U.S. 82 West - Tuscaloosa to Gordo

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U.S. 82 West
1.40 miles north of the split with SR 215 (Greensboro Avenue) is the U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard) intersection with U.S. 11 (Skyland Boulevard). Both routes consist of busy commercial arterials. U.S. 11 shadows I-20/59 to the south between Exits 71 and 76, serving primarily local traffic. 10/21/12
A quarter mile north of U.S. 11 (Skyland Boulevard) is the U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard) diamond interchange with I-20/59 (Exit 73). 10/21/12
Just north of the signalized entrance to McFarland Mall shopping center is the eastbound on-ramp to I-20/59 for Bessemer and Birmingham. A left turn under the freeway carries drivers to I-359 and Meridian, Mississippi. 10/21/12
McFarland Boulevard transitions from a commercial arterial into a controlled access expressway north of 13th Street East and the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass. Folded-diamond interchanges join U.S. 82 with SR 215 (University Boulevard) and Campus Drive along the eastern periphery of the University of Alabama campus. 10/21/12
U.S. 82 spans an abandoned Seaboard Railroad line between Campus Drive and the Jack Warner Parkway on-ramp. 10/21/12
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard) with Jack Warner Parkway. Jack Warner Parkway comprises a four lane divided parkway west along the Black Warrior River to Queen City Park and 21st Avenue north of downtown Tuscaloosa. 10/21/12
A unique diagrammatic overhead outlines the ramp orientation from U.S. 82 west to Jack Warner Parkway. The roadway ventures east from McFarland Boulevard to SR 297 (Paul Bryant Bridge / Tuscaloosa Eastern Bypass) and the suburb of Holt, where the road ends at Crescent Ridge Road. 10/21/12
U.S. 82 next meets Rice Mine Road along the north banks of the Black Warrior River at a folded diamond interchange. 10/21/12
Built in 1960, the Woosley Finnell Bridge spans the Black Warrior River, carrying four overall lanes of U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard). 10/21/12
U.S. 82 touches down from the Woosley Finnell Bridge at the Rice Mine Road off-ramp. Rice Mind Road passes under the bridge along the river between 5th Street in Northport and the north end of the Paul Bryant Bridge (SR 297). 10/21/12
McFarland Boulevard transitions again into a commercial arterial beyond the Rice Mine Road ramps. Frontage roads accompany U.S. 82 northwest through a series of at-grade intersections. 10/21/12
Towncenter Boulevard meets U.S. 82 at one of the several signals along McFarland Boulevard in north Tuscaloosa. 10/21/12
Academy Drive leads north from a traffic light with McFarland Boulevard to Rice Valley Road. 10/21/12
Indian Hills Drive follows at the next signal to Indian Hills Country Club and Rice Mine Road. 10/21/12
Approaching Tuscaloosa County 47 (Watermelon Road) along U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard) near the Northport city line. 10/21/12
County Road 47 winds westward along Watermelon Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Bridge Avenue in Northport. Northward, CR-47 continues through the northern suburbs before turning southward as Rice Mine Road near Lake Tuscaloosa. 10/21/12
Lowering toward a crossing of Twomile Creek along U.S. 82 west beyond Tuscaloosa County 47. 10/21/12
U.S. 43/SR 69 follow Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard north from Tuscaloosa to intersect U.S. 82 (McFarland Boulevard) north of the Northport street grid. SR 69 extends north to Windham Springs. 10/21/12
U.S. 82/43 converge at a heavily commercialized intersection with SR 69 and Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard. 10/21/12
Congestion as U.S. 43, U.S. 82 and SR 69 prompted the construction of the Tuscaloosa Western Bypass. The bypass leads south from U.S. 82 beyond Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport to a toll bridge across the Black Warrior River and Exit 68 of I-20/59. 10/21/12
U.S. 43/SR 69 combine for 2.8 miles south to Downtown Tuscaloosa and I-359 at U.S. 11 (15th Street). U.S. 43 combines with U.S. 11 south to Stillman College and Fosters while SR 69 joins the freeway south. SR 69 north travels 52 miles to Jasper and I-22. 10/21/12
U.S. 43 North U.S. 82 West
U.S. 43 combines with U.S. 82 west for 0.95 miles to the intersection with Main Avenue. Including a replacement made by 2022, U.S. 43 is missing from this shield assembly posted for U.S. 82 after SR 69. 10/21/12
Traffic lights were removed from U.S. 43/82 (McFarland Boulevard) west at the entrance for Northwood Crossings shopping center in 2016. The Tuscaloosa Western Bypass crosses U.S. 82, 5.9 miles west of the separation with U.S. 43. 10/21/12
U.S. 82 West
U.S. 82 varies between two lanes and four divided lanes between Northport and the town of Gordo in Pickens County. Construction is well underway to four lane the entire facility from Northport to Gordo. Pictured here is the eastern terminus of SR 86 as seen from U.S. 82 west. 09/28/03
U.S. 82 enters the center of Gordo and encounters the southern terminus of SR 159. The north-south route travels 30 miles linking the town with Fayette, the seat of the County by the same name. 09/28/03

Photo Credits:

09/28/03, 10/21/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 359
U.S. 11
U.S. 43

Page Updated 10-25-2012.

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