U.S. Route 17 in Florida
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length:||318.08 mi (511.90 km)|
|Orange Blossom Trail|
|South end:||US 41 in Punta Gorda|
I-75 in Solana
|North end:||US 17 south of St. Mary's, GA|
U.S. Route 17 (US 17) in Florida is a north–south United States Highway. It runs 318 miles (512 km) from the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area northeast to the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area.
The secret designation for US 17 in Florida, between Punta Gorda and Bartow, is State Road 35 (SR 35). Between Bartow and Lake Alfred, it follows SR 555, between Lake Alfred and DeLand, it follows SR 600, between Orlando and Jacksonville, it follows SR 15, and between Jacksonville and the Georgia border, it follows SR 5.
Concurrencies include US 98 between Fort Meade and Bartow, and a notably long one with US 92 between Lake Alfred and northern DeLand, which itself includes concurrencies with US 192 in Kissimmee, US 441 between Kissimmee and Orlando, SR 50 in Orlando, and SR 46 in Sanford. Others include SR 20/SR 100 between San Mateo and Palatka, and Interstate 10 (I-10), I-95, US 23, US 1 in Downtown Jacksonville in that order.
Route description 
Punta Gorda through Winter Haven 
US 17 begins in downtown Punta Gorda, Florida, at US 41 (Cross Street), just to the west of Tamiami Trail. After a brief jog east, it runs roughly north along the Peace River, through Arcadia, Zolfo Springs (where it crosses the Peace River), and Wauchula. At Fort Meade, it joins with US 98, which follows it northward (westward on US 98) until Bartow. While US 98 goes northwest, US 17 goes northeast.
In Bartow, US 98 leaves to the west at a connecting road to SR 60, where hidden SR 35 breaks away from US 17 and SR 555 replaces it. From here, US 17/SR 555 makes a sharp northeast turn into Gordonville as it passes by the Bartow Municipal Airport. North of there, US 17 serves as the main road through Eagle Lake After the intersection of Crystal Beach Road, the highway divides into a one-way couplet with three lanes in each direction, with the northbound section on 5th Street and the southbound segment on 4th Street. The two segments converge again south of Cameron Road (Gilbert Road) to become a six-lane divided highway. At the next major intersection, SR 540 (Old 9 Foot Road) joins US 17 and both roads continue north in a short concurrency. At Eloise, Old 9 Foot Road moves east onto Polk County Road 655, which is the southern terminus of SR 655 (South Lake Shipp Road) on the west side. A left turn at this intersection and a right turn onto the parallel Seventh Street Southwest takes motorists to Winter Haven Amtrak Station. US 17/SR 540 goes over the Amtrak line between Lake Shipp and Lake Lulu, both of which go over a canal running between the two lakes. The canal serves as the southern border of Winter Haven. Descending as it passes the Chain O' Lakes Sports Complex, SR 540 leaves US 17 at Cypress Gardens Boulevard to continue eastward, but this intersection is also for Southwest Avenue R, which also leads to Winter Haven Station. Between Avenue G Southwest and Avenue C Southwest, US 17 curves to the left from Third Street and then to the right onto Sixth Street. From there it intersects Central Avenue, which is SR 542 east of US 17. After winding around Spring Lake east of Lake Mirror, the road runs along the west side of Inman Park until it reaches the intersection with SR 544.
Concurrency with US 92 
US 17 and US 92 join at the south end of Lake Alfred in Polk County. and thus the new hidden state road is SR 600 which carries US 92 west into Auburndale, Lakeland, Plant City, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. SR 555 soon splits off as CR 555 to the north along the old road through Lake Alfred, known as South Buena Vista Road while US 17/US 92 runs one block east on Lake Shore Way. Just south of East Thelma Street, US 17/US 92 splits onto two different roadways while CR 555 ends on the west side of the intersection. CR 557 begins at Haines Boulevard, where it heads west for a block to former CR 555, and then turns north towards I-4; just past CR 557, US 17/US 92 turns east towards Haines City. It enters downtown Haines City on Hinson Avenue after crossing under US 27 at a cloverleaf interchange, meeting the north end of SR 17. Right after crossing under a 14-foot-5-inch (4.39 m), narrow railroad bridge with arch-shaped pedestrian tunnels on both sides, it turns north onto 17th Street where it meets CR 580, which runs east to Poinciana. In Davenport, US 17 meets CR 547, which heads west to US 27 and north along old US 17/US 92. US 17 then intersects with Ronald Reagan Parkway (CR 54) at Loughman.
After crossing into Osceola County, US 17/US 92 picks up the Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) name. From here US 17/US 92 roughly parallels I-4 along the overlap. OBT takes US 17 east and north through Kissimmee and into Orlando. The OBT name temporarily ends at Pleasant Hill Road (former SR 531) in southern Kissimmee, where it becomes John Young Parkway (formerly Bermuda Avenue) to Vine Street (US 192/SR 530). (US 17 ran through downtown Kissimmee on Emmett Street, Broadway and Main Street until 1999) It turns east there on US 192, while John Young Parkway becomes SR 423. When all three meet US 441 at Main Street, US 192 follows US 441 southbound, while US 17/US 92 follows US 441, as well as unsigned SR 500 and SR 600, north into downtown Orlando, but not before becoming OBT again at the northern city limits.
Due to its proximity with Walt Disney World and affiliated resorts as well as Sea World, Universal Studios, and others, US 17/US 92/US 441 intersects many toll roads between Kissimmee and Orlando, the first of which is the partially tolled and partial limited-access Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. Immediately after this in Orlando is the Central Florida GreeneWay (exit 11). North of here the Central Florida Parkway lead to Sea World. Neither of these intersections or interchanges however, compare to the combined interchanges of Florida's Turnpike and the Beachline Expressway, in Sky Lake, which contains a series of convoluted parclo interchanges and partial ramps from side roads.
The first interchange with I-4 is at exit 80 in Holden Heights. Eastbound access from I-4 comes from partial cloverleaf ramps, and westbound access comes from a left-turn ramp between the two carriageways that runs under the eastbound lane and merges with the east to southbound ramp before merging with southbound OBT. The interchange provides no south to east access and no west to north access, but such access can found from the intersection with West Michigan Street. Further north is the interchange with SR 408 (East-West Tollway) at exit 9, which is a diamond interchange. After curving around Givens Street and Springdale Road, both of which can only be accessed from West Concord Street, OBT moves closer to a parallel railroad freight line and meets the intersection of SR 50 (Colonial Drive) northwest of downtown. At SR 50, US 17/US 92 turns east onto a new concurrency taking hidden SR 600 with it, while US 441 continues northwest on OBT towards Apopka. US 17/US 92/SR 50 meets the south end of Edgewater Drive and crosses under I-4 at a second interchange (exits 83A east and exit 84 west) and SR 527 (Orange Avenue southbound and Magnolia Avenue northbound) before meeting SR 15 (Mills Avenue), where US 17/US 92 turns north. Mills Avenue carries SR 15 on both sides of SR 50, but is only signed as such to the south, as north of SR 50, it carries US 17/US 92 (and unsigned SR 600). It crosses Lake Estelle on the Andrews Causeway before reaching the border between Orlando and Winter Park.
In Seminole County, the redevelopment of the 17-92 Community Redevelopment Area is handled by the US 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency, a component unit of the County government. In Sanford, Florida, US 17/US 92 shares a concurrency with westbound SR 46 beginning at Paola Road (CR 46A) and 25th Street. During this triple-concurrency, US 17/US 92/SR 46 intersects an at-grade railroad crossing with a freight line at the intersection of West 13th Street, also the western terminus of CR 415, and then a pair of railroad crossings at a junction of two other freight lines. SR 46 leaves US 17/US 92 at the intersection of West First Street, while US 17/US 92 continues north for three blocks, until it turns west and runs along the banks of the St. Johns River. After an interchange with I-4, the road turns north and crosses the St. Johns River into Volusia County via the Benedict Bridge, which replaced the Lake Monroe Bridge, running parallel to the very interstate it had just passed under.
DeLand and points north 
In the City of DeLand US 17/US 92 adopts the name Woodland Boulevard. At Howry Avenue, the road becomes the eastern border of the National Register of Historic Places-listed Downtown DeLand Historic District. Two blocks later, it intersects SR 44. Another two blocks north of this point, US 17/US 92 leaves the historic district at Rich Avenue. Further north US 92 then splits away from US 17, with US 92 continuing east to Daytona Beach as International Speedway Boulevard, while US 17 continues north. That straight north directive ends at the intersection of SR 11, and US 17 curves to the northwest, where it serves as the termini of both Florida State Road 15A and it's county extension Volusia County Road 15A. Within DeLeon Springs, the road runs straight north again and serves as the southern terminus of Volusia County Road 3, a scenic detour off of US 17. Curving northwest again before the intersection of Spring Garden Ranch Road, US 17 approaches DeLeon Springs Recreational Area and begins to run parallel to CR 3 again, which it continues to do beyond the preserve, even as it enters Barberville and intersects SR 40. CR 3 finally terminates with US 17 in Connersville. Momentarily curving east in Satsuma, the road crosses one creek before entering San Mateo where it begins at yet another concurrency, in this case with SR 20/SR 100. All three roads enter Palatka, and after the intersection with SR 207, US 17 again crosses the St. Johns River, along with SR 20/SR 100 on the Palatka Memorial Bridge. From here, SR 20 breaks away onto South 9th Street and heads west towards Gainesville and the Florida Panhandle, and then US 17/SR 100 pass by the historic Palatka Amtrak station, originally known as the Old Atlantic Coast Line Union Depot, which now serves as the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society and the Browning Railroad Museum, where it encounters a grade crossing. After US 17 curves northwest, SR 100 breaks away onto Reid Street heading towards Lake City, while US 17 takes a turn to the direct north. The last major intersection in Palatka is with SR 19. North of here, the road follows the CSX "A" line, the same one used by Amtrak that serves Palatka station. The road follows that line until it reaches Bostwick, where it runs along CR 209, while US 17 shifts to the northwest.
In Clay County, US 17 continues its rural surroundings until it enters suburban Jacksonville. South of Green Cove Springs it goes over the same Amtrak line it ran parallel to between Palatka and Bostwick and becomes the northern terminus of CR 209, only to later intersect with eastbound SR 16, where it forms a concurrency and becomes Orange Avenue. Most of this segment runs through preserved wetlands with no structures whatsoever, except for a local Elks Lodge until it reaches Oak Street. SR 16 turns west at Ferris Street while US 17 continues north along part of the Green Cove Springs Historic District, then past various Clay County government buildings. After this it crosses over the Governors Creek Bridge where it continues its status as a commercial strip, although the commercialization dimimishes somewhat after Shedd Road. After passing by the entrance of Camp Chowenwaw Park US 17 crosses Black Creek and enters Hibernia, Florida, where it encounters Black Creek Park on the other side of the creek and runs parallel to the Black Creek Rail Trail. The road then enters Fleming Island, Florida where it serves as the eastern terminus of Clay County Road 220 (Doctor's Inlet Road), which is also the intersection of Bald Eagle Road. Black Creek Trail ends on the bridge over Doctor's Inlet, but US 17 continues to move north into Orange Park, Florida, where the road is known as Park Avenue. Besides serving as the eastern terminus of SR 224, it also serves as the location of the Orange Park Kennel Club, just south of the interchange with I-295 which itself serves as the border between Orange Park and Jacksonville, where the road becomes Roosevelt Boulevard. Here, the highway goes past Jacksonville Naval Air Station (NAS Jax). Near downtown Jacksonville, US 17 joins I-10 for approximately one mile (1.6 km), before merging into I-95. US 17 then exits onto US 23 and continues as North Main Street along with US 1 until it reaches the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway then continues on its own as it crosses the Nassau County border.
In Nassau County, US 17 enters Hedges and then Yulee where it intersects SR 200/SR A1A. US 17 turns northwest and continues into Becker where it intersects CR 108 to the west, then a truck weigh station on the east side and finally the last interchange with I-95 in the state, a partial cloverleaf interchange on both the northwest and northeast corners of the I-95 bridge over both the road and the Florida East Coast Railroad mainline, where it instantly enters Gross until it curves north and reaches the Georgia border, crossing over the St. Marys River.
From 1956, signs for U.S. Highways in Florida had different colors for each highway. The "shield" for US 17 was yellow, until the state was forced by the federal government to conform to standards that required consistent black-and-white signs in 1993.
Hurricane Charley Highway 
On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall just before 4:00 p.m. local time near the southern terminus of US 17. Incredibly, Charley would either hit or threaten to hit the entire route of US 17, devastating almost the entire route in Florida, at least from Punta Gorda to well north of Orlando (when Charley followed the route of Interstate 4 out to sea). The Georgia stretch of US 17 was not hit, but was under a hurricane warning. When Charley made landfall again in South Carolina, its trail all the way through Virginia was close to the route of US 17.
Major intersections 
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|Charlotte||Punta Gorda||0.00||US 41 / SR 35 / SR 45||Southern terminus.|
|Solana||I-75 / SR 93||Exit 164 (I-75)|
|Cleveland||Shell Creek Bridges|
|Hardee||Zolfo Springs||SR 66|
|Wauchula||SR 636 / CR 64A|
|Polk||Fort Meade||US 98 / SR 700 / CR 630||Begin US 98 concurrency.|
SR 60 Bus.
|US 98 / SR 60 / SR 555||End US 98 concurrency.|
|Eagle Lake||SR 540||Begin SR 540 concurrency.|
|Eloise||SR 655 / CR 655|
|Winter Haven||SR 540||End SR 540 concurrency.|
|Lake Alfred||US 92||Begin US 92/SR 600 concurrency|
|Haines City||US 27||Cloverleaf interchange|
|Osceola||Kissimmee||US 192 / SR 423 / SR 530||Begin US 192-SR 530 concurrency|
|US 441 / SR 500||End US 192-SR 530 concurrency. Begin US 441-SR 500 concurrency.|
|CR 522 (Osceola Parkway)|
|Orange||Hunters Creek||SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) – Oviedo - Walt Disney World||Exit 11 (FL Toll Rd 417)|
|Sky Lake||Turnpike / SR 91 / SR 528 (Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway)||Exit 254 (Florida's Turnpike); Exit 4 (FL Toll Rd 528)|
|Pine Castle||SR 482 (Sand Lake Avenue)|
|Holden Heights||I-4 / SR 400||Exit 80 (I-4)|
|Orlando||SR 408 (Spessard L. Holland East-West Expressway)||Exit 9 (FL Toll Rd 408)|
|US 441 / SR 50 / SR 500 (Colonial Drive)||End US 441-SR 500 concurrency. Begin SR 50 concurrency|
|I-4 / SR 400||Exit 83A & 84 (I-4)|
|SR 527||Orange Avenue southbound; Magnolia Avenue northbound.|
|SR 50 (Colonial Drive) / SR 15 (North Mills Avenue)||End SR 50 concurrency. Begin SR 15 concurrency.|
|SR 438 (East Princeton Street)|
|Winter Park||SR 527 (Orange Avenue)|
|SR 426 (Fairbanks Avenue)|
US 17 Truck / US 92 Truck / SR 423
US 17 Truck / US 92 Truck / CR 438A (Lake Avenue)
|CR 427 (Maitland Avenue)|
|SR 414 (Maitland Boulevard)|
|Seminole||Casselberry||SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard)|
|Longwood||SR 434 (Sanlando Springs Road)|
|SR 419 (Sanford-Oviedo Road)|
|CR 427 (Ronald Reagan Boulevard)|
|Sanford||SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay)||Exit 50 (FL Toll Rd 417)|
|SR 46 (25th Street) / CR 46A||Begin SR 46 concurrency|
|CR 415 (13th Street)||Connecting spur to SR 415|
|SR 46 (First Street)||End SR 46 concurrency|
|I-4 / SR 400||Exit 104 (I-4)|
|St. Johns River||Benedict Bridge|
|US 92 / SR 600 in DeLand||End US 92/SR 600 concurrency|
|SR 15A / CR 15A|
|San Mateo||SR 20 / SR 100||Begin SR 20/SR 100 concurrency|
|East Palatka||SR 207|
|St. Johns River||Palatka Memorial Bridge|
|Palatka||SR 20||End SR 20 concurrency|
|SR 100||End SR 100 concurrency|
|SR 19||Northern terminus of SR 19|
|Clay||Green Cove Springs||SR 16||Begin SR 16 concurrency|
|SR 16||End SR 16 concurrency|
|Orange Park||SR 224|
|Duval||Jacksonville||I-295 / SR 9A||Exit 10 (I-295)|
|SR 134 (Timuquana Road)|
|SR 211 (Ortega Boulevard)|
|Cedar River Bridge|
|SR 128 (San Juan Avenue)|
|SR 21 (Blanding Boulevard)||Northern terminus of SR 21|
SR 15 Spur (Roosevelt Boulevard)
|SR 228||Begin SR 228 concurrency|
|I-10 / SR 8||Joins I-10 at Exit 361|
|I-95 / SR 9||Joins I-95 at I-10 Exit 362B|
|US 90 / SR 10||Access only from I-95 southbound|
|US 23 / SR 139||Leaves I-95 from Exit 353B. Signed as US Alt. 90.|
|SR 13 / SR 211 south (Jefferson Street)|
|SR 13 / SR 211 north (Broad Street)|
|US 1 / SR 5 / SR 115 / SR 228||End SR 228 concurrency. Begin US 1-SR 5 concurrency|
US 1 / US 1 Alt. / SR 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway)
|End US 1-SR 15 concurrency|
|SR 122 (West 27th Street)|
|SR 111 (Tallulah Avenue)|
|SR 105 (Heckscher Drive)|
|SR 104 (Busch Drive)|
|I-295 / SR 9A||Exit 36 (I-295)|
|SR 102 (Airport Center Drive)|
|Nassau||Yulee||SR A1A / SR 200 (The Bucaneer Trail)|
|318.08||I-95 / SR 9||Exit 380 (I-95)|
|St. Mary's River||Florida–Georgia state line
US 17 continues into Georgia
See also 
- Google Map of US Route 17 in Eagle Lake, Florida
- "US 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)". City of Winter Springs, Florida. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Welcome to the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society". Palatka Railroad Preservation Society. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
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