Getting Oriented:
Alexandria Transportation Infrastructure & Maps

Alexandria, with its geographical location in the center of Louisiana, is the hub for major state and national highways. The Red River, running between Alexandria and Pineville, is crossed in three areas.

Major Highways

MacArthur Drive Exit 80 from I-49 in Alexandria MacArthur Drive Exit 80 from I-49 in Alexandria

Interstate Highway I-49 runs in a southeast to northwest orientation through the city. Lafayette lies to the south, Natchitoches and Shreveport to the north.

MacArthur Drive is an 8-mile long multilane bypass around the western side of Alexandria, built during World War II. Throughout its length it bears the designation of US Highway 71, and in places the additional road numbers for US 165, US 167, and LA 28.

In Alexandria, the main part of MacArthur drive (U.S. 71) south of the traffic circle at the intersection of Business 165, 165, and 71 is also called Jefferson Highway. Both the north and south ends of MacArthur Drive intersect with Interstate Highway I-49.

Sign for MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle, Alexandria, Louisiana Sign for MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle

US 165 has a southwest to northeast alignment; it is locally known as the "Lake Charles Highway" and the "Monroe Highway".

State Highway 28 runs east-west; locals refer to it as the "Leesville Highway".

The Alexandria-Pineville Expressway (aka as the Cottingham Expressway) or US 167 is a limited access road accessed via an exit from I-49. The expressway crosses the Red River just south of downtown Alexandria, passes through Pineville, and ends near the Dresser plant.

State Highway 1 runs on a north-south line to the west of the Red River; to the south it is known as the "Marksville Highway". US 71 to the north lies on the east side of the Red River, and leads to Coushatta and Bossier City.

US 167 runs to the north to Winnfield and Ruston.

Bridges Over the Red River

Several bridges have been built over the decades across the Red River to connect Alexandria and Pineville. Construction of the two-lane K-truss type O. K. Allen Bridge between Alexandria and Pineville was completed in 1936, and named after Governor Oscar Kelley Allen, the 42nd Governor of Louisiana. It has now been demolished.

Work on the new 4-lane Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge to replace the old O.K. Allen Bridge began in early 2011, and was opened in 2016.

Gillis Long Bridge, Alexandria - Pineville, Louisiana
Gillis Long Bridge, Alexandria - Pineville, Louisiana

The Gillis Long Bridge (or the Jackston Street Bridge) is a two-lane vertical-lift bridge with a sidewalk/bikepath on either side. This bridge connects Main Street in downtown Pineville with the business district in Alexandria at Jackson Street near the convention center and Hotel Bentley.

The Purple Heart Bridge is part of the Alexandria-Pineville Expressway, and connects Interstate Highway I-49 to Highway 167 by crossing the Red River from downtown Alexandria to Pineville.

Interactive Map of the Alexandria Area



Map of MacArthur Drive in Alexandria Louisiana

Overview of MacArthur Drive Showing Major Features
Overview of MacArthur Drive in Alexandria Louisiana showing major design features such as traffic circles and interchangs

Map of MacArthur Drive Interchange with LA Highway 28
Map of MacArthur Drive Interchange with LA Highway 28 in Alexandria Louisiana

MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle Aerial View
MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle Aerial View in Alexandria, Louisiana

MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle, Alexandria, Louisiana
MacArthur Drive South Traffic Circle, Alexandria, Louisiana - Present Day

Alexandria Louisiana Map of Downtown - 1872
Alexandria Louisiana Map of Downtown - 1872

Military Camps in Central Louisiana in World War II
World War II military camps in the Alexandria Louisiana area Camp Livingston Esler Field Camp Beauregard Alexandria Army Air Base, later known as England Air Force Base Camp Claiborne Pollock Army Air Field