Florida State Road 842

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State Road 842 marker

State Road 842
Broward Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 8.579 mi[1] (13.807 km)
Major junctions
West end: SR 817 in Plantation
  US 1 in Fort Lauderdale
Southeast 16th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale
East end: SR A1A in Fort Lauderdale
Location
Counties: Broward
Highway system
SR 838 SR 844

State Road 842 (SR 842), locally known as Broward Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard, is a 8.579 miles (13.807 km)[1] long major east–west thoroughfare through Broward County, Florida. The western terminus of State Road 842 is an intersection with University Drive (SR 817) in Plantation, Florida; its eastern terminus is an intersection with State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A gap is present in downtown Fort Lauderdale between US 1 and Southeast 16th Avenue. It serves as the main east–west access route to downtown Fort Lauderdale and is also the latitudinal baseline for the city's street grid. The street is named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who is the namesake of Broward County as well.

Route description[edit]

Downtown Fort Lauderdale looking over State Road 842 (Broward Boulevard)

State Road 842 begins on the corner of Broward Boulevard and University Drive at the intersection near the Westfield Broward mall and the defunct Plantation Fashion Mall. Just east of SR 817, Broward Boulevard passes by more commercial areas to the north, with Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club to the south. East of NW 69th Avenue, the road becomes divided, and more residential as it enters Fort Lauderdale, passing under Florida's Turnpike without an interchange. East of the turnpike, it passes by the Fort Lauderdale Country Club to the south. As it approaches US 441, the road becomes more commercial again at the intersection and east of the intersection, continuing east. It continues through, with residential buildings about a block away from the commercial establishments, and crosses Interstate 95 as SR 842 enters central Fort Lauderdale.

In the downtown area, government buildings and banks line State Road 842. At SW 7th Avenue, it provides access to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and at SW 5th Avenue, provides access to the Museum of Discovery and Science. The Broward County Transit central bus terminal is on the corner of SR 842 and Northwest First Avenue. The intersection with Andrews Avenue (unsigned County Road 811A) is the center of Fort Lauderdale's street grid. One block east is Federal Highway (US 1/SR 5), the traditional eastern terminus of SR 842. While Broward Boulevard continues eastward, SR 842 ends temporarily, with no signage directing motorists to the continuation. Motorists can get there by using the former SR 842 on East Las Olas Boulevard, a major shopping district, at the northern end of the New River Tunnel. At the eastern end of the shopping district lies Fort Lauderdale Hospital between SE 16th Avenue and SE 17th Avenue, where SR 842 resumes, as it goes through affluent residential neighborhood that gives the city the nickname The Venice of the Americas, before crossing the Intracoastal Waterway and reaching its eastern terminus at State Road A1A at a beach that is popular with college students for spring break.

History[edit]

Until the mid-1980s, State Road 842 was exclusively on Broward Boulevard, with its historic eastern terminus was an intersection with Federal Highway (US 1) two blocks from the northern entrance of the New River Tunnel), while Las Olas Boulevard was designated State Road A1A Alternate.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Broward County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Plantation 0.000 0.000 SR 817 (University Drive) to I-595 west end of state maintenance
3.140 5.053 US 441 (SR 7) to I-595 / Turnpike
Fort Lauderdale 5.24 8.43 I-95 (SR 9) – West Palm Beach, Miami Exit 27 on I-95
6.773 10.900 Andrews Avenue (CR 811A) to Las Olas Boulevard - Museum of Art no left turn westbound
6.955 11.193 East 3rd Avenue - Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University
7.166 11.533 US 1 (Federal Highway / SR 5) to I-595 – Airport
Gap in route
0.000 0.000 Southeast 16th Avenue West end of state maintenance
1.036–
1.243
1.667–
2.000
Las Olas Boulevard Bridge over New River Sound (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)
1.333 2.145 SR A1A south (Seabreeze Boulevard)
1.413 2.274 SR A1A north (Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ Florida Department of Transportation (2008). General Highway Map of Broward County, Florida (Map). http://www.dot.state.fl.us/surveyingandmapping/geomap/brow_c.pdf. Retrieved 21 February 2013.