Florida State Road 80

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State Road 80 marker

State Road 80
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 123.480 mi[1] (198.722 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering (definition) – present
Major junctions
West end:
US 41 Bus. in Ft. Myers
  SR 29 in LaBelle
US 27 in South Bay
US 98 / US 441 near Belle Glade
I‑95 in West Palm Beach
East end: SR A1A in Palm Beach
Location
Counties: Lee, Hendry, Palm Beach
Highway system
SR 79 SR 81

State Road 80 (SR 80) (also known as Palm Beach Boulevard in Lee County and Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County) is a 123.5 miles (198.8 km) route linking US 41 Business in Fort Myers and State Road A1A in Palm Beach. The road is the northernmost of three linking Southwest Florida to South Florida via the Everglades (Alligator Alley and Tamiami Trail being the other two). Due to increasing traffic, State Road 80 has experienced upgrades and widening in various sections since 2000.

Route description[edit]

SR 80 through downtown Fort Myers as First Street. The street is paved with brick to preserve the historic nature of the area.

Lee and Hendry Counties[edit]

State Road 80 begins at an intersection with US 41 (Tamiami Trail) in downtown Fort Myers. From the terminus, it runs along Main Street and Monroe Street before turning east along First Street, the main thoroughfare though historic downtown Fort Myers. At Fowler Street (SR 739), it splits into a pair of two lane, one-way streets weaving through central Fort Myers, with westbound lanes continuing to use First Street, and the eastbound lanes running on Second Street. The eastbound lanes rejoin the westbound lanes via Seaboard Street (a former Seaboard Air Line Railroad corridor) just east of Dean Park, forming the four-lane divided Palm Beach Boulevard. From there, it follows the Caloosahatchee River east out of the city, expanding to six lanes east of the Ortiz Avenue (CR 865) intersection in Tice. It has an interchange with Interstate 75 as it passes through the eastern suburbs of Fort Myers before being reduced to four lanes east of SR 31 before leaving Lee County and entering Hendry County. At its county seat, LaBelle, it serves as the town's main street and intersects SR 29. After LaBelle, it becomes a two-lane highway until a triangle intersection with US 27, where the two roads run concurrently as a four-lane highway as it heads east towards Clewiston and the southern coast of Lake Okeechobee.[2][3]

Palm Beach County[edit]

In Palm Beach County, it serves as a commuter route between South Bay and Belle Glade at the western end, growing suburbs Loxahatchee, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and county seat West Palm Beach. In South Bay, US 27 heads south towards Miami, following the North New River Canal. Between Belle Glade and Loxahatchee, the roads are surrounded by sugarcane fields, with US 441 and US 98 both joining State Road 80 during this stretch. Lion Country Safari marks the beginning of a rural to urban transition of the road for the remainder of its journey. The road doubles from four to eight lanes in Royal Palm Beach, as the road serves as the border between Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. At the State Road 7 intersection, US 441 turns south towards Miami. The South Florida Fairgrounds and the Cruzan Amphitheater, where the South Florida Fair takes place, are next on the route, just east of SR 7. After passing Florida's Turnpike, it gains two more lanes and becomes an expressway, with diamond interchanges with Jog Road, Haverhill Road and Military Trail. East of Military Trail, it loses a lane in each direction as it straddles the southern end of Palm Beach International Airport, where private aircraft are serviced, with commercial access to the airport available via SR 704A. It then approaches a bridge over the Tri-Rail main line as it intersects Interstate 95 at Exit 68, then becomes a four-lane road in several older, high-density neighborhoods in West Palm Beach. East of the Florida East Coast Railway bridge crossing, it intersects US 1 and SR 5, reducing to two lanes as it crosses Lake Worth Lagoon on two bridges, and ending on a roundabout with SR A1A in Palm Beach near the Mar-A-Lago estate.[2][3]

History[edit]

The section from 20 Mile Bend to West Palm Beach was opened as Conners Highway on July 4, 1924.

From 1923 to the 1945 renumbering, the road was known as State Road 25, and in the reassignment, the portion from US 41 in Fort Myers east to Palm Beach was transferred over to the new SR 80, with the sections of old SR 25 west of US 41 reassigned to SR 867.[4]

Until 2002, Palm Beach County's Southern Blvd. was a four lane road with a center left-turn lane, causing high gridlock due to the rapidly growing western suburbs of Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington.[5] The road was known as "Killer 80" due to its high fatality rate.[6] In 2002, after many years of debate, the Florida Department of Transportation embarked on a $78 million project to upgrade and widen Southern Boulevard from I-95 to US 441/SR 7.[5] Between 2003 and 2008, it was transformed into a limited-access highway with freeway-grade diamond interchanges at the most congested intersections, with traffic signals remaining at others.[7][8]

Future[edit]

In Hendry County, a project to improve the intersection between SR 80 and US 27 began October 2013. It is expected to be completed at the end of 2014.[9]

The two bridges crossing Lake Worth Lagoon, built in 1950, are currently in the planning stages for replacement, with construction expected to begin in 2015.[10]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Lee Fort Myers 0.000 0.000 US 41 (Cleveland Avenue) to SR 867 south (McGregor Boulevard)
0.168 0.270 Monroe Street / Main Street - Downtown Fort Myers
0.242 0.389 Second Street former SR 80 east
0.316 0.509
SR 82 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to US 41 Bus.
Gap in route
0.000 0.000
US 41 Bus. south (Fowler Street / SR 739)
west end of state maintenance
0.237 0.381
US 41 Bus. north (Park Avenue / SR 739) – North Fort Myers
0.8 1.3 Billy's Creek Bridge over Billy Creek (westbound only)
Tice 3.861 6.214 Ortiz Avenue (CR 865 south)
  5.06 8.14 I‑75 (SR 93) – Naples, Tampa Exit 141 (I-75)
  7.746 12.466 SR 31 north – Arcadia
  10.238 16.476 Old Olga Road / Buckingham Road - Lehigh Acres
  17.151 27.602 Broadway Street (CR 78) - Alva, Caloosahatchee Regional Park
  17.724 28.524 CR 884 west (Joel Boulevard) – Lehigh Acres
Hendry   22.860 36.790 Fort Denaud Road (CR 78A east) - Fort Denaud
LaBelle 27.325 43.975 CR 80A east (Cowboy Way) / Fort Denaud Road – Airport
28.450 45.786 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (CR 731 south)
29.210 47.009 SR 29 south (Main Street) – Immokalee Western end of SR 29 concurrency
29.277 47.117 SR 29 north (Bridge Street) – Palmdale Eastern end of SR 29 concurrency
Port LaBelle 34.230 55.088 CR 80A west (Cowboy Way) – Edison State College
  48.709 78.390 CR 833 south – Big Cypress Seminole Reservation
Whidden Corner 51.677 83.166 US 27 north (SR 25) – Moore Haven, Haines City Western end of US 27 / SR 25 concurrency
  58.096 93.496 CR 720 west
Clewiston 60.670 97.639 W.C. Owen Avenue (CR 832)
  62.851 101.149 CR 835 south (Evercane Road)
Palm Beach South Bay 76.526 123.157 US 27 south (SR 25) – Fort Lauderdale Eastern end of US 27 / SR 25 concurrency
Belle Glade 78.329 126.058 SR 715 north (Southwest 16th Street) – Pahokee, truck bypass to West Palm Beach, Pahokee, Canal Point
79.391 127.767 CR 827A south
80.524 129.591 CR 880 east (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) Southern end of SR 15 concurrency
80.766 129.980 East Canal Street South (SR 717 east) south end of SR 717 overlap
80.814 130.058 SR 717 west (West Canal Street North) north end of SR 717 overlap
  83.534 134.435 US 98 west / US 441 north / SR 15 north – truck by-pass to Pahokee, Canal Point
SR 812 west (Hooker Highway) – Pahokee, Canal Point, Palm Beach Community College, truck by-pass to South Bay
east end of SR 15 overlap; west end of US 98 / US 441 overlap
  96.871 155.899 SR 700 west / CR 700 east – Canal Point
Twenty Mile Bend 101.780 163.799 CR 880 west
Wellington / Royal Palm Beach 110.479 177.799 Forest Hill Boulevard / Crestwood Boulevard
Royal Palm Beach 113.25 182.26 US 441 south / SR 7 north Interchange; eastern end of US 441 concurrency
  115.47 185.83 Turnpike (SR 91) – Miami, Orlando Exit 97 (Florida's Turnpike)
  116.79 187.96 Jog Road interchange
  118.32–
118.83
190.42–
191.24
SR 809 (Military Trail) / Haverhill Road interchange
Glen Ridge 120.68 194.22 SR 807 south (Congress Avenue) / Australian Avenue (CR 704A north) – Palm Beach International Airport interchange
West Palm Beach 121.47 195.49 I‑95 (SR 9) – Miami, West Palm Beach Exit 68 (I-95)
122.392 196.971 US 1 (Dixie Highway / SR 805)
122.538 197.206 SR 5 (South Olive Avenue)
Lake Worth Lagoon 122.87 197.74 Southern Boulevard Bridge
Palm Beach 123.480 198.722 SR A1A (South Ocean Boulevard) Roundabout; east end of US 98 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed January 2014
  2. ^ a b Google Inc. "overview map of State Road 80". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Dr+Martin+Luther+King+Blvd&daddr=FL-80+E+to:Southern+Blvd&hl=en&geocode=FeKAlgEdurge-w%3BFXJNmAEdeKcp-ynR_DumKfPbiDEc_3Hc6Z9ZAQ%3BFRIKlwEdGLc6-w&mra=ls&via=1&sll=26.61063,-81.587219&sspn=0.590576,0.883026&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=8. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  3. ^ a b Google Inc. (July 8, 2008). Google Earth (4.3.7284.3916) [beta]. Retrieved July 25, 2009. <http://earth.google.com/>
  4. ^ http://www.us-highways.com/of021040.htm Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b "As County Booms, State's Plans For Widening Roads Often Bust". Miami Herald 15 Feb 1987: 3PBS
  6. ^ "Four Die in Crash on State Road 80". Miami Herald 23 Apr 1984: 15BR
  7. ^ Palm Beach FDOT. "Southern Blvd. (SR 80) Projects".  Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  8. ^ Regnier & Associates, Inc. "State Road 80 Expansion".  Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  9. ^ Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. "State Road 80, US 27".  Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ FDOT. "SR 80 (Southern Blvd) Bridges".  Retrieved July 25, 2009.

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