Louisiana Highway 43

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Louisiana Highway 43
Route of LA 43 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length 44.380 mi[1] (71.423 km)
Existed 1955 renumbering – present
Major junctions
South end LA 42 west of Springfield
 
North end MS 568 at Mississippi state line north of Easleyville
Location
Parishes Livingston, St. Helena
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
LA 42 LA 44

Louisiana Highway 43 (LA 43) is a state highway located in southeastern Louisiana. It runs 44.38 miles (71.42 km) in a north–south direction from LA 42 west of Springfield to the Mississippi state line north of Easleyville, where it continues as Mississippi Highway 568 (MS 568).

A primarily rural route, LA 43 connects four small municipalities in Livingston and St. Helena parishes, including Springfield, Albany, Montpelier, and Greensburg. The latter is also the seat of St. Helena Parish.

LA 43 entirely parallels the Interstate 55 (I-55) corridor, located between five and ten miles (8.0–16.1 km) east in neighboring Tangipahoa Parish. Over the course of its route, LA 43 intersects such east–west routes as I-12, U.S. Highway 190 (US 190), LA 40, LA 16, LA 10, and LA 38, all of which connect to I-55.

LA 43 was designated in the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering from portions of former State Route 46 and State Route 37.

Route description[edit]

Livingston Parish[edit]

From the south, LA 43 begins at a junction with LA 42 just outside the Livingston Parish town of Springfield. The route heads north through an area known as Hungarian Settlement and passes through an interchange with I-12 at exit 32, connecting with the cities of Hammond and Baton Rouge. Immediately north of I-12 is an intersection with LA 1040 (Old Baton Rouge Highway), an older alignment of US 190. LA 43 enters the village of Albany and becomes known as Montpelier Road. In the center of town, LA 43 intersects US 190 (Florida Boulevard), which serves local traffic along the I-12 corridor. Immediately north of this junction, LA 43 crosses the Canadian National Railway (CN) line at grade.[2][3][4]

North of Albany, LA 43 travels between the Tickfaw River and Little Natalbany River toward the St. Helena Parish village of Montpelier. During this stretch are junctions with LA 1064, LA 442, and LA 40, connecting to the Tangipahoa Parish communities of Natalbany, Tickfaw, and Independence, respectively.[2][3][4]

St. Helena Parish[edit]

About three miles (4.8 km) after crossing into St. Helena Parish, LA 43 turns west at a four-way intersection to run concurrent with westbound LA 16 and southbound LA 441 across the Tickfaw River into Montpelier. After following 4th Street into town, LA 43 makes a turn opposite Durbin Road to resume its northern course. Six miles (9.7 km) later, LA 43 intersects LA 1045, which parallels LA 16 toward Amite City.[2][4][5]

Four miles (6.4 km) later, LA 43 enters the town of Greensburg, the parish seat. Traveling along Sitman Street, the route passes the parish school board and clerk of court buildings. It then makes a one-block jog west via LA 10 (North Main Street) and north again onto Kendrick Street, where it passes the parish sheriff's office and hospital complexes.[2][4][5]

During its final 12.2 miles (19.6 km) north of Greensburg, LA 43 intersects LA 1043 at Liverpool, followed closely by LA 38 at Easleyville, which connects to the town of Kentwood. LA 43 reaches its northern terminus at the Mississippi state line southwest of Gillsburg. The roadway crosses into Amite County and continues as Mississippi Highway 568 (MS 568) toward Magnolia, Mississippi.[2][4][5]

Route classification and data[edit]

LA 43 is classified by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD) as an urban collector from its southern terminus through Albany and as a rural major collector otherwise. Daily traffic volume in 2013 peaked at 12,300 vehicles in Albany with the remainder of the route averaging less than half that number. The lowest figures were reported near the Mississippi state line with an average of 640 vehicles daily.[6] The posted speed limit is generally 55 mph (90 km/h) in rural areas, reduced to 35 mph (55 km/h) through town.[2] LA 43 is an undivided two-lane highway for its entire length.[2]

History[edit]

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, the majority of LA 43 was part of State Route 46.[7][8] Route 46 also encompassed the modern LA 429 from Dutchtown to St. Amant; LA 431 from St. Amant to Port Vincent; and LA 42 from Port Vincent to Springfield.[9] Between Greensburg and the Mississippi state line, what is now LA 43 was formerly an extension of State Route 37, which kept its number in the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering but gave up this portion of the route.[8]

La 43—From a junction with La 42 near Springfield through or near Albany, Georgeville, Montpelier, Greensburg and Liverpool to the Mississippi State Line.

— 1955 legislative route description[10]

LA 43 was created in the 1955 renumbering, giving a dedicated route number to the north–south corridor in Livingston and St. Helena parishes west of US 51.[10] The route has remained virtually unchanged to the present day.[3][5][11][12]

Major intersections[edit]

Parish Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Livingston 0.000 0.000 LA 42 – Springfield, Port Vincent Southern terminus; to Tickfaw State Park
Hungarian Settlement 2.798–
3.240
4.503–
5.214
I-12 – Hammond, Baton Rouge Exit 32 on I-12
3.285 5.287 LA 1040 east (Old Baton Rouge Highway) Western terminus of LA 1040
Albany 4.867 7.833 US 190 (Florida Boulevard) – Hammond, Livingston
7.658 12.324 LA 1064 east Western terminus of LA 1064
9.796 15.765 LA 442
14.927 24.023 LA 40 east – Independence Western terminus of LA 40
St. Helena 18.656 30.024 LA 16 east – Amite City
LA 441 north
South end of LA 16/LA 441 concurrency
Montpelier 20.071–
20.241
32.301–
32.575
Bridge over Tickfaw River
20.576 33.114 LA 16 west / LA 441 south (4th Street) – Watson North end of LA 16/LA 441 concurrency
26.493 42.636 LA 1045 east Western terminus of LA 1045
Greensburg 31.419 50.564 LA 10 east (North Main Street) – Fluker South end of LA 10 concurrency
31.479 50.661 LA 10 west (North Main Street) – Clinton North end of LA 10 concurrency
Liverpool 37.579 60.478 LA 1043 south Northern terminus of LA 1043
Easleyville 38.623 62.158 LA 38 – Chipola, Kentwood
44.380 71.423 MS 568 east – Magnolia Northern terminus; continuation in Mississippi
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 February 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Google (February 29, 2016). "Overview Map of LA 43" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Livingston Parish (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). District 62: Official Control Section Map, Construction and Maintenance (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). St. Helena Parish (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "La DOTD GIS". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. 2013. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways, Traffic and Planning Section (1947). Livingston Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  8. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Highways, Traffic and Planning Section (1951). St. Helena Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  9. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (July 1, 1955). Louisiana Highways: Interim Road Map (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  10. ^ a b "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times. Baton Rouge. June 18, 1955. p. 3B. 
  11. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways, Traffic and Planning Section (1955). Livingston Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  12. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways, Traffic and Planning Section (1951). St. Helena Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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