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Interstate 459 marker

Interstate 459
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 32.8 mi[1] (52.8 km)
Existed: 1984 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑20 / I‑59 / US-11 / SR-7 near Bessemer, Ala.
  SR-150 in Hoover
US-31 in Hoover
I‑65 in Hoover
US-280 in Birmingham
I‑20 in Irondale
US-11 near Trussville
North end: I‑59 near Trussville, Ala.
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
US-431 I‑565

Interstate 459 (abbreviated I-459) is a bypass highway of Interstate 59 that is an alternate Interstate Highway around the southern sides of Birmingham, Bessemer, and several other cities and towns in Jefferson County. Interstate 459 lies entirely within Jefferson County. This Interstate Highway is about 32.8 miles (52.8 km) long, and its construction was completed in 1984. Interstate 459 has major interchanges with the Interstate Highways I-59, I-20, and I-65.

Route description[edit]

I-459 begins at a trumpet interchange with I-20/59 near the suburbs of Bessemer and McCalla. Exit 1, an interchange with Eastern Valley Road, provides access to the large Colonial Promenade shopping center and rapidly growing McCalla. The freeway then passes under Pocahontas Road and next to the Bent Brook Golf Club before intersecting with Morgan Road at Exit 6. Morgan Road connects with Bessemer, Helena, and the western fringes of Hoover along with the Bessemer Airport. After Morgan Road, I-459 enters a much more populated and developed area, namely the large suburb of Hoover. Once interchanging with State Route 150 at Exit 10, the highway turns northeastward and widens to 10 lanes. Exit 13 is with US 31, a major suburban route through Hoover, Vestavia Hills and Pelham. A southbound flyover ramp at this interchange provides direct access to the Riverchase Galleria. The freeway then approaches its interchange with I-65, one of two four-level stack interchanges in the state (the other being its interchange with I-20). After the I-65 interchange, the roadway decreases to 6 lanes and has a minor interchange with Acton Road at Exit 17. As it exits Hoover, I-459 intersects with US 280, an 8- to 10-lane suburban arterial that is one of the most congested roads in Greater Birmingham. The area around this interchange contains many hotels and office buildings. After the US 280 interchange, it turns north and enters a residential area along the Cahaba River, crossing the river twice before passing the "Miss Liberty" (Statue of Liberty replica) and the Exit 23 interchange with Liberty Parkway and Overton Road. The highway passes east of Mountain Brook while turning northeast and interchanging with Grants Mill Road at Exit 27. After this intersection, I-459 turns northward again as it approaches the growing suburb of Trussville. The interchange with I-20 is one of two stack interchanges in Greater Birmingham. In its last few miles, the highway intersects with Derby Parkway and US 11 in Trussville before completing its 33-mile course with a New England Y interchange at I-59.

History[edit]

Future[edit]

An additional interchange for I-459[edit]

Negotiations between the Alabama Department of Transportation and the City of Hoover are continuing regarding the prospective building of an additional interchange between I-459 and South Shades Crest Road, a heavily traveled traffic artery. An exit here would relieve some of the traffic congestion on Alabama Highway 150. No firm plans whatsoever has been announced for construction of this interchange.[2]

Northern bypass[edit]

There are plans to construct another Interstate Highway bypass running north of the Birmingham area, to provide another Interstate Highway that would have major interchanges with I-59 (two), I-20 (one), I-65 (one), and the newly constructed I-22, with all of these interchanges being either north or west of Birmingham. This new bypass route has been tentatively numbered as I-422. When this northern bypass of the urban area is built, it would give Birmingham and Jefferson County a completely ringed Interstate bypass.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Jefferson County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
  0 I‑20 (US-11/SR-5/SR-7) / I‑59 – Birmingham, Tuscaloosa Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus and signed as exits 0A (west) and 0B (east); I-20/59 exit 106
Bessemer 1 Bessemer, McCalla Eastern Valley Road
6 Helena, Bessemer Morgan Road
Hoover 10 SR-150 – Hoover, Bessemer Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (formerly Regions Park); Riverchase Galleria
13A To SR-150 / Galleria Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance
13B US-31 (SR-3) – Hoover, Pelham Signed as exit 13 northbound
15 I‑65 – Birmingham, Montgomery I-65 exit 250
  17 Acton Road
Birmingham 19 US-280 (SR-38) – Mountain Brook, Childersburg
23 Liberty Parkway
Irondale 27 Grants Mill Road
29 I‑20 – Birmingham, Atlanta I-20 exit 136
Birmingham 31 Derby Parkway
  32 US-11 (SR-7) – Trussville
  33 I‑59 – Birmingham, Gadsden Northbound exit and southbound entrance; northern terminus and signed as exits 33A (south) and 33B (north); I-59 exit 137
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ FHWA Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System - Design - FHWA
  2. ^ Walton, Val (June 3, 2010). "Federal Highway Administration OKs I-459 interchange". The Birmingham News. 

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36 news items

 
The Birmingham News - al.com
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:42:10 -0700

IRONDALE, Alabama -- Authorities have reopened Interstate 459 northbound near the Interstate 20 interchange after a crash involving a tractor trailer. Drivers reported the crash involved as many as three other vehicles. Details weren't immediately ...
 
The Huntsville Times - al.com
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:53:21 -0700

Moments after striking Lucas, Warren's vehicle crashed along the onramp to Interstate 459. Warren's vehicle flipped over and ejected him onto the ground. Officers beat Warren for less than 10 seconds as he lay unconscious on the ground after the crash.
 
The Birmingham News - al.com
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:38:49 -0700

Traffic flow gradually is resuming through the area. Speeds are beginning to increase at the back end of the jam near Montgomery Highway and Interstate 459. 9:34 a.m.: Sluggish speeds continue from the Interstate 459 interchange to Green Springs Avenue.
 
AL.com
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:03:45 -0700

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama -- Two wrecks on Interstate 459 Friday afternoon are causing long delays during the evening commute. Traffic on I-459 northbound was backed up for about eight miles from Grants Mill Road to the interchange with U.S. ...
 
AL.com
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:30:00 -0700

County officials are working to find a solution to the problems and are preparing to start work on a $2.5 million project they hope will address the smell in and around Trace Crossings and Interstate 459. (Jon Anderson/janderson@al.com). In her case ...

Press-Register - al.com

Press-Register - al.com
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:20:50 -0700

For Vestavia Hills, it meant new interest in the city's Patchwork Farms site--an approximate 87-acre area between Cahaba River Road, Caldwell Mill Road, U.S. 280 and Interstate 459. The city initially bought the land in 2007, said Zaragoza, and has now ...

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Trussvilletribune
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:26:15 -0700

BIRMINGHAM — Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were on the scene of a fatal car accident on Interstate 459 North at the U.S. Highway 11 exit this morning, according to www.myfoxal.com. According to the news station, deputies arrived on the scene ...

AL.com

AL.com
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:15:05 -0700

That's the more than 20-mile trek Seth Jones makes daily: Interstate 20 to Interstate 459 to U.S. 280. His saving grace is as a teacher, Jones gets to hit the road earlier than most others. The $75 per week spent on gas is frustrating and waking up ...
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