Interstate 10 West - Baldwin County

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Map Updated June 20, 2014.
Interstate 10 West
The Alabama State Welcome Center lies just west of the Perdido River bridge. Official state maps, tourist information, and a schedule for the Mobile Bay Ferry are available in addition to the standard rest area facilities. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Welcome to Alabama sign posted adjacent to the Alabama Welcome Center. This style of sign was introduced when Governor Bob Riley (2003-11) took office. Photo taken 11/21/14.
New signs were installed during winter 2012 near both entrances of Interstate 10 in the state of Alabama proclaiming the freeway the Vietnam War Memorial Highway. Photo taken 03/18/12.
Interstate 10 crosses the Styx River and then angles northwest to parallel the waterway to Exit 53. Photo taken 11/21/14.
An 18-mile exit less stretch ends at the diamond interchange (Exit 53) with Baldwin County 64 (Wilcox Road). The otherwise rural exit features two fireworks stores and a truck stop. Photo taken 02/10/06.
One half mile east of Baldwin County 64 (Wilcox Road) along Interstate 10 west. Wilcox Road and Baldwin County 64 part ways just south of the interchange; Wilcox Road continues to Patterson Road as County Road 64 turns west to the Baldwin Beach Express and Rosinton. Photo taken 07/08/09.
Baldwin County 64 continues north from Interstate 10 and Wilcox Road to Baldwin County 112 west of Gateswood. The road is lightly traveled and mainly serves pine forest industries. Situated nearby is the former Styx River Water World. That facility closed in 2001. Photo taken 11/21/04.
Ascending from the Interstate 10 mainline to Baldwin County 64 at Exit 53. Baldwin County 64 leads west directly to Loxley and ultimately to Daphne. Photo taken 07/08/09.
Detour Interstate 10 shields were added to CR 64 and CR 83 in fall 2010. The first shield for westbound travelers appears at the end of the off-ramp at Exit 53. Photo taken 12/24/10.
Persimmon Creek flows east into Styx River; Interstate 10 sees a roadway split around a portion of the stream west of Exit 53. Pictured here is the first state-named shield posted along Interstate 10 since its beginning 375 miles to the east. Photo taken 11/21/14.
This 2010 posted sign west of CR 64 lists the distances to Loxley (Exit 44) and Mobile (Exit 26). Photo taken 11/21/14.
A new diamond interchange (Exit 49) opened to traffic along Interstate 10 at the Baldwin Beach Express and County Road 64 on August 15, 2014. The work culminates 15 years of work to provide a new route to the Baldwin County beaches from I-10. Photo taken 11/21/14.
One half mile east of the Exit 49 off-ramp to both the Baldwin Beach Express south and County Road 68 north. The new four lane highway superseded CR 68 across I-10, with a new bridge built for southbound. CR 68 otherwise leads west to Loxley and east to the Styx River. Photo taken 11/21/14.
The Baldwin Beach Express heads south from I-10 over the previous route of County Road 83 to the east of Robertsdale. The divided highway continues south over former County Road 28 to the Foley Beach Express northeast of Foley. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Taking Exit 49, drivers approach a stop sign with both CR 68 and the Baldwin Beach Express. Travelers headed to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach are directed onto the Express south to the Foley Beach Express and its toll bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Together the Baldwin and Foley Beach Express routes provide a 26-mile link between Interstate 10 and SR 180 (Canal Road) in the city of Orange Beach. The majority of the route is rural, but some development is planned by I-10 or already exists on the east side of Foley. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 10 winds west from Exit 49 with a forested median for the next three plus miles. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Loxley is now five miles away, followed by Downtown Mobile in 23 miles. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 10 westbound next meets SR 59 (North Hickory Street) at Exit 44. A folded diamond interchange joins the two four-lane highways on the north side of Loxley. The immediate area of the exit includes a truck stop, fast food franchises, and Flowerwood Nursery. Photo taken 11/25/14.
SR 59 represents the main route to and from the coastal resort towns of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. The highway carries four lanes between SR 287 and its terminus at SR 182 along the Gulf of Mexico. Interests to Gulf Shores State Park should use the state highway south to SR 180 east or the Baldwin Beach Express. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 44 loops away from Interstate 10 west onto SR 59 (North Hickory Street) below. The design of the interchange remains from a time when the Louisville and Nashville Railroad line paralleled SR 59 to the east. Photo taken 11/25/14.
SR 59 and 287 provide a direct four lane route to Interstate 65 north of the Baldwin County seat of Bay Minette. Southward, SR 59 stays somewhat rural outside Foley, Robertsdale, Summerdale, and Loxley, but increasing suburbanization of Baldwin County has changed much of that distinction. Photo taken 11/21/14.
An overall 94.1-mile route, SR 59 travels the height of Baldwin County from the Gulf of Mexico to SR 21 at Uriah in adjacent Monroe County. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Interstate 10 shield posted after the on-ramp from SR 59 and Loxley. Photo taken 06/01/10.
One mile east of the diamond interchange (Exit 38) with SR 181 near the community of Malbis. SR 181 constituted a short four-lane connector between U.S. 90 and U.S. 31 east of Spanish Fort and Daphne originally, but saw extension in 2005 southward over Baldwin County 27 (Belforest Road) to a point just north of U.S. 98 near Weeks Bay. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Rapid development of the SR 181 corridor in the mid-2000s transitioned Malbis Plantation Parkway from a rural-like highway into a commercial arterial between U.S. 90 and U.S. 31. Further south, four-laning was completed to County Road 64 in east Daphne. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 38 departs Interstate 10 west for SR 181 (Malbis Plantation Parkway) by the Eastern Shore Centre retail complex. SR 181 gained five signals due to the commercial development.
Additional growth in the area included the 2006-completed Jimmy Faulkner Drive (Baldwin County 27) stemming north from SR 181 and U.S. 31 to the new Spanish Fort High School. Additional commercial development flanks the southwest quadrant of the exit, adding two more traffic lights to SR 181. Photo taken 11/25/14.
A new interchange remains planned one mile west of Exit 38 with Baldwin County 13. Originally planned as a trumpet interchange, the design of this future exit may include access to the north side of I-10 in the form of a service road. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 lowers toward Mobile Bay on the four-mile approach to central Spanish Fort. Downtown Mobile lies 11 miles to the west. Photo taken 11/25/14.
One mile east of the parclo interchange (Exit 35) with U.S. 90 & 98 at the Daphne / Spanish Fort city line by D'Olive Creek. U.S. 90 travels west parallel to Interstate 10 from Malbis into northern Daphne, merging with U.S. 98 briefly across Interstate 10. U.S. 98 heads north from Montrose, Fairhope and Daphne along Baldwin County's Eastern Shore. Photo taken 05/23/09.
Spanish Fort Town Center comes into view on the half-mile approach to Exit 35 on I-10 west. Previously forested land gave way to a sprawling shopping center anchored by Bass Pro Shops. U.S. 90 (Old Spanish Trail) leads north from Exit 35 to the commercial center before turning west onto Spanish Fort Boulevard at U.S. 31's northbound beginning. U.S. 31 follows Spanish Fort Boulevard east to SR 225 (Blakeley Drive) north to Historic Blakeley State Park. The park is a historic battleground of one of the final conflicts during the Civil War. Spanish Fort itself was originally a civil war battleground and was home to a fort (since removed). Photo taken 07/08/09.
All traffic to U.S. 90 & 98 departs Interstate 10 west in unison. Exit 35 ties into the U.S. 90 & 98 westbound split.
U.S. 98 follows Battleship Parkway directly; U.S. 90 travels north and then west before merging with the parkway via a wye interchange.
U.S. 98 eastbound travels south along a slow moving arterial to a point east of Point Clear. The road becomes more rural from that point southward to its eastern turn at Barnwell. Use Exit 35 for U.S. 98 east to the United States Sports Academy and Sport Art Museum. Photo taken 11/25/14.
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Interstate 10 spans the Blakeley River and skims southern reaches of Meaher State Park at the beginning of the eight-mile Mobile Bayway. The Bayway consists of twin two-lane viaducts traveling over shallow waters of northern Mobile Bay and southern Polecat Bay. The elevated roadway sees dynamic message and variable speed limit signs. Two westbound reassurance shields are posted between Spanish Fort and the Apalachee River. Photo taken 11/23/08. Second photo taken 07/08/09.
Angling northwest toward the diamond interchange (Exit 30) with U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway) along Interstate 10 west. U.S. 90 & 98 travel a causeway west from Spanish Fort to USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and Blakeley Island in Mobile County. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Interstate 10 crosses a narrow strip of land at Exit 30 with Battleship Parkway. Spanish Fort's city limits extend westward along the narrow causeway to the Tensaw River and Mobile County line. U.S. 90 & 98 continue west alongside Interstate 10 to their split at the Bankhead Tunnel and Cochrane Causeway otherwise. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Descending from the Mobile Bayway to U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway), motorists see a U.S. 31 trailblazer directing back to Spanish Fort. U.S. 31 travels between Spanish Fort and a point south of Mackinaw City, Michigan. The route used to continue west along the causeway to Downtown Mobile alongside U.S. 98. Photo taken 01/16/09.
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Interstate 10 continues west and crosses the Tensaw River, the boundary between Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The elevated highway skims southern reaches of Polecat Bay west of the river. Photo taken 11/25/14. Second photo taken 05/19/14.


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11/21/04, 02/10/06, 11/23/08, 01/16/09, 05/23/09, 07/08/09, 06/01/10, 12/24/10, 03/18/12, 05/19/14, 11/21/14, 11/25/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 90
U.S. 98
State Route 59
State Route 181
Foley Beach Express / Baldwin Beach Express

Page Updated 12-01-2014.