Florida State Road 520

Florida State Road 520

State Road 520 marker

State Road 520

Florida State Road 520 runs from State Road 50 in Orange County to State Road A1A in Brevard County
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 34.52 mi (55.55 km)
Existed: 1945 renumbering (definition) – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 50 near Bithlo
  SR 528 near Bithlo
SR 524 near Cocoa
I-95 / SR 9 near Cocoa
SR 501 in Cocoa
SR 519 in Cocoa
US 1 / SR 5 in Cocoa
SR 3 / CR 3 in Merritt Island
East end: SR A1A in Cocoa Beach
Location
Counties: Orange, Brevard
Highway system

Florida State and County Roads
Interstate • US • SR (Pre-1945) • Toll • County

SR 519 SR 524

Florida State Road 520 (SR 520) is a 34.52-mile (55.55 km) east–west state highway in central Florida, United States, connecting with SR 50 in the Orlando area with SR A1A in Cocoa Beach.

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Route description

It runs from SR 50 in Orange County east of Bithlo, southeast across the Beachline Expressway (SR 528). It intersects with County Road 532 (CR 532) before crossing the St. Johns River into Brevard County. In that county it intersects SR 524 (the original approach to the Bennett Causeway) and SR 9 (Interstate 95, I-95), before entering Cocoa and intersecting SR 501, SR 519 and SR 5 (U.S. Route 1, US 1). In Cocoa, SR 520 is known as King Street. It then heads onto the Merritt Island Causeway, a series of bridges crossing the Indian River, Newfound Harbor and the Banana River. Between the Indian River and Newfound Harbor, it crosses through Merritt Island, intersecting SR 3. East of the Banana River, SR 520 runs through Cocoa Beach, and heads towards its eastern terminus at SR A1A.

"Bloody 520"

"Bloody 520" is a popular nickname for the 22-mile (35 km) stretch of SR 520 between its western terminus and I-95, with numerous fatalities occurring on this stretch. From 2002 to 2007, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) widened the entire stretch to four lanes.[1]

History

SR 206 was legislated in 1931 to run from pre-1945 SR 4 (US 1) in Cocoa east across the Indian River to Merritt Island. There it would split, with one leg running south to Georgiana and the other north to Courtenay. (In 1937, both of these branches from Merritt Island became part of pre-1945 SR 219, later part of SR 3.)

A 1935 law extended SR 206 west to Orlando along the planned Cocoa–Orlando Highway, which used Lake Road in the Cocoa area.[2] Plans made by the State Road Department would have taken it into Orlando on Curry Ford Road (also defined as part of pre-1945 SR 411 in 1939).

SR 70 was defined in 1933, running from SR 206 at Merritt Island east over the Banana River to pre-1945 SR 140 at Cocoa Beach. A branch would run north along the west side of the Banana River to connect with pre-1945 SR 219 at Orsino.

Finally, SR 418 was defined along the existing Taylor Creek Road, running from pre-1945 SR 22 at Christmas south to the Osceola County line, crossing the planned SR 206 about two-thirds of the way.

By the 1945 renumbering, only the sections of SR 206 and SR 70 east of Cocoa were completed. SR 520 was defined to use sections of SR 418, SR 206 and SR 70. It would begin at SR 50 (former SR 22) near Christmas and run southeast along the general alignment of SR 418, switching to SR 206 where its planned alignment crossed. (SR 418 south of that crossing later became SR 532.) From there it would take SR 206 to Merritt Island, and SR 70 the rest of the way to end at SR 1 (former SR 140).

The section west of Cocoa was built in the 1950s. It used very little of the existing Taylor Creek Road, instead being built further west, joining SR 50 much closer to Bithlo than Christmas. At some point, Alafaya Trail was taken over from SR 50 north past the University of Central Florida to downtown Oviedo. SR 520 was extended west on SR 50 and then north on Alafaya Trail, ending at SR 419 and SR 426 in Oviedo. In the 1980s, SR 520 was truncated back to SR 50, and Alafaya became an extension of SR 434.

Major junctions

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Orange
Bithlo 0.00 SR 50 Western terminus
SR 528 Exit 31 (Beachline Expressway)
St. Johns River
  Crossing
Brevard
Cocoa SR 524
I-95 / SR 9 Exit 201 (I-95)
SR 501
SR 519
US 1 / SR 5
Indian River Hubert H. Humphrey Bridge
Merritt Island SR 3 / CR 3
Newfound Harbor East Merritt Island Causeway
Banana River East Merritt Island Causeway
Cocoa Beach 34.52 SR A1A Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/Former     Incomplete access     Unopened

Former State Road 520A

State Road 520A
Location: Lake Poinsett–Cocoa
Length: 0.6 mi (1.0 km)

Until about 2000, a 0.6-mile-long (0.97 km) spur from SR 520 to Lake Poinsett was designated State Road 520A by FDOT and its predecessor, the State Road Department.[3] Known locally as Lake Poinsett Road, the former SR 520A is the sole access road to Poinsett Groves and Poinsett Shores. The northern end is an intersection with King Street just west of I-95 near Rockledge.[4]

References

  1. ^ Laurin, Sellers (June 17, 2002). "Work on Perilous SR 520 is under way" (PDF). Orlando Sentinel. http://www.expresswayauthority.com/pdf/2002/061702.pdf. 
  2. ^ Brevard County, FL (1936) (PDF). Brevard County Plat Book #8 (Map). p. 43. http://www.brevardpropertyappraiser.com/pdfroot/Bk0008/00080043.pdf. 
  3. ^ American Automobile Association (2001). AAA North American Road Atlas (Map). ISBN 1-56251-550-0. 
  4. ^ Champion Map (1975). Champion Map of Cocoa and Melbourne (Map). 

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