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