Interstate 610 (Louisiana)

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Interstate 610

I-610 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-10
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length4.52 mi[1] (7.27 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
West end I-10 at MetairieNew Orleans line
Major intersections US 90 in New Orleans
East end I-10 in New Orleans
CountryUnited States
ParishesJefferson, Orleans
Highway system
  • Louisiana State Highway System
LA 609 LA 610

Interstate 610 (I-610) is a 4.52-mile-long (7.27 km) auxiliary route of I-10 that lies almost entirely within the city limits of New Orleans, Louisiana, bypassing its Central Business District.

Route description

From the west, I-610 begins at the JeffersonOrleans parish line, also the line between unincorporated Metairie and the city of New Orleans. Initially a four-lane freeway, I-610 branches off of I-10 at exit 230 as it crosses over the 17th Street Canal into the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. While I-10 swings southward toward the Central Business District via the Pontchartrain Expressway, I-610 heads due east through a partial cloverleaf interchange (exit 1A) connecting with the one-way couplet of West End and Pontchartrain boulevards. This interchange also serves to connect westbound I-610 to eastbound I-10. Immediately to the east, exit 1A also encompasses a tight diamond interchange with Canal Boulevard, a divided north–south thoroughfare in Lakeview.[2][3][4]

Widening to six lanes, I-610 begins to parallel the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) line as it crosses the Orleans Avenue Drainage Canal from Lakeview into City Park. After passing Pan American Stadium, I-610 crosses Bayou St. John into the city's 7th Ward and becomes an elevated freeway for the remainder of its route. The 7th Ward, which overlaps the city's Gentilly neighborhood, is served by four exits, beginning with St. Bernard Avenue (2A) and Paris Avenue (2C), which form two halves of a diamond interchange. Next is a partial interchange with US Highway 90, which transitions from North Broad Street to the one-way couplet of Allen and New Orleans streets. This exit (2B) consists of an eastbound entrance and westbound exit. Closely following is exit 3, consisting of a diamond interchange with Louisiana Highway 3021 (Elysian Fields Avenue), a major divided thoroughfare that also provides access to Dillard University and the University of New Orleans.[2][3][4]

Nearing the end of its route, I-610 is reduced to its original four-lane capacity while passing through an interchange with Franklin Avenue (exit 4). Consisting of an eastbound exit and westbound entrance, the remaining movements are provided via exit 238A on I-10, as I-610 curves northeast to merge with I-10 once again. Through traffic continues on I-10 into New Orleans East en route to Slidell across Lake Pontchartrain.[2][3][4]

Route classification and data

I-610 is classified as an urban Interstate by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). Daily traffic volume in 2013 averaged between 68,000 and 70,900 vehicles over the entire route.[5] The posted speed limit is 60 mph (97 km/h).[2]


Flooding on I-610 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005

The idea for I-610 goes back to around 1956, when a consultant firm proposed building a federal-aid highway along the current route next to an existing railroad. The proposed route would cut through City Park. During public hearings in 1958, there was much debate about the highway cutting through the park.

The state purchased the right-of-way in City Park in 1966 and began construction of I-610 in 1971. In 1972, a lawsuit was filed, citing that the project violated a 1968 law forbidding the use of parkland as a route for highways unless there was no other alternative route and steps were taken to mitigate park damage. The state eventually prevailed, and I-610 was completed in the late 1970s.


There are calls to remove I-10 from the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans and rename I-610 to I-10. The entire length of the Pontchartrain Expressway would likely be renamed as I-910 or I-49.[6] The movement to remove the expressway received backing from President Joe Biden in April 2021.[7]

Exit list

parish line
MetairieNew Orleans line0.000–

I-10 west – Baton Rouge
Western terminus; exit 230 on I-10
OrleansNew Orleans0.216–
1AWest End Boulevard / Canal BoulevardNo westbound exit to West End Boulevard; also connects with LA 3019 (Veterans Highway) not signed on I-610
I-10 east – New Orleans Business District
Westbound exit only
2ASt. Bernard AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
2CParis AvenueTo New Orleans Fair Grounds; eastbound entrance and westbound exit
US 90 west (New Orleans Street, North Broad Street)
Eastbound entrance and westbound exit
3 LA 3021 (Elysian Fields Avenue)To Dillard University and University of New Orleans
4Franklin AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance; remaining movements via I-10 exit 238A

I-10 east – Slidell
Eastern terminus; exit 238B on I-10
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Starks, Edward (January 27, 2022). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Google (January 29, 2016). "Overview Map of I-610 in Louisiana" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Orleans Parish (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). District 02: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "La DOTD GIS". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. 2013. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Eggler, Bruce (July 22, 2010). "Claiborne Avenue expressway demolition gets support in report". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. ISSN 1055-3053. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Ferrand, Casey (April 12, 2021). "Movement to remove Claiborne Expressway gets presidential backing". WDSU. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  8. ^ "La DOTD GIS Data". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. September 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2016.

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