Interstate 10 East - Biloxi to Alabama

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Interstate 10 East
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The first of three interchanges serving the city of Biloxi joins Interstate 10 with the former south end of Mississippi 67 at Exit 41. Mississippi 67 shifted east from this alignment onto a new four-lane corridor on January 16, 2009. Together with Mississippi 15, the new highway joins Biloxi with Traditions and U.S. 49. Photo taken 06/10/10. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
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Eastbound at the Exit 41 diamond interchange with Shriners Boulevard. The Biloxi City Council passed a resolution in 2011 to rename the former Mississippi 67 to Shriners Boulevard after a period of public comment and on the recommendation of the Biloxi Planning Commission. The name applies to all of old MS 67 from Oaklawn Road north to Old Highway 67 (an even older alignment).
Woolmarket Road joins Shriners Boulevard with the communities of Woolmarket and Cedar Lake. Oaklawn Road ties into the boulevard from Eagle Point to the southwest. Photo taken 06/10/10. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 east spans Parker Creek ahead of this reassurance shield assembly. Photo taken 04/05/10.
Cedar Lake Road meets Interstate 10 at the Exit 44 diamond interchange near North Biloxi and Cedar Lake. The exit serves the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, a sports and entertainment venue in the city of Biloxi. The coliseum lies along U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) at Beauvoir Road in west Biloxi. To reach the facility, travel west along Popps Ferry Road to Pass Road east and Beauvoir Road south. Popps Ferry Road represents one of two crossings of the Back Bay of Biloxi. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 spans the Tchoutacabouffa River near North Biloxi. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Motorists bound for Cedar Lake Road depart Interstate 10 east at Exit 44. Cedar Lake Road stems north from Popps Ferry Road to Old Highway 67 and Hudson-Krohn Road at Cedar Lake. Exit 44 serves interests to Beauvoir, the retirement home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Beauvoir lies across the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Beauvoir Street toward the water front.
Note the sign changes reflecting the completion of the new Mississippi 67 alignment southeast to D'Iberville and the truncation of Mississippi 15 to Interstate 10. Photo taken 04/20/12.
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Interstate 10 crosses the D'Iberville city line ahead of the Exit 46 full cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 110 south and Mississippi 15-67 north. The forthcoming exit serves downtown Biloxi and Keesler Air Force Base via Interstate 110 south. To the north Mississippi 15 continues away from D'Iberville into the DeSoto National Forest while Mississippi 67 branches northwest to U.S. 49 at Saucier. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
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Old Highway 15 passes over Interstate 10 eastbound ahead of the Exit 46A ramp departure onto Interstate 110 south. Mississippi 15 originally followed a surface routing through D'Iberville to Central Avenue and Caillavet Street in Biloxi. The highway overlapped with Interstate 110 for its entirely between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) until January 16, 2009. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
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Interstate 10 enters the Exit 46 interchange with Interstate 110 south and Mississippi 15 & 67 north. Interstate 110 provides access to D'Iberville at Exit 2 and downtown Biloxi area at four off-ramps (Exits 1D-1A). The southern end features an elevated trumpet interchange that protrudes partly over the waters of Mississippi Sound. Keesler A.F.B. lies west of Interstate 110 via Division Street and Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
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Eastbound Interstate 10 at the Exit 46B loop ramp for Mississippi 15 & 67 north. Mississippi 15 & 67 share 2.2 miles north from I-110 to a 2009-opened trumpet interchange, where MS 15 rejoins its former alignment north to White Plains and Mississippi 26 at Moore Crossing. A busy intersection with Sangania Boulevard resides just north of the freeway at The Promenade shopping center. Construction broke ground in March 2012 to replace that signal with a new interchange. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
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Motorists cross into Jackson County just east of Interstate 110. The county was founded in 1812 and named after U.S. President Andrew Jackson. 139,668 reside in the county per the 2010 census. Photos taken 04/05/12.
Widening of Interstate 10 through the Exit 46 interchange to Exit 50 occurred during 2004-05. During that time period the right lane defaulted onto the Mississippi 607 (Exit 50) off-ramp. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Interstate 10 was expanded to six lanes over Mississippi 609 at St. Marin by 2012. Mississippi 609 comprises a four to six lane surface arterial linking the freeway with Ocean Springs and U.S. 90 (Bienville Boulevard). Photo taken 04/05/12.
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A diamond interchange joins Interstate 10 with Mississippi 609 (Washington Avenue) at St. Martin. Tying into the interchange from the north is Tucker Road. Tucker Road continues MS 609 north to Latimer, Larue and Vestry through De Soto National Forest. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 04/05/12.
Exit 50 was expanded as part of the road work to widen Interstate 10 at Mississippi 609. MS 609 follows Washington Avenue southeast 2.75 miles to end at U.S. 90 (Bienville Boulevard). Photo taken 04/05/12.
The next Jackson County interchange serves the city of Gautier via Mississippi 57 in seven miles. Pascagoula, the county seat, is a 23-mile drive via I-10 east and MS-613 south. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Exit 57 is one of a handful of the numbering anomalies that occurs within the Interstate system where the Exit number and route number coincide. Mississippi 57 runs for 90.78 miles from U.S. 90 at Fountainebleau to Mississippi 42 at State Line. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Points of interest served by Exit 57 include Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Naval Station Pascagoula, Ingalls Shipbuilding and Sunplex Light Industrial Park. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Crossing Old Fort Bayou, Interstate 10 enters the diamond interchange (Exit 57) with Mississippi 57. The state highway heads 2.75 miles south along the Gautier city line to U.S. 90. Northward MS 57 follows a lightly traveled route to Vancleave, Benndale and McLain. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 traverses Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge between northern reaches of the Gautier city limits over the next four miles. Photo taken 04/05/12.
The bulk of Gautier lies southeast of Exit 61 along Pascagoula Bay and Mississippi Sound along U.S. 90. Interstate 10 stays north of the city otherwise on a 41-mile path to Mobile. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Intersecting the freeway at Exit 61 is Gautier-Vancleave Road, a north-south highway linking U.S. 90 with Mississippi 57. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Gautier-Vancleave Road carries four lanes southward to U.S. 90. Martin Bluff Road intersects the road nearby from the Martin Bluff community of north Gautier. U.S. 90 east from Gautier-Vancleave Road continues across the West Pascagoula River onto the Martin Luther King, Jr. Causeway. The causeway leads to an eight-lane high-level bridge over the East Pascagoula River by downtown Pascagoula. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A frontage road lines the north side of Interstate 10 between Exit 61 and Martin Bluff Road. The freeway remains within Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge along this stretch. Photo taken 04/05/12.
The next two interchanges serve the Moss Point and Pascagoula cities in southern Jackson County. Pascagoula lies along the Mississippi Sound on U.S. 90. Moss Point resides just north along the East Pascagoula and Escatawpa Rivers. Both two cities are known for the ship building industry, as the Pascagoula and Escatawpa Rivers provide a natural inland port. Photo taken 04/05/12.
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The second rest area along Interstate 10 eastbound in Mississippi lies south of Farragut Lake ahead of the bridge across the West Pascagoula River. Photos taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 rises quickly above the West Pascagoula River beyond the rest area. A pair of two-lane viaducts continue east across Creole and Crooked Bayous to Moss Point. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Four miles of viaduct carry Interstate 10 over the West and East Pascagoula Rivers and the associated bayous in between. This uninterrupted stretch is notorious for speeders. Photo taken 04/05/12.
A small section of the eastbound Interstate 10 viaduct suffered damaged during the height of Hurricane Katrina. Strong winds from the storm pushed a barge into the bridge causing a portion of the bridge deck to shift. A 20-day repair job resulted in reopening of the eastbound span by October 2, 2005. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Marshland spreads to the southeast of Interstate 10 from Crooked Bayou to Beardslee Lake in Moss Point. The Jack G. Hanson Memorial Bridge of Mississippi 613 rises in the distance. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 rises again to span the East Pascagoula River at the Moss Point city line, one mile west of junction Mississippi 613 (Exit 13). Mississippi 613 follows Telephone Road north from U.S. 90 near downtown Pascagoula to Main Street in Moss Point. The state highway parallels nearby Mississippi 63 northward to Escatawpa and Coll Town. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Two high level bridges span the Escatawpa River between northern and southern Moss Point. In the foreground is the Mississippi 613 high level bridge leading into downtown Moss Point. In the background is the Mississippi 63 span leading southeast toward Kreole. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Just after exiting the viaduct over the Pascagoula Rivers, traffic to Exit 63 and Mississippi 613 quickly exits. Mississippi 613 intersects Dutch Bayou Road before ascending across the Escatawpa River. Use the state highway southwest for downtown Pascagoula.
Mississippi 613 north parallels Mississippi 63 to the east through the rural community of Hurley en route to the George County seat of Lucedale. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Although the control cities for both Mississippi 63 and 613 reflect just Moss Point and Pascagoula, both highways head north towards U.S. 98 at Lucedale. The southern terminus of Mississippi 63 ties into the northern terminus of Mississippi 611 from Bayou Casotte Industrial Park. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Like Mississippi 613, Mississippi 63 also crosses the Escatawpa River over a high bridge. Unlike Mississippi 613, Mississippi 63 is four laned and divided from the southern terminus at U.S. 90 and MS 611 northward to U.S. 98 and MS 57 near Leaksville. The route, in conjunction with Mississippi 57 to State Line, constitutes an important connection between U.S. 45 and the Gulf Coast for hurricane evacuation situations. The four-lane expressway north of Lucedale was fully opened in 2011. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Shield assembly posted at the end of the Interstate 10 eastbound ramp at Exit 69. Mississippi 63 meets U.S. 90 (Denny Avenue) & Mississippi 611 (Industrial Road) four miles to the south at a new interchange. The state route travels north 29 miles to U.S. 98 outside of Lucedale and 106.55 miles overall to U.S. 84 at Waynesboro. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Reassurance marker posted at the Interstate 10 eastbound crossing over the Mississippi Export Railroad. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 continues east six miles to the final exit in Mississippi, for Franklin Creek Road. Mobile is now just 29 miles away. Photo taken 04/05/12.
The Escatawpa River flows 129 miles south from Alabama into the Pascagoula River at Moss Point. Interstate 10 spans the waterway ahead of an eastbound side weigh station. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Viaducts carry motorists east from the Escatawpa River across wetlands associated with Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo taken 04/05/12.
The weigh station ramp departs Interstate 10 east just beyond the viaduct end. There are no weigh stations in Alabama, with the next on I-10 found just inside the state of Florida. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Exit 75 serves the Franklin Creek community to the north via Independence and Forts Lake Roads. Southward, a four lane connection joins Interstate 10 with U.S. 90 nearby. U.S. 90 is rural with a 65 mile per hour speed limit at this point, so the intersection between Franklin Creek Road (which is visible from Interstate 10), sees only a stop sign for Franklin Creek Road. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Eastbound at the Franklin Creek Road diamond interchange (Exit 75) on Interstate 10. Forts Lake and Valley Forge Road provide a through route from Independence Road to Old Pascagoula Road (the original U.S. 90) in Alabama. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 travels a short distance from Franklin Creek Road to the Alabama state line. U.S. 90 kisses the freeway frontage nearby before turning east toward Grand Bay, Alabama. Photo taken 04/05/12.
The one-mile guide sign for the Alabama welcome center resides opposite the westbound weigh station. This area is significant historically as it represents the location where Interstate 10 ended as Alabama completed its portion of freeway several years before Mississippi did. During that time period, motorists defaulted to and from U.S. 90 in Jackson County. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Unlike the border with Louisiana with its "Entering Hancock County" sign, a state line sign marks the entrance into the "Heart of Dixie" along Interstate 10 east. A short section of concrete roadway remains in use from the weigh station to the state line. Photo taken 04/05/12.


 


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06/10/06, 04/05/10, 06/10/10, 04/05/12, 04/20/12 by AARoads

Page Updated 02-19-2013.