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Florida State Road 8

This article is about the section of Interstate 10 in Florida. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 10.

Interstate 10
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Existed: 1958(1970 & 1984 Jacksonville FL) – present
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West end: Template:Jct/extra I-10 at Alabama state line
  Template:Jct/extra I-110 in Pensacola
Template:Jct/extra I-75 near Lake City
Template:Jct/extra I-295 in Jacksonville
East end: Template:Jct/extra I-95 in Jacksonville
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The 362.262 miles (583.004 km) of Interstate 10 in Florida is the eastern most section of the east–west 2,460.34 miles (3,959.53 km) Interstate 10 in the Southern United States. It is also the eastern end of the Interstate Highway known as the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, one of three coast to coast interstates, along with I-80 and I-90. The highway runs east from the Alabama border, traveling through the Panhandle of Florida, serving the major cities of Pensacola, Tallahassee, Lake City, and ending at Jacksonville, and carries the hidden Florida Department of Transportation designation of State Road 8.

Route description

The interstate runs roughly parallel to U.S. 90 but is a more direct route, bypassing the central cores of the cities. The interstate also runs through some of the least populated areas of the state.

The western terminus of Interstate 10 is the Florida and Alabama line at the Perdido River, just west of Pensacola, in Escambia County. Exit 7A, Florida State Road 297 (southbound), gives access to the Pensacola Naval Air Station and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. At exit 12, I-10 serves as the northern terminus of Interstate 110, a spur route to central Pensacola.

The eastern terminus is located at Interstate 95 in Downtown Jacksonville with an "End" I-10 sign.

History

Construction

Prior to the construction of Interstate 10 U.S. Route 90 was the main east–west highway across the state.

The first section of I-10 in Florida was completed between Sanderson and Jacksonville in 1961. Construction on points westward continued in 1962. The route between Sanderson and Winfield was completed in 1963. By 1967, construction had been completed from the Alabama State Line to SR 87, and under construction from Falmouth to I-75. New construction extending I-10 east from SR 87 to Mossy Head began in 1968. The Falmouth to I-75 segment opened in 1969. Construction began in 1970 further extending I-10 westward from Mossy Head to DeFuniak Springs. New construction began in 1973 from DeFuniak Springs to Caryville and from Drifton to Capitola; the segment between Drifton and Falmouth opened that year. The Capitola to Drifton segment was completed the following year. Construction began between Caryville and Chipley in 1974, and from Chipley to Midway in 1975. The segment between Chipley and Midway was completed in 1977 except for a small portion between Kynesville and Oakdale; in 1978, the entire length of I-10, as well as the I-110 spur in Pensacola across the state opened along its original planned route.[1]

During the planning stage of construction, I-10 was placed just north of the central business district of Tallahassee, roughly along the current route of US 90 through town, while later a spur route was proposed to go to the core of the city. Both of these proposals were dropped and a route across the north side of the city was chosen. In 2008 the interstate stretch in Tallahassee was expanded to six lanes to alleviate congestion.

In 2002, I-10, along with most of Florida's interstates, switched over from a sequential exit numbering system to a mileage based exit numbering system.[2]

Rest area security concerns

In 1993, a British tourist was killed at the Jefferson County Rest Area in a botched burglary by teens.[3][4] As a result, Florida rest stops were either patrolled or closed for at least two years when lawmakers approved cut-backs.[5] A number of rest areas are currently regularly patrolled at night by armed security, often private, due to a resurgence in rest area-related violent crime.[6]

Hurricane Ivan

On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall near Pensacola, with the resulting storm surge causing heavy damage to the Interstate 10 bridge across Escambia Bay. As much as a quarter mile (400 m) of the bridge collapsed into the bay consisting of 58 bridge segments with an additional 66 segments knocked out of alignment, with most of the damage coming from the eastbound lanes.[7] A $26.5 million project was awarded the following day to Gilbert Southern/Massman and to the Parsons Corporation to make emergency repairs to the bridge. Work was completed on October 4 on the westbound bridge, restoring two-way traffic seven days ahead of schedule. The more heavily damaged eastbound bridge was completely repaired on November 20, just 66 days after Hurricane Ivan made landfall, and 27 days ahead of schedule. The contractor received $1.5 million in bonuses for the early completion. The commercial truck detour sent truck traffic into Alabama and I-65 to avoid the bridges.

The causeway that carries U.S. Highway 90 across the northern part of the same bay was also heavily damaged.

Rest areas and truck comfort centers (scalehouse)

  • Truck comfort center and weigh-in-motion (WIM) scale. 3.2 miles (5.1 km) east of the AL. state line at mile marker (MM) 3
  • FLORIDA WELCOME CENTER (Escambia County Welcome Center) mm 4
  • Rest Areas between Exits 28 & 31 (Santa Rosa County Rest Area) mm 29
  • Rest Areas between Exits 56 & 70 (Okaloosa County Rest Area) mm 58 (EB) and mm 61 (WB)
  • Rest Areas (Holmes County Rest Area) MM 96
  • Rest Areas between Exits 130 & 136 (Jackson County Rest Area) mm 136
  • Truck comfort center and WIM Jackson County Truck Comfort Station) MM 155
  • Rest Area between Exits 158 & 166. The single rest area is located on the eastbound side; however, a ramp allows for access by westbound travelers.[8] mm 162
  • Rest Areas between Exits 192 & 196 (Leon County Rest Area) mm 194
  • Rest Areas between Exits 233 & 241 (Jefferson County Rest Area) mm 233
  • Truck comfort center (Madison County Truck Comfort Station ) mm 264
  • Rest Areas between Exits 262 & 275 (Madison County Rest Area) mm 265
  • Rest Areas between Exits 292 & 296 A-B (Suwannee/Columbia County Rest Area) mm 294 (EB) mm 295 (WB)
  • Rest Areas between Exits 303 & 324 (Baker County Rest Area in Osceola National Forest) mm 318[9]

Exit list

County Location Mile[10] Exit Destinations Notes
Escambia Cantonment 5.523 5 Template:Jct/extra US 90 Alt. (Nine Mile Road Road)
Ensley 7.092 7 Template:Jct/extra SR 297 (Pine Forest Road), Pensacola NAS Signed as exits 7A (south) and 7B (north) eastbound
10.270 10 Template:Jct/extra US 29 Signed as exits 10A (south) and 10B (north)
12.422 12 Template:Jct/extra I-110 south
Ferry Pass 12.928 13 Template:Jct/extra SR 291 (Davis Highway) Previously signed as Pensacola, University of West Florida
16.495 17 Template:Jct/extra US 90
Escambia Bay
Escambia Bay Bridge
Santa Rosa Avalon Beach 21.700 22 Template:Jct/extra SR 281
Pace 25.946 26 Template:Jct/extra CR 191
Ward Basin 28.415 28 Template:Jct/extra CR 89
Gulf Breeze-Harold 31.265 31 Template:Jct/extra SR 87, Blackwater River State Park
Okaloosa Holt 45.072 45 Template:Jct/extra CR 189, Blackwater River State Park
Crestview 56.300 56 Template:Jct/extra SR 85, Eglin AFB
Walton Bottle Branch 69.482 70 Template:Jct/extra SR 285, Eglin AFB
DeFuniak Springs 84.588 85 Template:Jct/extra US 331
Holmes Ponce de Leon 96.018 96 Template:Jct/extra SR 81
Washington 104.038 104 Template:Jct/extra CR 279
Holmes 111.685 112 Template:Jct/extra SR 79
Washington Crow 119.680 120 Template:Jct/extra SR 77
Jackson 129.833 130 Template:Jct/extra US 231
Marianna 136.441 136 Template:Jct/extra SR 276
Oakdale 142.126 142 Template:Jct/extra SR 71
152.041 152 Template:Jct/extra SR 69
158.011 158 Template:Jct/extra CR 286
Apalachicola River
Gadsden 165.729 166 Template:Jct/extra CR 270A, Lake Seminole
174.093 174 Template:Jct/extra SR 12
180.963 181 Template:Jct/extra SR 267
Midway 191.949 192 Template:Jct/extra US 90
Leon Tallahassee 195.731 196 Template:Jct/extra SR 263 (Capital Circle) – Regional Airport
199.010 199 Template:Jct/extra US 27 (Monroe Street) - State Capitol
202.678 203 Template:Jct/extra US 319 / SR 61, Thomasville
208.570 209 Template:Jct/extra US 90 Signed as exits 209A (west) and 209B (east); Florida State University, Florida A&M University
Jefferson Lloyd 216.737 217 Template:Jct/extra SR 59
Drifton 225.055 225 Template:Jct/extra US 19 (Florida-Georgia Parkway), Thomasville
232.849 233 Template:Jct/extra CR 257
Madison 241.217 241 Template:Jct/extra US 221
251.520 251 Template:Jct/extra SR 14
258.106 258 Template:Jct/extra SR 53
261.771 262 Template:Jct/extra CR 255
Suwannee River
Suwannee 274.642 275 Template:Jct/extra US 90
282.770 283 Template:Jct/extra US 129
292.127 292 Template:Jct/extra CR 137
Columbia Springville[11] 296.199 296 Template:Jct/extra I-75, Valdosta Signed as exits 296A (south) and 296B (north)
Five Points 301.293 301 Template:Jct/extra US 41
303.458 303 Template:Jct/extra US 441, Fargo
Baker 323.827 324 Template:Jct/extra US 90
326.750 327 Template:Jct/extra CR 229
332.782 333 Template:Jct/extra CR 125
Macclenny 335.145 335 Template:Jct/extra SR 121, Lake Butler
336.312 336 Template:Jct/extra SR 228
Nassau
No major junctions
Duval Jacksonville 343.879 343 Template:Jct/extra US 301
350.370 350 Template:Jct/extra SR 23 south, Cecil Field Interchange for the Brannen Field-Chaffee Expressway opened on October 1, 2009.[12] Signed as "Cecil Commerce Center Parkway"
352.096 351 Chaffee Road – Whitehouse Former SR 23 interchange, SR 23 relocated to Brannen Field-Chaffee Expressway (See above)
356.269 355 Cahoon Road South – Marietta Planned to be closed and replaced with Hammond Boulevard interchange, further west[13]
356.838 356 Template:Jct/extra I-295, Savannah, International Airport
357.910 357 Template:Jct/extra SR 103 (Lane Avenue)
359.185 358 Template:Jct/extra SR 111 (Cassat Avenue) / Edgewood Avenue
359.895 359 Lenox Avenue, Edgewood Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
360.773 360 Template:Jct/extra SR 129 (McDuff Avenue)
361.046 361 Template:Jct/extra US 17 south (Roosevelt Boulevard) – NAS Jacksonville West end of US 17 overlap, westbound exit and eastbound entrance
361.642 362A Stockton Street
362.262 362B-C Template:Jct/extra I-95, Downtown Jacksonville, Savannah, Jax Beaches East end of US 17 overlap, US 17 continues on I-95 north
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; split into 362B (north) and 362C (south)

References

External links

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  • I-10 North Florida (FDOT Construction Projects between Lake City and Jacksonville)
  • Interstate 10 Index -- Florida(AARoads.com)
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