Interstate 10 East - Mobile County

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Map Updated October 1, 2012.
Interstate 10 East
New signs were installed during winter 2012 near both entrances of Interstate 10 in the state of Alabama naming the freeway the Vietnam War Memorial Highway. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The first shield for I-10 east in Alabama stands next to a swamping area just beyond the state line. Photo taken 04/05/12.
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Drivers quickly reach the Alabama welcome center and associated rest area. Photo taken 04/05/12. Second photo taken 05/29/04.
Welcome to Alabama sign posted by the welcome center and ahead of the Hall Road overpass. Photo taken 06/10/06.
A reassurance shield follows the welcome center on-ramp ahead of Reedy Branch. I-10 parallels Franklin Creek east for the next several miles. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Unincorporated Grand Bay is four miles to the east. Downtown Mobile is 26 miles away. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Approaching Exit 4 for SR 188 at Grand Bay on I-10 east. This is the preferred exit for eastbound traffic to Dauphin Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 04/05/12.
SR 188 runs 19.69 miles east from Interstate 10 to SR 193 at Alabama Port, six miles to the north of Dauphin Island. Interstate 10 between the state line and Exit 20 was resurfaced Summer of 2001. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the western terminus of SR 188 (Exit 4). SR 188 passes through coastal communities of Bayou La Batre and Coden to the southeast. Photo taken 04/05/12.
North from AL 188, County Road 11 begins and follows Grand Bay Wilmer Road to Dees and Airport Boulevard west of Seven Hills. This is the best way into West Mobile from Interstate 10 coming from New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Continuing eastbound, Interstate 10 leaves the Grand Bay vicinity for Theodore and southwest Mobile. The stretch between Exits 4 and 13 was the second longest exit less segment in Alabama, until the 2005 opening of Exit 10. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A new interchange opened along I-10 north of Irvington on January 12, 2005. The six-ramp parclo interchange joins the freeway with Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) as the first in a three-stage project that improved access to the Irvington and Bayou La Batre areas. A $16-million relocation of McDonald Road included the new exit that tied in with an $8-million project extending the highway south to U.S. 90.1 Photo taken 04/20/12.
One mile ahead of Exit 10 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 04/20/12.
McDonald Road comprises 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 CR 39 (McDonald Road) departs in unison from Interstate 10. The interchange is named after retired U.S. Representative Sonny Callahan (R), who 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 south at the Exit 10 ramp split. Irvington lies just west of a folded diamond interchange between CR 39 and 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 Mobile 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.
Theodore-Dawes Road (Mobile County 30) crosses paths with I-10 at a diamond interchange (Exit 13). County Road 30 was expanded in the early 2000s from I-10 southward to accommodate truck traffic that utilizes services at the exit. Additionally, Theodore-Dawes road northward transitions into Schillinger Road (CR 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). CR 30 intersects U.S. 90 two miles to the southeast at Hamilton Boulevard (CR 26). 2008 annexations incorporated portions of Theodore within the city limits of Mobile. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Interstate 10 reassurance shield posted after the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with CR 30. Widening of Interstate 10 between March 2011 and fall 2014 expanded the freeway to six lanes from the Carol Plantation Road overpass to Exit 17. Photo taken 11/21/14.
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 11/21/14.
Older guide signs on I-10 for forthcoming Exits 15A/B reference this stretch of U.S. 90 as Historic Mobile Parkway. However no signs refer to the US route with that designation outside of the freeway.
U.S. 90 generally consists of a commercial arterial from Theodore northeast to Midtown in Mobile. Historically, the Tillman's Corner area was also known as Three Notches. Photo taken 11/21/14.
U.S. 90 travels north from Theodore through a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 15) with Interstate 10. Heavy commercial development lines the adjacent stretch through Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Exit 15A departs I-10 east for U.S. 90 west back into Theodore. This is the first meeting of I-10 and U.S. 90 since New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo taken 11/21/14.
A loop ramp (Exit 15B) follows onto U.S. 90 east through Tillman's Corner. U.S. 90 stays north of I-10 through Mobile, returning to the freeway at Exit 27. The route carries local and commuter traffic from Tillman's Corner northeast through Midtown Mobile via Government Boulevard. Photo taken 11/21/14.
A cloverleaf interchange (Exits 17A/B) joins Interstate 10 with SR 193 (Rangeline Road) along the east side of Tillman's Corner in one half mile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 10 turns more northerly for the remaining miles to Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 11/21/14.
SR 193 was built in 1979 as a four lane highway linking the Tillman's Corner area with Hollingers Island. The state route replaced SR 163 southward across the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel to Dauphin Island. Photo taken 11/21/14.
A collector distributor roadway separates the movements to SR 193 (Rangeline Road) from the freeway mainline beyond this shield assembly. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Exit 17 parts ways with the I-10 mainline for SR 193. The state route totals 26.01 miles from the south abutment of Gordon Persons Bridge on Dauphin Island to a point 0.23 miles west of U.S. 90 in Tillman's Corner along Nevius Road. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Exit 17A leaves the c/d roadway for SR 193 south. The state route leads southward from Mobile to the coastal communities of Bellefontaine, Bayleys Corner, Mon Louis, Alabama Port along the west shore of Mobile Bay.
AL 193 carries four lanes from U.S. 90 southward to the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel bridge. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Rangeline Road north transitions into Nevius Road west of U.S. 90. The Nevius Road Connector opened on November 24, 2010 to extend the road west to Hillcrest Road, providing another route to West Mobile.2
The sign on the left was replaced in 2010. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Supplementing the I-10 pull through panels at the AL 193 overpasses, stand alone shields stand along the c/d roadway in both directions within the cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 11/21/14.
The c/d roadway returns from AL 193 two miles ahead of the directional T interchange (Exit 20) with Interstate 65.
Two mile signs are posted for all Interstate to Interstate junctions within the state of Alabama. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 10 crosses Halls Mill Creek, the previous city limits line for Mobile, near this shield marker. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Passing under Riviere Du Chien Road near the Lloyds community of south Mobile, motorists see a diagrammatic sign outlining the left side ramp (Exit 20) for Interstate 65 north. I-65, also known as the Belt Line Highway in Mobile, travels nine miles north to I-165 in the city of Prichard. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A major split in Gulf Coast traffic occurs along Interstate 10 east at Interstate 65 north. Long distance travelers bound for the cities such as Montgomery, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Charlotte leave I-10 east here. I-65 in Mobile also carries a fair amount of commuter traffic. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 65 north begins and arcs northeast from I-10 and Mobile. The city of Montgomery is 171 miles to the north. I-65 ends in 887.30 miles at Gary, Indiana.
Flashers and a 45 MPH placard were added to overheads for Exit 20 in January 2003. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A left side ramp adds two lanes to I-10 east from the ending I-65 south one mile ahead of Exit 22 with Dauphin Island Parkway (SR 163). Photo taken 11/25/14.
The I-10 mainline expands to four lanes ahead of Exit 22, where a lane drop occurs for SR 163, a 11.10-mile route from Hollingers Island to Midtown Mobile.
The oversized SR 163 was added to replace the one blown down by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Photo taken 11/25/14.
A directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 22) joins Interstate 10 with SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) in one quarter mile.
A CSX Railroad line parallels the freeway closely from Navco east toward Water Street in Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 22 departs I-10 and ascends over an adjacent CSX Railroad to SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway). Dauphin Island Parkway, known locally as DIP, constitutes a four lane boulevard linking Government Boulevard (U.S. 90) with Neshota, Forest Park and Dog River in south Mobile.
Dauphin Island Parkway originally connected Mobile with the barrier island. The SR 163 bridge over the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel was removed and the state route relocated westward to SR 193 via Hamilton Boulevard by the 1980s. Photo taken 05/25/12.
Traffic from the I-10 west to AL 163 south flyover combines with the eastbound off-ramp ahead of DIP. Photo taken 06/15/09.
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Traveling through the multi level interchange with DIP, I-10 east briefly reduces to three lanes. SR 163 crosses the highest bridge within the exchange. Photo taken 07/17/07. Second photo taken 11/25/14.
The on-ramp from DIP adds two lanes to I-10 east. The right lane defaults onto forthcoming Exit 23 with Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue begins nearby at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM). Photo taken 11/25/14.
A parclo interchange joins I-10 with Michigan Avenue at Exit 23. Michigan Avenue leads north through residential areas to U.S. 90 (Government Street). Michigan Avenue also serves interests to Ladd Peebles Stadium, home of the Senior Bowl and University of South Alabama (USA) football, via Virginia Street west. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 maintains eight overall lanes to Canal Street by Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 11/25/14.
A split-diamond interchange (Exit 24) joins Interstate 10 with Duval and Broad Streets near the Birdville neighborhood of Mobile. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 24 departs I-10 east with two lanes to Duval and Broad Streets. Duval Street begins nearby and winds west to SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway) at Gosson Street and Halls Mill Road. Broad Street leads north from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley to U.S. 90/98 (Government Street) west of Downtown. Photo taken 05/25/12.
Passing over Duval Street, Interstate 10 continues eastward toward the central business district of Mobile. A second sign posted here reminds truckers carrying hazardous materials to leave the freeway by Exit 26B (Water Street) to avoid the George C. Wallace Tunnel across the Mobile River. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Next in line for eastbound motorists on I=10 is the parclo interchange (Exit 25) with Virginia Street. Virginia Street leads west from shipbuilding facilities along the Mobile River to Ladd Peebles Stadium and Houston Street. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Increasing development along the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County adds commuter traffic congestion to I-10 at the Wallace Tunnel bottleneck. This sign was added by 2008 to alert motorists of impending slow downs ahead of the tunnel.
Two alternates for the Wallace Tunnel are the parallel Bankhead Tunnel and the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge between Magazine and Blakeley Island.
A long range plan is underway to construct a new cable-stayed bridge for I-10 across the Mobile River. Photo taken 11/25/14.
An auxiliary lane accompanies I-10 east from Broad Street to Virginia Street. This mileage sign outlines the final three Mobile off-ramps. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Virginia Street serves adjacent shipbuilding facilities along the Mobile River and the Mobile Container and McDuffie Terminals via a 2009-built flyover south to McDuffie Island.
During Mardi Gras season, this exit provides a viable alternate into the Downtown area via connections with Conception, Texas, and Royal Streets. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 25 departs Interstate 10 eastbound after the Tennessee Street under crossing to join Lawrence Street ahead of its intersection with Virginia Street. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 turns more northerly beyond the Virginia Street off-ramp (Exit 25) toward Canal Street (Exit 26A) and Downtown Mobile. Photo taken 01/01/12.
A half diamond interchange (Exit 25A on I-10 west) ties Texas Street with I-10 east next. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Multiple lane drops occur as Interstate 10 makes the final approach to the Wallace Tunnel. The left lane ends as Exit 26A departs for Canal Street. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 crosses over Texas Street by an interchange sequence sign posted within a half mile of the back to back off-ramps to Downtown. Future road work will combine these movements into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) with Canal Street. Photo taken 11/25/14.
An auxiliary lane accompanies I-10 east from the Texas Street off-ramp to Exit 26A to Canal Street. The freeway mainline reduces to two lanes quickly in advance of the Wallace Tunnel. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 eastbound enters the half diamond interchange (Exit 26A) with Canal Street. Canal Street heads west to Broad Street and east to Water Street north and area shipbuilding facilities. Photo taken 11/25/14.
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 from the elevated roadway for Water Street northbound along the Mobile Riverfront.
Comprising a six-lane arterial, Water Street links Downtown and I-10 with the Alabama State Docks and I-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 11/25/14.
Originally constructed as a freeway to freeway interchange for canceled Interstate 210, Exit 26B utilizes flyover ramps to connect with Water Street leading north by RSA Tower - Alabama's tallest skyscraper, the International Trade Center, and the GM&O Transportation Center at Beauregard Street. I-165, a 4.30-mile route from Beauregard Street north to Prichard, was built in place of I-210. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Ramps from Interstate 10 east and west combine ahead of the transition into Water Street north at Government Street. Water Street was constructed as a six-lane boulevard in lieu of the planned six-lane viaduct for I-210. Photo taken 06/06/06.
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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. Photo taken 06/06/06. Second photo taken 11/23/14.
I-10 reduces to a 55 MPH speed limit as it begins its descent to the George C. Wallace Tunnel. The Water Street interchange constitutes an elevated stack surrounding Fort Condé. It will be dismantled in conjunction with the project to build a DDI at Canal Street. Photo taken 11/25/14.
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Speed advisory signs precede the George C. Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 eastbound due to the sharpness of the roadway curvature. Additionally, an on-ramp from Water Street joins without a merge area. Photos taken 11/25/14.
The bottleneck created by the tunnel results in congestion during holiday weekends and the evening commute hours. The planned I-10 Mobile River Bridge will bypass the tunnel to the south with expanded capacity. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Lowering into the Wallace Tunnel, 0.75 miles ahead of Exit 27 with U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway). U.S. 98 follows the parallel Bankhead Tunnel to its merge with U.S. 90 at Cochrane Causeway. The two US routes combine along Battleship Parkway east across Mobile Bay. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Entering the George C. Wallace Tunnel below historic Fort Condé and the Mobile River. Fort Condé dates from the Spanish-American War, however most of the facility constitutes a reproduction of the original structure. Photo taken 11/25/14.
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Costing approximately $50 million, the George C. Wallace Tunnel opened on February 9, 1973. A tunnel was built for I-10 here to reduce impacts to shipping interests along the Mobile River
The Alabama State Docks line both sides of the river north of Downtown and along Blakeley Island. The river is also the last leg of the Tennessee-Tombigbee River system from Appalachia to the Gulf of Mexico. Photos taken 11/25/14.
Emerging from the Wallace Tunnel, drivers quickly face the Exit 27 ramp departure onto adjacent U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway). Battleship Parkway parallels I-10 along a series of islands from USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park to the city of Spanish Fort. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Back to back wye interchanges join I-10 with U.S. 90 & 98 on Blakeley Island. East from Exit 27, the US route pair passes by the USS Alabama and a handful of seafood restaurants and boat ramps to meet I-10 again in three miles. Photo taken 07/17/07.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck follow Cochrane Causeway northward along Blakeley Island to the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge into Magazine in north Mobile. Photo taken 07/17/07.
East from Blakeley Island, Interstate 10 elevates onto the Mobile Bayway, pair of two-lane viaducts stretching eight miles across portions of the Polecat and Mobile Bays. A fog advisory system along the Bayway was implemented after a major traffic pile up due to dense fog on the morning of March 20, 1995. Photo taken 11/25/14.

  1. "New I-10 exit ramp to open." The Mobile Register, January 11, 2005.
  2. "Nevius Road extension to Hillcrest Road is open." Mobile Register, November 20, 2010.

Photo Credits:

11/03/03, 05/29/04, 06/06/06, 06/10/06, 07/17/07, 06/15/09, 10/01/09, 01/01/12, 04/05/12, 04/20/12, 05/25/12, 11/21/14, 11/23/14, 11/25/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 90
U.S. 98
State Route 163 - Dauphin Island Parkway

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