Accomplishing Access Management on the Florida Intrastate Highway System: The US 19 Highway Corridor Experience

US Highway 19 is a major north-south highway of statewide importance that runs along the west coast of Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has designated all of US 19 as part of the Florida Intrastate Highway System (FIHS)-the network of roadways essential to the state’s economy, hurricane preparedness, and overall transportation mobility. With this designation, the Florida Department of Transportation has placed additional controls to accommodate both high-speed and high-volume traffic while providing access to abutting land. Land use along the corridor ranges from strip commercial along segments in Pinellas and Pasco Counties to large expanses of agricultural and undeveloped land in central and northern Florida. Commercial development within the urban counties has largely occurred without adequate access management, and has resulted in numerous curb cuts, entry signs, and median openings that have adversely affected the safety, efficiency, and character of this important highway. US 19 also serves as the primary artery for commercial activity in some smaller cities and rural counties in west central Florida. The corridor remains largely rural in Levy County although development pressures are occurring, particularly along the 10-mile segment of US 19 that runs within and between the Cities of Chiefland and Fanning Springs. It was the desire of these communities to establish a proactive and mutually acceptable roadway access management strategy for this segment of US 19 in order to avoid the mistakes made in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. The communities wanted to support the development potential of the corridor, while avoiding a proliferation of curb cuts that would adversely impact the corridor and the character of the area. The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) of the University of South Florida, Tampa, assisted Levy County in developing a conceptual access management plan for the section of US 19 between Chiefland and Fanning Springs. This paper summarizes that effort.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 139-149
  • Monograph Title: Fifth National Conference on Access Management, June 23-26, 2002, Austin, Texas

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  • Accession Number: 01046228
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 17 2007 3:20PM