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Louisiana Highway 8

Louisiana Highway 8 marker

Louisiana Highway 8
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length155.9 mi[1] (250.9 km)
Existed1955 renumbering-present
Major junctions
West end across the Sabine River
  in Leesville
east of Leesville
near Boyce
in Colfax
south of Dry Prong
in Pollock
in Jena
East end / in Sicily Island
Location
ParishesVernon, Rapides, Grant, La Salle, Catahoula
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
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Louisiana Highway 8 (LA 8) is a state highway in Louisiana. It spans 156 miles (251 km) beginning at the Louisiana/Texas state line west of Leesville and ending at an intersection with U.S. Route 425 and LA 15 in Sicily Island.

Route description

From the west State Highway 63 becomes LA 8 after crossing the Sabine River near Burr Ferry.[2] At the Burr's Ferry Bridge in Vernon Parish, LA 8 heads east, and merges with U.S. Highway 171 north in Leesville. In Leesville, U.S. 171/LA 8 continues north as a four lane, divided road through town. LA 8 breaks off from U.S. 171 at the northern city limits and joins and runs concurrent with LA 28 east, and continues northeastward as a four lane divided Highway. LA 28/LA 8 intersects with LA 468 (The old Slagle road) south just before LA 8 splits and heads northeast as a two lane road, Intersecting with LA 469, passing through Slagle, intersecting LA 121, the LA 465, and passing north of Simpson, before exiting Vernon Parish and entering northwestern Rapides Parish.

In Rapides Parish, LA 8 continues northeastward, passing north of Lake Rodemacher, and merges with I-49 for approximately a mile. LA 8 then splits from I-49 after approximately a mile and passes through Boyce and heads due north, crossing the Red River into Grant Parish. At Colfax, LA 8 turns eastward and intersects U.S. Highway 71, US 167, and US 165 in Pollock. LA 8 then turns northeastward and enters La Salle Parish.

In Jena, LA 8 merges with US 84 and turns to the southeast. After approximately 6 miles (9.7 km), LA 8 splits with US 84 and continues eastward into Catahoula Parish. In Catahoula Parish, LA 8 passes through Harrisonburg and Sicily Island, where it ends at an intersection with US 425 and LA 15.

History

In the original Louisiana Highway system in use between 1921 and 1955, LA 8 was part of several shorter routes, including: State Route 21 from the Texas state line to Slagle; Route 107 to Boyce; Route 144 to Colfax; Route 19 to Harrisonburg; and Route 18 to Sicily Island.[3] All were designated by various acts of the state legislature between 1921 and 1926. The routes were joined together under the single designation of LA 8 when the Louisiana Department of Highways renumbered the state highway system in 1955, creating one of several east-west cross-state routes.[4]

Major junctions

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Vernon0.00.0 west - Burkeville, JasperBurr's Ferry Bridge over the Sabine River; Texas state line
Burr Ferry1.42.3 south - EvansWestern end of LA 111 concurrency
2.03.2 north - South Toledo Bend State ParkEastern end of LA 111 concurrency
Caney9.315.0 southNorthern terminus of LA 464
Leesville18.429.6 south (South 6th Street) - Fort Polk, Lake CharlesOne-way pair; western end of LA 8 westbound / US 171 southbound concurrency
18.429.6 (North 5th Street) / East Texas StreetOne-way pair; western end of LA 8 eastbound / US 171 northbound concurrency
19.230.9 north (Kurthwood Road)Southern terminus of LA 1213; no direct access from westbound LA 8
19.731.7 north / begins - ShreveportRoundabout; eastern end of US 171 concurrency; western end of LA 28 concurrency
20.032.2 south (Kurthwood Road) / north - Kurthwood, HagewoodNorthern terminus of LA 1213, southern terminus of LA 117; no access from LA 1213 north to LA 8 west and LA 117 south to LA 8 east
23.938.5 west - Fort PolkEastern terminus of LA 184
24.940.1 westEastern terminus of LA 468
25.240.6 east (Alexandria Highway)Eastern end of LA 28 concurrency
26.342.3 southNorthern terminus of LA 469
Slagle29.848.0 eastWestern terminus of LA 121
Simpson37.159.7 westWestern end of LA 465 concurrency
38.161.3 east - SieperEastern end of LA 465 concurrency
RapidesFlatwoods51.983.5 north - Gorum, DerrySouthern terminus of LA 119
Zimmerman61.699.1103 north to  - ShreveportWestern end of I-49 concurrency
65.1104.899 south / south - AlexandriaEastern end of I-49 concurrency; western end of LA 1200 concurrency
65.4105.3 north to  - BoyceWestern end of LA 1200 concurrency
Grant73.1117.6 eastWestern terminus of LA 492
Colfax76.6123.3 north (Eighth Street)Southern terminus of LA 158
78.6126.5 east
78.9127.0 north - Montgomery, ShreveportWestern end of US 71 concurrency
79.7128.3 south / west - AlexandriaEastern end of US 71 concurrency; eastern terminus of LA 3169
83.5134.4 east - Dry ProngWestern terminus of LA 123
Bentley91.0146.5 - Winnfield, Alexandria
Pollock96.3155.0 north (Ridge Street) / Hill StreetWestern end of US 165 concurrency
96.9155.9 south / Wills RoadEastern end of US 165 concurrency
97.5156.9 west / Pollock Cemetery RoadEastern terminus of LA 366
La Salle113.5182.7 east / Snyder RoadWestern terminus of LA 774
115.4185.7 eastWestern terminus of LA 772
116.1186.8 southNorthern terminus of LA 773
Midway117.5189.1 north / Hatcher RoadSouthern terminus of LA 3104
Jena118.8191.2 south (South First Street)Western end of LA 127 concurrency
119.0191.5 west / west (West Oak Street) / north (North First Street)Eastern end of LA 127 concurrency; western end of US 84 / LA 772 concurrencies
119.9193.0 north (Aimwell Road) - AimwellSouthern terminus of LA 459
120.0193.1 eastEastern end of LA 772 concurrency
Whitehall126.2203.1 east / west - Jonesville, NatchezWestern end of US 84 concurrency; eastern terminus of LA 460
Catahoula135.4217.9 westWestern end of LA 126 concurrency
136.0218.9 eastEastern end of LA 126 concurrency
Harrisonburg143.8231.4 east - JonesvilleWestern end of LA 124 concurrency
144.2232.1 west (Bushley Street)Eastern end of LA 124 concurrency
144.9233.2
Leland152.1244.8 northSouthern terminus of LA 913
153.9247.7 westEastern terminus of LA 914
154.8249.1 northSouthern terminus of LA 916
Sicily Island155.5250.3 south (Woodward Lane)Northern terminus of LA 1017
155.9250.9 south / south (Chisum Street)One-way pair
155.9250.9 north / north (Chisum Street)One-way pair
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur route


Louisiana Highway 8 Spur
LocationFlatwoods
Length0.18 mi (0.29 km)

Louisiana Highway 8 Spur (LA 8 Spur) is a 0.18-mile (0.29 km) highway in Flatwoods, Louisiana. It runs from west to east. LA 8 Spur follows the original routing from I-49 to LA 1, connecting the two highways. It is unsigned for its entire route. It was created in 2002, to give numbering to the short section between LA 1 and I-49.

The entire highway is in Flatwoods, Rapides Parish.

mikmDestinationsNotes
0.000.00 / LA 8
0.180.29
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Google (December 8, 2014). "Louisiana Highway 8" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ LOUISIANA - Vernon Parish: National Register of Historic Places Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine-Burr's Ferry Earthworks
  3. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (July 1, 1955). Louisiana Highways: Interim Road Map (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways.
  4. ^ "Act No. 40, House Bill No. 311". State-Times. Baton Rouge. June 18, 1955. p. 3B.

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