Interstate 10 Eastbound (Baton Rouge Vicinity)

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Interstate 10 East
The first interchange in 12 miles on Interstate 10 eastbound between Gross Tete (pop. 670) and Baton Rouge metro is that of Exit 151 with Louisiana 415 (Lobdell Highway). Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the diamond interchange serving Lobdell. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 eastbound at Exit 191 for Louisiana 415 (Lobdell Highway). Louisiana 415 begins 0.24 miles south of Interstate 10 and travels northward 25.59 miles to Louisiana 413 at Ventress. The Lobdell Highway links Interstate 10 with U.S. 90 (Acadiana Trail) and the community of Lobdell four miles to the north. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Continuing eastward on Interstate 10 one mile west of the Exit 153 stack interchange with Louisiana 1 (Alexander Avenue) and the city of Port Allen (pop. 5,278). Louisiana 1 straddles the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and Donaldsonville (pop. 7,605). The state highway is the longest within the state, tallying 436.20 miles from start to finish. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Traffic to Louisiana 1 (Exit 153) departs Interstate 10 eastbound at the Mississippi River bridge approach. Louisiana 1 (Alexander Avenue) is an important north-south road between Port Allen (pop. 5,278) and Plaquemine (pop. 7,064). The highway eventually sinks southward to Donaldsonville and Thibodaux (pop. 14,431) with an eventual terminus on the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Isle (pop. 1,541). Northward Louisiana 1 travels a scenic route between Baton Rouge and Alexandria (pop. 46,342). Photos taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 ascends on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge over the Mississippi River. The cantilever span begins initially with four lanes but increases to six lanes east of the Exit 153 ramps. A two-mile Diagrammatic overhead is in place for the pending Interstate 10 & 110 (Exit 155B) directional interchange east of the bridge. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Louisiana 1 is the last exit for Interstate 10 before it descends across the cantilever Mississippi River bridge into the city of Baton Rouge. The state highway travels through industrial areas in the Port Allen vicinity to the north, eventually merging with U.S. 190. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Situated between the bridge descent and Interstate 110 is the Exit 155A off-ramp to Louisiana 30 (Nicholson Drive). The 28.66-mile state highway ends just north of Interstate 10 at the intersection with South Boulevard near downtown. Photo taken 08/12/02.
Eastbound within the superstructure of the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge at the Baton Rouge city limits. Fantastic views of the river in either direction and the Baton Rouge downtown skyline can be seen from this vantage point. The Horace Wilkinson Bridge opened to traffic March of 1968. Photos taken 10/22/03.
Motorists are faced with several decisions before reaching the end of the Mississippi River bridge, as Interstate 10 quickly sees Exits 155A and B for downtown Baton Rouge. By Exit 155B the Interstate highway will have made its southeasterly turn towards the city of New Orleans. The close proximity to Interstate 12 is reflected on the Interstate 10/110 graphical overhead. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Exit 155A leaves Interstate 10 for Louisiana 30 (Nicholson Drive) and the Louisiana State University Campus. The state highway travels two miles south to the campus and seven miles to Gardere (pop. 8,992). Louisiana 30 again intersects Interstate 10 at Exit 177 near the communities of Sorrento (pop. 1,227) and Gonzalez (pop. 8,156). Highland Road parallels Louisiana 30 southward from downtown, meeting Interstate 10 again at Exit 166. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Traffic congestion is always a problem during the week on Interstate 10 at the Interstate 110 southern terminal interchange (Exit 155B). Interstate 10 sees its highest volumes on the stretch between Exits 155B and 156A (144,293 vehicles per day [2002]). The northbound beginning of Interstate 110 departs from the left as Interstate 10 makes an abrupt right-turn from its easterly trajectory. Note that only two eastbound through lanes for Interstate 10 are available. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Approaching Exit 155B for Interstate 110 north. The curved ramp to the left is that of Interstate 10 westbound. The sharpness of this ramp sees a 35 mph advisory speed. Otherwise, the 8.89-mile freeway spur serves the downtown area and Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Interstate 110 offers a straight shot between Interstate 10 and U.S. 61 (Scenic Highway) for Natchez, Mississippi bound traffic interests. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 east narrows to two lanes through the Interstate 110 elevated interchange. Traffic from the Baton Rouge freeway spur merges onto the mainline from the left ahead just ahead of the Exit 156A off-ramp to Washington Street. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The merge of Interstate 110 southbound onto Interstate 10 east. An auxiliary lane accompanies I-10 east from Braddock Street (Exit 155C westbound) to Washington Street (Exit 156A). The confluence of Interstates 10 & 110 is a daily bottleneck resulting in traffic congestion. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the Washington Street off-ramp (Exit 156A). Washington Street travels east from Highland Road to Dairymple Drive. The interchange serves City Park and residential areas. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The freeway consists of six lanes from Interstate 110 southward through Baton Rouge. Next in line for eastbound motorists after Washington Street is the Exit 156B off-ramp for Dairymple Drive. Dairymple Drive offers a second route from Interstate 10 to the Louisiana State University Campus. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Dairymple Drive travels underneath Interstate 10 at the University Lakes south of City Park. The north-south surface avenue ends at Alaska Street near LSU and becomes Park Boulevard at Magnolia Drive. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The six-lane freeway crosses University Lakes and the associated parkland en route to Exit 157A with Perkins Road. Perkins Road carries Louisiana 427 from Park Boulevard southward to Kleinpeter near the Exit 166 interchange of Interstate 10. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Perkins Road (Louisiana 427) travels underneath Interstate 10 at the Exit 157A interchange. The state highway totals 14.60 miles between Louisiana 73 (Government Street) east of downtown Baton Rouge and Louisiana 73 (Old Jefferson Highway) again near Prairieville. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The Acadian Thruway provides a north-south surface arterial between Perkins Road (Louisiana 427) and the confluence of Prescott Road and Louisiana 67 (Plank Road) in north Baton Rouge. Interstate 10 intersects the highway via a diamond interchange at Exit 157B. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 expands briefly to eight lanes in between the Exit 157B and 158 interchange. Auxiliary lanes carry traffic between the Acadian Thruway and College Drive ramps under the Brownlee Street overcrossing. Photo taken 10/22/03.
A four-ramp parclo interchange handles the traffic movements between Interstate 10 and College Drive (Exit 158). College Drive is a north-south arterial between Highland Road and Louisiana 73 (Jefferson Highway). The arterial serves Baton Rouge Community College. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Eight lanes of Interstate 10 travel between College Drive and the western terminus of Interstate 12 (Exit 159). The upcoming junction represents a major shift in through traffic interests and a partition of commuter traffic for the eastern and southern suburbs of Baton Rouge. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Graphical overhead on Interstate 10 eastbound for the split with Interstate 12. The freeway widens to four lanes in the eastbound direction for this partition of Interstates. It is argued that Interstate 10 should follow Interstate 12's path, and Interstate 10 into New Orleans should be a 3-digit loop. The same debate has arisen about Interstate 95 traveling through Philadelphia instead of bypassing it via the New Jersey Turnpike. The fact of the matter is that Interstates, especially main ones, bring commerce to the cities they serve. Therefore, Interstate 10 bypassing the largest city between Houston and Jacksonville would be a hindrance to the local economy of the New Orleans metropolitan area. This was the same justification given to Interstate 95's path through the City of Brotherly Love as opposed to through Cherry Hill and Voorhees, New Jersey... To photo taken 10/22/03; bottom photo taken 11/15/03.
Interstate 12 departs Interstate 10 via a left exit with three lanes. Interstate 10 reduces to two lanes as it begins the southerly trek to the Big Easy. Interstate 12 consists of six lanes between Interstate 10 and Exit 7 (Louisiana 3245/O'Neil Lane). Interstate 10 maintains just four lanes from Interstate 12 through to Interstate 310 (Exit 220). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Exit 159 gore point sign at the Interstate 10 & 12 eastbound partition. Both freeways see interchanges with Louisiana 3064 (Essen Lane) in one mile. Photo taken 10/22/03.
The one-mile overhead for Exit 160 (Louisiana 3064) is posted just past the Interstate 12 split. In the background is the Interstate 12 westbound return ramp to Interstate 10 east. Louisiana 3064 (Essen Lane) connects Louisiana 427 (Perkins Road) at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with Interstate 12 (Exit 1B) and Louisiana 73 (Jefferson Highway). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Traffic merging onto Interstate 10 eastbound from Interstate 12 west forms an auxiliary lane through to Louisiana 3064 (Essen Lane). Essen Lane constitutes all 1.86 miles of Louisiana 3064. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 at the Exit 160 diamond interchange with Louisiana 3064 (Essen Lane). At Perkins Road, Essen Lane transitions into Staring Lane, a north-south boulevard between Louisiana 427 and Highland Road. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Bluebonnet Road sees a diamond interchange with Interstate 10 at Exit 162. The north-south surface highway duplicates the path of Essen and Staring Lanes between Louisiana 73 (Jefferson Highway) and Highland Road. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Eastbound Interstate 10 at Exit 162 (Bluebonnet Road). Bluebonnet Road serves the community of Inniswold and carries Louisiana 1248 3.31 miles south to its terminus at Louisiana 42 (Burbank Drive). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Development from Baton Rouge continues southeastward to Exit 163 at Siegen Lane (Louisiana 3246) on Interstate 10 eastbound. The state highway travels 3.85 miles between Louisiana 42 (Burbank Road) and U.S. 61 (Airline Highway). Photo taken 10/22/03.
Interstate 10 eastbound at the Exit 163 diamond interchange with Siegen Lane (Louisiana 3246). Situated on the southwest corner of the junction is the Mall of Louisiana. Photo taken 10/22/03.
Louisiana 42 departs Burbank Road for Highland Road at the intersection with Siegen Lane (Louisiana 3246). From there the state highway continues eastward to the Exit 166 diamond interchange at Kleinpeter. Photo taken 08/12/02.
Interstate 10 eastbound at Exit 166 for Louisiana 42 (Highland Road) and 427 (Perkins Road). Highland Road intersects Perkins Road just east of the junction. From there Louisiana 42 continues eastward to U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) where a 3.3 mile overlap with the federal highway begins. This is the last interchange within East Baton Rouge parish. Photo taken 10/22/03.

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