Decatur Highway

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Decatur Highway is an older name for the portion of what is now U.S. Highway 31 as it leads north from Birmingham through Fultondale, Gardendale, Morris, Kimberly, Warrior, and beyond toward Decatur in Morgan County. Some cities simply use the Highway 31 designation, but Gardendale still uses the Decatur Highway name. Fultondale has officially renamed the road American Veterans Highway within its limits.

History

What would become the Decatur Highway began as an extension of Stouts Road from the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River south to Elyton that was commissioned in 1827. Stouts Road became the "Main Street" for the new mining communities of Morris, Kimberly and Warrior, as well as the farming communities of Gardendale and Fultondale.

As the United States formed an interstate road system, the Bee Line Highway was defined under the National Auto Trails program. It originated in Nashville, Tennessee and generally followed Highway 31's current route to Montgomery. The highway later became better known for its destinations from Birmingham, thus becoming the Decatur and Montgomery Highways. Decatur Highway has seen small changes over the years, however, and many of the old roads still exist, often under the Old Highway 31 name.

Locations

Unincorporated Jefferson County

Fultondale

For a more detailed list of locations, see American Veterans Highway.

Gardendale

For a more detailed list of locations, see Decatur Highway (Gardendale).

Morris

For a more detailed list of locations, see U.S. Highway 31 (Morris).

Kimberly

For a more detailed list of locations, see U.S. Highway 31 (Kimberly).

Warrior

For a more detailed list of locations, see Main Street (Warrior) and Louisa Street.


Decatur Highway
Warrior Kimberly Morris Gardendale Fultondale
Current U.S. Highway 31 Main St, Louisa St Hwy 31 Hwy 31 Decatur Hwy American Veterans Hwy
Previous routes Caldwell Dr Old Hwy 31 Old Hwy 31 Old Hwy 31, Snow Rogers Rd, North Rd, Moncrief Rd, Main St Stouts Rd