Interstate 210 was to be the missing link to the city of Mobile, Alabama’s beltline freeway system. The highway, proposed in an 6.25 by 2.5 mile corridor between downtown Mobile and Prichard, Alabama, came to its climax by 1982. Planning saw five alternative alignments (originally classified A, B, C, D-2, and D-31) with a “Spur” alternate also equally evaluated as a building option.2
The freeway was always planned as a six lane facility, with the exception of a four lane possibility through the central business district of Mobile (the alignment south of Beauregard Street)2. 1982 cost ranges placed Interstate 210 within $104-212 million and the Mobile Area Transportation Study network simulations slated between 24,000 and 65,000 vpd (vehicles per day) by 2005 for Interstate 210.
Interstate 210 needed to fulfill several specific transportation needs for the Mobile Urban Area in 1982. The Mobile area experienced a resurgence in economic and population growth after a period of decline in the 1960s, while the growth rate of the city expected to be 50% higher than that of the state of Alabama for the coming decade. Additionally the soon to be completed Tennesee-TomBigbee Waterway connects the Port of Mobile4 to the entire Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, thus enhancing of future growth/economic climates of Mobile, Prichard, Chickasaw, and Saraland in conjunction with increased accessibility via Interstate 210.