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jlovel7
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Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
9549 posts

What was louisiana like before the interstate?
I was born in the early 90s so I've only ever known an almost fully realized interstate system. What were these roads like before the interstate? Were most of them existing state highways that were re purposed to meet interstate standards? Were things like the Ponchartrain expressway that cuts through downtown new orleans still there or was that not added until the interstate? Same with the spillway portion of the interstate. Interested how that evolved and if it was over natural road ways or they just started cutting through cities and country land with new roads.


TheGhostOfBigLee
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Member since Oct 2018
386 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
Dirt roads and horse carriages baw...


777Tiger
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2011
43938 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
SHV-BTR was a nightmare, could take 5-6 hours some times


Pahnew
Gonzaga Fan
Member since Apr 2008
4969 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
Airboats insurance was outrageous


rrboy
LSU Fan
Tiger Stadium
Member since Jan 2005
4311 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
Baton Rouge was a 2 hr trip now 1 hr.
The local cops used to write a lot more tickets also.
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31TIGERS
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re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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Airboats insurance was outrageous


/thread,


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Y.A. Tittle
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Member since Sep 2003
76424 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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SHV-BTR was a nightmare, could take 5-6 hours some times



Lea's was still really good then, though. Perfect halfway spot.


Shexter
Prairieville
Member since Feb 2014
6693 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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SHV-BTR was a nightmare, could take 5-6 hours some times


I still like to take HWY 71 to get to Shreveport. I find it a great kick back drive with Lea's Pies a required stopping place.


tigerfoot
LA-Monroe Fan
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
40807 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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Dirt roads


He said before the interstates


777Tiger
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2011
43938 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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I still like to take HWY 71 to get to Shreveport.

yeah, bet it's a laid back drive now, used to like to take 1? occasionally for a change of scenery


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Spasweezy
LSU Fan
Madisonville
Member since Jan 2014
2790 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
Dinosaurs everywhere. The interstates allowed more efficient migratory patterns of nutria and alligators who then subsequently wiped out the dinosaurs in the southern part of the state. Since north Louisiana doesn’t have any interstates yet, the dinosaurs are free to roam and graze on landscaping and people as they see fit. JBE will fix this once he can get both eyes focused on the issue.
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Hogbit
Arkansas Fan
Benton, AR
Member since Aug 2019
1086 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
A big ol swamp


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The Boat
Duke Fan
Monroe, Louisiana
Member since Oct 2008
108771 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
You had to get off I-49 and drive through Alexandria all the way up until 1996.


Pedro
Wisc-Milwaukee Fan
the one and only
Member since Jul 2008
23584 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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He said before the interstates


ksayetiger
Wisconsin Fan
Centenary Gents
Member since Jul 2007
53724 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
I always take 49 to 71 to 190 to BR.

before 49 71 took forever. I was a kid then so driving to the grocery store took forever as well


Monsieur le Duc
Château de Chantilly
Member since Aug 2014
406 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
You'll find this hard to believe, but cousins were marrying one another in Vermilion Parish. The interstate was a proximate cause of the decline of traditional Cajun society - not that it was an entirely bad thing.


skidry
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2009
1606 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
All the roads are still there. You can take a Sunday drive and experience it.
US 61
Hey 1
US 51


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777Tiger
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2011
43938 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
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71 took forever.


and if it was cane harvesting season you were just fuccked

ETA: I still use 190 over I-10 over the basin
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Junky
Louisiana Tech Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
5442 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
The ponchartrain expressway follows the railway, which has been there for years.


VolsOut4Harambe
Tennessee Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Sep 2017
3730 posts

re: What was louisiana like before the interstate?
Not just in LA but everywhere, railroads played a much larger part in passenger transportation.


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