Florida State Road 520 was the original route connecting the Orlando area with the Space Coast at Cocoa and Cocoa Beach. Supplanted by the Beachline Expressway and Bennett Causeway to the north, the 34.7 mile long route remains a regional highway, connecting SR 50 near Bithlo with the Beachline Expressway east to Cape Canaveral. The state road also provides a toll free route southeast to I-95 in west Cocoa for points south in Brevard County.
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All of SR 520 is four lanes. The portion along Merritt Causeway includes fixed high level bridges across both Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River. Through Orange County, SR 520 traverses protected lanes along a high speed rural highway. A five-year project expanded 22 miles of SR 520 from SR 50 to I-95. $80 million in work starting in June 2002 widened the eight mile segment from SR 50 to SR 528 first, followed by a 1.5 mile section between SR 524 and Tucker Lane near I-95 in Brevard County in summer 2003.1
Projects along SR 520 in Brevard County include replacing the continuous center turn lane along Merritt Island Causeway from west of Newfound Harbor Drive to east of Banana River Drive. Estimated to cost $619,000, the 0.650-mile reconstruction is scheduled to be let on July 31, 2019. A $1.6 million redesign of the east end of SR 520 at SR A1A will eliminate free flow right turn lanes and realign the east approach to improve the intersection for pedestrians. Affecting 0.231 miles of road, Project 430202-4 will be let on January 30, 2019.
- "Work on Perilous S.R. 520 is Under Way." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), June 17, 2002.
Page Updated 10-31-2018.