Interstate 110

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Interstate 110
North end: Interstate 10
Major
junctions:
Chase Street
Gregory Street
Garden Street
Cervantes Street
Maxwell Street
Fairfield Drive
Brent Lane
South end: Downtown Pensacola

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Interstate 110 (I-110) is a 6.34-mile (10.20 km) auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System in Pensacola, running north from U.S. Highway 98 to Interstate 10. I-110 carries the hidden Florida Department of Transportation designation of State Road 8A. It is also known as the Reubin O'Donovan Askew Parkway, in honor of the former governor of Florida who is also a Pensacola native.

Route description[edit]

Since its completion, Interstate 110 has consisted of six interchanges. At the south end is Exit 1, a directional T interchange that connects the freeway with Garden, Chase and Gregory Streets. Exit 2 links I-110 to U.S. Highway 90/98, also known as Cervantes Street. There are only southbound exit and northbound entrance ramps at this interchange. This same ramp configuration can be found just to the north at Exit 3: Maxwell and Jordan Streets.

Past Exit 3, where the elevated freeway returns to ground level, there are two diamond interchanges. The first is Exit 4: To Fairfield Drive (State Road 295]]). The northbound ramps at Exit 4 have been moved entirely to the southeast quadrant of the intersection and directly connect to Davis Highway (State Road 291) just south of Fairfield Drive. Just north of that point is Exit 5: Brent Lane (State Road 296), Airport Boulevard. Directly adjacent to the southbound lanes approaching the Brent Lane exit is Pensacola Christian College, a major destination for much of the traffic in that area. Originally, north of Exit 5 was an overpass for State Road 742 along Burgess Road. However, between 2004 and 2006, S.R. 742 was rerouted along a new wider overpass at Creighton Road and the old Burgess Road overpass was demolished.

Interstate 110's northern terminus is at Interstate 10. There is a combination trumpet-directional T interchange at this location that is in close proximity to the I-10 interchange with Davis Highway to the east.

History[edit]

The portion of I-110 north of Maxwell Street was completed in 1969 as a four-lane, at-grade freeway. In 1978, the portion from Maxwell Street south to its current terminus at Garden and Chase Streets was opened to traffic. This portion is a four-lane, elevated freeway for its entire length.

Construction of the elevated portion of Interstate 110 caused controversy in that it threatened several historic landmarks. The freeway eliminated over 30 blocks of dense existing development including the popular Dairy Bar ice cream shop and a centuries-old live oak. A portion of the freeway also directly abuts St. Michael's Cemetery, which houses graves as old as the 1700s.

Between 2004 and 2009, Interstate 110 was fully rebuilt and expanded to six lanes from Interstate 10 south to Maxwell Street. Reconstruction of the freeway also added access to and from Airport Boulevard via a modification of the existing Brent Lane interchange.[1]

Future[edit]

Plans to extend Interstate 110 north from Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road), and possibly even as far as Interstate 65 in southwestern Alabama, were discussed in the 1990s.[2] Political and financial hurdles, however, have stalled serious consideration of the project.[3]

Exit list[edit]

Mile[4] # Destinations Notes
0.750 1 No image wide.svg
US 98 (Chase Street) / US 98 Bus. (Garden Street) / Gregory Street
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
0.590 2 US 90 / US 98 (Cervantes Street) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.590 3 Maxwell Street, Jordan Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.691 4 SR 295 (Fairfield Drive)
4.146 5 SR 296 (Brent Lane) , Airport BoulevardPensacola Regional Airport Split diamond interchange; original standard diamond interchange connected to Brent Lane only (prior to October 2009).[5]
6.341 6 25x20px I-10Tallahassee, Mobile Northbound exit and southbound entrance

References[edit]

  1. Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT Escambia County Transportation Improvement Projects-Project Descriptions. Retrieved on July 7, 2007.
  2. Florida Department of Transportation. "I-10 to I-65 Corridor Study". Tallahassee, Florida, 1993.
  3. Barnes, Brad, and Charles Ashby. "I-65 link is 'dead in the water'". Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola, Florida, May 26, 1995.
  4. Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT Interchange Report (PDF). Retrieved on July 7, 2007.
  5. Florida Department of Transportation. Interstate 110/Airport Boulevard Split Diamond Interchange. Retrieved on July 7, 2007.

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