Interstate 165 (Alabama)

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Interstate 165

I-165 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-65
Maintained by ALDOT
Length5.070 mi[1] (8.159 km)
Existed1994[2]–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South endWater Street in Mobile
Major intersections
US 90 / US 98 Truck in Mobile
North end I-65 in Prichard
Location
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountiesMobile
Highway system
  • Alabama State Highway System
SR 164 SR 165

Interstate 165 (I-165) is a spur from I-65 that provides access to Mobile, Alabama. It travels for approximately 5.07 miles (8.16 km) from Water Street in downtown Mobile north to I-65 in Prichard. As it is, I-165 terminates into Water Street, which itself terminates into an I-10 onramp less than two miles (3.2 km) further. The route is elevated for its entire length.

Route description

I-165 begins at its northern terminus, an interchange with I-65. After that is an incomplete interchange (exit 1A) with Whistler Street and Price Avenue that is only accessible from the southbound lanes. It then has an incomplete interchange (exit 1B) with Wilson Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that is only accessible from the southbound lanes. Shortly afterward, I-165 meets an incomplete interchange (exit 1C) with Price Avenue and Whistler Street that is only accessible from the northbound lanes. I-165 then meets U.S. Route 90 (US 90)/U.S. Route 98 Truck (US 98 Truck) at exit 2 on the MobilePrichard city line, and then the three highways curve concurrently to the south-southeast. It then has an incomplete interchange that leads to Conception Street Road. It is only accessible from the northbound lanes. Finally, I-165 reaches Beauregard Street, its southern terminus, where US 90/US 98 Truck split off. This interchange also includes Water Street, with leads to I-10.

History

Interstate 210

LocationMobilePrichard
NHSEntire route

I-165 began life as a planned Interstate 210 (I-210). Many problems, including community opposition and access to the Mobile waterfront, prevented the freeway from reaching its intended southern terminus at I-10; I-165 ends about one mile (1.6 km) short of I-10 and becomes Water Street. Since the road had no connection to I-10, the number 210 was no longer applicable to the freeway, so 165 was chosen instead.[3]

Construction of the freeway commenced in early 1991 and was originally slated for opening in April 1995.[4][5] Costing $240 million (equivalent to $432 million in 2022[6]) to complete, the route was officially opened to the public at 5:00 pm on October 28, 1994.[3] In attendance at the ceremony were former governor Jim Folsom Jr., US Representative Sonny Callahan, and Federal Highway Administration head Rodney Slate.[3] Upon its completion, it saved commuters traveling between downtown Mobile and the northern suburbs along I-65 an average of nine minutes.[2] While still under construction in 1993, efforts to name the freeway in honor of Mobile baseball great Satchel Paige never materialized.[7]

Its construction resulted in the demolition of many structures within downtown Prichard, including such landmarks as the main public library and fire station.[8]

Exit list

The entire route is in Mobile County.

Locationmi[1][9]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Mobile I-10 – Florida, MississippiFormer proposed interchange

Water Street to I-10
Continuation beyond Beauregard Street
5.0708.159



US 90 west / US 98 Truck west (Beauregard Street) to US 98 – State Docks
Southern terminus; at-grade intersection; southern end of US 90/US 98 Truck concurrency
5.08.0To Conception Street RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Prichard2.5244.0622



US 90 east / US 98 Truck east (Bay Bridge Road) to I-10 / Dr. M.L. King Drive
Northern end of US 90/US 98 Truck concurrency
2.1–
0.9
3.4–
1.4
1CWilson Avenue / Price Avenue / Whistler StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
1BPrice Avenue / Wilson Avenue / Dr. M.L. King Jr. DriveSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
1AWhistler StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
0.0000.0001 I-65 – Mobile, MontgomeryNorthern terminus; northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 1B (north) and 1A (south); I-65 exit 9
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Milepost Map (PDF) (Map). Alabama Department of Transportation. 1999. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Werenth, George (October 29, 1994). "I-165 now open Route connecting downtown with I-65 in Prichard saves motorists 9 minutes in travel time". Mobile Register. p. 1B.
  3. ^ a b c Pickett, Rhoda (October 28, 1994). "Interstate 165 opens today, completing state's system". Mobile Register. p. 1A.
  4. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 9, 1994). "Coming soon: I-165". Mobile Register. p. 1A.
  5. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (September 2, 1993). "Officials: I-165 to be ready by '95". Mobile Register. p. 1A.
  6. ^ Johnston, Louis; Williamson, Samuel H. (2023). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved December 19, 2023. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the Measuring Worth series.
  7. ^ Drummond, Barbara (March 14, 1993). "Name connector after pitcher 'Satchel' Paige". Mobile Register. p. 3C.
  8. ^ Pickett, Rhoda (June 24, 1993). "Prichard undergoes a facelift". Mobile Register. p. 1A.
  9. ^ Google (May 7, 2014). "Overview map of I-165" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 7, 2014.

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