U.S. Route 165

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U.S. Route 165

US 165 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 65
Length412 mi[1] (663 km)
Major junctions
South end I-10 in Iowa, LA
Major intersections
North end US 70 in North Little Rock, AR
CountryUnited States
StatesLouisiana, Arkansas
Highway system

U.S. Route 165 is a north–south United States highway spur of U.S. Highway 65. It currently runs for 412 miles (663 km) from U.S. Route 90 in Iowa, Louisiana north to U.S. Highway 70 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The route passes through the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. It passes through the cities of Monroe and Alexandria in Louisiana. A segment of US 165 serves as a routing of the Great River Road within Arkansas.[2]

Route description

  mi[1] km
LA 229 369
AR 183 295
Total 412 663


The former route of U.S. 165, designated as a Historic Route

From its southern terminus in Iowa at US 90 (near Lake Charles), US 165 follows a diagonal north south route, passing through the casino town of Kinder, where it intersects US 190. Just south of Alexandria it merges with US 71 and they join through the west side of the city, across the Red River and into Pineville. A new four-lane (two lanes in each direction) bridge is being built beside the aging OK Allen Bridge (appropriately named the Fort Buhlow Bridge) and should be open in mid-2013. At that time US 165 will be completely four-laned for most of its traverse of Louisiana. There the two highways meet US 167 and 71 parts with 165. Going on through the Kisatchie National Forest the rest of the highway to Monroe is forest land, farmland, and small towns. Crossing I-20 in Monroe, the highway's largest city, it proceeds to Bastrop and crosses the Arkansas line a few miles north of the town. Due to the Louisiana DOT TIMED Project, US 165 is now a four lane divided highway from Iowa to Bastrop. US 165 passes near three federal prisons: USP Oakdale and two near Pollock. Also, near Oakdale is the ruins of Camp Claiborne, an abandoned WWII military post.


U.S. Route 165 at its northern terminus in North Little Rock, Ark.
US 165 begins a southbound concurrency with US 65 in Dumas, Arkansas

The route enters Arkansas south of Wilmot in Ashley County, Arkansas.[3] US 165 passes through bayous and marshlands before it intersects Highway 52 and Highway 173 in the town. Further north in Parkdale the route intersects Highway 8 and Highway 209. In Portland, US 165 intersects Highway 160 before entering Montrose. In the south part of Montrose US 165 passes under U.S. Route 82, intersecting US 82 Business (US 82B) downtown. US 165 continues north near Cut-off Creek Wildlife Management Area to enter Drew County. Only serving the extreme southeast corner of the county, US 165 runs through Jerome near the Jerome Elementary School No. 22.[4] The highway enters Chicot County near Dermott where it intersects Highway 208 and Highway 35.[5] Northeast of town the route intersects its parent route (US 65) which form a concurrency to Dumas.

The route breaks from US 65 at Pickens Street, with Highway 277 shooting from the route east of Cypress Creek.[6] The route forms a concurrency north with Highway 1 for 24.99 miles (40.22 km) beginning at Back Gate. US 165/AR 1 intersect Highway 212 before crossing the Arkansas River on the Pendleton Bridge.

Upon entering Arkansas County the route passes the A.M. Bohnert Rice Plantation Pump#2 Engine and through sectioned farmland before meeting US 165B in Gillett.[7] US 165/AR 1 continue north to De Witt, with AR 1 breaking east and US 165 turning due west. The route has a junction with Highway 11 at Eldridge Corner after which US 165 turns due north.[8] This segment of US 165 was formerly AR 11 and is preserved in part by the National Register of Historic Places as Old AR 11 – Kauffman Road. The route enters Stuttgart after an intersection with 22nd Street. US 165 skirts the eastern edge of the city as Park Avenue before it turns west to intersect US 63 and enter Prairie County. The route only has one junction in its 2.9 miles (4.7 km) within the county, Highway 343.

The route next enters Lonoke County. Now within the Little Rock metro area, the route serves the southern part of the county with many rural junctions. Along its path, the route runs west through Humnoke, Allport, Coy (all with populations under 300 as of 2010) while intersecting Highway 13 and Highway 31 prior to England. US 165 turns northeast in England after a junction with Highway 256.[9] US 165 passes through the Keo Commercial Historic District in Keo and later the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park before entering Pulaski County.

Entering North Little Rock, the route has a junction with I-440 before terminating at Broadway Street (US 70).

Great River Road


The Great River Road is designated as a National Scenic Byway in the state of Arkansas. Established in 1938, the route is actually a series of roads which connect Canada and the Gulf of Mexico along the Mississippi River. The portion of US 165 from the beginning of its concurrency with US 65 near Dermott north to De Witt is part of the Great River Road in Arkansas. The designation follows AR 1 north from De Witt and US 65 south of Dermott.


US 165 was established in 1926 on a route extending from Iowa, Louisiana to McGehee, Arkansas.[10][11] A proposed extension north to Corning, Arkansas in 1946 was deferred. The route was extended to its current North Little Rock terminus in 1982.

The Louisiana portion was generally aligned with the existing State Route 24 south of Alexandria and State Route 14 north of Alexandria. Both had been designated in 1921 and remained co-signed with US 165 until the 1955 Louisiana Highway renumbering.[12]

US 165 replaced Arkansas Highway 11 in much of Arkansas County, Arkansas. Highway 11 was the main route through the area since its designation in the original 1926 state highway system. Some of this original pavement has been preserved by the National Register of Historic Places as Old AR 11 – Kauffman Road.

Major intersections

LouisianaCalcasieuIowa US 90
Jefferson Davis LA 3258 (Frontage Road)
I-10 – Lake Charles, LafayetteI-10 exit 44
Woodlawn LA 101
LA 102 east
AllenKinder LA 383 – Indian Village
US 190 – Ragley, Elton
Ragley (LA 1150 west)
Oberlin LA 26

LA 1152 north
LA 1152 south
LA 10 – Elizabeth, Leesville, Ville Platte

LA 1153 north
LA 1153 south

LA 113 south / LA 497 north – Pitkin
Forest Hill

LA 112 east / LA 497 south to I-49
South end of LA 112 / LA 497 overlap

LA 497 north
North end of LA 497 overlap
LA 112 west – Hineston, Leesville
North end of LA 112 overlap

LA 3265 east to I-49 – Indian Creek Recreational Area

US 71 south to US 167 / I-49 south / Masonic Drive (LA 1208-5) – Opelousas
traffic circle; south end of US 71 overlap
LA 1208-3 (Jackson Street)interchange

LA 28 west / LA 28 Bus. east (Monroe Street) – Fort Polk, Leesville, Alexandria International Airport, England Air Park, Rapides Coliseum
South end of LA 28 overlap
LA 496 – Kent House Plantation
LA 498 / Frontage Road

US 165 Bus. north / LA 1 – Boyce, Marksville
interchange; US 71 exit 70

I-49 / LA 28 east – Shreveport, Opelousas
interchange; north end of LA 28 overlap; US 71 exit 71; I-49 exit 86
US 71 north
interchange; north end of US 71 overlap
US 167 – Ruston, Winnfield, Alexandriainterchange

US 165 Bus. south / LA 1254
LA 116 – Camp Beauregard, Esler Airfield
Paradise LA 623 – Tioga Heritage Park and Museum
Ball LA 1204South end of LA 1204 overlap
LA 1204 (Camp Livingston Road)North end of LA 1204 overlap
Grant LA 3130

LA 8 east – Camp Grant Walker
south end of LA 8 overlap
LA 8 west (Thornberg Street)
north end of LA 8 overlap

LA 366 east (Patterson Street)

LA 524 east

LA 524 east – Camp Hardtner
south end of LA 524 overlap

LA 524 west
north end of LA 524 overlap

LA 123 west – Dry Prong, Colfax
LA 502
Georgetown LA 500
LA 3098southbound access only
LA 500
La SalleTullos
LA 125 / Historic US 165 north
US 84 – Winnfield, Jena

LA 125 Spur
Urania LA 3259 (East Hardtner Street) – Urania
Olla LA 127 – Jena, Downtown Olla, Historical District
LA 124 – Downtown Olla, Historical District, Olla North La Salle Regional Airport
LA 125 / Historic US 165 south
LA 843
LA 506 – Kelly
LA 844 – Clarks
LA 844 – Clarks
Grayson LA 850
LA 126 – Sikes, Holum, Rosefield
Banks Springs
LA 4 west
south end of LA 4 overlap
LA 849 – Copenhagen

LA 4 east – Winnsboro
north end of LA 4 overlap
LA 847
OuachitaFondale LA 841

US 165 Bus. north – Downtown Monroe
Monroe LA 15 (Winnsboro Road) – Winnsboro
I-20 – Shreveport, Vicksburg, Monroe AirportI-20 exit 118

US 80 / US 165 Bus. south (Desiard Street)
Breard Street (LA 3275)
LA 840-6 (Forsythe Extension)
LA 553 (Horseshoe Lake Road) – Horseshoe Lake

LA 134 east – Fairbanks

LA 2 west – Sterlington, Farmerville
south end of LA 2 overlap
LA 136
LA 554
MorehousePoint Pleasant LA 592

LA 139 south / LA 593 south (South Washington Street)

US 425 north / LA 593 north (North Franklin Street) – Chemin A Haut State Park
south end of US 425 overlap
LA 830-5 (Elm Street)
LA 830-6 (McCreight Street)
LA 830-4 (Cooperlake Road)
LA 3051
LA 830-3 (Peach Orchard Road)
Mer Rouge

US 425 south / LA 2 east / LA 138 – Oak Grove, Collinston
north end of US 425 / LA 2 overlap
Galion LA 599south end of LA 599 overlap
LA 599north end of LA 599 overlap
Bonita LA 140 (Old Bonita Road) / LA 599 (Rosenwald Road)
Jones LA 833
LA 834 / LA 835 – Kilbourne
AR 52 east – Miller Chapel

AR 173 south – Overflow NWR GTR Access
Parkdale AR 8 – Parkdale Business District, Hamburg, Eudora, Overflow NWR Headquarters

AR 209 south
Portland AR 160 – Chicot Junction
US 82 – Hamburg, Lake Villageinterchange
Montrose US 82B
county line

AR 144 east to US 65 – McMillan Corner, Lake Village
ChicotHudspeth AR 722-1A – Cut-Off Creek WMA, Lake Wallace
AR 980 – Airport
AR 208

AR 208 west – Dermott, Delta Regional Unit
Dermott AR 35 – Dermott, Halley

US 65 south / US 278 east / Great River Road south – Lake Village, Greenville, MS
south end of US 65 / US 278 / GRR overlap
AR 159 north – Masonville

US 278 west / AR 4 east – Monticello, Arkansas City, Business District, WWII Japanese American Internment Museum
north end of US 278 overlap

AR 169 south – Arkansas City
AR 1 – Watson, U of A at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee, McGehee Business Districtinterchange

AR 159 south
AR 277 south – Tillar
Drew AR 138 – Winchester, Kelso
AR 159 south

US 65 north / AR 54 west – Pine Bluff, Business District, Airport
north end of US 65 overlap

AR 277 north
Back Gate

AR 1 south to AR 277 – Watson

AR 212 west
south end of AR 212 overlap
AR 212 east
north end of AR 212 overlap
AR 169 south – Arkansas Post National Memorial

AR 144 west – Big Bayou Meto River Access
US 165B north (East Leslie Avenue)

US 165B south

AR 44 east – Tichnor

AR 152 east / AR 276 west – Bayou Meto, Deluce
De Witt

AR 1 north / Great River Road north – St. Charles, Marvell
north end of GRR overlap

AR 152 east – De Witt Business District

AR 11 south – Reydell
Lodge Corner
AR 276 east – Bayou Meto

AR 152 west – Humphrey, Bayou Meto WMA
Stuttgart AR 130

AR 146S east
US 79 – Pine Bluff, Clarendoninterchange
US 63 – Hazen
AR 343 north – Slovak
LonokeHumnoke AR 13 – Humphrey, Carlisle
AR 31 south – Coy, Tomberlin
south end of AR 31 overlap

AR 31 north – Lonoke
north end of AR 31 overlap
AR 15 south – Ferda

AR 256 west (West Fordyce Street) – Wright

AR 161 north (Purdon Street)
AR 232 west

AR 15 north to US 70
AR 386 west – Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park
county line
AR 161 south / Walkers Corner Road – Plantation Agriculture State Museum
PulaskiNorth Little Rock
AR 391 north

I-440 to I-40 – Little Rock
I-440 exit 7

US 70 to I-30 / I-440 / AR 161
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Alexandria business route

Business plate.svg

U.S. Highway 165 Business

LocationAlexandria and Pineville
Length6.20 mi (9.98 km)
Existed1926 (as US 165)–present

U.S. Highway 165 Business (officially U.S. Highway 165-Z) is a business route of U.S. Highway 165 in and near Alexandria, Louisiana, United States. It once ran along Masonic Drive in Alexandria, but has since been truncated by other routes. It currently begins at an intersection with US 71/US 165, running concurrently with LA 1. LA 1/US 165 BUS meet, and run concurrently with, LA 28 BUS before LA 1/LA 28 split from US 165 BUS.

US 165 Business then travels along Jackson Street, which is the same as its former alignment. It then crosses the Red River along the Gillis Long Bridge before meeting LA 3100. US 165 Business travels north while meeting LA 180, a former segment of the Jefferson Highway auto trail, and crossing the Pineville Expressway before ending at an intersection with its parent route.

Alexandria bypass route

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U.S. Highway 165 Bypass

LocationAlexandria and Pineville, La.

US 165 Bypass was the original designation for the current route of US 165 through Alexandria and Pineville. Until 1961, when it was moved to the bypass, US 165 was routed along the current business route.

Monroe business route

Business plate.svg

U.S. Highway 165 Business

LocationMonroe, La.

Business US 165 starts a few miles south of Monroe and also becomes Jackson and Ouachita streets, going through downtown Monroe and passing by Saint Francis Medical Center and the Monroe Civic Center. It follows US 80 at Louisville Avenue, and is signed along Louisville Avenue to its terminus at US 165 (Sterlington Hwy).

Major intersections

The entire route is in Monroe, Ouachita Parish.

0.000.00 US 165southern terminus
LA 15 (S. Second St.) to LA 594
southern end of LA 15 overlap
7.2211.62 US 80 (Louisville Ave.) / LA 15northern end of LA 15 overlap

To I-20 / LA 840-6 (N. 18th St.)
9.2514.89 LA 3275 (Breard St.)
9.7115.63 US 165northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Gillett business route

Front Street

LocationGillett, Arkansas
Length1.28 mi[13] (2.06 km)

U.S. Route 165 Business is a business route in Gillett.[8] It is 1.28 miles (2.06 km) in length.[13] The route serves mostly as Front Street and passes near the Old Gillett Jail on the National Register of Historic Places.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Gillett, Arkansas County.

0.000.00 US 165 / AR 1southern terminus
1.282.06 US 165 / AR 1northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Route Number Database" (Dec 2009 ed.). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  2. ^ The Mississippi River plus The Great River Road (PDF) (Map). Experience Mississippi River. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  3. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Ashley County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  4. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Drew County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  5. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Chicot County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  6. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Desha County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Map of Gillett, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (January 2011 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  8. ^ a b General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Arkansas County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  9. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Lonoke County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  10. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved September 12, 2017 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  11. ^ United States Numbered Highways, Selected by American Association of State Highway Officials, Approved by United States Department of Agriculture. American Association of State Highway Officials. 1927. p. 26.
  12. ^ Louisiana Department of Highways (July 1, 1955). Louisiana Highways: Interim Road Map (Map). Scale not given. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Department of Highways.
  13. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.

External links

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