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Daniels Parkway, originally known as State Road 876 (SR 876), runs from Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41, US 41) in Fort Myers to SR 82 in Lehigh Acres. Daniels Parkway encompasses a major section of what is now County Road 876, a major east-west thoroughfare through Lee County just south of Fort Myers city limits before becoming a north-south route through Lehigh Acres and Buckingham, also encompassing Cypress Lake Drive, Gunnery Road, and Buckingham Road.

Florida State Road 876 marker Lee County Road 876 marker

Daniels Parkway
State Road 876 and County Road 876
Route information
Length22.92 mi (36.89 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 867 in McGregor
  US 41 in Villas
I-75 near Fort Myers
SR 82 in Gateway
East end SR 80 in Fort Myers Shores
Highway system
SR 874SR 878

Beginning at SR 867 in McGregor, CR 876 travels east along Cypress Lake Drive through Cypress Lake to U.S. Route 41 (Tamiami Trail). It continues east of US 41 as Daniels Parkway towards Interstate 75 and Southwest Florida International Airport. East of Gateway, CR 876 intersects State Road 82, where it turns north and continues as Gunnery Road through Lehigh Acres before merging with Buckingham Road. Buckingham Road carries CR 876 north through Buckingham to its terminus with SR 80 in Fort Myers Shores.

Originally SR 876, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) later relinquished all of Daniels Parkway to Lee County, though the county transferred a 0.513 miles (0.83 km) portion between I-75 and a county-maintained rest area back to FDOT.[1][2] However, this portion is not signed as state road.

HistoryEdit

Daniels Parkway, once known as Daniels Road, was originally a two-lane dirt cattle trail in the 1920s. It served a major cattle ranch operated by Barney Daniels and his son (for whom the road is named) near the intersection of present-day Plantation Road. Daniels Road would also serve agricultural areas farther east.[3] At this time, the route east of the Tamiami Trail now known as Cypress Lake Drive was also a two-lane dirt road named Radio Beam Road.[4]

By the mid 1970s, Daniels Road was paved from US 41 up to the Ten Mile Canal and its crossing with the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (the present-day Seminole Gulf Railway). By this time, construction was underway on Interstate 75, which would have an interchange with Daniels Road. I-75 was completed through Fort Myers in 1979 and Daniels Road would be paved up to the interchange.[5] The route would briefly carry the designation State Road 876 before being turned over to the county a year later.[6] Construction of Southwest Florida Regional Airport began in 1980 which led to Daniels Parkway being expanded to a multi-lane divided road with frontage roads from I-75 east to Chamberlin Parkway (which would be the main entrance to the airport's original terminal which opened in 1983).[7] Daniels Parkway would be widened to a six-lane divided road from US 41 to I-75 in the early 1990s.

By 1986, Daniels Parkway was extended east of Chamberlin Parkway to serve the newly established community of Gateway.[8] It would be extended again in the early 2000s to State Road 82 making it a continuous route with Gunnery Road and Buckingham Road (which was previously designated State Road 82A). Gunnery Road is named for the Flexible Gunnery School, which trained fighter pilots and bomber crewmen at Buckingham Army Airfield during World War II.

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Lee County.

Locationmi[9][10]kmDestinationsNotes
McGregor0.000.00  SR 867 (McGregor Boulevard) – Cape Coral
Cypress Lake1.702.74  CR 869 (Summerlin Road) – FSW State College
Villas2.704.35  US 41 (Cleveland Avenue)
3.806.12  SR 739 (Metro Parkway)
4.707.56  CR 865 (Ben C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway) – Sports Complex, Lakes Park
7.3611.84  I-75 – Tampa, NaplesExit 131 on I-75; western terminus of SR 876
7.7612.49Rest Area / Florida Highway PatrolEastern terminus of SR 876
7.9012.71   CR 885 (Treeline Avenue) – Southwest Florida International AirportTo Florida Gulf Coast University, Germain Arena
8.7014.00Chamberlin Parkway – Skyplex Commercial CenterFormer airport access
GatewayLehigh Acres line13.3121.42  SR 82 – Lehigh Acres, Immokalee
Lehigh Acres15.7625.36  CR 884 (Lee Boulevard) – Lehigh Acres, Alva
OlgaFort Myers Shores line22.9236.89  SR 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) – Fort Myers, LaBelle
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Road Maintenance System (Map). Cartography by Lee County GIS. Lee County Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Forbes, David R. "An interview with Ann Cook". Florida Gulf Coast University. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Old packinghouse outside of Ft.Myers". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Interstate 75". AA Roads. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ General Highway Map, Lee County, August 1989, revised June 1990
  7. ^ "Southwest Florida Regional Airport Environmental Impact Statement". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ "History and Facts of Gateway". Gateway Services Community Development District. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  9. ^ FDOT straight line diagrams Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  10. ^ FDOT GIS data Archived 2008-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 2014