Florida State Road 85

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State Road 85
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 56.486 mi[1] (90.905 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 98 in Fort Walton Beach
  SR 20 in Niceville
US 90 / SR 10 in Crestview
North end: SR-55 in Florala, AL
Location
Counties: Okaloosa
Highway system
SR 84 SR 87

State Road 85 (SR 85) is a north–south state highway that runs from US 98 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida north to State Route 55 at the Florida/Alabama state line.

Route description[edit]

From its southern terminus at the intersection of US 98 in downtown Fort Walton Beach to Shalimar, Florida, SR 85 is a six-lane highway with turn medians, accessing local beaches and Eglin Air Force Base. The road, known as Eglin Parkway, runs north through Fort Walton Beach, and the town of Cinco Bayou before crossing the namesake Cinco Bayou Bridge,[2][3] and then through the Ocean City area of Fort Walton Beach. It crosses Garniers Bayou into Shalimar, and thence north onto the Eglin reservation where it becomes a four-lane route with grass median. It then skirts the northwest side of Eglin Air Force Base Main Base,with a grade separated interchange for State Road 123 and Northwest Florida Regional Airport, continuing as a four-lane divided highway with a 65 mph (105 km/h) speed limit. A former railroad grade crossing just south of the commercial terminal was removed when the south end of the Eglin Base Railroad was abandoned in the 1980s. Looping through Valparaiso as Government Avenue and the John Sims Parkway into Niceville, SR 85 turns north at the intersection with State Road 20, passing College Boulevard, another removed Eglin AFB railroad grade crossing, and the intersection with State Road 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Connector. Continuing north, there is an at-grade intersection with the northbound terminus of State Road 123. SR 85 continues north through a grade-separated intersection at 77th Special Forces Way, serving the cantonment for the 7th Special Forces Group and Duke Field. The road continues north, reaching the Crestview city limits and an interchange with I-10. The road continues through Crestview, the Okaloosa County seat, intersecting U.S. Route 90, the Old Spanish Trail, and continues north towards Alabama. North of the community of Auburn to the Alabama line State Road 85 is a two-lane rural highway. Just south of Laurel Hill, the road crosses on a bridge the abandoned alignment of the former Louisville and Nashville Railroad Yellow River branch that paralleled 85 between Crestview and Florala, Alabama.[4]

Future[edit]

Plans are to expand the section of highway between Auburn and the Alabama state line to four lanes once Alabama completes their State Route 55 expansion to four lanes from south of Andalusia, Alabama to Florala, Alabama. This will provide both a better hurricane evacuation route from Okaloosa County as well as a more direct route to Destin, Florida and Fort Walton Beach, Florida from Interstate 65.

State Road 85 has a resurfacing project planned from north of College Boulevard to north of SR 123, planned for 2014.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Okaloosa Fort Walton Beach 0.000 0.000 US 98 (Miracle Strip Parkway / SR 30) – Destin, Pensacola
0.607 0.977 SR 145 south (Perry Avenue) Northern terminus of SR 145
Ocean City 3.039 4.891 SR 188 west (Racetrack Road) Eastern terminus of SR 188
Eglin AFB 5.518 8.880 CR 85B west (Sunset Lane)
5.97 9.61 SR 397 north – Eglin AFB interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
6.473 10.417 SR 189 – Eglin AFB, Wright, Fairgrounds, University of Florida Research & Engineering Education Facility
7.752 12.476 General Bond Boulevard - Hurlburt Field
8.55 13.76 SR 123 north to I-10 – Crestview interchange
9.13 14.69 Northwest Florida Regional Airport interchange
11.476 18.469 SR 190 east – Valparaiso Western terminus of SR 190
Niceville 12.251 19.716 SR 397 south (John Sims Parkway) – Eglin AFB Northern terminus of SR 397
12.895 20.752 SR 20 east (John Sims Parkway) to SR 293 – Destin Western terminus of SR 20
13.782 22.180 CR 190 east (College Boulevard)
14.5 23.3 SR 293 south – Mid-Bay Bridge
Eglin AFB 16.966 27.304 SR 123 south – Fort Walton, Destin, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field Northern terminus of SR 123
22.42 36.08 McWhorter Avenue, 77th Special Forces Way (SR 210) interchange
Crestview 27.635 44.474 P.J. Adams Parkway to CR 4
28.62 46.06 I-10 (SR 8) – Pensacola, Tallahassee Exit 56 (I-10)
31.286 50.350 US 90 (SR 10) – Milligan, Mossy Head, Downtown Crestview, National Guard Armory
33.710 54.251 CR 188 (Airport Road / Old Bethel Road) – Bob Sikes Airport
  38.268 61.586 CR 85A north (Bill Lundy Road)
  44.355 71.382 CR 2 west – Blackman
  46.162 74.291 CR 602 west
Laurel Hill 47.629 76.651 CR 85A north (Second Avenue)
49.115 79.043 CR 85A south
Svea 51.232 82.450 CR 393 south
Walton   53.212 85.636 CR 52 north (Perkins Road)
Pleasant Grove 54.184 87.201 CR 147 – Paxton, Lakewood
  56.486 90.905 SR-55 north – Florala
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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