Florida 80 West - Clewiston to Fort Myers

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Florida 80 leads away from U.S. 27 and Whidden Corner along a mostly rural course to La Belle (22 miles). The west end at Ft. Myers lies 52 miles away. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Westbound reassurance marker for Florida 80 posted when the state road was still just two lanes wide. Construction started in October 2011 both added the diamond interchange with U.S. 27 and expanded 0.75 miles of SR 80 westward.1 Photo taken 07/05/11.
Forthcoming Hendry County 833 follows a stair stepped route south from Florida 80 to Devils Garden, Camp Everglades and Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. Photo taken 07/05/11.
County Road 833 travels 34.3 miles south from Florida 80 to the indian reservation boundary. $7.3 million in construction from August 2012 to spring 2014 added two 12-foot lanes along the north side of SR 80 to CR 833.2 Photo taken 07/05/11.
Future road work will extend the four-lane section of SR 80 west from CR 833 to Indian Hills Drive. A PD&E study on the expansion was completed in 2005. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Hendry County seat of LaBelle is now 20 miles away, followed by Ft. Myers in 49 miles. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Florida 80 angles northwest by Woodyard Hammock to the Glades County line. The state road straddles the county boundary west to Indian Hills Road ahead of this reassurance marker. The ensuing stretch is programmed for four-lane expansion with provisions for six lanes in the future. Photo taken 07/05/11.
State Road 80 west from Dalton Lane to Birchwood Parkway in suburban LaBelle was expanded to a four-lane divided highway by fall 2014. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Cowboy Way loops south through the Port LaBelle community as Hendry County 80A and west to La Belle Municipal Airport (X14). CR 80A returns to SR 80 on the west side of LaBelle. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Florida 80 veers away from the Glades County line west from Cedarwood Parkway. An older four-lane stretch opened west from Birchwood Parkway in this scene. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The LaBelle city limits extend east along SR 80 to Collinswood Parkway. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Florida 80 bisects the LaBelle street grid along Hickpochee Avenue to the business district at Florida 29. Photo taken 07/05/11.
A rural route beyond LaBelle, SR 29 (Bridge Street) leads north to end at U.S. 27 near Palmdale. Photo taken 07/05/11.
A one block overlap with SR 80 shifts SR 29 west from Bridge to Main Street. SR 29 resumes a southern heading to Felda, Immokalee and ultimately Everglades City. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Continuing west, Florida 80 resumes as a five-lane arterial (Hickpochee Avenue) toward Fort Denaud Road. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The Lee County settlement of Alva is a 12 mile drive west from the LaBelle city center. Fort Myers is just over a half hour away. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Curving south, Florida 80 (Hickpochee Avenue) intersects Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard (Hendry County 731) ahead of this reassurance marker. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Hendry County 80A (Cowboy Way) west and Fort Denaud Road east come together at this traffic light on the growing west side of LaBelle. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Hendry County 78A heads south from Denaud to end at Florida 80 just east of this confirming marker. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Westbound motorists cross over Townsend Canal ahead of this shield assembly. Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 80 enters Lee County a half mile west of Townsend Canal. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Lee County 884 begins at a rural intersection from Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) near Alva. The county road follows Joel Boulevard south to Leeland Heights Boulevard through the Lehigh Acres community. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Collectively with State Road 884 portions, County Road 884 travels 37.6 miles overall from Alva to the west end of SR 78 (Pine Island Road) in Cape Coral. The road is more widely known as Colonial Boulevard through Ft. Myers and Veterans Parkway across the Cape. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) mirrors the course of the parallel Calooshatchee River over the next 18 miles to Downtown Ft. Myers. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Broadway Street (unsigned County Road 78A) links Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) with County Road 78 (Bay Street) across the Caloosahatchee River at Alva. The set of on SR 80 at Broadway Street and Packinghouse Road south was upgraded to traffic lights by 2009. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Florida 80 shifts northward from just west of Broadway Street toward the Caloosahatchee River. The divided highway stays rural as it bypasses Lehigh Acres to the north. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The unincorporated community of Tice lies just east of the Fort Myers city limits along SR 80 west in 13 miles. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Westbound Florida 80 reassurance marker posted just ahead of Hickey Creek. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Entering the Buckingham and Fort Myers Shores communities, SR 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) west transitions into an arterial. Old Olga Road (historic SR 31) and Buckingham Road (old CR 80A) come together at a commercialized intersection. SR 31 crossed the Caloosahatchee River north from Olga along a former bridge. CR 80A previously comprised a loop south and west along Orange River Boulevard. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Tropic Avenue forms one of several north-south streets into Fort Myers Shores from Florida 80 west opposite Verandah Boulevard. Verandah Boulevard loops south as the only access road connecting SR 80 with the gated Verandah Boulevard golf course community. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Davis Boulevard ties into Florida 80 at the west end of Fort Myers Shores. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Approaching the south end of Florida 31 on Florida 80 west. SR 31 provides only the second crossing of the Caloosahatchee River between LaBelle and I-75. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Totaling 36 miles, Florida 31 ventures north from Florida 80 along a rural route to the Desoto County seat of Arcadia. The state road also connects with Florida 78 (Bayshore Road) west at the Lee County Civic Center and fairgrounds. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Palm Beach Boulevard expands to six overall lanes as Florida 80 continues west from Florida 31. Transmission lines above supply power from the nearby Florida Power and Light coal plant. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Passing by an RV park, SR 80 west nears a diamond interchange with Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Construction underway in 2014 extended the I-75 overpasses above SR 80 to accommodate a triple left turn lane for the freeway south to Naples. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Orange River Boulevard connects with Florida 80 opposite Louis Street just ahead of the northbound on-ramp to Sarasota. Orange River Boulevard (formerly CR 80A until 1972) originally extended west to Florida 80 at Tice, but construction of I-75 severed the direct connection. The 6.6 mile long road offers a shortcut back to Lehigh Acres. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Interstate 75 heads northwest from Florida 80 to Punta Gorda in neighboring Charlotte County. The lone freeway through Southwest Florida leads north to Tampa. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Prior to construction during the I-75 expansion project, Florida 80 saw just one turn lane for southbound to Bonita Springs and Naples and two through lanes for Tice and Fort Myers. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Leading away from Interstate 75, Florida 80 enters the Tice community. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Traffic lights operate at Morse Shores Shopping Center and Underwood Drive south for Orange River Elementary. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Ortiz Avenue leads south from the ensuing westbound signal of SR 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard). Ortiz Avenue represents the northernmost extent of Lee County 865, though the designation is unmarked north of SR 82. Photo taken 11/22/12.
A lane drop for Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) occurs westbound at Flamingo Circle just prior to Ortiz Avenue. The arterial advances west with four overall lanes. Photo taken 07/05/11.
A five-way intersection joins Palm Beach Boulevard with New York Drive north and south and Tice Street east. Tice Street constitutes a minor collector to areas east of Interstate 75. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Drivers on Florida 80 west formally enter the Fort Myers city limits at Prospect Avenue. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Marsh Avenue crosses Florida 80 at the next traffic signal. The north-south road connects Florida 80 indirectly with Florida 82 via the Michigan Link, an extension of Michigan Avenue. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Approaching Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard (formerly Palmetto Avenue). Terry Park, originally built in 1906, lies west of Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard approximately one quarter mile south of Florida 80. The park was once the spring training home to several major league baseball teams, including the Kansas City Royals. Main entrance to the park can be reached via Florida 80 west of Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard is named after an instrumental City of Fort Myers council woman who has made many contributions to the community. The road was originally known as Palmetto Avenue until it was extended south of Florida 82 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) on a new alignment to Florida 884 (Colonial Boulevard). An additional extension tied Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard in with an extension of Plantation Road to the south of Florida 884, resulting in another viable north-south arterial in the Fort Myers area. Photo taken 11/02/12.
Westbound Florida 80 crosses the Seminole Gulf Railway at the intersection with Short Street. The railway provides not only freight service on its 286 miles of track, but also serves to entertain patrons on its murder mystery dinner train excursion. The rail line connects with CSX rail lines at Arcadia in DeSoto County and Oneco in Manatee County. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Nearing Seaboard Street and the split of Florida 80 into eastbound and westbound one-way pairs. SR 80 east uses 2nd and Seaboard Streets from outside Downtown Fort Myers. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Palm Beach Boulevard transitions into westbound only traffic at Seaboard Street and Riverside Drive. The street was reconstructed in 2006-07. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Built in 1941, a vertical lift bridge carries Florida 80 west across Billy Creek. Palm Beach Boulevard ends and First Street begins along this stretch. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Forthcoming U.S. 41 Business north follows Park Avenue from Second Street (SR 80 east) to the Edison Bridge across the Caloosahatchee River. Photo taken 11/22/12.
U.S. 41 Business south follows the Edison Bridge to Fowler Street at Florida 80. The route formerly overlapped with Florida 80 to the Five Points interchange at U.S. 41 on the west side of Downtown. Photo taken 11/22/12.
U.S. 41 Business combines with Florida 739 north from Second Street in Fort Myers to unincorporated North Fort Myers, and the merge with U.S. 41 near the north Cape Coral city line. Florida 739 emerges from the US highway as a stand alone route south on the couplet of Evans Avenue and Fowler Street. Photo taken 11/28/13.
The adjacent Edison Bridge consists of separate spans to a causeway on the north side of the Caloosahatchee River. Connections with Pondella Road (CR 78A) and Pine Island Road (SR 78) lead motorists west from U.S. 41 Business to Cape Coral. Photo taken 07/05/11.
A pair of confirming markers for Florida 80 west stand along First Street after U.S. 41 Business (Park Avenue) north. These are the last for the transpeninsular route. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Four residential blocks separate the north and southbound directions of U.S. 41 Business along Florida 80 (First Street) west. Florida 739 south emerges from U.S. 41 Business en route to Metro Parkway and Estero. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Signage directs U.S. 41 Business south along Florida 739 (Fowler Street) to Florida 82 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) west for the continuation to U.S. 41. Shields on Fowler Street however still recognize the former overlap with Florida 80 west along 1st and Bay Streets. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Florida 80 ends at U.S. 41 Business (Fowler Street) south despite remaining signs directing motorists west along First Street. The alignment of SR 80 along First, Monroe and Second Streets was relinquished to the city of Fort Myers by the mid 2000s. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Former U.S. 41 Business south & Florida 80 west
Historically Florida 80 turned off First Street onto Bay Street to run one block further north. First Street is still considered County Road 80 on FDOT GIS files. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Prior to the decommissioning of Florida 80 west of Fowler Street, U.S. 41 Business and the state road overlapped west through the heart of Downtown Fort Myers between Lee and Monroe Streets. Photo taken 11/22/12.
The old alignment of U.S. 41 Business south & Florida 80 west through Downtown Fort Myers utilized Monroe Street south from First Street, one block to Main Street west. The state road reemerges along the 0.168 mile segment of Main Street west along side U.S. 41 Business south to U.S. 41 (Cleveland Street). Photo taken 07/09/11.
U.S. 41 Business south & Florida 80 west
A sign bridge along Main Street west precedes the Five Points interchange with U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) and McGregor Boulevard (former Florida 867) south. U.S. 41 splits with northbound traffic using a viaduct to the Caloosahatchee River while southbound travels at-grade from the bridge end above First Street. Photo taken 11/22/12.
An end shield for U.S. 41 Business stands between Heitman Street and the northbound U.S. 41 on-ramp to Punta Gorda. Photo taken 12/21/11.
Two lanes join the west end of Florida 80 with U.S. 41 (Cleveland Street) southbound toward Edison Mall and Page Field (FMY) while a single lane transitions onto McGregor Boulevard south through the Edison Park historic district. A greenout was added for the SR 867 panel reflecting the turn back of the route to the city of Fort Myers. Photo taken 11/22/12.

Sources:

  1. SR 80/US 27 Interchange Construction Project. SR 80 Design Projects, FDOT project web page.
  2. SR 80 from east of CR 833 to west of US 27 Construction Project. SR 80 Design Projects, FDOT project web page.


Photo Credits:

01/02/07, 07/05/11, 07/09/11, 12/21/11, 11/02/12, 11/22/12, 11/28/13 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 95
U.S. 27
U.S. 41
U.S. 98
Florida 884 & Lee County 884

Page Updated 11-23-2016.