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U.S. Highway 65 - Louisiana

U.S. 65 travels 101 miles in Louisiana between the Arkansas state line and U.S. 425 in Clayton. The routing originally continued all the way to New Orleans, but truncation occurred first in 1951 to Natchez and again in 2005 to Clayton. U.S. 425 saw extension from Bastrop to Rayville, Winnsboro, Clayton, Ferriday, Vidalia, and Natchez in 2005, replacing U.S. 65 in the process.

U.S. Highway 65 north
The first northbound reassurance marker for U.S. 65 as the highway leaves junction U.S. 425 in the town of Clayton. Photo taken 06/12/04.
Louisiana 900 intersects U.S. 65 just east of U.S. 425 from the southeast. The state highway heads 4.3 miles south to junction Louisiana 568 at Lake Concordia. Photo taken 06/12/04.
U.S. 65 travels a fairly straight line between Clayton and Azucena. St. Joseph, the Tensas Parish seat, is the next significant town of interest along the corridor, though it requires a turn onto Louisiana 128 east from U.S. 65. Photos taken 06/12/04.

U.S. Highway 65 south
U.S. 65 crosses into Concordia Parish on the final four miles of the 2005-truncated route. Photo taken 06/12/04.
U.S. 65 enters the town of Clayton at Marlette Road within 1.75 miles of its south end at U.S. 425 (Louisiana 15). Photo taken 06/12/04.
The north end of Louisiana 900 ties into U.S. 65 just east of junction U.S. 425. Louisiana 900 meanders southward 4.3 miles to Louisiana 568 at Lake Concordia, paralleling U.S. 425 to the east for part of that journey. Photo taken 06/12/04.
Southbound U.S. 65 at what is now the northbound carriageway of U.S. 425. U.S. 425 constitutes a four-lane highway from Ferriday (junction U.S. 84) northward to Interstate 20 and Rayville. The original two-lane route through Clayton now comprises the northbound lanes, as a second carriageway and Tensas River bridge was build to the west. Photo taken 06/12/04.
U.S. 65 draws to a close at U.S. 425 in south Clayton. The scene here is drastically different with drivers bound for U.S. 425 south continuing along Pace Street to the new southbound carriageway. U.S. 425 otherwise merges with U.S. 84 in five miles. Photo taken 06/12/04.

Page Updated January 18, 2008.