Interstate 10 East - Okaloosa & Walton Counties

Interstate 10 east
The first of two Okaloosa County interchanges along Interstate 10 lies one mile ahead. Crossing paths with the freeway at Exit 45 is Okaloosa County 189 (Log Lake Road). Photo taken 11/26/14.
Okaloosa County 189 (Log Lake Road) provides a one mile connector between Interstate 10 (Exit 45) and U.S. 90 (Old Spanish Trail) at the rural community of Holt. U.S. 90 leads east from there to Galliver and Milligan. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Okaloosa County 189 pentagons posted at the Exit 45 ramp end. CR 189 spurs 1.23 miles south from U.S. 90 to Broxson Road, just south of the diamond interchange with I-10. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Eastbound mileage sign posted after Exit 45 for Crestview (junction Florida 85) and Tallahassee. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 runs along bluffs north of the Yellow River valley in this scene ahead of Wilkinson Creek at milepost 48. Photo taken 11/26/14.
The freeway drops 50 feet in elevation to cross the Yellow River. Photo taken 11/26/14.
A carriageway split occurs after the river and before the Okaloosa County 4 (Antioch Road) overpass. I-10 rises to over 150 above sea level on this section. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 shifts further north beyond CR 4 through the city of Crestview. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Florida 85 (Ferdon Boulevard) meets Interstate 10 at Exit 56 and the south en dof a commercialized strip leading north to Downtown Crestview. SR 85 comprises the main north-south route into the Okaloosa County seat from Niceville, Valparaiso and coastal Okaloosa County. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Florida 85 bisects Eglin Air Force Base southward en route to Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther and Okaloosa Island along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Traffic to Florida 85 departs Interstate 10 eastbound at Exit 56. Fort Walton Beach lies 25 miles to the south along Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. Northward Florida 85 continues 28 miles to Alabama 55 at Florala. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted as Interstate 10 leaves Crestview and Exit 56. Photo taken 07/22/04.
The third Florida rest area follows in two miles to the east of the Shoal River. Photo taken 11/26/14.
A 12-mile exit less stretch takes motorists east to Florida 285 near Mossy Head. Tallahassee is now 144 miles away. Photo taken 11/26/14.
The Okaloosa County rest area replaced a previous facility on the ridge west of the Shoal River. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 crosses into Walton County just two miles ahead of the next exit. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Florida 285 travels 17 miles northeast from Niceville and Florida 20 to meet Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 near the settlement of Mossy Head. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Florida 285 in conjunction with Florida 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge (Florida 293) carries traffic to the communities of Fort Walton Beach and Destin as an alternate to Florida 85 between Crestview and Niceville. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 eastbound enters the diamond interchange (Exit 70) with Florida 285. SR 285 ends at U.S. 90 just north of the freeway.
U.S. 90 parallels I-10 closely between Deerland, Mossy Head and Alpine Heights. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Fort Walton Beach lies 31 miles to the southwest via SR 285 and SR 85. Destin is a 34 mile drive to the south via SR 293 and U.S. 98 west. The state road immediately enters Eglin A.F.B. southwest of the freeway. As such, the road is subject to closures by the base, though advance notice is generally given. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Florida 285 shields and a U.S. 90 trailblazer posted at the Exit 70 ramp end. 2.25 miles east along U.S. 90 from SR 285 is CR 1087 at Mossy Head. CR 1087 was originally designated Florida Secondary 285, but later renumbered to avoid confusion with the state road to the west. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 reassurance marker posted after Exit 70. The freeway travels through a wedge of Eglin Air Force Base ahead of Mossy Head. Photo taken 02/21/10.
The freeway swings northeast to run directly along side U.S. 90 and a CSX Railroad east of Mossy Head. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Another long exit less stretch ensues north of Eglin AFB. U.S. 331 and De Funiak Springs lie 14 miles to the east. Photo taken 11/26/14.
I-10 and U.S. 90 separate south of Alpine Heights and Lake Alaqua. Photo taken 11/26/14.
U.S. 331 joins Interstate 10 with the Walton County seat of De Funiak Springs in one mile at Exit 85. The US highway is part of a two-state route between southern Walton County (U.S. 98) and the Alabama state capital of Montgomery (U.S. 80 & 82). Photo taken 11/26/14.
A diamond interchange connects Interstate 10 with U.S. 331 at Exit 85. U.S. 331 serves interests to Northwest Florida State College, the Chautauqua Center and the Chautauqua Vineyards. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Mileage sign and shield assemblies posted along the Exit 85 off-ramp from Interstate 10 east. U.S. 331 travels 15-miles south to Freeport. A bypass was completed in 2007 of the city. Photo taken 07/19/07.
Northward U.S. 331 (South 14th Street) merges with U.S. 90 (Nelson Avenue) west in 2.1 miles. Photo taken 05/02/09.
Interstate 10 travels through southern reaches of the De Funiak Springs city limits two miles east from U.S. 331. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Walton County 280A passes over Interstate 10 near the eastbound mileage sign for Florida 81 (Exit 96) and Tallahassee southeast of De Funiak Springs. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 runs due east along a section line for five miles across Bruce Creek and below CR 280A. This view looks east of CR 280. Photo taken 11/26/14.
The carriageways of I-10 separate to accommodate a forested median on the northeasterly turn by Douglass Crossroads. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Passing by milepost 92 along I-10 east. 19,556 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded on this rural stretch of freeway in 2014. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Two miles west of the Ponce De Leon rest area at Exit 96. Photo taken 11/26/14.
Interstate 10 crosses into Holmes County for the first time outside of Ponce De Leon. Photo taken 11/26/14.


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