U.S. 319 originates a 96.20 mile course through the big bend area of Florida at the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge across East Bay near Apalachicola. The route overlaps with U.S. 98 along St. George Sound from Eastpoint to Carrabelle and St. James Island. U.S. 319 turns inland near Turkey Point, with U.S. 98 staying along the coast to St Teresa Beach.
North across the Ochlockonee River, U.S. 319 enters Wakulla County en route to Sopchoppy and an eastern turn to Buckhorn and U.S. 98 at Medart. A second overlap with U.S. 98 ensues northward 1.56 miles to a rural split, with U.S. 319 running north to Crawfordville and U.S. 98 turning east to Newport.
Traversing areas of Apalachicola National Forest, U.S. 319 crosses the Leon County line and makes its approach to the capital city of Tallahassee. Once in the city limits, U.S. 319 turns east onto Capital Circle, a growing arterial route encircling the city northward to Interstate 10 and Thomasville Road. Thomasville Road takes the US route northeast through the outer suburbs to Bradfordville, Iamonia and Grady County, Georgia.
U.S. 319 Florida Guides
Historically U.S. 319 ran through the heart of Tallahassee along a combination of Crawfordville Road and Thomasville Road along what is now simply State Road 61. AASHTO approved a relocation of the US highway onto Capital Circle (S.R. 261 and 263) on July 25, 1974.
Construction costing around $100 million will four-lane U.S. 319 north from U.S. 98 to State Road 267 (Bloxham Cutoff). $29 million in funds were allocated in 2017-18 for right-of-way acquisition and construction for U.S. 319 north from SR 267 to the Leon County line, and around $57 million in 2018-20 for right-of-way, environmental work and other construction from SR 267 south to East Ivan Road. The 2.2 mile section of U.S. 319 between Bloxum Cutoff and the Leon County line is anticipated for completion in winter 2020.1
|County Road 373A (New Light Church Road) concludes a 3.08 mile route east from County Road 373 (Springhill Road) through northern Wakulla County at U.S. 319 (Crawfordville Highway). Photo taken 01/15/11.|
- "Crawfordville commuter corridor getting four-lane treatment." Tallhassee Democrat (FL), September 19, 2018.
01/15/11 by AARoads
Page Updated 09-22-2018.