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Interstate 10 East - Mobile County

Map Updated October 1, 2012.

Interstate 10 East
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New signs were installed during winter 2012 near both entrances of Interstate 10 in the state of Alabama proclaiming the freeway the Vietnam War Memorial Highway. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The first four miles of Interstate 10 westbound within the state of Alabama feature the State Welcome Center and Tourist Information Center and an otherwise uninterrupted stretch of four-lane freeway. Photo taken 04/05/12. Second photo taken 04/05/12. Third photo taken 05/29/04. Fourth photo taken 06/10/06.
A reassurance shield and mileage sign follow the welcome center on-ramp. Unincorporated Grand Bay is four miles to the east. Downtown Mobile is 26 miles away. Photo taken 04/20/12. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
Approaching Exit 4 for Alabama 188 at Grand Bay on eastbound. This is the preferred exit for eastbound traffic to Dauphin Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama 188 links Interstate 10 with Alabama 193 at Alabama Port, six miles to the north of the island. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the western terminus of Alabama 188 (Exit 4). Alabama 188 passes through coastal communities of Bayou La Batre and Coden to the southeast. Meanwhile to the north, Mobile County 11 begins and follows Grand Bay Wilmer Road northward to Airport Boulevard and West Mobile. This is the best way into West Mobile from Interstate 10 coming from New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Interstate 10 between the state line and Exit 20 was resurfaced Summer of 2001. Photos taken 04/05/12.
Shield assembly posted at the end of the Exit 4 eastbound off-ramp. County Road 11 continues Alabama 188 from its conclusion at I-10 northward to Dees and Airport Boulevard west of Seven Hills. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Continuing eastbound along Interstate 10 from the Grand Bay vicinity toward Theodore and southwest Mobile. The stretch between Exits 4 and 13 was the second longest exit less segment in Alabama, but that changed with the 2005 opening of Exit 10. Photo taken 04/20/12.

A new interchange opened along Interstate 10 north of Irvington on January 12, 2005. A six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the freeway with Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) as the first in a three-stage project that improves access to the Irvington and Bayou La Batre areas. A $16 million relocation of McDonald Road included a new interchange with Interstate 10 that ties in with a $8 million project that extended the highway south to U.S. 90.1 Photo taken 04/20/12.
A look at the first guide sign posted for the Exit 10 interchange with Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) on Interstate 10 east. The control points are Bayou La Batre for southbound and Dawes for McDonald Road northbound. Photo taken 04/12/12.
Drawing to within one half mile of Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). McDonald Road exists as a four-lane divided highway from Interstate 10 southward to Padgett Switch Road at Half Mile Road. The segment between County Farm Road and U.S. 90 opened Summer of 2005 as the second stage of the overall project.1 The third stage completed the new alignment southward to Half Mile Road by June 2009. Photo taken 04/20/12.
All traffic to McDonald Road departs in unison from Interstate 10. The off-ramp splits into north and southbound directions ahead. The interchange is named after retired U.S. Representative Sonny Callahan (R). Callahan was instrumental in getting the project built. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Irvington joins Bayou La Batre as the control points for Mobile County 39 southbound at the Exit 10 ramp split. Irvington lies just west of the Mobile County 39 folded-diamond interchange with U.S. 90. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Interstate 10 eastbound reassurance marker posted after the on-ramp from Mobile County 39. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Four miles southwest of the Mobile city limits and 12 miles out from downtown along Interstate 10 east near Theodore. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Approaching Exit 13 for Theodore and Dawes, two southwestern Mobile suburbs, on Interstate 10 east. The freeway enters the Mobile metropolitan area at this interchange and does not exit until Exit 38. Photo taken 04/20/12.
One-half mile guide sign for Exit 13 on Interstate 10 east. Theodore-Dawes Road (Mobile County 30) intersects the freeway at a diamond interchange. Mobile County 30 was widened in the early 2000s from the interchange southward to accommodate truck traffic that utilizes services at this interchange. Additionally, Theodore-Dawes road northward transitions into Schillinger Road (Mobile County 31), a heavily traveled north-south corridor in the West Mobile vicinity. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Drivers to West Mobile, Theodore, Dawes, St. Elmo, and Irvington leave Interstate 10 eastbound for Theodore-Dawes Road (Mobile County 30). Mobile County 30 intersects U.S. 90 two miles to the southeast at Hamilton Boulevard (Mobile County 26). 2008 annexations now incorporation portions of Theodore within the city limits of Mobile. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Interstate 10 eastbound reassurance shield posted after the Exit 13 diamond interchange. The freeway remains with four lanes initially, but a widening project underway between 2011-13 expands the freeway to six lanes from the Carol Plantation Road overpass to Exit 17. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Mileage sign posted between Exits 13 and 15 along Interstate 10 east. The community of Theodore is located along U.S. 90 to the south. Downtown Mobile is still another 11 miles to the east. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 eastbound advance signage for Exits 15A/B for U.S. 90 (Historic Mobile Parkway). It is unknown why this particular stretch of U.S. 90 is designated as such. The character of the highway has been lost with typical strip mall type development from Theodore eastward into midtown Mobile. Historically, the Tillman's Corner area was also known as Three Notches. Photo taken 04/20/12. Second photo taken 10/01/09.
Sign bridge on Interstate 10 eastbound for U.S. 90 west (Exit 15A). The signage is the first example of non-reflectorized metal grids used in place of the standard sheet metal panels along the Interstate. Note the substandard nature of this interchange with a lack of a deceleration lane for the exit ramp. Exit 15A otherwise returns traffic to Theodore and 2008-annexed sections of Mobile.
The oversized U.S. 90 shield replaced a missing shield blown down by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Crossing over U.S. 90 on the Interstate 10 eastbound approach to Exit 15B. The substandard nature continues as the Interstate 10 bridges are shoulderless without a deceleration lane for U.S. 90 east. U.S. 90 does not again intersect Interstate 10 until Exit 27, as the highway carries local and commuter traffic from Tillman's Corner to midtown Mobile via Government Boulevard. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Pictured here is the 0.75 mile guide sign for the interchange with Alabama 193 (Rangeline Road) at Tillman's Corner. Crews moved the exit tab from the left to the right of the sign in Spring 2004, then replaced the sign by 2006. Photo taken 11/05/03. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
Drawing to within one quarter mile of the Exit 17 junction with Alabama 193. While Interstate 10 retains just four lanes from this exit westward, the freeway expands to six lanes east of Rangeline Road. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A collector/distributor roadway system is in use at the Exit 17 full cloverleaf interchange. These roadways mitigate weaving traffic concerns that were found at other Mobile area original cloverleaves along Interstate 65. Thus while conversions to partial cloverleaf interchanges took place on Interstate 65, the interchange here on Interstate 10 retains all four loop ramps. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Along the eastbound c/d roadway at Exit 17A for Alabama 193 south. Rangeline Road is the main route southward from Mobile to the south county communities of Bellefontaine, Bayleys Corner, Mon Louis, Alabama Port, and Dauphin Island. The highway carries four lanes from U.S. 90 southward to the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel. The barrier island of 1,371 is situated 25 miles to the south. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Eastbound at Exit 17B on the collector/distributor lane for Alabama 193 north. Rangeline Road concludes a short distance westward at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Nevius Road. There Alabama 193 draws to a close. The Tillman's Corner Business District can be found just west of that traffic light.
The sign on the left-hand sign was replaced by 2010. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Supplementing the Interstate 10 guide sign attached to the Alabama 193 overpasses, stand alone shields area posted along the c/d roadway in each direction within the Exit 17 interchange. Photo taken 10/25/03.
The merging lanes of Exit 17 combine to form the third eastbound lane of Interstate 10. Money in the 2003 Three year STIP was allocated for the planned six-laning of the freeway westward through the Exit 13 interchange, but as of early 2010, expansion has not taken place. Note the shield replacement in the second photo. The style is similar to assemblies posted within the state of Utah. Photo taken 10/25/03. Second photo taken 10/01/09.
The first in a series of signs posted along Interstate 10 east for the northbound beginning of Interstate 65. Two mile signs are posted for all Interstate to Interstate junctions within the state of Alabama. Photo taken 10/30/03. Second photo taken 01/23/09.
Passing under Riviere Du Chien Road near the Lloyds community of south Mobile on Interstate 10 east. Attached to the concrete overpass is a diagrammatical overhead for the upcoming split with Interstate 65. Interstate 65, also known as the Belt Line Highway for the frontage roads that accompany it, travels nine miles north from Exit 20 to Interstate 165 in the city of Prichard. The route carries a good deal of commuter traffic.
Note the separate set of brackets below the panel. These are remnants from the original two button copy guide signs for Exit 20. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A major split in Gulf Coastal traffic occurs at the Interstate 10 interchange of Exit 20. Long range travelers depart the east-west freeway for Interstate 65 northbound to cities such as Montgomery, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Local travelers also utilize the two lane left-hand ramp for the commercial areas of midtown Mobile. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 65 commences its four-state journey via the left-hand ramp of Exit 20 from Interstate 10 east. The substandard nature of the northbound ramp necessitated the installation of warning flashers that accompany the 45 MPH ramp panel in January 2003. The city of Montgomery is 171 miles to the north; Gary, Indiana, the northern terminus, follows in 887.30 miles. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
Interstate 10 initially retains three overall lanes eastbound from the split with Interstate 65. However the right-hand lane quickly ends followed by the number two lane becoming exit-only to junction Alabama 163 (Exit 22). Traffic from Interstate 65 merges from the left to form two additional lanes.
Note the oversized Alabama 163 shield. This shield was added to replace a missing shield blown down by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
Interstate 10 maintains six lanes through the Exit 22 stack interchange and expands to eight lanes east of Alabama 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway). A CSX Railroad line parallels the freeway closely from Navco east toward Water Street in downtown Mobile. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Exit 22 departs Interstate 10 and ascends over the CSX Railroad before meeting Alabama 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway). Dauphin Island Parkway (DIP) constitutes a four lane corridor with a center turn lane linking Government Boulevard with Neshota, Forest Park and Dog River in south Mobile. DIP's name remains from when the highway continued all the way to Dauphin Island itself. A bridge along the route over the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel was removed and Alabama 163 relocated westward to Alabama 193 via Hamilton Boulevard during the 1980s. DIP remains in use for industrial interests outside of its shared path with Alabama 163 at the canal. Photo taken 05/25/12.
Traffic from the westbound Interstate 10 to southbound Alabama 163 flyover merges with the eastbound ramp before intersecting Dauphin Island Parkway. Alabama 163 tallies 11.2 miles between Alabama 193 and U.S. 90 (Government Boulevard) near Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Traveling through the directional-cloverleaf interchange of Exit 22 (Alabama 163) on Interstate 10 east. The highest bridge carries Dauphin Island Parkway. The middle ramps include the westbound Interstate 10 ramp to Alabama 163 south and the Alabama 163 south ramp to Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 07/17/07.
The Exit 22 on-ramp to Interstate 10 eastbound forms a fifth eastbound auxiliary lane through to Exit 23 (Michigan Avenue). Michigan Avenue begins nearby at Mobile Downtown Airport (Brookley Field) [BFM]. Photo taken 11/03/03.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 10 and Michigan Avenue at Exit 23. Michigan Avenue leads north from the Brookley Complex through residential areas to U.S. 90 (Government Street). Michigan Avenue also serves interests to Ladd Peebles Stadium, home of College Football's Godaddy.com Bowl, via Virginia Street west. Photo taken 02/12/06.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
A split-diamond interchange joins Interstate 10 with Duval and Broad Streets near the Birdville neighborhood of Mobile. Both surface streets carry four overall lanes of traffic. Photo taken 11/03/03.
Exit 24 departs Interstate 10 east with two lanes to Duval and Broad Streets. Duval Street begins nearby and winds west to Alabama 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) at Gosson Street and Halls Mill Road. Broad Street leads north from the Brookley Complex to junction U.S. 90 & 98 (Government Street) west of downtown. Photo taken 05/25/12.
With Duval Street below, Interstate 10 continues eastward toward the central business district of Mobile. A second reminder posted here requires truckers carrying hazardous materials to leave the freeway via Exit 26B (Water Street) to avoid the George C. Wallace Tunnels under the Mobile River. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Next in line for eastbound motorists on Interstate 10 is the Exit 25 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Virginia Street. Virginia Street leads west from shipbuilding facilities along the Mobile River to Ladd Peebles Stadium and Houston Street. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Increasing development along the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County adds to the traffic congestion of Interstate 10 with additional commuters utilizing the Wallace Tunnel to the Mobile Bayway. Interstate 10 remains at just four lanes from the tunnel eastward to Spanish Fort and Daphne despite the higher traffic volume. A cheap and rather useless method in combating this congestion was added by 2006 in the form of this "congestion ahead when flashing" sign near the Broad Street under crossing. The two alternates to the Wallace Tunnel are the parallel Bankhead Tunnel and the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge between Magazine and Blakeley Island. Photo taken 01/23/09.
The Duval Street on-ramp becomes the exit-only auxiliary lane for Virginia Street (Exit 25). During Mardi Gras season, this interchange provides a great way to sneak into the downtown area to avoid traffic via connections with Conception, Texas, and Royal Streets. These areas are also home to Mobile's shipbuilding industry. Photo taken 09/26/08.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
Exit 25 departs Interstate 10 eastbound after the Yeend Street under crossing to join Lawrence Street ahead of its intersection with Virginia Street. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Eastbound at the Exit 25 ramp departure to Virginia Street. Cranes for the Bender Shipbuilding facility are visible in the distance to the east. The former Kennedy Presidential yacht was refurbished by those facilities during the Summer of 2002. Photo taken 01/01/12.
Between Exit 25 and Exit 26A is the half-diamond interchange of Exit 25A (accessible via Interstate 10 westbound only) at Texas Street. Interstate 10 crosses over the divided street in this photograph. An upcoming exits sign is the first mentioning of the Canal Street exit for Downtown. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
The on-ramp from Texas Street transitions into the exit only lane for upcoming Exit 26A to Canal Street. Interstate 10 eastbound meanwhile reduces to three lanes in preparation for the upcoming four lane Wallace Tunnel. The pedestrian over crossing ahead was abandoned and slated for removal in the 2003 STIP, and will finally as part of a $14.68-million project to resurface I-10 between Halls Mill Creek and the Wallace Tunnel west end between April 21, 2014 and July 2015.1 Photo taken 01/01/12.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the half diamond interchange with Canal Street. Exit 26A provides access to Canal Street west to Broad Street east to Water Street north and the Bender Shipbuilding and Repair complex. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Connections from Exit 26A also lead drivers north to the Mobile Civic Center via Claiborne Street and central business district via Jackson Street. Claiborne Street constitutes the beginning of the main Mardi Gras parade route. Canal and Water Streets form the southern and eastern legs of the Henry Aaron Loop around downtown Mobile. Photo taken 11/03/03.
Interstate 10 elevates onto a split viaduct from Canal Street to the George C. Wallace Tunnel approach. Exit 26B departs almost immediately for Water Street northbound along the Mobile Riverfront. Comprising a six-lane arterial, Water Street links downtown and Interstate 10 with the Alabama State Docks and junction Interstate 165 & U.S. 90 (Beauregard Street). The Arthur Outlaw Mobile Convention Center and the Gulf Coast Exploreum museum complex lie along Water Street at Government Street. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Interstate 10 reduces to a 50 mph speed limit as it begins its descent toward the George C. Wallace Tunnel. The Water Street interchange constitutes an elevated stack surrounding Fort Condé. Originally constructed as the southern terminus of unconstructed Interstate 210, the flyover ramps directly tie in with Water Street leading north to the RSA Tower - Alabama's tallest skyscraper, the International Trade Center, and the GM&O Transportation Center at Beauregard Street. A six-lane divided boulevard was built in place of an elevated freeway along the Mobile River. The cancellation of Interstate 210 resulted into the 4.30-mile Interstate 165 spur to the north. Photo taken 06/06/06.
Ramps from Interstate 10 east and west combine ahead of the descent into Water Street ahead of Government Street. Water Street was constructed as a six-lane boulevard in lieu of the planned six-lane viaduct for Interstate 210 as a compromise. Some of the best views of the Mobile skyline are available from the Exit 26B ramps. Photos taken 06/06/06.
Drivers merge with Water Street ahead of the traffic light with Government Street. Government Street travels above the Bankhead Tunnel, becoming part of U.S. 98 west from Conception Street. The 2006-completed RSA Tower rises in the background. See the Mobile City Guide page for more coverage of Water Street and the downtown area. Photos taken 06/06/06.
Speed advisory signs are posted in anticipation of the George C. Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 eastbound due to the sharpness of the roadway curvature. Additionally, traffic from Water Street merges just before the tunnel portals. Theses signs have lights that illuminate when traffic is traveling faster then 45 mph.
The bottleneck created by the tunnel results in congestion during holiday weekends and the evening commute periodically. A new bridge over the Mobile River was planned, but compromises between ALDOT and city official have yet to be achieved, pushing back any potential construction further into the future. Photo taken 09/26/08. Second photo taken 09/26/08. Third photo taken 07/17/07.
Lowering into the Wallace Tunnel, 0.75 miles ahead of the Exit 27 directional interchange with U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway). U.S. 98 follows the parallel Bankhead Tunnel to its merge with U.S. 90 & 98 Truck at Cochrane Causeway. The two travel in tandem along Battleship Parkway across Mobile Bay. Photo taken 09/26/08.
Live traffic from ALDOT.
Entering the western portal of the George C. Wallace tubes on Interstate 10 eastbound. Just above the entrance of the tunnel is the historic Fort Condé. This military installation dates from the Spanish-American War, however most of the facility constitutes a reproduction of the original structure. Photo taken 08/24/03.
Descending below the Mobile River within the Wallace Tunnel. The Mobile River plays an important role in the transportation and storage facilities of the nearby Alabama State Docks. The waterway also is the last leg of the Tennessee-Tombigbee River system from Appalachia to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 11/05/03. Second photo taken 12/20/03.
Emerging from the Wallace Tunnel, drivers quickly face the Exit 27 ramp departure onto adjacent U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway). Interstate 10 enters the eight-mile Bayway, a pair of two-lane viaducts skirting portions of the Polecat and Mobile Bays. Battleship Parkway parallels the elevated roadway along a series of islands from USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park into the city of Spanish Fort. Photo taken 10/01/09.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck follow Cochrane Causeway northward along Blakeley Island to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge into Magazine in north Mobile. The four-lane highway serves State Docks facilities along the east banks of the Mobile River. U.S. 90 & 98 east head three miles east to the Exit 30 diamond interchange with Interstate 10, serving a handful of seafood restaurants and boat ramp facilities. Photos taken 07/17/07.



Sources:

  1. "Resurfacing project from west end of Wallace Tunnel to Halls Mill Creek to begin April 21." Mobile Register, April 17, 2014.
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Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. Highway 90
U.S. Highway 98
Alabama 163 - Dauphin Island Parkway
Alabama 181
Alabama 193

Page Updated 04-17-2014.

 
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