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Directions to the Facility:

The Mental Health Clinic of Central La. is located on the campus of Central Louisiana State Hospital (CLSH) in Pineville, La. There are several highways and an airport leading to it.  The major roads are Interstate 49, LA Hwy 1, LA Hwy 28, US Hwy 71, US Hwy 165, and US Hwy 167.

From the North:
Interstate 49: Follow I-49 South to Exit 86 [the exit sign will read US 71 / 165 North and MacArthur Drive].  Take the US 71/ 165 North fork and merge onto US 71 / 165 North.  Cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of Central La. State Hospital.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

LA Highway 1: Coming into Alexandria from the North, LA Highway 1 has four lanes. Just past the the MacArthur Drive exit, take the US 71 /165 North [Monroe] exit ramp to your right.  Go approximately 1 and 4/10 miles crossing the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River to the first traffic light.  Turn right there [Rainbow Drive] and you will be on the grounds of Central La. State Hospital.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 71: From Colfax follow US Highway 71 South for 4 and 4/10 miles past where it merges with US Highway 167 [**Note: Do not take the US Hwy 71 South exit at Tioga, LA]   Take the exit which reads Monroe / Alexandria 165 South to the right for 2 and 8/10 miles. Turn left at the red light onto Rainbow Drive on the campus of Central La. State Hospital.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 167: Coming from the North through Dry Prong US 167 will turn into a four lane and will merge into US 167 South.  Follow US 167 for approximately 4 and 4/10 miles to the Monroe / Alexandria 165 South exit; turn right for 2 and 8/10 miles. Turn left at the red light onto Rainbow Drive on the campus of Central La. State Hospital.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 165: Coming from Pollock proceed straight ahead under the Hwy 71 / 167 underpass for 2 and 8/10 miles.  You will go by Lake Buhlow on your right to a traffic light at Rainbow Drive where you turn left onto the grounds of Central La. State Hospital.

Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

From the East:
LA Highway 28: Entering Pineville on LA Highway 28 East, continue straight under the Cottingham Expressway [US 167] for 4/10 mile to a traffic light at  Donahue Ferry Road.  Turn left for 6/10 mile to another traffic light at Main Street in Pineville (Louisiana College will be on your left). Turn left for 5/10 mile and turn right onto West Shamrock Street (third red light). Go approximately 3/10 mile and you will be at the front gate of Central La. State Hospital.  Proceed straight ahead up the hill until the road ends; turn right.  The MHCCL is the three story red brick building on your left about 100 yards ahead with prominent steps and columns.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

From the South:
Interstate I-49: Coming from the South, proceed past downtown  Alexandria to Exit 86. [The signs will read US 71 / 165 North and MacArthur Drive.]  Exit taking the US 71 / 165 North fork merging onto US 71 / 165. Cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of CLSH.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 71: Coming into Alexandria past LSU-A from the South enter I-49 going North. The signage will read Junction North US 167 / I-49.  Continue on I-49 past downtown Alexandria to Exit 86. [The signs will read US 71 / 165 North and MacArthur Drive.]  Exit taking the US 71 / 165 North fork merging onto US 71 / 165. Cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of CLSH.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 165: Coming into Alexandria from the south, enter the South Traffic Circle where you will merge with US Highway 165 and US Highway 71.  Exit the circle in the right lane at the 2nd exit where the sign reads US 71 and US Highway 165 North [Shreveport, Winnfield and Monroe].  This is MacArthur Drive which you will follow for approximately 4 and 1/10 miles to the foot of the O.K. Allen Bridge.  Cross it over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of CLSH.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

US Highway 167: Coming from the South, US 167 will intersect with I-49. Take the entrance which reads North I-49 Alexandria. Continue on I-49 to Exit 86 which reads US 71 / 165 North and MacArthur Drive. Exit there taking the US 71 / 165 North fork and merge onto US 71 / 165. Cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of CLSH.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

LA Highway 1: Coming into Alexandria, Hwy 1 becomes Lower Third Street which merges into Main Street in Alexandria. Following Main Street do not turn where LA Highway 1 goes to the left. Continue instead to Jackson Street in downtown Alexandria at the foot of the Gillis Long Bridge to your right over the Red River. Crossing the bridge, you will be on Main Street to Pineville.  Go to the third red light and turn left onto West Shamrock Street. Go approximately 3/10 mile and you will be at the front gate of CLSH.  Proceed straight ahead up the hill until it ends; turn right.  The MHCCL is the three story red brick building on your left about 100 yards ahead with prominent steps and columns.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

LA Highway 107: Coming into Pineville from LA Highway 107 South, you will cross a set of railroad tracks and go under the Cottingham Expressway. The signage will read Pineville Business District and Alexandria with an arrow pointing left. Turn left there. This is the  expressway service road; follow it for 4/10 of a mile. At the stop sign, signage will read Pineville Business District, North LA 107 and Alexandria National Cemetery. Turn right. Go approximately 1/10 mile following the sharp 90 degree curve to the left crossing the railroad tracks.  This becomes Melrose Street. Go 2/10 mile to the red light at East Shamrock Street; turn right.  Follow East Shamrock crossing Main Street where East Shamrock becomes West Shamrock until you reach the front gate of Central La. State Hospital after 6/10 of a mile.   Proceed straight ahead up the hill until the road ends; turn right.  The MHCCL is the three story red brick building on your left about 100 yards ahead with prominent steps and columns.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

From the West:
LA Highway 28: Entering Alexandria from LA Highway 28 West [also know as Coliseum Boulevard], the road ends at MacArthur Drive, a four lane throughway.  The highway signs will read North 71 / 165, East Ferriday Hwy 28.  Crossing to the far side [northbound] of MacArthur Drive, turn left onto [Highways 71 and 165 North].  Do not take 28 East to Ferriday.  Go approximately 3 and 1/10 miles and you will cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River.  Turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] and you will be on the grounds of Central La. State Hospital.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

If Flying:
From Alexandria / England Air Park (AEX): From the terminal turn right onto Billy Mitchell Boulevard for 2/10 mile to England Drive; turn left [signs will read I-49 and LA 28.].  Go 9/10 mile to the "Y"; take the left fork (LA 498 East / Air Base Road).  Go one mile to LA 1 South at a traffic light but do not turn although there is a sign to Alexandria. Continue through the intersection for 1/10 mile taking the entrance ramp on your right for I-49 South.  Go approximately 3 and 4/10 miles to Exit 86.  [the exit sign will read US 71 / 165 North and MacArthur Drive].  Take the US 71/ 165 North fork and merge onto US 71 / 165 North.  Cross the O.K. Allen Bridge over the Red River and turn right at the first traffic light [Rainbow Drive] at which point you will be on the grounds of CLSH.  Continue on Rainbow Drive to the four-way stop sign.  Turn left and proceed to the next stop sign.  Look for the MHCCL, with prominent steps and columns in front, about 100 yards ahead on your left.  Visitors and consumers should use the small street to your left just past the building to access the convenient entrance and parking behind the building.

Last Updated:  February 18, 2004

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