State Road 397

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Florida State Road 397 exists in two portions to provide access to Eglin Air Force Base from State Road 85 in southern Okaloosa County. The northern segment consists of a four-lane arterial for 2.16 miles along John Sims Parkway through Valpairso. The southern segment extends Eglin Parkway northeast 0.90 miles from SR 85 to the West Gate of Eglin A.F.B.

Florida State Road 397 North - Southern Segment
SR 397 begins and continues Eglin Parkway northeast from SR 85 to the West Gate into Eglin Air Force Base. Pictured here is the first reassurance marker posted within the wye interchange at SR 85. Photo taken 02/13/10.
SR 397 (Eglin Parkway) approaches the north end of SR 189 (Lewis Turner Boulevard) before entering Eglin Air Force Base grounds. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Trailblazers to SR 85 take place of SR 189 shields ahead of the Eglin Parkway intersection with Lewis Turner Boulevard. State Road 189 loops west 10.52 miles from SR 397 and 85 to Wright before turning eastward along Beal Parkway to Fort Walton Beach. Photo taken 02/13/10.
The left turn onto Lewis Turner Boulevard is the last departure point for the general public from SR 397. State Road 397's southern segment ends officially at the entrance to Eglin. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Florida State Road 397 North - Northern Segment
SR 397 begins at John Sims Parkway and Louisiana Avenue, just north of the East Gate to Eglin Air Force Base. The four lane divided highway intersects Carolina Avenue ahead of Addie R. Lewis Middle School in this scene nearby. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Spanning Toms Bayou along SR 397 (John Sims Parkway) northbound in Valparaiso. Two bridges, built in 1954 and 1962, carry motorists over the brackish waters. Photo taken 02/13/10.
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1.4 miles north of the East Gate to Eglin, drivers along SR 397 approach the east end of SR 190 (Valparaiso Parkway). SR 190 connects John Sims Parkway with SR 85 southwest to Fort Walton Beach and Hurlburt Field. Photos taken 02/13/10.
A left turn takes drivers onto SR 190, a 1.13-mile two-lane roadway (Valparaiso Parkway), linking SR 397 and 85. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Mileage signs are typically placed after a state road intersection with another state road. SR 397 continues north a short distance to SR 85 in the city of Niceville. Photo taken 02/13/10.
A traffic light operates along SR 397 (John Sims Parkway) at Edge Avenue within the city of Valparaiso. Edge Avenue comprises a residential street in both directions from the signal. Photo taken 04/08/11.
SR 397 exits Valparaiso for the Niceville city limits beyond the intersection with Mansfield Avenue. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Curving around the periphery of Boggy Bayou, SR 397 approaches a commercialized intersection with SR 85 (Government Avenue south / John Sims Parkway north). Photo taken 02/13/10.
SR 397 ends at SR 85, with State Road 85 overtaking the four-lane parkway northeast to SR 20 east. SR 85 provides the main route south to Fort Walton Beach from Niceville and north to Crestview and Laurel Hill. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Florida State Road 397 South - Southern Segment
SR 397 begins and continues John Sims Parkway southeast from State Road 85 into Valparaiso and Eglin Air Force Base. Photo taken 05/13/12.
Just 0.2 miles south of its beginning, SR 397 enters the city limits of Valparaiso. The community was home to 5,807 residents as of the 2010 census. Photo taken 05/13/12.
The lone traffic light along the northern segment of SR 397 (John Sims Parkway) resides at Edge Avenue, a residential through road connecting the arterial with the adjacent street network. Photo taken 05/13/12.
Curving due southward, SR 397 approaches the east end of SR 190. SR 190 only exists between John Sims Parkway and SR 85 outside the Valparaiso city limits. College Boulevard, to the north, once was a part of County Road 190. Photo taken 05/13/12.
SR 190 follows Valparaiso Parkway west from State Road 397 to city hall, Valparaiso Elementary school and SR 85. An older section of State Road 190 is the service road behind businesses along the west side of John Sims Parkway. Photo taken 05/13/12.
Reassurance marker posted for SR 397 south along John Sims Parkway after the intersection with SR 190 (Valparaiso Parkway) west in Valparaiso. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Lowering to cross Toms Bayou on the four-lane divided John Sims Parkway. Photo taken 02/13/10.
The northern segment of SR 397 concludes at the East Gate of Eglin Air Force Base. Non base-bound traffic must turn around at Louisiana Avenue as State Road 397 (John Sims Parkway) transitions into Eglin Boulevard south. Photo taken 02/13/10.
Florida State Road 397 South - Southern Segment
Leaving the signalized intersection with SR 189 south and Pinchot Road, SR 397 commences Eglin Parkway from the West Gate of Eglin Air Force Base to a veterans administration building and a wye interchange with SR 85 south. Photo taken 05/13/12.
Beyond the SR 85 northbound overpass, southbound drivers along SR 397 prepare to merge onto the left side of SR 85 south. SR 85 continues Eglin Parkway to Shalimar, Fort Walton Beach and Cinco Bayou. Photo taken 05/13/12.
SR 397 concludes as SR 85 turns southwesterly at Sunset Lane (former SR 85B). State Road 85 concludes in 5.6 miles at U.S. 98 (Miracle Strip Parkway) in Downtown Fort Walton Beach. Photo taken 05/13/12.

Photo Credits:

02/13/10, 04/08/11, 05/13/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
State Road 85
State Road 189
State Road 190

Page Updated 05-17-2012.

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