Florida State Route 13
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State Route 13 or State Road 13 (SR-13) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms a north-south route in the northeast of the state, in the Jacksonville region. State Road 13 is 52 kilometers long.
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The Acosta Bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
State Road 13 begins east of Green Cove Springs at an intersection with State Road 16. The road heads north through a densely forested region along the St. Johns River. One soon enters the exurbs of Jacksonville. The road here takes on more of an urban arterial character and is the primary city highway for north-south traffic east of the St. Johns River. There is a connection to Interstate 295 and continues to the center through the more expensive residential areas in the south of the city. Via the Acosta Bridge one crosses the St. Johns River, this part is a short expressway, the Acosta Expressway. State Road 13 then ends on the west side of Downtown Jacksonville.
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The original State Road 13 was longer and continued south to Hastings. The section between Hastings and Green Cove Springs was later given county road status.
In 1921, the first Acosta Bridge over the St. Johns River opened to traffic in Jacksonville. This was a toll road until 1940. The bridge had three lanes of traffic and was a vertical lift bridge. About 1958 a connection was made to I-95. The bridge was replaced between 1990 and 1994 by the current 2×2 lane Acosta Bridge, which was commissioned in two phases. The project was completed in August 1994.
9,000 vehicles drive daily between Green Cove Springs and the south side of the Jacksonville region, in the metropolitan area, intensities are rising rapidly to more than 20,000 vehicles per day, peaking at 62,000 vehicles per day at the junction with I-295. The intensities then drop again to around 25,000 vehicles per day. 34,000 vehicles use the Acosta Bridge every day.
Florida State Route 14
State Route 14 or State Road 14 (SR-14) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms a short connection between I-10 and Madison with a length of 6 kilometers.
State Road 14 begins at a junction with Interstate 10 southwest of Madison and then continues as a two-lane road into downtown Madison, where it ends at US 90 and State Road 53.
The original State Road 14 was longer and ran from US 221 in Shady Grove to US 90 in Madison. After the construction of I-10, the portion southwest of I-10 was given county road status.
3,000 vehicles use the road every day.
Florida State Route 15
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State Route 15 or State Road 15 (SR-15) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms a north-south route through much of the state, but is largely an unsigned administrative number of several U.S. Highways. The route begins in Belle Glade and travels 328 miles to the Georgia border at Hiliard.
SR-15 double numbered with US 98 and US 441 at Lake Okeechobee.
See also US 441 in Florida, US 17 in Florida, and US 1 in Florida.
State Road 15 begins in Belle Glade, a small town on the southeast side of large Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. The road joins US 98 and US 441 here. The road is only signposted at Belle Glade. The route then follows US 441 St. Cloud, near Orlando. Here the route in the southeast of the Orlando metropolitan area is briefly interrupted.
State Road 15 runs east of Orlando from State Road 528 to State Road 50 near downtown Orlando. This part is signposted.
From Orlando to Jacksonville, the route coincides with US 17. From Jacksonville, the route follows US 1 / US 23 to the Georgia state border. This also partly coincides with US 301.
State Road 15 was created with the renumbering of 1945, which divided the Florida road network into a grid. State Road 15 was defined as running from Belle Glade to the Georgia border northwest of Jacksonville, making it one of the state’s primary north-south routes, but overlapping almost entirely with US Highways. The number therefore has little meaning because the US Highways are of a higher road class.
Florida State Route 16
State Route 16 or State Road 16 (SR-16) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms an east-west route in the northeast of the state, south of Jacksonville, from Raiford to the coast at St. Augustine. State Road 16 is 102 kilometers long.
SR-16 near Green Cove Springs as Florida Scenic Highway.
State Road 16 begins at an intersection with State Road 121 just outside the village of Raiford. The road is a two-lane road in a southeasterly direction and leads through Starke, where it intersects US 301. The road heads east from here, passing just south of the urban area of the Jacksonville region. At Green Cove Springs, you cross US 17 and the road crosses the St. Johns River on the 2 kilometers past Shands Bridge, which forms a large lake here. To the east you pass through an exurbaan area and the road has 2×2 lanes for a while. Not much later you reach St. Augustine, a small town on the Atlantic coast. There is a connection to Interstate 95, after which State Road 16 forms a 2×2 divided highway into St. Augustine, where the road ends at US 1.
State Road 16 was renumbered in 1945 as an east-west route in northeastern Florida. The road has largely remained outside the suburbanization of the Jacksonville coast and region. The main development on the road was the bridge over the St. Johns River. The first bridge in this area opened in 1928, which was replaced by the current Shands Bridge in 1963. In the 1960s, the easternmost portion of the road between I-95 and US 1 in St. Augustine was widened to 2×2 lanes.
The western half of the route typically sees 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles per day, with a peak of 17,000 vehicles crossing the Shands Bridge. This is then 10,000 to 18,000 vehicles to I-95 and 38,000 vehicles between I-95 and St. Augustine.