Interstate 610

Home » Guides » Louisiana » Interstate 610

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.
Interstate 610 scenes
2 photos
2 photos
Interstate 610 shields posted at the intersection of Canal Boulevard north at Florida Boulevard in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. A split diamond interchange lies one block ahead with I-610.
Shields for I-610 were replaced between 2008 and 2011, though the westbound assembly was missing by 2012. Photo taken 11/19/08. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
2 photos
2 photos
Northbound Canal Boulevard at the Interstate 610 eastbound on-ramp. The westbound ramp defaults onto Interstate 10 west at the Jefferson Parish line.
Date stamps on the arrow placards displayed September 24, 1984.
Ground level signals were replaced and trees removed in the ten year interval between these photos. Heavy rains were falling at the time of 2002 shot from thunderstorms associated with a small disturbance over south-central Louisiana. Photo taken 08/12/02. Second photo taken 04/20/12.
Passing under the Interstate 610 overpasses, Canal Boulevard meets the westbound service road with access to Louix XIV Street and the westbound freeway. Interstate 610 from Canal Boulevard west to Interstate 10 was completed by late 1964. Photo taken 04/20/12.
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.
Pontchartrain Boulevard southbound at the loop ramp for Interstate 610 east and Interstate 10 west. This three-quarter cloverleaf interchange was built in 1964 in conjunction with the Pontchartain Expressway (Interstate 10) leading southeast from the Jefferson Parish line to downtown. 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.


  1. "The Second Battle of New Orleans," FHWA.

Photo Credits:

08/12/02, 06/10/06, 11/19/08, 04/20/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. 90

Page Updated 09-07-2012.