Interstates & Federal Highways

Interstates & Highways in North Louisiana

The 14 parishes in North Louisiana served by North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) are connected by a system of federal interstates, U.S. and state highways.  The region is served by many trucking companies offering competitive rates. With 60,900 miles of public roads, Louisiana offers some of the lowest trucking costs in the nations, according to Louisiana Motor Transport Association (January 2011).   

Major Interstates Connects Businesses to the Rest of the U. S.

Two major interstate corridors and planned interstate projects connect North Louisiana to the rest of the world.

  • Interstate 20 crosses four Gulf Coast states, connecting North Louisiana with Texas, Mississippi and Alabama
  • Interstate 49 is a north-south intrastate connector
  • I-49 expansion project will create a north-south, cross-country connector, extending southeastward to New Orleans and northward from Shreveport to Kansas City, Missouri. From there, it will connect with the interstate network, providing a seamless freeway link from Louisiana to the Canadian border in North Dakota. Construction for the extension is already underway in northern Louisiana, southwest Missouri, northern and southwestern Arkansas.
  • I-69 road project proposes to create a transcontinental federal interstate, connecting the U.S. to Canada and Mexico. Current plans for I-69 around Shreveport, also known as (SIU 15), are to build a new freeway bypassing the urbanized areas and creating a completed loop for the Inner Loop Expressway. 

Proposed I-69 Transcontinental Interstate






Other Major Federal Roadways

I-220 Bypass   - Creates a northern loop around Shreveport/Bossier
US.165  - North-south highway, connecting Monroe, LA to Little Rock, Arkansas and southern Louisiana
U.S. 167  - North-south highway running through north central Louisiana, connecting Ruston, LA and Jonesboro, LA to Little Rock, AR and Lafayette, LA
U.S. 63  - North-south highway from Ruston, LA to Benoit, Wisconsin
U.S. 71  - North-south route, connecting Sheveport/Bossier to the Canadia boarder in Minnesota and South to Alexandria, LA
U.S. 79  - Northeast to southeast route connecting Homer, LA; Minden, LA and Shreveport/Bossier to Kentucky to the north and Austin, Texas to the south
US 80  - Originally a cross-country route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the east-west route now connects communities through North Louisiana with Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia
U.S. 171  - North-south route connecting Shreveport-Bossier, LA with Lake Charles, LA
U.S. 371  - North-south route connecting Shreveport-Bossier with DeQueen Arkansas to the north and Coushata, LA to the south
U.S. 425  - North-south route connecting Bastrop, La with Natchez, MS to the south and Pine Bluff, AR to the north

Low Trucking Costs Provides Competitive Advantages

With 60,900 miles of public roads, Louisiana offers some of the lowest trucking costs in the nations.

States  State Ranking by $ Total   State Rankings by 
Annual Registration & Weight Fees
 State Rankings by Diesel Fuel Tax Rate  Total State & Federal Highway User Fees
Louisiana 6 47 36 $13,647
Alabama 8 41 39 $13,834
Texas  10 42 36 $13,990
Tennessee 12 27 40 $14,219
Arkansas 18 30 30 $15,087
Mississippi 21 6 40 $15,726