University Boulevard

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University Boulevard looking east from the pedestrian crosswalk in front of Lister Hill Library in 2009. Photo by Robert Matthews
University Boulevard looking east from in front of Campbell Hall in 1979. From UAB Archives
This article is about Southside avenue. For other uses, see University Boulevard (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with University Avenue or Avenue H Ensley.
For the section of 8th Avenue South in South East Lake see 8th Avenue South (East Lake)

University Boulevard (originally Avenue H, then 8th Avenue South) is an east-west corridor in Birmingham's Southside community connecting Green Springs Highway to Clairmont Avenue. It stretches from 16th Avenue South through the Five Points South neighborhood and UAB campus, for which it is named, to 29th Street South. From Green Springs Highway to the Elton B. Stephens Expressway, University Boulevard also makes up part of Alabama State Highway 149.

The majority of University Boulevard is five-lanes wide, including the center turn lane. Portions through the UAB campus feature a landscaped median.

University Boulevard acts as the border between the Glen Iris and Five Points South neighborhoods from 500 to 700 University Boulevard and again from the bottom of the Interstate 65 north exit ramp to 11th Street South. From the Elton B. Stephens Expressway to 29th Street, University acts as the border between the Southside and Highland Park neighborhoods.

It has the highest traffic count of any downtown street with an average daily count of 25,000 vehicles (between I-65 and the Elton B. Stephens Expressway).

Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the University Boulevard category.
University Boulevard looking west from the pedestrian crosswalk in front of Lister Hill Library in 2015. Photo by Robert Matthews

Glen Iris

Five Points South neighborhood

UAB School of Nursing building in 2018

Southside neighborhood