Florida State Road 76

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State Road 76 marker

State Road 76
Kanner Highway
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 31.504 mi[1] (50.701 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering – present
Major junctions
West end: US 98 / US 441 at Port Mayaca
  SR 710 near Indiantown
East end: US 1 in Stuart
Location
Counties: Martin
Highway system
SR 75 SR 77

The 31.5 miles (50.7 km) long State Road 76 (SR 76), also known and signed as Kanner Highway, is a northeast-southwest (signed east–west) state highway connecting Port Mayaca on the shore of Lake Okeechobee at the intersection with US 98-441 (SR 700-SR 15) with Stuart on the shore of the St. Lucie River near the Atlantic Ocean and the Treasure Coast at an intersection with US 1 (SR 5). It parallels the nearby St. Lucie Canal, a navigable waterway connecting the lake and the ocean.

Route description[edit]

West of Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) and Interstate 95 (SR 9), SR 76 crosses the woodland and wetlands typifying Florida northeast of Lake Okeechobee. With the exception of Indiantown on the opposite (northern) side of St. Lucie Canal near the intersection of SR 76 and SR 710, very little human habitation exists along the southwestern 25 miles (40 km) of SR 76.

Northeast of the two expressways, the human presence is more pronounced (a marina is located on the canal between the turnpike and I-95, for example) as the urbanization undergone by Florida’s extreme southeastern counties has penetrated Martin County.[2]

History[edit]

State Road 76 was formed by the former State Roads 85 and 109 in the 1945 renumbering. SR 76's routing has been unchanged since 1945.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Martin County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Port Mayaca 0.000 0.000 US 98 / US 441 (Conners Highway / SR 700 / SR 15) – Pahokee, Belle Glade, Okeechobee
  11.490 18.491 To SR 710 – Okeechobee, West Palm Beach, Indiantown
  20.934 33.690 CR 708 east (Southwest Bridge Road) to I‑95 – Hobe Sound Western terminus of CR 708
  23.676 38.103 CR 711 south (Southwest Pratt Whitney Road) / CR 76A west (Southwest 96th Street) Northern terminus of CR 711; Eastern terminus of CR 76A
  25.50 41.04 I‑95 (SR 9) – Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach Exit 101 on I-95
  26.121 42.038 To US 1 / Cove Road
  26.716 42.995 To US 1 / Salerno Road (CR 722 east) – Indian River State College
Stuart 29.182 46.964 To US 1 / Indian Street – Airport to Indian Street Bridge
30.442 48.992 SR 714 (Monterey Road) to Turnpike
31.504 50.701 US 1 (Southeast Federal Highway / SR 5) to SR A1A / Colorado Avenue – Courthouse Cultural Center
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

County Road 76A[edit]

Until the mid-1990s, Florida Department of Transportation had State Road 76A signs along Pratt Whitney Road west of SR 76 in Tropical Park and Southwest 48th Street south of Martin Highway (SR 714) near Palm City (an eastward continuation of Pratt Whitney Road is the former SR 711, now County Road 711).

After FDOT removed its State Road signs from the alternate route, new County Road 76A signs lined the rural streets in their place. The County Road 76A designation still applies to the former SR 76A.

County Road 722[edit]

At the same time that SR 76A signs were erected, Salerno Road between SR 76 and Dixie Highway (County Road A1A) in Port Salerno sported State Road 722 signs. Like SR 76A to the west, Salerno Road lost its FDOT State Road designation and became County Road 722 in the mid-1990s; unlike the former SR 76A, the former SR 722 is not primarily a rural route, but a road making a direct connection between SR 76 and US 1 (East Federal Highway) in Coral Gardens, thus giving motorists an opportunity to shorten their drive from SR 76 to US 1 by ten miles. Recently, the urbanization that is now occurring on the northeastern end of SR 76 is also occurring along the eastern half of CR 722 as construction of new residential developments continues.

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