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Interstate 10 in Alabama

Interstate 10 (I-10) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida. In Alabama, the Interstate Highway runs 66.269 miles (106.650 km) from the Mississippi state line near Grand Bay east to the Florida state line at the Perdido River. I-10 is the primary east–west highway of the Gulf Coast region of Alabama. The highway connects Mobile, the largest city in South Alabama, with Pascagoula, Mississippi, to the west and Pensacola, Florida, to the east. Within the state, the highway connects Mobile and Mobile County with the Baldwin County communities of Daphne and Fairhope. I-10 connects Mobile and Baldwin County by crossing the northern end of Mobile Bay and the southern end of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta via the George Wallace Tunnel in Mobile and the Jubilee Parkway viaduct system between Mobile and Daphne.

Interstate 10 marker

Interstate 10
I-10 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length66.269 mi[1] (106.650 km)
Major junctions
West end I-10 at the Mississippi state line near Grand Bay
 
East end I-10 at the Florida state line at the Perdido River
Location
CountiesMobile, Baldwin
Highway system
  • Alabama Highways
SR 9SR 10

Route descriptionEdit

I-10 enters Mobile County from Jackson County, Mississippi, near just north of where US 90 crosses the state line near Grand Bay. The four-lane freeway has an eastbound welcome center ahead of its first interchange, a diamond interchange with the western end of Alabama State Route 188 (SR 188) due north of the center of Grand Bay. I-10 continues east-north-east through a partial cloverleaf interchange with County Road 39 (CR 39) north of Irvington. The highway crosses the Fowl River and curves more northeast through a diamond interchange with CR 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) west of the community of Theodore. I-10 expands to six lanes ahead of a pair of interchanges near Tillmans Corner: a partial cloverleaf interchange with US 90 (Government Boulevard) and a full cloverleaf interchange with SR 193 (Rangeline Road).[2]

I-10 enters the city of Mobile at Halls Mill Creek just east of SR 193. The highway has a directional-T interchange with the southern end of I-65, which serves Montgomery and Birmingham. I-10 continues northeast from I-65 as an eight-lane freeway that parallels CSX's NO&M Subdivision rail line. The highway has a complex interchange with SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) just east of the Dog River; the interchange includes a flyover from southbound SR 163 to eastbound I-10 and a left-ramp flyover from westbound I-10 to southbound SR 163. I-10 and the railroad form the northern margin of Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley (formerly Brookley Air Force Base), along which the freeway has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Michigan Avenue. North of the airport, the Interstate has a pair of half-diamond interchanges with Duval Street and Broad Street; the half-interchanges are connected by a one-way pair of frontage roads.[2]

I-10 crosses over a Canadian National Railway/Illinois Central Railroad rail line and leaves the CSX rail line as it curves north toward downtown Mobile. The freeway has a four-ramp partial cloverleaf junction with Virginia Street and a pair of half-diamond interchanges with Texas Street (southbound exit, northbound entrance) and Canal Street (northbound exit, southbound exit). North of Canal Street, I-10 has a directional-T interchange with Water Street, which provides access to downtown Mobile. Within that interchange, the freeway reduces to four lanes and curves east and descends into the George Wallace Tunnel to pass under the Mobile River. I-10 resurfaces on Blakeley Island and has an interchange with US 90 and US 98 (Battleship Parkway) west of Battleship Memorial Park.[2]

 
I-10 eastbound in downtown Mobile approaching the George Wallace Tunnel

I-10 leaves Blakeley Island, the city of Mobile, and Mobile County on Jubilee Parkway, a dual-viaduct crossing of several rivers at the northern end of Mobile Bay. The first major segment is a crossing of Polecat Bay, and the confluence of the Spanish River and the Tensaw River, within which the Interstate enters Baldwin County. The viaduct continues through a cut in an island, then continues across Chacaloochee Bay, within which the freeway has a diamond interchange with US 90 and US 98 (Battleship Parkway), which mostly follow causeways across the great expanse of water. Beyond the interchange, I-10 continues across the bay and the mouth of the Apalachee River, Bay John, the mouth of the Blakeley River, and D'Olive Bay. The dual viaducts reach the eastern shore just west of a five-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with US 90 and US 98 south of the center of Spanish Fort and north of Fairhope.[2]

I-10 continues east as a four-lane freeway along the northern edge of the city of Daphne. The freeway has a diamond interchange with SR 181 (Malbis Plantation Parkway) in the northeastern corner of the city near the hamlet of Malbis. I-10 has a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with SR 59 on the northern edge of Loxley. The Interstate crosses the Fish River and has a diamond interchange with the Baldwin Beach Express, a new county highway that connects I-10 with the beach communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. I-10 has one more interchange in Alabama, a diamond interchange with CR 64 (Wilcox Road). Beyond CR 64, the freeway parallels and then crosses the Styx River, then the westbound highway has a welcome center just west of the Perdido River, where I-10 leaves Alabama and enters Escambia County, Florida, northwest of Pensacola.[2]

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1][2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
MobileGrand Bay0.0000.000  I-10 west – PascagoulaContinuation from Mississippi
4.1516.6804  SR 188 east (Grand Bay Wilmer Road) – Grand Bay
Irvington10.38016.70510   SR 16 to US 90 – Bayou La Batre, Dawes
Theodore13.09021.06613  CR 30 (Theodore Dawes Road) – Theodore, Dawes
Tillmans Corner15.69025.25115  US 90 (Government Boulevard) – Tillmans Corner, TheodoreSigned as exits 15A (west) and 15B (east)
17.12427.55817  SR 193 (Rangeline Road) – Dauphin Island, Tillmans CornerSigned as exits 17A (south) and 17B (north)
Mobile20.08132.31720  I-65 north – MontgomeryDirectional-T interchange; national southern terminus of I-65, exits 0A-B.
22.22135.76122  SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway)Split into exits 22A (north) and 22B (south) westbound
23Michigan Avenue
24Duval Street, Broad StreetPair of half-diamond interchanges with connecting frontage roads
25Virginia StreetMarked as exit 25B westbound
25ATexas StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
26ACanal StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
26BWater Street – DowntownDirectional-T interchange
Mobile RiverGeorge Wallace Tunnel
MobileMobile27.66244.51827   US 90 / US 98 (Battleship Parkway/Government Street) – Battleship ParkNo eastbound entrance from US 90/US 98; Government Street signed westbound only
Spanish River and Tensaw RiverJubilee Parkway
BaldwinSpanish Fort30.22048.63430   US 90 / US 98 (Battleship Parkway) – Battleship Park
Apalachee River and Blakeley RiverJubilee Parkway
BaldwinDaphne35.12956.53535   US 90 / US 98 – Spanish Fort, Daphne, FairhopeSigned as exits 35A (US-98) and 35B (US-90) eastbound
38.72062.31438  SR 181 (Malbis Plantation Parkway) – Daphne, Spanish Fort
Loxley44.27871.25944  SR 59 – Loxley, Bay Minette
49.55079.74349  Baldwin Beach Express (CR 68) – Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
53.11485.47953  CR 64 (Wilcox Road)
66.269106.650  I-10 east (SR 8) – PensacolaContinuation into Florida over the Perdido River
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Alabama Department of Transportation. "General Highway Maps". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-19.

External linksEdit

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