Florida State Road 20

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State Road 20 marker

State Road 20
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length 358.154 mi[1] (576.393 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 85 in Niceville
  US 27 / US 90 / SR 61 in Tallahassee
US 19 / US 27 / US 98 in Perry
US 441 / SR 24 / SR 26 in Gainesville
US 301 in Hawthorne
US 17 / SR 100 in Palatka
East end US 1 / SR 100 in Bunnell
Location
Counties Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Liberty, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Alachua, Putnam, Flagler
Highway system
SR A19ASR 21

State Road 20 (SR 20) is an east-to-west route across northern Florida and the Florida Panhandle in the United States.

Route description[edit]

The route proceeds east along the northern coast of the Choctawhatchee Bay through Freeport, where it leaves the Gulf coast behind, as it heads through Blountstown and the Florida Panhandle. SR 20 crosses the Apalachicola River on the Trammell Bridge, then proceeds through the Apalachicola National Forest and Tallahassee. It then becomes a hidden route briefly along US 90 in Tallahassee, then along US 27 in Tallahassee where it joins the Apalachee Parkway, a major east-west thoroughfare in the city. Constructed in 1957, the Apalachee Parkway starts at Monroe Street in front of the Florida State Capitol building. It has a short expressway section just east of the capital, then is a busy four-lane surface boulevard with service roads for the next few miles, passing the Governor's Square Mall and state office buildings.

After the Parkway ends, SR 20 remains a hidden route along US 27 as they run through Capps, Florida, where US 19 joins US 27 until they reach Perry where US 19 continues south towards the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area, while US 27-SR 20 runs east to High Springs.

After a brief signed portion in High Springs, State Road 20 is again hidden along US 441 to Gainesville, where it becomes a stand-alone route along Northwest 6th Street, then turns east onto Northwest 8th Avenue, until running south again onto North Main Street before it overlaps such roads as SR 24 and 26. East of Gainesville, the road again becomes a stand-alone route that is four lanes wide as it runs through Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area to the interchange with US 301 in Hawthorne. The road has since been widened along the route between Interlachen and Francis[2] as it heads into Palatka, finally (and, again, "secretly") joining with southbound US 17 which itself is in a concurrency with State Road 100.

All three routes cross the Palatka Memorial Bridge over the St. Johns River toward East Palatka and San Mateo, where SR 20 follows SR 100 to a terminus at US 1 in Bunnell.

History[edit]

The portion of SR 20 running through all of Calhoun County was designated as "Fuller Warren Parkway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1999.[3]

The portion of SR 20 that is co-signed with US 27 in Leon County was designated as "Apalachee Parkway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1961.[4]

The portion of SR 20 that is co-signed with US 27 in Leon, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor counties was designated as "Blue Star Memorial Highway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1957.[5] The same portion of SR 20 in Taylor, Jefferson, and Leon counties was also designated as "Paradise Drive" by the Florida State Legislature in 1951.[6]

The portion of SR 20 from Perry to High Springs in Columbia County, as well as all of SR 20 that is co-signed with US 27 in Lafayette and Suwannee counties, was designated as "Fred P Parker Memorial Highway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1941.[7]

The portion of SR 20 in Alachua County that is co-signed with US 441 was designated as "Martin Luther King Jr. Highway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1988.[8]

The portion of SR 20 in Alachua County that is co-signed with US 27 was designated as "United Spanish War Veterans Memorial Highway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1947.[9]

The entire portion of SR 20 that is co-signed with US 27 was designated as "Claude Pepper Memorial Highway" by the Florida State Legislature in 1999.[10] Further, the same co-signed portion of SR 20 was designated as "Purple Heart Highway" by the Florida State Highway Board in 2010.[11]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
OkaloosaNiceville0.0000.000 SR 85 to I-10 – Shalimar, Crestview, Northwest Florida Regional AirportWestern terminus of SR 20
0.7791.254 SR 285 north (Partin Drive) to I-10 east – Mossy Head
6.7210.81 SR 293 (Mid-Bay Bridge) to US 98 – Destin, Okaloosa Islandinterchange
Walton21.96935.356 CR 83A east
Freeport23.91938.494 CR 83A west
24.07738.748 CR 883 north (Madison Street) – DeFuniak SpringsFormer US 331 north / SR 83 north
25.08740.374 US 331 (SR 83) to I-10 – DeFuniak Springs, Santa Rosa Beach, Topsail Hill State Preserve
Bruce34.73655.902 SR 81 north to I-10 – Redbay, Ponce de Leon
34.97456.285 CR 3280 west
Choctawhatchee River39.0362.81Olan Rex Ferguson Bridge
WashingtonEbro40.40465.024 SR 79 – Vernon, West Bay, Panama City Beach, Airport, Dog Track
Bay51.86083.461 SR 77 – Airport
67.576108.753 US 231 (SR 75) – Fountain, Panama City, Panama City Beach
CalhounRollins Corner80.361129.328 CR 287 north
Clarksville82.352132.533 SR 73 southWestern terminus of concurrency with SR 73
82.548132.848 SR 73 north – MariannaEastern terminus of concurrency with SR 73
84.894136.624 CR 275
Blountstown91.405147.102 SR 71 – Altha, Wewahitchka
Apalachicola River93.83151.00Trammell Bridge[12]
LibertyBristol95.595153.845 CR 12 south (Central Street)
95.951154.418 SR 12 north to I-10 – Greensboro, Torreya State Park
96.085154.634Northwest Pea Ridge Roadformer CR 379 south
97.583157.045 CR 379 south (Northwest Hoecake Road)
103.959167.306 CR 1641 north (Northwest Dempsey Barron Road) – Torreya State Park, Gregory House, Liberty Correctional Institution
Hosford107.134172.415 SR 65 – Telogia
112.768181.483 CR 2224 west (Northeast Old Blue Creek Road)
113.981183.435 SR 267 north to I-10 – Wallwood Scout Reservation, QuincyWestern terminus of concurrency with SR 267
115.635186.096 CR 0120 east
Ochlockonee River115.94186.59Bridge
Leon117.122188.490 CR 375 south (Smith Creek Road) – Ochlockonee River State Park
Bloxham117.525189.138 SR 267 south – Wakulla, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkEastern terminus of concurrency with SR 267
131.522211.664Silver Lake Road - Silver Lakeformer SR 260
132.010212.450 CR 1585 north (Geddie Road)
133.102214.207 CR 1583 north (Barineau Road)
133.920215.523 CR 1581 north (Aenon Church Road)
Tallahassee135.183217.556 SR 263 (Capital Circle) – Tallahassee Regional Airport, Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science
135.416217.931 SR 366 east (Pensacola Street)
Tallahassee136.782220.129 US 90 west (Tennessee Street / SR 10) – Quincy, PensacolaWestern terminus of concurrency with US 90 and SR 10
139.873225.104North Woodward Avenueformer SR 157
140.937226.816 US 90 east (Tennessee Street / SR 10) / US 27 north / SR 61 north (North Monroe Street) – Monticelloeast end of US 90 / SR 10 overlap; west end of US 27 / SR 61 overlap
see US 27 (mile 474.740-353.085)
AlachuaHigh Springs262.592422.601 US 27 south / US 41 (North Main Street / SR 45) – Newberry, Lake CitySouthern terminus of concurrency with US 27
263.161423.517 US 441 north (SR 25) – Lake CityNorthern terminus of concurrency with US 441 and SR 25; no left turn eastbound
see US 441 (mile 377.744-359.884)
Gainesville281.021452.259 US 441 south (SR 25) – Micanopy, OcalaSouthern terminus of concurrency with US 441 and SR 25; no left turn westbound
281.935453.730 SR 222 (Northwest 39th Avenue) to I-75 – Airport
282.949455.362 SR 120 (Northwest 23rd Avenue)
284.303457.541 CR 329 north (North Main Street)west end of SR 329 overlap
284.789458.323 SR 24 west / SR 26 west (University Avenue) / SR 329 south (Main Street)east end of SR 329 overlap; west end of SR 24 / SR 26 overlap
285.594459.619 SR 24 east (Waldo Road) / SR 24A west / SR 331 south (Southeast 11th Street) – Airport, truck route to US 441 north / SR 24 west / SR 26 west / SR 121 northEastern terminus of concurrency with SR 24
285.838460.012 SR 26 east (East University Avenue)Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 26
285.936460.169 CR 2043 south (Southeast 15th Street)
287.091462.028 CR 2043 south (Southeast 27th Street)
288.224463.852 CR 225 north (Southeast 43rd Street)
289.235465.479 CR 329B north (Lakeshore Drive / Southeast 55th Boulevard)
290.983468.292 CR 2082 east – Rochelle
292.728471.100 CR 234 – Windsor, Rochelle
294.251473.551 CR 325 south – Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site
Grove Park296.105476.535 CR 2041 south (Southeast 152nd Street)
Hawthorne300.46483.54 US 301 (SR 200) – Waldo, Ocala, Business Districtinterchange
PutnamMcMeekin304.442489.952 SR 21 north / CR 20A east – Melrose
Johnson Crossroads307.361494.650 CR 21 south – James H. Townsend House
Interlachen313.189504.029 CR 315 – Grandin
Francis324.104521.595 CR 309C north
Palatka326.112524.826 SR 19 – Salt Springs, truck route east
327.456526.989 CR 311 south (Husson Avenue)
328.724529.030 US 17 north / SR 100 west (Reid Street / SR 15 north) – Green Cove Springs, truck route to SR 20 westWestern terminus of concurrency with US 17, SR 15, and SR 100
see SR 100 (mile 115.130-144.560)
FlaglerBunnell358.154576.393 US 1 / SR 100 east (North State Street / SR 5) – Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, St. AugustineEastern terminus of SR 20, eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 100
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

County Road 0120[edit]

County Road 0120
Location Liberty / Leon County Line
Aerial view of the Ochlockonee River in flood on April 16, 1975 near Bloxham, at the old Florida State Highway 20 bridge crossing and just southwest of the Talquin Dam.

County Road 0120 (CR 0120) is a short piece of an old alignment of State Road 20, at the Liberty/Leon County Line. CR 0120 only extends a couple of tenths of a mile (about 300 m) to the Ochlockonee River, where the old bridge has been dismantled; thus, it no longer connects, to Leon County CR 20, on the other side of the river.

The reasons for a realignment were to straighten out the curve on the Leon County side and to bypass a residential area. Along CR 0120, are entrances to a couple of residences and an abandoned gas station.

County Road 20A[edit]

County Road 20A
Location McMeekinInterlachen

County Road 20A is a suffixed county alternate route on the south side of SR 20 in western Putnam County. It begins at the southern terminus of State Road 21 in McMeekin, and runs southeast towards Johnson, and Edgar, finally reaching Interlachen, where it turns north to meet SR 20 again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., accessed February 2014
  2. ^ State Road 20 from Hawthorne to Interlachen Alachua County and Putnam County; Project Overview (Florida DOT)
  3. ^ Florida State Legislature (June 11, 1999). "Fuller Warren Parkway Designation" (PDF). 99-403. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  4. ^ Florida State Highway Board (June 22, 1961). "Apalachee Parkway Designation" (PDF). 26837. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  5. ^ Florida State Legislature (October 29, 1957). "Blue Star Memorial Highway Designation" (PDF). 57-211. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  6. ^ Florida State Highway Board (July 6, 1951). "Paradise Drive Designation" (PDF). 61-598. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  7. ^ Florida State Legislature (May 9, 1941). "Fred P Parker Memorial Highway Designation" (PDF). 20265. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  8. ^ Florida State Legislature (October 1, 1988). "Martin Luther King Jr. Highway Designation" (PDF). 88-419. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  9. ^ Florida State Legislature (May 20, 1947). "United Spanish War Veterans Memorial Highway Designation" (PDF). 23719. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  10. ^ Florida State Legislature (May 12, 1999). "Claude Pepper Memorial Highway Designation" (PDF). 99-404. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  11. ^ Florida State Highway Board (July 1, 2010). "Purple Heart Highway Designation" (PDF). HB 5. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  12. ^ Florida State Highway Board (June 18, 1996). "Trammell Bridge Designation" (PDF). 96-429. Retrieved 2012-12-13.

External links[edit]

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