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Old 01-04-2009, 05:07 PM
 
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^^^^You're welcome, Chris19!
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I may take I-10 or some variation of if if my brother moves to San Antontio, TX this summer from Wyoming. If he does, I may go from Colorado to San Antonio then to Gulfport-Biloxi, MS. Although, I would backtrack a little in Texas and avoid Houston completely but put up with the heavy traffic on I-10 in spots.

I am still in the idea stage, but using Google maps and the state traffic cameras to get an idea. I am also checking out hotels and seeing what is out there. Once I know my timeline, I will looking for a hotel room. This probably will not be until March sometime.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Talking The easy to gulfport

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I am considering of visiting a very good college friend in Gulfport, Mississippi next May/June and will be heading from the west. I have been to Lousiana twice, but it was a good 10 years ago and had fond memories of it. I will be heading from the northern part of Texas and Oklahoma. I am thinking of two options of going through Louisiana which are listed below:

1. From Shreveport, taking I-20 through the northern part of the state and eventually heading to Jackson, MS and go diagonally or via I-55 down to I-10 to Gulfport, MS.
2. From Shreveport, take I-49 down to I-10 and take that to Baton Rouge and use I-12 through Hammond and to Slidell until I meet up with I-10 again. I plan to visit New Orleans after meeting up with my friend in Gulfport, MS.

I am wondering which option would be better from a traffic standpoint (more manageable-steady traffic that is not chaotic), safety standpoint (less chances for crime and problems), and for good things to see and tour.

I can vaguely remember I-20 as being a relatively busy highway, but mild compared to the east coast. I have no idea of I-10 and would like some insight.

Any insight is welcomed.
Iwould take I-49 south from shreveport to u.s.190 at opelousas,once on u.s.190 go east towards baton rouge(beware of speed traps especially in livonia).U.S.190 will take you to la-415 and follow that to I-10 (roughly 5 miles).Take I-10 east to I-12 east and back to I-10 in Slidell.The sky is the limit from there!!!
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Iwould take I-49 south from shreveport to u.s.190 at opelousas,once on u.s.190 go east towards baton rouge(beware of speed traps especially in livonia).U.S.190 will take you to la-415 and follow that to I-10 (roughly 5 miles).Take I-10 east to I-12 east and back to I-10 in Slidell.The sky is the limit from there!!!
Krotz Springs and Port Barre can be bad too as speed traps. Also, the LA 415 turnoff will pass you by if you're not careful, and you'll then end up in north BR. About 50 miles after you get off I-49, you'll notice the pavement turn from asphalt to concrete. Then the road will bend to the left. At that point, you'll see a small sign for La 415, with "To I-10/12" That is the turnoff.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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There have been inspection sticker and speed checkpoints on US 190 near LA 415 the past several weeks (word coming from friends in that area). Just thought I'd share that information.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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As far as crime, just be smart. The only area I can speak for is New Orleans and the I-10/12 corridors should be reasonably safe. The only catch is in New Orleans there is no guarantee that the ramp will lead you to the street listed on the exit sign instead of side streets or service roads or that you will be able to get back on the I-10 from that street so it will be easy to get lost. Other than that just common sense.

Drivers in the New Orleans area can be aggressive at times but everywhere else it should be fine.
Why are the traffic signs so screwed up there? ( I've never been there but know someone online from N. O, and she's never mentioned this).
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Why are the traffic signs so screwed up there? ( I've never been there but know someone online from N. O, and she's never mentioned this).
I think there is some rule out there that says driving here has to be complicated for outsiders. This is the only place that I know of where you turn left to turn right and U-Turns have their own light. lol read this A Newcomer's Guide to New Orleans
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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Thanks for the answers to my questions, you are very helpful!
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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I think there is some rule out there that says driving here has to be complicated for outsiders. This is the only place that I know of where you turn left to turn right and U-Turns have their own light. lol read this A Newcomer's Guide to New Orleans
I've heard drivers in N.O etc are in general bad drivers.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I've heard drivers in N.O etc are in general bad drivers.
Bad drivers are in FLORIDA and PENNSYLVANIA
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