Florida State Road 78

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State Road 78 marker

State Road 78
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 72.017 mi[1] (115.900 km)
Major junctions
West end: CR 78 / CR 765 / CR 884 in Cape Coral
 

US 41 in North Fort Myers
SR 31 near Fort Myers Shores


SR 29 near LaBelle
US 27 near Moore Haven
East end: US 98 / US 441 near Okeechobee
Highway system
SR 77 SR 79

State Road 78 (SR 78) is the Florida Department of Transportation designation for three separate east–west sections of a road that was once a single stretch of road extending from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee. In the 1980s, two segments of the route were removed from state maintenance to county maintenance (and the road designations were changed to reflect the action); more recently, SR 78 signs disappeared from the four-mile-long stretch of US 27/SR 25 that doubled as the State Road.[citation needed] All three sections are signed east–west, even though the easternmost section is actually a north–south route.

Route description[edit]

Western section[edit]

The current western terminus of the westernmost piece of SR 78 is an intersection of Stringfellow Road (CR 767) and Pine Island Road on Pine Island. State Road 78 lies along Pine Island Road (in Cape Coral) and Bayshore Road (in North Fort Myers, Florida and River Road in Alva, Florida with a short merge at SR 31 near Lee County Arena and the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee River near Owl Creek. SR 78 picks back up from CR 31 and continues to the next county (Hendry County, LaBelle, FL) The westernmost section of the present-day SR 78 is 39 miles (63 km) long from Pine Island through Alva, entirely within Lee County.

Central section[edit]

The 14-mile-long central east–west section of the present-day State Road 78 extends from SR 29 four miles (6 km) northeast of North LaBelle to an intersection with US 27/SR 25 midway between Citrus Center and Moore Haven. In between is the town of Ortona. The central section of SR 78 is entirely within a part of Glades County dedicated to the growth of foliage house plants.

Okeechobee (eastern) section[edit]

The 34-mile-long easternmost section of State Road 78 (SR 78) is signed east–west, even though the bulk of the road is north–south. This stretch follows the western and northern edge of the Lake Okeechobee wetlands. The southern (“western”) terminus of this segment is an intersection with US 27/SR 25 near Moore Haven. Motorists driving “east” (actually north) on SR 78, travel through Sportsman Village before visiting the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation and Buckhead Ridge before reaching the northern (“eastern”) terminus, an intersection with US 98 (SR 700)-US 441 (SR 15) near Eagle Bay in the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee, roughly three miles to the south of Okeechobee.

History[edit]

In the late 1970s, FDOT started to put into motion a sequence of events that ultimately resulted in the removal of dozens of miles of roadway from the State maintenance list to county maintenance. Entire State Roads disappeared as their FDOT designations were replaced by County Road signage, while other State Roads had only parts become County Roads (usually with no change in the numbering).

In the 1970s, State Road 78 extended from Pine Island Center, near Pine Island Sound on the Gulf Coast to the northernmost part of Lake Okeechobee. In the 1980s, two sections were transitioned to county maintenance:

• The westernmost six miles (from Pine Island Center to Cape Coral), also known as Northwest Pine Island Road, became County Road 78 (Stringfellow Road, the former State Road 767 running the length of Pine Island and Sanibel Island, became County Road 767).

• North River Road (22 miles of zigzagging road between SR 31 and SR 29) was converted from SR 78 to County Road 78, and State Road 78 signs were removed from stretches of SR 29 and 31 that used to overlap SR 78.

Related routes[edit]

CR 78[edit]

County Road 78
Location: Pine Island Center-Cape Coral, North Fort Myers-Alva
Length: 19 mi[2][3] (30.58 km)
Existed: 1980–present

The former part of SR 78 between Pine Island Center and Cape Coral is known as County Road 78, as is that portion between North Fort Myers and SR 29 in Hendry County.

CR 78A[edit]

County Road 78A
Location: Cape Coral-North Fort Myers
Length: 3.6 mi[4] (5.79 km)
Existed: 1980–present

County Road 78A is a spur road off of County Road 78 between Cape Coral and North Fort Myers locally known as Pondella Road. It provides a quicker way for motorists traveling east on CR 78 to access Downtown Fort Myers. The road was known as SR 78A before 1980.

Major intersections[edit]

CR 78 / SR 78, Pine Island Center to SR 31
County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Lee Pine Island Center 0.000 0.000 CR 767 (Stringfellow Road) – St. James, Bokeelia Western terminus of CR 78
Matlacha 3.5[5] 5.6 Matlacha Bridge over Matlacha Pass
Cape Coral 5.467 8.798 CR 765 north (Burnt Store Road) / CR 884 east (Veterans Parkway) West end of state maintenance; Western terminus of SR 78
12.061 19.410 CR 867A (Del Prado Boulevard)
12.361 19.893 CR 78A east (Pondella Road)
North Fort Myers 14.741 23.723 US 41 (North Cleveland Avenue / SR 45)
15.858 25.521
US 41 Bus. (North Tamiami Trail / SR 739) – Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Shell Factory and Nature Center
Bayshore 21.12 33.99 I‑75 (SR 93) – Tampa, Naples
  24.404 39.274 SR 31 to SR 80 / CR 78
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
CR 78, SR 31 to SR 29
County Location Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
Lee   0.0 0.0 SR 31
Alva 10.2 16.4 Broadway Street To SR 80
Hendry   18.3 29.5 Fort Denaud Bridge Way (CR 78A west)
  23.5 37.8
Old CR 78 east to SR 29 south – LaBelle
  24.2 38.9 SR 29 – Palmdale, LaBelle
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
SR 78, SR 29 to US 98 / US 441
County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Glades   0.000 0.000 SR 29 – LaBelle, Palmdale
Ortona 5.933 9.548 CR 78A south (Ortona Road) – Ortona Lock Recreation Area
  14.858 23.912 US 27 north (SR 25) – Palmdale West end of concurrency with US 27
  18.839 30.318 US 27 south (SR 25) – Moore Haven East end of concurrency with US 27
Lakeport 28.589 46.010 CR 74 west (Old Lakeport Road)
  29.556 47.566 CR 721 north
  31.651 50.937 CR 721 south
  32.104 51.666 CR 721 north – Seminole Reservation
Buckhead Ridge 45.967 73.977 CR 78B south (Access Road) – Pump Station S-127
Kissimmee River 48.36 77.83 Bridge
Okeechobee   53.080 85.424 US 98 / US 441 (SR 15 / SR 700) – West Palm Beach, Okeechobee Eastern terminus of SR 78
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ Google Inc. "CR 78 (West Section)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/6PYLU. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Google Inc. "CR 78 (East Section)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/xG1Xs. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Google Inc. "CR 78A". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/Y4Gc6. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Google Maps distance

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