U.S. 31 North - Baldwin County

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The first seven miles of U.S. 31 are orientated in an east-west fashion, as the highway parallels Interstate 10 to the north. While in Spanish Fort, U.S. 31 follows a four lane parkway initially, as seen in these northbound photographs at the southern end of Alabama 225. Alabama 225 connects U.S. 31 with the fast growing areas of north of Bay Minette Creek, Historic Blakeley State Park, and Stockton 24 miles to the north. The state route intersects Interstate 65 at Exit 31. Photos taken 06/06/06.
The western branch of Baldwin County 72 connects U.S. 31 (Spanish Fort Boulevard) with Alabama 225 (Blakely Drive) via Blakeley Way. This scene looks east at U.S. 31 after Blakeley Way. Expansion of U.S. 31 between County Road 72 east to Alabama 181 is planned. Photo taken 06/07/06.
Approaching the second branch of Baldwin County 72, that of the spur along Stagecoach and Buzbee Roads. Photo taken 06/07/06.
County Road 72 angles northwest from U.S. 31 in Spanish Fort to a boat ramp at Bay Minette Creek north of the city limits. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Four miles to the east of Alabama 225, is the northern terminus of Alabama 181. Alabama 181 originally was a short route that linked U.S. 31 with Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 at Malbis. A mileage swap with Baldwin County 112 extended the route southward to U.S. 98 over Baldwin County 27 in 2004. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Alabama 181 follows Malbis Plantation Parkway south to Belforest. Construction of the Eastern Shore Centre in the early 2000s transitioned the four-lane roadway into a heavily commercialized arterial between U.S. 31 and U.S. 90. Four-laning of the route south of U.S. 90 accommodates explosive suburban growth to the east of Daphne and Fairhope while increasing capacity for Alabama 181 as an alternative to U.S. 98. Baldwin County 27 (Jimmy Faulkner Drive) was constructed in 2004 between U.S. 31 at Alabama 181 to serve the new Spanish Fort High School and connect area roads with Bromley Road west of Stapleton. Photo taken 06/06/06.
U.S. 31 curves northeast from Spanish Fort to meet Bromley Road and Alabama 59 (Gulf Shores Parkway) at Stapleton. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Alabama 59 provides the main route to the resort areas of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for points north via Interstate 65. The state highway also joins Foley, Loxley and the county seat of Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Historically, hidden Alabama 3, the counterpart of U.S. 31 in southern Alabama, was the signed route leading south to Gulf Shores. Alabama 59 took over sometime after 1950, when Alabama 3 replaced Alabama 12 as the unsigned route for U.S. 31. Photo taken 06/06/06.
U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 north join for 10.7 miles between Pine Haven and Bay Minette along Gulf Shores Parkway. Photo taken 06/06/06.
U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 north
U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 shields posted after their merge at the community of Stapleton. Photo taken 04/09/09.
A second set of U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 shields, posted ahead of Church Street, guide motorists northbound on the Gulf Shores Parkway through Stapleton. Photo taken 04/09/09.
Baldwin County 39 winds east from U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 (Gulf Shores Parkway) along Styx River Road to end at a hunting area east of Stapleton. Photo taken 04/09/09.
The western branch of Baldwin County 39 angles northwest from Stapleton toward Whitehouse Forks. Photo taken 06/06/06.
A set of flashers hang above the intersection of U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 at Ryland Street. Ryland Street constitutes a short street serving an elementary school. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Northbound U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 at Baldwin County 39 north. County Road 39 intermingles with County Road 40 near Whitehouse Forks before ending at Baldwin County 138 (Hurricane Road) near Crossroads. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Gulf Shores Parkway expands to include a grassy median and 65 MPH speed limit between Stapleton and the county seat. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Baldwin County 57 (Pine Grove Road Extension) stems east from U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 and north along Pine Grove Road to the industrial south side of Bay Minette. The county road is only signed at the intersection with Gulf Shores Parkway. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Reassurance shield posted after the U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 intersection with Baldwin County 57 (Pine Grove Road Extension) east. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Dickman Road links Gulf Shores Parkway with an industrial park and County Road 40 (Nicholsville Road) to the east. Freeview Road spurs west to the Douglasville community of south Bay Minette. Photo taken 01/01/10.
U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 (Gulf Shores Parkway) enter the Bay Minette city limits near Baldwin County 40 (Old Daphne Road). The parkway becomes an arterial with industrial type businesses, strip malls and car dealerships to the route split. Pictured here is the approach to Baldwin County 138 (West Hurricane Road) west. County Road 138 was a Alabama 138 until sometime after 1982. Photo taken 06/06/06.
West Hurricane Road carries Baldwin County 138 west through the Douglasville community of southwest Bay Minette. Beyond the city limits, County Road 138 ventures westward to Crossroads and Alabama 225 (Blakeley Road) and Baldwin County 86. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Continuing north from Baldwin County 138 along U.S. 31 & Alabama 59. Photo taken 06/06/06.
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Passing over the CSX Railroad line, U.S. 31 & Alabama 59 approach their split west of downtown Bay Minette. Alabama 59 continues north along McMeans Avenue (Gulf Shores Parkway) and bypasses the city street grid to the west and north. U.S. 31 turns east onto D'Olive Street to Courthouse Square. Note the changes in the sign bridge made that include greening out the down arrows and adding flashers to coincide with the signal ahead signs. Photo taken 04/11/02. Second photo taken 06/06/06.
U.S. 31 turns east through Bay Minette to Perdido and Atmore; Alabama 59 continues north along the Bay Minette Bypass to Alabama 287. Alabama 59 and 287 both connect with Interstate 65 north of the city; Alabama 287 continues Gulf Shores Parkway. Photo taken 06/06/06.
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U.S. 31 northbound shield posted on D'Olive Street eastbound after the route parts with Alabama 59 (McMeans Avenue). The four-lane surface street travels 0.6 miles east from Gulf Shores Parkway to downtown Bay Minette. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Entering downtown Bay Minette, U.S. 31 meets Hall Avenue at a signalized intersection. Baldwin County Courthouse rises in the background. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Like many southern Alabama county seats and towns, Bay Minette includes a town square at its city center. U.S. 31 follows a one-way set of streets (Courthouse Square) between D'Olive Street and East 2nd Street. Alabama 287 ends on the north side of the square via Hand Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/06.
U.S. 31 northbound departs Courthouse Square at East Second Street. Traffic continuing north within the square enters U.S. 31 southbound 90 degrees from the northbound beginning of Alabama 287 (Hand Avenue). Hand Avenue carries the state highway two miles north to Alabama 59 (Gulf Shores Highway). From there both state routes continue to separate diamond interchanges with Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/05/06.
One half block east of Courthouse Square is the intersection between U.S. 31 (East 2nd Street) and Hoyle Avenue. Hoyle Avenue comprises Baldwin County 57 south to Brady Road North Extension across from Nicholsville Road (Baldwin County 40). Photo taken 06/05/06.
Winding eastward along East 2nd Street, U.S. 31 approaches Baldwin County 58 (Rockhill Road) north. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Baldwin County 58 spurs north along Rockhill Road to Lee Avenue, serving a handful of residences. Photo taken 03/20/09.
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1.4 miles east of downtown Bay Minette is the community of Eastwood and the western terminus of Baldwin 112 (Old Pensacola Road). Baldwin 112 constitutes a direct connection between central Baldwin County and Pensacola, Florida in lieu of Interstate 10. The drive along Old Pensacola Road provides a quick 30-mile jaunt through pine logging country to Escambia County and the Perdido River. Photo taken 03/20/09. Second photo taken 06/05/06.
Baldwin 112 was originally Alabama 112. The rural route was downgraded to Baldwin County 112 in exchange for an extended Alabama 181 along Baldwin 27 (Belforest Road) between U.S. 90 at Malbis and U.S. 98 near Weeks Bay. ALDOT crews swapped out signs by early 2006 even though Alabama 181 was not extended southward yet. Photo taken 06/14/04.
Baldwin 112 (Old Pensacola Road) departs U.S. 31 northbound for Gateswood and Muscogee, Florida. The county highway transitions into Escambia 184 at the Perdido River. Photo taken 03/20/09.
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U.S. 31 exits Bay Minette for a rural drive and lightly traveled to Perdido and Atmore. Photos taken 06/05/06.
Baldwin County 61 (Phillipsville Road) stems south from U.S. 31 to Phillipsville and Baldwin County 112 near Hollinger Creek. Photo taken 02/08/06.
U.S. 31 north at the southern branch of County Road 61. Photo taken 02/08/06.
U.S. 31 continues one mile to a second branch of Baldwin County 61, that of the loop along Cemetery Road at Perdido. Photo taken 02/08/06.
A short distance east of Cemetery Road (Baldwin County 61) is the south end of Baldwin County 47. Like County Road 61, County Road 47 entails several branches in the area, including the east-west alignment between Perdido and Rabun, the north-south alignment between Exit 37 of Interstate 65 and Redtown, and an Escambia County east-west segment from Redtown to County Road 1 south of Jack Springs. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Baldwin County 47 begins and travels a short distance to a third branch of Baldwin County 61 in Perdido. Baldwin County 61 joins Perdido with Lottie to the north while Baldwin County 47 turns west to Exit 45 of Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/05/06.
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U.S. 31 leaves Perdido and takes a straight shot toward Nokomis in Escambia County. A passing lane is available beyond the county line. Photo taken 02/07/06. Second photo taken 06/05/06.


 


Photo Credits:

  • 04/11/02 by AARoads.
  • 06/14/04 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 02/07/06 by AARoads.
  • 02/08/06 by AARoads.
  • 06/05/06 by AARoads.
  • 06/06/06 by AARoads.
  • 06/07/06 by AARoads.
  • 03/20/09 by AARoads.
  • 04/09/09 by AARoads.
  • 01/01/10 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 90
Alabama 59
Alabama 287 - Gulf Shores Parkway / Rabun Road

Page Updated 11-15-2011.