U.S. Route 61/190 Business

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Route information
Length: 10.89 mi (17.53 km)
Existed: 1960 – present
Major junctions
Southeast end: US 61 / US 190 towards Hammond and New Orleans
Northwest end: US 61 / US 190 towards Opelousas and Scotlandville
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System

U.S. Highway 61/190 Business (BUS US 61/190, officially 61-X) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves East Baton Rouge Parish. It spans 10.89 miles (17.53 km) in a southeast to northwest direction and it is bannered as Business 61/190, with no directional shields. It generally follows the 1940s-1950s alignment of US 61/190 through Baton Rouge.

Route description[edit]

From the southeast, US 61/190 Business begins at a cloverleaf intersection near the The Mall at Cortana. It travels in a western direction along a six-lane highway known as Florida Boulevard. It passes through many large businesses and housing complexes, including Baton Rouge Community College and Baton Rouge General. US 61/190 Business transitions from six to four lanes after passing Foster Street, where houses replace businesses.

After a few miles, US 61/190 Business passes under I-110 and enters downtown Baton Rouge. It turns north at River Road, the site of the original Baton Rouge-Port Allen ferry. This intersection was also where US 71 and the Jefferson Highway crossed the Mississippi River.

After turning north, US 61/190 Business passes the Baton Rouge Refinery, hosting many companies like Honeywell and Exxon-Mobil. US 61/190 Business turns north onto Scenic Highway, passing next to the Exxon-Mobil refinery complex. US 61/190 Business ends at an intersection with the current US 61/190, which is also bannered as By-Pass US 61/190.

U.S. 61/190 is a combination of four-lane and six-lane, undivided highway for its entire length.

This shows the original US 61/190, with US 61/190 Bypass as State Route 1500
State Route 7 and 7D, showing the old and new alignments of US 190

History[edit]

US 61/190 Business was originally only U.S. 61, with U.S. 71 (the original U.S. 190 in Port Allen) ending at the ferry landing, and State Route 7 (the old U.S. 190) following U.S. 61 along Government Street and then onto Jefferson Highway (current LA 73). State Route 7 turned east at the intersection with Old Hammond Highway towards Denham Springs. U.S. 61 followed Jefferson Highway, also signed as State Route 1.

When the U.S. 61/190 Bypass was built around Baton Rouge, a traffic circle existed at the current cloverleaf intersection that defines the southern terminus of US 61/190 Business. State Route 7 was realigned onto Florida Boulevard, with the old route (Old Hammond Highway) being redesignated as State Route 7D.

Junction list[edit]

The entire highway is in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Mile km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 61 / US 190 Southern terminus
5.0 8.0 I‑110 to I‑10
8.3 13.4 LA 3164 (Scenic Highway) to I‑110 to LA 67
10.7 17.2 US 61 south / US 190 east / I‑110 to
10.8 17.4 US 61 north / US 190 west / LA 1 to US 61/190 BUS continues north as US 61; Northern Terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing