Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 north
Interstate 310 begins with Louisiana 3127 at a half-diamond interchange with U.S. 90 near Boutte. The interchange has provisions for the eventual southward extension of Interstate 310 to future Interstate 49. As drivers merge onto the freeway northbound from U.S. 90, a pair of road stubs are in place for the future freeway. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A large diagrammatic sign advises motorists of the forthcoming split of Louisiana 3127 (River Parishes Highway) north for Donaldsonville from Interstate 310 north. The Exit 10 directional interchange lies 1.5 miles north of U.S. 90. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A two-lane high speed ramp departs from the left of Interstate 310 north for Louisiana 3217 north at Exit 10. Louisiana 3127 (River Parishes Highway) follows a multi-lane divided highway northwest eight miles to junction Louisiana 3141 (Mary Plantation Road) at Killona. Beyond there the state highway veers westward toward Edgard, St. James, and Donaldsonville. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Louisiana 3127 departs Interstate 310 northbound at Exit 10. Donaldsonville lies to the northwest along the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish. Louisiana 3127 tallies 44.33 miles between the Ascension Parish line (junction Louisiana 70) and Interstate 310. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Interstate 310 north
Exit 10 covers quite a bit of ground east of Eighty Arpent Canal as Interstate 310 turns easterly from Louisiana 3217 toward Luling. This stretch of freeway opened in 1988. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge comes into view on the northbound approach to the Exit 7 directional stack interchange with Louisiana 18. The interchange joins Interstate 310 with an access road to Louisiana 18 (River Road). Photo taken 11/20/08.
Louisiana 18 (River Road) connects Interstate 310 with the nearby community of Luling. Louisiana 18 follows the south banks of the Mississippi River westward from Avondale to Montz. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The first northbound reassurance marker, posted ahead of the Hale Boggs Bridge. In 2002 agricultural fields fronted the freeway here. Now Ashton Plantation occupies land to the east and R.K. Smith Middle School, among other buildings, resides to the west. Photo taken 11/20/08.
One half mile south of the Exit 7 ramp departure for Louisiana 18 (River Road) on Interstate 310 north. Louisiana 18 travels east into the industrial towns of Luling, Lone Star, and Ama. Westward, River Road straddles the Mississippi to the St. Charles Parish seat of Hahnville, Killona, and the St. John the Baptist seat of Edgard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Nearing Exit 7 and the Hale Boggs Bridge along Interstate 310 north. Photo taken 06/10/06.
Exit 7 leaves Interstate 310 north for Louisiana 18 (River Road). LA-18 stretches 79.46 miles from Louisiana 1 at Donaldsonville southeastward to the Westbank Expressway (U.S. 90 Business) at Gretna. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Ascending on the Hale Boggs Mississippi River Bridge of Interstate 310 northbound. The span was the first high-level, long-span, cable stayed bridge in the world. The bridge was designed to withstand hurricane force winds up to 200 MPH and travels 1,222 feet from start to finish.1 The concrete roadway of the bridge was refurbished during a construction project in late 1999. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Interchanges exist on both approaches of the cable-stayed Mississippi River bridge. Exit 6, at the north end of the span, joins Louisiana 48 with Interstate 310. Louisiana 48 is also known as River Road as it straddles the north banks of the Mississippi between Jefferson Parish and Norco. Photo taken 06/10/06.
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Approaching the south tower of the bridge on Interstate 310 northbound. The Hale Boggs Bridge opened to traffic in 1983 and received the 1984 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award by the American Society of Engineers. The bridge replaced a ferry service and is located 121.7 miles upstream from the mouth of the Mississippi River.1 Photos taken 11/20/08.
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Looking at the north tower of the Interstate 310 bridge. The span was the first element of the I-310 freeway to open to traffic in 1983. Photos taken 11/20/08.
Directional ramps link Interstate 310 with Louisiana 48 (River Road) on the northbound descent. River Road straddles the Mississippi River between the communities of Norco and Kenner. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Exit 6 departs Interstate 310 north for Louisiana 48 (River Road) at Destrehan. Saint Rose resides just east of the bridge at the junction of Louisiana 626 (St. Rose Avenue). Overall LA-48 travels 22.62 miles between U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) at Norco and U.S. 61 near Jefferson. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Before touching town from the Boggs Bridge, Interstate 310 passes over a Canadian National Railroad line. A reassurance marker follows. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Interstate 310 enters a long viaduct section over the Labranche Wetlands, two miles south of U.S. 61 (Exit 2). Speed limits drop to 60 miles per hour on the viaduct northward to Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) intersects Interstate 310 southwest of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) at Kenner. The east-west highway transitions into a busy surface arterial from the freeway east through Jefferson Parish to New Orleans. Westward the US highway skims northern reaches of New Sarpy to the Shell Oil Corporation Refinery, Norco and LaPlace. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Use U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) south for the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) terminal and the community of St. Rose (via Louisiana 50 south). The airport lies east of Interstate 310, north of U.S. 61, and south of Interstate 10 in Kenner. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Drawing to within one-half mile of the Exit 2 ramp departure to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway). A massive stack interchange joins the two divided highways above wetlands near Almedia. U.S. 61 heads five miles west to the industrial town of Norco and 2.5 miles east to the Jefferson Parish line and city of Kenner. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Traffic interests to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) depart in unison as Interstate 310 prepares to meet its northern terminus with Interstate 10 in three miles. Photo taken 11/20/08.
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Looking at the high flyover ramps between I-310 and U.S. 61. The 2.25-mile freeway between Airline Highway and I-10 was the last section of Interstate 310 to open on May 7, 1993. Photos taken 11/20/08.
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The last reassurance shield for Interstate 310 on northbound, which was replaced between 2008 and 2012. The freeway travels 1.8 miles of viaduct between U.S. 61 (Exit 2) and Interstate 10 (Exits 1/1A). Constructed during 1992 at a cost of $26.2-million, the bridges travel over prime tupelo and cypress swamp and thus required sensitive construction techniques.1 Photo taken 11/20/08. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
Diagrammatic overhead posted one mile south of the Interstate 310 stack interchange with Interstate 10 (Exits 1/1A). The elevated highway of Interstate 310 in conjunction with the next ten miles of Interstate 10 west, and the first 23 miles of Interstate 55, comprise the longest continuous elevated highway in the world at 38 miles. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Since the majority of Interstate 310 traffic is headed for the airport and city, two lanes are allocated for the eastbound Interstate 10 ramp (Exit 1A). Drivers taking the westbound flyover (Exit 1) will not see another interchange for ten miles (Interstate 55 north). Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 10 westbound travels 61 miles to Baton Rouge and junction Interstate 12. Eastward Interstate 10 splits with Interstate 610 in ten miles. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 310 officially ends on the transition ramp to Interstate 10 east. Waters of Walker Canal flow below as the freeway nears the Jefferson Parish line and congestion of I-10. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Travelers merging onto Interstate 10 east from Interstate 310 form an auxiliary lane east to Exit 221 and Loyola Drive. This is the first of two I-10 exits for Kenner. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Exit 1 sweeps high above the Interstate 10 viaduct and Walker Canal. Photo taken 10/23/03.

Sources:

  1. "Major Bridges of Louisiana." Preconstruction Pages (LADOTD), Volume 2,1.


Photo Credits:

10/23/03, 06/10/06, 11/20/08, 04/20/12 by AARoads

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U.S. 61

Page Updated 09-07-2012.