U.S. Highway 90 West

U.S. 90 west
U.S. 90 enters the state of Louisiana over the east banks of the Pearl River near Pearlington, Mississippi. Photo taken 12/10/07.
A two-lane truss swing bridge carries U.S. 90 across the Pearl River into St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The bridge was built in 1926, though U.S. 90 would not utilize the Pearl River crossing until June 21, 1937, when Louisiana requested an alignment change with AASHO to relocate U.S. 90 from its alignment across the Watson-Williams Bridge (which became apart of U.S. 11 on June 28, 1939) into Slidell, to the alignment east across Chef Menteur Pass, the 1930-built Ft. Pike Bridge, and the Pearl River into Mississippi.2 Photos taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 leaves the Pearl River and travels a series of causeways and bridges to Fort Pike. Fort Pike was built between 1819 and 1826 near the Rigolets, the waterway between Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain, and named after General Zebulon Montgomery Pike. Construction of the fort followed the War of 1812 by the order of President James Monroe to better fortify the United States coastal areas. The installation was used as a staging area for troop movement during the Seminole Wars (1830s) and the Mexican War (1840s). Fort Pike would play a greater role during the Civil War (1861), first in the hands of the Louisiana militia and then as a Union-controlled base for operations and training. Beyond the Civil War, the fort remained in military hands until its closing in 1890. In 1972 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately the Fort Pike State Historic Site was damaged by the August 29, 2005 landfall of Hurricane Katrina and again August 30, 2008 by Hurricane Gustav. A combined $898,000 in repairs after both storms reopened the fort on June 12, 2009. Photo taken 12/10/07.
The first of three pony truss bridges along U.S. 90 carries drivers over the East Middle River onto Desert Island. Photos taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 spans the Middle River between Desert Island and Deer Island on the second pony truss bridge. Photos taken 12/10/07.
Spanning the West Middle River onto Honey Island on the third pony truss bridge of U.S. 90 westbound. Photos taken 12/10/07.
The West Pearl River Bridge dominates the western horizon from Deer Island westward across Honey Island. U.S. 90 enters the settlement of Deer Island at the span. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 spans the West Pearl River over a two-lane lift bridge. Photos taken 12/10/07.
A short distance west of the West Pearl River is the eastern terminus of U.S. 190 at White Kitchen.
A wayside park and welcome pavilion used to reside on the northeast corner of the intersection between U.S. 90 and 190. Damage from Hurricane Katrina led to the closure and demolition of the facility. Photo taken 10/24/09.
U.S. 190 begins and travels 7.7 miles west to junction Interstate 10 in Slidell. Connections with U.S. 190 Business (Shortcut Highway) provide a direct route to downtown while U.S. 190 constitutes a commercial arterial to the north.
An Interstate 10 trailblazer was added in both directions of U.S. 90 at U.S. 190 by 2009. Photo taken 12/10/07. Second photo taken 10/24/09.
U.S. 90 westbound reassurance marker, the first in four miles, posted as the road curves southward toward the Rigolets and Orleans Parish. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Continuing southwest, U.S. 90 travels across Prevost Island toward the Rigolets and junction Louisiana 433. Construction visible at the time of this photograph shifts the two-lane roadway onto a temporary alignment to match the 1930-constructed Fort Pike Bridge. Paralleling to the north is the new fixed high-level bridge for U.S. 90. Photo taken 12/10/07.
The original Old Spanish Trail/Louisiana 433 ties into U.S. 90 just east of the Rigolets Bridge at Snug Harbor. This highway travels northwestward 6.4 miles to Interstate 10 and the city of Slidell. Treasure Island lies along Rigolets Avenue. Much of the area near Interstate 10 is under development for the Lakeshore community. Photos taken 12/10/07.
Pre and post construction views of U.S. 90 westbound at the former "Y" intersection with Louisiana 433. LA-433 was realigned to meet U.S. 90 at a conventional intersection in conjunction with the new Rigolets bridge. Photo taken 12/10/07. Second photo taken 06/26/01.
Comparison shots of the new high-level Rigolets Bridge (under construction) versus the 1930-steel truss Fort Pike Bridge. Opened on January 15, 2008 at a cost of $50 million, the new bridge supports two 12' travel lanes with 8' shoulders in each direction. This is a major upgrade when compared to the original Ft. Pike Bridge with its 10' travel lanes and lack of shoulders. Additionally the new bridge's 72' clearance allows the largest of marine craft unimpeded passage on the Rigolets below, a change from the moveable Ft. Pike Bridge.

Work on the new Rigolets Bridge began in October 2004 at a projected cost of $20 million (1997 dollars). However the landfall of Hurricane Katrina delayed the project another eight months, adding to the construction costs in the process. The new bridge increases U.S. 90's effectiveness as an evacuation route for future hurricanes.2

The Rigolets marks the eastern edge of the city limits of New Orleans. Planned in 1927 and opened to traffic on June 9, 1930, the Rigolets Bridge in conjunction with the September 1929 opened Chef Menteur Bridge provided a free route between the city of New Orleans and Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Plans for a crossing here first arose as early as 1918.

Photo taken 12/10/07. Second photo taken 12/10/07. Third photo taken 06/26/01.
Crossing the narrow Fort Pike Bridge over the Rigolets on U.S. 90. The span derived its name from nearby Fort Pike, a historic site along the peninsula between Lake Pontchartrain, The Rigolets, and Sawmill Pass. Crews demolished this span once new bridge opened to traffic. Concrete from the span was used as a breakwater to protect the nearby fort.2
Note the narrowness of the lanes and antiquated guard rail. Passing was not allowed and speed limits were posted only at 25 MPH. This bridge was visible in the distance from the Interstate 10 Twin Spans over Lake Pontchartrain, several miles to the west. Photo taken 12/10/07. Second photo taken 12/10/07. Third photo taken 06/26/01. Fourth photo taken 12/10/07. Fifth photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 travels a narrow strip of land between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake St. Catherine from Fort Pike southward to Green's Ditch. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Westbound approaching the Chef Menteur Pass truss bridge on U.S. 90. The four-head twin traffic signal assemblies are typically used on movable bridges in Louisiana. Photo taken 06/26/01.
Like the Pearl River Bridge, the Chef Menteur Bridge is movable to allow sea traffic passage between Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne. The original approach guard rails were replaced on the narrow two-lane span with a jersey barrier since 2001. Photos taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) widens to four lanes west of the Chef Menteur Bridge through the community of Venetian Isles. Bayou Sauvage and the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge encompass lands along the north side. Photo taken 12/10/07.
An unusual all-text junction sign, since removed, was posted one half mile east of the U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) intersection with U.S. 11 at Powers Junction. The scene here changed dramatically with the construction of a new levee across U.S. 90. Photo taken 12/10/07.
A more conventional shield assembly, since amended to include an Interstate 10 trailblazer, resides just ahead of U.S. 11. U.S. 11 travels adjacent to Irish Bayou Canal northward 5.4 miles to Interstate 10 (Exit 254) at Irish Bayou. Beyond the freeway is the 5-Mile bridge across Lake Pontchartrain into Slidell. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Westbound U.S. 90 intersects the southern terminus of U.S. 11 with Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. 11, which follows Interstate 59 northward to the Appalachian Mountains, can be traced 1,645 miles to the Canadian Border at Rouses Point, New York.
Originally U.S. 11 overlapped with U.S. 90 into downtown New Orleans. This routing was maintained for continuity purposes for traffic heading to Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Birmingham.
Sign assemblies pictured here were replaced again by 2011. Photo taken 11/06/99. Second photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) curves southward towards Village de L'Est. Photo taken 12/10/07.
The first traffic light along U.S. 90 westbound in Louisiana governs the intersection with Industrial Parkway near the Michoud industrial center. Industrial Parkway leads southward to industrial plants on Intracoastal Drive along Michoud Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) widens to include a grassy median south of Village de L'est through New Orleans East. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Old Gentilly Road splits to the south from U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) west near the once abandoned Gateway Terrace Apartments. Alcee Fortier Boulevard stems north at the next signalized intersection to Dwyer Road at Village de L'est. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Michoud Boulevard crosses paths with U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) between Village de L'est and Old Gentilly Road at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Michoud Boulevard links U.S. 90 with the Villages of Oak Island and Exit 248 of Interstate 10. Photo taken 12/10/07.
West U.S. 90 next meets the Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 freeway and its associated frontage road system. Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 travel northward from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to junction Interstate 10 at Little Woods. The freeway replaced Paris Road (Louisiana 47), which still remains along the service roads of Interstate 510. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Drivers bound for Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 south depart U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) west via a loop ramp. Louisiana 47 continues Paris Road south from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge into St. Bernard Parish. The state highway ends in seven miles at Louisiana 46 (St. Bernard Highway) in Chalmette. U.S. 90 continues otherwise into through New Orleans East between Interstate 510 and Exit 240B of Interstate 10. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Westbound U.S. 90 approaching the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (Industrial Canal) lift bridge. The span rises from west of Downman Road and sees a half-diamond interchange with Jourdan Road. Photo taken 08/02/02.
A pair of loop ramps connect U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) with France Road at the west descent of the Industrial Canal bridge. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Cresting on the Industrial Canal bridge along U.S. 90 westbound. Known as the Danziger Bridge, the span carries seven lanes of traffic via a 108 foot wide and 320 foot long deck. Opened in 1991, it was at one point the widest lift bridge in the world. The $37.9 million bridge replaced a double-leaf bascule bridge.1 Photo taken 08/02/02.
Traffic for France Road exits before the end of the bridge for the Gentilly Woods and Desire neighborhoods of New Orleans. Six lanes of U.S. 90 continue west toward the Gentilly Terrace community. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Old Gentilly Road (old U.S. 90) merges with the Chef Menteur Highway to form Gentilly Boulevard opposite Providence Place and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. U.S. 90 sinks below a gothic style overpass carrying a Norfolk Southern Railroad line.
These mast-arm signals were replaced. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Older U.S. 90 westbound reassurance shield, still posted as of April 2011, past the intersection with Franklin Avenue in the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 08/02/02.
The northern terminus of Louisiana 3021 is located at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and U.S. 90 (Gentilly Boulevard). Traffic bound for Louisiana 3021 / Elysian Fields Avenue south must make a Michigan left to access the state highway as left-hand turns are prohibited from U.S. 90 west. Photo taken 08/02/02.
A text-overhead prepares westbound motorists along Gentilly Boulevard for the U.S. 90 split for New Orleans Street southbound to Broad Street. Broad Street is the route U.S. 90 follows from Interstate 610 southwest to Tulane Avenue (U.S. 61). Photo taken 08/02/02.
U.S. 90 westbound turns onto New Orleans Street from Gentilly Boulevard at this intersection. Four blocks to the south, U.S. 90 resumes a westwardly direction along Broad Street.
Replacement mast-arm signal assemblies posted did not retain the U.S. 90 shield assembly pictured here. Photo taken 08/02/02.
U.S. 90 (Broad Avenue) enters the Tulane / Gravier neighborhood beyond Bienville Avenue. This scene looks at the signalized intersection with Banks Street. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 and 90 shield assembly that was posted just west of Banks Street for the intersection of Broad and Tulane Avenues. U.S. 90 west turns left onto Tulane Avenue toward downtown, but until sometime in the 1960s, followed Canal Street to the east. The Broad Avenue / Canal Street intersection is the original terminus for U.S. 61. Now U.S. 61 northbound begins via Tulane Avenue from the intersection of Broad Avenue (U.S. 90). Photo taken 11/06/99.
The U.S. 61 northbound shield assembly was relocated to the neutral ground of Broad Avenue ahead of Tulane Avenue. U.S. 61 follows Tulane Avenue through Mid City to Airline Drive at Interstate 10 and Jefferson Parish. The route continues west along Airline Highway to Kenner, St. Charles Parish, and Baton Rouge. Photo taken 11/20/08.
There are no signs posted at the intersection of Broad and Tulane Avenues for either U.S. 61 north or the U.S. 90 westbound turn toward Downtown. Broad Avenue continues west otherwise to a trumpet interchange with Poydras Street and the Broadmoor neighborhood. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 reassurance marker posted within the median of Tulane Avenue between U.S. 61 and Dorgenois Street. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 travels underneath the Interstate 10 viaduct along Claiborne Avenue between Tulane Avenue and Gravier Street. The US route emerges onto a viaduct of its own through the stack interchange between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 Business (Pontchartrain Expressway). Claiborne Avenue continues as a service road below to the Poydras Street and the Superdome. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Following Claiborne Avenue to Poydras Street below the U.S. 90 viaduct. Photo taken 11/20/08.
An on-ramp follows the Claiborne Avenue intersection with Poydras Street onto the elevated lanes of U.S. 90 west. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Ramps connect the U.S. 90 viaduct above Clairborne Avenue with U.S. 90 Business west onto Interstate 10 west and the Pontchartrain Expressway south to the Crescent City Connection bridge to Algiers. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 continues along the viaduct above Howard Avenue and Earhart Boulevard before touching down ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 resumes along Claiborne Avenue southwest to Central City from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. MLK Boulevard ventures south to St. Charles Avenue and north to Broad Avenue Photo taken 11/20/08.
A $1.2-billion project underway between 2006 and 2013 dramatically expands the Huey P. Long Bridge to six overall lanes. Modern standards for each road deck will accommodate three eleven foot lanes, a two foot inside shoulder and an eight foot outside shoulder. New approaches were constructed that include overpasses from Clearview Parkway to the bridge above Jefferson Highway. U.S. 90 turns from Jefferson Highway west onto the bridge south. The suite of photos here shows the bridge in its original configuration. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A 1935 overhead proclaimed the bridge in Governor Huey P. Long's name. The sign featured letters with cat-eye reflectors. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The Huey P. Long Bridge is a cantilever bridge spanning the Mississippi River between the communities of Jefferson and Bridge City. The bridge opened December 16, 1935 with four overall lanes at nine feet in width. Photos taken 11/20/08.
Two sets of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad track travel between two road decks. The original tight lanes of the bridge resulted in a prohibition of trucks passing other trucks and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. Photos taken 11/20/08.
A second sign with cat-eye reflectors honoring Governor Huey P. Long was posted at the south end the Huey P. Long Bridge. As U.S. 90 returned to ground level it immediately intersected Louisiana 18 (Bridge City Avenue). Louisiana 18 represents the original alignments of both U.S. 90 & Louisiana 2. The state highway travels eastward to Westwego and Marrero along the periphery of the Mississippi River. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The westbound lanes of U.S. 90 turned underneath the railroad trestle of the Huey P. Long Bridge to reunite with the eastbound lanes at a traffic circle with Louisiana 18 (Bridge City Avenue). An interchange replaces this junction as U.S. 90 westbound now follows a new carriageway west of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.
Louisiana 18 west otherwise overlaps with U.S. 90 for one mile to the intersection of River Road. Photos taken 11/20/08.
Mileage sign that was posted after the U.S. 90 traffic circle with Louisiana 18 east and Bridge City Avenue. The four-lane stretch of U.S. 90 along the east side of the Huey P. Long Bridge railroad trestle now carries three lanes of U.S. 90 eastbound only. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 and Louisiana 18 west part ways at the intersection of West Nine Mile Point Road and River Road. LA-18 follows River Road to Avondale, Waggaman and Ama along the west bank of the Mississippi River. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The new carriageway of U.S. 90 west recombines with the eastbound carriageway ahead of a 1941 bridge over a Union Pacific Railroad line. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Just south of the Union Pacific Railroad bridge is a loop ramp onto the eastbound beginning of U.S. 90 Business (Westbank Expressway). Photo taken 11/20/08.
A US 90 bridge stamp appears at the 1941 bridge. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The 1941 bridge lowers over ramps to the Westbank Expressway, carrying four overall lanes. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Traffic bound for Westwago, Marrero, Harvey and New Orleans departs U.S. 90 west for the Westbank Expressway. The western most reaches of U.S. 90 Business travel at-grade along carriageways that will eventually become frontage roads to an extended freeway. Beyond Westwood Avenue at Marrero, U.S. 90 Business upgrades to freeway standards, doubling as the unsigned Interstate 910 to Downtown New Orleans. Photos taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 crosses Labranche Canal midway between the Westbank Expressway end and Lapalco Boulevard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Lapalco Boulevard ends at U.S. 90 near Avondale. The east-west arterial serves a bevy of suburban communities from south of Westwago to Louisiana 23 (Belle Chasse Highway) near Terrytown. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Westbound shield posted between Lapalco Boulevard and Jamie Boulevard at Avondale. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Jamie Boulevard connects U.S. 90 with a number of east-west residential streets at Avondale. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Avondale Garden Road connects U.S. 90 with Louisiana 18 (River Road) southeast of Waggaman. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Traffic lights govern movements between U.S. 90 and Butler Drive, the entrance to the Kennedy Heights subdivision. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Beyond the Avondale area, U.S. 90 travels 14 miles to Boutte and 33 miles to Raceland. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Capitol Drive stems north from U.S. 90 to the Avondale community of Washington Place from this traffic light. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Live Oak Boulevard meanders northwest from U.S. 90 to South Kenner Avenue. Connections with Willswood Lane lead motorists to Louisiana 18 at Waggaman. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Future Interstate 49 corridor signs were posted along U.S. 90 from the Westbank Expressway west to Lafayette in the late 1990s. Several of these have disappeared over the years and the progress of Interstate 49 South is limited to freeway upgrades from Raceland west to New Iberia. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 travels by wetlands and Outer Cataouatche Canal into St. Charles Parish. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Another Future Interstate 49 corridor sign follows the Jefferson Parish line. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Spanning Davis Pond Diversion Canal on a bridge date-stamped 2000 along U.S. 90 west near Lone Star. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Willowdale Boulevard spurs south from U.S. 90 to the Willowdale golf course community. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Approaching Louisiana 3060, a 1.15-mile connector between U.S. 90 and Louisiana 18 (River Road) at Lone Star. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Louisiana 3060 follows Barton Avenue northeast from U.S. 90. Lakewood Drive ties in from the Mimosa Park community to the south. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A BNSF Railroad line lines the westbound side of U.S. 90 through to Boutte. Pictured here is the signalized intersection with Oak Lane south and an industrial plant entrance to the north. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Entering the unincorporated community of Boutte along U.S. 90 west near Coronado Drive. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The first guide sign for Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 appears one quarter mile east of the half-diamond interchange with the 11.25-mile freeway in Boutte. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Louisiana 52 (Paul Maillard Road) south and Louisiana 633 (Magnolia Ridge Road) north come together and end at U.S. 90 in Boutte. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Louisiana 52 angles 2.7 miles northeast along Paul Maillard Road to Louisiana 18 (River Road) at Luling. Louisiana 633 spurs 2.8 miles south to a dead end near Paradis Canal. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The forthcoming interchange with Interstate 310 and Louisiana 3127 replaced an at-grade intersection with LA-3127 in 1988. LA-3127 was constructed in 1975 between Boutte and Killona and runs 44.3 miles toward Donaldsonville. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Travelers bound for Interstate 310 north to Destrehan and New Orleans or Louisiana 3127 northwest toward Wallace and Gramercy depart U.S. 90 westbound. Interstate 310 ends at Interstate 10 near Kenner and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 westbound shield assembly posted ahead of the signalized turn onto I-310 north from U.S. 90 east. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Stubs exist at both carriageway ends of Interstate 310 to the north of U.S. 90 and the parallel BNSF Railroad. It is unclear if Interstate 310 will continue two miles south to Interstate 49 South as originally planned, or if Interstate 49 will simply turn north and overtake the freeway to end at Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 southbound traffic concludes at the left-hand turn onto U.S. 90 east at this traffic light. A sweeping ramp merges onto U.S. 90 west ahead. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 / Future Interstate 49 west at the Exit 185 diamond interchange with Louisiana 662 near Gisbon. Louisiana 662 begins at Louisiana 182 (former U.S. 90) just to the south, and comprises a 11.1-mile loop along side Bayou L'Ourse tO Boeuf. Photo taken 11/12/99.
Westbound on U.S. 90 travels a lengthy viaduct over Alligator Bayou toward a directional cloverleaf interchange with Louisiana 662 at Boeuf. Photo taken 11/12/99.
Louisiana 662 ends 0.7 miles south of the Exit 182 off-ramp again at Louisiana 182 (former U.S. 90). LA-182 and U.S. 90 span Bayou Boeuf into Amelia next. Photo taken 11/12/99.
U.S. 90 spans Bayou Boeuf and enters St. Mary Parish ahead of the Exit 181 flyover ramp to Lake Palourde Bypass at Amelia. Photo taken 11/12/99.


  1. "Major Bridges of Louisiana." Preconstruction Pages (LADOTD), Volume 2,1.
  2. "U.S. 11 Rouses Point, New York, to New Orleans, Louisiana." Federal Highway Administration.

Photo Credits:

  • 1999-11-06 by AARoads.
  • 1999-11-12 by AARoads and Adam Froehlig.
  • 2001-06-26 by AARoads.
  • 2002-08-02 by AARoads.
  • 2003-10-22 by AARoads.
  • 2007-12-10 by AARoads.
  • 2008-11-20 by AARoads.
  • 2009-10-24 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Interstate 310
Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47
U.S. Highway 11
U.S. Highway 90 Business - Westbank Expressway

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