U.S. 61 South - LaPlace to New Orleans

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U.S. 61 South
U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) southbound at the southern terminus of LA 3188 (Belle Terre Boulevard) at Laplace. Photo taken 06/26/01.
LA 3188 comprises a divided four-lane highway traveling 2.09 miles between the Airline Highway and a trumpet interchange with Interstate 10 (Exit 206). The commercial arterial serves residential areas of west LaPlace to I-10. Photo taken 06/26/01.
U.S. 61 curves southeast from LA 3188, 1.2 miles to intersect the south end of U.S. 51 in LaPlace. Photo taken 05/09/15.
U.S. 51 begins a nearly 1,300 mile trek northward to Wisconsin from U.S. 61 in LaPlace. Locally the US highway follows an arterial style route 3.8 miles northeast to Interstate 55 north, where it combines with the freeway to Ponchatoula and Hammond. Photo taken 05/09/15.
LA 44 concludes a 50 mile route from Prairieville at the adjacent intersection to U.S. 51 on U.S. 61 south. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Following Main Street west, LA 44 connects with 5th Street to arc southwest to the Great River Road paralleling the Mississippi west to Reserve and Dutch Bayou. Main Street north of U.S. 61 is the historic alignment of U.S. 51. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Leading away from U.S. 51 and LA 44, U.S. 51 becomes more rural on the exit of LaPlace to the Bonnet Carre Floodway. Photo taken 05/09/15.
U.S. 61 reassurance marker posted after the north end of LA 626. Photo taken 04/20/12.
Interstate 310 advance guide sign and state-named shield posted along U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) southbound. Interstate 310 constitutes a southwesterly spur from Interstate 10 near Kenner to U.S. 90 at Boutte. The freeway includes the first crossing of the Mississippi River north from Jefferson Parish. Photo taken 04/20/12.
A second Interstate 310 Louisiana shield precedes the off-ramp for the 11.25-mile freeway. State-named shields for the Pelican State returned in 2011. Photo taken 04/20/12.
All traffic bound for Interstate 310 departs in unison from U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) southbound. Interstate 310 leads southwest to Destrehan and the Hale Boggs Bridge to Luling. Photo taken 04/20/12.
The flyover onto Interstate 310 northbound joins the viaduct 2.25 miles ahead of the stack interchange with Interstate 10 near the Jefferson Parish line. Interstate 10 enters Kenner en route to New Orleans from there. Photo taken 04/20/12.
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The interchange between Interstate 310 and U.S. 61 reminds one more of Los Angeles, than Louisiana. The mammoth symmetrical stack interchange features sweeping flyovers high above wetlands, an adjacent levee and the Kansas City Southern Railroad. U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) crosses underneath the I-310 viaduct and associated ramps just barely above the adjacent swamp land. Photos taken 11/06/99.
Just east of the I-310 stack interchange is the northern terminus of the short LA 50 (Almedia Road). The state highway spurs 0.85 miles to the southeast between U.S. 61 and LA 48 (River Road) at Saint Rose. Photo taken 11/12/99.
A viaduct carries U.S. 61 over the Illinois Central Railroad at Kenner. The four-lane divided highway comes into view of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on the descent to Farrar Avenue. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 intersects Farrar Avenue north and a service road from the airport east of the Railroad bridge. Car rental offices associated with the airport are access via this signal. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The next signal, since replaced with mast-arm supported assemblies, lies at the entrance to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) terminal from U.S. 61 (Airline Drive). Photo taken 11/20/08.
A controlled-access highway leads northward from the airport terminal alongside U.S. 61 to a northward turn along Duncan Canal to Interstate 10. This road includes a half diamond interchange with Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Daniel Street meets U.S. 61 at the next signal at a commercial area east of the airport. The north-south road is part of the Kenner residential street grid. Photo taken 11/20/08.
LA 49 begins and ventures northward along Williams Boulevard from U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) in Kenner. The state highway travels almost four miles northward to Joe Yenni Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Center. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) southbound at the northern terminus of LA 3154 (Hickory Avenue). David Drive enters the intersection from Power and Veterans Boulevard to the northwest. LA 3154 connects U.S. 61 with the west end of LA 3139 (Earhart Expressway) and LA 48 (Jefferson Highway) at Harahan. LA 3154 constitutes 3.1 miles. Photo taken 08/02/02.
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The junction of U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) and Causeway Boulevard (LA 3046 south) near Jefferson features an unusual interchange with an elevated rotary between the two highways. The interchange is symmetrical with ramps protruding downward in all directions. Causeway Boulevard is a heavily traveled arterial between the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway southward to U.S. 90 (Jefferson Highway). The LA 3046 designation applies to the controlled access portion of Causeway Boulevard between U.S. 61 and 90. Photos taken 11/20/08, 10/23/03.
Traffic bound for Causeway Boulevard in either direction departs U.S. 61 and rises to meet the elevated traffic circle. The first ramp joins LA 3046 southbound to U.S. 90 at Jefferson. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Labarre Road, LA 3262 until 2011, intersects U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) just east of the ramps with Causeway Boulevard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
The former LA 3262 leads south to an industrial park and a large railroad yard and north to LA 611-9 (Metairie Road). Photo taken 11/20/08.
Continuing east along U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) through southern reaches of Metairie. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Ridgewood Drive stems northeast from U.S. 61 to the Old Metairie community. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Mapleridge Drive provides the only access point to the Maple Ridge Park subdivision north of U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) at this traffic light. The aforementioned railroad yard appears to the south, opposite Metaire Country Club to the north. Photo taken 11/20/08.
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Parallel L & A Road emerges from the adjacent industrial area to meet U.S. 61 (Airline Drive) via two prongs. Photos taken 11/20/08.
Leaving Metairie and Jefferson Parish, U.S. 61 enters Orleans Parish and the city of New Orleans. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A Canadian National Railroad line lines the south side of U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) from just east of the parish line to Interstate 10. The railroad line separates U.S. 61 from the Hollygrove street grid to the south. Mistletoe and Palm Streets come together on the north side of U.S. 61 at this traffic light. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 partitions with an off-ramp to Palmetto Street south to Hollygrove and Gert Town as Airline Drive prepares to meet Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 11/20/08.
A pair of overpasses carry Palmetto Street above U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) as the eight-lane arterial crosses Palmetto Canal below. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Airline Highway becomes Tulane Avenue south of Carrollton Avenue and Interstate 10 at Mid-City. A complicated array of ramps joins U.S. 61 with Interstate 10 otherwise, with southbound traffic afforded a direct connection to a c/d roadway system to I-10 east and Howard Avenue. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Monroe Street ties into Airline Highway from the Dixon neighborhood opposite the eastbound off-ramp of Interstate 10 to U.S. 61. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 61 elevates onto a short viaduct above ramps to and from Interstate 10. Traffic destined for Downtown and the Crescent City Connection bridge to the Westbank departs as the viaduct begins. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Two lanes depart U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) southbound for Interstate 10 (Pontchartrain Expressway) east. I-10 next splits with U.S. 90 Business for the Claiborne Avenue viaduct northeast to Treme and the Seventh Ward. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Following Tulane Avenue, U.S. 61 carries six lanes with a narrow median through Mid-City. The first signal south of Carrollton Avenue is at Pierce Street. Pierce Street flows outward from U.S. 61 in both directions and left turns are protected, despite the lack of a dedicated turn lane. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Cortez Street travels one block west to Gravier Street and northeast through Mid-City to Orleans Avenue. Cortez Street at Gert Town, along with other residential streets, are discontinuous due to Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/20/08.
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Jefferson Davis Parkway comprises a divided tree lined boulevard northeast to Bayou St. John. Southwesterly, the boulevard combines over a viaduct across Interstate 10 before separating at Gert Town. Left turns are prohibited between Tulane Avenue and the parkway, requiring motorists to make a Michigan Left. Photos taken 11/20/08.
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U.S. 61 continues seven blocks southward to meet U.S. 90 at its turn from Broad Avenue east onto Tulane Avenue south to the Tulane / Gravier neighborhood of New Orleans. Photos taken 11/20/08.
An end sign appears at the U.S. 61 southbound conclusion at U.S. 90 (Broad Avenue). Until the 1960s, U.S. 61 turned east onto Broad Avenue four blocks to Canal Street, when Canal Street carried U.S. 90 southeast to Claiborne Avenue. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Night time perspective of the U.S. 61 southern terminus. Broad Avenue west continues from U.S. 90 four blocks over Interstate 10 and six blocks to Earhart Boulevard. A trumpet interchange exists between Broad Avenue and Poydras Street south between U.S. 61 and the freeway under crossing. Photo taken 10/23/03.

Photo Credits:

  • 11/06/99 by AARoads.
  • 11/12/99 by AARoads and Adam Froehlig.
  • 06/26/01 by AARoads.
  • 08/02/02 by AARoads.
  • 10/23/03 by AARoads.
  • 11/20/08 by AARoads.
  • 04/20/12 by AARoads.
  • 05/09/15 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Interstate 310
U.S. 90

Page Updated 10-04-2016.

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