State Road 16

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State Road 16 travels 63.6 miles east from State Road 121 to the First Coast in north Florida. The route originates on the east side of Raiford, a rural town of around 200 in northeastern Union County. Crossing the New River, SR 16 heads southeast to Heilbronn and the Bradford County seat of Starke. Brownlee Street takes the route across northern reaches of the Starke street grid.

Continuing east into Clay County, SR 16 converges with SR 230 at Kingsley Village. The state road circumvents Kingsley Lake through the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, resuming an eastward course to Belmore State Forest and the town of Penney Farms. Idlewild Avenue takes SR 16 east into Green Cove Springs, where the route dog legs south from Ferry Street for 0.6 miles along side U.S. 17 (Orange Avenue).

The 6,662 foot long Shands Bridge carries SR 16 across the St. Johns River from Green Cove Springs into Clay County by Smith Point. Built in 1961,1 the two-lane span represents the lone crossing of the St. Johns River between Palatka (U.S. 17) and the Buckman Bridge (I-295) at Jacksonville.

SR 16 combines with SR 13 for four miles through Florence, and east of Palmo Cove on the St. Johns River. SR 13 ends at their split, with CR 13 extending southwest to Picolata and SR 16 turning east through suburban areas. Advancing southeast by Turnbull Swamp, the state road converges with Interstate 95 at a commercialized diamond interchange (Exit 318).

SR 16 provides one of two arterial routes east to the city of St. Augustine. The state road concludes along Picolata Road at U.S. 1 Business (San Marco Avenue), two blocks east of U.S. 1 (Ponce De Leon Boulevard).

Florida State Road 13 South Florida State Road 16 East

SR 13/16 southeast to Wards Creek are part of the Batram Scenic & Historic Highway.

SR 13 south and SR 16 east overlap for 4.00 miles to CR 13 at Wards Creek.

SR 13/16 cross Trout Creek north of Palmo Cove and the St. Johns River.

SR 16 turns east from Wards Creek toward St. Augustine. SR 13 transitions into CR 13 south.

CR 13 parallels the St. Johns River south from SR 16, 5.40 miles to CR 208 at Picolata and 13.49 miles to Riverdale. SR 16 continues 14.58 miles east to SR 5A in St. Augustine.

Florida State Road 16 West
SR 16 crosses Governors Creek and leaves the city of Green Cove Springs just ahead of CR 16A. CR 16A forms a rural loop both south and north of the state road. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Randall Road (CR 16A) concludes a 1.2-mile loop at the succeeding intersection of SR 16 westbound. Photo taken 06/13/08.
SR 16 west at County Road 16A (Randall Road) north. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Westbound reassurance marker posted after Randall Road. Photo taken 06/13/08.
The 1.51-mile route of CR 16A south of SR 16 concludes west of Clay High School. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 16A leads south and east to Rich Road through a rural residential area. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 315A follows at the ensuing intersection of SR 16 west succession. The 1.1 mile long route provides a cutoff for CR 315 north to northwest Green Cove Springs. Photo taken 06/13/08.
SR 16 advances 0.7 miles west from CR 315A to intersect CR 315 north. The county road serves suburban areas of west Green Cove Springs. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 315 constitutes a 4.19-mile loop around Green Cove Springs northeast to U.S. 17. Photo taken 06/13/08.
SR 16 continues west after the connection between the two branches of Clay County Road 315. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 315 (Springbank Road) heads south from SR 16 along a 14.47-mile course southwest to SR 21. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Westbound SR 16 at CR 315 south. CR 315 travels through vastly undeveloped rural areas to Sharron Road and Belmore Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Leaving CR 315 south and the Clay County Fairgrounds, SR 16 proceeds west toward the settlement of Pass Station. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Entering the incorporated town of Penney Farms on SR 16 west at Paso Fino Road. Photo taken 06/13/08.
SR 16 west of Little Dairy Road north and Saunders Road south in Penney Farms. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 218 meets SR 16 at Poling Boulevard in Penney Farms. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 218 arcs northwest from SR 16 in Penney Farms to the Lake Asbury community and Middleburg. Photo taken 06/13/08.

  1. Shands Bridge,

    Connect with:
    Interstate 95
    U.S. 1
    U.S. 17
    U.S. 301
    State Road 13
    State Road 21
    State Road 121
    Clay County Road 218

    Page Updated 12-08-2020.

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