Interstate 22 and 359 in Alabama
Interstate 22 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Alabama. The highway crosses the state from west to east, from the Mississippi border at Bexar through Jasper to Birmingham. The highway is 153 kilometers long.
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I-22 on the Alabama-Mississippi border.
I-22 at the terminus in Birmingham.
Near Hamilton, Interstate 22 in Mississippi enters the state of Alabama from Memphis. The highway then heads southeast through a quiet rural area. The main town as far as the Birmingham area is the town of Jasper. The highway leads through a hilly area with a lot of forest and has 2×2 lanes over a long stretch until Jasper. Already from Jasper, I-22 has 2×3 lanes and leads via a varied route through the hilly forests to the agglomeration of Birmingham. Although the highway has 2×3 lanes for approximately 50 kilometres, traffic is very quiet because Birmingham is not very suburbanized in this area. The highway leads through a barely urbanized area, almost to the terminus. I-22 then ends in northern Birmingham at Interstate 65.
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Construction of Interstate 22 was approved by Congress in 1978. most of the freeway has been constructed over a new route and was numbered US 78 for a long time.
The US 78 freeway between Memphis and Birmingham was developed as Corridor X of the Appalachian Development Highway System. However, this did not happen directly as a freeway, initially the US 78 was widened to a 2×2 divided highway with at-grade intersections between Jasper and the suburbs of Birmingham in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The actual US 78 freeway was later constructed over a new route.
Construction on the US 78 freeway began in the second half of the 1980s on the stretch from the Mississippi state border to the south side of Hamilton. In the first half of the 1990s, construction was carried out from Hamilton to the southeast, and the Jasper diversion was added in the mid 1990s. Around 1998, the Carbon Hill diversion was also completed, which followed the Jasper diversion. In the period 1999-2001, the intermediate section was under construction and by 2004 a long stretch from the Mississippi border to Jasper was completed. The section between Jasper and Adamsville was subsequently constructed in the mid-2000s, bypassing the old 2×2 route over a new route, which was completed in 2006-2007. This completed almost the entire route between the Mississippi and Birmingham border. with the exception of the easternmost section which was built on a more northerly route to I-65 north of Birmingham. This section of I-22 was finally opened to traffic on June 20, 2016.
Since 2013, the US 78 freeway has also been renumbered I-22, leading to speculation that US 78 west of Birmingham could be scrapped because the entire route between Memphis and Birmingham coincides with I-22.
Every day 18,000 vehicles drive on the Mississippi border, 13,000 vehicles pass Hamilton, 15,000 to 19,000 vehicles continue to Jasper and 21,000 to 26,000 vehicles between Jasper and Birmingham.
Alabama’s Interstate 359
Interstate 359 or I -359 is a short Interstate Highway in the US state of Alabama. The 4-kilometer highway spurts from I-20/59 to Tuscaloosa.
The end of I-359 at I-20/59.
I-359 connects I-20 and I-59 and Downtown Tuscaloosa. The highway has 2×3 lanes and is completely co-extensive with the longer State Highway 69, which continues north and south of I-359. The starting point is a clover turbine with I-20/59 and the ending point is two one-way roads through Downtown Tuscaloosa. In between is only one other junction at 35th Street.
Interstate 20/59, which opened in the 1960s, did not directly reach Tuscaloosa, but passed some distance south of the city. A new highway was planned to connect Tuscaloosa to I-20/59, with no other connections. Planning for the highway began as early as 1961, but construction was delayed and did not begin until 1980. On September 13, 1983, the highway was opened to traffic.
52,000 vehicles use I-359 daily.
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