Louisiana Highway 5

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Louisiana Highway 5 marker

Louisiana Highway 5
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length: 29.6 mi[1] (47.6 km)
Existed: 1955 renumbering – present
Major junctions
Southwest end: US 84 in Logansport
  US 171 in Kickapoo
Northeast end: End state maintenance in Kingston Station
Location
Parishes: DeSoto
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
LA 4 LA 6

Louisiana Highway 5 (LA 5) is a state highway located in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana that runs 29.6 miles (47.6 km) in a general southwest to northeast direction from U.S. Highway 84 (US 84) in Logansport to the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) tracks at Kingston Station.[1]

An almost entirely rural route, LA 5 is located between the Texas state line and Interstate 49 (I-49) south of Shreveport in the northwest portion of the state. It begins in Logansport as a north–south route and is bannered accordingly. In Keatchi, its direction and bannering switches to west–east. Shortly afterward, LA 5 intersects US 171 at a point known as Kickapoo, just west of Gloster.

Route description[edit]

From the southwest, LA 5 begins at an intersection with US 84 (Main Street) in Logansport, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the Texas state line at the Sabine River. It proceeds northward out of town parallel to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) tracks. After passing through a point known as Funston, LA 5 begins to closely follow the rail line into Longstreet. Here it intersects LA 3015, which heads east to Grand Cane on US 171. Continuing northward along the railroad, LA 5 enters Keatchi. At a four-way intersection, LA 172 heads west to the state line, LA 789 heads north toward Spring Ridge, and LA 5 turns to the east. The route's directional banners reflect the change, reading west–east instead of north–south.[1][2][3]

After 4.1 miles (6.6 km), LA 5 intersects US 171 at a point known as Kickapoo. US 171 heads north through Stonewall to Shreveport and south through Grand Cane to Mansfield. Shortly after this junction, LA 5 passes through Gloster and curves to the southeast briefly before resuming a general eastward course. 5.5 miles (8.9 km) later, LA 5 reaches Kingston where it intersects LA 175, connecting to I-49 at Exit 186. LA 5 turns north briefly onto LA 175 before proceeding eastward to a point on the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) tracks known as Kingston Station where state maintenance ends. The road continues across the tracks as the locally maintained Mt. Zion Road, crossing over I-49 to serve a rural area on the east side of that highway.[1][2][3][4]

LA 5 is an undivided, two-lane highway for its entire length.[1]

History[edit]

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, the modern LA 5 made up the entirety of two routes: State Route 38 from Logansport to Keachi and State Route 748 from there to Kingston Station.[5]

LA 5 was created with the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering,[6] and its route has remained the same apart from the recent smoothing of three zigzags in the route near the junction with US 171. At Kickapoo, LA 5 originally turned south briefly onto US 171 and then east onto Gloster Road, now a local road, before rejoining the present alignment shortly afterward. A new connector was constructed to continue straight across US 171 and curve to meet the original alignment. Immediately to the east in Gloster, LA 5 made a jog to the south and back to the east at the location of a former railroad crossing near Main Street. It rejoined the present alignment directly opposite Jessie Latin Road, turning to the southeast. The construction of a wide curve at this location has replaced both jogs in the route.[1][2][7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in DeSoto Parish.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Logansport 0.0 0.0 US 84 (Main Street) – Mansfield, Tenaha Southern terminus
Longstreet 8.9 14.3 LA 3015 west South end of LA 3015 concurrency
9.0 14.5 LA 3015 east – Grand Cane North end of LA 3015 concurrency
Keachi 15.8 25.4 LA 172 west
LA 789 north – Spring Ridge
Eastern terminus of LA 172; southern terminus of LA 789
LA 5 directional banners change from north–south to west–east
Kickapoo 19.9 32.0 US 171 – Shreveport, Mansfield
Kingston 28.4 45.7 LA 175 south – Mansfield West end of LA 175 concurrency
28.5 45.9 LA 175 north to I‑49 – Shreveport East end of LA 175 concurrency
Kingston Station 29.6 47.6 End state maintenance at Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) tracks Eastern terminus; route continues east as Mt. Zion Road (local road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Google Inc. "Overview Map of LA 5". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=LA+5+(Southern+Terminus)&daddr=32.1103618,-93.9456007+to:LA+5+(Eastern+Terminus)&hl=en&ll=32.102935,-93.851395&spn=0.322817,0.676346&sll=32.191433,-93.692436&sspn=0.00126,0.002642&geocode=FQ3o5wEd5LRl-g%3BFRn36QEdAIFm-ilPOskQ1To3hjG3JXHBPTfe6w%3BFaEz6wEdVF1q-g&t=m&mra=dme&mrsp=2&sz=19&via=1&z=11. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). DeSoto Parish (West Section) (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/Parish%20Maps/DeSoto_West.pdf. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ 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 May 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (February 2012) (PDF). DeSoto Parish (East Section) (Map). Cartography by La DOTD Office of Multimodal Planning. http://www.dotd.la.gov/planning/mapping/Parish%20Maps/DeSoto_East.pdf. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1949). De Soto Parish (Map). Cartography by Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (January 1, 1955 ed.).
  6. ^ "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times (Baton Rouge). June 18, 1955. p. 3B–4B. 
  7. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1957). De Soto Parish (Map). Cartography by Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (January 1, 1958 ed.).

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing