U.S. 190 east
U.S. 190 eastbound leaves the city of Opelousas and enters a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 (Exit 19). U.S. 167 follows Interstate 49 for the first 23 miles of the freeway between Lafayette and Nuba. The US highway splits with Interstate 49 four miles to the north. Photo taken 10/13/03.
Traffic to Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 southbound departs U.S. 190 eastbound. Interstate 49 currently ends at Interstate 10 within the Lafayette city limits. Plans are underway to extend the Interstate southward to New Iberia, Morgan City, and New Orleans. Photo taken 10/13/03.
A left-hand turn takes motorists onto Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound for the trek to Alexandria. Photo taken 11/15/03.
U.S. 190 eastbound at the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 49 & U.S. 167. Both highways travel to Alexandria but along separate paths. Interstate 49 sees a more direct route to the city in 59 miles. U.S. 167 curves northwest to Ville Platte and Turkey Creek before merging back onto Interstate 49 at Exit 80. Photo taken 10/13/03.
U.S. 190 continues east from Opelousas to Port Barre and junction Louisiana 742. The 5.1-mile state highway parallels U.S. 190 to the south between Louisiana 31, Boscoville, and Port Barre. Photo taken 11/15/03.
Just beyond the Louisiana 742 junction and across Bayou Teche is the 0.3-mile overlap with Louisiana 103 through Port Barre. Louisiana 103 loops around Opelousas from Leonville and junction Louisiana 31 to Port Barre, Washington, and U.S. 190 near Lawtell. The highway tallies 39.9 miles. Photo taken 11/15/03.
15 miles east of Opelousas and junction Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 is the southern terminus of U.S. 71. A trumpet interchange facilitates the movements between the two US highways.
U.S. 71 provides an alternative to Interstate 49 for traffic between Baton Rouge and the Alexandria-Pineville metropolitan area. The US highway once shared pavement with U.S. 190 east to the capital city. Photo taken 11/15/03.
The first of three Krotz Springs area 3000-series state highways encountered on U.S. 190 eastbound is that of Louisiana 3174 (Main Street). There is not much to Louisiana 3174, just 0.88 miles of pavement along Main Street between U.S. 190 and Louisiana 3173 (9th Avenue). Photo taken 11/15/03.
U.S. 190 enters the community of Krotz Springs near the Atchafalaya River. The town derives its name from Charles W. Krotz, a local businessman that discovered artesian water in the area. The mineral water was bottled and sold and thus Krotz Springs was created.1 Photo taken 11/15/03.
Louisiana 3173 travels Florida Street west from 8th Avenue to end at U.S. 190 in Krotz Springs. The state highway zigzags through town on a combination of 8th Avenue south from LA-3178, Main Street west to LA-3174, 9th Avenue and 2nd Street east to Louisiana 105 (Levee Road). Photo taken 11/15/03.
A folded diamond interchange joins U.S. 190 and Louisiana 105 (Levee Road) a the foot of the Atchafalaya River bridge. Louisiana 105 straddles the western banks of the Atchafalaya River for 38.85 miles. Photo taken 11/15/03.
Following the LA-105 off-ramp from U.S. 190 east to Levee Road. Louisiana 105 connects Krotz Springs with Melville, 11 miles to the north. Southward the state highway travels to the Greater Krotz Springs Port. Photo taken 10/13/03.
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U.S. 190 eastbound shield assembly posted at the beginning of the Atchafalaya Bridge. The US highway is known as the Acadiana Trail between Baton Rouge and Beaumont, Texas. The trail was originally used by animals and native Americans as a primitive path that connected streams and early water routes.1 Photos taken 11/15/03.
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Spanning the Atchafalaya River, which separates St. Landry and Pointe Coupee Parishes, U.S. 190 separates into a pair of two lane bridges opened in 1973. The crossing was featured on the cover of the 2003 Louisiana Official State Map. Photo taken 10/13/03. Second photo taken 11/15/03.
Paralleling the U.S. 190 bridge to the south is a 1,920-foot steel-truss bridge carrying the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad span saw a $10 million overhaul project completed by 2000. Trains originally had to slow to 10 mph when crossing the bridge but improvements allowed them to travel at 25 mph across the span now.2 Photo taken 10/13/03.
Like the Interstate 10 Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway to the south, U.S. 190 (Acadiana Trail) also travels a lengthy viaduct over the Morganza Floodway. Four lanes travel a 1945 viaduct from the east banks of the Atchafalaya River at Louisiana 975 through to a levee west of Lottie. Photo taken 11/15/03.
Three miles east of Torbert is the U.S. 190 junction with Louisiana 1 north. Louisiana 1 straddles the False River between U.S. 190 and the community of New Roads. Photo taken 11/15/03.
Louisiana 1 is the longest route in the state, traveling 436.2 miles between the Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana tri-corner to Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico. The highway connects the Baton Rouge area with Marksville and Alexandria to the northwest. Eastward, LA-1 combines with U.S. 190 for 14.5 miles to the Mississippi River Bridge near Port Allen. Photo taken 11/15/03.
U.S. 190 east & Louisiana 1 south
U.S. 190 east & Louisiana 1 south approach their split at the Mississippi River Bridge. The Union Pacific Railroad trestle climbs above the separated travel lanes of U.S. 190 ahead of the Louisiana 1 southward turn to Port Allen. Photo taken 10/13/03.
4.50 miles to the north of Interstate 10 (Horace Wilkinson Bridge), Louisiana 1 departs U.S. 190 eastbound. The state highway bee lines south to Alexander Avenue through Port Allen and follows the Mississippi River from there to Brusly. Photo taken 10/13/03.
U.S. 190 east
A folded-diamond interchange joins Louisiana 1 with U.S. 190 at the foot of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Louisiana 987-1 connects the northbound to westbound ramp with LA-986 below the bridge near Poplar Grove. Pictured here is a U.S. 190 reassurance marker posted after the on-ramp from LA-1. Photo taken 01/05/09.
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U.S. 190 crosses high above the Mississippi River over the Huey P. Long Bridge between West Baton Rouge Parish and the capital city of Baton Rouge. The combination bridge carries four narrow travel lanes and a single track of railroad. The span opened to traffic on August 10, 1940.3 Photos taken 01/05/09.
U.S. 190 enters East Baton Rouge Parish midway across the Mississippi River. A parish line sign resides along eastbound as the bridge touches down south of Scott Bluffs. Photo taken 01/05/09.
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A Canadian National Railway line passes above U.S. 190 (Airline Highway) as the roadway separates to accommodate the descending railroad portion of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Photos taken 01/05/09.
U.S. 190 crosses a railroad at-grade and then enters the city limits of Baton Rouge at Sanchez Street. The four-lane divided highway upgrades to a freeway beyond the next left-hand turn. Photo taken 01/05/09.
A condensed full-cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 190 (Airline Highway) with U.S. 61 Business & 190 Business (Scenic Highway) south and U.S. 61 (Scenic Highway) north. The business route tandem lead to downtown Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River waterfront. Photo taken 01/05/09.
U.S. 61 southbound combines with U.S. 190 east 6.6 miles along Airline Highway from Scenic Highway to Florida Boulevard in eastern Baton Rouge. The original designation for the arterial route was U.S. 61 Bypass & 190 Bypass. Those banners were dropped by 19634, yet a set of shields retaining them still remained ahead of the loop ramp from Scenic Highway southbound. Photo taken 01/05/09.
U.S. 61 south & 190 east
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U.S. 190 eastbound at the loop ramp to U.S. 61 (Scenic Highway) northbound. Scenic Highway travels northward two miles to the Scotlandville neighborhood of the city and the northern terminus of Interstate 110. U.S. 61 provides the main highway between Baton Rouge and Natchez, Mississippi. However motorists are advised to take Interstate 110 from the upcoming interchange for Natchez over U.S. 61 here. Photo taken 10/13/03. Second photo taken 01/05/09.
A second set of Bypass U.S. 61 & 190 shields precedes the on-ramp from Scenic Highway northbound. Photo taken 01/05/09.
U.S. 61 south & 190 east (Airline Highway) comprise a full freeway east from their merge to Beechwood Drive. Construction of Interstate 110 eliminated a handful of at-grade intersections along Airline Highway. Photo taken 01/05/09.
A symmetrical stack interchange joins the Airline Highway freeway with Interstate 110 next. Interstate 110 is a 8.9-mile freeway joining north Baton Rouge with the state capital and Interstate 10 at the base of the Horace Wilkinson Bridge. Photo taken 01/05/09.
Interstate 110 doubles as the through route between I-10 and U.S. 61 for St. Francisville, Baker and Zachary (via LA-19 north) and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) at the next northbound exit. Photo taken 01/05/09.
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Traffic to Interstate 110 departs in unison onto flyover ramps from Airline Highway eastbound. U.S. 61 & 190 continue one half mile east to a full-cloverleaf interchange with Louisiana 67 (Plank Road). Photo taken 10/13/03. Second photo taken 01/05/09.
A collector/distributor roadway departs U.S. 61 south & 190 east under the I-110 stack for Louisiana 67 (Plank Road) near Zion City. Photo taken 10/13/03.
Traffic to Louisiana 67 (Plank Road) departs Airline Highway east. Louisiana 67 ventures through the northern suburbs of Zachary and Baker on the 27-mile drive to Clinton and junction Louisiana 10. Photo taken 10/13/03.

Sources:

  1. Acadiana Trail Official Web Site. http://www.acadianatrail.net/
  2. "UP's Atchafalaya River Bridge in Louisiana Gets $10 Million Face Lift." Union Pacific Press Releases, January 18, 1999.
  3. "The Old Bridge." The Advocate (Baton Rouge), January 18, 2004.
  4. Bypass U.S. Routes - US-Highways.com.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/13/03 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 11/15/03 by Justin Cozart.
  • 01/05/09 by AARoads.

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Interstate 49
Interstate 110
U.S. 61

Page Updated 09-26-2012.