Interstate 10 East - Ascension Parish to St. Charles Parish

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Interstate 10 East
Louisiana 73 loops 26.3 miles from Saint Phillips Street at Downtown Baton Rouge to Geismar and Louisiana 75. The state highway serves the Praireville community within the vicinity of Exit 173. Photo taken 10/22/03.
One mile out from the diamond interchange (Exit 173) with Louisiana 73 (Old Jefferson Highway) along Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Baton Rouge metropolitan commuters continue to peel off Interstate 10 east throughout Ascension Parish. Traffic counts decrease as I-10 continues east from a peak of 66,897 [2010] vehicles per day (vpd) ahead of Exit 173 to 27,708 [2010] vpd beyond Exit 187. Photo taken 10/22/03.
LA 30 returns for its second meeting with Interstate 10 at Exit 177. The state highway previously met I-10 at its western end in Baton Rouge at Exit 155B. Here LA 30 runs through the city of Gonzalez between the freeway and U.S. 61 (Airline Highway). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Westward LA 30 ventures ten miles to the Mississippi River community of Saint Gabriel and LA 74. The highway also provides an alternate route to Geismar via LA 73. Photo taken 10/22/03.
LA 44 (Burnside Avenue) represents the second access point for the city of Gonzalez on I-10. The 50.1-mile highway straddles the Mississippi River between Laplace and Burnside before turning northward toward Gonzalez and Exit 179. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 179) with Louisiana 44 (Burnside Avenue). Louisiana 44 travels five miles north of U.S. 61 and Gonzalez to its terminus with Louisiana 42 at Little Prairie. The state highway otherwise travels 3.5 miles southward to Burnside and 1.25 miles to the north to intersect Louisiana 30. Photo taken 10/22/03.
A pair of rest areas once lined both sides of Interstate 10 between Exits 178 and 182 through Ascension Parish. These facilities closed by 2005 and were demolished. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The 1.25-mile guide sign for Exit 181 (Louisiana 22) on Interstate 10 eastbound was posted next to the former rest area. The upcoming interchange is two miles south of Sorrento and U.S. 61 (Airline Highway). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Passing underneath the Louisiana 941 overpass on Interstate 10 eastbound. Exit 182 departs in one half mile for Louisiana 22 and Louisiana 70. Louisiana 70 represents the only Mississippi River crossing between Baton Rouge and Gramercy. The state highway crosses the waterway between Union and Donaldsonville along the Sunshine Bridge. Louisiana 70 begins 0.3 miles south of I-10 on Louisiana 22 and from there continues 50.9 miles to Morgan City and U.S. 90. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Louisiana 22 begins eight miles west of Interstate 10 at Louisiana 75 and the riverside community of Darrow. The state highway overall totals 71.9 miles on an arc between Sorrento, Ponchatoula, and the Lake Pontchartrain northshore communities of Madisonville and Mandeville. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 passes by Bayou Conway and begins a lengthy trek across an area of wetlands leading east to Kenner in Jefferson Parish. Photo taken 10/22/03.
One-half mile out from the U.S. 61 crossover of Interstate 10 at Exit 187. The control point is listed as Gramercy, a town situated along the Mississippi River. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The interchange between Interstate 10 and U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) features only four ramps. Movements are only permitted in like directions. Thus Interstate 10 eastbound sees a ramp for U.S. 61 southbound and U.S. 61 northbound sees a return ramp to Interstate 10 west. Both Interstate 10 and U.S. 61 enter Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area within the next three miles. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 nips the northeastern corner of Saint James Parish at the diamond interchange (Exit 194) with LA 641. LA 641 is a connector between the freeway and LA 3213, the Veterans Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi River between Gramercy and Wallace. Exit 194 opened in 1981.
LA 641 ends 6.32 miles southward at LA 44 (Jefferson Highway) in Gramercy. LA 3213 stems from LA 641 southward to LA 3127 (River Parishes Highway), a lengthy state highway connecting Donaldsonville with I-310 near Boutte. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 expands onto a pair of viaducts 3.55 miles eastward across the Reserve Relief Canal through St. John the Baptist Parish. This stretch of freeway was completed in 1975. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Leaving Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, a 12-mile exit less stretch concludes at the northern terminus of Louisiana 3188 (Belle Terre Boulevard), a 2.5 mile connector between Interstate 10 and U.S. 61 (Airline Highway). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Forthcoming Exit 206 consists of a trumpet interchange with Belle Terre Boulevard, a divided four lane arterial that opened in 1984. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Exit 206 is one of two interchanges on I-10 serving the census designated place of Laplace. The bedroom community expands along the U.S. 61 corridor between U.S. 51 and LA 54 near Garyville. LA 3188 winds southward between subdivisions and apartment complexes. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Eastbound Interstate 10 approaching Exit 209 for U.S. 51. Traffic headed to Interstate 55 must use Exit 209, as there is no direct ramp from Interstate 10 east to Interstate 55 north. There is also no direct ramp from Interstate 55 south to Interstate 10 west.
U.S. 51 merges onto Interstate 55 at the Exit 1 on-ramp and from there the two highways share pavement to Exit 28 at Hammond. Photo taken 10/22/03.
One mile out from the diamond interchange (Exit 209) with U.S. 51. I-55 constitutes a 964-mile freeway northward to Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, and Springfield, Illinois. The freeway concludes at Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 41) outside Downtown Chicago. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 continues 12 miles from LaPlace and U.S. 51 to Interstate 310 outside Kenner along another exit less stretch. Traffic counts swell from 38,578 [2011] vpd ahead of Exit 209 to 56,319 [2011] vpd beyond the merge with I-55 south.
Although the landscape around Interstate 10 looks rural, thick suburban development of La Place occupies land between LA-3188 and U.S. 51. U.S. 51 expands accordingly to a five-lane arterial from Exit 209 south on the final three miles of the 1,286-mile route. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Exit 209 departs Interstate 10 east to U.S. 51 (Main Street). Interstate 55 bound motorists travel 0.7 miles between the Exit 209 off-ramp and Exit 1 on-ramp of the north-south freeway. I-55 & U.S. 51 elevate on a narrow strip of land between Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain. Beyond the 21-mile viaduct are the cities of Ponchatoula and Hammond. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 again elevates on freeway viaduct from U.S. 51 eastward to Interstate 310. A wye interchange concludes Interstate 55 south, with traffic joining I-10 eastbound in this scene. Photo taken 10/22/03.
A state-named shield for Interstate 10 that was posted at the merge with Interstate 55 south. This was the last of the original reassurance markers along Interstate 10 eastbound in Louisiana. Photo taken 05/24/06.
Eastbound mileage sign posted after Interstate 55. This sign predates the 1993-completion of Interstate 310 to Interstate 10 and instead references Loyola Drive, the first Kenner interchange, in ten miles. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 angles toward the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline and exits St. John the Baptist Parish for St. Charles Parish. Photo taken 01/15/06.
The freeway turns southeasterly from a levee to pass over the periphery of Lake Pontchartrain a short distance east from the parish line. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The path of Interstate 10 over Lake Pontchartrain coincides with the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The Spillway was constructed in 1931 as a safeguard against Mississippi River flooding downstream. When in operation, a portion of the water flowing down the Mississippi River is diverted through the spillway into Lake Pontchartrain.1 Photo taken 01/15/06.
The viaducts that carry Interstate 10 across St. Charles Parish were completed in 1972. Photo taken 10/22/03.
A transmission corridor appears and spans Lake Pontchartrain from a junction just offshore to Kenner. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Two miles west of the directional T interchange (Exit 220) with Interstate 310 south on I-10 east. The control cities of Boutte and Houma are displayed on a green-out. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 east meets I-3180 south at Exit 220 in one mile. The final segment of I-310 opened was the elevated interchange with I-10 and the 2.25-mile viaduct leading southwest to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway).
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is located southeast of the I-10 / 310 exchange. The facility is accessible by both I-10 (via LA-49 south) and I-310 (via U.S. 61 south). Photo taken 10/22/03.
One-half mile out from Interstate 310 (Exit 220) south on Interstate 10 eastbound. Interstate 310 stretches 11.25 miles southwest to U.S. 90 at Boutte, providing part of a longer route to Houma and Morgan City via the US highway. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 310 departs Interstate 10 east and continues on a pair of bridges for the first five miles. This stretch of viaduct in conjunction with Interstate 10 east from I-55 at Laplace and I-55 north to Ponchatoula give a grand total of 38 miles of continuous elevated roadway. Interstate 310 utilizes the 1983-opened Hale Boggs Bridge across the Mississippi River between Destrehan and Luling. The freeway may extend southward to the proposed Interstate 49 or become the final leg of I-49 if the extension east to the Westbank Expressway is unbuilt. Photo taken 10/22/03.
High speed flyovers carry Interstate 10 westbound traffic onto Interstate 310 south and Interstate 310 northbound onto Interstate 10 westbound above prime tupelo and cypress swamp below. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Continuing from Interstate 310, Interstate 10 enters the city of Kenner. Home to 66,702 as of the 2010 census, Kenner has two interchanges along I-10 (Exits 221 and 223). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Exit 221 joins Interstate 10 with Loyola Drive at a diamond interchange in one mile. Traffic from Interstate 310 north merges and adds two additional lanes to Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Loyola Drive constitutes a multi-lane arterial northward from parallel Veterans Memorial Highway to Joe Yennie Boulevard through Kenner. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Spanning Duncan Canal, Interstate 10 enters both Jefferson Parish and the city of Kenner. The viaduct that began in Laplace concludes. Photo taken 04/20/12.


 
Sources:
  1. Bonnet Carré Spillway @ Wikipedia.org.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/22/03 by AARoads.
  • 01/15/06 by AARoads.
  • 05/24/06 by Jeff Royston.
  • 04/20/12 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 55
Interstate 310

Page Updated 09-18-2012.