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U.S. 90 East
East of Paradis, U.S. 90 continues to within one mile of Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 north in St. Charles Parish. Photo taken 11/20/08.
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Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 meet U.S. 90 at a half diamond interchange near the community of Boutte. The second sign for I-310 was replaced between 2006 and 2008.
Interstate 310 links U.S. 90 and the Houma, Morgan City area with Interstate 10 and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Louisiana 3127 briefly commingles with I-310 before turning northwest to Donaldsonville along the River Parishes Highway. Photo taken 06/10/06. Second photo taken 11/23/08.
One of the many Interstate 49 future corridor signs that were posted in the late 1990s along U.S. 90 from Lafayette to Greater New Orleans. It was thought that Interstate 49 South would continue east from the Boutte area to the Westbank Expressway. However financial doubts have put the easternmost projection of I-49 in jeopardy, with some speculation that I-49 will instead turn northeast along I-310 to end at I-10 near Kenner.
This assembly was removed by 2006. Photo taken 06/15/01.
A guide sign directs traffic onto Interstate 310 & Louisiana 3127 at the northbound on-ramp to Destrehan, Kenner and New Orleans. Ramp stubs from the adjacent viaduct hint at a southward extension of I-310 to proposed Interstate 49. Photo taken 11/23/08.
U.S. 90 leaves Interstate 310 and continues to Boutte, Waggaman and Avondale. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Louisiana 52 (Paul Mailard Road) south and Louisiana 633 (Magnolia Ridge Road) north come together and end at U.S. 90 in Boutte. LA-52 connects Boutte with Luling (junction LA-18) while LA-633 meanders south to a dead end. Photo taken 11/23/08.
East of Avondale, U.S. 90 nears the split with U.S. 90 Business (Westbank Expressway). Photo taken 08/02/02.
U.S. 90 eastbound at the beginning of the Westbank Expressway (U.S. 90 Business). U.S. 90 Business arcs eastward through the Westbank communities of Westwago, Marrero, Harvey and Gretna before reaching the Crescent City Connection bridge at Algiers, New Orleans.
The overhead assembly pictured here was replaced with ground level shields. Photo taken 08/02/02.
A historical look at U.S. 90 eastbound at the merge with Louisiana 18 (River Road) near Bridge City. The railroad portion (New Orleans Public Belt Railroad) of the Huey P. Long Bridge climbs toward the crossing of the Mississippi River between what is now the split roadway of U.S. 90. Louisiana 18 enters U.S. 90 via River Road from the communities of Avondale and Waggaman. Photo taken 11/12/99.
A $1.2-billion project commenced in 2006 to expand the capacity of the 1935-built Huey P. Long Bridge from four to six overall lanes. The original configuration saw travel lanes with just nine feet wide and no shoulders. Upon completion of the bridge work in 2013, three eleven foot lanes will travel with two foot inside shoulders and eight foot outside shoulders between Bridge City and Jefferson. The next series of photos shows the original configuration. Photo taken 11/12/99.
The Huey P. Long Bridge opened to traffic December 16, 1935. The bridge was struck by a ship and had to be repaired in 1979. The lack of shoulders and extremely narrow travel lanes led to a ban on trucks passing. Photo taken 11/12/99.
Descending towards Jefferson on U.S. 90 eastbound. Note the slow descent of the railroad trestle as compared to the roadway. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad gradually sweeps to the northeast to parallel the Earhart Expressway into New Orleans. The Huey P. Long Bridge comprises the longest and highest steel railroad bridge in the United States at 4.35 miles in length with a 135 foot vertical clearance. Photo taken 11/12/99.
U.S. 90 turned eastward with Louisiana 48 along the Jefferson Highway at the northern end of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Traffic heading north joined Clearview Parkway toward Interstate 10.
Louisiana 48 continues the Jefferson Highway west from Jefferson to the city of Kenner and St. Charles Parish. U.S. 90 & Louisiana 48 previously shared a half mile overlap east to Central Avenue, but the stretch along Central Avenue was decommissioned by 2011. Photo taken 11/12/99.
U.S. 90 winds through Central City and emerges at the Claiborne Avenue viaduct by the Superdome. The viaduct carries the US highway mainline through the directional interchange with Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/23/08.
A service road travels along side the elevated lanes of U.S. 90 to Earhart Boulevard for the ramp to U.S. 90 Business west to Algiers. Photo taken 11/23/08.
U.S. 90 follows Canal Street northwest from Claiborne Avenue to U.S. 61. U.S. 61 begins at the U.S. 90 turn onto Broad Avenue and continues Tulane Avenue northwest to Mid City and Airline Drive. The US highway travels north from the Gulf Coast to Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, Quad Cities, and St. Paul on a 1,400 mile trek to Wyoming, Minnesota. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Broad Avenue swings east from Napolean Avenue and Broadmoor to become U.S. 90 east of U.S. 61 (Tulane Avenue) to Allen Street and Interstate 610. The movement of U.S. 90 east and the beginning of U.S. 61 north are not posted at the intersection of Tulane and Broad. Photo taken 11/23/08.
One block removed from Tulane Avenue along U.S. 90 (Broad Avenue) at Banks Street. Photo taken 11/23/08.
The on-ramp from France Road adds a fourth eastbound lane to U.S. 90 across the main span of the Danziger Bridge. Photo taken 05/09/15.
The Danziger Bridge crosses the Industrial Canal between the Gentilly Woods and Pines Village neighborhoods of New Orleans. A barrier lowers during bridge openings. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Drivers lower from the vertical lift bridge above an industrial area preceding Downman Road. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Directional ramps connect forthcoming Downman Road with the High Rise Bridge west and from Interstate 10 east. The inbound ramp is closed during the morning peak hours to offset congestion due to a limited merge area on the freeway. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Interstate 10 leads back to the southwest through the Desire neighborhood en route to Downtown New Orleans. Downman Road north parallels the Industrial Canal north to New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW). Photo taken 05/09/15.
Traveling through New Orleans East, U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) meets Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 at a six-ramp parclo interchange. The southbound ramp travels to Intracoastal Waterway bridge to Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish.
Sign changes made since this photo was taken remove the northbound set of shields. Photo taken 11/06/99.
A left turn takes drivers from U.S. 90 east onto Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 north to Interstate 10 and Little Woods. Photo taken 06/09/10.
A hodgepodge of industrial type businesses line U.S. 90 (Chef Mentuer Highway) east through Michoud. Michoud Boulevard crosses the four-lane divided highway from Old Gentilly Road near the NASA Michoud Assembly facility northward to Village de L'Est. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Alcee Fortier Boulevard spurs north from a traffic light with U.S. 90 to a residential area and Dwyer Boulevard. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Industrial Parkway spurs south from U.S. 90 to a number of businesses along side Michoud Canal. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 trailblazer posted along the Chef Menteur Highway after Industrial Highway. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 curves northward along the periphery of Bayou Sauvage to meet the south end of U.S. 11 at Powers Junction. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Due to the low traffic volumes of the area, a simple set of flashers govern the movements at the southern terminus of U.S. 11 in eastern New Orleans. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 11 departs U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) on its ten-state, 1,645-mile journey northward to Canada at Rouses Point, New York. While much of the route shadows an Interstate highway, portions of the route still play a pivotal role, such as the bridge across Lake Pontchartrain, which was the first span to reopen following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Photo taken 12/10/07.
The replacement shield assembly for U.S. 11 north on U.S. 90 east. U.S. 11 parallels Irish Bayou Canal northward to Interstate 10 at Pointe aux Herbes and the 5-Mile Bridge to Slidell. Originally the highway shared pavement with U.S. 90 west into central New Orleans. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Leading away from U.S. 11, U.S. 90 continues along Bayou Sauvage to Venetian Isles. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 spans Chef Menteur Pass along the Chef Pass Bridge, still within the New Orleans city limits. Now far removed from the hustle and bustle of the Big Easy central business district, U.S. 90 sleepily crosses this waterway that links Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain. Photo taken 06/09/10.
The Chef Menteur Pass Bridge opened to traffic in September of 1929. Storm surge from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 scoured away soil through the pass, shifting the bridge support columns. Hurricane Rita continued the process almost a month later and normal tidal scouring eventually led to the eastern bank of the bridge to begin sliding into the pass. The bridge was closed from August 29, 2005 to August 11, 2006 for repair work.3 Photo taken 06/09/10.
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The 1,174-foot-long bridge3 was closed in early 2008 as construction crews worked to stabilize the bridge and fix its locking mechanism.1 A cement barge struck the bridge on October 26, 2011, resulting in $100,000 in damages.2 Photos taken 06/09/10.
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Side profiles of the Chef Pass Bridge, with some local fishermen enjoying the waters. Photos taken 11/12/99.
A pond lines the east side of U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) near the former Brazillier Island Road. Marquez Canal parallels the rural highway to the southeast, linking Chef Menteur Pass with Lake St. Catherine. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Fort Pike State Historic Site lies along The Rigolets along U.S. 90, just east of Lake Pontchartrain. Fort Pike was commissioned in 1826 to defend coastal areas in conjunction with five other masonry forts at the time. It remained in service until 1890, serving as a staging area or depot during the Seminole Wars, the Mexican War and the Civil War. Photo taken 06/09/10.
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A comparison look at work on the new high-level Rigolets Bridge along side the 1930-steel truss Fort Pike Bridge. Opened on January 15, 2008 at a cost of $50 million, the new bridge supports two 12 foot travel lanes with 8 foot shoulders in each direction. This is a major upgrade when compared to the original Ft. Pike Bridge with its 10 foot travel lanes and lack of shoulders. Additionally the new bridge's 72 foot clearance allows the largest of marine craft unimpeded passage on the Rigolets below, a change from the moveable Ft. Pike Bridge. Photo taken 12/07/07. Second photo taken 12/10/07.
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Work on the new Rigolets Bridge began in October 2004 at a projected cost of $20 million (1997 dollars). The landfall of Hurricane Katrina delayed the project another eight months, increasing construction costs to $50-million.1 The new bridge increases U.S. 90's effectiveness as an evacuation route for future hurricanes.
Concrete from the 1930 Fort Pike Bridge was used for a breakwater near Fort Pike. The Rigolets crossing was the first toll free connection between New Orleans and Mississippi. Public Service Commission member Huey P. Long (who later became Louisiana Governor) spearheaded the drive to build the bridge.1 Photos taken 06/09/10.
Historical look at the eastbound beginning of the 1930-built Rigolets Bridge. This narrow passageway divides Lake Pontchartrain with Lake Borgne and the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Its defense was imperative during the War of 1812, as the waterway allowed passage to Lake Pontchartrain and the northern edge of the city of New Orleans. During the war, the British Fleet, which drastically outnumbered the American navy at New Orleans, considered passing through the Rigolets to enter Lake Pontchartrain for an attack on New Orleans from their base in Jamaica. However, a capture of five American gunboats on Lake Borgne in the first battle near New Orleans during December of 1814 threw a curve ball in General Andrew Jackson&aposs plans of defense. This skirmish ultimately led the British Fleet to choose an approach to the city from the east by way of Lake Borgne and Bayou Bienvenu, which ultimately took them within a mile of the Mississippi River. The change in approach spared the city the full brunt of the navy, and weakened the overall assault by the British. Photo taken 06/15/01.
U.S. 90 enters St. Tammany Parish midway across The Rigolets. Beyond the span, the US highway intersects the south end of Louisiana 433 at the community of Snug Harbor. Construction realigned the end of LA 433 from a two-leg wye intersection to a conventional one. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Louisian 433 winds northwest from U.S. 90 to Slidell and Interstate 10 (Exit 263). The state highway totals 14.9 miles overall through Slidell, Bayou Liberty, Bonfounca and U.S. 190 at Colt. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 continues northeast along Geoghegan Canal toward Prevost Island from LA-433. Photo taken 06/09/10.
Traveling along side Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. 90 sees two lanes of concrete to Apple Pie Ridge and White Kitchen. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 curves eastward and reaches the terminus of U.S. 190 at White Kitchen. Photo taken 12/10/07.
An older shield and guide sign assembly at the east end of U.S. 190 that was posted on U.S. 90 east. The intersection was devoid of signs for a period of time after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. 190 travels west 7.7 miles to the city of Slidell and I-10. The US route follows a 875-mile course to west Texas, where it concludes at Interstate 10 (Exit 307). Photo taken 06/15/01.
Replacement signs for U.S. 90 east at the westbound beginning of U.S. 190. U.S. 190 meanders northwest 3.8 miles to U.S. 190 Business at Military Road. There U.S. 190 heads north to Louisiana 1090 and Gause Boulevard into the heart of Slidell. U.S. 190 Business (Fremaux Avenue) provides a direct connection to Downtown Slidell and a 2008-opened interchange with I-10. Photo taken 06/09/10.
The final shield of U.S. 90 posted along the 304.8-mile trek across southern Louisiana. Photo taken 06/09/10.
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A 1933-lift bridge spans the West Pearl River along U.S. 90 east of White Kitchen. Photos taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 enters the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area from the West Pearl River to Honey Island. Photo taken 06/09/10.
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The first in a series of 1933 pony truss bridges carries U.S. 90 across the West Middle River onto Deer Island. Photos taken 06/09/10.
The second pony truss bridge of U.S. 90 east crosses Middle River onto Desert Island. Photo taken 06/09/10.
U.S. 90 leaves Desert Island for Honey Island at the East Pearl River. The highway leaves the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area nearby. Photo taken 06/09/10.
A movable truss bridge spans the Pearl River into Hancock County, Mississippi. Activity located in this scene was related to the BP oil clean-up of summer 2010. Photo taken 06/09/10.
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Exiting St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana along U.S. 90 across the Pearl River. The bridge was built in 1926, but was not a part of U.S. 90 until June 21, 1937 when Louisiana requested an alignment change with AASHO to relocate the route from its alignment across the Watson-Williams Bridge at Slidell.4 Photos taken 06/09/10.

  1. "New Rigolets bridge open to local traffic." New Orleans Times-Picayune (LA), January 16, 2008.
  2. "Cement barge damages Chef Menteur Pass Bridge in New Orleans." New Orleans Times-Picayune (LA), October 26, 2011.
  3. "Chef Menteur Pass bridge to reopen to auto traffic - Storm damage set to be fixed by Friday." New Orleans Times-Picayune (LA), July 31, 2006.
  4. "U.S. 11 Rouses Point, New York, to New Orleans, Louisiana." Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Photo Credits:

  • 11/06/99 by AARoads.
  • 11/12/99 by AARoads and Adam Froehlig.
  • 06/15/01 by AARoads.
  • 08/02/02 by AARoads.
  • 06/10/06 by AARoads.
  • 12/07/07 by AARoads.
  • 12/10/07 by AARoads.
  • 11/20/08 by AARoads.
  • 11/23/08 by AARoads.
  • 06/09/10 by AARoads and Lou Corsaro.
  • 05/09/15 by AARoads.

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Interstate 10
Interstate 310
Interstate 510 & Highway 47
U.S. 11

Page Updated 10-04-2016.