Interstate 10 West - Escambia County

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Map Updated June 20, 2014.
Interstate 10 West
Descending from the crest of the Escambia Bay bridges over the navigational channel on the one mile approach toward Exit 17 / U.S. 90. This is the first encounter with U.S. 90 since last intersecting the highway west of Tallahassee, 175 miles to the east. U.S. 90 through east Pensacola is designated Scenic Highway, a name for which it attains along the bluffs rising from the west shore of Escambia and Pensacola Bays. Photo taken 03/17/12.
Dubbed the "Crooked Bridge" by locals, Interstate 10's Escambia Bay Bridge kinks northward, tying into the original bridge footprint at the U.S. 90 overpass. The curve was necessary to allow crews to maintain travel on at least one of the original spans while construction was underway on the new spans. Both original bridges are long gone now, with their remnants relocated into the Gulf of Mexico for use as an artificial reef. Photo taken 11/19/08.
Interstate 10's six-lane section ends with the right lane defaulting onto U.S. 90 (Scenic Highway) at Exit 17. There are no immediate plans to connect this six-lane section to the expansion at Exit 13. Photo taken 08/03/11.
Exit 17 leaves immediately at the west end of the Escambia Bay Bridge as a loop ramp to U.S. 90 above. U.S. 90 straddles the Escambia Bay coastline southward to Bayou Texar and northward to the Escambia River crossing into Pace. Photo taken 08/03/11.
U.S. 90 shields posted at the end of Exit 17. U.S. 90 doubles as the Pensacola Bluffs Scenic Highway from Bayou Texar to Nine Mile Road (U.S. 90 Alternate).
Traffic signals were installed at the end of this ramp in March of 2004. Photo taken 11/21/08.
Turning westward from Escambia Bay, Interstate 10 sees this reassurance shield. Photo taken 11/23/08.
New sign bridges were installed in conjunction with the Interstate 10-110 interchange construction project. Pictured here is the 1.50-mile overhead for Exit 13, SR 291 (Davis Highway).
A new ramp to Interstate 10 west from SR 291 south was added to the upcoming folded diamond interchange in 1998. This ramp eliminated the left turn lane from SR 291 south onto I-10 west. The new on-ramp was later incorporated into the collector distributor roadway for Interstate 110 south. Photo taken 11/21/14.
One half mile west of the Exit 13 off-ramp to SR 291 (Davis Highway). A two-lane flyover departs immediately afterwards to Interstate 110 south (Exit 13). Photo taken 11/21/14.
Davis Highway represents a four to six lane surface arterial, heavily traveled between central Pensacola and the communities of Ferry Pass and Ensley to the north. The highway is also one of the main thoroughfares for the metropolitan area, linking the University of West Florida via University Parkway to the north and Pensacola Regional Airport [PNS] (via Airport Boulevard east) and Pensacola Civic Center at the southern terminus. Photo taken 09/01/08.
Factoring in the adjacent c/d roadways at Exits 13-12, the freeway swells to ten overall lanes between SR 291 and Interstate 110.
Construction on I-10 at SR 291 and I-110 began in 2003. Roadwork entailed widening the freeway from four to six lanes between Exits 13 and 10. Associated work reconstructed Davis Highway north to Olive Road (CR 290) and University Parkway. This aspect of the project was completed in 2002. Additional work followed along SR 291 southward to University Town Plaza (former University Mall) in 2006. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Drivers bound for SR 291 depart in unison for Davis Highway. Davis Highway carries SR 291 north to U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road) near the University and south to a one-way street couplet (Davis Street / MLK Street) within the Pensacola street grid. Photo taken 09/01/08.
Exit 12 follows onto a flyover ramp to Interstate 110 south for Brent and downtown Pensacola. Connections with U.S. 98 and the Pensacola Bay Bridge shuttle beach goers southward toward Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach from the south end of Interstate 110. Photo taken 11/21/14.
2008-completed flyovers carry drivers onto southbound from westbound and from Interstate 110 north onto Interstate 10 east. The original trumpet interchange remains in use nearby. Photo taken 11/21/14.
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Additional views of the completed Interstate 10/110 interchange project. Photos taken 11/21/14.
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Miniature Blue Angel replicas adorn the pillars of the Interstate 110 flyovers above Interstate 10 at Exit 12. The Blue Angels are based out of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Photo taken 09/01/08. Second photo taken 11/21/14.
Traffic joins the c/d roadway from SR 291 (Davis Highway) south ahead of the loop ramp onto I-110 south.
As part of the Interstate 10-110 project, Interstate 110 also underwent reconstruction in the form of widening between I-10 and Exit 5 (SR 296). That work tied into further widening and reconstruction southward to Exit 3 (Maxwell / Jordan Streets) through 2009. Photo taken 05/27/13.
The Exit 13 c/d roadway utilizes the original trumpet interchange with Interstate 110. It still receives a fair amount of commuter traffic.
The original I-110 overpasses were refurbished in 1997 and 1998 as part of an upgrade of I-10 related bridges and overpasses throughout Escambia County. These were again adjusted for the 2008-completed interchange project.
Interstate 110 travels 6.39 miles overall. Photo taken 11/24/14.
Interstate 10 widening from four to six lanes was completed by 2007 between Exits 12 and 10B (U.S. 29). 65,000 vehicles per day were recorded on this stretch of freeway in 2012, representing the busiest segment of I-10 in the state of Florida west of Jacksonville. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Westbound reassurance marker posted after Interstate 110. Photo taken 11/21/14.
The left lane ends before the CSX Railroad and Escambia County Road 95A (Palafox Street) overpasses. Photo taken 08/03/08.
A ramp widening project increased the capacity of Exit 10B from one lane to two in 2002. This element of the I-10/I-110 construction aimed to improve access to U.S. 29 (Pensacola Boulevard) for commuters to the Ensley, Gonzalez, and Cantonment communities of the metropolitan area. Further north, U.S. 29 is the main access route to Interstate 65 and the cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Atlanta. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Left side on-ramps merge onto Interstate 10 in both directions from U.S. 29. Due to the proximity of an adjacent BNSF Railroad corridor to the west, these movements were necessitated due to the cramped quarters between the two highways. Pensacola Boulevard saw reconstruction in 1998 to bring the highway up to six to eight lanes south to Pensacola. The surface arterial is a busy commercial corridor from Brent northward toward Gonzalez. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Interstate 10 swings northwest from Ensley to a forested area between Beulah and Muscogee. Speed limits increase from 55 to 70 mph on this stretch. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Lowering toward Eight Mile Creek on the one-mile approach to Exit 7 (SR 297) on I-10 west. Resurfacing over the original concrete roadway with asphalt took place between Exit 10 and the Alabama state line in 2002. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Five Flags Speedway, home of the SnowBall Derby stock car race, and Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds lie southward along Pine Forest Road (SR 297). Saufley Field is a short drive west via CR 296 from either U.S. 90 or SR 173. Photo taken 11/21/14.
State Road 297 totals 4.38 miles between Bellview and Pine Forest. The arterial route varies between two and four lanes between U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) to the south and U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road) to the north. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Taking the Exit 7 off-ramp to SR 297. Pensacola Naval Air Station, including the National Museum of Naval Aviation Museum, and Perdido Key are accessible via a connection with SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway), 2.5 miles to the south. Photo taken 06/05/06.
The final exit along I-10 west within the Sunshine State is the diamond interchange (Exit 5) with U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road). Photo taken 11/21/14.
Reassurance marker posted for I-10 west near Eight Mile Creek Road. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Exit 5 departs Interstate 10 west for U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road). U.S. 90 Alternate leaves Pine Forest and crosses paths with the freeway five miles east of its merge with U.S. 90 at Beulah. U.S. 90 continues west from there to Seminole, Alabama. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Due to growing commuter traffic, a traffic light was added at the end of the Exit 5 off-ramp at U.S. 90 Alternate by 2012. Nine Mile Road originally widened to four lanes briefly through the junction with I-10, but expansion of the roadway westward serves the Navy Federal Credit Union campus. Westward into Alabama, U.S. 90 meets Interstate 10 again in 37 miles at Spanish Fort. Photo taken 08/01/06.
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Interstate 10 spans Eleven Mile Creek and rises to a set of weigh stations. Photos taken 11/21/14.
The weigh stations along Interstate 10 near Beulah opened in November 2003. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Leaving the weigh stations, a mileage sign references the first Alabama interchange with Baldwin County Road 64 (Wilcox Road) and the city of Mobile. The 18-mile exit less stretch is the longest of Interstate 10 west of Lake City and east of Texas. Photo taken 11/21/14.
A tourist information center and rest area reside just west of the Perdido River in Baldwin County, Alabama along Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Crossing the Perdido River into Alabama on Interstate 10 westbound. These bridges opened in 1966 and were reconstructed in 1993. Photo taken 05/09/15.


 


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06/05/06, 08/01/06, 08/03/08, 09/01/08, 11/19/08, 11/21/08, 11/23/08, 08/03/11, 03/17/12, 05/27/13, 11/21/14, 11/24/14, 05/09/15 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 110
U.S. 29
U.S. 90
U.S. 90 Alternate
State Road 291
State Road 297 - Pine Forest Road

Page Updated 09-09-2015.