Florida State Route 69
State Route 69 or State Road 69 (SR-69) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms a north-south route in the Florida Panhandle. The road runs from Blountstown to Greenwood and is 57 kilometers long.
State Road 69 branches off from State Road 71 in Blountstown and heads north through rural areas. The road runs about 70 kilometers west of Tallahassee. The road leads through an area with meadows and forests, a somewhat less populated area. Near Grand Ridge there is a connection to Interstate 10 and US 90 is crossed in the town itself. North of Grand Ridge, the road curves northwest and eventually ends in Greenwood at 71 State Road.
According to topschoolsintheusa, State Road 69 was created in 1945 as a north-south route on the Florida grid. The road is of secondary importance, in the region the parallel State Road 71 is of more significance. The road has not been upgraded anywhere.
Around 2,000 vehicles operate daily on most of the route.
Florida State Route 70
State Route 70 or State Road 70 (SR-70) 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 Bradenton via Okeechobee to Fort Pierce, connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean. State Road 70 is 238 kilometers long.
State Road 70 between Bradenton and Arcadia.
State Road 70 begins in the town of Bradenton on US 41. Bradenton is part of a large urbanized region on the Gulf of Mexico. In Brandenton, State Road 70 forms 53rd Avenue, a major four- to six-lane urban arterial. To the east of the city is a connection to Interstate 75. The road then leads through the exurbs that have been built around lakes, after which the road soon becomes a single lane road.
Then follows a 60-kilometer stretch through a less populated area to Arcadia, where it crosses US 17. The passage through Arcadia has 2×2 lanes, after which the road is single lane again. Then follows a 100-kilometer route to Okeechobee. This section is also single-lane and leads through a sparsely populated region with a lot of agriculture. One crosses a number of north-south roads, but does not pass through larger towns. The road then reaches Okeechobee, located on the lake of the same name. In Okeechobee you cross the US 98.
East of Okeechobee, State Road 70 is a 2×2 divided highway for 50 kilometers all the way to Fort Pierce. This stretch of the road leads through sparsely populated agricultural land. Just before the town of Fort Pierce are connections to both Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 95. After this, State Road 70 forms a 2×3 lane urban arterial through the south of Fort Pierce, where the road ends at US 1.
State Road 70 between Okeechobee and Fort Pierce.
State Road 70 was created during the 1945 renumbering as an east-west route through southern Florida. Within the grid of state roads it was considered an important route. Originally missing the road east of Bradenton, State Road 64 was the main approach from the east at the time. State Road 70 was not built here until the second half of the 1970s between US 301 and County Road 675.
In the 1980s, the section between I-95 and US 1 in Fort Pierce was widened to 2×3 lanes. This became an important access point for the city and for local retail.
In the 1990s, the section between US 301 and I-75 at Bradenton was widened to 2×3 lanes. This used to be a single lane road. The widening of State Road 70 followed the suburbanization of the coastal region. About 2008, a portion of the road east of I-75 was also widened to 2×3 lanes. The connection to I-75 was reconstructed in 2019.
The road has been completely widened between Okeechobee and Fort Pierce to a 2×2 divided highway. This began in the second half of the 1990s on the first 3 miles west of I-95 at Fort Pierce. In the period 2007-2010 this was extended 12 kilometers westwards. In the period 2012-2013 followed 15 kilometers further west to the county line. In 2017-2018, the section 15 kilometers further to Okeechobee was widened to 2×2 lanes.