Louisiana Highway 39
|Maintained by Louisiana DOTD|
|Length:||54.3 mi (87.4 km)|
|Existed:||1955 renumbering – present|
|South end:||Parish Route 15 near Pointe à la Hache|
| LA 46 in Poydras
LA 47 in Chalmette
|North end:||I-10 in New Orleans|
|Parishes:||Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Orleans|
Louisiana Highway 39 (LA 39) is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. In New Orleans, LA 39 is referred to as North Claiborne Avenue, while in St. Bernard Parish, it is known as Judge Perez Drive. It spans 54.08 miles (87.03 km) and is bannered north/south.
This article or section is written in the wrong direction. U.S. road articles are generally written in a south-to-north and west-to-east direction in order to follow the order of their mileposts.
From the north, LA 39 begins at an exit ramp from Interstate 10 onto North Claiborne Avenue. In New Orleans, Highway 39 is a four lane, divided road that runs through the city's 9th Ward. LA 39 crosses over the Industrial Canal via the Claiborne Avenue Bridge and enters the Lower 9th Ward, where it becomes the neighborhood's primary road. At the parish line, LA 39 becomes West Judge Perez Drive and passes through the towns of Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux and Violet. When LA 39 intersects with LA 47, it becomes East Judge Perez Drive. After exiting Meraux, LA 39 continues parallel to the Mississippi River and shortly merges with LA 46 near Poydras. At the two highways' merging, LA 39 becomes a two lane, undivided road. It runs due west and then southward along the east bank of the Mississippi River into Plaquemines Parish and passes through Pointe à la Hache before reaching a dead end at the Bohemia Spillway Levee.
Early Louisiana maps show that the road continued beyond its current southern terminus to Fort St. Philip, yet it is unsure if this road were built and of what quality. Between Braithewaite and Scarsdale, LA 39 bypassed English Turn, and the original route is now LA 3137.
|Plaquemines||Bohemia||0.0||0.0||Parish Road 15||Southern terminus|
|Scarsdale||31.3||50.4||LA 3137 (English Turn Road)||Southern terminus of LA 3137;
|Braithwaite||34.0||54.7||LA 3137 (English Turn Road)||Northern terminus of LA 3137|
|St. Bernard||Poydras||37.8||60.8||LA 46 west (East St. Bernard Highway) – Chalmette||South end of LA 46 concurrency|
|Sebastopol||39.0||62.8||LA 300 (Bayou Road) – Delacroix||Western terminus of LA 300|
|||39.4||63.4||LA 46 east – Shell Beach||North end of LA 46 concurrency|
|Violet||41.9||67.4||Bridge over Lake Borgne Canal|
|Chalmette||46.8||75.3||LA 3238 (Palmisano Boulevard)||Northern terminus of LA 3238;
|47.6||76.6||LA 47 north (Paris Road)|
|Orleans||New Orleans||51.8||83.4||Claiborne Avenue Bridge over Industrial Canal|
|53.1||85.5||Norfolk Southern Railway overpass|
|53.8||86.6||LA 46 east / LA 3021 north (Elysian Fields Avenue)||Western terminus of LA 46;
Southern terminus of LA 3021
|54.3||87.4|| I-10 – New Orleans, Slidell
St. Bernard Avenue
Interchange; Exit 236 B-C (I-10);
Partially unsigned junction
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi