18th Street North

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18th Street North is one of the primary north-south streets in downtown Birmingham's business district.

18th Street begins at the northern end of 18th Street South, at the 18th Street underpass underneath the railroad tracks of the Railroad Reservation. From there it first crosses Morris Avenue and continues north until ending for Oak Hill Cemetery at 11th Avenue North. Between 1st Avenue North and the cemetery, the downtown section of 18th Street is one-way for north-bound vehicular traffic.

North of the cemetery, 18th Street resumes from an eastern shift by 17th Street North and continues to 17th Avenue North. North of I-65 the street picks up at 19th Avenue and crosses Village Creek before it runs into the interstate onramps at Finley Avenue. At 24th Court North, 18th Street resumes, paralleling I-65 as far as 37th Avenue North.

Electric lights were installed 18th Street North from Morris Avenue to 6th Avenue North in 1945 under the city's contract with the Birmingham Electric Company.

One block of 18th Street, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue was converted from one-way to two-way traffic on December 5, 2016, allowing for better access to the Pizitz parking deck as the reopening of the Pizitz Building neared.

Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 18th Street North category.

Fountain Heights

The Rush Hotel at 316A 18th Street North. 1931 photo by W. B. Phillips


  • 19th Avenue North intersects
  • 20th Avenue North intersects (west only)
  • 21st Avenue North intersects (east only)
  • Crosses railroad tracks