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Interstate 65 in Alabama

This article is about the section of Interstate 65 in Alabama. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 65.

Interstate 65
;">Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
;">Major junctions
South end: Template:Jct/extra I-10 in Mobile
  Template:Jct/extra I-165 in Prichard
Template:Jct/extra I-85 in Montgomery
Template:Jct/extra I-459 in Hoover
Template:Jct/extra I-20 / I-59 in Birmingham
Template:Jct/extra I-22 in Fultondale
Template:Jct/extra I-565 / US-72 Alt. in Decatur
North end: Template:Jct/extra I-65 at Tennessee state line
;">Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes

Interstate 65, beginning in Mobile at an interchange with Interstate 10, meanders across 367 miles (591 km) of the Alabama countryside linking six of the state's ten largest cities. The highway links together many important roadways that make commerce inside and outside of the state's boundaries possible. The interstate exits at the Alabama/Tennessee state line, north of Athens.

The entire Alabama portion of I-65 is dedicated as Heroes Highway,[1] in honor of the C.I.A. Officer, Johnny "Mike" Spann and all of the people who died during the September 11 attacks.

Route description

I-65 starts in Mobile at Interstate 10, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. From there it runs northeast, intersecting with Interstate 165 in Prichard, Alabama and crossing the Mobile River delta at the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge. En route to Montgomery, it passes county seats Evergreen (Conecuh County) and Greenville (Butler County). In the case of an hurricane evacuation on Alabama's coast, I-65 can be converted to an evacuation route where all lanes flow in the northbound direction from Mobile to Montgomery. This process is known as contra-flow.

At Montgomery, it intersects the southern terminus of Interstate 85 and crosses the Alabama River north of the city. The Hyundai Corporation's automotive plant in Montgomery is located just off I-65. It can be accessed using the Pintlala-Hope Hull exit (number 164).

At Chilton County, I-65 enters the Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman Combined Statistical Area. Approximately halfway between Montgomery and Birmingham, it passes Clanton (Chilton County seat), where the water tower, visible from the road, is shaped and painted to resemble a huge peach.

From mile marker 242 to 290 I-65 carries at least 6 lanes of traffic. I-65 intersects Interstate 459 in Hoover, then passes through the cities of Vestavia Hills and Homewood, which often generate heavy traffic. As the interstate passes by downtown Birmingham, south-bound travelers have a view of the Vulcan statue atop Red Mountain. At the north edge of downtown, I-65 intersects Interstates 20 and 59 with a cross-over interchange, often called Malfunction Junction.

North of Birmingham, I-65 performs a unique scrape-intersection with US-31. The incomplete Interstate 22 from Memphis, Tennessee is expected to intersect there with the most expensive interchange in Alabama history, consisting of approximately 14 bridges. The interstate then continues 98 miles (158 km) in the general direction of Huntsville, passing the city of Cullman on the way. After entering the Decatur Metropolitan Area, in southern Morgan County, the interstate passes Decatur. The highway connects the Decatur and Huntsville Metropolitan Areas as it crosses Wheeler Lake (Tennessee River) on a 2.6-mile (4.2 km) bridge. The interstate emerges again into the fringes of Decatur, in an open area of seemingly "endless" cotton fields where it intersects, inside Decatur, with Alabama 20, Alternate 72, and the spur-route, Interstate 565 to Huntsville.

Between Walkers Chapel Road in Fultondale and the Tennessee River in Decatur (Limestone County), I-65 has been designated the "Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway". The sign designating the north end of this portion of road cites Reagan's speech in Decatur on July 4, 1984. The interstate then continues towards the state line, passing Athens, where it merges with U.S. Highway 31. At the state line, the southbound lanes receive a welcome center, complete with a Saturn I rocket.

In the Birmingham/Hoover vicinity, a plan to widen the interstate from North Birmingham to Alabaster has been proposed. The project is to widen the interstate by adding a HOV lane and keeping the original 3 lanes making it four lanes in each direction. This is planned to stretch to the Pelham area. From there on the interstate will widen from 2 lanes each way to 3 lanes each way into the Helena/Alabaster area.

Preliminary roadwork to widen I-65 on either side of the new interchange has been ongoing since 2007. Interstate 22 will provide a direct link between Birmingham and Memphis, Tennessee. Currently no good Interstate Highway link exists between these two cities, making Memphis one of the few major Southeastern cities without a good interstate routing to Atlanta, a nexus of transportation in the Southeast.

Near the northern border of Alabama with Tennessee on southbound I-65 is located the Alabama Welcome Center and rest area. The unique feature of this rest area compared to others is the existence of a large Saturn IB rocket erected on the site as a memorial to Alabama's—and in particular Huntsville's—contribution to NASA's space exploration.


In 1997, at Georgiana (Exit 114), honoring legendary country musician and Alabama native Hank Williams, the interstate was designated as Hank Williams' Memorial "Lost Highway", after one of his songs. This designation continues northward until mile 179 north of Montgomery. From the state's capital, I-65 doglegs northwards, bypassing Prattville and Clanton before going through Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama. From exit 242 to 290, this highway carries at least six lanes of traffic. A portion of the interstate running through Birmingham, has been nicknamed for its numerous wrecks. These accidents include two separate occasions of the support beams melting after crashes by 18-wheelers, and the numerous collisions that happen every year, result from the junction with Interstate 20 and Interstate 59.

In 2004, following the death of President Ronald Reagan, a lengthy segment of I-65 from Jefferson County to Limestone County was designated the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The sign designating the north end of the segment includes a statement from Reagan's speech at Point Mallard Aquatic Center in nearby Decatur on July 4, 1984.


Interstate 22 will connect with I - 65 at the new exit 265. Construction on this interchange was expected to begin in August 2009.

Just a few miles north of I-22 will be the new interchange (exit 274), which will be the Corridor X-1 and has been designated as Interstate 422. This loop route will connect I-65 with I-59 northeast of Birmingham and I-20/I-59 southwest of Birmingham, and this will serve as an Interstate Highway bypass of Birmingham, augmenting the existing Interstate 459, which already provides the southern loop of Birmingham. Construction of this interchange is still several years away, but right-of-way is in the process of being acquired to build I-422.

Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Mobile Mobile 0A/B Template:Jct/extra I-10 - Mississippi, Florida Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1 Template:Jct/extra US-90 (Government Boulevard, SR-16)
3 Airport Boulevard Serves Mobile Regional Airport & University of South Alabama
4 Dauphin Street
5A Springhill Avenue
5B Template:Jct/extra US-98 (Moffett Road, SR-42)
Prichard 8 Template:Jct/extra US-45 (SR-13)
9 Template:Jct/extra I-165 south
Chickasaw 10 West Lee Street
Saraland 13 Template:Jct/extra SR-158 / SR-213
15 Saraland, Citronelle
19 Template:Jct/extra US-43
22 Creola
General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge over the Mobile River and Tensaw River
31 Template:Jct/extra SR-225
34 Template:Jct/extra SR-59
37 Template:Jct/extra SR-287 (Gulf Shores Parkway)
45 Rabun, Perdido
Escambia 54 Template:Jct/extra CR-1
57 Template:Jct/extra SR-21
69 Template:Jct/extra SR-113
Conecuh 77 Template:Jct/extra SR-41
83 Castleberry, Lenox
93 Template:Jct/extra US-84 (SR-12)
96 Template:Jct/extra SR-83
101 Owassa
Butler 107 Grace, Garland
114 Template:Jct/extra SR-106
Greenville 128 Template:Jct/extra SR-10 South end of SR-10 Truck overlap
130 Template:Jct/extra SR-185 / SR-10 Truck east North end of SR-10 Truck overlap
Lowndes 142 Template:Jct/extra SR-185
151 Template:Jct/extra SR-97
158 Template:Jct/extra To US-31 (SR-3)
Montgomery 164 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
Montgomery 167 Template:Jct/extra US-80 west (SR-8 west) South end of US-80/SR-8 overlap
168 Template:Jct/extra US-80 east / US-82 east (South Boulevard, SR-6 east/SR-8 east/SR-21) to US-231 (SR-53) / US-331 (SR-9) North end of US-80/SR-8 overlap; south end of US-82/SR-6 overlap
169 Edgemont Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
170 Fairview Avenue
171 Template:Jct/extra I-85 north / Day Street - Atlanta
172 Herron Street, Clay Street - Downtown Montgomery
Bridge over the Alabama River
173 Template:Jct/extra To US-231 (North Boulevard)
Millbrook 176 Template:Jct/extra SR-143 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Millbrook/Prattville 179 Template:Jct/extra US-82 west (SR-6 west) / to Montgomery Toll Road North end of US-82/SR-6 overlap
Prattville 181 Template:Jct/extra SR-14
186 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
Chilton 200 Verbena
205 Template:Jct/extra US-31 / SR-22 (SR-3)
208 Clanton, Lake Mitchell
212 Template:Jct/extra SR-145 Peach Tower exit
219 Jemison, Thorsby
Shelby Calera 228 Template:Jct/extra SR-25
231 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
234 Shelby County Airport
238 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
Pelham 242 Template:Jct/extra CR-52
246 Template:Jct/extra SR-119 (Cahaba Valley Road)
Hoover 247 Template:Jct/extra CR-17 (Valleydale Road)
Jefferson 250 Template:Jct/extra I-459 - Atlanta, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa
252 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (Montgomery Highway, SR-3)
254 Alford Avenue
Homewood 255 Lakeshore Drive
256 Oxmoor Road - Homewood Signed as exits 256A (west) and 256B (east) southbound
Birmingham 258 Green Springs Avenue
259A University Boulevard (SR-149) (northbound), 6th Avenue South (southbound) Signed as exit 259 northbound
259B 4th Avenue South Southbound exit and northbound entrance
260 Template:Jct/extra US-11 (3rd Avenue North, US-78/SR-4 east/SR-7) / 6th Avenue North South end of Sr-4 overlap; signed as exit 260B northbound
261 Template:Jct/extra I-20 (SR-4 west) / I-59, Atlanta, Tuscaloosa North end of SR-4 overlap; signed as exits 261A (east/north) and 261B (west/south)
262A 16th Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
262B Finley Boulevard To U.S. 78
263 32nd Avenue, 33rd Avenue
264 Daniel Payne Drive
Fultondale 265 Template:Jct/extra I-22 westMemphis Scheduled to be completed in 2014
266 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3) Signed as Exits 266A (South) and 266B (North) on the north side of I-65
267 Walker Chapel Road
Gardendale 271 Fieldstown Road
272 Mt. Olive Road
275 Template:Jct/extra To US-31 (SR-3)
Warrior 280 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
281 Warrior
282 Robbins, Warrior
Blount Smoke Rise 284 Template:Jct/extra US-31 south (SR-3 south) / SR-160 east South end of US-31/SR-3 overlap
287 Template:Jct/extra US-31 north (SR-3 north) North end of US-31/SR-3 overlap
289 Empire, Blount Springs
Cullman 291 Template:Jct/extra SR-91
299 Template:Jct/extra SR-69 south South end of SR-69 overlap
304 Template:Jct/extra SR-69 north North end of SR-69 overlap
Cullman 308 Template:Jct/extra US-278 (SR-74)
310 Template:Jct/extra SR-157
Morgan 318 Template:Jct/extra US-31 (SR-3)
322 Falkville, Eva
Hartselle 325 Thompson Road
328 Template:Jct/extra SR-36
Decatur, Priceville 334 Template:Jct/extra SR-67
Bridge over the Wheeler Lake and Tennessee River
Huntsville 340 Template:Jct/extra I-565 east / SR-20 west (US-72 Alt.) Signed as exits 340A (west) and 340B (east) southbound
Tanner 347 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road
Athens 351 Template:Jct/extra US-72 (SR-2)
354 Template:Jct/extra US-31 south South end of US-31 overlap
361 Elkmont
365 Template:Jct/extra SR-53

Lane configurations

Total Mileage in Alabama-366.00 miles



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