Interstate 49 Northbound (Lafayette & Opelousas Vicinity)

The Guide to Interstate 49 is split into four components:

0.75 miles south of the Interstate 10 & 49 cloverleaf interchange on U.S. 167 (Evangeline Thruway) northbound. The Evangeline Thruway sees a frontage road system from Donlan Avenue northward to Interstate 10. Photo taken 10/13/03.
Interstate 49 begins with U.S. 167 at the city of Lafayette (pop. 110,257) via the Evangeline Thruway. U.S. 167 cuts a swath through the city as the main north-south arterial. The Interstate 49 extension will vastly follow the same corridor upon completion. Pictured here is the Exit 1A loop ramp to Interstate 10 west at the southern terminus cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 is an official Hurricane Evacuation Route for its entire routing within the state of Louisiana. Trailblazers are posted on the mainline and at various on-ramps throughout the state. Departing here is traffic to Interstate 10 westbound via Exit 1A. The first 19 miles of Interstate 49 constitute the original U.S. 167 freeway constructed around 1980. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Pont des Mouton Road intersects Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 at the first mainline interchange. The east-west roadway begins at Louisiana 182 (University Avenue) and ends as Mouton Switch Road at Pont des Mouton and Louisiana Avenue. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Exit 2 is the first of three Carencro (pop. 6,120) area interchanges for the Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 freeway. Louisiana 98 (Gloria Switch Road) sees a diamond interchange with the north-south freeway. The state highway begins 4.5 miles eastward at the Saint Martin parish line and Louisiana 354. From Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 westward, Louisiana 98 continues to Gloria, Mire, and Castille before turning southward to Interstate 10 at Crowley (pop. 14,225). Photo taken 10/18/03.
An older style sign remains in place as the one-mile guide sign for Exit 4 (Louisiana 726). Louisiana 726 travels 1.82 miles between Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 and Louisiana 182 (University Avenue) at Carencro. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound at Exit 4 for Louisiana 762 (Bernard Avenue). The diamond interchange is the eastern terminus of the state highway. To the east Hector Connoly Road continues Bernard Avenue to Stekey and Beau Basin Road. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 reassurance shield assembly posted between Exits 4 and 7. A hurricane evacuation trailblazer is also placed here. Traveling alongside both carriageways of interstate 49 are two-lane frontage roads. These highways are named the Northwest and Northeast Evangeline Thruway and thus constitute the older pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 167. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 182 crosses paths with Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 at the Exit 7 diamond interchange. The state highway comprises the original route of U.S. 167 between Lafayette and Nuba. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Older style Louisiana 182 guide sign one half mile south of Exit 7. Louisiana 182 follows the old roadway of U.S. 90 between Morgan City (pop. 12,703) and Lafayette. The highway totals 173.88 miles overall. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic to Louisiana 7 departs the Exit 7 off-ramp of Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound. No control city is used for the state highway in the northbound direction since the route doubles back to the northwest before the next interchange (Exit 11). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 93 junctions with Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 midway between the towns of Sunset (pop. 2,352) and Grand Coteau (pop. 1,040). The state highway follows Duffy Avenue northeast from Napolean Avenue out of Sunset to the Exit 11 diamond interchange and Grand Coteau. Photo taken 10/18/03.
From Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 eastward, Louisiana 93 travels Main Street through Grand Coteau seven miles to Arnaudville (pop. 1,398). Napolean Avenue in Sunset carries Louisiana 93 and 182 for a 0.6-mile overlap. Louisiana 93 overall travels 29.91 miles between Lafayette and Arnaudville (Louisiana 31). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 3133, like Louisiana 726, exists as a connector between Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 (Exit 15) to Louisiana 182 (old U.S. 167) from east to west. The state highway totals 1.10 miles on the alignment of Harry Guilbeau Road. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The one-half mile guide sign of Exit 17 (Judson Walsh Road) as displayed on Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound. Judson Walsh Road is the first of three Opelousas (pop. 22,860) area interchanges on the north-south freeway. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound at the Exit 17 diamond interchange with Judson Walsh Road. Judson Walsh Road begins at the northbound frontage road. From Exit 17 westward the surface highway travels one mile to Louisiana 182 (Union Street). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 31 junctions with Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 at the next Opelousas interchange (Exit 18). The state highway begins nearby at Louisiana 182 (Union Street) to the south of downtown. 54.81 miles to the south, Louisiana 31 ends at Louisiana 182 (New Iberia). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 31 provides the main highway between Opelousas and Leonville (pop. 1,007), Arnaudville, and Cecilia to the southeast. The state highway is known as Creswell Lane within the city limits of Opelousas. Photo taken 10/18/03.
One half mile to the north of Louisiana 31 (Exit 18) is the six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 190 (Exits 19A/B). U.S. 190 represents the main highway from Opelousas eastward to the capital city of Baton Rouge. The highway is divided and carries an overall four lanes on the 56 mile stretch between the two cities. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The on-ramp from Exit 18 forms an auxiliary lane through to Exit 19A (U.S. 190 east). U.S. 190 was the original east-west corridor between Baton Rouge and points west. A lengthy viaduct travels the Atchafalaya River basin between Krotz Springs and Lottie in Point Coupee Parish. Until the completion of Interstate 10, there were only two highways out of New Orleans to the west: U.S. 190 and U.S. 90. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound at the ramp departure of Exit 19A for U.S. 190 east. The U.S. highway intersects the southern terminus of U.S. 71 in 15 miles. Otherwise the highway travels four miles from there to Krotz Springs and the Atchafalaya River bridges at the Saint Landry Parish line. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A loop ramp handles the movements of Interstate 49 & U.S. 167 northbound onto U.S. 190 west. U.S. 190 splits between the one-way street couplet of Landry Street (westbound) and Vine Street (eastbound) in the city of Opelousas. West of town U.S. 190 travels 22 miles to Eunice (pop. 11,499) and Louisiana 13. Photo taken 10/13/03.
1.75-mile guide sign of Exit 23 (U.S. 167 north and Louisiana 744 east). Two things occur at the upcoming diamond interchange. First U.S. 167 departs the Interstate 49 corridor for a westward jog to Nuba and Ville Platte (pop. 8,145). Second the frontage road system of older U.S. 167 ends after following the freeway for the first 23 miles. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Drawing to within one half mile of the Interstate 49 and U.S. 167 northbound partition. Louisiana 744 continues the roadway of U.S. 167 east to Louisiana 743. The Interstate 49 and Louisiana 743 junctions compose the endpoints of the 0.95-mile highway. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 bids U.S. 167 fond adieu via the Exit 23 off-ramp. U.S. 167 travels one mile to Nuba and Louisiana 182 before turning northwesterly 16 miles to Ville Platte. U.S. 167 will again intersect Interstate 49 at Exit 61. Photo taken 10/18/03.
One mile south of Louisiana 103 (Exit 25) on Interstate 49 northbound. Louisiana 103 links the freeway with nearby Washington (pop. 1,082). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Louisiana 103 overall loops 39.91 miles around Opelousas between Louisiana 31 (Leonville) and U.S. 190 (Lawtell). The highway links Washington with the communities of Soileau and Grand Prairie to the northwest. Southeastward Louisiana 103 travels 11 miles to Port Barre (pop. 2,287) and U.S. 190. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 at the folded cloverleaf interchange with Louisiana 103 (Exit 25). Louisiana 103 also serves the Thistlethwaite State Wildlife Management Area to the east. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 49 sees the one-mile guide sign for Louisiana 10 (Exit 27) in this northbound scene. Louisiana 10 intersects Louisiana 103 at downtown Washington and travels northward two miles to Exit 27. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The one-half mile guide sign of Exit 27 (Louisiana 10) features a next exit placard for the Exit 40 interchange with Louisiana 20. Outside of Shreveport, Alexandria, and Lafayette/Opelousas, the exits are few and far between. Thus the next exit placards are put in use on at least one of the advance guide signs per interchange. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Northbound at the Exit 27 ramp departure for Louisiana 10. Interstate 49 begins its northwesterly turn toward Alexandria (pop. 43,342) at this point. Louisiana 10 curves northeast 8.5 miles to Lebeau and U.S. 71. The state highway totals 250.03 miles between U.S. 171 (Pickering) to the Mississippi state line east of Bogalusa. Photo taken 10/18/03.

Unfortunately we do not have any photographs of the Exit 40 diamond interchange with Louisiana 29 (Whiteville Road). The final Saint Landry parish interchange sees the only Interstate 49 Louisiana shield posted on the northbound mainline. The shield resides just north of the Whiteville Road on-ramp. Photos taken 10/18/03.

Scenes Related to Interstate 49
Near the intersection of Willow Street of U.S. 167 (Evangeline Thruway) in Lafayette is a Tourist Information Center. The facility resides in the median of U.S. 167 and will like be removed with the construction of Interstate 49 through the city. Pictured here is the U.S. 167 northbound ramp from the facility and associated Interstate 10 & 49 trailblazers. The shields themselves are mounted on wood. Photo taken 10/13/03.
The southbound exit from the Tourist Information Center in Lafayette for U.S. 167 (Evangeline Thruway). U.S. 90 (Mudd Avenue) merges with U.S. 167 in approximately one-half mile. Note the Future Interstate 49 corridor trailblazer included in the shield assembly. Photo taken 10/13/03.

Page Updated March 1, 2004.

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