Interstate 10 East - Louisiana to Gulfport

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Interstate 10 East
Interstate 10 crosses the Pearl River between St. Tammany Parish and Hancock County, Mississippi. The Pearl River represents the east-west border between Louisiana and Mississippi from the Gulf of Mexico northward to Marion County. In colonial times, the waterway was known as the River of Pearls. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Welcome to Mississippi sign posted beside a closed eastbound side weigh station. I-10 between the Louisiana state line and Mississippi 43 is designated the Stephen E. Ambrose Memorial Highway, after the author who lived in Bay St. Louis.1 Photo taken 04/20/12.
The first Magnolia State interchange joins Interstate 10 with Mississippi 607 at Exit 2. Mississippi 607 constitutes a disjointed state highway serving the John C. Stennis Space Station. The state highway provides access to the north and south entrances, but only military and other government personal may utilize the state highway through the facility. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Motorists looking for rest or tourist information at the Mississippi Welcome Center must use Exit 2. The rest area lies just south of Interstate 10 along Mississippi 607 adjacent to the NASA Infinity Science Center. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The Stennis Space Center is the Headquarters of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. East from Exit 2, Mississippi 607 leads directly onto U.S. 90 as a four-lane divided highway. U.S. 90 continues the four-lane roadway east to Waveland and Bay St. Louis. Attractions at Waveland include Buccaneer State Park, a Mississippi Sound side preserve along Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 04/20/12.
As previously mentioned, Mississippi 607 provides direct access to U.S. 90 ahead of Waveland and Bay St. Louis. U.S. 90 straddles the coastal areas and picturesque communities between Pearlington and Pascagoula in southern Mississippi. Many of these communities were damaged severely by both Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Storm surge from the August 29, 2005 storm destroyed bridges along U.S. 90 at Bay St. Louis and Biloxi, rendering U.S. 90 discontinuous until new spans were opened to traffic in 2007. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Eastbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 2) with MS 607. MS 607 connects with U.S. 90 six miles to the east and the John C. Stennis Space Center a short distance to the north. MS 607 south also connects with MS 604 southwest to Pearlington in one mile. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Shields for Mississippi 607 posted at the ramp end of Exit 2. The Mississippi Welcome Center lies immediately south of I-10 adjacent to the NASA Visitors Center.
Historically Interstate 10 east defaulted onto MS 607 east until the freeway was completed through Hancock County. Photo taken 04/20/12.
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Interstate 10 continues east through the John C. Stennis Space Center easement zone between Exits 2 and 13. The 11-mile stretch is the longest such exit less stretch within the state of Mississippi and between Port Allen, Louisiana and Loxley, Alabama. A mileage sign lists the distances to Bay St. Louis (Exit 13), Gulfport (Exit 34), and Mobile, Alabama. Photos taken 04/20/12.
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What was previously an eastbound parking area was converted to a weigh station for commercial trucks along Interstate 10. Photos taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 emerges from the wooded Stennis Space Center buffer zone ahead of the Exit 13 diamond interchange with Mississippi 43 & 603. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Most signs along Interstate 10 in Hancock County were replaced between 2006 and 2012. Pictured here is the previously used sign for Exit 13 to Mississippi 43 & 603. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Mississippi 43 & 603 begin together at U.S. 90 west of Bay St. Louis and travel north 11.3 miles to Kiln. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Exit 13 provides a second entry point into Waveland via Mississippi 43 & 603 south from Interstate 10 east. Waveland lies just west of Bay St. Louis along U.S. 90 and Mississippi Sound.
McLeod Water Park and Campgrounds in Kiln lies west of MS 43 & 603 along Texas Flat Road on the Jourdan River. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The services available at Exit 13 represent the first along Interstate 10 east since leaving Slidell, Louisiana. Mississippi 43 & 603 continue north of the freeway to the small town of Kiln, most notable for being the childhood home of former Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre. Mississippi 43 branches westward to Picayune and Interstate 59 from Kiln while Mississippi 603 ends at junction Mississippi 53 at Necaise. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Eastbound reassurance shield for Interstate 10 placed between the Exit 13 on-ramp and the Jourdan River bridge. Photo taken 06/10/06.
MDOT built a new six-lane span over the Jourdan River between 2002-04 near Diamondhead. The stretch between Exits 13 and 16 was widened to six lanes in conjunction with the new bridge. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The right lane of the Jourdan River bridge continues to the Exit 16 diamond interchange with Gex and Yacht Club Drives. Exit 16 serves the eastern Hancock County community of Diamondhead. Incorporated in February 2012, the city lies north of St. Louis Bay and east of the Rotten Bayou. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Nearing the Exit 16 off-ramp to Gex Drive north and Yacht Club Drive south in Diamondhead. Yacht Club Drive links the freeway with Diamondhead Drive South, the Diamondhead Yacht Club and Marina, and Airport Drive west to Diamondhead Airport. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the Exit 16 off-ramp for Diamondhead. Gex Drive heads north from the interchange to Diamondhead Drive East and North and Noma Drive west. Kapalma Drive provides the only exit point from Diamondhead to the northeast, linking the community with Kiln-Delisle Road. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Continuing east, Interstate 10 stays within the city limits of Diamondhead to the Harrison County line. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Pass Christian represents the first beach city served by Interstate 10 in Harrison County. The city lies along U.S. 90 between Henderson Point and Long Beach along the Mississippi Sound. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Entering Harrison County in a wooded area north of St. Louis Bay. The county was named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison and was founded in 1841. 187,105 call the county home as of the 2010 census. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Kiln-Delisle Road crosses paths with Interstate 10 at the Exit 20 diamond interchange near De Lisle. Kiln-Delisle Road travels 8.5 miles east from Kiln to the freeway. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Kiln-Delisle Road continues three miles east to Vidalia and Wittman Roads in the community of De Lisle. Wittman Road continues south as Hampton Road across the Wolf River and Bayou Portage into western Pass Christian. Pass Christian was the site Hurricane Camille's landfall in 1969. The Mississippi Soundside city also sustained heavy damage Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 continues three miles to Menge Avenue (Exit 24). A number of billboards line the freeway right of way in either direction of Biloxi-Gulfport to advertise area services and the casino industry. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Gulfport is just 17 miles to the east of the De Lisle area, followed by Biloxi and Mobile in 80 miles. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Menge Avenue heads northwest from east Pass Christian and Cuevas to meet Interstate 10 at the Exit 24 diamond interchange. Menge Avenue becomes Firetower Road north of the freeway en route to Vidalia Road and Dedeaux. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Exit 24 departs Interstate 10 east for Menge Avenue south and Firetower Road north. Menge Avenue travels 3.3 miles south to Cuevas and six miles to U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) in Pass Christian. Photo taken 04/20/12.
State-named shields began reappearing in Mississippi by 2010. The first along I-10 in Mississippi in 2012 was the assembly posted after Menge Avenue. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 kinks northeast ahead of the Wolf River. Gulfport is now 13 miles and Mobile 77 miles to the east. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Next in line for eastbound travelers is the Exit 28 diamond interchange with Beat Line Road near Jones Mill. Beat Line Road provides a direct route to Long Beach from Interstate 10. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 east at the Exit 28 off-ramp to Beat Line Road. Beat Line Road continues County Farm Road south from Interstate 10 to West Railroad Street in Long Beach. Railroad Street in conjunction with White Harbor Road provides access to U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) near the Pass Christian and Long Beach city line. County Farm Road continues north of Exit 28 to Mississippi 53 west of Lyman. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 expands to six lanes from just ahead of Exit 28 to Exit 57 in Jackson County. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Canal Road interchanges with Interstate 10 at Exit 31 just outside of the Gulfport city limits. Canal Road provides access to west Gulfport and Long Beach via 28th Street east and west. Canal Road north ventures through the community of New Hope en route to Mississippi 53 outside of Lyman. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Entering the Canal Road diamond interchange (Exit 31) along I-10 east. Canal Road intersects Landon Road just to the north and 28th Street at Colby Avenue 2.75 miles south. Colby Avenue enters the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center, home of the Seabees arm of the Navy (military construction operations), at Gate 5 south of Canal Road. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Just east of Exit 31 is the proposed location for an interchange with the Mississippi 601 freeway spurring south from Interstate 10 to the Port of Gulfport and north to Hattiesburg. Preliminary tree clearing was underway in 2012 on a stretch near Turkey Creek. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The next interchange joins Interstate 10 with U.S. 49 at Exits 34A/B. U.S. 49 begins in Piggot, Arkansas and ends at U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) by downtown Gulfport. U.S. 90 never directly meets Interstate 10 in Mississippi, though the highway does comes close in its parallel alignment at the Alabama state line. Photo taken 04/20/12.
U.S. 49 provides the most direct route between Gulfport and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Hattiesburg, Jackson, and the rest of the upstate. A cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 10 with the six to eight-lane arterial near Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT). Photo taken 04/20/12.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) lies along Airport Road east of U.S. 49 and west of Hewes Avenue in central Gulfport. U.S. 49 (25th Avenue) provides access to the aforementioned Navy Seabee Center via Pass Road. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Motorists destined for downtown Gulfport depart Interstate 10 east via Exit 34A onto U.S. 49 south. U.S. 49 constitutes a congested arterial between the freeway and southern terminus at Beach Boulevard and the Port of Gulfport. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Exit 34B loops onto U.S. 49 north ahead of the busy Crossroads Shopping Center at Landon. U.S. 49 continues through the suburban communities of Orange Grove, Nugent, and Lyman en route to Wiggins and Hattiesburg. The US highway maintains four overall lanes along a divided highway on the 58-mile drive to U.S. 98 outside of Hattiesburg. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 continues east by the Bernard Bayou Industrial District through north Gulfport. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 enters Biloxi east of the Biloxi River near milepost 40 on the ten-mile drive to Interstate 110. Mobile is less than an hour away. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Exit 38 joins Interstate 10 with 2004-designated Mississippi 605 (Lorraine-Cowan Road). Mississippi 605 follows Lorraine-Cowan Road northward from U.S. 90 (Beach Boulevard) through the Handsboro community of east Gulfport and the Bernard Bayou Industrial District south of Interstate 10. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Eastbound I-10 reaches the diamond interchange with Mississippi 605 (Lorraine-Cowan Road). Mississippi 605 continues north along a new four-lane alignment opened on December 20, 2006 from Lorraine and Interstate 10 (Exit 38) to Mississippi 67 at Traditions Parkway in northern Harrison County. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Signs directed motorists to Mississippi 605 (Lorraine-Cowan Road) south at the end of the Exit 38 off-ramp. Lorraine-Cowan Road comprises a four-lane divided highway between Interstate 10 and Seaway Road to accommodate truck traffic emanating from the Bernard Bayou Industrial District. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Construction widened Interstate 10 from four to six lanes through north Gulfport and Biloxi in 1999/2000. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Woolmarket, a semi rural community in north Biloxi, represents the next exit of Interstate 10 east in five miles. Interstate 110, the spur into Biloxi, follows in seven miles. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Rising to cross the Biloxi River on Interstate 10 east. The river represents the city line between Biloxi and Gulfport between the Big Lake and Three Rivers Road. Photo taken 04/05/12.

  1. 'Governor Musgrove Signs Bill Designating "Stephen E. Ambrose Memorial Highway."' Mississippi press release. April 22, 2003.

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

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