U.S. Route 61/190 Business
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|Length:||10.8 mi (17.4 km)|
|Existed:||1960 – present|
|Southeast end:||US 61 / US 190 towards Hammond and New Orleans|
|Northwest end:||US 61 / US 190 towards Opelousas and Scotlandville|
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.
From the southeast, US 61/190 Business begins at a cloverleaf intersection near 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.
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.
|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