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Interstate 10 West - Walton & Okaloosa Counties

Interstate 10 west
The first of two Walton County exits is a diamond interchange between Interstate 10 and U.S. 331 (Exit 85) at DeFuniak Springs. Traveling 49.36 miles in Florida, U.S. 331 begins at U.S. 98 near Santa Rosa Beach and exits the state near Paxton. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Westbound at the Exit 85 off-ramp to U.S. 331 in DeFuniak Springs. U.S. 331 travels 15 miles south to Freeport, utilizing a 2007-built bypass of the town center to Florida 20. Northward U.S. 331 merges with U.S. 90 (Nelson Avenue) in 2.1 miles. Exit 85 serves interests to Northwest Florida State College, the Chautauqua Center and the Chautauqua Vineyards. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Long exit less stretches set the tone for Interstate 10 between DeFuniak Springs and Milton as the freeway arcs northward along the fringe of Eglin Air Force Base. State Road 285 represents the first of three interchanges for the base in 14 miles. Photos taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 10 winds northwest to closely parallel U.S. 90 and a CSX Railroad line through the Oakwood Hills vicinity. The hilly stretch lines the northern boundary of Eglin Air Force Base west from Alpine Heights to Mossy Head. Photos taken 01/25/13.
Passing by Mossy Head, Interstate 10 approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 70) with Florida 285. SR 285 begins a 17.86-mile drive south to the city of Niceville from adjacent U.S. 90. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Florida 285 angles southwest as one of three north-south routes through Eglin A.F.B. The state road ends at Florida 20 in Niceville.
Connections with Florida 85 lead drivers southwest to Fort Walton Beach and Hurlburt Field. Motorists bound for Destin can access the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector (Florida 293 Toll) southeast to the Mid-Bay Bridge across Choctawhatchee Bay. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 10 exits the Eglin Air Force Base boundary west of Exit 70 and east of Gum Creek. Photo taken 03/26/13.

Mileage sign posted 13 miles east of Crestview (Florida 85) and 60 miles out from Pensacola. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Crossing the county line west of Gum Creek on Interstate 10 west. Interstate 10 travels 27.45 miles in Walton County and 24.55 miles in Okaloosa County. Photo taken 03/03/13.
Interstate 10 next sees rest areas along both sides of the freeway east of the Shoal River. This is the second to last facility within Florida. Photos taken 03/26/13.
Just west of the rest areas is the crossing of the Shoal River. The Shoal is a tributary of the Yellow River flowing west from Walton County. The Yellow River represents the northern boundary of Eglin A.F.B. west from near Crestview to Blackwater Bay. Photo taken 01/25/13.
Entering the city of Crestview, Interstate 10 is now one mile from the diamond interchange (Exit 56) with Florida 85 (Ferdon Boulevard). Florida 85 travels north to Downtown Crestview and south into adjacent Eglin Air Force Base. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Florida 85 represents the main north-south route through Okaloosa County. Beginning at Fort Walton Beach, the state road passes through Shalimar northeast through Eglin A.F.B. to Valparaiso and Niceville before reentering the base en route to Crestview. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Okaloosa-Walton College (Northwest Florida State College) and the Air Force Armament Museum are points of interest located off SR 85 south to its end at U.S. 98. Photo taken 06/02/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 at the Exit 56 off-ramp to Florida 85 (Ferdon Boulevard). Florida 85 carries four to six lanes southward to Niceville and Ft. Walton Beach. Northward the highway travels a growing corridor to Laurel Hill. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Reassurance marker posted as Interstate 10 crosses Juniper Creek west of SR 85. Photo taken 03/26/13.
County Road 189 (Log Lake Road) rounds out the Okaloosa County interchanges of I-10 in ten miles. Pensacola is now 45 minutes away. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Interstate 10 is generally regarded as a "boring freeway" on its stretch throughout Northern Florida. The four-lane highway sees diamond interchanges and an endless sea of pine forest throughout the drive between Tallahassee and Pensacola with little exception. However as these three scenes portray, the slow undulation of the Northwest Florida hills does provide some variety on the drive between Exits 56 and 45. Photo taken 05/31/04. Second photo taken 05/31/04. Third photo taken 01/25/13.
Okaloosa County 189 (Log Lake Road) constitutes a short spur from U.S. 90 (Old Spanish Trail) at Holt southward to Interstate 10 at forthcoming Exit 45. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Exit 45 leaves Interstate 10 west for the 1.23-mile long segment of County Road 189. A second segment of the county road travels northward from U.S. 90 at Galliver to Florida 4 near Baker. U.S. 90 otherwise continues west to Blackwater State Forest. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Interstate 10 resumes its relative solitude on the 14-mile drive between Exit 45 and junction Florida 87 (Exit 31). Photo taken 03/26/13.
A mileage sign posted west of Okaloosa County 189 touts the distance to the first of four Santa Rosa County interchanges. Photo taken 03/26/13.
Garner Landing Road spans Interstate 10 at the Santa Rosa County line near Floridale. Photo taken 03/26/13.



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2004-05-31, 2006-06-02, 2013-01-25, 2013-03-03, 2013-03-26 by AARoads

Page Updated 03-22-2014.

 
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