Louisiana Highway 92

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Louisiana Highway 92
Route of LA 92 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length: 40.720 mi[1] (65.532 km)
Existed: 1955 renumbering – present
Major junctions
West end: US 90 east of Mermentau
 
East end: LA 339 in Youngsville
Location
Parishes: Acadia, Vermilion, Lafayette
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
LA 91 LA 93

Louisiana Highway 92 (LA 92) is a state highway located in southern Louisiana. It runs 40.72 miles (65.53 km) in an east–west direction from U.S. Highway 90 (US 90) east of Mermentau to LA 339 in Youngsville.

The route passes through several small villages and unincorporated communities, such as Morse, Indian Bayou, Maurice, and Milton. It traverses the rural area between the parallel US 90 and LA 14 corridors. Many of the highways intersecting LA 92, such as US 167 and LA 35, connect the two corridors and provide access to Interstate 10 (I-10) to the north. The eastern terminus of LA 92 is located just within the corporate limits of Youngsville, a suburban city south of Lafayette.

LA 92 was created in the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering from portions of several former state routes. Through most of its existence, the route continued through Youngsville and across US 90 to a junction with LA 31 just south of St. Martinville. This eastern segment became LA 92-1 in 2013 when much of the route within Youngsville was transferred to the city following a highway improvement project, which created a gap in state maintenance. In the future, more of LA 92, extending west from Youngsville to Maurice, is to be eliminated from the state highway system as part of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (La DOTD) Road Transfer Program.

Route description[edit]

From the west, LA 92 begins at a junction with US 90 less than 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the village of Mermentau. It heads south along the winding Mermentau Cove Road for 3.4 miles (5.5 km) before turning due east. After making a zigzag onto a parallel section line road, LA 92 follows Whitney Street through the village of Morse, where it intersects LA 91 (Jackson Avenue). LA 92 continues east through rural Acadia Parish for another 11 miles (18 km), intersecting LA 1124 south of Estherwood and LA 13 south of Crowley. The highway then crosses Bayou Queue De Tortue into Vermilion Parish.[2][3][4]

LA 92 passes through the northern portion of Vermilion Parish, where it makes several more right-angle turns. This stretch includes brief concurrencies with three other highways. The first is LA 35, connecting with Rayne to the north and Kaplan to the south. The second is with LA 700 and is located in an area known as Indian Bayou. Further east, LA 92 intersects LA 343 and follows West Lafayette Street into the village of Maurice. Here, the route makes another zigzag via US 167, connecting with Lafayette to the north and Abbeville to the south.[2][4][5]

Heading east from Maurice, LA 92 crosses a vertical lift bridge over Bayou Vermilion and into the small Lafayette Parish community of Milton. The highway proceeds 2.9 miles (4.7 km) further to a roundabout junction with LA 339 (Verot School Road) at the western edge of Youngsville, a small suburban city. East Milton Avenue continues straight ahead into town as a local road.[2][4][6]

Route classification and data[edit]

LA 92 is an undivided two-lane highway for its entire length, except the brief concurrency with US 167 in Maurice, where it is four lanes with a center turning lane. It is generally classified by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD) as a rural minor or major collector west of Maurice and as an urban minor arterial between Maurice and Youngsville. Daily traffic volume in 2013 ranged from 400 vehicles near Mermentau to 8,800 vehicles near Youngsville.[7] The posted speed limit is generally 55 mph (90 km/h), reduced to 40 mph (65 km/h) in Maurice.[2]

History[edit]

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, the modern LA 92 was part of several routes, including State Route 1018 from Mermentau to Morse, State Route 294 from Indian Bayou to Maurice, and State Route 175 from Maurice to Youngsville.[8] The remainder of the route between Morse and Indian Bayou consisted of local roads during this time.

LA 92 was designated in the 1955 renumbering, creating a continuous route through the communities midway between US 90 and LA 14. It also extended through the center of Youngsville and included the route of LA 92-1 as far as Cinco.[8][9]

La 92—From a junction with La-US 90 at or near Mermentau through or near Morse, Maurice, Youngsville and Cade to a junction with La 31 at or near Cinco.

— 1955 legislative route description[9]

For a time, LA 92 followed a more serpentine path through Acadia Parish east of Morse and passed through Lyons Point, located at a junction with LA 13.[10] The route was straightened by utilizing parallel section line roads taken into the state highway system after the 1955 renumbering. The eastern terminus was extended slightly from LA 31 at Cinco when a swing bridge was constructed across Bayou Teche in 1984.[11][12] In 2011, an arrangement was made to transfer the 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of LA 92 through Youngsville to the city following a highway improvement project that featured the construction of a new roundabout at the junction with LA 89.[13] Several right-angle turns were also eliminated by extending Iberia Street eastward from the junction to connect directly with Young Street. The project, completed in 2013, created a discontinuity in state maintenance of LA 92, and the portion of the highway east of Youngsville was re-designated as LA 92-1.[1]

Future[edit]

La DOTD is currently engaged in a program that aims to transfer about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of state-owned roadways to local governments over the next several years.[14] Under this plan of "right-sizing" the state highway system, the portion of LA 92 between Maurice and Youngsville is proposed for deletion as it no longer meets a significant interurban travel function.[15]

Major intersections[edit]

Parish Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Acadia 0.000 0.000 US 90 – Jennings, Crowley Western terminus; 0.3 miles (0.48 km) east of Mermentau
3.361 5.409 LA 1119 (Vincent Road) Northern terminus of LA 1119
Morse 9.421 15.162 LA 91 (Jackson Avenue) – Midland, Gueydan
11.474 18.466 LA 1124 (South LeBlanc Road) – Estherwood Southern terminus of LA 1124
17.645 28.397 LA 13 – Crowley, Kaplan
Vermilion 22.402 36.053 LA 699 Western terminus of LA 699
23.446 37.733 LA 35 south – Kaplan West end of LA 35 concurrency
24.467 39.376 LA 705 Eastern terminus of LA 705
24.976 40.195 LA 35 north – Rayne East end of LA 35 concurrency
Indian Bayou 26.478 42.612 LA 700 north – Rayne West end of LA 700 concurrency
27.518 44.286 LA 700 south – Kaplan East end of LA 700 concurrency
31.546 50.768 LA 343 – Abbeville, Duson
Maurice 34.578 55.648 US 167 north (Maurice Avenue) – Lafayette West end of US 167 concurrency
34.998 56.324 US 167 south (Maurice Avenue) – Abbeville East end of US 167 concurrency
VermilionLafayette line Milton 37.769–
37.833
60.783–
60.886
Bridge over Vermilion River
Lafayette 39.067 62.872 LA 733 (East Broussard Road) Eastern terminus of LA 733
Youngsville 40.691–
40.720
65.486–
65.532
LA 339 (Verot School Road) – Lafayette, Erath Eastern terminus; roundabout; location also known as New Flanders
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary route[edit]

Louisiana Highway 92-1
Location: YoungsvilleSt. Martinville
Length: 10.188 mi[1] (16.396 km)
Existed: 2013–present

Louisiana Highway 92-1 (LA 92-1) runs 10.19 miles (16.40 km) in an east–west direction from the junction of two local roads in Youngsville to LA 347 south of St. Martinville. It was part of LA 92 until a portion of the route in Youngsville was transferred to local control in 2013, creating a gap in state maintenance.

From the west, LA 92-1 begins at the junction of Young Street and Larrivere Road near the eastern edge of Youngsville in Lafayette Parish. The route heads due east to a junction with US 90 and turns south onto that highway, crossing into St. Martin Parish. After a short distance, LA 92-1 turns east again and follows Smede Highway as it zigzags to a junction with LA 182 (Old Spanish Trail Highway) at Cade. 4.3 miles (6.9 km) later, LA 92-1 crosses LA 31 just south of St. Martinville at a point known as Cinco. The route proceeds a short distance further across a swing bridge spanning Bayou Teche to a terminus at LA 347 (Cemetery Road) on the opposite bank.[4][16][17]

LA 92-1 is an undivided two-lane highway for its entire length, with the exception of the US 90 concurrency, which is an undivided four-lane highway. It is generally classified as a rural major collector by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD). The average daily traffic volume in 2013 ranged between 2,500 and 3,600 vehicles over the entire route.[7] The posted speed limit is 55 mph (90 km/h).[16]

Prior to the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering, LA 92-1 was part of State Route 175 between Youngsville and Cade.[18][19] The portion between Cade and Cinco was designated as State Route C-1491.[19] The entire route was part of LA 92 from 1955 until 2013, when the portion of LA 92 through Youngsville was transferred to the city and eliminated from the state highway system, creating a gap in state maintenance. The transfer was part of a highway improvement project that straightened the route of LA 92 through town and converted the junction with LA 89 to a roundabout. Upon its completion, the eastern portion of LA 92 became LA 92-1. In the future, LA 92-1 is planned to be truncated on its west end to the junction with US 90 near the Lafayette–St. Martin parish line as part of La DOTD's Road Transfer Program.[15]

Major intersections

Parish Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Lafayette Youngsville 0.000 0.000 Young Street / Larrivere Road Western terminus
Broussard 1.899–
1.916
3.056–
3.084
US 90 west – Lafayette West end of US 90 concurrency
0.504-mile (0.811 km) concurrency with US 90 not counted in official route mileage
St. Martin Broussard 1.916–
1.932
3.084–
3.109
US 90 east – New Iberia East end of US 90 concurrency
Cade 5.006 8.056 LA 182 (Old Spanish Trail Highway) – New Iberia, Lafayette
Cinco 9.283 14.940 LA 31 (Main Highway) – St. Martinville, New Iberia
9.771–
9.840
15.725–
15.836
Bridge over Bayou Teche
10.188 16.396 LA 347 (Cemetery Road) – Loreauville, Catahoula Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "La DOTD GIS Data". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. September 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Google (May 3, 2016). "Overview Map of LA 92" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Acadia Parish (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). District 03: Official Control Section Map / Construction and Maintenance (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Vermilion Parish (Northwest Section) (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). Lafayette Parish (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "La DOTD GIS". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Highways (July 1, 1955). Louisiana Highways: Interim Road Map (Map). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  9. ^ a b "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times (Baton Rouge). June 18, 1955. p. 3B. 
  10. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1954). Acadia Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  11. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1950). St. Martin Parish (Map) (January 1, 1958 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  12. ^ "National Bridge Inventory Data: LA0092 Over Teche Bayou @ Keystone". Ugly Bridges. 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and City Council Held on Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 6:15 PM at Youngsville City Hall" (PDF). January 13, 2011. p. 1. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Right-Sizing the State Highway System" (PDF). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. April 2013. p. 3. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (September 20, 2012). Right-Sizing the State Highway System: District 03 (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Google (May 3, 2016). "Overview Map of LA 92-1" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  17. ^ Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Office of Multimodal Planning (February 2012). St. Martin Parish (Northwest Section) (PDF) (Map). Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1953). Lafayette Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 
  19. ^ a b Louisiana Department of Highways Traffic and Planning Section (1950). St. Martin Parish (Map) (January 1, 1955 ed.). Louisiana Department of Highways. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google