Florida State Road 97

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State Road 97 marker

State Road 97
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 22.507 mi[1] (36.222 km)
Major junctions
South end: CR 95A in Molino
  US 29 in Molino
CR 99A in Walnut Hill
North end: SR-21 in Atmore, AL
Location
Counties: Escambia
Highway system
SR 95 US 98

State Road 97 (SR 97) is a south-north two-lane highway entirely in Escambia County, Florida. It runs from County Road 95A, just southeast of U.S. Highway 29 in Molino, to the Alabama state line near Atmore, where it becomes State Route 21. The road runs through the community of Walnut Hill and serves primarily to connect Pensacola to the northwest Escambia County and Atmore areas. In combination with SR 21, the road also provides a connection to Interstate 65.

Route description[edit]

SR 97 heads northwest from its southern terminus at County Road 95A, just east of passing under U.S. Highway 29/SR 95, in Molino. The road heads northwest through rural Escambia County and slowly turns into a northerly direction as it approaches Walnut Hill, north of which it is also known as Atmore Highway. Heading directly north from Walnut Hill, the road meets its northern terminus south of Atmore at the Alabama state line, where it becomes State Route 21. SR 97 intersects with several county roads, but does not meet with other state roads or US highways.[2]

The Florida Department of Transportation annual average daily traffic (AADT) numbers for 2012 show average numbers between 5,600 vehicles on the southern portion of the road, decreasing to 4,300 vehicles around Walnut Hill, and again increasing to 5,000 north of Walnut Hill, back to 5,600 vehicles at the road's northern terminus.[3][4]

History[edit]

A 1922 map of Florida auto trails shows an unimproved auto trail running from Quintette, south of Molino, through what appeasr to be the Walnut Hill area, and then to Atmore. It appears that the portion of today's SR 97 from Walnut Hill (starting around mile 15) to its northern terminus corresponds to this 1922 auto trail. The southern portion also appears on this map, but is indicated as an unimportant road.[5]

In 1935, the current routing of SR 97, from Molino northwest to Walnut Hill, then north to Atmore, was extant as a third-class graded road, and was signed as SR 87 at the time.[6]

By 1955, SR 4 is being shown as a bituminous road, with its start at the intersection with US 29/SR 95 (now CR 95A) west of Molino, and traveling its current routing to Atmore. The road intersected what were then SR 99 and SR 380 (now both CR 99) around Walnut Hill, and SR 4 (now CR 4) south of the Alabama state line.[7]

On maps from 1978, the entire road had been paved in hard surface. The state roads it had intersected in 1955 had all been re-signed as county roads, bringing SR 97 to its current form.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Escambia County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Molino 0.000 0.000 CR 95A Southern terminus
0.610 0.982 US 29 (SR 95) – Cantonment, Century
Walnut Hill 13.509 21.741 CR 99 north
14.246 22.927 CR 99 south
15.134 24.356 CR 99A (Arthur Brown Road)
  17.143 27.589 CR 164 east
  20.050 32.267 CR 4 east – Century
Atmore, AL 22.507 36.222 SR-21 north – Atmore Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ Florida Department of Transportation. "Florida County maps - Escambia County". Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Florida Department of Transportation. "FDOT GIS Geodatabase data". Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Florida Department of Transportation. "FDOT Florida Traffic Online (2012)". Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rand McNally. "Rand McNally official 1922 auto trails map, district no. 21, State of Florida". Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Florida -- State Road Dept. "State of Florida by counties State Road Dept. series (Escambia) - 1935". George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Florida - Traffic and Planning Division United States - Bureau of Public Roads. "Escambia County, Florida general highway map - 1955". George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Florida Dept. of Transportation. "General highway map Escambia County - 1978". George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 

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