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).

Florida 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 16 west
Florida 16 crosses Governors Creek and leaves the city of Green Cove Springs just ahead of County Road 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 Florida 16 westbound. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Florida 16 west at Clay County 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.
Clay County 16A leads south and east to Rich Road through a rural residential area. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Clay County 315A follows at the ensuing intersection of Florida 16 west succession. The 1.1 mile long route provides a cutoff for Clay County 315 north to northwest Green Cove Springs. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Florida 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.
Florida 16 continues west after the connection between the two branches of Clay County 315. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 315 (Springbank Road) heads south from Florida 16 along a 14.47-mile course southwest to Florida 21. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Westbound Florida 16 at Clay County 315 south. Clay County 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, Florida 16 proceeds west toward the settlement of Pass Station. Photo taken 06/13/08.
Entering the incorporated town of Penney Farms on Florida 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.
Clay County 218 meets Florida 16 at Poling Boulevard in Penney Farms. Photo taken 06/13/08.
County Road 218 arcs northwest from Florida 16 in Penney Farms to the Lake Asbury community and Middleburg. Photo taken 06/13/08.

Sources:

  1. Shands Bridge, Bridgehunter.com.


Photo Credits:

06/13/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 1
U.S. 17
U.S. 301
Florida 13
Clay County 218

Page Updated 03-20-2018.