in Semmes. Wulff Road South continues west to Howells Ferry Road, serving a handful of rural type subdivisions along the way. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Southbound Snow Road at the signalized intersection with Howells Ferry Road (Mobile County 72). Howells Ferry Road leads west to Big Creek Lake and east to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) in northwest Mobile. Photo taken 03/29/09.
2008 annexation of the Mobile Regional Airport area extends the Mobile city limits to just shy of the intersection of Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) and Tanner Williams Road (Mobile County 70). Currently rural, this intersection will eventually grow in the future with planned expansion of Snow Road into an arterial route. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Southbound Snow Road at the signalized intersection with Airport Boulevard. Airport Boulevard narrows to a two-lane rural highway just west of the adjacent Vigouroux Shopping Center en route to Mississippi 614. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Snow Road ends at the intersection with Jeff Hamilton Road east/west and McFarland Road south. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Continuation of Mobile County 68 (Wolff Road) northward between U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) and Alabama 217 (Lott Road). Signals exist at both U.S. 98 and Alabama 217, with the highway carrying two lanes amid a scattering of homes.
Mobile County 27 north
Northbound Mobile County 21 (McCrary Road) at Spice Pond Road Extension near Millertown. Spice Pond Road Extension leads east to Alabama 217 (Lott Road) adjacent to Mobile County 78 (Spice Pond Road)'s eastbound beginning. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Continuing north, McCrary Road approaches Alabama 217 (Lott Road) at Millertown. Alabama 217 travels west from Eight Mile in Prichard to Millertown and a northerly turn to Georgetown. Photo taken 05/09/09.
McCrary Road spurs north of Alabama 217 to mobile home parks and rural residential areas. Alabama 217 continues northwest 16.7 miles to its end at Mobile County 21 in northwest Mobile County. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Mobile County 27 south
Nearing the intersection with U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) and Mobile County 68 (Wulff Road) on Mobile County 27 (McCrary Road) south in Semmes. Photo taken 10/06/11.
Old Pascagoula Road / Halls Mill Road
Mobile County 28 follows Old Pascagoula Road from Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) eastward to Tillman's Corner and U.S. 90. Old Pascagoula Road extends west from there to Franklin Creek, Mississippi at Valley Forge Road. Halls Mill Road carries the county road designation northeast into the city while doubling as the original alignment of U.S. 90 from Three Notches to Holcombe Avenue west of downtown.
Mobile County 28 east
Upgraded from a flasher to a traffic light by 2007, Old Pascagoula Road meets Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) in an otherwise rural crossroads north of Interstate 10's Exit 4. Mobile County 11 connects Alabama 188 and Grand Bay with Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A four-way stop follows along Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) at Jim McNeil Loop Road East and Ramsey Road. Ramsey Road leads south across Interstate 10 to U.S. 90 west of Fernland and Alabama 188 east of Grand Bay. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Eastbound Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) at Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). Mobile County 39 widens to four lanes south of Old Pascagoula Road leading into its six-ramp parclo interchange with Interstate 10. Overall the county road connects Padgett Switch Road in joining the Bayou La Batre area with the Dawes area at Three Notch Kroner Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Approaching the intersection with Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) on Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) east. Pentagons were installed here in 2009. Mobile County 30 follows Theodore Dawes Road northwest to Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road)'s northbound beginning and southeast to U.S. 90 and Mobile County 26 (Hamilton Boulevard). Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 28 continues eastward from Theodore Dawes Road to Tillman's Corner. Mobile County 30 meets Interstate 10 at the Exit 13 diamond interchange nearby. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Theodore Dawes Road
Mobile County 30 follows Theodore Dawes Road from Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) southeast to U.S. 90 at Theodore. The county road meets Interstate 10 at Exit 13 and also provides part a route between Mobile Regional Airport and the freeway via Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road).
Mobile County 30 east
Mobile County 30 overtakes Schillinger Road from Mobile County 31 as Theodore Dawes Road. Theodore Dawes Road begins at McDonald Road. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Approaching Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) on Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) east. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Mobile County 28 follows Old Pascagoula Road west to the Mississippi state line and northeast to U.S. 90 at Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Continuing east from Old Pascagoula Road, Mobile County 30 widens to five lanes. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Mobile County 30 continues the Veterans' Memorial Parkway designation from Schillinger Road to Interstate 10. A trailblazer for the parkway lies along Theodore Dawes Road ahead of Mobile Greyhound Park. Photo taken 04/30/10.
A traffic light was added to Theodore Dawes Road at Sperry Road north and Trippel Road south by 2010. These local roads serve a truck stop and several mobile home parks. Photo taken 04/30/10.
A conventional diamond interchange facilitates the movements between Mobile County 30 and Interstate 10. Photos taken 04/30/10.
Interstate 10 leads east to Tillman's Corner within the city of Mobile. The south end of Interstate 65 is a seven-mile drive from Theodore Dawes Road. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) continues east from Carol Plantation Road to U.S. 90 and Mobile County 26 (Hamilton Boulevard) east. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 26 begins and follows Hamilton Boulevard east to Alabama 193 (Rangeline Road) and the northbound beginning of Alabama 163. Note the incorrect signage for Alabama 163. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 30 west
Turning northwest from the intersection with Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) along Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) west. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Theodore Dawes Road originally continued west directly to Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road), but was realigned to seamlessly transition into Schillinger Road. A section of old roadway lies west of the signalized intersection between County Roads 30 and 31 as Theodore Dawes Court. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 31 begins its busy northward journey at the split with Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) west. Schillinger Road travels northward to Alabama 158. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Busy north-south corridor in West Mobile. The highway carries two lanes from Mobile County 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) northward to Cottage Hill Road, and five lanes from Cottage Hill Road to Howells Ferry Road. The intersection with Airport Blvd (Mobile County 56) is notorious for gridlock during the evening peak hours of travel. Schillinger Road is the antithesis of what goes wrong when zoning laws and planning etiquette is thrown out the window.
The northern terminus of Mobile County 31 lies at Alabama 217 (Lott Road). However an extension of Schillinger Road leads northward to the January 25, 2008 extended Alabama 158 (future U.S. 98). This connection allows motorists easier access to Interstate 65 via the Exit 13 interchange. Eventually the Alabama 158 extension will push further west to U.S. 98 near its future bypass of the Wilmer and Semmes area. Upon completion of both projects, U.S. 98 will relocate from Moffett Road onto the new corridor to the north.
Three Notch Kroner Road
Mobile County 32 follows all of Three Notch Kroner Road between Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) and Old Pascagoula Road (Mobile County 28) at Tillman's Corner. The western stretch of the road constitutes a two-lane rural highway. Eastward, the road widens into a five-lane arterial through the West Mobile suburbs. Three Notch was the original name for the Tillman's Corner area.
Mobile County 32 east
A set of flashers hang above the Mobile County 32 (Three Notch Kroner Road) intersection with Dawes Lane East and Dawes Lane Extension south. Dawes Lane connects Three Notch Kroner Road with Gold Mine Road and Dawes Road to the north. Photo taken 05/23/09.
Entering the signalized intersection with Gold Mine Road East north and the southbound beginning of Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). McDonald Road leads directly to the Exit 10 interchange with Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 near Irvington. Photo taken 05/23/09.
Sollie Road begins at Mobile County 32 (Three Notch Kroner Road) and travels north to Mobile County 37 (Cody Road) and Mobile County 40 (Cottage Hill Road). Photo taken 07/17/07.
Entering the Tillman's Corner area, Mobile County 32 (Three Notch Kroner Road) intersects Carol Plantation Road south. Carol Plantation Road ventures across Interstate 10 to U.S. 90 and Mobile County 59 (Bellingrath Road) at Theodore. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Bush Lane leads north to Nevius Road east from Mobile County 32 at this traffic light. Nevius Road ties into the Alabama 193 north end and originally continued east across Interstate 10 before Rangeline Road was completed. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Three Notch-Kroner Road merges with Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) to form Halls Mill Road at U.S. 90 in Tillman's Corner. Mobile County 28 otherwise leads southwest to Franklin Creek, Mississippi. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Fort Lake Road / Dawes Road
Mobile County 33 follows the combination of Fort Lake Road and Dawes Road east 15.8 miles from the Mississippi state line to Airport Boulevard near the intersection with Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road). Much of the northern most stretch of Dawes Road is home to heavy suburban development in the form of densely packed subdivisions.
Mobile County 33 east
Dawes Road enters a roundabout with Grelot Road and Air Terminal Drive north. Grelot Road was extended west from Jeff Hamilton Road to coincide with the 2010 completion of the traffic circle. Motorists bound for the road east are provided with a bypass lane of the rotary. Photo taken 11/05/10.
Another new traffic light added to West Mobile are the signals hanging above the intersection of Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) and Old Government Street Road. These lights were installed due to the increased traffic on Old Government Street Road east to the big box store area of Schillinger Road. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Unsigned Mobile County 33 ends at Airport Boulevard just east of Mobile Regional Airport (MOB). Mast arm signal assemblies were installed by 2009 to replace a span wire array. Photo taken 04/26/09.
Mobile County 33 west
A five-point roundabout was constructed in 2010 between Dawes Road and the extended Grelot Road and new Air Terminal Drive. Grelot Road continues west as a local road currently but is proposed to extend to Snow Road. Photo taken 11/05/10.
Dawes Road exits the roundabout with Grelot Road and continues southwest to Jeff Hamilton Road and the suburbanized Dawes area of West Mobile. Photo taken 11/05/10.
Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) west at the four-way stop sign with Dawes Lane North. Dawes Lane connects with McFarland Road leading north to Snow Road and Dawes Lane East to Gold Mine Road East for Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). Photo taken 01/16/09.
Southbound Mobile County 33 (Dawes Road) at Jeff Hamilton Road west (Mobile County 36) and Jeff Hamilton Road Extension east. Mobile County 36 travels west to Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) north of Dees. The extension angles northeast to a roundabout with Leroy Stevens Road and the recently extended Grelot Road. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Cottage Hill Road (Mobile County Road 40) intersects Dawes Road at the next traffic light. Cottage Hill Road travels 1.5 miles west to Jeff Hamilton Road at Repoll Road in a decreasingly rural area. Eastward, the road increases in importance and traffic from the West Mobile suburbs to the Bel Air Mall area of Midtown Mobile. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Scott Dairy Loop Road and Dawes Lake Road come together at this traffic light along Dawes Road south. Scott Dairy Loop Road arcs northwest to Johnson Road at Westlake Road in an increasingly suburban area. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) west merges with Three Notch Kroner Road at the west end of Mobile County 32. Mobile County 32 follows Three Notch Kroner Road east to Old Pascagoula Road and U.S. 90 at Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 05/23/09.
Approaching Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) on Mobile County 33 (Dawes Road) at Dees. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Mobile County 11 leads north to Airport Boulevard and south to Interstate 10 and Alabama 188 at Grand Bay. Photo taken 01/16/09.
A north-south unsigned county road connecting portions of northwest Mobile to southwest Mobile. Currently the road is undergoing major development with residential subdivisions and churches dominating the landscape. The portion of Mobile County 37 near Mobile County 56 was widened to allow for a center turn lane during the early 2000s. Otherwise Mobile County 37 remains two lanes without shoulders and a 45 mph speed limit. The highway used to represent the western extend of the Mobile city limits. Annexations in 2007 expanded the city westward to the Schillinger Road corridor.
Mobile County 37 south
Providence Park Drive loops southwest from Airport Boulevard to Providence Park Office Plaza to Mobile County 37 (Cody Road). This intersection gained a signal in the mid-2000s. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Hitt Road leads west from Cody Road to Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) at the south end of its big box retail area. Signals were installed here in 2003, and at the west end of Hitt Road by 2007. Photo taken 01/23/09.
Cody Road southbound at Grelot Road. Grelot Road constitutes a four-lane divided highway west to Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) and east to University Boulevard. A westward extension of the road opened in 2009 to Mobile County 33 (Dawes Road). Photo taken 01/23/09.
McDonald Road carries Mobile County 39 between U.S. 90 at Irvington and Mobile County 32 (Three Notch Road) & Gold Mine Road near Dawes. The two-lane roadway was upgraded to a four-lane divided highway between 2003 and 2005 to improve access to the Irvington and Bayou La Batre areas in conjunction with Interstate 10, U.S. 90, and Padgett Switch Road south (Mobile County 23). A six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange between McDonald Road and Interstate 10 opened on January 12, 2005 at a cost of $16 million.1 The original two-lane crossing over the freeway was removed in 2004.
Mobile County 39 ended at U.S. 90 until the June 2009 completion of its alignment southward to Half Mile and Padgett Switch Roads. The four-lane roadway directly ties into Padgett Switch Road (Mobile County 23) leading south to junction Alabama 188 near Bayou La Batre.
Cottage Hill Road
Mobile County 40 represents the route number of Cottage Hill Road between Jeff Hamilton Road (Mobile County 36) and Cody Road (Mobile County 37).
Outside the city of Mobile, Cottage Hill Road serves West Mobile, an unincorporated suburban area of Mobile County. Cottage Hill Road travels as a five-lane surface boulevard west to Schillinger Road; a 2003-05 widening project expanded the roadway from two lanes to four between Cody Road (unsigned Mobile County 37) and Schillinger Road (Mobile County 31). The expansion project resulted in a new crossing and alignment over Second Creek.
Beyond Schillinger Road, Cottage Hill Road travels as a two-lane roadway through growing suburbia to the intersection of Jeff Hamilton and Repoll Roads. Many maps show Cottage Hill Road as Mobile County 40, and until 2008, no signage alluded to the designation.
Mobile County 41 winds 25.3 miles northward along Celeste Road from U.S. 43 and Alabama 213 in Saraland to Center and Main Streets in Citronelle. A lengthy three-lane stretch (center turn lane) exists along the route in growing areas of northwest Saraland.
Kali-Oka Road, College Parkway
Mobile County 55 arcs northward from Alabama 213 near the University of Mobile to U.S. 45 near Mauvilla. The two-lane highway traverses rural areas of northwestern Saraland.
Mobile County 55 south
Mobile County 55 (Kali Oka Road) northbound at the westbound on-ramp to Alabama 158. Alabama 158 constitutes a four-lane expressway west from Interstate 65 (Exit 13) to an extended Schillinger Road near Semmes. The route is a component of the eventual new alignment for U.S. 98. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Mobile County 55 (Kali Oka Road) leaves its original alignment for College Parkway just north of the diamond interchange with Alabama 158. A stub and grading remnants remain from the abandoned Kali Oka Road leading south in this scene. County Road 55 was relocated when Alabama 158 was constructed.
The planned Alabama Motorsports Park will dramatically change the landscape of this rural swath of north Prichard. A realignment of Mobile County 55 is in store as part of the master plan for the racing facility. Photo taken 07/17/07.
What was originally a grade separated intersection was upgraded to a full interchange when Alabama 158 was expanded from two to four lanes. The corridor is part of the overall new U.S. 98 alignment stretching west from Interstate 65 Exit 13 to the Mississippi state line. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The main commercial drag for the city of Mobile. There are no signs posted indicating it as Mobile County 56 and the designation is most likely applied only to the section west of the Mobile city limits (west of County 37). The road is six lanes from Interstate 65 westward to near Schillinger Road (County 31). Airport Blvd is flanked by frontage roads periodically from Interstate 65 through Schillinger Road as well. The additional roadways (service roads) create extra phases that traffic lights must go through at the major intersections near Interstate 65, thus causing snarled traffic during peak hours of travel. Westward through the Mobile Regional Airport vicinity, Airport Boulevard retains four lanes. The suburban nature of the highway continues all the way to Snow Road (County 25), before Airport Boulevard enters rural areas while carrying two lanes. At the Mississippi state line, the highway transitions to Mississippi 614 en route to the community of Hurley.
One of three routes towards southern Mobile county and Dauphin Island. Mobile County 59 passes through semi-rural areas south of the town of Theodore at U.S. 90, and also is the road that serves Bellingrath Gardens. The two lane highway is a better alternative to the island over nearby Alabama 193 to the east, as less traffic is present.
Wilmer Georgetown Road, Chunchula Georgetown Road, Roberts Road
Mobile County 63 exists in two segments and forms an arc between U.S. 98 at Wilmer and Mobile County 41 near Turnerville.
Mobile County 63 east
Mobile County 63 follows 6th Street north from its beginning at U.S. 98 in Wilmer to Wilmer Georgetown Road beyond the Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad crossing. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Venturing northeast along Mobile County 63 (Wilmer Georgetown Road) near the intersection with Mobile County 86 (Jack Williams Road). Photo taken 06/02/10.
Jack Williams Road carries Mobile County 86 east from County Road 63 to Alabama 217 (Lott Road) north of Millertown. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Mobile County 63 east
Mobile County 63 concludes eastbound on Roberts Road at Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road). Photo taken 01/02/11.
Mobile County 41 travels south to Turnerville and suburban Saraland and north to Citronelle. An end shield, typical of 2008-09 county-based installations, is present for Mobile County 63. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Mobile County 63 west
Mobile County 63 begins and ventures west from Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) near Turnerville. Pictured here is the first shield posted on Roberts Road. Photo taken 01/02/11.
These views look at the grading for the Wilmer Bypass portion of U.S. 98 from along side County Road 63. A grade separated intersection (one quarter cloverleaf) was planned between the new U.S. 98 north of Wilmer at CR 63 (Wilmer Georgetown Road). Photos taken 01/29/10.
Short highway connecting Snow Road (County 25) with Moffett and McCrary Roads (U.S. 98/County 27). Highlights include an at-grade railroad crossing with the Norfolk-Southern railway and a right-angle shaped "Old Wolff Road" alignment. There are only two Mobile County 68 shields, both posted on U.S. 98.
Mobile County 68 east
Vintage U.S. 98 shield on Mobile County 68 eastbound as it turns to the north ahead of Moffett Road. At U.S. 98, Mobile County 68 ends, and Mobile County 27 begins. Less than two months after this photograph was taken, this U.S. 98 shield was replaced. Photo taken 09/16/01.
Another east-west route linking west mobile and Mississippi to Interstate 65 and downtown. The designation probably ends at the junction with Mobile County 37 (the city limits until 2008), but most maps indicate that it continues eastward to downtown. Overall Tanner Williams and Old Shell Roads comprise two lanes with periodic passing zones. The intersection with University Boulevard was flood prone during heavy thunderstorms and was often closed. As of Summer 2002, this intersection was completely rebuilt, with new storm water management implemented. At Schillinger Road, the designation switches from Tanner Williams to the west from Old Shell to the east. The road passes by nearby residential subdivisions and the Mobile Coast Guard Base en route to Big Creek Lake. Big Creek Lake is a popular fishing location, and is a man-made reservoir that provides drinking water for the city of Mobile. The construction of the lake cut the original Tanner Williams Road in two, requiring a new southern alignment via a causeway over the southern reaches of the body of water. The old alignments still exist with their original twin slab concrete and still serve various houses and mobile homes. The county route crosses the Mississippi line but maintains the name of Tanner Williams Road west to Mississippi 613 at Harleston.
Widening of Old Shell Road into a four-lane divided highway occurred between University Boulevard and Hillcrest Road in 2004. Further work between late 2009 and spring 2011 expanded the road westward into a five-lane arterial from Hillcrest to Schillinger Roads.
Howells Ferry Road
The Mobile County 72 portion of Howells Ferry Road entails a two-lane highway beginning at U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) in northwest Mobile and stretching west to Semmes and Big Creek Lake. Similar to Tanner Williams Road, Howells Ferry Road was also partitioned with the creating of the reservoir. The western end of the County Road 72 portion of road ends at a boat ramp. Meanwhile west of Big Creek Lake, a locally maintained portion of Howells Ferry Road stems east from Mobile County 5 to the lake; Mobile County 74 travels Howells Ferry Road west to the Mississippi state line.
County Road 72 winds through rural-type subdivisions and leafy areas of northwest Mobile. Suburban sprawl along the Mobile County 25 (Snow Road) corridor adds a significant amount of through traffic from Schillinger Road westward. County Road 74 consists of a lightly traveled rural highway.
Mobile County 72 (Howells Ferry Road) east
Nearing the intersection of Howells Ferry Road and Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) along Mobile County 72 east. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Mobile County 31 travels north to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) and Alabama 217 (Lott Road) and south to Airport Boulevard and Cottage Hill Road (Mobile County 40) through West Mobile. Photo taken 03/29/09.
An eastbound reassurance shield posted for Mobile County 72 after Schillinger Road. Howells Ferry Road overtakes Cody Road (Mobile County 37) ahead. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Mobile County 72 (Howells Ferry Road) west
Approaching the intersection with Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) on Mobile County 72 (Howells Ferry Road) west. 18" pentagons at this intersection were added during mid-2009. Photo taken 10/09/09.
Schillinger Road represents the ever-growing north-south commercial corridor of west Mobile. The five-lane arterial is home to a large array of big box retail, fast food chains, and strip malls. Northward the road now extends to Alabama 158. Southward the road links with Theodore Dawes Road as a slow moving signalized boulevard. Photo taken 10/09/09.
Continuing westward, Mobile County 72 (Howells Ferry Road) bends northwest toward a scattering of residential subdivisions and mobile home parks. This is the only westbound reassurance shield posted. Photo taken 10/09/09.
Spice Pond Road
Spice Pond Road meanders east from Alabama 217 at Lott to U.S. 45 at Mauvilla. Several rural residential streets spur from the road, but the highway is lightly traveled otherwise.
Mobile County 78 east
No signs for Mobile County 78 are posted along Spice Pond Road for either the county road or intersecting routes at the end points. Pictured here is the eastern terminus at U.S. 45 north of Mauvilla and south of Oak Grove. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Mobile County 80 travels east-west from Mobile County 41 on the outskirts of Saraland to U.S. 43 at the town of Creola.
Mobile County 80 east
Turning onto Mobile County 80 (Radcliff Road) from Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road), no signs are present for either route. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Bear crossing sign posted near the Radcliff Road crossing of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line. The city limits of Creola straddle the railroad line, but this area is quite rural in nature. Photo taken 01/02/11.
No signs are posted for U.S. 43 along Mobile County 80 at its eastern terminus. U.S. 43 leads north to Salco and Mt. Vernon and south from Creola to Interstate 65, Satsuma, and Saraland. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Like Mobile County 80 to the south, Mobile County 84 (Salco Road) connects Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) with U.S. 43. The rural road joins the communities of Turnerville and Salco.
Mobile County 84 west
The westbound beginning of Mobile County 84 is devoid of signs for both the county road or U.S. 43. Salco Road travels due west for two miles through vastly undeveloped forest land. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Approaching Mobile County 41 (Celeste Road) on Mobile County 84 (Salco Road) west. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Mobile County 84 concludes at Celeste Road. Mobile County 41 travels 1.25 miles north to Turnerville and 5.25 miles south to the outskirts of Saraland. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Jack Williams Road
Mobile County 86 provides a cut-off between Alabama 217 (Lott Road) near Millertown with Mobile County 63 (Wilmer Georegtown Road) in western Mobile County.
Mobile County 86 south
The lone reassurance marker of Mobile County 86 south posted along Jack Williams Road after it begins from Mobile County 63. Photo taken 06/02/10.
No signs of Alabama 217 are posted at the south end of Mobile County 86 (Jack Williams Road). Alabama 217 travels 31 miles northwest from U.S. 45 at Eight Mile to County Road 21. Photo taken 01/29/10.
County Road 92 follows Gulfcrest Road 5.5 miles between Alabama 217 and U.S. 45 at Gulfcrest. The north Mobile County highway is unsigned along Gulfcrest Road but signed from its connecting routes.
Mobile County 92 west
County Road 92 concludes at Alabama 217 (Lott Road) opposite Boothetown Road. No signs are posted for SR 217. Photo taken 10/21/12.
Beverley Jefferies Highway, Prine Road, State Street, Coy Smith Highway
Continuation of Mississippi 594 as it crosses the state line from the Leakesville, Mississippi vicinity. County Road 96 straddles vastly untouched landscapes as it migrates towards Citronelle. CR 96 pentagons are located on U.S. 45 in Citronelle and U.S. 43 in Mount Vernon (the eastern terminus).