State Road 51

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State Road 51 serves the Big Bend Region of Florida from Steinhatchee along the Gulf Coast northeast to Mayo, Live Oak and Jasper. The northern 16.98 miles of SR 51 represent the hidden component of U.S. 129. U.S. 129/SR 51 overlap from 11th Street SW in Live Oak to the intersection of 2nd Avenue NE and Hatley Street, where U.S. 41/129 meet CR 6 east and CR 51 north in Downtown Jasper. SR 51 branches southwest from U.S. 129 along a 53.48 mile course to southern Taylor County.

The Hal W. Adams Bridge carries SR 51 across the Suwannee River between Lafayette and Suwannee Counties. The lone suspension bridge in the state of Florida, the 687 foot long span was constructed in 1946-47 by the L.J. and W.J. Cobb Construction Company of Tampa. It replaced a 40 year old through truss bridge. Measuring 420 feet between the two approximately 50 foot high towers, the Hal Adams Bridge spans the Suwannee River at Luraville with a 19.7 foot vertical clearance. A suspension type was selected for the crossing due to the unstable river bottom and potential difficulty with setting bridge pier foundations. Hal Adams was a northern Florida circuit court judge.1,2

Hamilton County Road 51 extends 7.06 miles north from the end of SR 51 in Jasper to the Georgia state line. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) GIS data omits 0.82 miles of SR 51 along 2nd Avenue NE and Palmetto Avenue within the city of Jasper. Northward, CR 51 follows a rural course by Buzzard Bay and Smith Bay to Bakers Mill.

County Road 51 North

CR 361 becomes CR 51 east along 1st Avenue S at 1st Street W in Steinhatchee. Main Street spurs south from the ensuing intersection.
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1st Avenue S leads CR 51 east 0.35 miles to SR 51 (Riverside Drive) at 1st Avenue S to the CR 358 Bridge to Jena via 10th Street E.
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Florida State Road 51 North

The northbound beginning of SR 51 is unmarked along Riverside Drive.
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Just south of 1st Avenue S, Riverside Drive narrows between parking areas of adjacent Sea Hag Marina along the Steinhatchee River.
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Riverside Drive continues east along the Steinhatchee River to a 1984 bridge crossing Little Tide Creek.
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CR 358 (10th Street E) spans SR 51 and the adjacent Steinhatchee River south to Jena in Dixie County.
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SR 51 curves northward onto 15th Street E to 1st Avenue S west back to the CR 358 bridge to Jena.
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Removed by 2011, the first reassurance marker for SR 51 was posted along 15th Street E north of 1st Avenue S.
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SR 51 angles northeast along Steinhatchee Drive from 1st Avenue N/NE.
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The speed limit increases to 60 miles per hour north of Pine Avenue in Steinhatchee.
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SR 51 crosses U.S. 19-98-27 ALT at the community of Tennille.
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SR 51 crosses into Dixie County 11.50 miles north.
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SR 51 crosses into southwestern Lafayette County just west of the Suwannee River.
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SR 51 crosses Kettle Branch on a vintage bridge just ahead of SE Wolf Road to Steinhatchee Spring.
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SR 51 north leaves Upper Steinhatchee Conservation Area at Cooks Hammock.
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The north end of CR 357 ties into SR 51 at Cooks Hammock.
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CR 357 ventures 17.01 miles south to CR 358 in remote areas of Dixie County.
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CR 360 heads east 2.69 miles from SR 51 to CR 355.
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SR 51 leads north into the town of Mayo along Fletcher Avenue. Unmarked as CR 355, Pine Street represents the northern extent of a 9.71 mile route southeast to CR 405.
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Entering the Mayo business district, SR 51 intersects U.S. 27 (Main Street).
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A two lane highway, U.S. 27 joins Mayo with Perry and Branford.
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County Road 400 branches northeast from SR 51 along the northern Mayo town line.
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Although not included in FDOT GIS data, CR 400 comprises a 2.4 mile loop east to Koon Dairy Road and south to U.S. 27.
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The north end of SR 51 is 37 miles from Mayo.
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CR 536 runs 2.99 miles west from SR 51 at Suwannee Acres Lane to U.S. 27 at CR 534.
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CR 354 heads east from SR 51 toward Convict Springs along the Suwannee River.
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SR 51 spans the Suwannee River across a suspension bridge built in 1947.
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The Hal. W. Adams Bridge takes SR 51 north into Suwannee County.
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An agricultural inspection station operates along SR 51 north at Luraville.
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180th Street intersects SR 51 west from Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park at Luraville.
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SR 51 makes a gradual easterly turn from Luraville to CR 252 at 152nd Street.
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CR 252 bee lines east 10.06 miles to U.S. 129 near McAlpin.
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SR 51 travels 1.4 miles northeast from CR 349 north to CR 250 west.
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CR 250 runs 12.24 miles west to the Lafayette County line just beyond Dowling Park.
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County Road 250 connects with CR 53 south to Day and north to I-10 and Madison 14.11 miles to the west.
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Florida State Road 51 South

An agricultural inspection station lines SR 51 south between Luraville and the Suwannee River at 180th Trace.
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Crossing the Suwannee River, SR 51 enters Lafayette County.
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The Hal W. Adams Bridge is a suspension bridge constructed in 1947.
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County Road 354 stems east from SR 51 to NE Primrose Road, which spurs north to Convict Springs along the Suwannee River.
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CR 354 loops 6.70 miles east and south across agricultural areas to U.S. 27.
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CR 357 branches southeast from SR 51 ahead of R.O. Ranch Equestrian Park.
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SR 51 south near Alligator Branch.
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SR 51 runs along Upper Steinhatchee Conservation Area near Willow Slough.
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Continuing south along SR 51 through Upper Steinhatchee Conservation Area east of Kettle Creek.
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SR 51 crosses Kettle Branch near Steinhatchee Spring on a span dating back to 1945.
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SR 51 enters the northwestern corner of Dixie County for 1.52 miles.
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SR 51 enters Taylor County ahead of the former Seaboard Coast Line railroad siding of Clara.
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SR 51 curves southwest into Tennille.
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The last reassurance marker for SR 51 stands beyond 1st Avenue S in Steinhatchee.
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SR 51 (Riverside Drive) passes under the CR 358 bridge to Jena by the Steinhatchee Community Center.
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SR 51 (Riverside Drive) arcs northwest from Park Avenue by the Sea Hag Marina just ahead of the end point at 1st Avenue S.
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SR 51 concludes at 1st Avenue S, which leads east to the bridge spanning the Steinhatchee River south to CR 358.
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County Road 51 South

1st Avenue S continues 0.35 miles west from SR 51 (Riverside Drive) as unsigned CR 51 to 1st Street NW where CR 361 begins.
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Sources:
  1. Archaeological Consultants, Inc. (December 2012). Description of Significant Historic Bridges Historic Highway Bridges in Florida (p. 30). Florida Department of Transportation Environmental Management Office.
  2. Hal Adams Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.

    Connect with:
    U.S. 19
    U.S. 27
    U.S. 98
    U.S. 129
    U.S. 27 Alternate
    County Road 358
    County Road 361

    Page Updated 07-24-2020.

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