U.S. 45 South

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U.S. 45 South
Southbound U.S. 45 & SR 17 at Deer Park and the eastern terminus of Washington County 8. Washington County 8 travels a short distance through the settlement of Burbank before crossing the Mississippi state line near Leakesville. Photo taken 02/10/02.
Mobile County 41 follows Center Street south from Citronelle parallel to the former Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. The county road travels alongside U.S. 45 from South Main Street to Russell, where the road turns east onto Celeste Road. Photo taken 10/21/12.
A short connector joins U.S. 45 with parallel County Road 41 as the route turns onto Celeste Road. Celeste Road ventures south to Turnerville and suburban areas of Saraland to Exit 15 of Interstate 65. Photo taken 10/21/12.
U.S. 45 leaves Citronelle for a rural drive south from Russell to Kushla. Photo taken 10/21/12.
Next along U.S. 45 southbound is the community of Gulfcrest and the east end of Mobile County 92 (Gulfcrest Road). Photo taken 10/21/12.
County Road 92 meanders west 5.5 miles from U.S. 45 at Gulfcrest to SR 217 (Lott Road), a few miles south of its northern terminus. Both U.S. 45 and SR 217 head southeast to Prichard. Photo taken 10/21/12.
Leaving the Kushla area, U.S. 45 curve southeast into a diamond interchange with SR 158. Photo taken 12/17/09.
Until January 2008, SR 158 only traveled east from U.S. 45 to Exit 13 of Interstate 65 and U.S. 43 in Saraland. Photo taken 01/29/10.
Extended westward in 2008, SR 158 continues as a four-lane divided highway to the Schillinger Road extension northeast of Semmes. The corridor was built as part of the overall new alignment for U.S. 98. Note that there are no signs posted for the westbound on-ramp. Photo taken 12/17/09.
U.S. 45 southbound at the eastbound on-ramp to SR 158. SR 158 originally consisted of a two-lane alignment east to Interstate 65. Widening of the route occurred in 2005 that included the replacement of the at-grade intersection with a diamond interchange. Photo taken 12/17/09.
Heading south, U.S. 45 continues through rural portions of northwest Prichard before widening at Eight Mile. Photo taken 12/17/09.
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Historical looks at the SR 158 western terminus from U.S. 45 south. SR 158 was constructed during the 1960s as Industrial Parkway to provide a direct link between U.S. 45 and U.S. 43 leading south to the Cochrane Bridge. Photos taken 11/04/03.
Two lanes of U.S. 45 leading south from the then at-grade intersection with SR 158. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Nearing the southern terminus of SR 217 (Lott Road). Lott Road skirts the northern reaches of the Mobile metropolitan area, travel west then north, serving rural areas of Mobile County such as Millertown and Georgetown. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Lott Road crosses paths with U.S. 45 just west of its beginning from SR 213 (Shelton Beach Road). Continuing west from Eight Mile, Lott Road travels to Highpoint Boulevard and Schillinger Road northeast of Semmes. Photo taken 07/17/07.
SR 213 concludes at the adjacent intersection of U.S. 45 and Shelton Beach Road. Shelton Beach Road carries the state route northeast to Interstate 65 and Saraland. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Southbound U.S. 45 at the northbound beginning of SR 213; SR 213 ends at U.S. 45 near Satsuma. Southward, Shelton Beach Road ventures into northern Mobile near Megginson Park. The two-lane highway ends at U.S. 98 (Moffett Road) near Forest Hill. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 45 follows St. Stephens Road southeast from Eight Mile to a parclo interchange with Interstate 65 (Exit 8). Construction removed two of the loop ramps from the freeway to St. Stephens Road in 2005-06. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Drivers bound for Interstate 65 north to Chickasaw, Saraland, Satsuma, Montgomery and Birmingham loop onto the freeway from U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) above. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Descending from the Interstate 65 interchange to the intersection with Berkley Avenue. Berkley Avenue provides a connection to the adjacent East I-65 Service Road leading southwest into Mobile. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Entering the central area of Prichard, U.S. 45 (Saint Stephens Road) sees this reassurance shield beyond the intersection with Clark Avenue. Downtown is a short distance to the east. Photo taken 11/12/03.
U.S. 45 crosses into the city limits of Mobile at the intersection with Prichard Avenue. Prichard Avenue constitutes a through street between Mobile Street to the west and Wilson Avenue to the east. Photo taken 11/12/03.
U.S. 45 angles southeast from Prichard Avenue parallel to the Toulmin Spring Branch. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Wilson Avenue merges onto U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) from downtown Prichard. The north-south arterial was once a part of U.S. 43 Alternate and SR 193. Photo taken 11/12/03.
A short distance south of Wilson Avenue are the ends of South Craft Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue, Craft Highway represents the original alignment of U.S. 43 leading north through Prichard. MLK Jr., Drive angles southeast through the Toulminville community of northeast Mobile. Photo taken 11/12/03.
A pair of 30" Crouse Hinds brand signals that were in place at the east end of Gloria York Avenue over U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) south. This short street was renamed from Finch Avenue during 2003. Photo taken 11/12/03.
Southbound U.S. 45 shield posted after the intersection with Gloria York Avenue. At Three-Mile Creek, the US route turns easterly for its final mileage. Photo taken 11/12/03.
U.S. 45 briefly expands to four overall lanes across Three Mile Creek. The widened section exists between Pleasant Avenue and Cox Street. Photo taken 12/17/09.
Cox Street links U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) with Center Street and the medical complex of Children and Women's Hospital, Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, and USA Center for Women's Health. Photo taken 12/17/09.
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U.S. 45 at the five point intersection with Catherine Street and the eastern beginning of Congress Street. Congress Street parallels Saint Stephens Road to the north, eventually entering the central Mobile near the Bishop State Community College main campus. A mixture of Crouse Hinds and Eagle 30" signals were replaced by 2007. Photo taken 10/31/03. Second photo taken 12/17/09.
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One block east of Catherine Street is the traffic light with Lafayette Street. Lafayette Street, like Catherine Street, comprises a secondary through route between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and U.S. 90 (Government Street). Photo taken 10/31/03. Second photo taken 04/12/11.
Entering the final block of U.S. 45 in the city of Mobile. Center Street enters from the right, just before U.S. 45 ends at Spring Hill Avenue (U.S. 98). Photo taken 10/31/03.
Southbound U.S. 45 ends at the Saint Stephens Road five point intersection with U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) and Ann Street. U.S. 98 carries four lanes westward to Moffett Road, and six lanes eastward to Broad Street (U.S. 90). Photo taken 10/31/03.
Southbound U.S. 45 ends at the Saint Stephens Road five point intersection with U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) and Ann Street. U.S. 98 carries four lanes westward to Moffett Road, and six lanes eastward to Broad Street, U.S. 90. Photo taken 04/11/12.
U.S. 45 did not always end here, instead it originally continued eastward with U.S. 98 via Broad Street to a joint terminus with both U.S. 31 and 43. The termini of the three highways coincided at this location for continuity between the city center and points north along each U.S. route. With the advent of the Interstate system, there was less of a need to continue this co-signage, so each route was truncated back to where it shared pavement with U.S. 90 and/or U.S. 98. Note the empty bracket below the end U.S. 45 shield. This used to display a forward arrow to direct traffic along eastbound Spring Hill Avenue. U.S. 43 was only truncated to Prichard in fall of 2001. U.S. 31 and 45 were truncated in previous years. Photo taken 06/01/04.

Photo Credits:

02/10/02, 10/31/03, 11/04/03, 11/12/03, 06/01/04, 02/08/06, 07/17/07, 12/17/09, 01/29/10, 04/12/11, 04/11/12, 10/21/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 98
State Route 17
State Route 213 - Shelton Beach Road
State Route 217 - Lott Road

Page Updated 10-24-2012.