20-Jan-2011 -- We are on our road trip home to Canada after visiting family in Florida. On our way through Louisiana we decided to take a little side trip off Interstate 10 to visit this confluence on the outskirts of New Orleans at Port of New Orleans - Jourdan Road.
It was 54°F and overcast around 10:15 AM as we drove through the industrial area on Almonaster Road. Like other visitors, we found that No Trespassing signs and locked gates made it difficult to get near the confluence. There were many large transport trucks using the main road. We passed several places where businesses had been set up to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina which occurred back in 2005. Huge piles of broken cement were stacked behind a sign "Stonehedge Construction Inc. - Recycled Stone". In another work area, broken cement slabs seemed to have been crushed into piles of a gravel-like substance. In several lots, hundreds of crushed, rusted, and wrecked vehicles were stacked one on top of the other along the road and far back from it. We went too far on Almonaster Road so had to turn around to get back to the confluence area. While doing so, we stopped to take photographs of a couple of overgrown homes that appeared to have been abandoned after Katrina hit.
Our GPS Navigation System suggested we go up Elaine Road to get to the confluence, however a locked gate kept us from getting to the area where we needed to be. We tried several other approaches and considered walking some 700 meters across a vacant field to the site. Before doing that we decided to give Elaine Road one more try as on that locked gate was a sign with two numbers to phone for permission to enter. Alan was successful with the second "after hours" number - the first number is no longer in service. After Alan explained the purpose of our visit, the man who answered the phone said he was already on his way to the gate and would allow us entrance. Lucky us!!
We entered through the now open gate and drove to the far end of the compound where we parked. We were 134 meters from the confluence. A little road beside the CSX Transportation Railway track allowed us access to the grassy areas along the sides of the levee next to the Intercoastal Waterway. The levee and areas on either side were covered in mowed grass and clover. It was damp from a recent rainfall. Bayou Bienvenue is located on the other side of the Waterway. We saw no boats moving along the waterway while we were there.
It didn't take long for Alan to find the twelve zeros. This is our second visit on 90°W, halfway between the International Dateline and the Prime Meridian. The other was in Tennessee. Since the direction photos from the confluence don't show too much, we also took some photos from the top of the levee which show off the area better. The elevation at the confluence is 7 meters.
A sign near the entrance to this compound said, "Dedicated Trailer Cleaning Services Inc. - TANK WASH" Rows of truck tanks - the kind that carry milk and other liquid food products - were parked in rows waiting to be cleaned out. On train tracks at the other end of the compound sat tanker cars also waiting to be cleaned.
It took us about an hour in total to locate and photograph the area before continuing on our way. Having that gate opened for us was most helpful and certainly saved us a lot of time and energy.