U.S. Highway 43 - Alabama

All photos taken 11/05/99 by Alex Nitzman

This page looks at two portions of old U.S. 43 in the Satsuma and Creola, Alabama vicinity. The northern segment acts as a frontage road to the current four lane U.S. 43 north of Interstate 65. A scattering of homes can be found on this segment. To the south within the city limits of Satsuma, coverage surrounds an original twin slab spur of old U.S. 43 from the current roadway near the Saraland/Satsuma boundary.

Looking south at the old roadway and its disappearance. The bridge that carried this original U.S. 43 is long gone. What is left is the remnants of the roadbed in this small patch of woods.
Looking north from the above picture. The street that old U.S. 43 acts as a service road enters from the right here. Notice the narrow width of this old highway.
Same roadway as above, but where new U.S. 43 merges over it. Notice that the old concrete just erodes away into the grass. After some further investigation of Satsuma on 11/27/00, it was found out that an older "OLD U.S. 43" exists to the east of the paralleling railroad line. This section of roadway is dotted with a few homes, and basically acts as a frontage road to current Highway 43. The concrete section depicted above is most likely 2nd generation, with the current roadway just off to the left (west) being a relocation for the new wider bridge.
Looking southbound at Old U.S. 43 in the town of Axis. Behind me old U.S. 43 dead ends at a patch of forest. New U.S. 43 is to the right (west) of the road here.
About a mile south of the above photograph is this intersecting street. Old U.S. 43 has no name, other then "OLD HWY 43." The road heading to the east loops northward and intersects with Interstate 65 at Exit 22.
In Creola, old U.S. 43 abruptly ends at a guard rail behind me. All that is left of the roadway are these patches of dirt. Interstate 65 is just to the south of this scene across a small creek.

The Lost Highway is copyright © 2005 by Jeffrey Carlyle. All photographers retain rights to their photographs. The Lost Highway was originally developed by Andy Field and Alex Nitzman for AARoads.