Old Lake County 441 through Tavares and Mount Dora, and Orange County 500A north of Tangerine, represent an original alignment of U.S. 441 bypassed by a four to six-lane highway to the north and east. CR 500A is unmarked, while Old CR 441 appears sporadically along a series of streets following the periphery of Lake Dora. The FDOT Federal Aid Report inventories the 7.30 mile portion of Old CR 441 as CR 500A.

The western extent of CR 500A is state maintained and posted as SR 500A. The 0.308 segment links Old CR 441 and SR 19 north with U.S. 441 north and U.S. 441 south with SR 19 south to Howey-in-the-Hills and Old CR 441 south into Downtown Tavares.

Through Downtown Tavares, the alignment of Old CR 441 along Aflred Street was reconfigured during the Alfred - Caroline One-Way Project started in September 2013. Road work converted Caroline Street west from Disston Avenue into a westbound street with on-street parking, 6 foot wide sidewalks and landscaping improvements. A similar redesign of Alfred Street was also completed, with it converted for one-way eastbound traffic. A short segment of Alfred Street west of Barrow Avenue was realigned as well.1

A Lake County construction project starting in late 2018 will convert the intersection joining Old CR 441, CR 19A and CR 44A (Eudora Road) into a roundabout. A $324,934 contact was awarded for the design of the roundabout by county commissioners in October 2016. Plans for the new traffic pattern originated in 2006.2


Old Lake County 441 north
A former U.S. 441 mileage sign posted north of 1st Street (CR 46) was removed during expansion of Highland Street to include turn lanes by 2011. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Old Lake County 441 follows Highland Street north to Fifth Avenue west to Downtown Mt. Dora. Photo taken 02/29/08.
5th Avenue (Old CR 441) west meets Grandview Street at a set of flashers. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Old Lake County 441 (5th Avenue) west enters Downtown Mount Dora beyond Baker Street. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Donnelly Street (CR 44B) north links 5th Avenue and Downtown with U.S. 441 at SR 44 east. Donnelly Street leads south to Elizabeth Evans Park and Mount Dora Marina. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Alexander Street meets Old Lake County 441 (5th Avenue) at the next westbound intersection. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Old CR 441 curves northwest from 5th Avenue at McDonald Street onto Old US Highway 441. Photo taken 02/29/08.
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Leading away from Downtown, Old US Highway 441 runs along side the Florida Central Railroad directly next to the east shore of Lake Dora. Photos taken 02/29/08.
Proceeding west by Mt. Dora Plaza shopping center, Old CR 441 splits with CR 19A at CR 44C (Eudora Road) north. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Old CR 441 remains parallel to the Florida Central Road west into the city of Tavares. CR 19A arcs northwest to connect with U.S. 441 and SR 19 (Bay Street) north to Downtown Eustis. CR 44A lines Eudora Road 1.4 miles north to Old Mt. Dora Road in southeast Eustis. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Confirming marker for Old Lake County 441 north posted after the separation with Lake County 19A. The two-lane highway passes north of the Golden Isle and south of the Golden Heights Estates neighborhoods along the ensuing stretch. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Northbound Old CR 441 (Old US Highway 441) continues west southwest to Bay Road. Bay Road heads north from Lakeshore Drive (former CR 452) along Lake Dora to CR 19A east of Lake Saunders. Photo taken 02/29/08.
The Tavares city limits extend eastward along the Old US Highway 441 right of way to Bay Road. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Following Alfred Street south of Lake Tavares, Old CR 441 advances to intersect the western branch of CR 19A along Dora Avenue. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Lake County 19A angles northeast from Old US Highway 441 2.48 miles along Dora Avenue and Kurt Street to connect with U.S. 441 on the south side of Eustis. Dora Avenue south represents the western extend of former Lake County 452 from Lake Dora Drive. Photo taken 02/29/08.
Old CR 441 turns one block north onto Disston Avenue to continue west along Caroline Street as Alfred Street becomes one-way eastbound. Photo taken 10/15/17.
Old CR 441 follows Caroline Street west from Disston Avenue through Downtown Tavares. Prior to 2013, when construction redesigned Alfred and Caroline Streets into a one-way couplet, the county road followed all of Alfred Street. Photo taken 10/15/17.
St. Clair Abrams Avenue leads north from Ruby Street and Wooton Park off Lake Dora to U.S. 441. The collector route formerly was a branch of Lake County 452. Photo taken 10/15/17.
Sinclair Avenue intersects Caroline Street west at the succeeding signal. Sinclair Avenue heads north to U.S. 441 & SR 19 and south to the Lake County government offices at Main Street. Photo taken 10/15/17.
Caroline Street west combines with Alfred Street with two-way traffic along Gateway Drive. Gateway Drive curves Old CR 441 northwest to SR 19 (Duncan Drive) and SR 500A (Alfred Street). Photo taken 10/15/17.
Florida 19 travels southwest from Tavaeras around Lake Dora and across Little Lake Harris to the town of Howey-in-the-Hills and Florida's Turnpike at U.S. 27. Photo taken 10/15/17.
Florida 19 (Duncan Drive) constitutes a four-lane arterial 1.7 miles south to Lake County 561, which branches east to Astatula. Florida 19 north combines with U.S. 441 for 3.2 miles east to south Eustis. Florida 500A connects Gateway Drive with U.S. 441 north to Leesburg. Photo taken 10/15/17.
Old Lake County 441 south
A set of flashers hang above the intersection of Old Lake County 441 (Highland Street) and Liberty Street in Mt. Dora. Liberty Street heads west to Tremain Street and Gilbert Park. Photo taken 07/02/08.
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Spanning the Florida Central Railroad on Old Lake County 441 (Highland Street) southbound in Mt. Dora. Photos taken 07/02/08.
Another flasher operates along Old Lake County 441 (Highland Street) at Robie Avenue south of the railroad underpass. Robie Avenue links Highland Street with U.S. 441 to the east. Photo taken 07/02/08.
Old Lake County 441 transitions into unsigned Orange County 500A at the county line south of Mt. Dora. Photo taken 07/02/08.
Orange County 500A south
Unisigns posted along Orange County 500A at U.S. 441 were carbon copied in design from the brown U.S. 441 shields replaced in 2007. Photo taken 07/02/08.
Orange County 500A southbound merges onto U.S. 441 (Florida 500) directly. Access to U.S. 441 north back into Lake County is also provided. Photo taken 07/02/08.

Sources:

  1. "Alfred - Caroline One-Way Project Gets Underway." City of Tavares, newsletter. September/October 2013.
  2. "New roundabout planned for neck-craning Old 441, 19A and Eudora Road interchange." Orlando Sentinel (FL), October 17, 2016.


Photo Credits:

02/29/08, 07/02/08, 10/15/17 by AARoads

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U.S. 441
Lake County 19A

Page Updated 03-21-2018.