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LA 46 & 300

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I visited St.Bernard Parish, locally known as "duh parish" before it got wiped out. Come take a look. CLICK HERE TO GO THERE.

From Here
I included the address because there are some tables there that are interesting.

Louisiana Highway 46 (LA 46) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. It runs a west to east direction for a total length of 29.19 miles. It is demarcated as Elysian Fields Avenue and St. Claude Avenue in the city of New Orleans and as St. Bernard Highway, Bayou Road, East Judge Perez Drive, Florissant Highway and Yscloskey Highway in St. Bernard Parish. The highway is recognized by the United States Department of Transportation as San Bernardo Scenic Byway.

Route description

In New Orleans, LA 46 begins as Elysian Fields Avenue at an intersection with LA 39 (North Claiborne Avenue) and LA 3021 (Elysian Fields Avenue). After heading south five blocks, LA 46 turns onto St. Claude Avenue and heads east. It crosses the Industrial Canal via the St. Claude Avenue Bridge and runs through the city's Lower 9th Ward, continuing to parallel to the Mississippi River. At the Orleans-St. Bernard Parish line, LA 46 becomes St. Bernard Highway. Serving as the southernmost west-east thoroughfare of the parish, it intersects LA 47 (Paris Road) and LA 3238 (Palmisano Boulevard) in Chalmette. Continuing eastward, the highway again meets LA 39 at Bayou Road and runs concurrently for two miles near the end of East Judge Perez Drive, at which point LA 46 turns east through the community of Reggio and LA 300. From there, LA 46 connects to the towns of Yscloskey (via LA 625), Shell Beach, and Hopedale (via LA 624) before ending at a dead end with the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal.

LA 46 is a divided, four-lane highway from LA 39/LA 3021/North Claiborne Avenue to LA 47/Paris Road, where it narrows to an undivided, two-lane highway from LA 47/Paris Road to the westernmost interection of with LA 300/Bayou Road. The route again widens to four lanes and becomes a divided highway from the westernmost interection of with LA 300/Bayou Road to the easternmost intersection with LA 300/Bayou Road before narrowing again to an undivided, two-lane roadway from the easternmost intersection with LA 300/Bayou Road to the eastern terminus at Shell Beach.

La Hwy 451

The map:

The total length of 451 is about 33 miles. The portion of the loop above La.1, from Hamburg to Moreauville is 31 miles. On La.1, the distance from start to finish is 1.5 miles. This area is cumulatively called Big Bend. It is noted for Civil War history, the battle of Yellow Bayou actually took place near Hamburg. It is also noted for railroad history, hosting the main north-south route which included a train ferry ride across the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. Today, it is the home of the Sarto Bridge museum. It is a MUST VISIT. The tour guide is excellent. Visit soon. The lack of visitors could close the place. It is the best 2 buck tour I've been on.

La Hwy 1

ALL bad links have been removed. (old Geocities pages destroyed by Yahoo)

First, my notes on La.1:

I've traveled all of La.1 and find it to traverse 4 or 5 distinct areas of the state. I am initially basing these distinct areas on geology as geology seems to have ruled, partially, of course, the ethnic backgrounds of those areas' inhabitants. These areas are the Red River Valley, north of Alexandria, the Red River Valley south of Alexandria, then the Mississippi River high ground for a ways north and south of Baton Rouge, and then the Bayou Lafourche high ground down to the Gulf.

The nationalities that live along its length number too high to mention here. Let's just say, Europeans, Asians, Africans, and Orientals. That should cover most of them. Now for some maps while I decide how in depth I want to make this page. I've put off doing La.1 because it needs to be at the top of the list and what I do with its page will set an expected precedent for the other roads. Let me state here, La.1 is a special case and the others only sit in its shadow and will not get the frills this page will.

First of all, right click these maps and left click "open in a new window".
They are the very large versions. What you see below is a "thumb" or "shortcut image".

Second, right click the YELLOW LINKS LINES and left click "open in new window" so you can follow that YELLOW LINK out a few pages and won't get lost from here. Just close that new window when you are ready to continue this page.

Let's get started, it's a long road. I'll wait if you want to reread the instructions. I had to rewrite them because I couldn't follow them.

This map shows La.1 north of Shreveport. Its course is almost completely flat running as I remember. I know that other crops are grown now, but, cotton was king when I traveled it. I'll bet there's some wheat out there now. I don't think I have any digital pictures of the area. I'll look around. You will notice the Red River to the east of La.1 and all the lakes to its west. I don't know the geological history of that area. Those lakes could be old river routes or in line with tributaries to the Red River. As you go west from La.1 above Shreveport, you get into the hills of Texas and out of the Red's Valley. I almost forgot mentioning the historical oil boom of extreme northwest Louisiana. Oil City was named accordingly. Vivian, my wife's friend, claims to be the source of that other town's name. Don't believe her.
Of note, this is not on Wikipedia for a reason.

Shreveport to Natchitoches

Look how close the Red River is to the road. The levee is often in sight of it. Pecans and cotton were the main crops at one time. Old cotton gins are often seen as reminders of "progress", or more realistically, now versus then. I have fond memories of this road. It meant we were getting closer to my grandparents' homes and I wouldn't be car sick much longer.

Nachitoches to Alexandria.

La.1 actually gets a bit away from the river here and into the hills. To the west is the Kisatchie Highlands, or correctly, the Kisatchie Wold. This area is so rich in history I would not know where to start. Nachitoches is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. There's a start. During the Civil War, Generals Banks and Smith burned this whole area as they retreated from the Battle of Mansfield. Then they burned Alexandria. Banks would get his. What a scoundrel. Even the Yankees were ashamed of him.

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Alexandria to Simmesport

La.1 entered Alexandria from the north in a funnel between the river and the hills.
It leaves Alexandria still tucked up next to the Red River with the levee only a few feet away in places. This is very interesting country. There is one town named Poland and another named Heaven. On one trip I was given that choice. I guess you know which one I chose since I not writing from some cloud though I seem to be in one at times. Again, the little towns have so much history and the place is just gorgeous. Remember the rule, if you want history and spectacular natural beauty, follow the water. Louisiana has a lot of water. The old bayous that once brought steamboats from the Atchafalaya and Red River cross this country. The maze is amazing. Leave La.1 at Hamburg and visit the old Sarto Bridge on 451. It's in an area called Big Bend.
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Simmesport to New Roads

Simply, this is Pointe Coupee Country.
Being tied to the river ("the river" can only mean one river in LA).....
Again. Being tied to the river, this area's history goes as far back as there were
humans traveling that river. That's far. I forgot to mention, speaking of ancient humans, that there are Indian Mounds and a museum at Marksville, south of Alexandria. (by the casiono, LeRoy)

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New Road to Baton Rouge

New Roads is a "something else". Ride the ferry to St.Francisville soon. It is disappearing Louisiana. Tour New Roads, ride around False River. There is an air about New Roads and its inhabitants. I think New Roads might better exemplify the town in "Steel Magnolias" better than Natchitoches does. But, then I'm not that acquainted with the folks up there. I've been to the Mardi Gras ball in New Roads at the country club after an all day of Mardi Grasing. Those people can throw a party.

The ferry is now gone.

South of New roads, La.1 rides the bank of False River, then joins US 190 for a featureless ride to the Mississippi, north of Baton Route. This route should be avoided and 415 taken south of New Road to where it crosses US 190 and meets La.1 again. On 415 you will be riding next to the Mississippi River with all the positives that go with its proximity.

Baton Rouge to Donalsonville

La.1, in most places is four lane on this streth. The towns of Plaquemine is worth a long stop. See all the historic buildings and the Plaquemine Locks. I keep using the word "treasue". It applies here. There is also a functioning ferry that crosses the Mississippi across the levee from downtown, if that's your pleasure, is mine.

Donaldsonville is another old town which I have not explored that much. It is rich in Civil War history as it is where the Yankees assembled for their marches into South Louisiana. It is the location of the Source of Bayou Lafourche, a distributary of the Mississippi River, or, part of the old delta. A distributary is where a branch leaves a river carrying that source's water.
Thanks Lonnie Roberts for all you taught me.

La.1 follows that distributary and the highground its yearly flooding provided. It should be reconnected to the river so sediment could go south and save our coastline.

Donaldsonville to Raceland (US90)

There are more great old towns on both sides of the Bayou Lafourche. Ride 1 down and La.308 back up. See it all. There is a huge old sugar mill still functioning at Raceland. This is sugarcane country. Below US 90, the strip of land gets a bit narrow. The bayou gets much larger by the time you get to Lockport. There the water has become the source of commerce.

Raceland to Grand Isle

Huge sugarcane fields meld into a slender ridge of land that juts into the swamp which changes to a slender ridge of land that juts into the marsh which ends at the Gulf where a bridge takes you high over the bayou for a view of "lands" end and the promise of more miles on the barrier island of Grand Isle.

The whole scene is unexplainable and overpowering. I can understand those that are mesmerized by the sea. I am, too. The marsh,being a sea of grass, is likewise mesmerizing. It is likewise unexplainable and overpowering. It seems I'm at a loss for words and overpowered pretty often. Am I a submissive idiot?

That is the last of MY NOTES. I will be linking my rides on La.1 to this page as I find them. The only portions I won't have documented are from Natchitoches north.

All that is below comes from Wikipedia and its links. Use is allowed.

Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves the following parishes (from south to north):
West Baton Rouge
Pointe Coupee
Red River

At 436.20 miles (702.00 km), it is the longest numbered highway of any class in Louisiana. It runs diagonally across the state, connecting the oil and gas fields near Grand Isle with the northwest corner of the state, north of Shreveport.

The part south of U.S. Highway 90 near Raceland is Corridor 44, a National Highway System High Priority Corridor. From Alexandria to Shreveport, the LA 1 corridor was used for Interstate 49.Contents
1 Route description
2 See also
3 References
4 External links

Route description

Louisiana 1 sign in South Louisiana

The southern terminus of LA 1 (29.2603° N 89.9637° W) is at a dead end in Grand Isle on the south bank of Bayou Rigaud. It heads southwest and west through Grand Isle, turning northwest where it meets LA 3090 (the road to Port Fourchon). At Leeville the road crosses Bayou Lafourche on the Leeville Bridge and begins to parallel the bayou on its west bank, heading through towns such as Lockport, Raceland, Thibodaux, Napoleonville and Paincourtville. At Donaldsonville, where the bayou meets the Mississippi River, LA 1 turns northwest to parallel the river. (Southeast of Donaldsonville, LA 18 and LA 3089/LA 3127 parallel the Mississippi.)

From Donaldsonville to Port Allen, across the Mississippi from Baton Rouge, LA 1 generally parallels the Mississippi River. It takes a relatively straight inland route, bypassing the curves of the river followed by LA 405 and LA 988. At Port Allen, it meets U.S. Highway 190 at the west end of the Huey P. Long Bridge, and turns west with US 190 to past Erwinville. There it turns back north, running along several back channels and oxbows of the Mississippi to New Roads (which is bypassed by LA 3131), and then heading west from New Roads to Morganza with LA 10 (still paralleling the Mississippi). From Morganza to Lettsworth, LA 1 heads northwest near the Mississippi; LA 15 begins in Lettsworth and continues north along the river while LA 1 continues generally northwest towards Alexandria.

LA 1 heads inland through such towns as Moreauville and Marksville to Alexandria, where it meets the Pineville Expressway (U.S. Highway 165/LA 28). LA 1 turns southwest along its frontage roads - Fulton Street and Casson Street - along with LA 28 Business and U.S. Highway 167 Business to its end at Interstate 49, and continues southwest on Mason Street and northwest on Bolton Avenue.

From Alexandria to Shreveport, LA 1 generally parallels Interstate 49, including a bypass around Natchitoches. Louisiana Highway 1 Business runs through downtown Natchitoches before rejoining the original highway just northwest of the city limits. It passes through Shreveport on Youree Drive, Spring Street and Market Street, running concurrently with U.S. Highway 71 from Interstate 20 downtown to a split north of downtown. From Shreveport to the border with Texas, where LA 1 becomes State Highway 77, LA 1 passes through towns such as Oil City, Vivian and Rodessa.

2 thu 39

Brief explanations from Wikipedia and my maps for La.2 through La.39 are done.
If you see any benefit from this work, let me know in the Guest Book. I'm not
going to proceed until I get some feedback.

La Hwy 39

My notes on La.39
Ray and I rode this one. It is a chance to see Fort Jackson before Katrina.
Pardon the music, it's kind a funky. So is the writing.

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Louisiana Highway 39 (LA 39) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. In New Orleans, LA 39 is referred to as North Claiborne Avenue, while in St. Bernard Parish, it is known as Judge Perez Drive. It spans 54.08 miles and is bannered north/south.

Route description

From the north, LA 39 begins at an exit ramp from Interstate 10 onto North Claiborne Avenue. In New Orleans, Highway 39 is a four lane, divided road that runs through the city's 9th Ward. LA 39 crosses over the Industrial Canal via the Claiborne Avenue Bridge and enters the Lower 9th Ward, where it becomes the neighborhood's primary road. At the parish line, LA 39 becomes West Judge Perez Drive and passes through the towns of Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux and Violet. When LA 39 intersects with LA 47, it becomes East Judge Perez Drive. After exiting Meraux, LA 39 continues parallel to the Mississippi River and shortly merges with LA 46 near Poydras. At the two highways' merging, LA 39 becomes a two lane, undivided road. It runs due west and then southward along the east bank of the Mississippi River into Plaquemines Parish and passes through Pointe à la Hache before reaching a dead end at the Bohemia Spillway Levee.

La Hwy 38

First, my notes:

La.Hwy 38 is a joy in Washington Parish, as are many roads.
My ride report of 38 country is HERE

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La.38 runs across the top of the toe of the boot that is Louisiana.
It runs from Coleman Town (La.10) north and then east to La.430.

La Hwy 37

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La.37, or Greenwell Springs Road, runs northwest from Baton Rouge (US61) to Greensburg (La.10).

La Hwy 36

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La.36 runs east from Covington (La.21) to Hickory (La.41).

La Hwy 35

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No Wiki. La35 runs straight north from Forked Island on La 82 to Lawtell, on US 190. It traverses the Cajun Prairie.

La Hwy 34

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Louisiana Highway 34 (LA 34) is a state highway in Louisiana that spans 85.97 miles. It serves Grant Parish, Winn Parish, Jackson Parish, and Ouachita Parish.

Route description

From the south, LA 34 begins in Montgomery at an intersection with U.S. Highway 71 and heads northeast into Winn Parish going through Wheeling and Atlanta. LA 34 also intersects U.S. Highway 84 and U.S. Highway 167 in Winnfield goes through Joyce and then heads due north into Jackson Parish. LA 34 intersects with Louisiana Highway 4 in Chatham. LA 34 also intersects Louisiana Highway 144 in Eros before entering Ouachita Parish. LA 34 heads due east, then north past Bawcomville, where LA 34 turns to the northeast and becomes Stella Street. LA 34 intersects Interstate 20 before ending at an intersection with U.S. Highway 80 in Monroe.

La Hwy 33

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Wiki doesn't list La.33 either. La.33 runs from Ruston on I-20 northeast to the Arkansas border.

La Hwy 31

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Wiki doesn't list this important La.highway. It is right across the bayou from where I live so I'll list it. La.31 runs from New Iberia (La.182) to east of Opelousas (I-49}.

La Hwy 30

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Louisiana Highway 30 (LA 30) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves East Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Ascension Parishes. It spans 28.66 miles in roughly a southeast/northwest direction.

Route description

From the southeast, LA 30 begins at an intersection with US 61 and LA 431 halfway between Gonzales and Sorrento. LA 30 then runs due west, intersecting LA 44 and I-10 in Gonzales. It passes the Tanger Factory Mall at its intersection with Interstate 10. LA 30 then turns northwestward and crosses LA 73. While passing various chemical enterprises, the highway enters Iberville Parish before crossing LA 74 at St. Gabriel. The highway then enters East Baton Rouge Parish and eventually the city of Baton Rouge proper, at which time it becomes Nicholson Drive. After passing LA 42 and LSU, it widens to four lanes and turns northward. In its final stretch, it moves into downtown Baton Rouge and crosses Interstate 10 one last time and ends at LA 73 (Government Street).

La Hwy 29

Links to articles where 29 is mentioned:
1) Click Here

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Louisiana Highway 29 (LA 29) is a state highway in Louisiana. It lasts 54.19 miles.
Route description

LA 29 begins at a junction with LA 13 in Eunice and then heads northeastward through St. Landry Parish and Evangeline. LA 29 runs through Chataignier and Ville Platte while in Evangeline Parish. Upon entering St. Landry Parish, LA 29 intersects Interstate 49 and then turns north into Avoyelles Parish, parallel to the interstate until it turns towards Bunkie, where LA 29 intersects U.S. Highway 71. LA 29 then runs through Evergreen and Cottonport and ends at a junction with LA 114 near Moreauville.

La Hwy 28

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Louisiana Highway 28 (LA 28) is a state highway in Louisiana. It spans 80.59 miles and runs from east to west. LA 28 is for the most part a two lane, undivided road.

Route description

From the east, LA 28 begins at an intersection with U.S. Highway 84 and starts heading southwestward in La Salle Parish. LA 28 merges with U.S. Highway 167 in Pineville and becomes a part of the Pineville Expressway. LA 28/U.S. 167 crosses the Red River and enters Alexandria. Louisiana 28 then is cosigned with Interstate 49 until the MacArthur Dr. Exit. There, it travels along MacArthur Dr. until it reaches Coliseum Blvd. Bus. Louisiana Highway 28 follows through downtown Alexandria. It was the original route until December of 2007. In Vernon Parish, LA 28 continues due west and then ends at an intersection with LA 8.

Business route

Louisiana Business Highway 28 (BUS LA 28) is a 2.82 mile (4.54 km) state highway in Louisiana. It runs from east to west. Bus. LA 28 is for the whole part a two lane, undivided road. From the east, Bus. LA 28 begins at an intersection with U.S. Highway 167 and starts heading southwestward in Rapides Parish. LA 28 merges with Louisiana Highway 1 in Alexandria and becomes a part of the Bolton Ave. Corridor. Bus. LA 28/LA 1 follows the corridor for about .5 miles and turns onto Monroe St. Louisiana Highway 28 continues west along Coliseum Blvd, and it also goes north along MacArthur Dr.

La Hwy 27

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Louisiana Highway 27 (LA 27) is a state highway that serves Beauregard Parish, Calcasieu Parish, and Cameron Parish. It spans 132.46 miles.

Route description

LA 27 begins from the northeast in De Ridder at a junction with U.S. Highway 171/U.S. Highway 190. LA 27 then heads due south through Beauregard Parish, intersecting Louisiana Highway 110 and Louisiana Highway 109. In Calcasieu Parish, LA 27 intersects Louisiana Highway 12 in De Quincy. After heading due south, LA 27 shortly merges with U.S. Route 90 and turns west towards Sulphur. In Sulphur, Louisiana Highway 27 Business splits from the main highway for 3.73 miles and merges with US 90, running through the city center and then turning to the south again. LA 27 BUS then merges with LA 27 outside the city limits. LA 27 then intersects Interstate 10 as it continues due south into Cameron Parish.

LA 27 is the only north-south route through Cameron Parish, and along with LA 82 is the primary highway through the parish. LA 27 runs due south into Hackberry and intersects with Louisiana Highway 390. LA 27 then merges with LA 82 and heads due east through Cameron and intersects LA 1141 and LA 1142. After exiting Cameron, LA 27 splits from LA 82 and turns due north, intersecting LA 1143 and LA 384 before re-entering Calcasieu Parish. LA 27 then intersects LA 397 before ending at junction with Louisiana Highway 14.

La Hwy 26

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Louisiana Highway 26 (LA 26) is a state highway that serves Beauregard Parish, Allen Parish, and Jefferson Davis Parish. It spans 76.16 miles, running in a northwest/southeast direction
Route description

LA 26 begins at a junction with U.S. Highway 171/U.S. Highway 190 in De Ridder and heads due southeast through Beauregard Parish. In Allen Parish, LA 26 intersects U.S. Highway 165 in Oberlin and turns due south into Jefferson Davis Parish. LA 26 then intersects U.S. Highway 190 east of Elton. LA 26 continues southward and intersects Interstate 10 (Louisiana) and U.S. Highway 90 in Jennings. LA 26 then ends at a junction with LA 14 in Lake Arthur. LA 26 was also part of an old routing for U. S. Highway 190 from Elton to DeRidder.

La Hwy 25

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Louisiana Highway 25 (LA 25) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. It spans 35.61 miles and is bannered north/south.

Route description

From the south, LA 25 begins at a junction with U.S. Highway 190 in Covington and heads due north through St. Tammany Parish. In St. Tammany, LA 25 intersects LA 40 in Folsom. LA 25 then enters Washington Parish, where it shortly merges with LA 10 and LA 16 in Franklinton. LA 25 splits with these highways after entering the city limits and then continues due north. LA 25 intersects LA 38 in a rural part of Washington Parish and then ends a few miles later at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line, where LA 25 becomes Mississippi Highway 27.

La Hwy 24

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Louisiana Highway 24 (LA 24) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. It spans 35.61 miles and is bannered east/west.

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LA 24 begins at a junction with LA 1 in Larose. From there, LA 24 runs westward through Houma (where it acts as a major road in the city center) and then turns northwestward and runs through Thibodaux. Although the road itself goes to Thibodaux, the LA 24 designation ends at the point where LA 20 runs into LA 24: from that point northwards, LA 24 is designated LA 20.

La Hwy 23

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Louisiana Highway 23 (LA 23) is a north-south state highway in Louisiana that serves Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes. It spans 74.02 miles (119.12 km) in roughly a southeast/northwest direction. It is known locally as Belle Chasse Highway, Lafayette Street, the West Bank Expressway, and Franklin Avenue.

Route description

LA 23 connects Gretna and Venice. Between Belle Chasse and Venice, the highway serves as the main road along the west bank of the Mississippi River. LA 23 runs through the small rural towns of Jesuit Bend, Naomi, Myrtle Grove, West Pointe A La Hache, Port Sulphur, Nairn, Empire, Buras, Triumph, and Bootheville. With the exception of the portion running through Port Sulphur, the entire highway is four lanes (although it is not controlled access). It is a critical hurricane evacuation route for thousands of inhabitants along the west bank of the Mississippi River.


At one time, LA 23 ran straight across the Westbank Expressway (U.S. Highway 90 Business), using Lafayette Street, 5th Street and Huey P. Long Avenue through downtown Gretna and crossing the Jackson Avenue-Gretna Ferry onto Jackson Avenue in New Orleans.[2] By 1986, it had been rerouted, running along the Westbank Expressway frontage roads to Stumpf Boulevard and turning north on Stumpf and Franklin Avenue to end at Burmaster Street (LA 428).[3] The former LA 23 to 4th Street in downtown Gretna became an extension of LA 18, while the three blocks beyond to the ferry (and Jackson Avenue in New Orleans) are now unnumbered.

La Hwy 22

First, my notes:
To take a look at La.22 country, you can click these links to my ride reports:
Maurepas I
Maurepas II
Maurepas III
Page 8 of the Bonnet Carre Ride

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Louisiana Highway 22 (LA 22) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, and Ascension Parishes. It spans 71.85 miles in a rough east/west direction and is bannered in each cardinal direction (depending on the location).
Route description

From the east, LA 22 begins at an intersection with U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville. LA 22 then runs due west, intersecting LA 21 in Madisonville. LA 22 then enters Tangipahoa Parish and intersects Interstate 55/U.S. Highway 51 in Ponchatoula. In Livingston Parish, LA 22 intersects LA 42 in Springfield and then turns due southwestward. LA 22 passes through Killian and intersects LA 16 south of French Settlement before entering Ascension Parish. In Ascension Parish, LA 22 intersects US 61(Airline Highway), Interstate 10, and LA 70 in Sorrento. LA 22 then intersects LA 44 before ending at an intersection with LA 75 and LA 942 at the Mississippi River at Darrow.

La Hwy 21

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Louisiana Highway 21 (LA 21) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. It spans 51.76 miles and is bannered north/south.

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From the south, LA 21 begins at an intersection with Louisiana Highway 22 in Madisonville and heads northeast, intersecting with Interstate 12 and U.S. Route 190 in Covington. It continues northeastward, entering a brief concurrency with Louisiana Highway 40 in Bush for less than one mile. Between Bush and Sun, LA 21 widens to a four lane, divided highway after merging with Louisiana Highway 41, continuing due north from the merge. LA 21 then intersects LA 10 in Bogalusa, then runs north through Varnado and Angie before becoming Mississippi Highway 35 at the state line

La Hwy 20

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Louisiana Highway 20 (LA 20) is a state highway that serves Terrebonne Parish, Lafourche Parish, and St. James Parish. It spans a total of 39.07 miles as a two lane, undivided road.

Route description

From the south, LA 20 begins at an exit from U.S. Highway 90 in northwest Terrebonne Parish and heads northeastward, where it intersects LA 24 in Schriever and turns due north. LA 20 intersects LA 1 in Thibodaux as it continues northward. LA 20 then passes through Chackbay before it enters St. James Parish. LA 20 runs northward through South Vacherie and dead ends at an intersection with LA 18 in North Vacherie.

La Hwy 19

Louisiana Highway 19 (LA 19) is a state highway in Louisiana which serves the parishes of East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana. It spans 34.02 miles, beginning in Baton Rouge and ending at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line.

Route description

LA 19 begins at a junction with U.S. Highway 61 north of Baton Rouge and heads nearly due north where it intersects Interstate 110. After leaving the Baton Rouge city limits, LA 19 passes through Baker and Zachary. From Zachary, LA 19 continues north-northeastward into East Feliciana Parish.

In East Feliciana Parish, LA 19 intersects LA 412 in Slaughter. LA 19 also intersects LA 10 and LA 956 in rural parts of the parish. In Wilson, LA 19 intersects LA 68, and in Norwood, LA 19 acts as the western terminus for LA 422. At the state line, LA 19 ends and becomes Mississippi Highway 33 in Mississippi.

La Hwy 18

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Louisiana Highway 18 (LA 18) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, and Jefferson Parishes. It runs from west to east, parallel to the west bank of the Mississippi River, running from Donaldsonville to Gretna. It spans a total of about 80.12 miles. In the more rural parts of LA 18's span, it is commonly referred to as River Road, but it becomes 4th Street once it enters Westwego.

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LA 18 begins as an undivided, two lane road in downtown Donaldsonville as Bayou Road, which runs parallel to the Mississippi River. It intersects with the Sunshine Bridge (LA 70) east of Donaldsonville, the Veterans Memorial Bridge (LA 3213) in Wallace, and Interstate 310 near Luling as it continues downriver. At Bridge City, LA 18 shortly merges with U.S. Highway 90 but continues its eastward span while U.S. 90 crosses the Mississippi River via the Huey P. Long Bridge. When LA 18 enters Westwego, LA 18 becomes 4th Street but still continues alongside the river. In Gretna, LA 18 turns south, away from the river, onto Lafayette Street and ends at the intersection of Lafayette St. and the Westbank Expressway.

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In Westwego, LA 18 turns from Louisiana Street onto 4th Street. Spur LA 18 continues southward for 0.66 miles on Louisiana Street until it meets the Westbank Expressway (BUS US 90).

La Hwy 17

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Louisiana Highway (LA 17) is a state highway that serves Franklin Parish, Richland Parish, and West Carroll Parish. It runs from north to south for 67.07 miles.

Route description

From the south, LA 17 begins at a junction with LA 15 in Winnsboro and heads north-northeast through Franklin Parish. LA 17 then intersects Interstate 20 and passes through Delhi, where LA 17 also intersects U.S. Highway 80. LA 17 then continues northward into West Carroll Parish, where it intersects LA 134 in Epps. LA 17 also passes through Pioneer and Forest, Oak Grove, and Kilbourne. LA 17 then becomes Highway 159 at the Louisiana/Arkansas state line.

La Hwy 16

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Louisiana Highway 16 (LA 16) is a state highway in Louisiana. It runs from east to west for 110.72 miles.

Route description

From the east, LA 16 begins in Sun at a junction with LA 21 and heads west northwest into Washington Parish. At an intersection with LA 60, LA 16 turns north-northwest towards Franklinton, where the highway merges with LA 10 and LA 25. All three highways split from each other outside of the city limits, and LA 16 turns westward. In Tangipahoa Parish, LA 16 intersects U.S. Highway 51 in Amite and Interstate 55 just west of the city. LA 43 shortly merges with LA 16 and then splits with LA 16 in Montpelier. From Montpelier, LA 16 shortly merges with LA 63 and then splits from the highway after approximately 9.5 miles. LA 16 then heads due south (despite the even number, generally signifying an east-west state highway in Louisiana), running through Denham Springs and then turning southeastward without intersecting Interstate 12 (a lower-level state highway, LA 3002, also known as South Range Avenue, does intersect I-12 within a mile or the LA 16 overpass, but no signage on I-12, westbound or eastbound, explains how to get from I-12 to LA 16). After crossing I-12, LA 16 merges with LA 42 in Port Vincent and then splits with the highway east of the city. LA 16 continues through French Settlement before ending at La.22.

La.Hwy 15 Added Pictures and Commentary

La. 15 will be the second road that I'm going to update with pictures on the blog instead of links to older, non existent writes. That's a novel idea, eh? That didn't work since Yahoo dismantled Geocities and erased years of work from public viewing. I'll keep this "in house" and hope Google does not do the same. On with the road: this time La.15.

I consider La.15 an under appreciated and under traveled gem. It is a 5 star road. It is jammed with accessible attractions while still functioning as an economical byway from Point A to Point B.

Some of the rides I have taken that included La.15 were these {referring to some of the old erased outings}:
Ride 1, The Loop, a ride up 15, over to Natchez and down to St.Francisville.
Ride 2, Louisiana's Mystery Land, a ride off of 15 into Black River Country.
Ride 3, Riding to the Duty Ferry, a ride to a one car ferry crossing the Quachita River at Enterprise, La.
Ride 4, Barry Sends Me to Columbia, this was one that sent me into Georgetown country, stopping at all of his childhood landmarks.

Like I said, most are gone. I plan on replicating those or riding them again. Possibly I'll do a picture comparison between "then" and "now".

La.15, combined with a few other roads, is my ticket to north central Louisiana. No other route is as satisfying. Forget I-49 through Alexandria. Use it for an escape hatch back south if you must. I have used 49, being afraid to be on the southern sections of 15 in the dark which are wild and even skirt the state prison.

Click the Map to Enlarge
The mauve line is 15.

This description was taken from Wikipedia:
Louisiana Highway 15 (LA 15) is a state highway in Louisiana. It spans north/south for 264.56 miles.

Route description {north to south}
My pictures will be from south to north.

LA 15 begins as an exit from U.S. Route 167 just south of Lillie and heads due east towards Spearsville. From Spearsville, LA 15 turns to the southeast and shortly merges with LA 2 and LA 33 in Farmerville. LA 15 then turns southeastward again, leaves Union Parish, and enters Ouachita Parish. LA 15 then heads due south and merges with U.S. Route 80. U.S. 80/LA 15 then turns east through Claiborne, West Monroe and turns southeast and intersects with Interstate 20, southwest of downtown Monroe. LA 15 continues east-southeast through Ouachita Parish and passes through rural Richland Parish, where LA 15 turns due south at Mangham. While in Franklin Parish, LA 15 passes through Baskin, Winnsboro, Gilbert, and Wisner.

LA 15 then enters Catahoula Parish, where it passes through the town of Sicily Island. The highway turns east and enters Concordia Parish through Clayton. LA 15 also merges with U.S. Route 65 just south of Clayton and splits from the highway in Ferriday. The road then runs parallel to the Mississippi River through Concordia Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish, where LA 15 ends at a three-way intersection with LA 1 and LA 970 in the town of Lettsworth.

Below are pictures from 15.
First, this is a large map of the first leg of the trip north.
La. 15 starts on what I call the Torras Peninsula. It is across the Atachafalaya Bridge from Simmesport.

The Torras Peninsula was an often used stage for Louisiana
historic railroading. I like railroad history and have spent
hours putting the story together, though I remember little. But
since you'll be on the road, you should know a little about what
ghosts surround you.

The blue line is the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company's line
as it was after the Atchafalaya rail and vehicle bridge was
built at Simmesport about 1928.

The green line was the Texas and Pacific's line from Addis
to Ferriday. You will be with it all the way up and remnants
are fairly easy to see.

The brown line is what I believe to be the T&P original route
from Addis to Torras where it swung north on the green route.
The line had to be moved because The River ate the route along
with the town of Red River Landing, shown in the water.
Remember, you can click this map and see all that w/o squinting.

This is going well, I cut off Lettsworth, the southern terminal
of La. 15.

Lettsworth is on La.1. Just off the road, on what was La.1,
is this country church. Behind it is Lettsworth Bayou.

Next, are a few interesting cabins. None survive today.

I was interested in them because of this fellow.

Buddy M.F. Guy

He is mentioned here:

This from Wikipedia.
Lettsworth is a small village located in the extreme northern tip of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. It lies on the east bank of the Atchafalaya River near its intersection with the Mississippi River and the Red River at the Old River Control Structure. As of 2005, the population is 202. The town's zip code is 70753.
Blues musician Buddy Guy was born in Lettsworth in 1936. The father of journalist Howard K. Smith was originally from Lettsworth.
On the northern end of Lettsworth, bordering the Atchafalaya River, is White Hall Plantation House, an 1840s antebellum structure designed by architect Henry Howard, and once the home of Louisiana State Senator Bennet Barton Simmes, founder of the river town of Simmesport on the opposite bank of the river.
These shots are from a nearby country road.

Back in Lettsworth, out on present day La. 1, and the old
Texas & Pacific tracks, is this old store. I wonder if Buddy
came here.

To the right of the rails was a siding where I suppose the
depot was.

The moved depot is no longer in the field and I have no idea
where it is. I once talked to a "nice" lady that knew but
wouldn't tell me.

The door was open so I went inside.

Next are shots of the rails north of "town".

I understood that a horrible wreck had occurred not far
north of Lettsworth in the early 50's. I was looking for the location.

This is looking north from the store towards Torras, to be
featured later in this one.

This is looking back at the store as I walked away noting that
I was not making much progress and I was worried about my bike.

Cement ties were discarded along the rail bed. They had
been an experiment that didn't work.

Notice the crossing X sign.

Stop and read all of the Torras articles. The best historical
one is the story of the Lejeunes. Click Here.

To the east of 15 was Torras. Check the map above.
Here's a little history.

Torras is the name of a former town in the extreme northeastern corner of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The town was located along either side of the Texas & Pacific Railroad at its juncture with Lower Old River. The Mississippi River is located just to the east and the juncture of the Red and Atchafalaya Rivers just to the west.

Founded in 1902 and named for pioneer area planter Joseph Torras. Joseph Torras was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1820. He immigrated to the United States as a young man. Before settling in Pointe Coupee in 1845, he had lived in Natchez, Mississippi and Van Buren, Arkansas. He and his brother purchased the plantation of General Bennett Barton Simmes and opened the firm of M & J Torras.

The town of Torras was expected to develop into an important shipping and rail center, due to its excellent location. Disaster struck, however, on May 1, 1912, when the levee in front of the town gave way during the great Mississippi River flood of that year. The community was virtually destroyed as the flood waters poured south through Pointe Coupee Parish as well as into West Baton Rouge, Iberville and Assumption Parishes. Some 17,000 residents of Pointe Coupee were forced from their homes and at least 28 persons drowned, principally in the Lettsworth, Batchelor and Erwinwille communities to the south of Torras.

The community of Torras was moderately rebuilt and withstood the high water of the Great Flood of 1927, when a levee break occurred nearby at the McCrea community on the east bank of the Atchafalaya River. With the relocation of the railroad in later years, however, the community of Torras ceased to exist and there are no buildings left to mark its former location.

After crossing La. 418, 15 traverses the lock that handles shipping
between the Mississippi and the Red and Atchafalaya Rivers.

Soon afterwards, remnants of the old T&P RR bridge can
be seen, but not too well during flood season.

In dryer times, they are more visible.

The pictures below were taken from my write on the Lejeunes.

Click both to enlarge.

Here's a schedule.

Looking back at the lock from the campground road down the levee.

The campground.

Next up is a landing that Angola Prison uses during their rodeo event.

The event is not in the Spring.

It is in October when the river is low.

Driving from the lock to the control structures is a long uphill climb.

The Concordia Hills can be seen across the Mississippi in Mississippi.

The Auxiliary Control was built after the 1973 floods which was almost a disaster.

This is a wild area.

The main control structure is up ahead.

High water on the Mississippi side of the levee/ La.15.
For "a while" the road rides the levee.

It was much higher than the year before and a few months earlier.

Next up is Deer Park.

Deer Park seen from the levee/road during Spring flooding.

The old steamboat got up on the shore by way of one of those floods.

I've traced the history of the Mamie S. Barett. Google her.

Up the road more agriculture can be seen. The tanks, I have
guessed, were serviced by the railroad. Brown grass is always
a telltale sign of an old rail bed.

Remnants of the railroad right of way can be found with little effort.

The old store, near Black Hawk, was right on the line, the power line, anyway.
I have no problem being satisfied with that assumption.

Here La.15 goes northwest toward Ferriday. La.131 will
take you to Vidalia where you can cross over to Natchez.
The train did on a ferry at one time.

Below is the sign going south. It is in the left side of the
picture above.

The ground is high enough to support farming in a large way.

Below are shots taken in Ferriday where the T&P rails terminatied
and met the Louisiana and Arkansas, and Iron Mountain / Missouri Pacific
and priors (covering myself)

This is a warehouse on the old Iron Mountain route into town
from Clayton and Arkansas..

This one, also.

Beneath the covered platform.

Going south along the same rails. You come to this place.

Downtown the city officially links itself to the music.

More of Downtown.

The cousins are noted on the street signs. The others are
Jerry Lee Lewis and shamed evangelist, Jimmy Swaggart.


Below is snipped from HERE. Read the whole thing.

West of the junction, the Louisiana Midland, served this lumber mill.

Here are a few nicknacks I collected.

The MP/Iron Mountain reached up into Arkansas.

Below was the beginning of a complicated legal settlement where
the T&P was made to connect with the Iron Mountain. I suppose
I may be wandering a bit too much into the area rail history.

Below is page from my one and only visit to Sicily Island,
a place which pulled me, I guess because of its name.

After a long ride on flat and boring 4 lane La.15 from Clayton, the
hill and American Flag seemed to signal an oasis.

There were a few old buildings that represented a past downtown.

I wrote at that time:

I think the high point in micro tourism was "downtown and La.8, a road
that I wasn't looking for but was a good idea, I thought, to
get myself home. It wasn't as it went way out of the way, but
I didn't get eaten by a swamp monster on 15. What I've showed
you of La.15 is great except for the section between Clayton
and Sicily Is. But, then La. 8 is the key to so much more.
La.15 delivers connections to other places and roads,
its purpose, and it does it pretty well.

You might want to read Packton to Ferriday, a romp
across the middle of northern Lousiana ending in Ferriday.
Another one I took was from Natchez to Ferriday to Trout.

The ride from Sicily Island over to Monroe looks like a great
road if you like straight and boring.
The End More roads "in depth", later.