Looking south from the U.S. 84 at the diamond interchange with U.S. 43. U.S. 43 travels just west of Grove Hill along a four-lane bypass. Photo taken 05/09/09.

Traveling nearly the height of the state, U.S. 43 originates in Prichard near the Gulf Coast and leaves Alabama north of Florence. U.S. 43 serves the Black Belt Region north from the Mobile area to Wagarville, Grove Hill, Thomasville and Demopolis. An overlap with U.S. 11 takes the route northeast to Tuscaloosa, where it crosses the Black Warrior River as the main route into Northport.

Beyond Northport, U.S. 43 becomes rural again and continues north to split with its counterpart of SR 13 near Berry. SR 13 provides the most direct route north to Russellville via Haleyville and Phil Campbell while U.S. 43 winds along a long arc to Fayette, Winfield and Hamilton. U.S. 43 and SR 13 recombine ahead of Russellville as a four-lane highway extending north to the Shoals area of Tuscumbia, Muscle Schoals and Florence.

U.S. 43 Alabama Highway Guides

Within Mobile County, U.S. 43 was realigned from Wilson Avenue through Prichard eastward onto Telegraph Road per the AASHTO meeting on October 3, 1981. The US highway was later truncated from Mobile northward to the grade separation of Bay Bridge Road over Telegraph Road in 2002. North at Grove Hill, a new four-lane bypass was completed by 2000, shifting U.S. 43 away from the town center. The 6.75 mile realignment was approved by AASHTO on April 7, 2000.

State Routes of U.S. 43

  • State Route 13
    SR 13 follows all of U.S. 43 northward 226.727 miles from the southern terminus to Fayette County.
  • State Route 18
    Where Alabama 13 becomes a signed route, SR 18 becomes silent on the U.S. 43 westward turn 13.49 miles to Fayette.
  • State Route 171
    SR 171 continues U.S. 43 northward from Alabama 18 at Fayette, 37.869 miles to Hamilton.
  • State Route 17
    SR 17 is no stranger to U.S. Highway counterparts, having carried the first 43 miles of U.S. 45 to the south. The state route lines U.S. 43 northeast from Hamilton 54.979 miles to Florence. Portions of the overlap coincide also with SR 2 (along the U.S. 72 overlap) and SR 13.
  • State Route 13
    Alabama 13 combines with U.S. 43 & SR 17 in Franklin County and follows the US Highway 48.77 miles north to the Tennessee state line.

Former U.S. 43 - Telegraph Road, Beauregard & Broad Streets - Mobile


Former U.S. 43 north
Shield assembly posted ahead of the U.S. 98 turn from Broad Street north to St. Anthony Street west. U.S. 43 and 45 previously overlapped with U.S. 98 north along this 0.3-mile stretch of Broad Street. Bot dots here were removed by fall 2001. Photo taken 10/26/99.
This U.S. 43 marker along Broad Street north was removed by January 8, 2002, at the same time the button copy overheads posted beyond St. Francis Street were replaced. The U.S. 45 shield was removed by spring 2002. Photo taken 10/26/99.
U.S. 45 separated from U.S. 43 north along side U.S. 98 on Spring Hill Avenue west to St. Stephens Road north. These signs were replaced by November 2001. Photo taken 10/26/99.
Broad Street north at the former separation of U.S. 45/98 from U.S. 43. Truck U.S. 90 was replaced with a realignment of the U.S. 90 mainline around Downtown Mobile in 1999. Photo taken 10/26/99.
Shields for U.S. 43, U.S. 90 and U.S. 98 Truck at Beauregard Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Mobile. The U.S. 43 marker was removed from this assembly by January 8, 2002. Photo taken 12/07/01.
U.S. 43 branched east from the northbound beginning of I-165 onto Conception Street Road to the Viaduct Bridge linking with Telegraph Road. The Viaduct Bridge permanently closed and was subsequently demolished in 2002. Photo taken 07/01/00.
Northbound on old U.S. 43 (Conception Street Road) approaching the closed Viaduct Bridge to Telegraph Road. U.S. 43 originally crossed part of the Alabama State Docks railroad lines via a three-lane span. Photo taken 02/25/02.
Conception Street Road turns left to pass underneath the adjacent Interstate 165 viaduct. A sign bridge and shield assembly remained in place until the Viaduct Bridge was dismantled in late 2002. Photo taken 02/25/02.
Viewing the closed Viaduct Bridge from adjacent the I-165 viaduct. An abutment from a former ramp once linked Telegraph Road with Joachim Street. This connection was previously removed during construction of Interstate 165. Photo taken 01/08/02.
U.S. 43 trailblazer northbound on Telegraph Road at the transition from Dekle Road. U.S. 43 and Truck U.S. 90/98 reassurance shields were last posted along this roadway November of 2001. Telegraph Road remains with four lanes northward to the end of U.S. 43 at Bay Bridge Road. Photo taken 04/24/09.
Bay Bridge and Telegraph Road Connector
A multi-lane access roads links U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) with Telegraph Road and the south end of U.S. 43. The connector was previously named Traffic Street, which is a local street nearby disconnected from the roadway. Photo taken 11/21/08.
A U.S. 43 shield previously posted on the access road linking U.S. 90 with Telegraph Road. U.S. 43 travels north through Prichard from this connection. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Shield assembly posted at the west end of the access road joining U.S. 43 (Telegraph Road) with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Bay Bridge Road). The truck route for U.S. 98 overlays U.S. 90 east across the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge onto Blakeley Island and U.S. 90 west to Interstate 165. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Former U.S. 43 south
Southbound Telegraph Road at the abandoned (and since demolished) Viaduct Bridge. Telegraph Road now defaults onto adjacent Dekle Road through the Alabama State Docks area to Delchamps Road and Beauregard Street. Photo taken 01/08/02.
Remaining overhead signs along the Viaduct Bridge ahead of the ramps to both the left and right sides of I-165 south at Beauregard Street. Photo taken 01/08/02.
For a short time, the Telegraph Road (U.S. 43) ramp to the left side of Interstate 165 was closed. This ramp reopened to connect the renovated GM&O Transportation Center with Water Street south. Photo taken 02/25/02.
Posted below the I-165 southbound viaduct where Conception Street Road turns north, this assembly was the last U.S. 43 reassurance shield remaining along the original alignment through Mobile. The signs were replaced by 2011 and still show U.S. 43 to 2016. Photo taken 11/03/03.
U.S. 43 shield assembly posted with U.S. 90 Truck & 98 Truck after they turned west onto Beauregard Street from Interstate 165 at Water Street. Shields for U.S. 43 and U.S. 90 Truck were removed by January 2002. Photo taken 06/11/01.
U.S. 43 reassurance marker posted on Broad Street south after the intersection with Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Beauregard Street. Photo taken 06/11/01.
U.S. 43 originally ended at the intersection of Broad and Government Streets west of Downtown Mobile. With the relocation of U.S. 90 onto a loop north of Downtown Mobile, U.S. 43 was truncated northward to the Telegraph and Bay Bridge Road grade separated intersection in Prichard. This coincided with the 2002 demolition of the U.S. 43 Telegraph Road Viaduct Bridge through the State Docks area. Photo taken 10/26/99.
U.S. 43 end signage remained in place until November 2001. Historically U.S. 31, U.S. 45, and U.S. 90 Alternate terminated here as well. U.S. 31 and 45 were dropped along concurrent routes with U.S. 90/98 by the early 1990s. U.S. 90 Alternate followed Government Street east through the Bankhead Tunnel when the Mobile River crossing was tolled. Photo taken 10/26/99.
U.S. 43 scenes
Steel Drive joins U.S. 43 with the AM/NS Calvert steel plant in northeastern Mobile County. Work on building the plant began in 2007 with completion in 2010. The plant employs 1,600 people. ALDOT upgraded a signalized intersection with U.S. 43 into a trumpet interchange to accommodate traffic to and from the facility. Photo taken 01/01/10.
Steel Drive passes over a Norfolk Southern Railroad before splitting into ramps for U.S. 43 north to Wagarville and south to Mt. Vernon. Photo taken 01/01/10.
U.S. 43 joins the AM/NS Calvert plant with Thomasville and Demopolis to the north and Satsuma and Mobile to the south. Photo taken 01/01/10.
U.S. 43 & SR 69 cross the Black Warrior River across a high span west of Downtown Tuscaloosa. Photo taken 08/10/02.
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U.S. 43, U.S. 72 and SR 13, 17, 20 and 157 cross the Tennessee River over the O'Neal Bridge west of Wilson Dam. The cantilevered Warren through truss bridge links the cities of Florence and Muscle Schoals. Photos taken 09/26/03.



Photo Credits:

10/26/99, 07/01/00, 06/11/01, 12/07/01, 01/08/02, 02/25/02, 08/10/02, 09/26/03, 10/25/03, 11/03/03, 11/21/08, 04/24/09, 01/01/10 by AARoads

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Interstate 59
Interstate 65
U.S. 90
Alabama 158
Alabama 213 - Shelton Beach Road
Alabama 217 - Lott Road

Page Updated 01-20-2010.