U.S. 90 West - Mobile County

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U.S. 90 & 98 west
Overlapping wye interchanges connect the west end of Battleship Parkway with Interstate 10 at the George Wallace Tunnel. Photo taken 11/03/03.
Traffic lights were installed at U.S. 90 & 98 and Addsco Road in 2010 to accommodate a new shipbuilding facility. Photo taken 01/02/11.
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This vintage button copy sign for Interstate 10 west on Battleship Parkway was replaced between January and April 2011. Photos taken 11/22/06.
Interstate 10 descends from the Mobile Bayway into the George C. Wallace Tunnel. The tunnel connects with Water Street and Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 08/03/11.
Button copy overheads previously posted for the U.S. 90/98 westbound split at the Bankhead Tunnel. U.S. 90 originally combined with U.S. 98 west through the Bankhead Tunnel, and along Government Street through Downtown Mobile. U.S. 90 replaced Truck U.S. 90 along Cochrane Causeway and Bay Bridge Road in 1999, though sign changes were not finalized until 2001. Photo taken 09/16/00.
Replacement signage installed during fall 2001 for the split of U.S. 90 and 98. Truck U.S. 98 runs concurrent with U.S. 90 west to Broad and Saint Anthony Streets in Mobile. All trucks carrying hazardous materials are routed across the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge over the Mobile River. Photo taken 01/16/09.
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U.S. 98 branches west from U.S. 90 through the Bankhead Tunnel to Downtown Mobile. U.S. 90 continues northward along Cochrane Causeway toward Prichard. Detour shields for I-10 were added along Battleship Parkway and Bay Bridge Road in 1999 to guide trucks carrying hazardous materials to Interstate 165. Photo taken 11/03/03. Second photo taken 01/16/09.
A final truck restriction sign stands at the intersection with the Bankhead Tunnel entrance. U.S. 90 & Truck 98 loop northward 4.9 miles from Blakeley Island to Interstate 165 at Prichard. Photo taken 11/03/03.
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Cochrane Causeway leads U.S. 90 northward parallel to the Mobile River on Blakeley Island. Photo taken 11/22/08.
The Alabama State Docks spread along both banks of the Mobile River. U.S. 90 passes by the Blakeley Island terminal ahead of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Detour Interstate 10 shield directing trucks across the Cochrane-Africantown Bridge. A local access road ties in from the Blakeley Terminal and a birding trail site. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Officially named the Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge, Mobilians usually refer to the span as simply the "Cochrane Bridge". The predecessor to this crossing carried U.S. 90 Alternate and U.S. 31 into Mobile. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Curving west by an area of tailings ponds on Blakeley Island, the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge ascends to 140 feet above the Mobile River.1 Photo taken 11/22/08.
A pair of 350 foot high towers support the 7,291 foot long Cochrane-Africatown Bridge.1 The cable-stayed bridge opened in 1991 at a cost of $66 million.2 Photo taken 11/22/08.
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96 fixtures illuminate the Cochrane-Africatown USA. Costing $276,000, the lighting system was installed during work starting in August 1993. The cable-stayed span was first lit on the evening of January 3, 1994.3 Photos taken 08/21/03.
The Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge replaced the Cochrane Bridge, a two-lane draw bridge closed in 1984 due to structural deficiencies. The first cable-stayed bridge in Alabama was listed as one of the top U.S. engineering achievements of 1992 by the National Society of Professional Engineers.5 Photo taken 11/21/08.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck follow Bay Bridge Road west from Paper Mill Road to Bay Bridge Cutoff Road, a local connector south to Telegraph Road (old U.S. 43) and the Alabama State Docks. Bay Bridge Cutoff Road represents part of the original U.S. 90 alignment taking U.S. 90 south from the Cochrane Bridge into Mobile. Signals here were replaced with flashers in 2010. Photo taken 11/22/08.
A $14.3 million, 270-day project started in the fall of 1995 realigned a 1.2-mile section of Bay Bridge Road southward from Telegraph Road to Interstate 165. Construction included the grade separated intersection with Telegraph Road (U.S. 43).5 Visible along the north side of U.S. 90 is grading of the former alignment. Photo taken 11/22/08.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck pass over Telegraph Road ahead of an access road linking Bay Bridge Road with U.S. 43. U.S. 43 follows Telegraph Road north from U.S. 90 to Chickasaw, Saraland and Satsuma. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Prior to 2001, U.S. 43 extended southward along Telegraph Road to I-165 and Water Street outside Downtown Mobile. The route was dropped with the removal of the Viaduct Bridge near Conception Street Road. Photo taken 11/22/08.
U.S. 90 & Truck U.S. 98 (Bay Bridge Road) advance west from U.S. 43 to Grover Avenue. Photo taken 11/22/08.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck next approach Interstate 165, a freeway spur linking Downtown Mobile and Prichard with I-65 near Chickasaw. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Dual turn lanes connect U.S. 90 with the freeway south to Water Street in Mobile. Bay Bridge Road continues west to Craft Highway and U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) in north Mobile. Photo taken 11/22/08.
A diamond interchange joins U.S. 90 with Interstate 165 via its frontage road system. The freeway opened to traffic October 28, 1994. Photo taken 11/22/08.
Interstate 165 continues two miles north from the Bay Bridge Road on-ramp to I-65. Interstate 65 arcs southward through Midtown Mobile and north by Saraland and Satsuma toward Baldwin County. Photo taken 11/22/08.
The truck bypass for U.S. 98 takes Interstate 165 north from Prichard to I-65 south. A series of guide signs for the truck route were added to I-65 and I-165 in late 2001. Photo taken 11/22/08.
U.S. 90 west & Interstate 165 south
Merging onto the Interstate 165 southbound viaduct along U.S. 90 west. Photo taken 10/26/99.
Interstate 165 south & U.S. 90 west pass over Alabama State Docks railroad tracks on the approach to Beauregard and Water Streets in Mobile. U.S. 90 & 98 Truck turn west at the freeway south end. Photo taken 10/25/03.
Interstate 165 ends at the intersection of Beauregard and Water Streets by the GM&O Transit Center. U.S. 90 circles around Downtown Mobile along Beauregard and Broad Streets. Water Street follows the Mobile Riverfront southward directly into the central business district. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Beauregard Street comprises a six-lane urban boulevard west from Water Street between the Mobile Press Register building and the Renaissance development. Photo taken 11/03/03.
Lawrence Street travels north from Canal Street by the Mobile Civic Center through Downtown to U.S. 90 & 98 Truck (Beauregard Street). Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck shields posted after Lawrence Street. Beauregard Street, Broad Street, Canal Street, and Water Street constitute the Henry Aaron Loop encircling Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A final set of U.S. 90 & Truck U.S. 98 reassurance shields stand at the intersection of Beauregard Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue. Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue stems northwest from Claiborne and St. Anthony Streets outside Downtown Mobile to U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) at Craft Highway in north Mobile. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Broad Street leads U.S. 90 two blocks south from Congress Street to U.S. 98 at St. Anthony Street. A button copy sign previously used here directed motorists to make a U-turn from St. Anthony Street west to Spring Hill Avenue east, as left-turns were restricted from Broad Street south to St. Louis Street east. Photo taken 11/03/03.
Changes made at the intersection of Broad and St. Anthony Streets include the addition of Unity Point Park. U.S. 45 branches northwest from U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue), 0.6 miles to the west along St. Stephens Road north to Prichard. U.S. 98 east combines with U.S. 90 west at the ensuing intersection. Photo taken 12/17/09.
U.S. 90 west & U.S. 98 east
A sign bridge referencing the hazardous materials restrictions for both the George Wallace (I-10) and Bankhead (U.S. 98) Tunnels appears along U.S. 90 west / 98 east at the intersection with Old Shell Road. All trucks carrying hazardous materials are directed northward to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge.
Old Shell Road begins to the right, passing through residential areas initially, and gaining traffic west from Spring Hill College to the University of South Alabama. Photo taken 04/11/12.
Dauphin Street becomes one-way eastbound into the Lower Dauphin Entertainment District (LoDa) at its split with St. Francis Street. Photo taken 04/11/12.
Broad Street continues beyond Dauphin Street to Government Street. U.S. 98 east follow Government Street through the central business district while U.S. 90 takes the street west to Government Boulevard and Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 04/11/12.
U.S. 90 west and U.S. 98 east part ways at Government Street. U.S. 98 travels a half mile to Mobile Government Plaza and the Bankhead Tunnel. U.S. 90 west continues toward Midtown Mobile. Broad Street extends south to ramps with Interstate 10 and Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM). Photo taken 04/11/12.
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U.S. 90 (Government Street) westbound at Ann Street. Ann Street leads north to the split of U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road) and 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) and south to Crawford-Murphy Park. Photo taken 01/16/09.
One block west of Ann Street at Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue provides a through route south to Interstate 10 (Exit 23) and Mobile Downtown Airport (Brookley Field). Photo taken 01/16/09.
Westbound shield for U.S. 90 posted along Government Street after the traffic light with Bradford Avenue north. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Lafayette Street stems north from U.S. 90 (Government Street) to U.S. 98 (Spring Hill Avenue) at the USA Springhill Campus Care Center and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Continuing west along U.S. 90 from Lafayette Street to Lee Street and the signal with Catherine Street. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Catherine Street parallels Lafayette street north to U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). Tuttle Avenue heads south to Virginia Street near Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Photo taken 01/16/09.
Live oak trees provide a canopy above U.S. 90 (Government Street) westward to the split with Old Government Street. Photo taken 01/16/09.
U.S. 90 (Government Street) west at Monterey Street, a north-south residential street traveling between Old Shell Road and Lamar street nearby. Photo taken 01/16/09.
U.S. 90 splits with Old Government Street and parallels Airport Boulevard west to Alabama 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway). Photo taken 07/16/07.
Westbound U.S. 90 (Government Street) at the confluence of Dauphin Island Parkway, Williams Street, Holcombe Avenue, and the CN Railroad. This intersection marks the north end of SR 163 and the turn of historic U.S. 90 from Government Street onto Holcombe Avenue south. SR 163 leads south to Interstate 10 and Hollingers Island. Photo taken 07/16/07.
The northbound on-ramp to Interstate 65 was relocated slightly to smooth out a sharp curve on the original ramp. The process results in a new departure point from U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) westbound and associated overhead assembly. Construction to relocate the ramp was completed by February of 2004. Photo taken 02/08/06.
U.S. 90 westbound at Interstate 65. Construction reconfigured the exchange here from a full cloverleaf to a six-ramp parclo interchange. Loops ramps formerly connecting I-65 with U.S. 90 closed permanently on February 8, 2004. Photo taken 11/03/03.
The relocation of the northbound on-ramp results in the removal of the Interstate 65 northbound guide sign from U.S. 90 westbound. Note the fourth westbound lane beginning ahead for Interstate 65 southbound and Interstate 10. Grass now takes the place of the former cloverleaf ramps. Photo taken 05/04/04.
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Also reconstructed in the Interstate 65 & U.S. 90 project were the Government Boulevard service roads between the freeway and Lakeside Drive. New bridges carry the two-way frontage roads between the Belt Line Highway (Interstate 65 southbound side frontage roads) and Lakeside Drive. Right turns on Government Boulevard westbound onto Lakeside Drive northbound were banned upon completion of the project to promote traffic flow. Instead drivers bound for Lakeside Drive northbound are directed via a new overhead onto the adjacent service road to make the turn. The north-south road provides a link between U.S. 90 and Cottage Hill Road at Montlimar Drive. Photo taken 05/04/04. Second photo taken 06/05/06.
Westbound U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) at the split-phased traffic lights with Demetropolis Road. Demetropolis Road leads north from Halls Mill Road (Mobile County 28) to become University Boulevard at Cottage Hill Road. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Government Boulevard crosses Spring Creek between Demetropolis Road and the intersection with Knollwood Drive. Knollwood Drive winds northwest from U.S. 90 to Cottage Hill and Grelot Roads nearby. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Alabama 193 shield posted along U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) westbound at the Alabama 193 (Rangeline Road) service roads at Tillman's Corner. Alabama 193 was constructed as Rangeline Road between Alabama 163 and U.S. 90 during the late 1970s to 1983. The four-lane divided highway intersects Interstate 10 at a full cloverleaf interchange just south of the upcoming intersection. Photo taken 05/07/04.
Alabama 193 (Rangeline Road) travels between Tillman's Corner and Dauphin Island in southern Mobile County. The state highway maintains four overall lanes between U.S. 90 and Alabama 163. Nevius Road continues westward from Rangeline Road into the Suburban Gardens community nearby. Photo taken 05/07/04.
A number of traffic lights hang above U.S. 90 through the Tillman's Corner vicinity. Numerous fast food franchises, apartment complexes, strip malls, etc. are found along this stretch of highway. Several of these serve adjacent shopping centers or tie the parallel frontage road into the main arterial at signals. Posted here is the U.S. 90 westbound reassurance marker after the confluence with Mobile County 28 (Old Pascagoula Road west / Halls Mill Road east). Photo taken 07/17/07.
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins U.S. 90 with I-10 just beyond the signalized intersection for Tillman's Square Shopping Center. Photo taken 01/23/09.
A closer look at the Interstate 10 shields posted on U.S. 90 west at Coca-Cola Road east. Interstate 10 continues southwest from Tillman's Corner to Theodore, Grand Bay and Biloxi, Mississippi from the forthcoming on-ramp. Photo taken 0000.
U.S. 90 west at the on-ramp to Interstate 10 westbound. I- 10 vastly replaces U.S. 90 as the through route between Mobile and Pascagoula, though the freeway bypasses the Mississippi city through Moss Point while U.S. 90 serves it directly. Photo taken 07/17/07.
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Traffic from both directions of U.S. 90 merges onto Interstate 10 east in unison. Interstate 10 bypasses Tillman's Corner between U.S. 90 and Alabama 193 (Exit 17) on the 11 mile drive to downtown Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07. Second photo taken 01/23/09.
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A number of industrial parks dot the landscape of U.S. 90 leading south from Interstate 10 into Theodore. Continuing south, drivers next intersection Kooiman Road east and a Service Road west beyond this reassurance shield. Photos taken 07/17/07.
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Larue Steiner Road links U.S. 90 with Middle Road through industrial parks. Plantation Road follows and crosses the arterial westward to Carol Plantation Road. Photos taken 07/17/07.
Theodore Dawes Road (Mobile County 30) and Hamilton Boulevard (Mobile County 26) travel outward from their joint termini with U.S. 90 in Theodore. Mobile County 26 leads east directly to Alabama 163 and 193 (Range Line Road). Mobile County 30 bends northwest to Exit 13 of Interstate 10 and Schillinger Road (Mobile County 31). Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 curves southwest from Theodore Dawes Road through Theodore. A signal lies nearby with the Island Road Shopping Center. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Katherine Hankins Road leads northwest along an old alignment of Carol Plantation Road from U.S. 90 in Theodore. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 59 begins and travels south from Theodore along Bellingrath Road to Laurendine, Fowl River, Delchamps and Alabama 188 west of Heron Bay. Carol Plantation Road continues the highway northward to Three Notch Kroner Road at Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Continuing west along U.S. 90 through Theodore. The highway narrows from four to two lanes beyond Swedetown Road on its transition into a rural highway. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Swedetown Road North stems west from U.S. 90 to Theodore High School, and residential areas of Nan Gray Davis Road and Tung Avenue West. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Mobile County 23 leads southwest from U.S. 90 along Padgett Switch Road to Half Mile Road and the Bayou La Batre area. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A CSX Railroad line parallels U.S. 90 west through Irvington, St. Elmo and Grand Bay. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Murray Hill Road travels south from County Farm Road and the Murray Heights community to U.S. 90 just east of Mobile County 39 and north of Mobile International Speedway. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road Extension) crosses paths with U.S. 90 at a folded diamond interchange at Irvington. The four-lane divided highway opened in stages from Interstate 10 (Exit 10) southward to Half Mile and Padgett Switch Roads between 2005 and June 2009. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Mobile County 39 angles northwest 1.75 miles to a six-ramp parclo interchange added to Interstate 10 in 2005. Further north, McDonald Road ventures to Three Notch Kroner Road in the Dawes area. Photo taken 06/15/09.
U.S. 90 and the CSX Railroad travel underneath Mobile County 39. The county highway continues southeast to a folded diamond interchange with Park Boulevard, Gibson Road and Mobile International Speedway. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Westbound at the loop ramp onto Mobile County 39 south. Mobile County 39 in combination with Mobile County 23 (Padgett Switch Road) provide a more direct route to Bayou La Batre via Alabama 188 east. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Entering the Irvington community along U.S. 90 westbound after McDonald Road Extension. The highway narrows again to two lanes. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Mobile County 19, unsigned here, travels south along Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway to Alabama 188 north of Bayou La Batre. Photo taken 07/17/07.
A set of flashers remain in operation at the south end of the original McDonald Road. McDonald road heads north to County Farm Road before ending at Interstate 10. The original freeway overpass was dismantled to accommodate new Exit 10 nearby. Photo taken 07/17/07.
March Road begins and travels northwest from U.S. 90 at St. Elmo to Old Pascagoula Road (CR 28) and Ben Hamilton Road. This westbound shield appears after the intersection with U.S. 90. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Ramsey Road travels south from U.S. 90 to Alabama 188 (Grand Bay Bayou La Batre Highway) and north to Old Pascagoula Road at Jim McNeil Loop Road East from this signal near Fernland. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 west lowers to cross Franklin Creek, the CSX Railroad stays above and spans the creek along a wooden trestle bridge. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Entering the Grand Bay community, U.S. 90 approaches its merge with Alabama 188 west. Alabama 188 joins Grand Bay with Bayou La Batre on its path east to Coden and Alabama Port. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 and Alabama 188 share just one fifth of a mile west to Grand Bay Wilmer Road. Alabama 188 turns northward to Exit 4 of Interstate 10 and its western terminus. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Heading west after the split with Alabama 188 west on U.S. 90 in Grand Bay. Photo taken 01/16/09.
U.S. 90 enters Jackson County, Mississippi after Hall Road and an abandoned alignment of U.S. 90. The highway widens to a four-lane divided highway just west of the state line. Photo taken 01/16/09.

Sources:

  1. US-90 Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge, Mobile, Alabama. John A. Weeks III.
  2. "Intersection should be good through 2020 Road work to ease flow in Saraland." Press-Register (Mobile, AL), November 5, 2000.
  3. "Bridge glows in new lights." Press-Register (Mobile, AL), January 6, 1994.
  4. "Mobile area." Press-Register (Mobile, AL), January 28, 1993.
  5. "Cochrane Bridge link set to begin." Press-Register (Mobile, AL), August 30, 1995.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/26/99 by AARoads.
  • 09/16/00 by AARoads.
  • 08/21/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 10/25/03 by AARoads.
  • 11/03/03 by AARoads.
  • 05/04/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/07/04 by AARoads.
  • 02/08/06 by AARoads.
  • 06/05/06 by AARoads.
  • 11/22/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/16/07 by AARoads.
  • 07/17/07 by AARoads.
  • 11/21/08 by AARoads.
  • 11/22/08 by AARoads.
  • 01/16/09 by AARoads.
  • 01/23/09 by AARoads.
  • 05/09/09 by AARoads.
  • 06/15/09 by AARoads.
  • 12/17/09 by AARoads.
  • 01/02/11 by AARoads.
  • 08/03/11 by AARoads.
  • 04/11/12 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Interstate 65
Interstate 165
State Route 163 - Dauphin Island Parkway
State Route 188
State Route 193

Page Updated 09-08-2011.