Map 2. A map showing the three alternative alignments from Montgomery, Alabama to Columbus, Georgia.
All three options follow the Montgomery Outer Loop east to existing Interstate 85, and then follow Interstate 85 east to Alabama state route 186 near Tuskegee, Alabama.
Alternative 1 is the all Interstate option and continues east on Interstate 85 to US 280 near Opelika, Alabama. It then turns south on US 280 to its intersection with US 80 near Phenix City, Alabama and follows US 80 east to its intersection with Interstate 185 near Columbus, Georgia. Under this option US 280 between Opelika and Phenix City would be upgraded to Interstate standards.
Alternative 2 follows the same alignment as Alternative 1, but would only make minor improvements to US 280 to meet Highway design criteria.
Alternative 3 would leave Interstate 85 at its interchange with Alabama State route 186, and would follow state route 186 and US 80 east to its intersection with US 280 near Phenix City. It would continue on US 80 east on the same alignment as Alternatives 1 and 2.