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U.S. Federal Route 51
Shelby County

U.S. Federal Route 51 runs north-south very briefly through the northwest corner of Shelby County. A by-pass around the town of Mowweaqua was complete in late 2003. The by-pass actually ends just indside the Chiristian/Shelby County Line. Pictures of consturction and the completed by-pass (from Shelby and Chirstian County) are below.

U.S. Rt. 51 also passes through the southwestern tip of Shelby County. This is near the town of Oconee.

U.S. Rt. 51 does not pass through any towns in Shelby County.

U.S. Rt. 51 is not multi-plexed in Shelby County.

U.S. Rt. 51 does not intersect any highways in Shelby County.


Construction of the Moweaqua By-Pass (May 2003)

SB U.S. Rt. 51 at the Macon/Shelby County line.

Sign indicating the end of the Rt 51 expressway. This sign will probally come down when the by-pass is complete.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 near the end of the expressway.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 at the cross over, where traffic moves to the NB lanes.

Looking south at where Rt. 51 went from two-way traffic surface road to the expressway.

Looking at the old road, which use to lead into Moweaqua.

Looking north along the new Rt. 51 by-pass. Traffic currently uses the NB lanes while on the northside of town , the SB lanes are being graded and they are almost complete on the south end.

Looking south at the new lanes for U.S. Rt. 51. NB on the left, SB on the right.

Looking south at the new SB lanes.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 on the south end of the Moweaqua Area. A new bridge is being constructed in the SB lanes.

The end of the expressway extention. Traffic is about to cross back to the old traffic lanes.

The new NB lanes just appear from a corn field.

The end of the construction zone at the Shelby/Christian County Line.

The Completed By-Pass. (July, 2004)

SB U.S. Rt. 51 at the north access road to Moweaqua.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 on the westside of Moweaqua.

This is the competled shot of the picture from above with the "Road Closed" signs.

The first indication of the end of the highway.

The second indication of the end of the highway. This is in Chirstian County.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 south of Moweaqua, as the lanes go back to one in each direction.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 at the end of the divdied highway. NOTE: The stub of the NB lanes for future extention.



SB U.S. Rt. 51 near Oconee.

SB U.S. Rt. 51 near the Shelby/Fayette County Line.

20 December 2010