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Old 04-20-2015, 06:52 PM   #29
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There is nothing wrong with the section of I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
Actually, between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin bridge, that stretch can cause porpoising if you take it at the wrong speed. The ends of the concrete slabs are higher than the centers because the slabs have sagged. Even in my Interstate, I notice it; I can only imagine what it's like pulling a trailer.

It's better than US-190 between that road's Atchafalaya Basin bridge and the town of Port Barré because there aren't giant potholes to deal with, but I can certainly understand why people would complain about it.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:19 PM   #30
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I grew up in St. Mary Parish. I know how things are.

I still love it for what it is. I still hate it for the lost opportunities.....and axles...and bearings...tires, wheels.....cracked windshield... Just suck it up...?

Nope.

One thing for sure, if it goes un-checked it won't improve.
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Old 04-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #31
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Come back via I-20 and stay at Poverty Point in Delhi- a beautiful modern state park-
I-20 through Bossier City/Shreveport is the worst road I have encountered.
I see the lack of maintenance at Hugh White State Park in Grenada, MS. It started with the bad economy of 2008. We haven't camped there in several years because of electricity and water that does not work and tight, unlevel pads. The park was improving prior to 2008. Going down since 2008. George Payne Cossar State Park at Oakland, MS is holding on due to caring employees and a civic group, Friends of Cossar State Park who volunteer and host fund-raisning events. My wife and I are Friends Of Cossar. The restaurant and swimming pool were closed due to budget cuts in 2008. My wife really misses the pool and I really miss the restaurant, but it is still a great state park where we visit 6-8 times per year. We have been twice so far this year, and have at least 3 more trips planned. J. P. Coleman State Park (Iuka, MS), Trace State Park (Pontotoc), and Percy Quinn State Park (McComb) have held held up well since the budget cuts- others haven't fared so well-
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Night and day difference in i10 and i20 and so much better than it was 40 years ago. Remember back in the day i20 at Texas line went from four lane divide to pig trail I'm sure building on marsh land don't help I would not want to build a road in a state you can't dig a grave in . You did know that's what all the concrete box are out in the fields
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Wow, poor baby ! Louisiana is cutting back on many things as the fall in oil and gas prices continue to fall. Louisiana's economy for the most part is based on petroleum. We don't borrow money to fix problems. I find it hard to believe this is the first time you ever experienced substandard roads. I travel a great deal and there bad roads in all states. There is nothing wrong with the section of I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Please go around so you will not be our problem and grow up and stop using Airstream Forums to throw a tantrum. Better yet, stay home !

We have traveled 45 states with our trailers in 40 years of pulling trailers. Obviously all states have some bad roads but the worst road we ever traveled on was route 10 in Louisiana. The porpoising was so bad that the front rock cards became loose on our 30 footer.

We like to explore new places but I won't visit Louisiana again and won't be spending any money in your state. If you don't want us - I won't stay home, I'll just avoid your state. It's a big country and plenty to see in other states.
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Right you are, Protagonist. We experienced that section of I-10 a little over a month ago. It was just awful. We'll avoid that next time, though we certainly enjoyed some excellent Cajun food in Lafayette!

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Actually, between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin bridge, that stretch can cause porpoising if you take it at the wrong speed. The ends of the concrete slabs are higher than the centers because the slabs have sagged. Even in my Interstate, I notice it; I can only imagine what it's like pulling a trailer.

It's better than US-190 between that road's Atchafalaya Basin bridge and the town of Port Barré because there aren't giant potholes to deal with, but I can certainly understand why people would complain about it.
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Heading down to Grand Isle end of May.....debating route ? Down from Meridian on I-59 or west on I-10 from Mobile.....after reading this post may do hwy 11 down and avoid as much interstate as possible...not a fan of the freeway. Thoughts on route and place to overnight along the way...tips on Grand Isle? It is a fishing and camping trip in the Bambi.

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We always enjoyed the drive down to Grand Isle.

It is just unique and interesting. Houses on stilts, fresh shrimp for sale every block or two, local culture everywhere. Love it.

The campground at Grand Isle is nothing spectacular, but adequate and allows access to the lovely beach.

Last time we were there, however, a few years ago, the person newly in charge was enforcing at the campground beach the local ordinance of "no dogs" on the beach.

If that is still the case, just be aware. Beaches are much less enjoyable for me when I must walk them without my four-legged pal.



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Old 04-28-2015, 07:39 AM   #38
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Heading down to Grand Isle end of May.....debating route ? Down from Meridian on I-59 or west on I-10 from Mobile.....after reading this post may do hwy 11 down and avoid as much interstate as possible...not a fan of the freeway. Thoughts on route and place to overnight along the way...tips on Grand Isle? It is a fishing and camping trip in the Bambi.
Actually, I-59 from Meridian to Slidell or I-10 from Mobile to Slidell are both decent stretches of pavement.

I'd avoid Highway 11 from Slidell to New Orleans. It's has the oldest and least-maintained bridge from Slidell to New Orleans. The I-10 bridge is brand new since Hurricane Katrina and three lanes wide in each direction.

Once you get to New Orleans on I-10, when you come to I-610 take it and avoid the downtown area. Go all the way until it rejoins I-10 in Metairie, then take the Clearview Parkway exit. Go south on Clearview Parkway until you reach the Huey Long Bridge, which has recently been rebuilt to provide wider traffic lanes. The bridge isn't scary anymore. Anyway, this puts you on US-90.

Stay on US-90 to Raceland, then exit onto LA-1. This takes you all the way to Grand Isle. But in the section between Larose and Golden Meadow, instead of LA-1 the LA-3235 expressway is a much better road. 3235 rejoins LA-1 at Golden Meadow and this will take you the rest of the way into Grand Isle.

There is one section of LA-1 south of Golden Meadow where you'll have to pay a toll in one direction, but I can't remember if it's going or coming.
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Fastest towing route from Slidell to grand isle is I-10 to I-610 in NOLA, to I-10 but do not on exit at Clearview and continue on to I-310, then to US-90...good new road all the way and avoids the congestion.
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"Yikes" is way too mild

We try to avoid Interstates if possible, and most times have found routes that are very nice and a lot more interesting. We traveled I-10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette this past winter and it is definitely the worst section of Interstate that we have yet to travel, and everyone in Louisiana that we talked with agreed. Finding our way to Palmetto Island SP was no picnic either, brutally rough roads mixed with an unmarked detour and finally in the dark made the whole day an "adventure". Now for the better parts, Palmetto is one of, if not the nicest SP's we have ever stayed in. The people are the nicest, friendliest most helpful you will find anywhere. Abbeyville is must stop if you love oysters/seafood, we actually stayed an extra day because of the great food and wonderful people. We traveled Rt 82 along the coast, great road, zero traffic, rode two ferries and just had a wonderful time. We will definitely be going back to LA, more careful route planning, and staying longer. If you must travel LA I-10, slow down, put your warning blinkers on and head for Shucks in Abbeyville, you'll soon forget the bad road experience.
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Grand Isle route, toll is at Leeville couple miles south of Golden Meadow and is going toward Grand Isle only. Also obey speed limit in Golden Meadow...repeat obey speed limit in Golden Meadow or 😃 may be 😠
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If you must travel LA I-10, slow down, put your warning blinkers on and head for Shucks in Abbeyville, you'll soon forget the bad road experience.
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