Interstate 10 West - Mobile County

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Interstate 10 West
Over a mile west of the Baldwin County line, I-10 approaches Exit 27 with U.S. 90 & 98 (Battleship Parkway) at their split east of Downtown Mobile. Exit 27 consists of two overlapped wye interchanges. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Two tenths of a mile east of the ramp departure (Exit 27) to U.S. 98 west through the Bankhead Tunnel to Government Street and Downtown. U.S. 90 partitions with U.S. 98 for Cochrane Causeway north alongside U.S. 98 Truck west to Prichard. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exit 27 departs the Mobile Bayway as I-10 leaves Polecat Bay for Blakeley Island. All HAZMAT based vehicles must exit here to avoid traveling through the Wallace Tunnel. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Taking Exit 27 to the intersection of Cochrane Causeway and the Bankhead Tunnel entrance, all vehicles carrying hazardous material cargo must travel north along U.S. 98 Truck in lieu of I-10 or U.S. 98 west. Photo taken 11/25/14.
Exit 27 is the final interchange between U.S. 98 and Interstate 10 as the US highway angles northwest from Mobile to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. U.S. 90 and 98 meet again on the Henry Aaron Loop encircling Downtown otherwise. Photo taken 11/25/14.
U.S. 90 & 98 Truck travel Cochrane Causeway north by Alabama State Docks facilities before spanning the Mobile River across the cable-stayed Cochrane-Africatown Bridge. The tandem continue west through the Magazine section of Mobile along Bay Bridge Road to Interstate 165 at Prichard. Photo taken 11/25/14.
U.S. 90 & 98 originally traveled together through the Bankhead Tunnel onto Government Street. U.S. 90 was relocated to bypass the tunnel alongside U.S. 98 Truck officially by AASHTO on November 5, 2002, though sign changes were already made in 1999. The Bankhead Tunnel, opened in 1941, carries two lanes of traffic below the Mobile River directly to Government Street at Conception Street in the Mobile central business district. Photo taken 11/25/14.
A set of lane control signals precede the George C. Wallace Tunnel across the Mobile River. I-10 dives below the Dunlap Drive, which serves the Alabama Department of Transportation Tunnel Office and several ship building facilities. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Travelers bound for Downtown Mobile depart next for Water Street immediately west of the Wallace Tunnel. This modified trumpet interchange was originally intended to tie into the unconstructed Interstate 210. It will be dismantled and replaced with a diverging diamond interchange with Canal Street. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 reaches the eastern portal of the George C. Wallace Tunnel. The tunnel opened in 1972 as the third crossing of the Mobile River between Mobile and Blakeley Island.
A new cable-stayed bridge is proposed to replace the tunnel as the new I-10 mainline. Photo taken 05/19/14.
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Opened on February 9, 1973, the George C. Wallace Tunnel cost approximately $50 million to construct. Work began on the crossing on October 9, 1969. Within the tunnel, passing is permitted and the speed limit is posted at 50 MPH.1 Photo taken 11/21/08. Second photo taken 05/19/14. Third photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 westbound emerges from the Wallace Tunnel and quickly encounters the Water Street off-ramp (Exit 26B). Water Street travels north from Canal Street alongside a CSX Railroad line to the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, RSA Tower and the GM&O Transportation Center at Beauregard Street (U.S. 90). Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 turns southward from the Wallace Tunnel to parallel Claiborne and Conception Streets south to Exit 25A (Texas Street). Water Street meanwhile forms the eastern portion of the Henry Aaron Loop encircling Downtown Mobile. The six-lane boulevard provides a direct route to Interstate 165 north to Prichard and Chickasaw. Photo taken 05/19/14.
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Encircling the Fort Condé area, Exit 26B rises from Interstate 10 to at Government Street. Government Street leads west to Riverview Plaza, the Gulf Coast Exploreum, and Mobile Government Plaza among other Downtown points of interest. Excellent views of the Mobile skyline are afforded to drivers taking Exit 26B. Photo taken 07/17/07. Second photo taken 07/17/07. Third photo taken 11/23/14.
Interstate 210 was never constructed due to the escalating costs and potential consequences to the Downtown area of building a four to six lane viaduct along the waterfront. Instead I-165 and a six-lane boulevard for Water Street were built in its place. Photo taken 07/17/07.
AASHTO approved the designation of I-210 for Mobile on June 25, 1981. The designation was eliminated in favor of I-165 by AASHTO on June 6, 1989. Photo taken 11/23/14.
The next exit joins westbound motorists with Texas Street (Exit 25A) in one half mile. There is no direct access to Canal Street from Interstate 10 west presently, but the planned DDI will tie into the street by the Mobile Civic Center. Photo taken 06/15/09.
Two lanes enters from Water Street on the left side of Interstate 10 to expand the overall westbound direction to four lanes. Photo taken 11/21/08.
A fifth auxiliary lane travels between the Canal Street on-ramp and Texas Street off-ramp.
Plans for the new I-10 bridge over the Mobile River will likely remove the half diamond interchange (Exit 25A) with Texas Street to make way for the west bridge approach. Photo taken 11/21/14.
Claiborne Street lines the westbound side of Interstate 10 from the Mobile Civic Center to Texas Street. Exit 25A joins the service road ahead of its end at Texas Street.
Texas Street winds westward from the industrial areas at Royal Street to Broad Street and its end at Michigan Avenue. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Continuing south, Interstate 10 quickly approaches a parclo interchange (Exit 25B) with Virginia Street. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 westbound at Exit 25B to Virginia Street. This ramp originally allocated two lanes, but was restriped to only carry one. Virginia Street comprises an east-west roadway between industrial areas east of Interstate 10 and residential areas west to Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Houston Street. Photo taken 05/19/14.
A fifth westbound lane again joins Interstate 10 west between the Virginia Street on-ramp and Exit 24 (Broad Street). The Broad and Duval Street off-ramp serves the USCG Sector Mobile Brookley Complex and Old Bayfront Drive south to the University of South Alabama Brookley Center. Broad Street north enters the Birdville community of south Mobile. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 westbound at the Broad / Duval Street split diamond interchange (Exit 24). Service roads connect Broad Street with east-west Duval Street over the next mile. Duval Street stems west from Broad Street through a large public housing complex between I-10 and Michigan Avenue. Broad Street provides one of two routes from Interstate 10 to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM). Photo taken 05/19/14.
Michigan Avenue crosses paths with Interstate 10 one half mile west of Duval Street at a parclo interchange (Exit 23). Michigan Avenue begins at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and leads north to U.S. 90 (Government Street). Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exit 23 utilizes an auxiliary lane gained from Duval Street for Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue is the preferred route to Ladd-Peebles Stadium via Virginia Street west. Ladd-Peebles Stadium is home to the Senior Bowl and University of South Alabama football. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Westbound Interstate 10 at the off-ramp (Exit 23) to Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue intersects the south end of Broad Street nearby. Photo taken 05/19/14.
An auxiliary lane again accompanies I-10 west from Exit 23 to Exit 22A (AL 163 north). Photo taken 05/19/14.
The first sign posted for Interstate 65 precedes the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 22B/A) with SR 163. ALDOT typically posts two-mile guide signs for Interstate to Interstate junctions. Photo taken 05/19/14.
I-10 maintains four westbound lanes through the multi level interchange with SR 163 (Dauphin Island Parkway). SR 163 derives its name from its original routing southward to Dauphin Island on the Gulf of Mexico. However because of the bridge removal over the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel, SR 163 was truncated north to SR 193 at Hamilton Boulevard. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exits 22A and 22B depart simultaneously for SR 163. The northbound exit serves the Bishop State Community College Carver Campus while Dauphin Island Parkway, known locally as the DIP, travels southward to Dog River. The former Navy Station Mobile lies near the mouth of the Dog River off DIP. The facility is now a part of the Alabama State Docks system as the Mobile Middle Bay Port. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 west at Left Exit 22B to SR 163 south. This ramp merges with the eastbound off-ramp (Exit 22) before intersecting Dauphin Island Parkway. Photo taken 05/19/14.
View of the stack interchange with SR 163 from the westbound distributor roadway to Interstate 10. Photo taken 10/16/00.
I-10 crosses the Dog River and approaches the three-wye interchange (Exit 20) with Interstate 65. Joining the Gulf Coast with the Chicago area at Gary, Indiana, the 887 mile route of I-65 starts in Mobile. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Two lanes join I-65 north from I-10 just west of Navco. I-65 follows the Mobile Belt Line to Prichard. The freeway between U.S. 90 and U.S. 45 was completed in January 1963. Photo taken 05/19/14.
The majority of traffic using Exit 20 onto I-65 north consists of commuters from Downtown to various arterial routes leading to Mid-Town or West Mobile. I-65 leads north through the suburbs of Chickasaw, Saraland and Satsuma and then crosses the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers en route to Montgomery and Birmingham. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Continuing southwest from I-65, Interstate 10 advances to a cloverleaf interchange (Exits 17B/A) with SR 193. SR 193 (Rangeline Road) links the Tillman's Corner area with Dauphin Island. Photo taken 05/19/14.
An additional lane was added along I-10 west to the collector distributor roadway at Exit 17 during the late 2000s. The exchange with SR 193 opened in 1979 when Rangeline Road replaced Nevius Road. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Expansion of I-10 between 2011-13 widened the freeway to six overall lanes west from Exit 17 to the Carol Plantation Road overpass west of Exit 15. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exit 17B leaves the c/d roadway for SR 193 (Rangeline Road) north to its end at U.S. 90 and Nevius Road. Numerous commercial establishments line the area of Tillman's Corner along U.S. 90, the Rangeline Service Roads and Halls Mill Road. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Exit 17A loops onto SR 193 (Rangeline Road) south toward Mann, Hollingers Island and SR 163 (Hamilton Boulevard). Replacing SR 163 as the main route from Bellefontaine south to Dauphin Island, SR 193 was built in 1979 as a four lane highway to the Theodore Navigational Ship Channel. Photo taken 04/20/12.
U.S. 90 crosses paths with Interstate 10 at a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 15) south of Tillman's Corner. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exit 15B leaves Interstate 10 west for U.S. 90 east (north) into Tillman's Corner. Eight sets of traffic signals line the commercial arterial between I-10 and SR 193 (Rangeline Road), resulting in a slow drive. The tab for Exit 15B remains missing as of 2019. Photo taken 05/19/14.
A loop ramp (Exit 15A) carries drivers onto U.S. 90 west (south) to Theodore and annexed (2007-08) portions of Mobile. U.S. 90 transitions into a rural roadway west of Theodore through Irvington, St. Elmo and Grand Bay and will not again directly interact with I-10 until the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Interstate 10 reduces to four lanes beyond this shield assembly preceding the Carol Plantation Road overpass. $26.4-million widening of the preceding 3.8-mile stretch kicked off in early March 2011.2 Photo taken 11/21/14.
The freeway maintains four lanes westward to the Mississippi state line. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Pascagoula is maintained as the westbound control city from Mobile westward to the state line. MDOT uses Biloxi and New Orleans beyond the state border. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Next in line for westbound motorists is the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with Theodore-Dawes Road (Mobile County 30). Mobile County 30 leads west from U.S. 90 at Hamilton Boulevard (Mobile County 26) to Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). Photo taken 04/05/12.
A look at the one half mile guide sign for Exit 13 (Theodore-Dawes Road) on Interstate 10 west. The interchange saw expansion during 1999-2000 to provide a five lane overpass for Mobile County 30. The location of truck facilities necessitated the expansion to allow for longer turn lanes for the I-10 on-ramps. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Exit 13 departs Interstate 10 west for Mobile County 30 (Theodore-Dawes Road). Situated just to the north is Mobile Greyhound Park. Otherwise the area is fairly developed with travel amenities and rural style residential streets.
Theodore-Dawes Road provides a direct connection to Mobile County 31 (Schillinger Road) leading north to West Mobile and Mobile Regional Airport (MOB). Schillinger Road represents the busiest north-south commercial corridor in Mobile County. Photo taken 04/05/12.
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Drivers along I-10 west previously encountered a nine mile exit less stretch to SR 188 near Grand Bay until January 12, 2005, when Exit 10 opened with CR 39. Photos taken 04/20/12.
One mile east of the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 10) with Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) on I-10 west. Road work completed in stages between the summer of 2005 and June 2009 relocated CR 39 from two-lane McDonald Road onto a new four-lane divided highway leading southeast from I-10 to the intersection of Half Mile and Padgett Switch Roads, southeast of Irvington. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road) travels six miles between U.S. 90 and Three Notch Road (Mobile County 32) near Dawes in West Mobile. Connections with Padgett Switch Road provide a direct route to Bayou La Batre via SR 188. Photo taken 04/05/12.
A pair of lanes depart Interstate 10 westbound at Exit 10 for Mobile County 39 (McDonald Road). CR 39 sees a folded diamond interchange with U.S. 90 at Irvington east of its intersection with CR 19. McDonald Road intersects CR 28 (Old Pascagoula Road) 0.75 miles to the north. Photo taken 04/05/12.
Irvington joins Bayou La Batre as the second control point for the loop ramp onto County Road 39 south at Exit 10. Currently the interchange is rural in nature, but development is planned nearby. Photo taken 05/25/05.
Interstate 10 shield posted after the westbound on-ramps from McDonald Road. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The first Clearview-fonted sign posted along Interstate 10, outside of the bridge identification signs, in Alabama is this westbound mileage sign posted after Exit 10. Grand Bay is a six-mile drive while Pascagoula lies 19 miles west via U.S. 90. Photo taken 05/19/14.
The final interchange along I-10 in the Heart of Dixie is the diamond interchange (Exit 4) near Grand Bay. SR 188 west and Mobile County 11 (Grand Bay-Newman Road) come together at this junction. SR 188 serves the south Mobile County town of Bayou La Batre and the adjacent village of Coden. Northward, Mobile County 11 provides access to West Mobile via connections with Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) and Airport Boulevard. Photo taken 04/05/12.
One half mile ahead of Exit 4 to SR 188 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road). The state route merges with U.S. 90 through the town of Grand Bay, 1.25 miles to the south, and travels overall 19.7 miles to SR 193 at Alabama Port. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Westbound Interstate 10 at the Grand Bay off-ramp to SR 188 (Grand Bay Wilmer Road). A pair of truck stops and a handful of gas stations line the interchange providing the last travel amenities for motorists between Mobile and Moss Point (Mississippi 63). Photo taken 04/20/12.
SR 188 and CR 11 shield assembly posted at the end of Exit 4. Mobile County 11 provides two alternate routes into West Mobile in lieu of Schillinger Road via Exit 13. The back road intersects Dawes Road (Mobile County 33) in 4.8 miles and Airport Boulevard (Mobile County 56) at its end in 10.5 miles. Both of these east-west roads continue to West Mobile. Photo taken 10/01/09.
The last Interstate 10 reassurance shield posted on westbound within Alabama. Franklin Creek parallels the freeway to the south along this stretch. Photo taken 05/19/14.
Exit 77 for Franklin Creek Road in Mississippi represents the next departure point for westbound motorists along Interstate 10. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A weigh station for commercial trucks lies just west of the Alabama state line on Interstate 10 in Mississippi. Photo taken 05/19/14.
A county line sign and pavement change mark the Mississippi state line across the four-lane freeway.
Interstate 10 defaulted onto U.S. 90 at this location for many years, as completion of Alabama's stretch of I-10 predated Mississippi's. The use of Pascagoula as a control city in Alabama remains from the former tie-in with U.S. 90. Photo taken 05/19/14.

  1. George C. Wallace Tunnel, Interstate 10 - Mobile River, Alabama Department of Transportation.
  2. "Work to add lanes to Interstate 10 under way." Mobile Register, March 2, 2011.

Photo Credits:

10/16/00, 05/25/05, 07/17/07, 11/21/08, 06/15/09, 10/01/09, 04/05/12, 04/20/12, 05/19/14, 11/21/14, 11/23/14, 11/25/14 by AARoads

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

Page Updated 04-17-2014.