State Route 80, 81 and 82 in Florida
Florida State Route 80
|Get started||Fort Myers|
According to iTypeJob, State Route 80 or State Road 80 (SR-80) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms an east-west route across the south of the peninsula, from Fort Myers on the west coast to Palm Beach on the east coast. The road is on its eastern portion the administrative number of US 98. State Road 80 is 199 kilometers long.
US 98/SR-80 in Palm Beach.
State Road 80 begins in downtown Fort Myers on US 41. The road then forms a 2×2 lane urban arterial that runs northeasterly parallel to a bay before connecting to Interstate 75. The road then forms a 2×2 divided highway through an exurban area to just past LaBelle. After that there is a short section of single carriageway to Clewiston, where a double numbering with US 27 follows to Belle Glade. This route runs south of Lake Okeechobee along.
State Road 80 then passes through Belle Glade, after which the remainder of the route to Palm Beach is double -numbered with US 98 . This is also a 2×2 divided highway. The road leads through flat agricultural land until reaching the urbanized coastal strip north of Miami. The road has 2×3 lanes here and runs parallel to a drainage canal, a number of connections with north-south roads are grade-separated here. There is a connection to Florida’s Turnpike and later Interstate 95. The road passes the Palm Beach International Airport, after which State Route 80 ends in Palm Beach at State Route A1A.
80 State Road in Belle Glade.
Most of the road was built during the 1920s. In 1923 the road between Belle Glade and Palm Beach was completed. In 1926, the route between Fort Myers and Belle Glade was also continuous. During the renumbering of the state roads in 1945, State Route 80 took on an important function as one of the primary east-west routes in the grid.
State Road 80 has largely been widened to a 2×2 divided highway . This started in the early 1960s in Palm Beach, as well as on the double numbering with US 27 at Clewiston. By 1966, the entire double-numbering with US 27 had been widened to 2×2 lanes. At the end of the 1980s, a new route of 22 kilometers in length from Belle Glade to the east was constructed. In the first half of the 1990s, the 50-kilometer stretch between Belle Glade and Palm Beach was widened to a 2×2 divided highway.
For a long time, only the first 20 miles from Fort Myers had been widened to 2×2 lanes. When exactly is not clear, but in any case before 1994. Around 2003-2004 a 25 kilometer long section further to LaBelle was widened to 2×2 lanes. In the period 2010-2014, an eight-mile section east of LaBelle was also widened to 2×2 lanes, leaving only a 25-mile single-lane section of State Road 80.
Florida State Route 81
State Route 81 or State Road 81 (SR-81) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms a secondary north-south route in the Florida Panhandle, from the hamlet of Bruce to the Alabama border. State Road 81 is 63 kilometers long.
State Road 81 begins in the hamlet of Bruce at an intersection with State Road 20. The road then heads north through a sparsely populated area with lots of forest and gradually more agricultural land to the north. There is only one other hamlet on the route, Ponce de Leon, which connects to Interstate 10, then intersects with US 90 shortly after. Further north, the road reaches the Alabama border, from where State Route 87 in Alabama continues to Samson and Opp.
State Road 81 was created during the 1945 renumbering when it became a north-south route on the Florida grid. It is one of the most secondary state roads in Florida, the largest town on the route is Ponce de Leon with only 600 inhabitants.
Usually 2,000 to 3,000 vehicles per day drive on State Road 81.
Florida State Route 82
|Get started||Fort Myers|
According to itypeusa.com, State Route 82 or State Road 82 (SR-82) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms an east-west route in southwest Florida from Fort Myers to Immokalee. State Road 82 is 30 miles long.
State Road 82 begins in the city of Fort Myers, downtown on US 41. The road forms a 2×2 lane urban arterial and heads east. On the outskirts of Fort Myers there is a connection to Interstate 75. East of the actual city of Fort Myers is another vast suburban area that is only partially developed. The road has 2×3 lanes here, later 2×2 lanes until the terminus with State Road 29 north of Immokalee.
State Road 82 was created in 1945 with the renumbering of Florida’s state roads, making it an east-west route in the grid. Fort Myers was originally the historic core in this region, later the region was significantly suburbanized. East of Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres has been developed, originally since 1954, but this area was sparsely developed and partly in disrepair until the 1990s. After that, massive suburban growth began in the area, Lehigh Acres was not a municipality but was actually the largest town in southwest Florida.
Much of the road has been widened to accommodate the growth of Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Around 2000, the western portion between Fort Myers and I-75 was widened to 2×2 lanes. In 2012, the first section east of I-75 was widened to 2×3 lanes, in the period 2019-2021 the road was widened further along Lehigh Acres to 2×3 lanes. The widening along Lehigh Acres also included a continuous-flow intersection (CFI). In 2019-2022, the easternmost section to State Road 29 at Immokalee was also widened to 2×2 lanes.
Every day, 37,000 to 48,000 vehicles drive between Fort Myers and I-75, then gradually decreasing from 40,000 to 30,000 vehicles along Lehigh Acres. The eastern part up to SR-29 has 14,000 vehicles per day.