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Alabama State Route 149

State Route 149 marker

State Route 149
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 8.145 mi[1] (13.108 km)
Major junctions
South end: US-280 at Mountain Brook
  US-31 at Homewood
I‑65 at Birmingham
North end: US-31 / US-280 at Birmingham
Location
Counties: Jefferson
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
SR-148 SR-150

State Route 149 is a short route that connects the south suburbs of Mountain Brook and Homewood with the southside of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Before the completion of Interstate 65, SR-149 was the truck route of Highway 31 and Highway 280.

Route description

The southern terminus of SR-149 is at a folded diamond interchange with U.S. 280 in Mountain Brook. Although signed as north-south, the route initially assumes an east-west orientation along Shades Creek Parkway. The rout, heading westward, passes Colonial Brookwood Village, one of the larger shopping malls in the Birmingham metro area and then enters Homewood, whereupon Shades Creek Parkway junctions U.S. 31 at a cloverleaf interchange and the name of the road changes to Lakeshore Drive. Along Lakeshore Drive SR-149 passes the campus of Samford University.

At the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Green Springs Highway, SR-149 turns north and is routed along Green Springs Highway, continuing in Homewood until the route crosses the crest of Red Mountain, where the route enters the city limits of Birmingham. SR-149 closely parallels Interstate 65 for approximately four miles until the state route approaches the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Here the state route junctions the interstate highway, although there are no trailblazers on I-65 indicating that the two routes junction. Near the junction with I-65 the name of Green Springs Highway changes to University Boulevard and northbound SR-149 assumes an eastward trajectory.

After the junction with I-65, SR-149 passes through the heart of the UAB campus. Bartow Arena, home of the UAB Blazers basketball teams, is located less than ¼ mile north of SR-149. In addition, Regions Field, the home of the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team is less than one mile north of the route.

SR-149 also provides direct access to several Birmingham-area hospitals, including UAB Hospital and Children's of Alabama. East of the UAB campus and the hospitals, SR-149 continues approximately ¾-mile until it reaches its northern terminus at a folded-diamond interchange with the Elton B. Stephens (Red Mountain) Expressway (U.S. 31/280). There are no signs on U.S. 31 South/U.S. 280 East to alert motorists that they are junctioning SR-149; however, recently installed signs on U.S. 31 North/U.S. 280 West inform motorists of the junction with the route.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Jefferson County.
Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Mountain Brook 0.000 0.000 US-280 (SR-38) Southern terminus
Homewood 0.714 1.149 US-31 (SR-3)
Birmingham 5.828 9.379 I‑65 Access ramp to southbound I-65
6.593 10.610 I‑65 Access ramp to northbound I-65 and exit ramp from I-65 northbound to SR-149 northbound
8.145 13.108 US-31 (SR-3) / US-280 (SR-38) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

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