Florida State Road 704

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State Road 704 marker

State Road 704
Okeechobee Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 10.199 mi[1] (16.414 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering (definition) – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 7 in Royal Palm Beach
  I‑95 in West Palm Beach
East end: SR A1A in Palm Beach
Location
Counties: Palm Beach
Highway system
SR 700 SR 706

State Road 704 (SR 704), also known as Okeechobee Boulevard, is a 10.199-mile (16.414 km)-long east–west boulevard in the West Palm Beach area. It extends from an intersection with SR 7 at the border of West Palm Beach and Royal Palm Beach and just south of The Acreage at the western end to an intersection with SR A1A in Palm Beach at the east end.

Route description[edit]

State Road 704 begins at the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7, with commercial areas surrounding three of the corners. SR 704 heads east through the suburban West Palm Beach area known as Century Village passing by strip malls and gated communities. Just east of its intersection with Jog Road, SR 704 crosses over Florida's Turnpike, and provides access to the turnpike just east of the bridge. At this point, Okeechobee Boulevard becomes purely commercial and development becomes denser as the West Palm Beach skyline becomes visible. The road continues, passing through Haverhill Boulevard, Military Trail and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. East of Congress Avenue, which provides access to Palm Beach International Airport, SR 704 heads quickly towards an interchange with Interstate 95 (SR 9), crossing over it, and immediately crosses Clear Lake, with a diamond interchange with Australian Avenue at the eastern end of the lake. One block east of the interchange, SR 704 crosses railroad tracks owned by Tri-Rail (formerly the CSX Miami Subdivision), and becomes a one-way pair, as it travels along the southern end of downtown West Palm Beach, passing by CityPlace to the north and the Palm Beach County Convention Center to the south. East of the two complexes, Okeechobee Boulevard crosses the Florida East Coast Railroad, and then the southbound lanes of US 1, with the eastbound lanes passing by the northern end of Palm Beach Atlantic University from here to the Intracoastal Waterway. One block east of southbound US 1, SR 704 crosses the northbound lanes of US 1, with the westbound lanes becoming Lakeview Avenue. Two blocks east of northbound US 1, SR 704 crosses the Intracoastal Waterway (Lake Worth) via the Royal Park Bridge, and enters Palm Beach as Royal Palm Way, and travels three blocks through the town before ending one block west of the ocean at SR A1A.[2]

West of the western terminus of SR 704, Okeechobee Boulevard continues for another 6.73 miles (10.83 km), acting as the main east-west road of Royal Palm Beach and Loxhatchee Groves, until an intersection with Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in Loxahatchee. Just beyond the end of Okeechobee Boulevard (but accessible only from Southern Boulevard, US 98-US 441/SR 80) is Lion Country Safari, a zoological park through which visitors drive instead of walk.

History[edit]

SR 704 was established in the 1945 renumbering. The road was not designated as a state road in the pre-1945 system, and only known as a local road called Okeechobee Road.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Palm Beach County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Royal Palm Beach / West Palm Beach 0.000 0.000 SR 7 to SR 80 / US 441 / US 98 Western terminus
West Palm Beach 3.034 4.883 Jog Road
  3.954 6.363 Turnpike (SR 91) Exit 99 (Florida's Turnpike)
  5.564 8.954 SR 809 (Military Trail)
West Palm Beach 6.214 10.000 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard (CR 716 east)
7.73 12.44 I‑95 (SR 9) – Daytona Beach, Miami Exit 70 (I-95)
8.37 13.47 Australian Avenue (CR 704A) - Airport Interchange
9.011 14.502 US 1 north (South Quadrille Boulevard / SR 5) west end of US 1 / SR 5 overlap
9.106 14.655 US 1 south (South Dixie Highway / SR 5) – Norton Museum east end of US 1 / SR 5 overlap
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach
9.493–
9.704
15.278–
15.617
Royal Park Bridge over Lake Worth Lagoon (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)
Palm Beach 10.199 16.414 SR A1A (South County Road) Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

County Road 704A[edit]

County Road 704A
Location: West Palm Beach

Locally known as Australian Avenue, the former State Road 704A, now County Road 704A, is a limited access road connecting SR 704 (Okeechobee Boulevard) in West Palm Beach with US 98/SR 80 (Southern Boulevard) and SR 807 (Congress Avenue) in Glen Ridge. The southernmost 1.4 miles (2.3 km) serve Palm Beach International Airport. North of its interchange with SR 704, Australian Avenue continues along the eastern shores of Clear Lake and Lake Mangonia, then northward as a surface road, passing through Mangonia Park before reaching its northern terminus, an intersection with Blue Heron Boulevard (SR 708) in Rivera Beach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ MapQuest, Inc. (2009). Map of State Road 704 (Map). http://mapq.st/kVGcMK. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  3. ^ Routes 700-709 Retrieved 13 April 2010