Louisiana Highway 17

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Louisiana Highway 17
Route of LA 17 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length: 66.531 mi[1] (107.071 km)
Existed: 1955 renumbering – present
Major junctions
South end: US 425 / LA 4 / LA 15 / LA 130 in Winnsboro
 
North end: AR 159 at Arkansas state line in Kilbourne
Location
Parishes: Franklin, Richland, West Carroll
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
LA 16 LA 18
SR 15 SR 16 SR 17

Louisiana Highway 17 (LA 17) is a state highway located in northeastern Louisiana. It runs 66.53 miles (107.07 km) in a north–south direction from the junction of U.S. Highway 425 (US 425), LA 4, LA 15, and LA 130 in Winnsboro to the Arkansas state line at Kilbourne.

LA 17 traverses a mostly rural area on an alignment roughly midway between the parallel US 65 and US 425 corridors. Heading northeast from Winnsboro, the seat of Franklin Parish, LA 17 connects a number of tiny communities located on the west side of Bayou Macon. After crossing into Richland Parish, the highway passes through the town of Delhi and straightens to follow alongside the abandoned right-of-way of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The northern half of LA 17 functions as the main north–south highway through West Carroll Parish, connecting the villages of Epps, Pioneer, Forest, and Kilbourne, as well as the parish seat of Oak Grove.

In Delhi, LA 17 connects with both Interstate 20 (I-20) and US 80, providing access to the ancient Native American earthworks at Poverty Point State Historic Site and National Monument. This site is located along LA 134 just east of Epps and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

LA 17 was created in the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering, replacing the former State Route 16, one of the original 98 state highway designations assigned in 1921.

Route description[edit]

Winnsboro to Delhi[edit]

From the south, LA 17 begins at a junction of five numbered highways located at the four-way intersection of Front Street, Kinloch Street, and Taylor Avenue in Winnsboro. US 425/LA 15 passes through this intersection on Front Street, the city's main thoroughfare, en route to Monroe on the north. To the south, US 425/LA 15 travels toward Natchez, Mississippi running briefly concurrent with westbound LA 4. Opposite the southern terminus of LA 17, LA 130 begins and heads west on Taylor Avenue toward Liddieville. From this junction, LA 17 heads east on Kinloch Street, an undivided two-lane thoroughfare, running concurrent with eastbound LA 4. After a few blocks, the highway makes a zigzag onto Main Street and widens to an undivided four-lane highway with a center turning lane.[2][3][4]

Just outside the city limits, the roadway curves to the northeast while LA 4 turns off to the southeast toward Newellton. Returning to two-lane capacity, LA 17 proceeds through rural Franklin Parish. After 8.3 miles (13.4 km), the highway passes through the small community of Crowville and intersects several minor state highways, including LA 577, which connects to Baskin on the west. Over the remaining 12.9 miles (20.8 km) in Franklin Parish, LA 17 continues northeast through rural farmland and intersects several more minor highways, including LA 132 to Mangham.[2][3][4]

Delhi to Arkansas state line[edit]

After crossing into Richland Parish, LA 17 passes Delhi Municipal Airport and enters the town of Delhi. Widening to four lanes, the highway passes through a diamond interchange with I-20, connecting with Monroe to the west and Vicksburg, Mississippi to the east. Traveling through the center of town on Broadway Street, LA 17 crosses the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) line at grade and intersects US 80 (1st Street). North of town, LA 17 intersects LA 854 and passes Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. After passing through the tiny community of Warden, LA 17 crosses into West Carroll Parish at Mitchiner and a junction with LA 877.[2][5][6]

In West Carroll Parish, LA 17 proceeds northeast through the village of Epps. A junction with LA 134 here leads to the ancient Native American earthworks of the Poverty Point State Historic Site and National Monument, one of only 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States.[7] Over the next 18 miles (29 km), LA 17 passes through the rural communities of Darnell, Pioneer, and Forest before reaching the town of Oak Grove, the seat of West Carroll Parish. LA 17 heads north into town on Constitution Avenue and widens to an undivided four-lane highway with a center turning lane. In the center of Oak Grove, LA 17 intersects LA 2 (Main Street), connecting with Lake Providence to the east and Bastrop to the west. These are the seats of neighboring East Carroll and Morehouse parishes, respectively.[2][6][8]

North of Oak Grove, LA 17 narrows to an undivided two-lane highway once again. After passing the tiny rural communities of Terry and Chickasaw, the highway enters the village of Kilbourne. Traveling on Kilbourne Avenue, LA 17 reaches its final junction, LA 585 (Louisiana Avenue). The highway ends 0.5 miles (0.80 km) later at the Arkansas state line, where the road continues towards Eudora, Arkansas as Arkansas Highway 159 (AR 159).[2][6][8]

Route classification and data[edit]

LA 17 is classified by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD) as an urban minor arterial in the Winnsboro area and as a rural minor arterial otherwise. Daily traffic volume in 2013 peaked at 9,800 vehicles in Winnsboro and 10,300 at the I-20 interchange in Delhi. Most of the route averaged under 4,000 vehicles daily with a low of 1,930 reported north of Epps.[9] The posted speed limit is generally 55 mph (90 km/h) in rural areas, reduced to between 30 mph (50 km/h) and 40 mph (65 km/h) through town.[2]

History[edit]

Pre-1955 route numbering[edit]

State Route 16
Location: WinnsboroKilbourne
Length: 67.2 mi[10][11][12] (108.1 km)
Existed: 1921–1955

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, LA 17 was designated as State Route 16.[13] It was created in 1921 by an act of the state legislature as one of the first 98 state highway routes.[14]

Route 16. Beginning at Arkansas State line at Kilbourne, through Oak Grove, Delhi, to Winnsboro.

— 1921 legislative route description[14]

The western terminus of Route 16 was originally located just outside Winnsboro at the present junction of LA 4/LA 17 and LA 864. Route 15, which retained its number in the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering, followed the path of current LA 864 and LA 4/LA 17 through town at this time.[15] In the early 1940s, Front Street was completed along the now-abandoned Missouri Pacific Railroad line, streamlining the path of Route 15 through Winnsboro.[16][17] The Route 16 designation was then extended west into town to maintain its junction with Route 15.[10]

The entirety of Route 16 was surfaced with gravel by the mid-1920s.[18] In 1930, a short section of the route through Oak Grove was hard-surfaced.[19][20] Paving was completed south from Oak Grove to Delhi in 1932[21][22] and north from Oak Grove to Kilbourne in 1936.[23][24] The remainder of Route 16 between Winnsboro and Delhi was paved in 1941.[25][26]

Post-1955 route history[edit]

LA 17 was created in 1955 as a direct renumbering of former Route 16.[13][27]

La 17—From a junction with La 15 at or near Winnsboro through or near Crowville, Delhi and Oak Grove to the Arkansas State Line near Kilbourne.

— 1955 legislative route description[27]

Since the 1955 renumbering, very few changes have been made to the alignment of LA 17. During the late 1980s, a curve was smoothed out between LA 132 and the Franklin–West Carroll parish line.[28][29] McDowell Road, a local road, is a remnant of the original alignment there. About this same time, a more significant improvement was carried out that streamlined the route through Oak Grove. The original route followed the Missouri Pacific Railroad to the center of town then made a zigzag east onto Main Street and north onto Briggs Street to rejoin the railroad line and the current alignment. After the abandonment of the MoPac line, the four-lane Constitution Avenue alignment was constructed upon its right-of-way.[30][31]

Major intersections[edit]

Parish Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Franklin Winnsboro 0.000 0.000 US 425 / LA 4 west / LA 15 (Front Street) – Monroe, Natchez
LA 130 west (Taylor Avenue) – Liddieville
Southern terminus of LA 17; eastern terminus of LA 130; south end of LA 4 concurrency
0.558 0.898 LA 865 (Pine Street) Southern terminus of LA 865 (northern section)
0.989 1.592 LA 864 (Loop Road) Northern terminus of LA 864
1.510 2.430 LA 4 east – Newellton North end of LA 4 concurrency
Bushes 7.620 12.263 LA 555 Northern terminus of LA 555
Crowville 9.779 15.738 LA 577 west South end of LA 577 concurrency
9.862 15.871 LA 578 Northern terminus of LA 578
10.046 16.167 LA 577 east North end of LA 577 concurrency
Longview 11.341 18.252 LA 861 Western terminus of LA 861
14.705 23.665 LA 860
Bakers 17.300 27.842 LA 858 Eastern terminus of LA 858
21.539 34.664 LA 132 west – Mangham Eastern terminus of LA 132
Richland Delhi 25.223–
25.368
40.592–
40.826
I-20 – Monroe, Vicksburg Exit 153 on I-20
26.317 42.353 US 80 (1st Street) – Tallulah, Monroe
27.830 44.788 LA 854 Eastern terminus of LA 854
Warden 32.154 51.747 LA 855 Eastern terminus of LA 855
RichlandWest Carroll
parish line
Mitchiner 35.349 56.889 LA 877 Western terminus of LA 877
West Carroll Epps 36.927 59.428 LA 134 – Oak Ridge, Lake Providence To Poverty Point State Historic Site
Darnell 42.195 67.906 LA 577
Pioneer 46.482 74.806 LA 588 west (Cherry Street) South end of LA 588 concurrency
47.407 76.294 LA 588 east North end of LA 588 concurrency
Forest 50.064 80.570 LA 582
50.534 81.327 LA 589 east South end of LA 589 concurrency
50.708 81.607 LA 589 west North end of LA 589 concurrency
Oak Grove 55.542 89.386 LA 2 (Main Street) – Lake Providence, Bastrop
60.033 96.614 LA 586 Eastern terminus of LA 586
64.449 103.721 LA 880 Western terminus of LA 880
Kilbourne 66.034 106.271 LA 585 (Louisiana Avenue)
66.531 107.071 AR 159 north – Eudora Northern terminus; continuation in Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "La DOTD GIS Data". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. September 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Google (January 2, 2016). "Overview Map of LA 17" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Franklin Parish (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). District 58: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Richland Parish (East Section) (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). District 05: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "World Heritage List". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). West Carroll Parish (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "La DOTD GIS". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. 2013. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1947). West Feliciana Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  11. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1947). Richland Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  12. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1947). West Carroll Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  13. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Highways (July 1, 1955). Louisiana Highways: Interim Road Map (Map). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  14. ^ a b "Act No. 95, House Bill No. 206". State-Times. Baton Rouge. November 29, 1921. p. 9. 
  15. ^ Louisiana Highway Commission State-Wide Highway Planning Survey (1937). Franklin Parish (Map). Louisiana Highway Commission. 
  16. ^ General Drafting (1942). Arkansas Louisiana & Adjoining Area With Pictorial Guide (Map). Esso. 
  17. ^ Rand McNally (1943). Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi Info-Map (Map). Gulf. 
  18. ^ Clason Map Company (1927). Mileage Map of the Best Roads of Louisiana (Map). Clason Map Company. 
  19. ^ Clason Map Company (1930). Clason's Road Map of Louisiana (Map). Clason Map Company. 
  20. ^ Rand McNally (1930). Texaco Road Map: Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi (Map). Texaco. 
  21. ^ Rand McNally (1931). Texaco Road Map: Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi (Map) (Spring ed.). Texaco. 
  22. ^ Rand McNally (1932). Texaco Road Map: Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi (Map) (Summer ed.). Texaco. 
  23. ^ Louisiana Highway Commission (July 1, 1935). Official Road Map of Louisiana (Map). Louisiana Highway Commission. 
  24. ^ H.M. Gousha (1936). Official Road Map: Louisiana (Map). Conoco. 
  25. ^ General Drafting (1940). Happy Motoring in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi (Map). Esso. 
  26. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (1941). Road Map of Louisiana (Map). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  27. ^ a b "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times. Baton Rouge. June 18, 1955. p. 3B. 
  28. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1955). Franklin Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  29. ^ United States Geological Survey (1987). Baskinton Quadrangle (Map). 1:62500. 15 Minute (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 
  30. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1955). West Carroll Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  31. ^ United States Geological Survey (1988). Oak Grove Quadrangle (Map). 1:62500. 15 Minute (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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