Florida State Road 30A

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State Road 30A marker

State Road 30A
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Highway system
SR 30 Florida 30A.svgFlorida 30E.svg SR 31
SR 391 Florida 392A.svg SR 393

State Road 30A (SR 30A) is a Florida Department of Transportation designation shared by four alternate routings of SR 30 in the Florida panhandle. Two segments have SR 30A signage; the other two do not as they are segments of U.S. Route 98 (US 98). Three of the four SR 30A segments are next to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico for most (if not all) of their length.

CR 30A: Point Washington State Forest segment[edit]

Just west of Santa Rosa Beach, near East Hewlett Road, CR 30A branches off Reddick Road (US 98/SR 30) and heads southeastward toward the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. While US 98/SR 30 continues through the heart of Point Washington State Forest, CR 30A follows the shoreline, passing through Grayton Beach and Seaside, before rejoining SR 30 near Inlet Beach.

While US 98/SR 30 spans the length of Point Washington State Forest, CR 30A doesn't avoid it completely: the westernmost mile forms the boundary between the state forest and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, and along, the Gulf of Mexico, CR 30A cuts through approximately three miles of state forest between Blue Mountain Beach and Seaside... and another 3 miles (4.8 km) of Deer Lake State Park to the southeast of Seagrove Beach.

SR 30A: Panama City Beach segment[edit]

About 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east of the eastern terminus of the Washington Point State Park segment of SR 30A, and 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Hollywood Beach (not to be confused with the city of Hollywood between Miami and Fort Lauderdale), US 98 and (unsigned) SR 30 separate. While SR 30 continues along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico as Front Beach Road, US 98 continues roughly 1 mile (1.6 km) inland (as Panama City Beach Parkway) with the unsigned FDOT designation SR 30A. The Panama City Beach Segment ends 16 miles (26 km) from the western terminus, as traffic on US 98/SR 30A rejoins SR 30 on the approach to the Hathaway Bridge crossing St. Andrews Bay and entering Panama City.

State Road 392A[edit]

As the 16-mile-long SR 30 parallels the Gulf Coast, it passes through Hollywood Beach, Sunnyside, Laguna Beach, and Panama City Beach—popular "Spring Break" stops for U.S. college students—before curving back inland to rejoin US 98. The popularity of the Panama City Beach beachfront (with Miracle Strip Amusement Park) has often resulted in the overloading of Front Beach Road and the prompting of FDOT's "creation" of a second bypass of the downtown area: the three-mile (5 km) long SR 392A.

Unlike SR 30A, SR 392A is entirely within the city limits of Panama City Beach, no more than 0.4-mile (0.64 km) inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Locally known as Hutchison Boulevard, it is signed east–west. The western terminus is an intersection with SR 30 Alternate near Youpon Road; the eastern terminus is an intersection with SR 30 at Thomas Drive.

The entire route is in Panama City Beach, Bay County.

Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
0.000 0.000 SR 30 (Front Beach Road)
0.542 0.872 Exit E: Clara Avenue / Beach School Road - Beaches
1.288 2.073 Alf Coleman Road / Miracle Strip Road - Beach (exit D)
1.924 3.096 R. Jackson Boulevard (exit C)
3.117 5.016 SR 30 (Front Beach Road) – Panama City, Sunnyside
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

SR 30A: US 98 through Panama City and Callaway[edit]

On the eastern approach to the Hathaway Bridge, SR 30 and US 98 separate at the corner of 18th Street and Beck Avenue in Panama City. US 98 and SR 30A continues eastward along 15th Street, passing through Cedar Grove and Springfield before a southward 90-degree turn onto North Tyndall Parkway in Callaway. As US 98/SR 30A approach the New DuPont Bridge across East Bay, its 11-mile (18 km) run ends with the merge with Business US 98/SR 30 near Long Point.

US 98 Business and SR 30 in Panama City and Callaway[edit]

While US 98/SR 30A follows 15th Street through Panama City and Callaway before reaching North Tyndall Parkway, US 98 Business and SR 30 follows Ninth Street, Beach Boulevard, Sixth Street, and Fifth Street before curving southward (near School Avenue) and eastward (through Parker before rejoining US 98 on the approach to the New Dupont Bridge. The merge marks the eastern terminus of the 10-mile (16 km) US 98 Business.

Former and current SR 30A: a loop near Port St. Joe[edit]

After FDOT started phasing out a set of Florida State Roads in the late 1970s and early 1980s and reverted them to county maintenance, many State Roads disappeared from road maps, and many others were greatly truncated or transformed. One such drastically-affected road was SR 30A, which formed a 19-mile (31 km) loop in Gulf and Franklin counties.

Historically, SR 30A veered southward from US 98/SR 30 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Port St. Joe, near the communities of Oak Grove and Ward Ridge, and followed Sand Bar Road along the shoreline of St. Joseph Bay past the St. Joseph Point Lighthouse before turning to the east to follow the shore of Bay San Blas, Indian Lagoon, and Saint Vincent Sound before rejoining US 98/SR 30 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Nine Mile.

Today, only the north–south section is still signed SR 30A. The east–west stretch is now County Road 30A.

The entire route is in Gulf County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
  0.000 0.000 US 98 (SR 30)
  6.661 10.720 SR 30E west (Cape San Blas Road) – Cape San Blas, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

State Road 30E[edit]

State Road 30E
Location:

State Road 30E (SR 30E) exists on the St. Joseph Peninsula and is known locally as Cape San Blas Road. It is a scenic route, with the western terminus in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park near Eagle Harbor. Eastbound motorists drive by the T.H. Stone Memorial and the Cape San Blas lighthouse as they approach the terminus of SR 30E, an intersection with the SR 30A loop roughly a mile south of St. Joseph Point Lighthouse.

The entire route is in Gulf County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Cape San Blas 0.000 0.000 T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
  8.716 14.027 SR 30A west (CR 30A east) – Port St. Joe, Indian Pass
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florida Department of Transportation. "FDOT GIS data". Retrieved June 25, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014

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