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State Road 40 marker

State Road 40
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 91.832 mi[1] (147.789 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering – present
Major junctions
West end: US 41 in Rainbow Lakes Estates
  I‑75 in Ocala
SR 19 in Ocala NF
US 17 in Barberville
East end: SR A1A in Ormond Beach
Location
Counties: Marion, Lake, Volusia
Highway system
SR 39A US 41

State Road 40 (SR 40) is an east–west route across central Florida, running from US 41 in Rainbow Lakes Estates eastwards through Ocala over the Ocklawaha River and bridge and through the heart of the Ocala National Forest to State Road A1A in Ormond Beach. Names of the road include Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala, Fort Brooks Road from Silver Springs through Astor, Butler Road in Astor, and Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach. Former sections in Ormond Beach are named "Old Tomoka Road" and "Old Tomoka Avenue."

Route description[edit]

Eastbound SR 40 as it approaches US 27-301-441 in Ocala.

The segment that's maintained by FDOT begins at US 41 north of the entrance to Rainbow Springs State Park, where it moves at a northeast angle before crossing under a narrow railroad bridge. The road passes by the Ocala International Airport before entering the city limits and crossing under Interstate 75 at Exit 352. East of I-75 SR 40 continues as a four-lane divided highway where it passes the Region #5 Headquarters of the Florida Department of Transportation. CSX's S-Line, which once carried the Amtrak Palmetto runs beneath the road before intersecting with US 27-301-441. East of the triplex, SR 40 climbs a hill and passes just north of the Ocala Historic Commercial District, and south of the Ocala Union Station. At the intersection of Northeast 25th Street SR 40 turns northeast where it serves as the western terminus of CR 314 (Northeast 7th Street) and the eastern terminus of State Road 492 (Northeast 14th Street).

From there, the road enters Silver Springs, Florida where it intersects with the northern terminus of State Road 35 and southern terminus of County Road 35 at the Silver Springs Nature Theme Park. The road runs along the north side of Silver Springs State Park, where it serves as the eastern terminus of State Road 326 and the southern terminus of CR 315, before it climbs the Bert Dosh Memorial Bridge in order to cross the Ocklawaha River, which was also intended to be part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, and is now part of the Cross Florida Greenway and the Florida National Scenic Trail. From there, the highway intersects CR 314 for the second time, and then CR 314A, before it bisects the Ocala National Forest. Toward the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest, SR 40 approaches Astor Park, where it intersects State Road 19. Immediately after the SR 19 intersection, the road crosses the Marion-Lake County line and runs along an overlook at Wildcat Lake. East of the intersection of CR 445 & CR 445A in Astor, it crosses the St. Johns River via the Astor Bridge, approaching Lake George State Forest in Volusia and Pierson. Immediately across the bridge, on the east bank of the St. Johns River, SR 40 passes through the unincorporated community of Volusia, one of the first European settlements in Florida, and the area for which Volusia, County was named.[2]

The bridge at Astor carries SR 40 across the St. Johns River, between Lake and Volusia Counties

As the road leaves Pierson and enters Barberville, it shifts to the northeast at the intersection of Lemmon Road, then intersects CR 3 and then the Barberville Flea Market and Post Office before a railroad crossing for the CSX "A" line a block west of the intersection of U.S. Route 17. The road curves back east, and then northeast again as it passes along the south side of Volusia Speedway Park before the intersection of State Road 11 in DeLeon Springs. From there, the road bisects the Tomoka Wildlife Management Area Union-Camp Tract and, after passing by some residential areas and intersecting Country Acres Boulevard, the road goes from two lanes to four as turns back into a divided highway. Despite officially entering the City of Ormond Beach, the highway runs along the north side of Tiger Bay State Forest and the Dan Rice Airport, but then becomes more suburban as it approaches the vicinity of the Tomoka River just before Interstate 95 at Exit 268 which is a block away from CR 4009.

SR 40 crosses the Halifax River on the Granada Bridge

East of I-95 & CR 4009, the road curves northeast again as it runs along residential areas along the Tomoka River, until it curves east before crossing over a bridge over one of its tributaries, just west of the intersection of State Road 5A(North and South Nova Road). The road makes one last left curve at Old Tomoka Avenue before approaching the grade crossing of the Florida East Coast Railroad main line, and then intersects with US 1(North and South Yonge Street). The route continues, but the divider ends as SR 40 comes in close proximity to Ormond Beach City Hall on the southwest corner of Granada Boulevard and Beach Street(CR 4011). From there, SR 40 is overlapped by the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, where the divider begins again on the Granada Bridge over the Halifax River, and immediately intersects John Anderson Drive(CR 2803), where one leg of the scenic route heads north and West Granada Boulevard becomes East Granda Boulevard, before finally terminating at State Road A1A. The other leg of the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop heads north on SR A1A. Despite the fact that SR 40 terminates at SR A1A, East Granada Boulevard continues as a beach access road.

Related routes[edit]

County extensions west of US 41[edit]

Levy County 40.svgMarion County 40.svg

County Road 40
Location: YankeetownDunnellon
Sign along CR 40 memorializing the filming of the 1962 Elvis Presley movie "Follow That Dream" along the road in Inglis

A western extension of SR 40 continues from US 41 in Dunnellon as County Road 40 to the Gulf of Mexico through Marion and Levy Counties north of the Withlacoochee River. County Road 40 is named Follow That Dream Parkway west of US 19/98 after the 1962 Elvis Presley movie that was filmed in Inglis, Yankeetown and the surrounding area. East of US 19-98, the road is known as Port Avenue in Levy County, and Cedar Street, then Pennsylvania Avenue in Dunnellon. Between Dunnellon and Rainbow Lakes Estates, SR 40 serves as a not-so-hidden route along US 41.

County Road 40A[edit]

Levy County 40A.svg

County Road 40A
Location: YankeetownInglis

County Road 40A is a suffixed alternate of County Road 40, along Southeast 193rd Place. It begins at the intersection of CR 40 and Allen Park Road and 63rd Street and briefly runs northeast until curving to the east where it runs mostly parallel to the north side of CR 40 into Inglis, where it moves further away from Follow That Dream Boulevard then terminates at US 19/98.

History[edit]

The route was established in the 1945 renumbering.

Future[edit]

A proposed expansion of SR 40 resulted in the State Road 40 Environmental Feasibility Study,[3] which reviewed potential impact of improvements to the existing highway while not destroying the natural beauty of the area.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Marion Rainbow Lakes Estates 0.000 0.000 US 41 (SR 45) – Dunnellon, Williston
  9.763 15.712 CR 328 west
Martel 13.368 21.514 CR 225A north (Northwest 80th Avenue)
Ocala 17.42 28.03 I‑75 (SR 93) – Lake City, Tampa I-75 exit 352
20.109 32.362 US 27 / US 301 / US 441 (South Pine Avenue / SR 25 / SR 500)
23.962 38.563 SR 492 west (Northeast 14th Street / Bonnie Heath Boulevard) to I‑75 north – Gainesville, Williston no left turn eastbound
Silver Springs 25.804 41.528 SR 35 south / CR 35 north – Belleview, Silver Springs State Park
  27.326 43.977 SR 326 west to I‑75 north – Gainesville
  28.394 45.696 CR 315 north – Fort McCoy, Orange Springs, Seminole Indian Community
  30.01 48.30 Delks Bluff Bridge over Ocklawaha River
  30.886 49.706 CR 314 – Hunter Ed. Center and Youth Camp, Salt Springs
  36.753 59.148 CR 314A – Hunter Ed. Center and Youth Camp, Salt Springs
Ocala NF 52.168 83.956 SR 19 – Salt Springs, Palatka, Eustis
Lake Astor Park 57.014 91.755 CR 445A south – Alexander Springs
Lake
Volusia
Astor
Volusia
60.06 96.66 Astor Bridge over St. Johns River
Volusia Barberville 66.362 106.799 CR 3 – Pioneer Settlement for Creative Arts
66.522 107.057 US 17 (SR 15) – DeLand, Pierson, Crescent City
  73.211 117.822 SR 11 – Bunnell, DeLand
Ormond Beach 85.593 137.749 CR 2813 north (Tymber Creek Road)
86.42 139.08 I‑95 (SR 9) – Miami, Jacksonville I-95 exit 268
86.606 139.379 CR 4009 south (Williamson Boulevard)
87.966 141.568 CR 483 south (Clyde Morris Boulevard)
89.006 143.241 SR 5A (Nova Road)
90.351 145.406 US 1 (Yonge Street / SR 5)
90.781 146.098 Beach Street (CR 4011) - Tomoka State Park
91.04 146.51 Granada Bridge over Halifax River (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)
91.832 147.789 SR A1A – Ormond-by-the-Sea
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed February 2014
  2. ^ Robinson, Jim (8 June 1997). "Spanish Missionaries Find Tribes Devoted To Centuries-old Cultures". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  3. ^ State Road 40 Environmental Feasibility Study

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