Louisiana Highway 2 Alternate

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Louisiana Highway 2
Route information
Alternate route of LA 2
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length: 43.1 mi[1] (69.4 km)
Existed: 1955 renumbering – present
Major junctions
West end: LA 2 / LA 159 in Shongaloo
  US 79 in Haynesville
LA 9 in Summerfield
East end: US 63 / US 167 / LA 2 in Bernice
Location
Parishes: Webster, Claiborne, Union
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System

Louisiana Highway 2 Alternate (LA 2 Alt.) is a state highway located in northern Louisiana that runs 43.1 miles (69.4 km) in a west–east direction from Shongaloo to Bernice, connecting to its parent route at either end.[1]

LA 2 Alternate parallels the route of LA 2 to the north, traveling through the town of Haynesville where it intersects U.S. Highway 79 (US 79). It is the only "Alternate" state route in Louisiana.

Route description[edit]

From the west, LA 2 Alternate begins at an intersection with LA 2 and LA 159 in Shongaloo. While LA 2 turns to the south co-signed with LA 159, LA 2 Alternate heads due east and crosses from Webster Parish into Claiborne Parish. Just across the parish line, LA 2 Alternate intersects LA 521. It then continues eastward for 4.0 miles (6.4 km) and enters the town of Haynesville. Here it intersects LA 534, crosses the Louisiana and North West Railroad (LNW) tracks, and intersects US 79. LA 2 Alternate turns south, approaching the center of town and overlapping US 79 for one block, before resuming an eastward course along Sherman Street. On the east edge of town, LA 2 Alternate intersects LA 807.[1][2][3][4]

After 5.7 miles (9.2 km), LA 2 Alternate intersects LA 161 at a point known as Gordon and curves to the southeast. 3.8 miles (6.1 km) later, it intersects LA 520, and the two highways engage in a brief concurrency until LA 520 turns north at Colquitt. LA 2 Alternate continues southeast for another 8.9 miles (14.3 km) to Summerfield. Here it zigzags briefly onto LA 9 before continuing southeast for 7.4 miles (11.9 km) to Weldon where it crosses into Union Parish.[1][3][4]

LA 2 Alternate proceeds southeast into the town of Bernice, where it intersects and turns south onto the concurrent US 63 and US 167. Approaching the center of town, eastbound (or southbound) traffic proceeds onto Plum Street while westbound (or northbound) traffic follows Cherry Street. LA 2 Alternate ends six blocks later when it reaches its parent route at 4th Street.[1][5][6]

LA 2 Alternate is a two-lane, undivided highway for its entire length, except for the brief four-lane, divided segment concurrent with US 63 and US 167 at its eastern end.[1]

History[edit]

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, the entire route of LA 2 Alternate was part of State Route 70.[7][8][9]

LA 2 Alternate is an anomaly in the current system, being the only bannered state route designated in the 1955 renumbering and the only "Alternate" state route.[a][10] Its route has seen only one major change, the relocation of its western terminus from Sykes Ferry to Shongaloo in the early 1970s.[11][12] The intervening route was assumed by LA 2, which was re-routed through Webster Parish at this time, shortening LA 2 Alternate by 5.0 miles (8.0 km). The only other change resulted from the recent widening of US 63/US 167 to four lanes in Bernice, concurrent with LA 2 Alternate at its eastern end, via the couplet of Plum and Cherry Streets.[5][13]

Major intersections[edit]

Parish Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Webster Shongaloo 0.0 0.0 LA 2 – Sarepta
LA 159 – Minden, Springhill
Western terminus
Claiborne   4.5 7.2 LA 521 – Leton, Millerton
Haynesville 9.7 15.6 LA 534 south Northern terminus of LA 534
9.9 15.9 US 79 north – Magnolia West end of US 79 concurrency
9.9 15.9 US 79 south – Homer, Minden East end of US 79 concurrency
10.9 17.5 LA 807 Southern terminus of LA 807
Gordon 16.7 26.9 LA 161 north – El Dorado Southern terminus of LA 161
  20.5 33.0 LA 520 south – Homer West end of LA 520 concurrency
Colquitt 21.3 34.3 LA 520 north East end of LA 520 concurrency
Summerfield 30.1 48.4 LA 9 south – Homer West end of LA 9 concurrency
30.3 48.8 LA 9 north – El Dorado East end of LA 9 concurrency
Union Bernice 42.0 67.6 US 63 / US 167 north – Junction City, El Dorado West end of US 63/US 167 concurrency
43.1 69.4 US 63 / US 167 south (Plum Street) – Ruston
LA 2 (Plum Street, 4th Street) – Homer, Farmerville
Eastern terminus; east end of US 63/US 167 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Several bannered routes were designated for U.S. routes in the 1955 renumbering, and bannered state routes have since been added.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Google Inc. "Overview Map of LA 2 Alternate". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=LA+2+Alternate+(Western+Terminus)&daddr=32.9870554,-93.0298109+to:LA+2+Alternate+(Eastern+Terminus)&hl=en&ll=32.911874,-92.934723&spn=0.635235,1.352692&sll=32.98318,-93.026991&sspn=0.019835,0.042272&geocode=FbKl9gEdmmFw-g%3BFa9X9wEdTnp0-imtVvw5JYExhjHL-rU6y2_3Ww%3BFefP9AEdQSR6-g&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1&t=m&z=10. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). Webster Parish (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/Parish%20Maps/Webster.pdf. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). Claiborne Parish (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/Parish%20Maps/Claiborne.pdf. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). District 04: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/District%20Maps/District_04.pdf. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). Union Parish (West Section) (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/Parish%20Maps/Union_West.pdf. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). District 05: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/District%20Maps/District_05.pdf. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  7. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1949). Webster Parish (Map). Cartography by Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (January 1, 1955 ed.).
  8. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1949). Claiborne Parish (Map). Cartography by Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (January 1, 1955 ed.).
  9. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1948). Union Parish (Map). Cartography by Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (January 1, 1955 ed.).
  10. ^ a b "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times (Baton Rouge). June 18, 1955. p. 3B–7B. 
  11. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1971). Louisiana (Map). Cartography by Louisiana Department of Highways.
  12. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1976). Louisiana (Map). Cartography by Louisiana Department of Highways.
  13. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (2000). Union Parish (Map). Cartography by Office of Planning and Programming.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing