State Road 739 South

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SR 739 south
SR 739 is initially posted along Fowler Street beyond the split with U.S. 41 Business and SR 80 (Second Street) west of downtown Fort Myers. The state road continues south on Fowler Street and Metro Parkway on a 11.2-mile course through Fort Myers. Photo taken 11/26/15.
Thompson Street constitutes a 0.4-mile connector between State Road 82 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) and U.S. 41 Business (Evans Avenue) north. Photo taken 11/26/15.
Traffic advances one block south from Thompson Street to SR 82 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). SR 82 travels 29.9 miles on a southeast trajectory between U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) near Downtown and SR 29 north of Immokalee in Collier County. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 82 travels through Dunbar on its course southeast from downtown Fort Myers to Lehigh Acres, meeting SR 739 at this signalized intersection. Photo taken 11/26/15.
This confirming marker for SR 739 stands along Fowler Street beyond the intersection with SR 82 (MLK, Jr. Boulevard). Photo taken 11/26/15.
Market Street runs through the Fort Myers street grid between Central Avenue and Evans Avenue (SR 739) north. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 739 (Fowler Street) crosses Edison Avenue at this signalized intersection. Edison Avenue travels west to the City of Palms baseball park and U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue). Edison Avenue continues east into the Dunbar neighborhood and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. Photo taken 11/26/15.
South Street meets SR 739 (Fowler Street) south at the next signalized intersection. South Street spans across the street grid linking to U.S. 41 and Lee Memorial Hospital (west) and to the Southward Village neighborhood (east). Photo taken 11/26/15.
State Road 739 (Fowler Street) next meets Hanson Street in central Fort Myers. Historically, SR 739 followed Hanson Street east to Old Metro Parkway south. Photo taken 11/26/15.
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These trailblazers alert drivers to the upcoming shift of SR 739 from Fowler Street to Metro Parkway. A $24 million project between 2012 and 2015 realigned Metro Parkway from north of Winkler Avenue to Evans and Fowler Streets. Photos taken 11/26/15.
Metro Parkway (SR 739) initially angles southeast from Fowler Street along a one way couplet to Evans Avenue. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 739 north overlays Evans Avenue along a one way couplet from this point to SR 80 (Second Street) near Dunbar. Metro Parkway continues southeasterly on a six lane divided boulevard to Winkler Avenue. Photo taken 11/26/15.
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Metro Parkway (SR 739) south next meets LeeTran Boulevard. LeeTran Boulevard was built in tandem with the realignment of SR 739 as a connector to Fowler Street.
The primary headquarters and hub for the Lee County Transit (LeeTran) system otherwise ties into the intersection from the east. Photos taken 11/26/15.
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SR 739 (Metro Parkway) re-curves southeast to span Palm Avenue, Ten Mile canal, and the Seminole Gulf Railway. Old Metro Parkway follows the overpass. Photos taken 11/26/15.
Old Metro Parkway represents the former alignment of SR 739 prior to the November 2015 shift. The local road connects with Hanson Street to the north. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 739 resumes a southward course beyond Old Metro Parkway. Winkler Avenue occurs next. Photo taken 11/26/15.
Winkler Avenue is an urban arterial that stretches across central Fort Myers connecting SR 739 (Metro Parkway) with Cleveland Avenue (U.S. 41) to the west and Six Mile Cypress Parkway (CR 865) to the east. Photo taken 11/26/15.
The Metro Park business complex lines the western side of SR 739 between Winkler Avenue and upcoming SR 884 (Colonial Boulevard). Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 884 constitutes part of a major 37.6-mile thoroughfare joining SR 739 with I-75 and Lehigh Acres to the east and central Cape Coral to the west. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 884 follows Colonial Boulevard between U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) and Interstate 75 while CR 884 continues east to SR 82 and Lehigh Acres and west across the Midpoint Memorial Bridge into Cape Coral. Photo taken 11/26/15.
SR 739 advances south from Colonial Boulevard into industrial areas of South Fort Myers. Photo taken 11/26/15.
Landing View Road is a short spur that dead ends at the east boundary of Page Field (FMY), providing no direct access to the airport. Otherwise, this stretch of Metro Parkway consists primarily of a five-lane arterial with a continuous center turn lane to Daniels Parkway. Photo taken 11/24/12.
The ensuing signal along SR 739 (Metro Parkway) south occurs at Danley Drive. Danley Drive lines the southern edge of Page Field before turning south to meet Beacon Manor Drive. Photo taken 11/24/12.
Crystal Drive lines residential neighborhoods between Metro Parkway (SR 739)and U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) to the west. Otherwise, Crystal Drive continues east to Plantation Road. Photo taken 11/24/12.
Remnants of a traffic signal span Metro Parkway at Commerce Park Drive. SR 739 next crosses Lee County Road 876 (Daniels Parkway). Photo taken 11/24/12.
Daniels Parkway (CR 876) represents another major east-west thoroughfare along SR 739 south, connecting the state road with areas of South Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). Photo taken 11/24/12.
CR 876 is periodically signed along its entire stretch of Daniels Parkway. The six lane arterial is lined with commercial centers and residential neighborhoods on its course through southern reaches of Fort Myers. Photo taken 11/24/12.
Confirming marker for SR 739 posted beyond Daniels Parkway (CR 876). The state road next meets SR 865 / CR 865 (Six Miles Cypress Parkway) in 1.2 miles. Photo taken 11/24/12.
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Two assemblies alert motorists to the approaching intersection with SR 865 and CR 865 (Six Mile Cypress/Ben C. Pratt Parkway). One assembly was added when SR 739 was extended southward in 2012. Photos taken 11/24/12.
Lee County Road 865 (Six Mile Cypress Parkway) north begins at State Road 739 (Metro Parkway) and arcs northeast to Daniels Parkway and SR 884 (Colonial Boulevard). The county road ends at SR 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) in Tice. Photo taken 11/24/12.
SR 865 extends west between SR 739 and U.S. 41 with a second CR 865 (Gladiolus Drive) continuing beyond the US highway to SR 867 near Iona. Photo taken 11/24/12.
SR 739 is designated the Michael G. Rippe Parkway along the remaining 2.8-mile stretch to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) near San Carlos Park. This final segment opened to traffic in October 2012 after 20 years of planning. Photo taken 11/24/12.
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This section of SR 739 consists of a six-lane divided arterial with limited cross-overs. Briarcliff Road is the only access point for the Michael G. Rippe Parkway before reaching a partial interchange with Alico Road. Photos taken 11/24/12.
SR 739 (Michael G. Rippe Parkway) south rises over a Seminole Gulf rail line and Alico Road (CR 840) as it bends south to meet U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Alico Road connects U.S. 41 and SR 739 with Interstate 75 near RSW airport. Photo taken 11/24/12.
A loop ramp joins Michael G. Rippe Parkway south with Alico Road (CR 840) east. Alico Road joins SR 739 with Florida Gulf Coast University (via Ben Hill Griffin Parkway) to the east of I-75. Photo taken 11/24/12.
Beyond the ramp to Alico Road east, SR 739 advances quickly to its end at U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Photo taken 11/24/12.
SR 739 (Michael G. Rippe Parkway) south concludes as lanes partition for U.S. 41 north to Fort Myers and south to San Carlos Park, Estero, and Bonita Springs. Photo taken 11/24/12.



Photo Credits:

11/24/12, 11/26/15 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 41
U.S. 41 Business - Fort Myers & North Fort Myers
State Road 80
State Road 865 & Lee County Road 865
State Road 884 & Lee County Road 884

Page Updated 07-01-2016.