U.S. Route 98 in Florida
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length:||671.611 mi (1,080.853 km)|
|Existed:||1933 – present|
|West end:||US-98 near Lillian, Alabama|
|East end:||SR A1A in Palm Beach|
|Counties:||Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk, Highlands, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach|
U.S. Route 98 (US 98) is an east-west United States highway that runs from western Mississippi to southern Florida. It was established in 1933 as a route between Pensacola, Florida and Apalachicola, Florida, and has since been extended eastward across the Florida Peninsula and westward into Mississippi. It runs along much of the Gulf Coast between Mobile, Alabama and Crystal River, Florida, including extensive sections closely following the coast eastward from the Florida-Alabama state line to St. Marks, Florida.
Within Florida, US 98 is marked as an east–west road from the Alabama-Florida border to Perry. Throughout most of the state, the road is marked as a north–south road.
Concurrencies include US 90 in Pensacola, US 319 from Port St. Joe to St. Teresa and in Medart, ALT US 27 from Perry to Chiefland, US 19 from Perry to Chassahowitzka, US 41 then SR 50A in Brooksville, SR 50 from Brooksville to Ridge Manor, US 301 from Moss Town to Clinton Heights, US 17 from Bartow to Fort Meade, US 27 from West Frostproof to South Sebring, US 441 from Okeechobee to Royal Palm Beach and SR 80 from near Belle Glade to Palm Beach.
The hidden designation for most of US 98 across the panhandle of the state of Florida is State Road 30. Between Perry and Chassahowitzka the hidden designation is State Road 55. Between Chassahowitzka and Palm Beach, the hidden designation is State Road 700.
- 1 Route description
- 2 History
- 3 Major intersections
- 4 See also
- 5 References
US 98 is a 671-mile-long (1,080 km) route that extends from the panhandle to Palm Beach. From the Alabama state line to Apalachee Bay, it follows the coast of the Gulf of Mexico through Pensacola and Panama City Beach. It then turns inland and passes through Perry and Chiefland before turning back towards the gulf coast north of Crystal River. The highway stair-steps its way across the peninsula through Dade City, Lakeland, and Sebring. Near Lake Okeechobee, it follows the northern and eastern shore toward Belle Glade. It then heads east to its endpoint on the Atlantic seaboard in Palm Beach.
Across the Panhandle
US 98 enters Florida from Alabama via the Lillian Bridge which spans Perdido Bay. The two-lane highway lands on the state's western shore just west of Pensacola as the Lillian Highway. At an intersection with SR 298 and County Road 297 (CR 297), the Lillian Highway splits away from US 98 and continues along the state road. At SR 173, US 98 widens into a four-lane divided highway. SR 727 provides access to Warrington to the south and to Pensacola's northwestern suburbs. As it enters West Pensacola, US 98 passes along the southern border of the Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center. It turns north onto SR 295 and the two routes head north together for a short distance. Both SR 173 and SR 295 direct traffic to Naval Air Station Pensacola, which lies three miles (4.8 km) south of the intersection of US 98 and SR 295.
US 98 enters Pensacola after traversing a short bridge across Bayou Chico. A few blocks later, it turns onto Pace Boulevard (SR 292), which takes US 98 north to West Cervantes Street, which carries US 90. Together, US 90 and US 98 run through the heart of Pensacola. They intersect US 29 (N. Palafox Street),a half diamond interchange with Interstate 110 (I-10), and the SR-291 one-way couplet of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (southbound) and Davis Street (northbound). Shortly thereafter, US 98 turns south at SR 289 and splits away from US 90. US 98 and SR 289 are concurrent for a few blocks until the U.S. Highway's eastbound traffic turns onto E. Chase Street; westbound traffic arrives at SR 289 on E. Gregory Street. After a short jaunt on the Bayfront Parkway, US 98 turns south to cross the 3-mile-long (4.8 km) Pensacola Bay Bridge over the eponymous body of water.
The highway lands on the Fairpoint Peninsula in Gulf Breeze. It passes Gulf Breeze High School before it turns to the east. On the opposite end of the eastward curve is a trumpet interchange with Pensacola Beach Boulevard, which heads south to Pensacola Beach. East of Gulf Breeze, US 98 goes through the Naval Live Oaks Reservation. It meets SR 281 in a populated, yet unincorporated part of Santa Rosa County, Florida.
South turn: Concurrency with US 19
Within the city limits of Perry, US 98 and SR 30 makes a sharp turn to the south along US 19 which is also the northern terminus of Alternate US 27 and is named Byron Butler Parkway. US 27, which replaces US 98 as an overlapping US route for US 19 heads east along Florida State Road 20. It also briefly carries U.S. Truck Route 221 until it reaches Taylor County Road 359A (Wright Road). US 221 terminates at US 98 along with that truck route, and the hidden route SR 55 joins the concurrency. In Bucell Junction, Florida State Road 30 turns east Florida State Road 30A near the Perry-Foley Airport. SR 30 turns east as it heads towards US 27 east of the Perry City Limits. and SR 55 becomes the sole secret designation. Later on, US 19-98-ALT 27 enters Tennille, where it intersects with Florida State Road 51. After this the road crosses the Steinhatchee River as it enters Dixie County and begins to make less of a southerly turn and more of an easterly one. The rest of the way, US 98 passes through small towns such as Shamrock where it intersects Dixie County Road 358 twice. The road starts making more of a east turn after this and shortly afterwards encounters Dixie CR 351 in Cross City, and then Florida State Road 349 and Dixie CR 349 in Old Town, which used to be U.S. Route 129 Alternate. It even contains a Truck Weight station in the median before it follows the left bank of the Suwannee River and intersects the eastern terminus of Dixie County Road 55A, before it crosses the Joe H. Anderson Sr. Bridge over the Suwannee River. After this it enters Fanning Springs, where it runs along the border of Gilchrist and Levy Counties. US 19-ALT 27-98 makes a sharp right turn after the intersection of Florida State Road 26 and finally enters Levy County entirely. South of there US 98 continues its pattern of having a limited number of left-turn lanes in the center-median. Recent development in the area may lead to the addition of such turn lanes.
In Chiefland, US 19-98-Alt 27 has a brief hidden concurrency with Florida State Road 320. The hidden route is exposed as SR 320 turns west into Manatee Springs State Park. Later it encounters an intersection with the southern terminus of US 129. Almost instantly, Alternate US 27 leaves US 19-98 onto hidden SR 500 as it heads towards Bronson and Williston. This intersection was transformed into a 90-degree intersection, which directly faces a local high school. From there, US 19-98 runs along an abandoned railroad line along the east side, while the median is widened and lined with the trees that existed before the road was ever built. Blinking signals exist over the intersection with Florida State Road 24 in Otter Creek, and at some point south of there, an overlap with Levy CR 336 begins. At the intersection of Levy County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock, an old locomotive and caboose is on display, and eventually Goethe State Forest where ironically the wide, tree-lined median comes to an end before reaching an at-grade interchange with Florida State Road 121 & Levy County Road 336 in Lebanon Junction. Leaving the forest, the road crosses the Ten Mile Creek bridge South of Lebanon Junction, US 19-98 runs along sparse residences, trailer parks, a Florida Sheriff's Youth Facility, the Gulf Hammock Wildlife Management Area.
US 19-98 eventually enters the city of Inglis, where it serves as the eastern terminus of Levy CR 40A. A more important intersection is encountered deeper within the city, and that intersection happens to be its parent route Levy County Road 40. West of US 19-98, Levy CR 40 is named "Follow That Dream Boulevard" for the 1962 movie starring Elvis Presley. A small four-lane bridge carries US 19-98 across the Withlacoochee River as it crosses the Citrus-Levy-Citrus County Line. After running between a pair of trailer parks and a sand mine, it approaches a much larger bridge. The Cross Florida Barge Canal was the last section of US 19 that is two lanes wide in Citrus County. A new four-lane divided bridge was completed by FDOT in the early-2010s, which was originally planned in conjunction with the proposed Suncoast Parkway extension to Red Level. Before reaching the potential site of this interchange, it runs by a field where American Civil War re-enactments are staged lies just north of the back entrance to a local quarry, which is across from the western terminus of Citrus County Road 488. The quarry obstructs a former segment of US 19-98, as does the territory for the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant. South of there wUS 19-98 passes by sparsely located hotels, bars, houses, cluster developments and signs advertising locally prepared peanuts, and in between also passes by the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.
As the road approaches a car dealership on the northwest corner of West State Park Drive, a local road leading to Crystal River Preserve State Park one truly begins to feel that he or she has entered the City of Crystal River, since it then passes by the Crystal River Mall, and the divider ends as US 19-98 becomes a four-lane undivided boulevard. It then curves east as it passes by some more motels and restaurants on the water across from City Hall then approaches Citrus County Road 495 (North Citrus Avenue). East of this intersection, it crosses the Cross Town Trail, a small rail-trail that was once an Atlantic Coast Line Railroad line spanning from Homosassa through Dunnellon. The road starts to curve south again, just north of the intersection of Florida State Road 44, but it also has a hidden concurrency with SR 44 south of that point. From Northeast First Terrace a divided and some bicycle lanes begin once again.
At the intersection of Citrus County Road 44W, the road changes from a six-lane rural divided highway to a four-lane divided highway. The road leaves the city limits south of the Crystal River Airport, and from there US 19-98 passes the intersection of Ozello Trail (Citrus CR 494), then serves as the location of a series of car dealerships, local garages, a Moose Lodge, and other businesses. Within Homossassa Springs, the division temporarily ends at Faust Lane across from a bowling alley. The road becomes a four-lane undivided highway with a continuous center left-turn lane, then it overlaps Citrus County Road 490. Citrus CR 490A terminates at the three-route concurrency with US 19-98-CCR 490. South of there, the road passes over a small creek and approaches the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on the west side. Just after the road becomes divided again, the CCR 490 concurrency comes to an end, as CCR 490 moves onto West Yulee Road and US 19/98 curves to the southeast. Occasionally, some parcels of land that are part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge turn up, but most of the surroundings involve random commercially zoned land. The pattern of sporadic median openings without left-turn lanes resumes, even near a trailer park where such turn lanes would be most useful. It is here that the road turns south again and passes by a popular local flea market. The last developed neighborhood encountered along US 19-98 is deed-restricted community named Sugarmill Woods. Nevertheless sporadic rural businesses and even residential properties turn up along the sides of the road and the median openings without left-turn lanes continue until the road approaches a Publix shopping center and an abandoned Shell gas station and convenience store in Chassahowitzka. US 98 leaves US 19 at the intersection with Citrus County Road 480, which also overlaps US 98 briefly before branching out on its own towards Floral City.
Chassahowitzka through Polk County
As US 98 breaks away from US 19 at the corner of the Publix in Chassahowitzka, it joins hidden Florida State Road 700, which is momentarily overlapped with Citrus County Road 480 before that county road makes a left turn to the northeast towards Floral City. A large portion of this segment of US 98 is a four-lane divided highway though the Citrus-Hernando County Line. After crossing the county line, it meets the current terminus of the Suncoast Parkway, as well as the accompanying Suncoast Trail. The divided section ends between the World Woods Golf Club and the entrance to a Hernando County Landfill. At that point, the road becomes a two-lane undivided highway and runs through Northern Hernando County mining country. Along the way it intersects two county roads at blinker lights. The first is at Deschamps Corner called County Road 491 (Hernando County, Florida)(Citrus Way), a bi-county road spanning north and south from CR 484 north of Spring Hill to Lecanto, Beverly Hills, Holder, and Stokes Ferry in Citrus County. The next is County Road 476 (Hernando County, Florida)(Lake Lindsey Road), another bi-county road spanning east and west from US 19 north of Weeki Wachee through Bushnell, Florida in Sumter County. Southeast of that intersection, it also crosses a former railroad mining spur leading to the CSX Brooksville Subdivision. Just east of a pair of truck weigh stations is the northern terminus of Hernando County Road 485, which serves as the beginning of US Truck Route 98. After moving over some steep hills and passing a branch of the Pasco-Hernando Community College as well as a Florida State Trooper police station, US 98 briefly becomes a four-lane divided highway again at Yontz Boulevard, only to resume its status as a two-lane road as it enters the City of Brooksville. There, the road passes by some local industry, including the garage for Hernando ParaTransit and the county bus system, and then faces an un-gated at-grade crossing with the CSX Brooksville Subdivision. Just before the intersection of West Jefferson Avenue (SR 50A), US 98 has a divide that cuts off the intersection of Fort Dade Avenue (Hernando County Road 484). The route then turns east and joins SR 50A in a concurrency, while SR 700 continues south along Ponce De Leon Boulevard. Shortly after this new concurrency, it makes a right along North Mildred Avenue, for eastbound traffic only, and both merge with US 41. Between North Mildred Avenue and May Avenue, eastbound SR 50A, US 41, and US 98 are concurrent along Broad Street, while westbound SR 50A, US 41, and US 98 are concurrent along East Jefferson Avenue, then West Jefferson Avenue. US 41 reunites with Broad Street at North Mildred Avenue. This one-way configuration for Broad Street and Jefferson Street has been in effect since November 1993, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. While both segments go up and down steep hills in the heart of the city, the Broad Street (eastbound) section runs over an old railroad bridge over the CSX Brooksville Subdivision, built in 1936.
US 98 continues to overlap SR 50A and US 41 through downtown Brooksville, then makes a sharp right turn off of US 41 onto East Jefferson Street near the May-Stringer House and former Rogers Christmas House. The US 98-SR 50A concurrency continues through the eastern terminus of SR 50A into the west end of a concurrency with SR 50 and hidden route 700, which US 98 becomes concurrent with once again. From there, the speed limit increases to 60 miles per hour as US 98/SR 50 runs southeast through farmland and wooded swampland, then turns straight east again when it runs between a pair of lakebeds before the intersection with Hernando CRs 484 and 541. At that point, the road moves up and down a series of hills but first passes by communities such as Rolling Acres and Hill 'n Dale. The hills continue along the road, but along more farms and sparsely populated areas, along with at least one church and later a trailer park. Entering the unincorporated community of Ridge Manor West, the road approaches some hotels, gas stations and restaurants serving motorists and tourists on Interstate 75. US 98-FL 50 is the only interchange along I-75 in Hernando County, and the left-turn lanes leading to the on-ramps are notoriously short. Directly east of I-75 is a development that shares the community's namesake as well as one shopping center.
The road takes one last drop, only to rise again and officially enter Ridge Manor at the intersection of Kettering Road and Croom-Rital Road which leads to a trailhead for the Withlacoochee State Trail US 98-FL 50 pass under a bridge for this trail. At the crossing over the Withlacoochee River, two former sections of the road exist on the east side of the river; Paul N. Steckle Lane, and Ridge Manor Boulevard. The shorter Paul N. Steckle Lane exists on the north side and contains a Hernando County Firehouse, local residences, and one entrance to the Cypress Lake Preserve. Ridge Manor Boulevard begins on the south side, and crosses over to the north side east of the firehouse and west of the Hernando County Eastside Solid Waste Convenience Station. When SR 50 continues east and narrows down to two lanes toward Clermont, Orlando, and Titusville, US 98 turns southeast and also narrows down to two lanes even as it crosses the Withlacoohcee River for the second time, this time at the Hernando-Pasco County Line, entering Trilby. The first major intersection is a blinker-light intersection with Pasco County Road 575, but a far more important one is with US 301 in Trilacoochee, where it shares yet another concurrency running south. South of this point, US 98-301 passes by the Owensboro Junction Trailhead, of the Withlacoochee State Trail. This was once a former junction between the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads, until both were merged into the Seaboard Coast Line and the segments that crossed Routes 98 and 301 were abandoned. From that point, the road runs up and down a series of hills where it passes by some small motels, local auto repair shops, trailer parks, farms, a Moose Lodge, a local golf course, and a drive-in movie theater. The road officially enters Dade City in the vicinity of the aforementioned drive-in theater, and passes by the Pioneer Florida Museum right next to a former citrus plant. Across from the south end of that plant is the intersection with eastern Pasco County Road 578, and shortly afterwards veers to the left at an at-grade interchange onto the former US 98-301 Truck Bypass, which was converted into mainline US 98-301 in 2007. The former segment of US 98-301 is now SR 39 as well as hidden state routes hidden SRs 35-700 and runs into downtown Dade City. US 98-301 moves closer to the CSX Wildwood Subdivision (part of the S-Line), where it encounters the eastern terminus of SR 52 and the Dade City Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot. At Alternate Pasco County Road 35, US 98-301 turns from southeast to southwest as it moves back towards another at-grade interchange with the former "Business" US 98-301, and runs straight south again onto a four-lane divided highway. After the intersection with Alternate Pasco County Road 52A in Clinton Heights, US 98 branches off to the southeast taking hidden SR 35 and 700 with it, while US 301(SR 39) continues south towards Zephyrhills, Hillsborough River State Park, and eventually the Manatee-Bradenton-Sarasota area. The road climbs various hills, and includes random farms and trailer parks. The road has another encounter with both Pasco CR ALT 35 and the Wildwood Subdivision in Ellersville, at a bridge over both roads, and an unnumbered interchange with the former of these two. Continuing southeast, the road encounters fewer farms and approaches the western edges of the Green Swamp, where it encounters the northernmost bridge over the Hillsborough River, which is nothing more than an elevated culvert. At the Pasco-Polk County Line, the road becomes the eastern terminus of Pasco County Road 54, and then the southern terminus of Florida State Road 471.
Polk County through Okeechobee
Running southeast from the Pasco-Polk border, US 98 remains rural, but eventually becomes more suburban as it enters communities such as Providence, where the road turns straight south, becomes a divided highway, and serves as the northern terminus of Polk County Road 35A, a suffixed alternate of hidden SR 35 leading through Kathleen. Further south the road becomes the official eastern terminus of Polk County Road 582, a bi-county extension of Florida State Road 582 in Hillsborough and Pinellas County, which for the time being runs east then curves back around to another intersection further south. US 98 officially enters Lakeland, then the road curves southeast again before the interchange with Interstate 4 (Exit 32), after this interchange Polk CR 582 is encountered again at the intersection of Griffin Road. 9/10 of a mile later, the road turns straight south and becomes North Florida Street. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the northern terminus of Florida State Road 563 can be found at 10th Street, in spite of the fact that signage for that road can only be found at the next major intersection, U.S. Route 92, which until 2005 was also the west end of a brief concurrency with US 98 east to Lake Parker Avenue. Since then the route has been rerouted south along North Florida Avenue until it reaches the intersection of Florida State Road 37 and Florida State Road 548, where US 98 turns east onto SR 548. US 98/SR 548 curves from east to southeast over a bridge over the two railroad lines that feed into Lakeland Amtrak station just west of this bridge, and follows the southwest side of one of those lines which leads to Miami. The first intersection at ground level south of this bridge is East Main Street (former U.S. Route 92 Business (Lakeland, Florida)). The next major intersection is Lake Parker Avenue (hidden SR 700) and Hollingsworth Road where SR 548 terminates and SR 700 rejoins US 98 as the hidden route once again. Long after passing the southwestern shore of Lake Bonny, US 98/SRs 35/700 encounters the southern terminus of Florida State Road 659 (former SR 33A). Shortly after this intersection, the road prepares to leave the Lakeland city limits beneath the partial cloverleaf interchange with Polk Parkway at Exit 10, which contains loop ramps only from US 98. This interchange is within a mere block of the western terminus of Florida State Road 540, although that route secretly has a concurrency with US 98 until it reaches Highland City, and moves to the west as Polk County Road 540.
Southwest of Lake Hancock, the road begins to skirt the borders of Bartow, first along a residential area on the west side, then south from there around the vicinity of Bartow Regional Medical Center. The road doesn't fully enter that city until the intersection of Lyle Parkway, where it turns from southeast to straight south once again. US 98 intersects SR 60 which also has a hidden concurrency with Polk CR 555. SR 700 continues straight south into downtown Bartow as Polk CR 700, while US 98 turns east along SR 60. SR 60 branches off to the southeast while US 98/SR 35/SR 555 continues straight east and later intersects US 17, where SR 555 becomes the hidden route for US 17 north into Haines City, while US 98/SR 35 turns south at the beginning of a concurrency. After running over a bridge for SR 60 and a railroad line, US 17-98 encounters CR 700 at Main Street (former SR 60), and SR 700 becomes a hidden route along US 98 again. The rest of the way through southern Bartow, US 17/98 remains mostly a commercial strip, but this status begins to diminish around the intersection of South Clear Springs Road. Eventually it enters the unincorporated community of Homeland which contains an intersection with Polk CR 640, where to the east of this you'll find the Mosaic Peace River Park. In Fort Meade US 98/SR 700 leaves US 17/SR 35 and turns east again, secretly taking Polk CR 630 with it. All three routes leave Fort Meade at the bridge over the Peace River where it becomes Frostproof Boulevard. In this segment, US 98/SR 700/CR 630 has two sharp reverse curves to the south and east, the first being near Pleasant Grove Cemetery, and a much larger one near Lake Hendry Road. After these curves, the route remains relatively straight west and east and after crossing the CSX Railroad Line that is used by Amtrak's Silver Star and Silver Meteor lines it reaches US 27 in West Frostproof, where it turns south once again onto yet another US route concurrency. Polk County Road 630 continues to the east. From here, the hidden routes are SR 25 and SR 700.
Within Frostproof itself, US 27/98 makes a reverse curve onto a bridge over the same CSX line that serves the Silver Star and Silver Meteor, and then enters an unincorporated community named Sunray Deli Estates, where the route first encounters Florida State Road 17, a scenic Florida Highway that was designated US Alternate 27 until 1999. However, the route continues as county extension to the southwest that loops right back to US 27/98. South of here, US 98 carries hidden state routes (SRs 17, 25 and 700) into Highlands County until it reaches Avon Park, where SR 17(another former US Alternate 27) breaks away again at the eastern terminus of Florida State Road 64, and runs relatively parallel to US 27 until it reaches Sebring. SR 64 continues east along part of SR 17 as a bi-county extension northeast into Polk County which runs through Lake Wales Ridge State Forest and terminates at the Avon Park Air Force Range. US 27/98 meanwhile, continues to run south to southeast along the shores of Lake Glenda where it passes through South Florida Community College territory, and then Lake Sebring and Lake Jackson. Curving to the east around the southern shores of Lake Jackson, the route encounters a wye intersection in Sebring, where the second southern terminus of Florida State Road 17 can be found. The commercial zoning that has lined US 27/98 since Avon Park begins to diminish south of Sebring, but doesn't completely disappear. US 98 and hidden SR 700 leaves US 27 at the eastern terminus of Florida State Road 66, thus joining the Florida Cracker Trail in the process, while US 27/SR 25 continue southbound towards Miami.
Running east, this segment of US 98 is two lanes wide, and shortly after leaving a concurrency with US 27 encounters another with another Highlands CR 17, this time a county spur of SR 17 that spans from north of Lake Henry to Sebring. For the time being, US 98 takes CR 17 around the southern shores of Red Beach Lake, and lets go of the concurrency before it stops running along that lake. East of here, it encounters a grade crossing with the CSX line that carries the Silver Star and Silver Meteor yet again, just before intersecting the road that leads to both Sebring Regional Airport and Sebring International Raceway. After these two sites, the road runs along the north shore of Lake Istokpoga, where it passes through Lorida. Beyond the lake, the road serves as the northern terminus of Highlands CR 621, but later enters the barely existing unincorporated community of Fort Basinger as it encounters the northern terminus of Highlands CR 721, while making a sharp curve to the northeast to cross a bridge over the Kissimmee River where it crosses the Highlands-Okeechobee County Line. Momentarily running northeast, the first moderate intersection that US 98 encounters is a segment of Okeechobee County Road 68 in Basinger, where it curves southeast and shares yet another concurrency. Along the way, two county suffixed alternates of hidden SR 700 can be found, first 700B, which leads to Basinger Cemetery, and then 700A, which leads to the Basigner Fire Tower and CR 724. The Florida Cracker Trail branches off to the northeast at Okeechobee CR 68, which eventually leads to its state designation in Fort Pierce. Meanwhile, US 98 continues to run south through rural Okeechobee County, but the rural atmosphere of the road begins to disappear after CR 718, especially near the Okeechobee County Airport. The next major site is yet again a grade crossing with the CSX railroad line that carries the Amtrak Silver Star through Okeechobee (Amtrak station). Between Northwest Fifth and Northwest Fourth Streets, US 98 finally turns straight south, only to encounter a major intersection with Florida State Road 70, where it turns left into another concurrency, running east and officially entering the City of Okeechobee. After crossing a railroad spur leading to the vicinity of the Amtrak station, US 98 leaves SR 70 at the intersection of U.S. Route 441 in Florida, where it turns south.
Lake Okeechobee to Palm Beach Area
US 98/441 runs straight south out of the Okeechobee City Limits, along with its hidden state roads 700 and 15 respectively. This trajectory continues until the routes reach Eagle Bay and the road encounters a T-intersection with Florida State Road 78 on the northern shores of Lake Okeechobee. There, US 98/441 makes a sharp left turn to the northeast and then the southeast as it runs along the east side of the lake as well as the levee system protecting the coast. Along this segment, the two hidden state roads aren't exactly as hidden as they are in other parts of the state. Two suffixed alternate routes of hidden State Road 15 can be found in Up-the-Grove Junction before the route enters Martin County, where it remains along the east side of the lake. As the route enters Port Mayaca, the road crosses a bridge over the St. Lucie Canal that returns to ground level at the interchange with Florida State Road 76. Shortly after this, US 98/441 crosses the Martin-Palm Beach County line just north of a Florida East Coast Railroad grade crossing with no signs indicating the location of the border. Winding around the shores of the lake, the road eventually turns to the southwest.
In Canal Point, US 98/441 is named Lakeshore Drive and briefly curves to the east from Lakeshore Drive to West Main Street. A block later, SR 700 breaks away from US 98 for the fourth and final time at a blinker-light intersection, where the two US Routes, as well as not-so-hidden SR 15, make a right onto East Main Street and resumes it southwest run along the coast of Lake Okeechobee, or at least within close range of the levees. The road keeps the name East Main Street well into its entry into City of Pahokee, where it serves as the northern terminus of Florida State Road 729, which was once a segment of Florida State Road 15A. The FEC line that runs along this segment has a grade crossing southwest of this, and runs parallel to that route. Though not necessarily state or county roads, some of the more prominent intersections in town include Larrimore Road and South Barfield Highway. Further downtown, the road makes a left turn to the south from Main Street to Lake Avenue and a block later serves as the northern terminus of Florida State Road 715 across from the Pahokee City Hall, which also continues onto East First Street. At the intersection of McClure Road, Lake Avenue curves to the east and becomes East Seventh Avenue. Aside from South Barfield Highway, every other intersection with this segment is a residential street. East 7th Avenue then curves from east to south at another FEC grade crossing on the southwest corner of the southern terminus of Florida State Road 729 near the western terminus of Palm Beach CR 717. South of that point, the road is named Belle Glade Road and later makes another reverse curve to the west and south again along the east side of that FEC line before eventually approaching Belle Glade. Before reaching the city limits though, US 98/441 makes a sharp left turn to the east at the intersection of the Hooker Highway, where Florida State Road 80 joins the route, while SR 15 continues south along westbound SR 80.
Between Belle Glade and Loxahatchee, US 98/441/SR 80 are surrounded by sugarcane fields. In Twenty Mile Bend, Florida State Road 700 rejoins US 98 as a hidden state road, and later Palm Beach CR 880 terminates at the route. 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 interchange, 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 the service roads for I-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 Railroad Main Line 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 A1A in Palm Beach near the Mar-A-Lago estate, which is next to the southern terminus of US 98 at FL A1A, in Palm Beach.
Prior to the designation of US 98 in Florida, sections of the route in the southern part of the state were part of the Conners Highway. The Conners Highway or W. P. Conners Highway was a privately built toll road from West Palm Beach, Florida to Okeechobee, Florida, and a free continuation of the road to Tampa, Florida. It cost $2 million to build across the swamps at the outskirts of the Everglades.
The toll section had three toll booths, at 20 Mile Bend, Canal Point and south of Okeechobee. It was opened on July 4, 1924. The last section of the full route to be paved, from Okeechobee to Sebring, was paved in 1925.
A toll of $1.50 per car and driver, and 50 cents extra per passenger, was charged at each toll booth. The route also included the Williams Ferry across the Kissimmee River west of Okeechobee, which charged 50 cents.
The highway was advertised as a cross-state alternate to the unpaved Tamiami Trail, also part of the west mainline of the Dixie Highway. Parts of it, including the tolled section, were used as the South Florida Connector of the Dixie Highway.
Tolls were removed on June 10, 1930.
The early years of US 98
In 1952, the eastern end was extended to its present terminus in Palm Beach, Florida. Much of this extension was (and is) concurrent with other US routes. From Apalachicola, it followed the path of US 319 to Wakulla (which it was then cosigned with), then along new State Road 30 across the lower Big Bend to Perry. From 1952-54, while this section was being built, Temporary US 98 ran from Wakulla to Tallahassee on US 319, and then along US 27 east to Perry.
From Perry, US 98 was extended southward concurrently with US 19 for over 125 miles (200 km) to near Chassahowitzka where it was routed southeastward to Brooksville and eastward on State Road 50 to near Trilby where it left Route 50 and turned south. US 98 met US 301 south of Trilby and was extended southward concurrently with US 301 to south of Dade City where it followed State Road 35 to Fort Meade, joined by US 17 at Bartow. From Fort Meade, US 98 turned eastward to a junction with US 17 at West Frostproof from where it followed US 17 concurrently southward. From De Soto City, US 98 was again sent east along the path of State Road 66 to State Road 70 near Okeechobee and then along Road 70 into Okeechobee. From there, US 98 was routed concurrently with the then recently extended US 441 to Canal Point. From Canal Point, it replaced State Road 716 to the junction with US 441 at Twenty Mile Bend and the followed the path of US 441 and State Road 80 to its terminus at Palm Beach. The final sections from Canal Point to Palm Beach were designated Temporary US 98 until the early 1960s.
In 1955, US 98 was extended westward from Pensacola into Alabama over what was State Road 298.
Following the extensions of the 1950s, minor changes were made in the routing of US 98. Several of these involved the construction of bypass routes (in Panama City, Dade City, Lakeland, and Bartow) or straightening alignments (near Lakeland and Bartow). Around 1990, US 441 was realigned onto new road from north of Belle Glade to Twenty Mile Bend and, by the late 2000s, US 98 was transferred to this route as well, the most significant rerouting of US 98 in Florida in nearly half a century. The former path of US 98 from Canal Point is now signed as State Road 700 north of the junction with US 98/US 441 and County Route 700 south of that to County Road 880.
||0.000||0.000||Alabama–Florida state line (Lillian Bridge)|
||3.971||6.391||SR 298 east / CR 297 south|
|6.094||9.807||SR 173 (Blue Angel Pkwy) – NAS Pensacola|
|7.582||12.202||SR 727 (Fairfield Drive)|
|West Pensacola||10.038||16.155||SR 295 south (W. Navy Boulevard) – NAS Pensacola||West end of SR 295 overlap|
|10.319||16.607||SR 295 north (New Warrington Road)||East end of SR 295 overlap|
|12.422||19.991||SR 294 west (Chiefs Way)|
US 98 Bus. south (Garden Street) / SR 292 (Pace Boulevard)
|West end of SR 292 overlap|
|13.297||21.399||US 90 north (W. Cervantes Street) / SR 292 (Pace Boulevard)||East end of SR 292 overlap; west end of US 90 overlap|
|14.734||23.712||US 29 (N. Palafox Street)|
|14.912||23.999||I-110 north – Tallahassee, Mobile||Southern terminus of I-110|
|15.056||24.230||SR 291 south (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive)||One-way street|
|15.129||24.348||SR 291 north (N. Davis Street)||One-way street|
|15.359||24.718||US 90 east (E. Cervantes Street) / SR 289 north (N. 9th Avenue)||East end of US 90 overlap; west end of SR 289 overlap|
US 98 Bus. west (E. Gregory Street) to I-110
US 98 Bus. east (E. Chase Street) / SR 289 south (N. 9th Avenue)
|One-way street; east end of SR 298 overlap|
|16.215||26.096||SR 196 west (Bayfront Parkway)|
|Pensacola Bay Bridge|
||Gulf Breeze||21.406||34.450||CR 399 east (Pensacola Beach Boulevard) – Pensacola Beach||Trumpet interchange|
|27.584||44.392||SR 281 north (Garcon Point Bridge)|
|Navarre||39.343||63.316||SR 87 north – Milton|
||Fort Walton Beach||52.344||84.240||SR 393 north (Mary Esther Boulevard)|
|55.258||88.929||SR 189 north (Beal Parkway)|
|55.141||88.741||SR 85 north (Eglin Parkway) – Cinco Bayou|
|Destin||66.525||107.062||SR 293 north (Mid-Bay Bridge)|
||81.262||130.779||US 331 north – Freeport|
||96.352||155.064||SR 30 east (Front Beach Road)|
|Panama City Beach||102.136||164.372||SR 79 (Arnold Road) – Vernon|
|110.041||177.094||SR 30 west (Front Beach Road)|
|Panama City||112.559||181.146||SR 368 east (W. 23rd Street)|
US 98 Bus. east / SR 390 north (Beck Avenue)
|116.773||187.928||US 231 (Harrison Avenue) / SR 391 (Airport Road) – Downtown Panama City|
|117.367||188.884||SR 77 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)|
|Cedar Grove||118.875||191.311||SR 389 (N. East Avenue)|
|Callaway||122.240||196.726||SR 22 (Wewa Highway) – Wewahitchka|
US 98 Bus. west
|St. Andrews Bay||125.669–
||Port St. Joe||154.290||248.306||SR 71 north – Wewahitchka|
|156.400||251.701||SR 30A east|
||Apalachicola||178.347||287.022||US 319 begins||West end of US 319 overlap|
|John Gorrie Memorial Bridge|
|183.426||295.196||SR 300 south (St. George Island Bridge)|
|Green Point||187.087||301.087||SR 65 north|
|209.202||336.678||US 319 north – Sopchoppy||East end of US 319 overlap|
|Ochlockonee Bay Bridge|
||228.438||367.635||US 319 south – Sopchoppy||West end of US 319 overlap|
|229.997||370.144||US 319 north – Tallahassee, Crawfordville||East end of US 319 overlap|
|242.208||389.796||SR 363 north – Woodville|
|244.241||393.068||SR 267 west|
||252.288||406.018||SR 59 north|
US 19 / US 27 north / US 27 Alt. begins (Byron Butler Parkway) / US 27 south (Hampton Springs Avenue) – Tallahassee, Mayo
|West end of US 19 and US 27 Alt. overlaps|
|283.861||456.830||US 221 north (S. Jefferson Street)|
|311.093||500.656||SR 51 – Mayo, Steinhatchee|
||337.157||542.602||SR 349 north / CR 349 south|
|Fanning Springs||341.147||549.023||SR 26 east – Trenton|
||Chiefland||348.431||560.745||SR 320 west (NW 19th Avenue)|
|349.346||562.218||US 129 (Rodgers Boulevard) – Lake City|
US 27 Alt. south (Young Boulevard) – Williston
|East end of US 27 Alt overlap|
|350.238||563.653||SR 345 (4th Avenue)|
|Otter Creek||361.796||582.254||SR 24 – Cedar Key, Bronson|
|SR 121 north / CR 336|
||Crystal River||396.352||637.867||SR 44 east (Gulf to Lake Highway) – Inverness|
|Chassahowitzka||409.086||658.360||US 19 south (S. Suncoast Boulevard) – Spring Hill, St. Petersburg||East end of US 19 overlap|
|SR 589 south – Spring Hill, Tampa|
US 98 Truck south / CR 485 (Cobb Road)
|Brooksville||425.013||683.992||SR 50A east (W. Jefferson Street) / SR 700 south (Ponce de Leon Boulevard) to US 41 south||North end of SR 50A overlap|
|425.293||684.443||US 41 south (S. Broad Street) – Land O' Lakes||North end of US 41 overlap|
|426.075||685.701||US 41 north (N. Broad Street) – Floral City||South end of US 41 overlap|
US 98 Truck west / SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) / SR 50A ends
|South end of SR 50A overlap; north end of SR 50 overlap|
|I-75 (Exit 301) – Tampa, Ocala|
|Ridge Manor||438.709||706.034||SR 50 east (Cortez Boulevard) – Groveland||South end of SR 50 overlap|
||Trilacoochee||443.564||713.847||US 301 north – Bushnell||North end of US 301 overlap|
|Dade City||450.051||724.287||SR 52 west – San Antonio|
|Clinton Heights||453.036||729.091||US 301 south – Zephyrhills, Plant City||South end of US 301 overlap|
|456.093||734.011||CR 35A (Old Lakeland Highway)||Interchange|
||462.647||744.558||SR 471 north – Webster|
|I-4 (Exit 32) – Tampa, Orlando|
|478.224||769.627||US 92 (Memorial Boulevard) – Tampa, Plant City|
|478.587||770.211||SR 37 south (Florida Avenue) / SR 548 west (Bartow Road)|
|483.366||777.902||SR 659 north|
|SR 570 (Polk Parkway) – Tampa, Orlando|
|Bartow||491.108||790.362||SR 60 – Mulberry, Tampa||North end of SR 60 overlap|
|491.654||791.240||SR 60 east – Lake Wales, Vero Beach||South end of SR 60 overlap|
|491.927||791.680||US 17 north – Winter Haven||North end of US 17 overlap|
|Fort Meade||502.778||809.143||US 17 south (S. Charleston Avenue) / CR 630 west (W. Broadway Street) – Bowling Green||South end of US 17 overlap|
|Frostproof||517.842||833.386||US 27 north / CR 630 east – Lake Wales||North end of US 27 overlap|
|520.373||837.459||SR 17 north (Scenic Highway) – Frostproof|
||Avon Park||528.481||850.508||SR 17 south / SR 64 west (Main Street) – Zolfo Springs|
|Sebring||539.206||867.768||SR 17 north (Lakeview Drive)|
|542.711||873.409||US 27 south / SR 66 west – Lake Placid||South end of US 27 overlap|
||Okeechobee||584.959||941.400||SR 70 west (Park Street)||North end of SR 70 overlap|
|586.130||943.285||US 441 north (Parrott Avenue) / SR 70 east (Park Street) to SR 710 – Ft. Pierce||South end of SR 70 overlap; north end of US 441 overlap|
|589.264||948.328||SR 78 south – Moore Haven|
||612.168||985.189||SR 76 east – Indiantown|
||Canal Point||620.446||998.511||SR 15 begins / SR 700 east (Conners Highway)||North end of SR 15 overlap|
|Pahokee||621.937||1,000.911||SR 729 south (State Market Road)||Posted truck route|
|623.921||1,004.104||SR 715 south (Bacom Point Road)|
|625.353||1,006.408||SR 729 north (State Market Road)||Posted truck route|
|Belle Glade||631.701||1,016.624||SR 15 west / SR 80 (Belle Glade Road)||South end of SR 15 overlap; west end of SR 80 overlap|
|645.073||1,038.144||SR 700 west / CR 700 east (Conners Highway)|
|Royal Palm Beach||661.374||1,064.378||US 441 south / SR 7 north||South end of US 441 overlap|
|663.789||1,068.265||Florida's Turnpike||Turnpike exit 97|
|SR 809 (Military Trail) / Haverhill Road||Interchange|
|SR 807 south (Congress Avenue) / Australian Avenue – Palm Beach International Airport||Interchange|
|West Palm Beach||669.549–
|I-95 – Miami, Daytona Beach||I-95 exit 68|
|670.523||1,079.102||US 1 (Dixie Highway)|
|670.669||1,079.337||SR 5 (Olive Avenue)|
|Palm Beach||671.611||1,080.853||SR A1A (Ocean Boulevard) / SR 80 ends||Roundabout; eastern end of US 98; east end of SR 80 overlap|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Bannered routes of U.S. Route 98, most of which are in Florida.
- "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 24–April 24, 2013.
- Robert V. Droz. "East - West US highways with daughter routes From US 2 to US 98 (with US 400)". Us-highways.com. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- Google Inc. Google Maps – Statewide view of US 98 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-98+E&daddr=29.7250888,-85.1229558+to:29.9430098,-84.3869901+to:28.554927,-82.381413+to:28.493121,-82.1953659+to:27.4491416,-81.420079+to:27.067193,-80.651168+to:26.7477752,-80.6598187+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=28.07198,-83.594971&spn=6.017638,10.063477&sll=27.274161,-80.848389&sspn=3.031679,5.031738&geocode=FRrxzwEdcunJ-g%3BFaCRxQEddSDt-ikRJRrqQLiUiDG-xa_D6px-dw%3BFeHkyAEdUlv4-ilNjnzSnHvriDGlbJDQ3U5m5A%3BFa-2swEdm_UW-ykR9uCiqQToiDHagHTTSxXaKA%3BFUHFsgEdW8wZ-ynjYLLdyv_niDFS-sdtACOY7Q%3BFTXXogEd0aAl-ylTJF2FGFrciDHFylFutA-FkA%3BFTkDnQEdYFwx-ynhyJjEP6XeiDERgtBmqvVV5A%3BFX8jmAEdljox-ynvnsTnk1HZiDGZ1SidaYZYuA%3BFUEKlwEdpLg6-w&t=h&dirflg=ht&mra=dpe&mrsp=6&sz=8&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&z=7. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
- Google Inc. Google Maps – Panhandle section of US 98 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-98+E&daddr=29.7522557,-85.2478153+to:US-98+W%2FCoastal+Hwy&hl=en&sll=30.192618,-86.061401&sspn=2.948196,4.883423&geocode=FRrxzwEdcunJ-g%3BFb_7xQEduTjr-ilJNHpXSr6UiDHZ-463a_2Qjw%3BFc9qyQEdHGr4-g&t=h&dirflg=h&mra=luc&via=1&z=8. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- District Seven Construction -- Citrus County (Florida Department of Transportation)
- US 98 between Polk CR 582 and Bella Vista Street (Google Maps)
- FDOT Map of Polk County (including SR 563)
- Mosaic Peace River Park (Polk County Government)
- Mosaic Peace River Park (Florida Hikes)
- Google Inc. Google Maps – overview map of Florida State Road 80 (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.
- Google Inc. (July 8, 2008). Google Earth (4.3.7284.3916) [beta]. Retrieved July 25, 2009. <http://earth.google.com/>
- Robert V. Droz. US 98 at Historic Roads and Highways of Florida.
- Dale Sanderson. End of US highway 98 at USEnds.com
- Florida Department of Transportation. "FDOT Interchange Report" (PDF). Retrieved October 4, 2007.
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