Interstate 210 Louisiana
Interstate 210 in Louisiana provides a truck bypass route and an alternate to I-10 across the Lake Charles bridge west of Downtown.1 Angling southeast from I-10, the freeway spans Prien Lake along the Calcasieu River over a 8,500 foot long girder bridge. Built in 1964, the four lane span rises to a height of 125 feet.2
The Lake Charles Loop was part of the urban Interstate numerology submitted to the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) by the Louisiana Department of Highways on March 27, 1958. The route was numbered A20 as part of a sequence with B20 for Baton Rouge and C20 for New Orleans. The numbering system changed to I-210 for Lake Charles, I-410 for Baton Rouge and I-610 for New Orleans per instructions from AASHO on July 2, 1958. All were approved by AASHO on November 10, 1958.
Spearheaded by Lake Charles city councilman Isreal LaFleur in the 1950s, Interstate 210 was completed in 1977.1
Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-210 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2016 – LADOTD Traffic Monitoring
East End – Lake Charles, Louisiana
East End – Throwback
Replaced sign bridges on I-210 east at I-10 along the east side of Lake Charles. Photos by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03).
Westbound Interstate 10 at I-210.
West End – Sulphur, Louisiana
West End – Throwback
Previous guide signs for Interstate 210 along I-10 referenced the freeway as the Lake Charles Loop.
Previous guide signs for the west end of I-210 at Sulphur. Photos by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03).
- “Script for Half Looped: Part 1.” KPLC TV 7, Lake Charles, LA, February 25, 2004.
- I0210 over PRIEN LAKE, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. BridgeReports.com.
Page updated July 2, 2022.