Driving to New Orleans



EASTBOUND to New Orleans: We recommend checking current traffic conditions before setting out to identify the best route at that time. While most drivers will take Interstate 10 Eastbound to New Orleans, please be aware of the following available detours in case of traffic issues.

I-10 Eastbound Atchafalaya Bridge Detour:

Highway 190 to the north of I-10 is the best alternate route. It can be accessed via I-49 North on the western side of the basin or on the eastern side via Exit 135 (Ramah), Exit 139 (Rosedale/Grosse Tete), or Exit 151 (Lobdell).

I-10 Eastbound Mississippi River Bridge Detour:

Highway 190 is an alternate Mississippi River crossing point if needed (via Exit 135,139 or 151.) Then take Highway 110 South to rejoin 1-10 Eastbound.

From Lafayette, Alternate Route via Highway 90 South:

Travelers may also consider taking U.S. 90 South in order to avoid potential traffic issues between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. At Boutte, take Interstate 310 North to rejoin I-10 just before Kenner.

WESTBOUND to New Orleans:

I-10 Westbound at Lake Pontchartrain:

U.S. 90 South is an alternate route for those approaching from the west.



HOUSTON-AREA to New Orleans: Due to the ongoing closure of Interstate 10 over the San Jacinto River just east of Houston, we recommend using one of the following detours if necessary. Please check current travel conditions before setting out to determine the ideal route.

  • North: Sam Houston Tollway or U.S. 90 and FM 2100
  • South: Texas Highways 330, 225 and/or 146 (tolls are waived on Beltway 8-East)