County Road 13 and Florida 13 mirror the course of the St. Johns River north from near Hastings to the Acosta Bridge outside Downtown Jacksonville. The state road initially runs concurrent with Florida 16 for 3.998 miles, from CR 13 near Sixmile Creek to the east end of the Shands Bridge across the St. Johns River. Florida 13 takes a winding course from there 13.30 miles to the Duval County line, and 15.64 miles through Southside Jacksonville to the north end of the Acosta Bridge.

County Road 13 extends southward 21.96 miles from Florida 16 to Florida 207 at Spuds. A second branch of CR 13 runs east from Florida 207 in Hastings, 13.255 miles to Old Brick Road into Flagler County. The Flagler County portion continues 12.10 miles south along Old Brick Road / Old Dixie Highway to U.S. 1 at Bunnell.

SR 13 branches northwest from SR 16 ahead of the settlement of Orangedale. Generally staying close to the east banks of the St. Johns River, the state road progresses north to Rivertown, a 4,170-acre development slated for up to 4,950 residences.1 There a roundabout was constructed between fall 2012 and February 2013 with River Town Boulevard, the main entrance to the master planned community. A second roundabout added in the fall of 2017, joins SR 13 with the entrance to the RiverClub, the the St. Johns riverside amenity center for Rivertown.2,3

Northward from New Switzerland Point, SR 13 passes through the communities of Switzerland and Fruit Cove to the four-lane span across Julington Creek. Entering Jacksonville, SR 13 follows San Jose Boulevard, a commercial boulevard leading north through the Mandarin neighborhood. San Jose Boulevard becomes Hendricks Avenue as the state road navigates through areas between the St. Johns River and U.S. 1 (Phillips Highway) to the San Marco neighborhood.

Approaching Downtown Jacksonville, State Road 13 takes a stair stepped alignment between Interstate 95 and the Acosta Bridge. Pruential Drive leads the route west from Hendricks Avenue to San Marco Boulevard, which connects north with an on-ramp to the Acosta Expressway spanning the St. Johns River. The directional T interchange at the north end of the bridge links with Riverside Avenue south at Broad and Jefferson Streets, the former alignment of U.S. 17 and SR 211.


Florida 13 north
Florida 13 crosses the Acosta Bridge southeast from Brooklyn and areas west of Downtown Jacksonville the Southbank area. The Acosta Expressway extends directly to a collector distributor roadway along Interstate 95 south to U.S. 1 (Phillips Highway) and U.S. 90 (Atlantic Boulevard). Photo taken 08/23/03.
Florida 13 lowers from the Acosta Bridge to Prudential Drive east on the ensuing off-ramp. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Northbound SR 13 at the turn from Prudential Drive west onto San Marco Boulevard. The Acosta Expressway viaducts pass overhead. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Three ramps partition from the north end of the Acosta Bridge (Florida 13) for Riverside Avenue south, Broad Street north and Water Street east. U.S. 17 was realigned onto a combination of I-10, I-95 and U.S. 1 & 23 when Riverside Avenue through Brooklyn and Five Points was turned over to local control. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Northbound Florida 13 ends with flyovers leading south onto Riverside Avenue through the Brooklyn neighborhood and Broad Street north to I-95 via Bay and Adams Streets. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Florida 13 south
SR 13 confirming marker posted south of CR 16A and CR 210 at Orangedale. Photo taken 06/13/08.
An approaching wye intersection provides a free flow movement from Florida 13 south to Florida 16 west across the Shands Bridge to Green Cove Springs. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Florida 16 crosses the St. Johns River ahead of Reynolds Airpark and combines with U.S. 17 in 5.6 miles along Orange Avenue north into Downtown Green Cove Springs. The state road continues west from the Clay County seat to Penney Farms and Starke. Photo taken 06/13/08.
SR 13 and 16 combine from a trio of wye intersections southeast to Florence. The future First Coast Expressway (SR 23) will pass directly over the rural cross roads here, turning northeast from the St. Johns River at the Shands Bridge to a new DDI with the CR 16A Spur. A half diamond interchange with SR 23 will be built here as well. Photo taken 06/13/08.

Sources:

  1. "St. Johns County Commission OKs more changes for RiverTown." The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), April 20, 2017.
  2. "Rivertown, a Mattamy Homes Community, Honored with Silver Award in the St. Johns County Parade of Homes." Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce web site. September 7, 2017.
  3. "St. Johns County Road & Lane Closures: Oct. 14-20." The St. Augustine Record (FL), October 14, 2017.


Photo Credits:

    08/23/03 by Justin Cozart. 06/13/08 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-11-2018.