Interstate 310

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For the former I-310, defined from 1964 to 1969 along the never-built Vieux Carre Expressway through the French Quarter, see Interstate 310 (1964).

Interstate 310 marker

Interstate 310
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length: 11.25 mi (18.11 km)
Existed: 1977 (signed)
May 7, 1993 (opened) – present
Major junctions
South end: US 90 / LA 3127 near Boutte
  US 61 near Kenner
North end: I‑10 near Kenner
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
LA 309 LA 310
Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge - Part of Interstate 310

Interstate 310 (abbreviated I-310) is a short spur route of Interstate 10 near New Orleans, located entirely in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, United States. It runs south from Interstate 10 near Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, intersects with U.S. Highway 61 and ends at the junction with U.S. Highway 90.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 310's mileage and exit numbers increase from north to south, the opposite of the standard Interstate numbering scheme.

Interstate 310's southern terminus is at US 90, where it travels north through flat marshlands. The southernmost mile was originally built as part of Louisiana Highway 3127, an inland bypass to Louisiana Highway 18, and is cosigned with I-310. North of I-310's first interchange, LA 3127 leaves the interstate, as I-310 heads towards the Mississippi River. After the next interchange, LA 18, Interstate 310 crosses the Mississippi River via the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge (Luling-Destrehan Bridge), a cable-stayed bridge connecting the towns of Luling and Destrehan.

North of the bridge, there is an interchange with LA 48. I-310 then proceeds to the LaBranche Wetlands Bridge, a five-mile (8 km) bridge over environmentally sensitive wetlands between Destrehan, Louisiana and the I-10 interchange. The northernmost two miles (3 km) of this bridge between the US 61 and I-10 interchanges was constructed using a method known as "end-on construction". This is a top-down technique in which construction platforms are mounted on concrete piles to avoid disrupting the environment below. From these platforms, the next set of piles and bridge viaducts are placed, allowing the platform to progress forward for the next set.[1] The interstate terminates at I-10 just west of Kenner.

History[edit]

Interstate 310 was originally planned, along with Interstate 510, as part of Interstate 410, a southern beltway around the New Orleans metro area. In 1977, I-410 was cancelled and the two interstates were split into their current components.[2] The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge was completed in 1983, one of the first parts of I-310 to open. I-310 was built through the 1980s and early 1990s and was completed on May 7, 1993, with the last section of construction being the LaBranche Wetlands Bridge.

Future[edit]

Future plans for I-310 are to relocate the southern end of the interstate to connect with the future extension of Interstate 49 from Lafayette to New Orleans. Another proposal in the Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan proposes an extension of the Earhart Expressway (Louisiana Highway 3139) westward from Dickory Avenue to Interstate 310, to serve as a freeway alternative I-10.

With discussions of extending I-510 across the Mississippi River, there is speculation of reviving the idea of a connection between I-310 and I-510.

Exit list[edit]

Note: Exits numbers increase from north to south, the opposite of the standard Interstate numbering scheme.

The entire route is in St. Charles Parish.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
  0.00 0.00 1A I‑10 east – New Orleans Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  0.00 0.00 I‑10 west – Baton Rouge Northbound exit and southbound entrance
St. Rose 2 US 61 – Kenner, Norco To Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Destrehan 6 LA 48 – St. Rose, Destrehan
Mississippi River Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge
Luling 7 LA 18 – Hahnville, Luling
Boutte 10 LA 3127 north – Donaldsonville Northern end of concurrency with LA 3127
11.25 18.11 US 90 – Houma, Boutte, New Orleans Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Southeastern terminus of LA 3127
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing