Interstate 610 Louisiana

Interstate 610 Louisiana
History
East End
West End

Overview

I-610 - New Orleans, LA Map

Interstate 610 follows a linear course to the north of the I-10 dog leg to Mid-City, Downtown and the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Interstate 610 constitutes a crosstown route for through traffic along I-10 in central New Orleans. The six lane freeway extends east from I-10 between the Lakeview and Navarre neighborhoods. Passing through City Park, I-610 continues by the the Fairgrounds and Dillard University to merge with I-10 by the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood.

Route Information

  • East End – New Orleans, LA

  • West End – New Orleans, LA

  • Mileage – 4.52

  • Cities – New Orleans

  • JunctionsI-10

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-610 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Source: 2016 AADT – Louisiana DOTD Average Daily Traffic
* – 2013

History

Interstate 610 was constructed between I-10 and Canal Boulevard along with the Pontchartrain Expressway (I-10 from the 17th Street Canal southeast to Downtown New Orleans) in the early 1960s. Ensuing work was delayed because of a lawsuit involving construction of the highway through public parkland. The freeway was ultimately built from Canal Boulevard to I-10 at Franklin Avenue between 1972 and 1975.2

Completed on June 10, 2000, a $26.9-million project expanded the western interchange joining I-10/610 at Lakewood in New Orleans. With plans originating in the 1970s, work commenced in January 1998. I-10 was expanded to three eastbound lanes through the split with I-610, and to four eastbound lanes from West End Boulevard southward to Downtown.1

Highway Guides

East End I-10 – Gentilly Terrace, New Orleans, Louisiana

I-610 East at I-10

I-610 east at I-10 - New Orleans, LA

I-610 runs along a viaduct system from between the St. Roch and Gentilly Terrace communities east to the wye interchange with I-10. Exit 3 joins the freeway with Elysian Fields Avenue, LA 3121 north to U.S. 90 (Gentilly Boulevard) and south to Claiborne Avenue (LA 39). 05/09/15

I-610 east at I-10 - New Orleans, LA

Exit 4 lowers from Interstate 610 to Franklin Avenue. A two lane flyover follows onto I-10 east ahead of Louisa Street and the High Rise bridge. The LADOTD geographic features file references the east end point for I-610 at Franklin Avenue. 05/09/15

I-10 West at I-610

I-10 west at I-610 - New Orleans, LA

I-10 curves southward from Gentilly Woods onto a viaduct leading to the wye interchange (Exit 238B) with Interstate 610 west. 05/09/15

I-10 west at I-610 - New Orleans, LA

A half diamond interchange (Exit 238A) joins Interstate 10 west with Franklin Avenue ahead of the split with I-610. Ramps connect Franklin Avenue with I-610 west and from I-610 east as well. 05/09/15

I-10 west at I-610 - New Orleans, LA

Interstate 10 continues southwest to the French Quarter and the New Orleans Central Business District as I-610 beelines westward to City Park, Lakeview and I-10 at Metairie. 05/09/15

I-610 East End – Throwback

Interstate 610 east approaching I-10 in 2002.

West End I-10 / West End Boulevard – Lakeview, New Orleans, Louisiana

I-610 West at I-10

I-610 west at I-10 - New Orleans, LA

Exit 1A departs I-610 west for Canal Boulevard to the Lakeview and Navarre neighborhoods. A three quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 1B) follows with Pontchartrain Boulevard south to I-10 east. 05/09/15

I-610 west at I-10 - New Orleans, LA

Pontchartrain Boulevard connects I-610 west with I-10 east to Mid-City and Downtown at an adjacent wye interchange via Exit 1B. 05/09/15

I-610 west at I-10 - New Orleans, LA

Interstate 610 west passes under West End and Pontchartrain Boulevards ahead of the merge with I-10 at 17th Street Canal. Interstate 10 continues west across Metairie and Jefferson Parish. 05/09/15

I-10 East at I-610

I-10 east at I-610 - Metairie, LA

The first guide sign for I-610 appears at the collector distributor roadway (Exit 228) for Causeway and Bonnabel Boulevards. A $100-million project upgraded the cloverleaf interchange here between April 2009 and Summer 2012. 04/20/12

I-10 east at I-610 - Metairie, LA

Passing over Bonnabel Boulevard, Interstate 10 carries ten overall lanes between Causeway Boulevard and the 17th Street Canal. Widening of I-10 east to I-610 through Metairie was completed in 2009. 04/20/12

I-10 east at I-610 - Metairie, LA

Interstate 610 represents the third in a series of end points along I-10 east over a 30 mile stretch. The previous two were I-310 at Exit 220 and I-55 at Exit 210. 04/20/12

I-10 east at I-610 - Metairie, LA

I-610 continues due east from Exit 230 to Lakeview and City Park as I-10 turns southeast along the Pontchartrain Expressway to the Central Business District and the Crescent City Connection bridge (U.S. 90 Business) to the Westbank. 04/20/12

I-610 West End – Throwback

2002 and 2003 photos showing the previous lane configuration for I-10 east at I-610 through Metairie.

Sources:

  1. “I-10 Roadwork Pops the Cork on Bottleneck – $27 Million Project Buys Time for Drivers.” The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), June 13, 2000.
  2. Interstate 610 (Louisiana). Wikipedia.

Page updated November 16, 2020.