Interstate 10 in Florida


Begin Pensacola
End Jacksonville
Length 326 mi
Length 525 km

Interstate 10 or I -10 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Florida. The highway forms an east-west route through the north of the state called the “Florida Panhandle”, connecting the larger cities of Pensacola, capital Tallahassee, with the largest city of Jacksonville in the east. The highway runs through the less populated areas of Florida, through forests and past swamps and fields. Interstate 10 is 525 kilometers long in Florida.

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Travel directions

I-10 west of Tallahassee.

I-10 at Tallahassee.

West of Pensacola, Interstate 10 in Alabama crosses the border into Florida. I-10 then passes through the city of Pensacola, the largest city in western Florida. I-10 briefly has 2×3 lanes around the interchange with I-110 and continues through the northern suburbs of Pensacola. Then one crosses the Escambia Bay via the six-lane Escambia Bay Bridge, which is 4 kilometers long. I-10 then narrows to 2×2 lanes and begins its long journey east through the thickly wooded Florida Panhandle. US 90 usually runs parallel to I-10 a short distance away.

I-10 leads in the Florida Panhandle past several small towns, where one often crosses the north-south US Highways. I-10 runs relatively far inland, some distance from the coastal region. The highway parallels the Alabama border first, then parallels the Georgia border. In some parts of the route, the landscape is slightly undulating, but dense forest predominates. After more than 300 kilometers, I-10 leads past Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. I-10 passes through the northern suburbs of Tallahassee, crossing US 27 and US 319. The passage through Tallahassee has 2×3 lanes. I-10 is Tallahassee’s only freeway.

After Tallahassee there is a long stretch through the countryside, which at first is densely wooded, but gradually more meadows towards the east. About 150 kilometers after Tallahassee, the interchange with Interstate 75 follows at Lake City. This is followed by another 80 km route through the woods to the Jacksonville metropolitan area. On the west side of Jacksonville, it intersects with State Route 23, a toll road along the west side of Jacksonville. I-10 counts 2×3 lanes from here. 10 kilometers further follows the interchange with Interstate 295, which forms the Jacksonville ring road. I-10 then continues into the city and terminates west of downtown at an interchange with Interstate 95.

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Construction history

The predecessor of I-10 is US 90, where I-10 is parallel to everything a short distance away. US 90 has only been upgraded to a limited extent for the construction of I-10, especially the approach roads of larger places have already been widened to 2×2 lanes for the construction of I-10.

The first section of I-10 was completed between Sanderson and Jacksonville in 1961. In 1962, the completion of sections to the west began. By 1963, 100 miles had been completed between Jacksonville and Lake City. In 1967, 50 kilometers were completed from the Alabama border to east of Pensacola (near Milton). In 1969 another 42 kilometers were completed between I-75 and Falmouth. In 1970 the highway was completed to De Funiak Springs, and by 1978 the entire stretch was completed in Florida.

Opening history

Dates are indicative.

Van Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 324 Exit 362 61 km 00-00-1961
Exit 296 Exit 324 45 km 00-00-1963
Exit 0 Exit 31 50 km 00-00-1967
Exit 31 Exit 70 47 km 00-00-1968
Exit 275 Exit 296 34 km 00-00-1969
Exit 70 Exit 85 24 km 00-00-1970
Exit 192 Exit 217 40 km 00-00-1971
Exit 85 Exit 104 31 km 00-00-1973
Exit 225 Exit 275 80 km 00-00-1973
Exit 217 Exit 225 13 km 00-00-1974
Exit 104 Exit 120 26 km 00-00-1976
Exit 120 Exit 130 16 km 00-00-1977
Exit 142 Exit 192 88 km 00-00-1977
Exit 130 Exit 142 19 km 00-00-1978


2×3 lanes on I-10 through Tallahassee.

On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall near Pensacola, causing extensive damage to the Escambia Bay Bridge over Escambia Bay. At least 400 meters from the bridge collapsed into the water. The Causeway carrying US 90 across the same bay a little further north was also badly damaged. Within a day, the repair work was started for one lane, which was completed on October 4, a week ahead of schedule. The more severely damaged other roadway was repaired on Nov. 20, 66 days after the hurricane made landfall, and 27 days ahead of schedule.

In the period 2005-2006, Pensacola partially widened I-10 to 2×3 lanes, coinciding with the reconstruction of the interchange with I-110. Between 2014 and 2016, I-10 in eastern Pensacola was widened to 2×3 lanes, between Davis Highway (Exit 13) and the Escambia Bay Bridge, a distance of more than 3 miles. This was in line with the 2006 widening around the interchange with I-110.

Between 2006 and 2008, an 11-kilometer stretch through Tallahassee was widened to 2×3 lanes. Between 2006 and 2010, the interchange with I-95 in Jacksonville was reconstructed, with additional flyovers and realigned connections, coinciding with a reconstruction of the connecting I-95. In 2012, I-10 was widened to 2×3 lanes on the west side of Jacksonville, between SR-23 and I-295.


It is planned to widen the easternmost 5 miles of I-10 between I-295 and I-95 in Jacksonville from 2×3 to 2×5 lanes.

Traffic intensities

Some 33,000 vehicles cross the Alabama border every day, rising to 69,000 vehicles in the western city of Pensacola. Further east, the intensities drop considerably to just below 20,000 mvt/day. This number remains fairly stable and is largely long-haul traffic, as one does not pass major towns or cross other highways for quite a distance. It is busier in the capital Tallahassee, with a maximum of 62,000 vehicles per day. East of Tallahassee, the intensities drop again to about 20,000 vehicles. This remains stable even after the intersection with I-75 at Lake City. The intensities only rise in Jacksonville. There are up to 160,000 vehicles at the end of I-10 near downtown Jacksonville.

Lane Configuration

I-10 in Pensacola.

Van Unpleasant Lanes Comments
Exit 0 Exit 10 2×2
Exit 10 Exit 17 2×3 Pensacola
Exit 17 Exit 196 2×2
Exit 196 Exit 203 2×3 Tallahassee
Exit 203 Exit 350 2×2
Exit 350 Exit 361 2×3 Jacksonville
Exit 361 Exit 362 2×4 Jacksonville

Interstate 10 in Florida