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Interstate 165 Alabama

 

Routing

Opened to traffic on October 28, 19941, Interstate 165 provides access from downtown Mobile to Prichard and Interstate 65 near Chickasaw. The $240 million freeway2 serves the Alabama State Docks along the Mobile River at its south end while also linking with the Henry Aaron Loop in Mobile. Overall the highway carries six lanes and is elevated for approximately four miles. Overhead lighting assemblies line the 4.90-mile freeway for its entire length.

Interstate 165 travels near Downtown Prichard into the northern reaches of Downtown Mobile.

History

Interstate 165 was created in place of the canceled Interstate 210 proposal. Interstate 210, with origins dating back to 1958, was the missing link in the Mobile Urban Interstate system between Interstate 65 and Interstate 10. Due to the impact on the Downtown Mobile area and access to the Mobile River waterfront, it was decided to curtail the southernmost reaches of Interstate 210 in favor of a spur routing of the freeway between Interstate 65 and Beauregard Street. Since Interstate 210 no longer connected two Interstates or connected to I-10, the planned freeway was renumbered as the spur designation Interstate 165. AASHTO approved the elimination of Interstate 210 and the designation of Interstate 165 from an application by the state of Alabama on June 7, 1989. More history of I-210 is available at the Interstate 210 Alabama guide.

Interstate 165 between the south end and Exit 2 (Bay Bridge Road) overlaps with U.S. 90 and Truck U.S. 98. U.S. 90 used to travel through Downtown Mobile in conjunction with U.S. 98, but was rerouted onto Truck U.S. 90-98 over the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge and Bay Bridge Road in 1999. Interstate 165 and Truck U.S. 98 provide a mandatory bypass of the Bankhead (U.S. 98) and Wallace Tunnels (Interstate 10) under the Mobile River for hazardous material based cargo. The Cochrane Bridge also provides an alternate route for traffic between Interstates 10 and 65 away from Downtown Mobile.

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - U.S. 90 & Truck U.S. 98 at Beauregard and Water Streets - Mobile, Alabama
Perspective from Interstate 165 south
An end sign precedes the conclusion of Interstate 165 south by one mile as the freeway viaduct elevates over a the State Docks Railroad line. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Interstate 165 ends at the intersection of Beauregard and Waters Street next to the GM&O Transportation Center. The left-hand lane connects with Beauregard Street east to Delchamps Drive and the Alabama State Docks. Photo taken 10/25/03.
The viaduct separates and the speed limit reduces as Interstate 165 lowers toward Water Street. An on-ramp enters from the left that once carried U.S. 43 from Telegraph Road onto Beauregard Street west. Photo taken 07/17/07.
Conception Street Road ties in from the right, bringing the south end of Interstate 165 to six lanes. Water Street begins ahead and comprises a six-lane boulevard to the central business district and Interstate 10. U.S. 90 west follows Beauregard Street to Broad Street south, where it meets U.S. 98 at Spring Hill Avenue. Photo taken 07/17/07.
See the Interstate 165 highway guide for additional photos of southbound.
Perspective from Water Street north
Water Street northbound at the signalized intersection with Beauregard Street and Interstate 165 north. U.S. 90 east turns from Beauregard onto I-165 from the left. Photo taken 09/26/08.
See the Water Street section of the Mobile City Guide for more photos from this perspective.
Perspective from Beauregard Street (U.S. 90/Truck U.S. 98 east) east
U.S. 90 (Beauregard Street) eastbound at Water Street south and Interstate 165 north. U.S. 90 joins the northbound freeway through to Bay Bridge Road (Exit 2) to make the journey east into Baldwin County. Photo taken 07/16/07.
Additional photos from this perspective posted at the U.S. Highway 90 East (Mobile County) highway guide.
Perspective from Beauregard Street west
Beauregard Street west leaves the Alabama State Docks and Dekle Street to meet Interstate 165 north & U.S. 90 east at Water Street and the GM&O Transportation Center. U.S. 90 west follows Beauregard Street onto Broad Street south to Government Street. with Photo taken 07/17/07.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 65 - Prichard, Alabama
Perspective from Interstate 165 north
Nearing the Wilson Avenue on-ramp, northbound Interstate 165 sees a diagrammatic sign for Interstate 65 (Exits 1A/B). Photo taken 11/22/08.
Leaving the central Prichard area and the Whistler Street on-ramp, Interstate 165 expands to four lanes in anticipation of the ramp split to Interstate 65 (Exits 1A/B). Three lanes carry motorists onto Interstate 65 south ahead of its interchange with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). Photo taken 11/22/08.
Drivers partition to Interstate 65 north (Exit 1B) and south (Exit 1A) as Interstate 165 draws to a close. Motorists continuing northbound next enter the communities of Chickasaw, Saraland and Satsuma on the 160-mile drive to Montgomery. Photo taken 11/22/08.
See the Interstate 165 highway guide for more photos from this perspective.
Perspective from Interstate 65 north
The first guide sign for Interstate 165 (Exit 9) resides ahead of the Exit 8 six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 45 (St. Stephens Road). Photo taken 11/22/08.
The on-ramp from U.S. 45 north adds a fourth (auxiliary) lane to Interstate 65 north for Interstate 165 south at Exit 9. I-165 provides part of a commuter route to downtown Mobile from west Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Interstate 65 northbound enters the Exit 9 directional interchange with Interstate 165 south. Two lanes depart for Interstate 165 south, with the far right-hand lane quickly departing for Exit 1B / Whistler Street into Prichard. Photo taken 10/10/11.
See the Interstate 65 Northbound - Mobile County highway guide for additional photos from this perspective.
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 65 north
Interstate 85 162 miles at Montgomery, AL
Interstate 459 241 miles at Hoover, AL
Interstate 20/59 252 miles at Birmingham, AL
Perspective from Interstate 65 south
One of three diagram overheads on Interstate 65 southbound posted for Interstate 165 south (Exit 9). Interstate 65 widens to six lanes from Exit 13 (Alabama 158 & 213) southward, adding a fourth southbound lane between West Lee Street (Exit 10) and Interstate 165. The freeway passes through Chickasabogue Park ahead of Chickasaw and the split with Interstate 165. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Southbound at the Exit 10 diamond interchange with West Lee Street in Chickasaw. Interstate 65 & 165 split 0.75 miles to the south. Photo taken 06/05/06.
The on-ramp from West Lee Street adds a fourth southbound lane to Interstate 65 through to the two-lane off-ramp of Exit 9 (Interstate 165). Photo taken 06/05/06.
Interstate 65 southbound splits with Interstate 165. This interchange serves downtown Mobile and Prichard. It also serves hazardous material traffic bound for U.S. 90 & 98 Truck across the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. Although the freeway does not directly tie into Interstate 10, U.S. 90 (Bay Bridge Road) offers a viable alternative for Interstate 10 eastbound traffic to bound for Baldwin County or Pensacola, Florida. Photo taken 11/04/03.
See the Interstate 65 Southbound - Mobile County highway guide for more photos from this perspective.
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 65 south
Interstate 10 9 miles at Mobile, AL
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Sources:

  1. "Interstate 165 opens today, completing state's system." Mobile Register, October 28, 1994.
  2. "I-165 now open Route connecting downtown with I-65 in Prichard saves motorists 9 minutes in travel time." Mobile Register, October 29, 1994.

Page Updated August 21, 2012.

 
Mileage

State Alabama
Mileage 4.90
Cities Mobile
Junctions Interstate 65
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
 
Trailblazers for Interstate 165 are posted throughout the central business district of Mobile directing traffic onto Water Street northbound. Photo taken 04/11/12.
I-165 Alabama Annual Average Daily Traffic

County From To AADT Composite
Mobile Beauregard St Exit 2 / Bay Bridge Rd 21,380
Mobile Exit 2 / Bay Bridge Rd Exit 1C / Price Av 28,600
Mobile Exit 1C / Price Av Exit 1A / Whistler St 33,790
Source: 2010 Alabama Traffic Data
ALDOT Transportation Planning Bureau

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