Florida State Road 82

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For a street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that was once designated State Road 82, see Florida State Road 736.

State Road 82 marker

State Road 82
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
SR 82 highlighted in black
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length 29.884 mi[1] (48.094 km)
Existed June 11, 1945 (1945-06-11) – present
Major junctions
West end US 41 / SR 867 in Fort Myers
  I-75 in Fort Myers
East end SR 29 near Immokalee
Highway system
SR 81SR 83

State Road 82 (SR 82) is a 29-mile-long east–west highway serving northern Lee and Collier County, Florida (and "clipping" the southwest corner of Hendry County). The western terminus is an intersection with Cleveland Avenue (US 41-SR 45, part of the Tamiami Trail) in Fort Myers; the eastern terminus is an intersection with SR 29 midway between Immokalee and Felda.

Route description[edit]

West of Interstate 75 (SR 93), State Road 82 is a divided residential/commuter road. Within the city of Fort Myers, it is known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. East of Lehigh Acres, SR 82 loses its median and becomes a two-lane agricultural road as it crosses the southwest Florida farmlands and wetlands, a part of Big Cypress Swamp and the western edge of the Everglades drainage system. Though, it briefly becomes a four-lane divided roadway again in its short segment in Hendry County.

Motorists continuing past the western terminus of State Road 82 travel along McGregor Boulevard (SR 867). Other State Roads within a few blocks of the western terminus include SR 80 (western terminus located two blocks to the north) and SR 739-Business US 41 one-half mile (0.80 km) to the east.

History[edit]

The route was designated State Road 184 until 1945, when it was changed to State Road 82 as part of a state-wide renumbering.[2]

Until the 1980s, SR 82 was an "interrupted" state road, for there was concurrently a Fort Lauderdale street (Davie Boulevard) with SR 82 signage. As part of a statewide renumbering, Davie Boulevard's SR 82 signage was replaced with signs showing its current designation: SR 736.

Prior to 1991, SR 82 was known as Anderson Avenue within Fort Myers before being changed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Anderson Avenue was named for Dr. Richard Anderson, who is believed to be the first physician to set up a practice and drug store in Fort Myers.[3]

Future[edit]

The two-lane undivided section between Lehigh Acres and Immokalee has been notorious for many fatal high-speed crashes.[citation needed] The Florida Department of Transportation plans to widen the remaining two-lane undivided segments in coming years in a project that has been divided into seven phases. Construction to widen SR 82 from Colonial/Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road (just east of Daniels Parkway/Gunnery Road) to six lanes is underway and will include upgrading the Daniels Parkway/Gunnery Road intersection to Florida's first continuous-flow intersection (CFI). Widening is also underway from Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County Line.[4][5][6]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
LeeFort Myers0.0000.000US 41.svg McGregor Boulevard to US 41
0.2000.322US 41.svg Monroe Street to US 41
0.6451.038 SR 739 south (Fowler Street)
0.7561.217
US 41 Bus. north (Evans Avenue / SR 739) – North Fort Myers
3.8266.157 CR 865 (Ortiz Avenue)
4.4007.081 I-75 – Tampa, NaplesExit 138 on I-75
6.87411.063 CR 884 (Lee Boulevard / Colonial Boulevard) to I-75 – Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers
Lehigh Acres11.12317.901 Gunnery Road / Daniels Parkway (CR 876) to I-75 – Airport
Collier24.52139.463 CR 850 south (Corkscrew Road)Northern terminus of CR 850
29.88448.094 SR 29 – LaBelle, Immokalee, Everglades
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., accessed February 2014
  2. ^ "Collier, 1936". Florida Center for Instructional Technology. University of South Florida. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Jacobs, T.M. (May 5, 2010). "The Man Behind Anderson Avenue". Florida Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "State Road 82 Design". Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Zoldan, Sheldon (March 18, 2016). "Three sections of State Road 82 will be widened in 2017-18". The News-Press. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Russell, Ty. "FDOT considers new proposal for busy Lehigh intersection". WBBH-TV. Retrieved March 19, 2016.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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