U.S. 431 originates in Dothan and serves eastern reaches of Alabama north to Eufaula, Phenix City, Opelika, La Fayette, Anniston, Gadsden, Albertville and Huntsville. The route was established in 1953 over U.S. 241 from Anniston north to the Tennessee state line. U.S. 431 replaced Alabama 37 south from U.S. 78 to Opelika.

A 1.72 mile realignment of U.S. 431 shifted the route along the east side of Opelika to the interchange with Interstate 85 per AASHTO on October 11, 1991.

U.S. 431 north
U.S. 431 north the west Phenix City bypass (U.S. 280). This interchange marks the beginning of the 26-mile Phenix City to Opelika overlap of the two highways. The downtown areas of both Phenix City and Columbus lie one half mile to the northeast. Traffic interests to Interstate 185 and the city of Atlanta can access that freeway in eight miles via U.S. 280 & 431 to U.S. 80 east. Photo taken 08/22/03.
U.S. 431 south
U.S. 431 southbound as it snakes its way from rural Chambers County into the Opelika vicinity at old U.S. 280. Notice the empty bracket to the right. This once held an westbound U.S. 280 shield. U.S. 280 originally overlapped with U.S. 431 a short distance between Interstate 85 and this intersection. U.S. 280 saw realignment during the mid-1990s from downtown to an Interstate 85 overlap with the new Exit 58 interchange. A four-lane parkway takes U.S. 280 from there back to the original alignment. Downtown Opelika (pop. 23,498) by the way, is located about a mile to the northwest. Photo taken 10/15/99.
U.S. 280 east & 431 south
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U.S. 280 overlaps with U.S. 431 along a divided four-lane highway for 22 miles between Opelika and U.S. 80 (J.R. Allen Parkway) near Phenix City. U.S. 80 provides a freeway bypass along the north side of Phenix City and Columbus, Georgia, connecting U.S. 280 & 431 with I-185. Photo taken 10/15/99. Second photo taken 08/22/03.
U.S. 80 west, U.S. 280 east & U.S. 431 south
The Phenix City bypass widens to six lanes from U.S. 80 southward. Pictured here is the U.S. 80 westbound split from U.S. 280 east and U.S. 431 south. Downtown Phenix City is 1.5 miles to the left via old U.S. 80. To the right, U.S. 80 travels three miles to Ladonia (pop. 3,229). Photo taken 08/22/03.
U.S. 280 east & 431 south
U.S. 280 east and U.S. 431 southbound at their split southwest of Phenix City. The upcoming interchange sees U.S. 431 southbound depart for the southeast Alabama towns of Seale and Eufaula (pop. 13,908), and the city of Dothan (pop. 57,737). Photo taken 08/22/03.
Business U.S. 231 & 431 - Dothan
U.S. 231 and 431 share a Business route overlap through downtown Dothan. The two routes, U.S. 84, Alabama 52 all once had their primary routing through the city. However, with the completion of the Ross Clark Circle around the city, all of the mainline highways bypassed the city, with business counterparts following the original route. This photograph shows a shield assembly from the overlapped Business U.S. 231/431 as they jointly come to a close at U.S. 231/431 (Ross Clark Circle). This intersection also marks the southern terminus of the U.S. 431 mainline. Photo taken 11/25/01.
The U.S. 231 south at the southern terminus of U.S. 431 and U.S. 231-431 Business in Dothan. Photo taken 11/25/01.

Photo Credits:

  • 10/15/99 by AARoads.
  • 11/25/01 by AARoads and Adam Froehlig.
  • 08/22/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.

Connect with:
U.S. 84
U.S. 231

Page Updated 02-11-2003.