Florida State Road 614

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State Road 614 marker

State Road 614
Indrio Road
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 3.584 mi[1] (5.768 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑95 near Lakewood Park
East end: SR 713 in Lakewood Park
Location
Counties: St. Lucie
Highway system
SR 608 SR 615

Locally known as Indrio Road, State Road 614 (SR 614) is a 3.6-mile (5.8 km)-long east–west street serving a rural section of northern St. Lucie County, Florida, just south of Lakewood Park. Its current western terminus is an interchange with Interstate 95 (SR 9); its current eastern terminus (for the state road portion) is an intersection with Kings Highway (SR 713). Indrio Road actually terminates just east of U.S. Highway 1 (SR 5 - Florida) at Old Dixie Highway, County Road 605 (St. Lucie). Most of the road passes through old orange groves and pastureland.

History[edit]

Over the years, different parts of Indrio Road had different state road designations. A 1960 map prepared by State Road Department (forerunner of the Florida Department of Transportation) showed Indrio Road between Emerson Road (present SR 607) and US 1 as State Road 607—at the same time the designation as also applied to Emerson Road and Kings Highway (current SR 713). By the end of the decade, Kings Highway was renumbered SR 713, but Indrio Road remained SR 607 until the 1970s, when the portion west of Kings Highway became SR 614 (which was later extended to Interstate 95 upon the opening of an I-95 interchange with Indrio Road). When SR 614 was extended westward, the section east of SR 713 was redesignated State Road 617[citation needed] despite its east–west alignment. Eventually, SR 617 gave way to County Road 614 as FDOT returned the route to county maintenance and control.

The importance of SR 614 was at its height in the time in which I-95 had an "interruption" and motorists traveling between Florida's Turnpike and I-95 used Kings Highway and Indrio Road to "bridge" the connection between the two major expressways. As sections of I-95 were completed between Osceola Boulevard (SR 60) near Vero Beach and Okeechobee Road (SR 70) in Fort Pierce from 1978 to 1980, the common methodology of using SR 713 to travel between I-95 and the Turnpike evolved:

• Until early 1978, northbound motorists turned west onto Indrio Road (SR 614) and north onto Emerson Avenue (SR 607) one mile (1.6 km) to the west. After 8.5 miles (13.7 km) of Emerson Avenue, northbound motorists turned west onto SR 60, which connected with I-95 six miles (10 km) from SR 607.

• When a nine-mile (14 km)-long section of I-95 opened in 1978, northbound motorists stayed on Indrio Road (SR 614) after turning left from Kings Highway (SR 713). The then-new I-95 interchange was three miles (5 km) to the west of SR 713 on Indrio Road.

• When an additional six miles (10 km) of I-95 were opened in late 1978, motorists were directed 0.3 miles (0.48 km) eastward on Orange Avenue (SR 68) from SR 713 to connect with I-95. Most stayed with this route after a two-mile (3 km)-long section (to SR 70) was opened in early 1979, even though Florida Department of Transportation posted signs encouraging them to avoid SR 713 altogether and use SR 70. The final segment of I-95 to be finished in Florida (Stuart to Palm Beach Gardens) was finally opened in 1987.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in St. Lucie County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
  0.000 0.000 west end of state maintenance
  0.36 0.58 I‑95 (SR 9) – Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach I-95 exit 138
  1.563 2.515 CR 603 (Johnston Road)
  2.583 4.157 SR 607 north (Emerson Avenue)
Lakewood Park 3.584 5.768 SR 713 (Kings Highway) to US 1 / Indrio Road (CR 614 east) – Airport
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014