U.S. 90 West - St. Tammany Parish & New Orleans

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U.S. 90 West
U.S. 90 enters the state of Louisiana across the East Pearl River from Pearlington, Mississippi. Photo taken 10/12/16.
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A two-lane truss swing bridge carries U.S. 90 across the East Pearl River into St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The bridge was built in 1926, though U.S. 90 would not utilize the Pearl River crossing until June 21, 1937, when Louisiana requested an alignment change with AASHO to relocate U.S. 90 from its alignment across the Watson-Williams Bridge (which became a part of U.S. 11 on June 28, 1939) into Slidell, to the alignment east across Chef Menteur Pass, the 1930-built Ft. Pike Bridge, and the Pearl River into Mississippi.1,2 Photos taken 10/12/16.
Welcome to Louisiana sign posted to the immediate west of the East Pearl River. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 leaves the East Pearl River and travels a series of causeways and bridges to Weems Island through southeast St. Tammany Parish. Photo taken 10/12/16.
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The first of three 1933-built pony truss bridges along U.S. 90 carries drivers over the East Middle River onto Desert Island. Photos taken 10/12/16.
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U.S. 90 spans the Middle River between Desert Island and Deer Island on the second pony truss bridge. Photos taken 10/12/16.
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Spanning the West Middle River onto Honey Island on the third pony truss bridge of U.S. 90 westbound. Photos taken 10/12/16.
The West Pearl River Bridge dominates the western horizon from Deer Island westward across Honey Island. U.S. 90 enters the settlement of Deer Island at the span. Photo taken 10/12/16.
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U.S. 90 spans the West Pearl River over a two-lane lift bridge built in 1933. Photos taken 10/12/16.
A short distance west of the West Pearl River is the eastern terminus of U.S. 190 at White Kitchen.
A wayside park and welcome pavilion used to reside on the northeast corner of the intersection between U.S. 90 and 190. Damage from Hurricane Katrina led to the closure and demolition of the facility. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 190 begins and travels 7.7 miles west to meet Interstate 10 in Slidell. Connections with U.S. 190 Business (Shortcut Highway) provide a direct route to Downtown while U.S. 190 constitutes a commercial arterial to the north. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 curves southward toward the Rigolets and Orleans Parish from White Kitchen and U.S. 190. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 bee lines southwest from Apple Pie Ridge to cross Salt Bayou and Prevost Island ahead of Fort Pike. Photo taken 10/12/16.
Beyond Prevost Island, U.S. 90 intersects the east end of Louisiana 433 by The Rigolets. LA 433 (Old Spanish Trail) winds northwest 8.1 miles to combine with U.S. 11 through the city of Slidell. The state highway represents a historic alignment of both U.S. 90 and LA 2. Photo taken 10/12/16.
Confirming marker posted for U.S. 90 after LA 433. A short section of the old alignment was retained as a local service road. Photo taken 10/12/16.
Opened on January 15, 2008 at a cost of $50 million, the new Rigolets Bridge supports two 12 foot travel lanes with 8 foot shoulders in each direction. This was a major upgrade compared to the Ft. Pike Bridge, a swing bridge opened in 1930 with 10 foot travel lanes and no shoulders.3 Photo taken 10/12/16.
The 72 foot clearance provided by the Rigolets Pass Bridge allows the largest of marine craft unimpeded passage between Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne.3 Photo taken 10/12/16.
The Rigolets marks the eastern edge of the city limits of New Orleans. Planned in 1927 and opened to traffic on June 9, 1930, the Rigolets Bridge in conjunction with the September 1929 opened Chef Menteur Bridge provided a free route between the city of New Orleans and Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Plans for a crossing here first arose as early as 1918.1 Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 west touches down by the Fort Pike State Historic Site.
Named after General Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Fort Pike was built between 1819 and 1826. Construction of the fort followed the War of 1812 by order of President James Monroe to better fortify the United States coastal areas. The installation was used as a staging area for troop movement during the Seminole Wars (1830s) and the Mexican War (1840s). Fort Pike would play a greater role during the Civil War (1861), first in the hands of the Louisiana militia and then as a Union-controlled base for operations and training. Beyond the Civil War, the fort remained in military hands until its closing in 1890.
The fort was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It was damaged by the August 29, 2005 landfall of Hurricane Katrina and again August 30, 2008 by Hurricane Gustav. A combined $898,000 in repairs after both storms reopened the fort on June 12, 2009, but state budget cuts have closed it since. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 travels along a narrow peninsula between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake St. Catherine from Fort Pike southward to Greens Ditch. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 parallels Marquez Canal and Chef Menteur Pass to a 1929-built truss bridge between Chef Menteur and Venetian Isles. Photo taken 10/12/16.
The original approach guard rails of the narrow two-lane Chef Menteur Pass bridge were replaced with a concrete barrier as part of repairs made since Hurricane Katrina. Photo taken 10/12/16.
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Like the West Pearl River Bridge, the Chef Menteur Bridge is movable to allow sea traffic passage between Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne. Photos taken 10/12/16.
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U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) widens to four lanes west of the Chef Menteur Bridge through the community of Venetian Isles. Bayou Sauvage and the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge encompass lands along the north side. Photos taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 crosses a levee separating Bayou Sauvage and Powers Junction through this gate. Photo taken 10/12/16.
Westbound U.S. 90 intersects the southern terminus of U.S. 11 with Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. 11, which follows Interstate 59 northward to the Appalachian Mountains, can be traced 1,645 miles to the Canadian Border at Rouses Point, New York. Photo taken 10/12/16.
Forthcoming U.S. 11 meanders northward along a narrow strip of land 5.4 miles to Interstate 10 (Exit 254) at Irish Bayou. Beyond the freeway is the 5-Mile bridge across Lake Pontchartrain into Slidell. Photo taken 10/12/16.
A set of flashers operate at the rural intersection joining U.S. 11 and U.S. 90 at Powers Junction. Originally U.S. 11 overlapped with U.S. 90 west to the junction with U.S. 51-61-65 outside Downtown New Orleans. This routing was maintained for continuity purposes for traffic heading to Hattiesburg and Meridian in Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama. Photo taken 10/12/16.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) curves southward towards Village de L'Est. Photo taken 12/10/07.
The first traffic light along U.S. 90 westbound in Louisiana is at Industrial Parkway near the Michoud industrial center. Industrial Parkway leads southward to industrial plants on Intracoastal Drive along Michoud Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) widens to include a grassy median south of Village de L'Est through New Orleans East. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Old Gentilly Road splits to the south from U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) west near the once abandoned Gateway Terrace Apartments. Alcee Fortier Boulevard stems north at the next signalized intersection to Dwyer Road at Village de L'Est. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Michoud Boulevard crosses paths with U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) between Village de L'Est and Old Gentilly Road at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Michoud Boulevard links U.S. 90 with the Villages of Oak Island and Exit 248 of Interstate 10. Photo taken 12/10/07.
U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) next meets Paris Road, the I-510 & LA 47 frontage road system from Old Gentilly Road north to Lake Forest Boulevard. Photo taken 05/09/15.
I-510 & Louisiana 47 travel south to the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge and north to I-10 at Little Woods. The freeway replaced Paris Road (old LA 47), which now represents the adjacent service roads. Photo taken 05/09/15.
Drivers bound for Interstate 510 & Louisiana 47 south depart U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) west via a loop ramp. Louisiana 47 continues Paris Road south from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge into St. Bernard Parish. The state highway ends in seven miles at Louisiana 46 (St. Bernard Highway) in Chalmette. U.S. 90 continues otherwise through New Orleans East to the Read Boulevard and Plum Orchard communities. Photo taken 12/10/07.
Westbound U.S. 90 approaching the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (Industrial Canal) lift bridge. The span rises from west of Downman Road above ramps to Jourdan Road. Photo taken 08/02/02.
A pair of loop ramps connect U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) with France Road at the west descent of the Danziger Bridge. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Cresting on the Danziger Bridge along U.S. 90 westbound above Industrial Canal. The span carries seven lanes of traffic via a 108 foot wide and 320 foot long deck. Opened in 1989, it was at one point the widest lift bridge in the world. The $37.9 million bridge replaced a double-leaf bascule bridge.1 Photo taken 08/02/02.
Traffic for France Road exits before the end of the bridge for the Gentilly Woods and Desire neighborhoods of New Orleans. Six lanes of U.S. 90 continue west toward the Gentilly Terrace community. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Old Gentilly Road (old U.S. 90) merges with the Chef Menteur Highway to form Gentilly Boulevard opposite Providence Place and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. U.S. 90 sinks below a gothic style overpass carrying a Norfolk Southern Railroad line.
These mast-arm signals were replaced. Photo taken 08/02/02.
Older U.S. 90 westbound reassurance shield, still posted as of April 2011, past the intersection with Franklin Avenue in the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 08/02/02.
The northern terminus of Louisiana 3021 is located at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and U.S. 90 (Gentilly Boulevard). Traffic bound for Louisiana 3021 / Elysian Fields Avenue south must make a Michigan left to access the state highway as left turns are prohibited from U.S. 90 west. Photo taken 08/02/02.
A text-overhead prepares westbound motorists along Gentilly Boulevard for the U.S. 90 split for New Orleans Street southbound to Broad Street. Broad Street is the route U.S. 90 follows from Interstate 610 southwest to Tulane Avenue (U.S. 61). Photo taken 08/02/02.
U.S. 90 westbound turns onto New Orleans Street from Gentilly Boulevard at this intersection. Four blocks to the south, U.S. 90 resumes a westwardly direction along Broad Street.
Replacement mast-arm signal assemblies posted did not retain the U.S. 90 shield assembly pictured here. Photo taken 08/02/02.
U.S. 90 (Broad Avenue) enters the Tulane / Gravier neighborhood beyond Bienville Avenue. This scene looks at the signalized intersection with Banks Street. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 west turns left onto Tulane Avenue from Broad Street toward Downtown. U.S. 61 begins and follows Tulane Avenue northwest through Mid City to Airline Drive at Interstate 10 and Jefferson Parish. The route continues west along Airline Highway to Kenner, St. Charles Parish and Baton Rouge.
Prior to sometime in the 1960s, U.S. 90 followed Canal Street southeast from Broad Avenue to Downtown. The Broad Avenue / Canal Street intersection was also the original terminus for U.S. 61. Photo taken 11/20/08.
There are no signs posted at the intersection of Broad and Tulane Avenues for either U.S. 61 north or the U.S. 90 westbound turn toward Downtown. Broad Avenue continues west otherwise to a trumpet interchange with Poydras Street and the Broadmoor neighborhood. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 reassurance marker posted within the median of Tulane Avenue between U.S. 61 and Dorgenois Street. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 travels underneath the Interstate 10 viaduct along Claiborne Avenue between Tulane Avenue and Gravier Street. The US route emerges onto a viaduct of its own through the stack interchange between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 Business (Pontchartrain Expressway). Claiborne Avenue continues as a service road below to the Poydras Street and the Superdome. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Following Claiborne Avenue to Poydras Street below the U.S. 90 viaduct. Photo taken 11/20/08.
An on-ramp follows the Claiborne Avenue intersection with Poydras Street onto the elevated lanes of U.S. 90 west. Photo taken 11/20/08.
Ramps connect the U.S. 90 viaduct above Clairborne Avenue with U.S. 90 Business west onto Interstate 10 west and the Pontchartrain Expressway south to the Crescent City Connection bridge to Algiers. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 continues along the viaduct above Howard Avenue and Earhart Boulevard before touching down ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 11/20/08.
U.S. 90 resumes along Claiborne Avenue southwest to Central City from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. MLK Boulevard ventures south to St. Charles Avenue and north to Broad Avenue. Photo taken 11/20/08.

  1. "Major Bridges of Louisiana." Preconstruction Pages (LADOTD), Volume 2,1.
  2. "New highrise Rigolets bridge opens." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) January 15, 2008.
  3. U.S. 11 Rouses Point, New York, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Federal Highway Administration.

Photo Credits:

08/02/02, 10/22/03, 12/10/07, 11/20/08, 05/09/15, 10/12/16 by AARoads

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

Page Updated 10-17-2016.