Florida State Road 29

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State Road 29 marker

State Road 29
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 75.820 mi[1] (122.020 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 41 / CR 29 at Carnestown
  SR 82 near Immokalee
SR 80 in LaBelle
North end: US 27 near Palmdale
Highway system
US 29 SR 30

State Road 29 (SR 29) is a state highway that runs north–south through Southwest Florida. A rural road, it runs mostly through uninhabited farmland in its northern half, and along wetlands in its southern half.

Route description[edit]

North end of State Road 29

State Road 29 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) in the small comminuty of Carnsetown, located just 4 miles north of Everglades CIty. From here, it travels north along the western edge of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the eastern edge of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Forest, which the road borders until it reaches Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) at Miles City.

North of I-75, State Road 29 borders the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge to the west and continues to border the Big Cypress National Preserve up to a point just south of Sunniland.

SR 29 turns west briefly and back north through the city of Immokalee, a small farming town with large migrant populations. Just north of Immokalee, SR 29 intersects with State Road 82, which travels west to Fort Myers. SR 29 continues due north through more agricultural areas until it reaches the city of LaBelle, where it runs through the city center and intersects State Road 80, a transpeninsular route connecting Fort Myers and West Palm Beach.

After crossing the Caloosahatchee River on a small drwbridge, SR 29 turns northeast and continues to its northern terminus is an intersection with US 27 (unsigned SR 25), just south of Palmdale.

History[edit]

State Road 29 was extended from Immokalee to Everglades City in the 1920s around the same time as the construction of the Tamiami Trail. Its construction was championed by Barron Collier as a land connection to Everglades City (the county seat of Collier County at the time).[2] The route was designated State Road 164 until 1945, when it was changed to State Road 29 as part of a statewide renumbering.[3] State Road 29 was extended from Everglades City to Chokoloskee in 1956 upon the completion of a causeway across Chokoloskee Bay[4]

South of Immokalee, SR 29 ran alongside the now-abandoned Atlantic Coast Line Railroad route from Harrisburg (just south of Palmdale) to Everglades City, which was also built in the 1920s. The railroad was removed from Sunniland south to Everglades City in 1957, and the rest of it was removed in the 1980s.[5]

Before the Florida Department of Transportation removed a large number of State Roads from its list for state control and maintenance, SR 29 continued south through the towns of Jerome, Copeland, and then meeting Everglades City just outside the Everglades National Park. Now designated County Road 29 north of Everglades City and County Road 29A south of it, the historic southern terminus of SR 29 is in Chokoloskee, on Chokoloskee Island within the National Park.

When plans were made to upgrade Alligator Alley to carry Interstate 75 in 1973, State Road 29 was not initially planned to have an interchange with the freeway due to environmental concerns. This decision was reversed in 1989 during construction of I-75 and interchange ramps were included after steps were taken to protect the endangered Florida panther.[6]

Related routes[edit]

LaBelle truck route[edit]


State Road 29 Truck
Location: LaBelle

State Road 29 Truck is a truck detour along South Bridge Street. It begins at the northwest corner of LaBelle Airport south of the southeast corner of SR 29 and CR 80A. SR 29 Truck also intersects CR 80A, and runs along the east side of SR 29 until it reaches SR 80 near the Old Hendry County Courthouse.

Collier County[edit]

New Market Road
Location: Immokalee

County Road 29A is a route bypassing Immokalee to the northeast. It runs mostly southeast to northwest, and is named New Market Road.

County Road 29A begins as New Market Road East, as a straight south to north road until it approaches a local fire station on the northeast corner of an access road to Immokalee Airport, and curves to the northwest. The road serves as the headquarters for the Immokalee State Farmer's Market. At Charlotte Street New Market Road East becomes New Market Road West. The straight northwestern to southeastern pattern continues until it curves to the west and approaches the terminus at SR 29 and Westclox Road north of the city, but not before a northbound turning ramp forks off to the right.

Hendry County[edit]

North Main Street
Location: LaBelle

County Road 29A is a short, former segment of State Road 29 in LaBelle. It runs north along North Main Street from the SR 29-80 multiplex at the Hendry County Courthouse to Park Avenue, where it turns east terminating a block later at Bridge Street(SR 29) at the foot of the drawbridge over Caloosahatchee River.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Collier Carnestown 0.000 0.000 US 41 (Tamiami Trail) / CR 29 south – Miami, Naples
Copeland 2.495 4.015 CR 837 west (Janes Scenic Drive) – Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
3.844 6.186 CR 837 east (Wagon Wheel Road)
Miles City 16.98 27.33 I-75 (SR 93) – Naples, Fort Lauderdale Exit 80 on I-75
27.208 43.787 CR 858 – Ave Maria, Hendry Correctional Institution
Immokalee 36.770 59.176 CR 846 east – Airport
36.902 59.388 CR 29A north (Newmarket Road East)
37.309 60.043 CR 846 west (1st Street) – Naples, Bonita Springs, Seminole Casino, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
39.183 63.059 CR 890 west (Lake Trafford Road) – Ann Olesky Park on Lake Trafford
39.761 63.989 CR 29A east (Newmarket Road West)
41.231 66.355 CR 894 west (Experimental Road)
42.798 68.877 SR 82 west – Fort Myers
Hendry 45.829 73.755 CR 830A east
Felda 46.777 75.280 CR 830 east
50.415 81.135 CR 832 east (Keri Road) – Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
LaBelle 60.713 97.708
SR 29 Truck north (North Bridge Street) to SR 80 east – Edison State College
60.806 97.858 CR 80A (West Cowboy Way)
61.828 99.503 SR 80 west (Hickpochee Avenue) – Alva South end of SR 80 overlap
61.893 99.607
SR 80 east (Hickpochee Avenue) / SR 29 Truck south (Bridge Street) – Clewiston
North end of SR 80 overlap
62.42 100.46 LaBelle Drawbridge over Caloosahatchee River (Okeechobee Waterway)
62.878 101.192 CR 78 west – Fort Denaud
HendryGlades
county line
63.383 102.005 To CR 731 / Whidden Road
Glades 65.888 106.036 SR 78 east – Moore Haven
75.056 120.791 CR 74 west – Punta Gorda
75.820 122.020 US 27 (SR 25) – Palmdale, Moore Haven
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ Carter, Luther J. (1974). The Florida Experience: Land and Water Policy in a Growth State. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-1646-7.
  3. ^ "Collier, 1936". Florida Center for Instructional Technology. University of South Florida. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Chokoloskee". Ghost Towns. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Harrisburg to Everglades City". Abandoned Rails. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Staats, Eric (30 July 2010). "POLL Alligator Alley widening study raised environmental concern about interchanges". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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