Military Trail (Florida)

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Florida State Road 809 marker Palm Beach County Road 809 marker

Military Trail
State Road 809 and County Road 809
Route information
Maintained by FDOT, Palm Beach E&PW, Broward Public Works, and the City of Deerfield Beach
Length 46.20 mi[2] (74.35 km)
15.2 mi (24.46 km) as SR 809[1]
27.1 mi (43.61 km) as CR 809[2]
Major junctions
South end SR 834 in Pompano Beach
  SR 810 in Deerfield Beach
SR 806 in Delray Beach
SR 804 in Boynton Beach
SR 802 in Greenacres
SR 882 in Palm Springs
US 98 / SR 80 in Royal Palm Estates
SR 704 in Westgate
SR 710 in Riviera Beach
SR 786 in Palm Beach Gardens
I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens
North end SR 706 in Jupiter
Counties Broward, Palm Beach
Highway system
SR 808 SR 810

Military Trail is a 46.2-mile (74.35 km) long six-lane north–south arterial road in Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida. A portion of the road is designated State Road 809 (SR 809), but most of the road within Palm Beach County is locally maintained and signed as County Road 809, while the Broward County section exists without either designation.

Military Trail, like the paralleling Congress Avenue and Jog and Powerline Roads, is a popular commuting alternative to often-congested Interstate 95, Florida's Turnpike, and U.S. Route 1 in both counties.

The state-maintained segment currently begins at an intersection with Lake Worth Road (SR 802) in Greenacres and terminates at PGA Bouelvard (SR 786) in Palm Beach Gardens. CR 809 exists in two sections––between PGA Boulevard and Jupiter and between Lake Worth Road and the Broward County line. These sections of Military Trail were part of SR 809 until 2004, when the state route was truncated, although there is seldom signage for the county road.[citation needed]

Route description[edit]

Broward County[edit]

Military Trail is an continuation of Andrews Avenue Extension, which itself is a continuation of Andrews Avenue (CR 811A) built in the 2000s. At an intersection with Sample Road (SR 834), Andrews Avenue transitions to Military Trail. For the first 2 miles (3.22 km), the road is cosigned as Northwest 9th Avenue in the Deerfield Beach numbering system, before jogging to the east and intersecting Southwest 10th Street, which is an eastward extension of the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869. Shortly after crossing Hillsboro Boulevard (SR 810), Military Trail bridges the Hillsboro Canal and enters Palm Beach County.[2]

Although this segment of Military Road is unnumbered, it is maintained by the City of Deerfield Beach from Northwest 54th Street to Hillsboro Boulevard and county-maintained elsewhere.[3]

Palm Beach County[edit]

The southern segment of CR 809 begins at the Hillsboro Canal bridge. In Boca Raton. Throughout Palm Beach County, the road has a speed limit of 45 miles per hour (72.42 km/h) and has three lanes in each direction, primarily serving shopping centers, malls, restaurants, businesses. Military Trail intersects Palmetto Park Road (CR 798), but not Glades Road (SR 808) due to an elevation change. Glades passes over Military Trail due to it being very close to the Tri-Rail tracks and Interstate 95, so access is provided by nearby service roads, which also serve the Boca Town Center. Military Trail also intersects Yamato Road in Boca, which exists east of CR 809 as SR 794 and west as CR 794. Still in Boca, Military Trail also intersects Clint Moore Road. As it enters Delray Beach, Military connects with Linton Boulevard (CR 782) and West Atlantic Avenue (SR 806), which provides access to downtown Delray. In Boynton Beach, the road intersects Woolbright Road (CR 792), Boynton Beach Boulevard (SR 804), and Gateway Boulevard. In Delray and Boynton, Military Trail also provides access to the many country clubs located off the road. In Greenacres, Military Trail intersects with Lake Worth Road (SR 802) and CR 809 transitions to SR 809.[2]

SR 809 begins at the intersection of Military Trail and Lake Worth Road. SR 809 intersects Southern Boulevard (US 98 and SR 80) in a diamond interchange. For the next mile, SR 809 acts as the western border of Palm Beach International Airport, until intersecting with Belvedere Road. One mile north of the northern end of the airport, it intersects Okeechobee Boulevard (SR 704), a major intersection in the city. Continuing north, Military Trail passes by Northwood University to the east, and north of Community Drive, SR 809 becomes a service road for housing developments. Following an intersection with 45th Street (CR 702), SR 809 leaves West Palm Beach and enters Riviera Beach. There, it intersects with the Bee Line Highway (SR 710) and Blue Heron Boulevard (SR 708) at the outskirts of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Continuing into Palm Beach Gardens, SR 809 ends at PGA Boulevard (SR 786).[2]

At PGA Boulevard, SR 809 terminates and Military Trail once again becomes CR 809. This designation continues for just under 10 miles (16.09 km) north to Indiantown Road (SR 706) in Jupiter.[2]


Historically, SR 809 was 42.3 miles (68.08 km) long, extending from Palmetto Park Road (CR 798) to Indian Town Road (SR 706). With the exception of the section between Lake Worth Road and PGA Boulevard, the road was converted to a county road in 2004.[citation needed]

Military Trail is named for the trail blazed by U.S. Army Tennessee and Missouri Volunteer forces, from a Fort in Jupiter, south to a Fort in Fort Lauderdale during the Second Seminole War.[4] sections, which were both sections of SR 809 until 2004.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2][1] km Destinations Notes
Broward Pompano Beach 0.00 0.00 SR 834 (Sample Road) / Andrews Avenue Extension south
Deerfield Beach 2.50 4.02 SR 869 (Southwest 10th Street) to Sawgrass Expressway
3.20 5.15 SR 810 (Hillsboro Boulevard) to I-95
Hillsboro Canal 3.90
Bridge (southern terminus of CR 809)
Palm Beach Boca Raton 1.600 2.575 I-95.svg Palmetto Park Road (CR 798) to I-95
2.500 4.023 I-95.svgFlorida's Turnpike shield.png Town Center Road to I-95 / TurnpikeTown Center Also serves SR 808
4.400 7.081 Spanish River Boulevard east Former SR 800
4.800 7.725 SR 794 east / CR 794 west (Yamato Road) to I-95 Western terminus of SR 794
Delray Beach 7.900 12.714 I-95.svg Linton Boulevard (CR 782) to I-95
9.200 14.806 SR 806 (West Atlantic Avenue) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike
Golf 12.900 20.761 I-95.svg Woolbright Road (CR 792) to I-95
14.000 22.531 SR 804 (Boynton Beach Boulevard) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike
15.300 24.623 I-95.svg Gateway Boulevard to I-95
17.200 27.681 I-95.svg Hypoluxo Road to I-95
Atlantis 18.400 29.612 CR 812 (Lantana Road) to I-95
Greenacres 19.700 31.704 I-95.svg Melaleuca Lane to I-95
20.359 32.765 SR 802 (Lake Worth Road) to Florida's Turnpike Transition from CR 809 to SR 809
21.122 33.993 I-95.svg 10th Avenue North to I-95
Palm Springs 22.660 36.468 SR 882 (Forest Hill Boulevard) to I-95 / US 441
Royal Palm Estates 24.491 39.414 US 98 / SR 80 (Southern Boulevard) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike / US 441 – Airport Diamond interchange
Haverhill 25.461 40.976 I-95.svg Belvedere Road to I-95Palm Beach International Airport
Westgate 26.499 42.646 SR 704 (Okeechobee Boulevard) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike – Airport
West Palm Beach 30.149 48.520 CR 702 (45th Street) to I-95
Riviera Beach 31.530 50.743 SR 710 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard / Beeline Highway)
31.788 51.158 SR 708 (Blue Heron Boulevard) to I-95 / US 1 – VA Hospital
Palm Beach Gardens 33.545 53.985 Northlake Boulevard (CR 809A)
35.561 57.230 SR 786 (PGA Boulevard) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike Transition from SR 809 to CR 809
35.961 57.874 I-95 north – Daytona Beach Exit 79C on I-95
Palm Beach GardensJupiter line 38.661 62.219 I-95.svg Donald Ross Road to I-95
Jupiter 42.161 67.852 SR 706 (Indiantown Road) to I-95 / Florida's Turnpike Northern terminus of CR 809
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Straight-Line Diagrams Online GIS Web Application". Florida Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Google (December 29, 2016). "Military Trail" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Broward County Commission Districts with Road Jurisdiction & Functional Classification" (PDF). Broward County Highway Construction & Engineering Division. January 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Kleinberg, Eliot (May 22, 2002). "Military Trail Was Supply Route During The Second Seminole War". Historic Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012.