The city of Prichard is located on the north side of Mobile in Lower Alabama. Incorporated in 1925, the 25 square mile municipality mostly consists of residential streets, with an older business district centered around Wilson Avenue and Main Street. The Prichard city limits spread far to the north through rural areas along U.S. 45 to Kushla. Population numbers have steadily declined since 1960, with a loss of 25,000 residents by the 2010 census.

Interstate 65 angles northeast across Prichard from U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) to Interstate 165 and the Chickasaw city line. I-165 spurs southeast by the city center to the Alabama State Docks and Water Street in Mobile. U.S. 43 runs along the east side of Prichard, from U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) north into Chickasaw. U.S. 45 extends northwest from Mobile through the height of Prichard en route to Citronelle in north Mobile County. U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) straddles the Mobile and Prichard city line from its split with I-165 to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge across the Mobile River.

Alabama 158 constitutes a four-lane expressway across northwest Prichard between County Road 31 (Newburn Road) and I-65 at Saraland. The route was extended west of U.S. 45 as part of the planned relocation of U.S. 98. Alabama 213 connects the Eight Mile community in Prichard with Saraland to the northeast along Shelton Beach Road. Alabama 217 (Lott Road) branches west from U.S. 45 at Eight Mile to northern reaches of Semmes and Georgetown.


Guides:
U.S. 90 East
U.S. 90 West

Bay Bridge Road

Bay Bridge Road joins Craft Highway and I-165 with Telegraph Road (old U.S. 43) south to the Alabama State Docks, and the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge over the Mobile River. U.S. 90 and U.S. 98 Truck accompany the arterial east to Blakeley Island and U.S. 98 at Battleship Parkway.



Bay Bridge Road east
Bay Bridge Road begins at the northward turn of Craft Highway onto Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near the Prichard and Mobile city line. The four-lane arterial continues east directly into its merge with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck at Interstate 165. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 gains frontage roads from Bay Bridge Road northward to Whistler Street. Drivers bound for the northbound freeway utilize the east side service road briefly before merging onto the viaduct. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Bay Bridge Road eastbound at the Interstate 165 south & U.S. 90 westbound on-ramp. U.S. 90 splits with Interstate 165 north and joins Bay Bridge Road east to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge; U.S. 98 Truck follows Bay Bridge Road east as well, but its routing southward appears to have been removed in favor of a northerly path along Interstate 165 to 65 with sign changes noted between 1999 and 2007.
The relocation of U.S. 90 from Government Street to the Bay Bridge Road loop and removal of Truck U.S. 90 was apparent in 1999, even though signage changes of the relocation of U.S. 90 were not changed in downtown Mobile until Fall of 2001. U.S. 43, which used to follow Telegraph Road south to Beauregard Street, was truncated to its grade separated intersection with Bay Bridge Road as well. Photo taken 11/21/08. Second photo taken 07/17/07.
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Continuing straight carries drivers to the Plateau and Magazine communities of north Mobile. The northbound Interstate 165 ramp is located nearby via the northbound frontage road. In all related Interstate 165 guide signage, no control city is given for the northbound direction. Photo taken 11/21/08. Second photo taken 06/02/10.
A portion of Bay Bridge Road remains in use below the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge between Paper Mill Road and a Kimberly Clark plant along the Mobile River. This view looks east at a 1939-constructed overpass for the Terminal Railroad to the Alabama State Docks. Photo taken 01/02/11.
A set of flashers hang above an intersection of Bay Bridge Road with adjacent entrance roads to the nearby industrial plants. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Bay Bridge Road concludes at the visitor entrance to Kimberly Clark ahead of a CSX Railroad line. Photo taken 01/02/11.
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Bay Bridge Road originates from a dead end by a Kimberly Clark facility and leads west under the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge (U.S. 90 & 98 Truck). Photo taken 01/02/11.
A set of trailblazers direct traffic to U.S. 90 Truck & 98 Truck via Bay Bridge Road west to Paper Mill Road north. U.S. 90 Truck was replaced by the U.S. 90 mainline when it was relocated in 1999. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Paper Mill Road connects the original Bay Bridge Road with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck via an adjacent connector roadway. Paper Mill Road otherwise continues Chin Street northwest to Magazine and U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road). Photo taken 01/02/11.

Craft Highway

Craft Highway is an urban arterial linking U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) and the north end of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Mobile with Bay Bridge Road, and the I-165 frontage road system east of the Prichard city center. Craft Highway north from I-165 to Wilson Avenue at the Chickasaw city line was renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Craft Highway resumes in name north from Wilson Avenue to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road).

U.S. 43 is named for John Craft throughout the state of Alabama. Craft Highway south through Prichard and U.S. 45 in Mobile was the alignment of U.S. 43 in 1947. It was redesignated as U.S. 43 Alternate when U.S. 43 shifted east onto Telegraph Road.

Craft Highway north
South Craft Highway north at the beginning of Bay Bridge Road. This set of signals operates in flash mode. Bay Bridge Road leads east directly to the diamond interchange (Exit 2) with Interstate 165 & U.S. 90-98 Truck. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive begins and heads north; this road represents the original U.S. 43 and Craft Highway. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Craft Highway resumes in name at the merge of Wilson Avenue (former U.S. 43 Alternate) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The four-lane arterial continues north to a signalized intersection with 12th Avenue at the Prichard and Chickasaw city line. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Short Street provides a connection from Craft Highway northbound to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) southbound. Westward Short Street ties into Lee Street, Chickasaw's main east-west street. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Craft Highway merges with U.S. 43 at the north end of Telegraph Road. This intersection represents the historic end of U.S. 43 Alternate. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Southbound Craft Highway meets 12th Avenue at the Prichard city line. 12th Avenue heads west to Oroquis Street along the Chickasaw city line and east to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road). Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Short Street westbound at Craft Highway. Beyond the intersection, Lee Street begins and angles northwest to Exit 10 of Interstate 65. Photo taken 07/17/07.

Interstate 165 Frontage Roads

One-way frontage roads accompany both sides of the I-165 viaduct north from Bay Bridge Road (Exit 2) to Whistler Street (Exit 1A). The two to three lane roads were built in conjunction with the 1994-completed freeway to link I-165 with the various cross streets in the city. Texas style U-turn ramps join the roadways at Bay Bridge Road, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Wilson Avenue and near Price Avenue.

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Interstate 165 and 65 trailblazers posted along the northbound frontage road after the intersection with U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road). The adjacent on-ramp carries vehicles onto Interstate 165 north ahead of the Exit 1C off-ramp to Wilson Avenue. Trucks bypassing the George C. Wallace Tunnel of Interstate 10 are directed onto Interstate 165 north to Interstate 65 south. Photos taken 10/25/03.
A look at the u-turn ramp connecting the northbound frontage road with the southbound service road. This ramp lies north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Photo taken 03/05/02.
Northbound on the I-165 Service Road at Wilson Avenue. Wilson Avenue represents the historic alignment of U.S. 43 Alternate and Alabama 193. The four-lane arterial leads south into central Prichard and north to U.S. 43 (Craft Highway) in Chickasaw. Beyond the traffic light here, the frontage road continues to a northbound on-ramp before intersecting Price Avenue. Photo taken 01/25/09.
Like the west frontage road at Exit 2, the east frontage road forms the on-ramp to Interstate 165 from Whistler Street. Whistler Street angles northwest from Elm Street to Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road) in northwest Prichard. Photo taken 03/15/02.
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Exit 2 brings motorists from Interstate 165 south ahead of the service road intersection with U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) at the Mobile city line. Bay Bridge Road carries truck traffic east to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge in lieu of the Bankhead and George C. Wallace Tunnels. U.S. 98 Truck joins the route as well. Photo taken 11/21/08.
The southbound service road merges onto Interstate 165 south and ends. U.S. 90 west utilizes the ramp to connect with the viaduct southward to Water and Beauregard Streets. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Ascending onto the Interstate 165 & U.S. 90 viaduct from Bay Bridge Road. Detour Interstate 10 coincides with U.S. 98 Truck along the loop north from Blakeley Island to Prichard. Photo taken 10/26/09.

Lovejoy Loop

Lovejoy Loop encircles the Prichard business district along Wilson Avenue. The loop formed part of one-way couplet for Alabama 193, before Wilson Avenue was built in between. The two to three lane loop was restriped to two-way traffic by 2011.

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30 inch Crouse Hinds signals on Lovejoy Loop West south at Prichard Avenue. These were replaced by 2004. Photo taken 04/17/02. Second photo taken 07/17/07.
Lovejoy Loop east at Wilson Avenue when the loop flowed one way. East Lovejoy Loop heads north to Prichard city hall. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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A 1940s one-piece four way signal once operated above the Lovejoy Loop East intersection with Prichard Avenue. The timing sequence blacked out the signal between color changes. A second 1940s era signal was used at the subsequent northbound intersection.
Thanks to Signalfan for information regarding the dates of these signals. Photos taken 04/17/02.
The old four-way signal at Lovejoy Loop and Prichard Avenue was replaced with modern Eagle Mark IV signals by 2004. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A second one-piece four way signal from the 1940s was formerly used along Lovejoy Loop East northbound at Main Street. Photo taken 04/17/02.
42 inch Eagle Mark IV signals were added along Lovejoy Loop East at Main Street in 2004. With the loop restriped for two-way traffic and low traffic counts, the signals were removed and stop signs added for Main Street by 2011. Photo taken 07/17/07.

Main Street

A one time through street connecting the Prichard city center with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) at Boaz Street, Main Street angles west from Prichard Avenue and City Hall and north to pass under I-65 and end at Eightmile Creek.

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1940s one-piece four way signal at Main Street and Lovejoy Loop East. The lighting sequence of this assembly illuminated two lens simultaneously during cycle changes.
The vintage traffic light was replaced by 2004. Photos taken 04/17/02.
Looking west on Main Street at the former one-piece four-way traffic signal at Lovejoy Loop East. Wilson Avenue crossed Main Street in the background. Photo taken 04/15/02.
Main Street ends at Prichard Avenue, Phillips Avenue north and the entrance to the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex. Operating in flash mode, a single Crouse Hinds signal faced each direction here. These were removed by 2004, with stop signs added for Main and Phillips. Photo taken 04/15/02.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive extends north from Craft Highway south and Bay Bridge Road east from central Prichard to Wilson Avenue at the Chickasaw city line. Now a local through road, MLK Drive was formerly a part of Craft Highway and the historic alignment of U.S. 43 north to Chickasaw and south to U.S. 43 at Toulminville in Mobile. Construction of Interstate 165 included a realignment of Bay Bridge Road to the south, shifting the through movement from Craft Highway atat Conception Street Road, to Craft Highway north to Bay Bridge Road east.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive north at Elm Street. A single signal faced each direction of the four-way intersection previously, but now modern signals operate here. Prior to 2004, several intersections in the city of Prichard used this configuration. Photo taken 04/17/02.
Diaz Street west at Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in the Summerville community. This signal array remained with just one assembly facing each direction to 2008. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive expands to four lanes after the intersection with Meaher Street (former Alabama 194) on the approach to Interstate 165. Photo taken 01/25/09.
Approaching the East Frontage Road for I-165 on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive south. Trailblazers posted here still referenced U.S. 43 and U.S. 90 Truck. U.S. 43 no longer travels south into Mobile and U.S. 90 Truck was replaced by the U.S. 90 mainline by 1999. Photo taken 01/25/09.
The east service road for I-165 leads north to Wilson Avenue and on-ramps ahead of Price Avenue and at Whistler Street. Photo taken 01/25/09.

Former Alabama 194 - Meaher Avenue

Alabama 194 along Meaher Avenue in 1961

Alabama 194 followed Meaher Avenue from Wilson Avenue (former U.S. 43, U.S. 43 Alternate, and Alabama 193) to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) through central Prichard. The west end of the street was demolished with construction of Interstate 165, with the street redirected northward onto Bernard Street.

Approaching the historic east end of Alabama 194 on Meaher Avenue at U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road). Photo taken 01/25/09.

Paper Mill Road

Paper Mill Road loops northwest from the industrial Magazine area by the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge to the intersection of U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) and Diaz Street in Prichard.

A grade separated intersection joins U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) with Paper Mill Road in the shadow of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. Paper Mill Road leads north to the Kimberly Clark Corporation plant nearby and ends at Chin Street to the south. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Paper Mill Road meets the connector road (Paper Mill Road Extension) to U.S. 90 & 98 Truck just north of the original Bay Bridge Road underneath the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. Photo taken 01/02/11.
The closing of area industry in 2000 reduced the amount of traffic using Paper Mill Road and the connector to U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road), downgrading the signalized intersection into a four-way stop sign. Photo taken 01/02/11.
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Truck U.S. 90 & 98 trailblazers posted at the Paper Mill Road south intersection with Paper Mill Road Extension west and Chin Street south. U.S. 90 Truck was decommissioned in 1990 when U.S. 90 saw relocation from the Bankhead Tunnel onto the Bay Bridge Road loop. U.S. 98 Truck remains in use due to the hazardous cargo restriction on the U.S. 98 alignment under the Mobile River. Photo taken 02/11/09.
A bank of Truck U.S. 90 & 98 shields also stands along the Paper Mill Road Extension connector to Bay Bridge Road. A number of industrial plants, some closed, lie along the Chickasaw Creek area of Magazine nearby. Photo taken 01/02/11.
Paper Mill Road Extension ends at U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) at the foot of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge across the Mobile River. U.S. 90 & 98 Truck lead south along Cochrane Causeway from the cable-stayed bridge to Interstate 10. Westward the pair continue to U.S. 43 at Plateau and their split at Interstate 165. Photo taken 02/11/09.

Prichard Avenue

Prichard Avenue angles northeast from Mobile Street to Toulmans Spring Branch and east to the Prichard city center and the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Mobile Street south connects Prichard Avenue with the Crichton area of Mobile and U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue).

Prichard Avenue east
Prichard Avenue east at Summerville and Owens Streets. 30 inch signals operated here until 2003, when modern signals replaced them. The former set up utilized one signal head per direction, with a protected left turn for Owens Street north. Photo taken 03/28/02.
The replacement traffic signals at the intersection of Prichard Avenue, Owens Street and Summerville Street. Pedestrian signals were placed here as well. Photo taken 10/31/03.
Prichard Avenue straddles the Mobile city line east from Summerville Street to College Street. Pictured here is the intersection with U.S. 45 (Saint Stephens Road). Photo taken 10/31/03.
Prichard Avenue west
Prichard Avenue west leaves the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex and intersects Lovejoy Loop East here. Lovejoy Loop East was still a one-way street north from Wilson Avenue to Clark Avenue at this time. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Mast arm supported traffic lights on Prichard Avenue west at Wilson Avenue (old U.S. 43 Alternate). Wilson Avenue leads north to Interstate 165 and south to U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) at Toulminville. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Lovejoy Loop West crosses Prichard Avenue at the ensuing signal. Lovejoy Loop West encircles the west side of the Prichard business district, south from Interstate 165. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Prichard Avenue west at U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). Signal replacements here changed protected turns into permissive turns. Photo taken 07/17/07.


Guides:
U.S. 45 North
U.S. 45 North

Saint Stephens Road

U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) branches northwest from U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) through Allenville and Toulminville in Mobile. U.S. 45 enters Prichard at Prichard Avenue and parallels the city line northwest to a six-ramp parclo interchange with Interstate 65. The four-lane commercial boulevard continues north to the Eight Mill community.

St. Stephens Road reduces to two lanes at Crystal Springs Road. U.S. 45 transitions into a rural highway from there and winds north to a diamond interchange with SR 158 and the community of Kushla before exiting the city.



Guides:
U.S. 43 North
U.S. 43 North

Telegraph Road

U.S. 43 follows Telegraph Road along the east side of Prichard, separating residential areas of Prichard with industrial areas along the parallel Norfolk Southern Railroad line. U.S. 43 ends at the grade separated intersection with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road) on Mobile city line. A road diet made by 2017 restriped Telegraph Road from four lanes to two through lanes with a continuous center turn lane.

Prior to fall of 2001, U.S. 43 extended south from Prichard into Mobile, following Telegraph Road to Conception Street Road and the intersection of Beauregard and Water Streets. The Telegraph Road viaduct over the Alabama State Docks Railroad was demolished at the time, leading to the truncation of U.S. 43 northward to U.S. 90 at Bay Bridge Road.



Whistler Street

Whistler Street extends northwest from Elm Street as a collector route to Interstate 165 at Exit 1A and Shelton Beach Road (Alabama 213) at Eight Mile. Aldock Road stems northeast from Whistler Street to Chickasbogue Park.

Whistler Street northbound at the half diamond interchange with Interstate 165. Whistler Street was expanded into a four-lane, divided arterial during the construction of the elevated freeway. Photo taken 03/15/02.
Whistler Street and Turner Road converge at an acute angled intersection beside the semi directional T interchange joining Interstates 65 and 165. Turner Road angles westward from Diaz Street to Rebel Road, paralleling Whistler to their respective intersections with Wasson Avenue. Traffic lights pictured here were replaced with a modern array by 2003. Photo taken 03/15/02.
Whistler Street south at the west service road for I-165. Southbound on-ramps within Prichard use Mobile as a control point for I-165. Northbound signs omit a destination. Photo taken 02/08/06.

Wilson Avenue

Wilson Avenue constitutes the main route north from U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) through the Prichard business district to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) in Chickasaw. The urban arterial represents the original route of U.S. 43 from its former overlap with U.S. 45 to Craft Highway through Chickasaw. When U.S. 43 shifted east to Telegraph Road, Wilson Avenue was redesignated Alternate U.S. 43. Alabama 193 followed Wilson Avenue from at least 1952 to 1977 as well.

Wilson Avenue used to split into a one-way street couplet utilizing the Lovejoy Loop through the Prichard city center. Sometime after 1977, Wilson Avenue was constructed between the loop as a continuous road.

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Wilson Avenue spans a tributary of Toulmin Spring Branch ahead of the intersection with Carpenter Street. Photo taken 01/25/09.
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Lovejoy Loop East and West converge at Wilson Avenue just south of I-165. The loop was previously striped for one way, counter clockwise traffic. 30 inch signals here were replaced with 42 inch assemblies by 2004. Photo taken 03/11/02. Second photo taken 01/25/09.
Prichard Avenue crosses Wilson Avenue at these mast-arm supported traffic lights west of City Hall. Prichard Avenue connects Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). Photo taken 01/25/09.
Wilson Avenue (historic U.S. 43 Alternate) northbound after the intersection with Main Street. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Approaching Interstate 165 on Wilson Avenue north. The sidewalk breezeway and all of the structures pictured here, with the exception of the building to the left, were razed by 2016. A road diet made along Wilson Avenue by 2016 added bike lanes, planters, and turn lanes as well. Photo taken 03/11/02.
Wilson Avenue north crosses the Canadian National (CN) Railroad and intersects the west side frontage road of Interstate 165. The northbound on-ramp lies just ahead of Price Avenue from the east frontage road. Photo taken 03/11/02.
Trailblazers for I-65 and I-165 posted below the six-lane viaduct along Wilson Avenue north. Photo taken 03/11/02.
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Dunlap Circle arcs west from Wilson Avenue to West Turner Road at Mt. Calvary Avenue. The road traveled by a cluster of duplexes, most of which were razed. Photo taken 07/17/07.
West Turner Road links western reaches of Prichard (Wasson Avenue) with Diaz Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive just east of Wilson Avenue. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Elm Street crosses Wilson Avenue at the next traffic light. The east-west road begins at U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) and transitions to Whistler Street north just west of Wilson. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Nearing the frontage road system of Interstate 165 on Wilson Avenue south. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Travelers destined for Interstate 165 north to Interstate 65 utilize the northbound side service road to the ramp south of Price Avenue. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Dual turn lanes carry drivers onto the southbound side frontage road to the Bay Bridge Road on-ramp to Interstate 165 south. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Approaching U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) on Wilson Avenue south where U.S. 43 Alternate and Alabama 193 once ended. An eventual project to restripe Wilson Avenue from four to two lanes with a center turn lane included sidewalk rehabilitation and the replacement of this shield assembly. Photo taken 01/25/09.

Additional Prichard Street Scenes

Photos covering other principle streets throughout the Prichard area.

Bear Fork Road
Bear Fork Road westbound at Shelton Beach Road. A set of flashers (often not functioning) hang above the rural area intersection. Bear Fork Road straddles the Mobile and Prichard city line west from Salem Street to Jarrett Road. Photo taken 04/30/10.
A set of flashers at University Boulevard south and Highpoint Boulevard north were upgraded to traffic lights by 2009 at Bear Fork Road. This stretch of University Boulevard is lightly traveled as compared to the busy arterial near the University of South Alabama and Cottage Hill Road. Photo taken 04/30/10.
Belcase Road
Belcase Road extends Highpoint Boulevard north from Alabama 217 (Lott Road) to U.S. 45 south of Kushla in rural northwest Prichard. The two-lane road opened by 2007. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The north end of Belcase Road at U.S. 45 near its diamond interchange with Alabama 158. No shields are posted on Belcase Road for the US highway. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Branch Avenue
Branch Avenue joins West Main Street with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) near Eight Mile Creek. A traffic light operates at the end of the connector road with St. Stephens Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Grover Avenue
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The five-point intersection between Grover Avenue, old Bay Bridge Road, and Willjohn Street once held more prominence in the Prichard traffic scheme. When new Bay Bridge Road opened to the south, old Bay Bridge Road was severed from Telegraph Road. The connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive was also removed when Interstate 165 opened. This left the road for local use only, and its set of traffic lights with Grover and John Avenues obsolete. Rather than removing the signals, the city of Prichard instead permanently reset them into flash mode and they subsequently fell into disrepair.
Oddly enough, the signals were restored to operation just two weeks after we first visited the junction in late 2009... Photo taken 12/17/09. Second photo taken 01/02/11.
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Old Bay Bridge Road west at Grover Avenue (north-south) and Willjohn Street east to Meaher Avenue (former Alabama 194). Most of the adjacent housing is either abandoned or in a state of disrepair. An industrial business or two still occupies parcels along old Bay Bridge Road, and the connection with Grover Avenue links them with U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road).
Note the restoration of the semi-abandoned traffic lights between December 2009 and January 2011. Photo taken 12/17/09. Second photo taken 01/02/11. Third photo taken 01/02/11.
Shelton Beach Road
Removed by 2016, this vintage one-piece four-way flasher was located above the intersection of Shelton Beach Road and Myers Road to the southwest of Eight Mile. Shelton Beach Road Extension leads south to U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) in Mobile. Myers Road leads north to Alabama 217 (Lott Road) and south to Bear Fork Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Bear Fork Road straddles the Mobile and Prichard city line west from Salem Street across Shelton Beach Road to Jarrett Road. The east-west through road ends at U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) near Millers Park.
This one-piece traffic signal was replaced by 2013. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Shelton Beach Road Extension continues the road south into the city limits of Mobile and crosses Eight Mile Creek within the passive Megginson Park. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Wasson Avenue
Wasson Avenue links the cities of Chickasaw and Prichard via Thompson Boulevard Extension southward to Whistler Street. Whistler Street angles southeast to Elm Street and central Prichard and northwest to Alabama 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Photo taken 07/17/07.
Turner Road follows a diagonal path from Martin Luther King Jr., Drive westward under Interstates 65 and 165 to Wasson Avenue. The through road comes to an end nearby at Gould Avenue. Photo taken 07/17/07.
30 inch traffic lights along Wasson Avenue south at West Main Street. Main Street travels northwest from the Prichard central business district to Branch Avenue before petering out in a wooded area near Eight Mile Creek. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Woodland Avenue
Woodland Avenue overtakes Paper Mill Road from its intersection with the industrial road west to U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) at Diaz Street. Photo taken 07/17/07.



Photo Credits:

03/05/02, 03/11/02, 03/15/02, 03/28/02, 04/15/02, 04/17/02, 10/25/03, 10/31/03, 02/08/06, 07/17/07, 11/21/08, 01/25/09, 02/11/09, 10/26/09, 12/17/09, 04/30/10, 06/02/10, 01/02/11 by AARoads

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