Map Updated October 1, 2012.
Interstate 610 was added to the Interstate system in 1964 with Interstate 10 in the city of New Orleans.1 This included the Pontchartrain Expressway leading south from Pontchartrain and West End Boulevards to downtown and I-610 spuring east from I-10 to Canal Boulevard. The remainder of freeway east to I-10 at Franklin Avenue would not be completed until 1973-75.
The freeway provides a bypass route for Interstate 10 through New Orleans, traveling north of the Interstate 10 dog leg into downtown. The freeway undulates through City Park and the Gentilly neighborhood of the city, traveling partially at-grade and partially on an elevated viaduct. Speed limits are 60 miles per hour for the 4.52-mile freeway.
Interstate 610 Highway Guides
Viaducts for Interstate 10 pass over Franklin Avenue at the wye interchange with Interstate 610's eastern terminus. A diamond interchange with Franklin Avenue intermingles with the freeway connection from below. Photo taken April 20, 2012.
Sound walls installed in conjunction with the 1999-2000 Interstate 10/610 interchange reconstruction project revealed the level of flood waters caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The interchange between the two freeways and adjacent Pontchartrain Boulevard was vastly underwater after the levees broke from the storm. Photo taken June 10, 2006.
|Scenes Related to Interstate 610|
|Southbound Canal Boulevard at the one block service road connecting the Interstate 610 eastbound on and off-ramps within the Lakeview neighborhood. Photo taken 11/19/08.|
|Franklin Avenue northbound emerges from a CSX Railroad underpass and passes under the Interstate 10 mainline and the ending I-610 eastbound. Photo taken 06/10/06.|
|An Interstate 610 shield directs motorists onto the westbound on-ramp for Lakeview in New Orleans, Metairie, and Baton Rouge. Photo taken 04/20/12.|
|The eastbound on-ramp joins Interstate 10 directly to New Orleans East and Slidell. Franklin Avenue northbound continues into the Gentilly neighborhood of the city ahead, meeting U.S. 90 (Gentilly Avenue) in 12 blocks. Photo taken 04/20/12.|
|Following the Pontchartrain Boulevard southbound exit, traffic partitions into one-lane ramps for Interstate 10 west into Metairie and Interstate 610 east to Gentilly. Photo taken 04/20/12.|
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Page Updated 09-07-2012.