U.S. Route 190

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U.S. Route 190 marker

U.S. Route 190
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 90
Length: 875 mi[1] (1,408 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-10 in Pecos County, TX
  I-35 at Temple, TX
I-45 at Huntsville, TX
I‑49 at Opelousas, LA
I‑110 at Baton Rouge, LA
I‑55 at Hammond, LA
I‑12 at Covington, LA
I‑10 at Slidell, LA
East end: US 90 at Slidell, LA
Highway system

U.S. Route 190, also known as the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway,[2] is an east–west United States highway in Louisiana and Texas. It evolved from the shortest of intrastate routes in 1926 to a length comparable to a main Interstate Highway route, leading from the swamps and pine forests of Louisiana to the West Texas desert.

Route description[edit]

  mi[3] km
TX 593 854
LA 282 454
Total 875 1408


The western terminus is at a point where US 190 intersects with Interstate 10, a few miles east of Bakersfield and 20 mi (32 km) west of the town of Iraan, in the middle of Pecos County.

It runs east through Texas Hill Country speckled with sage brush, intersecting with State Highway 305, crossing into Schleicher County, and intersecting with U.S. Route 277 in Eldorado. Just outside Eldorado was where the raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch gained national attention. US 190 continues east into Menard County, intersecting State Highway 864, and passing a few miles north of Fort McKavett State Historic Site, entering Menard and intersecting with U.S. Route 83 north a short distance.

Continuing on a northeastward route US 190 enters McCulloch County and into Brady, Texas. Being the closest city to the geographical center of Texas, the city proclaims being the "True Heart of Texas", "where five major highways meet, making it a major gateway to all regions of the state".[4] US 190 enters Brady from the south merging and running concurrent with north U.S. Route 377 and U.S. Route 87 through town, intersecting FM 2028, 2309, then splitting with US 87 and US 377, before exiting the city heading east. US 190 goes through Rochelle, enters San Saba County, through Richland Springs where it intersects FM 45, the communities Algerita, and Harkeyville, and into San Saba, the birthplace of actor Tommy Lee Jones, and an intersection with State Highway 16. Continuing east US 190 enters Lampasas County, entering Lometa, merging and running concurrent with U.S. Route 183 south into the city of Lampasas. Splitting from US 183 and continuing east US 190 runs through the town of Kempner entering the extreme southern corner of Coryell County and the city of Copperas Cove. Copperas Cove is located on the southeastern edge of Fort Hood and US 190 traverses through part of the fort, into Bell County and then Killeen. Being directly adjacent to the main cantonment of Fort Hood, both Killeen and Copperas Cove depend on the fort and those stationed there. A restaurant in Killeen was the site of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history where 23 people (including the shooter) were killed.[5][6]

US 190 next intersects and merges with I-35 north through Belton and enters Temple, merging and running concurrent with State Highway 36 south. Continuing east and south US 190 passes through Rogers and enters Milam County then Cameron and merges with U.S. Route 77 south for a distance. A few miles south of Cameron US 190 merges and runs concurrent with U.S. Route 79 north. In Hearne US 190 splits with US 79 and merges running concurrent with State Highway 6 south, entering Brazos County, through Benchley, and into Bryan, that is considered the heart of the Brazos Valley (Southeast Central Texas), and is part of the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area.

US 190 splits with State Highway 6, turning northeast and merging with State Highway 21 north, entering through Kurten, entering Madison County also passing through North Zulch, Cottonwood and into Madisonville, before merging with I-45 south and into Walker County, then entering Huntsville, where US 190 splits heading into Eastern Texas.

Continuing east, US 190 enters San Jacinto County, passing north of Oakhurst and Point Blank, crossing Lake Livingston, entering Polk County and into Onalaska. US 190 from the west makes a semi-loop up over Lake Livingston and down to Livingston, intersecting with US 59 and Business US 59 and through Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, entering Tyler County, merging with FM 256 and into Woodville. East of Woodville FM 256 splits north and US 190 crosses BA Steinhagen Lake, into Jasper County, intersecting with State Highway 63 east, and in the center of Jasper intersecting with U.S. Route 96. Continuing east US 190 travels through Holy Springs enters Newton County and proceeds into Newton. In Newton US 190 turns south through Bon Wier, and then crosses the Louisiana line.

In Newton County, Texas, US 190 has been designated one of the routes on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The site number attached to the signs denote the location of the sign. The sign in the picture is located on the westbound side of the highway, inside the Texas line, just west of the "Welcome to Texas" sign near the Sabine River (Texas-Louisiana).

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail 467.JPG


US 190 crosses the Sabine River and enters the western portion of Louisiana in swampy bayou terrain three miles (5 km) west of Merryville, Louisiana. Merryville is the location of the old Coushatta Indian village.

Coushatta Indian Village Merryville,Louisiana 470.JPG

From Merryville the highway heads north by northeast to the community of Junction, Louisiana, also referred to as The Junction.[7] Junction is where LA 111 and US 190 intersect and is the site of a roadside marker and the joining of two Indian trails.

Atakapa Trace Junction Louisiana 471.JPG

From Junction, US 190 heads east to DeRidder, where it forms a multiplex with US 171 south and passes several NRHP sites such as the Beauregard Parish Jail, Beauregard Parish Courthouse, and the DeRidder Commercial Historic District among others. US 190 runs concurrently with US 171 to Ragley, where US 190 parts with US 171 heading east. From Ragley, the two-lane highway heads nearly due east almost parallel to Interstate 10 until Opelousas. US 190 crosses the northern reach of the Atchafalaya Basin near the Morganza Spillway en route to Baton Rouge. From Baton Rouge, US 190 passes, in places divided, through Denham Springs, Albany, Hammond, Robert, Goodbee, Covington,[8] Mandeville, before reaching the eastern terminus at Slidell (US 11).

The stretch between Interstate 12 south of Covington and the intersection with LA 22 at Mandeville is multilane divided with controlled access. The highway's eastern terminus is in the bayous near Slidell, at an intersection with U.S. Route 90. This junction was once known as the "White Kitchen" after a restaurant that was once located there.[9][10]


Old Route 190 sign

In the original 1926 plan, U.S. 190 served the purpose of modern-day Interstate 12, as the road around the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. The western terminus was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meeting U.S. 71 at the Baton Rouge-Port Allen Mississippi River ferry. U.S. 190 followed State Route 7 (in the pre-1955 Louisiana Highway system) east to Covington, then State Route 34 from Covington to Slidell. The original eastern terminus in Slidell was at U.S. 90 (now U.S.11) at the modern intersection of Front Street and Gause Boulevard.

In 1935, the route was extended west across the Mississippi River, ending in the West Texas town of Brady at an intersection with U.S. 87.

U.S. 190 was assigned an additional 150 miles (240 km) across the sparsely-populated area south of San Angelo, Texas in 1979.


The original 1926 route followed the Jefferson Highway through downtown Baton Rouge, then LA 426 (Old Hammond Highway) to the Amite River. East of Baton Rouge, significant differences from the current alignment are as follows: LA 1032 through Denham Springs; LA 1027 into Walker; LA 43 and 1040 (Old Baton Rouge Highway) between Albany and Hammond; South Range Road and LA 1067 (Old Covington Highway) between Hammond and the Tangipahoa River; and U.S. 190 Business through Covington.

West of Baton Rouge, the current alignment generally follows the same route since its extension into Texas in 1935. The only major re-routing was between Deridder and Elton, where the original route followed LA 26. The portion between Oberlin and Elton was re-routed in 1937 to follow U.S. 165 to Kinder before assuming the current alignment between Deridder and Kinder the following year. Other differences from the current route are as follows: LA 110 through Merryville; LA 3099 into DeRidder; LA 3253, 1244, 31, and 742 between Opelousas and Port Barre; Old U.S. 190 between Bayou Courtableau and Krotz Springs and between East Krotz Springs, Louisiana Krotz Springs and Lottie; LA 77 between Livonia and Rosedale; and LA 76 between Rosedale and Port Allen.

In 1937, U.S. 190 took over the original route of U.S. 90 from Slidell to the Rigolets Bridge (along current U.S. 11 and LA 433) when that highway assumed its current routing into Mississippi. U.S. 190 was given its current eastern terminus at U.S. 90 in the 1940s, following what is now U.S. 190 Business (Fremaux Avenue) through Slidell until the 1970s when it was shifted onto Gause Boulevard.

In 1951, U.S. 190 was re-routed along U.S. 51 Business (mainline U.S. 51 at the time) and LA 22 between Hammond and Mandeville. The new route passed through Ponchatoula and Madisonville and bypassed Covington. The former route through Covington was restored in 1956.

The current U.S. 190 near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, is an elevated highway. The road was built as a bypass around the road called Old 190 which continues across the Morganza Spillway to the western edge of Lottie. U.S. 190 crosses the Atchafalaya River on two cantilever bridges known as the Krotz Springs Bridge. It crosses the Mississippi River on the 1940-era Huey Long Bridge north of Baton Rouge.

The route is now used as an alternate route for Interstate 10, across the Atchafalaya Expressway. Traffic can be diverted along LA 975 to Krotz Springs, and LA 76 to U.S. 190/LA 1.

Junction list[edit]


County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Pecos   I-10 – Fort Stockton, Ozona I-10 exit 307
  FM 305 north – McCamey
  SH 349 north – Rankin West end of SH 349 overlap
Iraan SH 349 south – Sheffield East end of SH 349 overlap
Crockett   SH 137 north – Big Lake West end of SH 137 overlap
  SH 137 south – Ozona East end of SH 137 overlap
  SH 163 – Barnhart, Ozona
Schleicher   FM 1828 east
Eldorado US 277 south – Sonora West end of US 277 overlap
US 277 north / RM 915 north – San Angelo, Mertzon East end of US 277 overlap
  RM 2596 south
  RM 2084 north
Menard   FM 864 south – Fort McKavett
Menard US 83 south – Junction West end of US 83 overlap
  US 83 north – Eden North end of US 83 overlap
McCulloch   FM 1311 south
Brady US 87 south / US 377 south – Mason West end of US 87/377 overlap
FM 2028 west – Brady Reservoir
FM 2309 south
US 87 north – Coleman East end of US 87 overlap
FM 714 east
US 377 north – Brownwood East end of US 377 overlap
Rochelle FM 1121 west
  FM 2315 north
  FM 2822 north
San Saba   FM 2997 north
Richland Springs FM 45 north – Brownwood
  FM 2732 west
  FM 1030 south
San Saba SH 16 – Goldthwaite, Llano
FM 1031 south
  FM 580 east – Nix
Lampasas Lometa FM 581 – Lometa
US 183 north – Goldthwaite West end of US 183 overlap
  FM 3415 south
  US 281 north – Hamilton West end of US 281 overlap
Lampasas FM 580 east (Avenue J) West end of FM 580 overlap
FM 580 west (North Avenue) – Nix East end of FM 580 overlap
Loop 257 (4th Street) – Lampasas Historic District
US 281 south – Burnet East end of US 281 overlap

US 183 south (Key Avenue) / US 281 Truck (Plum Street) – Austin
East end of US 183 overlap
Loop 257 west (4th Street) – Lampasas Historic District
Kempner FM 2313 north
FM 2808 east
Bell Copperas Cove
Bus. US 190 east / FM 2657 south – Copperas Cove
FM 116 / FM 3046 Interchange
Fort Hood Old Copperas Cove Road Interchange

Bus. US 190 west – Copperas Cove
Interchange; west end of freeway; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Clarke Road
Bell Tower Drive
SH 201 south / Clear Creek Road

Bus. US 190 east / T.J. Mills Boulevard
Killeen Wales Drive, Willow Springs Road
SH 195 south (Fort Hood Street) / FM 439 north
Trimmier Road
W.S. Young Drive
FM 3470 (Stan Schlueter Loop)
Harker Heights FM 2410 (Knight's Way)
Indian Trail

Bus. US 190 west / Nolan Ruth Boulevard
No westbound entrance
Nolanville Spur 439 (Main Street) – Nolanville
Paddy Hamilton Road, Philip Nolan Expressway
  Frontage Road Eastbound exit only
  Frontage Road Westbound exit only
  FM 2410 (Simmons Road)
Belton FM 1670 (Stillhouse Hollow Dam Road) / Boxer Street
Loop 121
I-35 south (General Bruce Drive) / SH 317 / FM 436 / Connell Street – Austin Eastbound exit and entrance
I-35 south (General Bruce Drive) – Austin Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; west end of I-35 overlap; I-35 exit 293A-B
Central Avenue I-35 exit 294A
FM 93 (6th Avenue) I-35 exit 294B
Temple Midway Drive I-35 exit 297
I-35 north (General Bruce Drive) / SH 36 north / Loop 363 north (H.K. Dodgen Loop) – Waco, Gatesville East end of I-35 overlap; west end of SH 36/Loop 363 overlap; I-35 exit 298
57th Street, Oakdale Drive
FM 1741 (31st Street)
5th Street
Spur 290 west (Veterans Memorial Drive) East end of freeway; no eastbound exit
SH 95 south / Loop 363 north (H.K. Dodgen Loop) – Holland Interchange; east end of Loop 363 overlap
FM 3117 east
Bus. US 190 east – Heidenheimer
  FM 93 – Temple, Heidenheimer Interchange
  FM 436 – Heidenheimer, Little River Academy Interchange; eastbound exit is via the FM 93 exit
Bus. US 190 west – Heidenheimer
Rogers FM 437 / FM 2184 – Davilla
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Parish Location mi km Destinations Notes
Beauregard   US 190 west – Newton Texas state line (Sabine River)
Merryville LA 389 south – Starks
LA 110 east – Singer
  LA 111 north – Burr Ferry
  LA 3226 north – Rosepine
DeRidder LA 3099 south
US 171 north / LA 27 south – Leesville, DeQuincy West end of US 171 overlap
  LA 112 east – Sugartown
  LA 26 east – Oberlin
  LA 394 east – Dry Creek
Longville LA 110 west – Singer
  US 171 south / LA 12 west – Lake Charles, DeQuincy Interchange; east end of US 171 overlap
Allen Reeves LA 113 north – Dry Creek
Kinder LA 1150 east
US 165 – Oberlin, Iowa
LA 383 south
  LA 99 south – Welsh
Jefferson Davis Elton LA 395 south
  LA 26 – Oberlin, Jennings
Basile LA 371 north
  LA 97 south – Evangeline
  LA 3068 south
Acadia Eunice LA 757 west
LA 13 – Mamou, Crowley
St. Landry   LA 367 south
  LA 758 north / LA 95 south – Church Point West end of LA 95 overlap
  LA 95 north East end of LA 95 overlap
  LA 752 east
  LA 103 north
Lawtell LA 35 south – Rayne
Opelousas LA 104 west
LA 357 south
LA 182 – Washington, Sunset
  I‑49 / US 167 – Alexandria, Lafayette Interchange; I-49 exit 19 A-B
  Prudhomme Lane Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  LA 743
  LA 742 west
Port Barre LA 103 south – Leonville West end of LA 103 overlap
LA 103 north – Washington East end of LA 103 overlap
  LA 741 – Port Barre
  US 71 north – Alexandria Interchange
  LA 3174 east – Krotz Springs
Krotz Springs LA 3178 east – Krotz Springs
LA 105 – Melville Interchange
St. Landry
Pointe Coupee
  Bridge over the Atchafalaya River
Pointe Coupee   LA 975 south – East Krotz Springs Interchange
Lottie LA 81 – Morganza
  LA 976 south
Livonia LA 77 – Morganza, Plaquemine
LA 78 north / LA 411 south
  LA 978 north
  LA 1 north – New Roads West end of LA 1 overlap
West Baton Rouge   LA 413 – Erwinville
  LA 983 north
  LA 415 Interchange
  LA 1 south – Port Allen Interchange; east end of LA 1 overlap
  LA 986 (River Road)
West Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge
  Bridge over the Mississippi River
East Baton Rouge   Mississippi River turnaround Interchange
Baton Rouge
US 61 north / US 61 Bus. / US 190 Bus. – St. Francisville, Baton Rouge
Interchange; west end of US 61 overlap
I‑110 – Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Downtown Baton Rouge Interchange; I-110 exit 5B
LA 67 (Plank Road) Interchange
LA 37 east / Greenwell Springs Road Interchange

US 61 south (Airline Highway) / US 61 Bus. / US 190 Bus. – New Orleans, Baton Rouge
Interchange; east end of US 61 overlap
  LA 423 west (Old Hammond Highway)
Livingston Denham Springs LA 1032 (River Road)
LA 16 north / LA 3002 south to I‑12 – Watson West end of LA 16 overlap
LA 1031 north / LA 16 south – Gonzales East end of LA 16 overlap
  LA 1026 south West end of LA 1026 overlap
  LA 1026 north East end of LA 1026 overlap
Walker LA 447 – Prairieville
LA 1029 north
LA 449 north – Pine Grove
Satsuma LA 1024 north
Livingston LA 63 north West end of LA 63 overlap
LA 63 south – Killian East end of LA 63 overlap
Holden LA 441
Albany LA 43 – Montpelier
Tangipahoa Hammond I‑55 – Jackson, New Orleans Interchange; I-55 exit 31
LA 3260 east
US 51 – Amite, Ponchatoula

US 51 Bus. (Railroad Avenue)
LA 443 north
LA 3158 south
  LA 1064 north
  LA 1067 south
Robert LA 445
St. Tammany   LA 1077 – Goodbee
US 190 Bus. east – Covington
LA 25 north – Franklinton
LA 437 north
US 190 Bus. west / LA 21 north / LA 36 east – Covington, Bogalusa, Pearl River
Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  I‑12 – Gulfport, Baton Rouge Interchange; I-12 exit 63 A-B
  Fairway Drive, Judge Tanner Boulevard Interchange
  LA 22 west / Causeway Boulevard – Madisonville, New Orleans Interchange
Mandeville LA 59 north / LA 1087 west – Abita, Mandeville
  LA 1089 south – Fontainbleau State Park
Lacombe LA 434 south West end of LA 434 overlap
LA 434 north East end of LA 434 overlap
  LA 433 south
US 11 / US 190 Bus. east – Pearl River, Slidell
I‑10 – Gulfport, New Orleans I-10 exit 266
  LA 1090 north
US 190 Bus. west – Slidell
  US 90 – Bay Saint Louis, New Orleans
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Major intersections[edit]

I-10 west-southwest of Iraan
US 277 in Eldorado. The highways travel concurrently through Eldorado.
US 83 in Menard. The highways travel concurrently to north of Menard.
US 87 / US 377 in Brady. The highways travel concurrently through Brady.
US 183 south of Lometa. The highways travel concurrently to Lampasas.
US 281 in Lampasas. The highways travel concurrently through Lampasas.
I-35 in Belton. The highways travel concurrently to Temple.
US 77 in Cameron. The highways travel concurrently to southeast of Cameron.
US 79 in Milano. The highways travel concurrently to Hearne.
I-45 in Madisonville. The highways travel concurrently to Huntsville.
Future I-69 / US 59 in Livingston
US 69 / US 287 in Woodville
US 96 in Jasper
US 171 in DeRidder. The highways travel concurrently to Ragley.
US 165 in Kinder
I-49 / US 167 east of Opelousas
US 71 west-northwest of Krotz Springs
US 61 in Baton Rouge. The highways travel concurrently through Baton Rouge.
I-110 in Baton Rouge
I-55 in Hammond
US 51 in Hammond
I-12 north of Mandeville
US 11 in Slidell
I-10 in Slidell
US 90 east-southeast of Slidell

Other designations for U.S. 190[edit]

  • Acadiana Trail / Evangeline Highway — U.S. 190 in Louisiana
  • Central Texas Expressway — U.S. 190 in Texas

See also[edit]

U.S. Roads portal Louisiana portal Texas portal


  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 6 March 2006.
  2. ^ Not to be confused with the Ronald Reagan Trail in Illinois.
  3. ^ "U.S. Route Number Database" (Dec 2009 ed.). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ [1] -geographical center city and gateway
  5. ^ [2] -Killeen shooting --Oct. 16, 1991
  6. ^ [3] -Killeen shooting
  7. ^ [4] -Mapquest
  8. ^ West of Covington the original US 190 splits from US 190 and is signed as US 190 Business. US 190 Business is joined by LA 21, and US 190 Business and LA 21 are co-signed in a concurrency through Covington until US 190 Business folds back into US 190, whence LA 21 turns northeast toward Bogalusa.
  9. ^ White Kitchen Birding
  10. ^ Louisiana

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