U.S. 72

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Traveling over the northern counties of Alabama, U.S. 72 is a four-lane corridor east from the Shoals area to Athens, Huntsville, Scottsboro and Bridgeport. An Alternate route branches east from U.S. 72 at Muscle Shoals to Courtland and Decatur. The bannered route returns to U.S. 72 by way of I-565 east from Mooresville to Madison and Huntsville.

U.S. 72 shifted west onto the Bridgeport bypass from near the Tennessee state line southwest nine miles to the city of Stevenson per AASHTO on April 16, 1999. U.S. 72 Alternate was relocated to a 21.70 mile overlap with Interstate 565 west from Huntsville by action of AASHTO on June 13, 1992.

U.S. 43 North U.S. 72 East
Beman Drive serves businesses to the east of the commercialized intersection joining U.S 43/72 (Florence Boulevard) with SR 133 (Cox Creek Parkway). Photo taken 10/07/16.
County Road 61 (Middle Road) stems north from adjacent CR 32 (Huntsville Road) to the town of St. Florian and the Tennessee state line. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Huntsville Road (CR 32) converges with U.S. 43/72 from East Florence and Weeden Heights. The roadway is the historic alignment of U.S. 72 to the west. Photo taken 10/07/16.
CR 374 ties into U.S. 43/72 (Florence Boulevard) adjacent to Huntsville Road (CR 32). Photo taken 10/07/16.
Bailey Springs Road (CR 323) runs north from U.S. 43 & 72 to CR 30 along the east side of St. Florian. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Confirming markers for U.S. 43 north, U.S. 72 east and SR 13 north posted after County Road 323. SR 13 is signed, despite representing the state route counterpart of U.S. 43 throughout most of the state. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Lauderdale County Road 27 heads north from U.S. 43/72 to Tate Springs nd agricultural areas west of Shoal Creek. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Lakeview Drive doubles as County Road 367 south from Florence Boulevard to residences along Wilson Lake. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Harris Drive ties into the commercial stretch along U.S. 43/72 preceding Shoal Creek. Photo taken 10/07/16.
U.S. 43 north & 72 east span Shoal Creek across the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge. Opened in 2005, the 945 foot long span1 replaced a cantilevered Warren through truss bridge at this location. Photo taken 10/07/16.
Closed to traffic, the 1925-built Shoals Creek Bridge remains in place along the north side of U.S 43/72. The span carried westbound traffic along Florence Boulevard from 1959, when the former eastbound span opened, to 2005.2 Photo taken 10/07/16.
The 115.2 foot wide deck on the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge accommodates six overall lanes of traffic.1 Photo taken 10/07/16.
Robbins Beach Road north and Lake Drive south come together at U.S. 43/72 from neighborhoods along side Shoal Creek. Photo taken 10/07/16.
U.S. 43 shifts northward from U.S. 72 east at the town of Killen. U.S. 43 & SR 13 extend 10.86 miles north to Upper Green Hill and Lawrence County, Tennessee. Photo taken 10/07/16.
U.S. 72 (Lee Highway) continues east from U.S. 43 & SR 13 through Killen 5.86 miles to Center Star and 9.69 miles to Elgin. Photo taken 10/07/16.
U.S. 72 East
Continuing beyond the split with U.S. 43, U.S. 72 travels 36 miles to the city of Athens. Photo taken 10/07/16.
U.S. 72 intersects Epworth Drive beyond the end of Interstate 565 on Chapman Mountain. Epworth Drive runs along the south side of U.S. 72 from the exchange with I-565 by adjacent residential areas. Photo taken 12/28/09.
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U.S. 72 crosses Chapman Mountain at Certain Gap beyond Epworth Drive. Photos taken 12/28/09.
Appalachian Regional Development Corridor V overlays U.S. 72 east from U.S. 72 Alternate and the city of Huntsville. Blue and white markers, including this assembly at Paint Rock near Keel Mountain, mark this stretch of highway. Photo taken 09/26/03.
U.S. 72 West
U.S. 72 passes through Certain Gap ahead of the left turn for Epworth Drive on Chapman Mountain. Photo taken 12/28/09.
U.S. 72 splits with Interstate 565 and U.S. 72 Alternate west at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 21). Photo taken 12/28/09.
Interstate 565 U.S. 72 West
U.S. 72 transitions to a controlled access highway (I-565) after the at-grade intersection with Epworth Drive. Photo taken 12/28/09.
The first shield for Interstate 565 precedes the departure of U.S. 72 westbound at Exit 21. Photo taken 12/28/09.
Exit 21 also provides local access to Maysville Road south from U.S. 72 east to the Chapman Heights and Darwin Downs neighborhoods of east Huntsville. Photo taken 12/28/09.
Interstate 565 provides a direct route to Downtown Huntsville, Madison and Decatur via U.S. 72 Alternate west. U.S. 72 lowers from Chapman Mountain to connect with U.S. 231 & 431 (Memorial Parkway) nearby. Photo taken 12/28/09.
U.S. 72 scenes
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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.
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U.S. 43 north & 72 east crossed Shoal Creek on cantilevered Warren through truss bridge until 2005. The 806 foot long span carried two lanes of eastbound traffic across a 28.2 foot wide deck. It was demolished by 2007.2 Photos taken 09/26/03.

Sources:
  1. SR-2 over SHOAL CREEK, Lauderdale County, Alabama. BridgeReports.com.
  2. Shoals Creek Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.


Photo Credits:

09/26/03, 12/28/09, 10/07/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
Interstate 565
U.S. 31
U.S. 43
U.S. 231
U.S. 431
State Route 13

Page Updated 01-09-2019.