State Road 121 (SR 121) is a major state highway that runs north and south in northern Florida. The road is part of a long multi-state route that also goes through Georgia and South Carolina.
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length||101.867 mi (163.939 km)|
|South end||US 19 / US 98 at Lebanon Station|
| US 27 / US 41 in Williston|
I-75 in Gainesville
I-10 in Macclenny
|North end||SR 23 / SR 121 near Stokesville, GA|
Beginning in Lebanon Station at a channelized intersection with US 19/US 98 and County Road 336 (CR 336) in Levy County, SR 121 travels through Goethe State Forest where it turns east and intersects CR 337. The road makes a sharp left curve to the northeast where it travels through desolate farmland; the only resemblance to a major intersection is CR 326. Within the city of Williston, SR 121 has a concurrency with CR 316, until the intersection with US 41. It then joins US 41 as CR 316 continues eastward, which then joins the east end of US 27 Alternate (US 27 Alt.), and then the US 27/US 41 concurrency before breaking away to the northeast again, taking the DeSoto Trail away from US 41.
North of CR 335, SR 121 hugs the west side of the Levy–Marion county line, but never crosses it, choosing to enter Alachua County instead. Immediately after the interchange with Interstate 75 (I-75) at exit 382, SR 121 makes a sharp left onto Northwest 34th Street as SR 331 becomes the designation for Williston Road. As it crosses SR 24 it borders the western edge of the University of Florida, passing along the 34th Street Wall just before crossing SR 26A and then SR 26. North of US 441, the DeSoto Trail breaks away.
After the intersection with CR 236 in Santa Fe, SR 121 is carried along bridges across the former Seaboard Coast Line railroad line to Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant and Santa Fe River in Worthington Springs, where it intersects SR 18.
Briefly traveling parallel to SR 100 in Lake Butler, it intersects SR 100 as it continues northeast. The road also intersects SR 16 in Raiford, and I-10 (Exit 335) and US 90 in Macclenny close to SR 228 before crossing the Georgia state line on its way to South Carolina.
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The segment between US 19 and 98 in Lebanon Station and US 41 in Williston was previously designated as Florida State Road 335, and the segment between US 27 and 41 in Williston, at what is today the south end of SR 331 was part of a southern extension of that route.
State Road 23 was defined in the 1945 renumbering as:
- From a point on SR 20 and SR 25 approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of Paradise in a northwesterly direction to the intersection with SR 235 in LaCrosse and along SR 235 for approximately 0.07 miles (0.11 km), then continuing northwesterly via Santa Fe to a junction with SR 18 at Worthington Springs and along SR 18 to a point approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Worthington Springs, then northeasterly to a junction with SR 100 in Lake Butler and East on SR 100 to a point near the eastern city limits of Lake Butler then northeasterly via Raiford to a junction with SR 10 in Macclenny and along SR 10 to 5th Street then in a northerly direction along 5th Street to the St. Mary's River at the Georgia state line.
Prior to the renumbering, this had been:
- SR 99 from northwest of Paradise to Worthington Springs
- SR 113 from northwest of Paradise to LaCrosse
- SR 49 from Worthington Springs to Georgia
At some point, SR 23 was renumbered as part of SR 121, probably to match Georgia State Route 121. Before that, however, SR 23 had been extended around the west side of Gainesville to end at US 441/SR 25 at Rocky Point, and the southernmost part did not become part of SR 121. It was later given to the county, and has a possibility of becoming County Road 23.[clarification needed]
In 1975, the City of Gainesville recommended a truck ban along SR 121 and established a truck route around downtown. In 1979. FDOT widened the road within the city, which included the creation of a retaining wall along the University of Florida Golf Course that has since become a target for graffiti artists. The truck ban was lifted in the early 1980s, but reestablished later in the decade after a series of fatal accidents.
|US 19 / US 98 (SR 55) / CR 336 east – Inglis, St. Petersburg, Chiefland, Mobile|
|||5.086||8.185||CR 337 – Bronson|
|||8.354||13.444||CR 464 east|
|||11.573||18.625||CR 326 – Henry Beck Park|
|||16.808||27.050||CR 316 west (Northeast 20th Street)|
|||17.959||28.902||CR 335A north (Northeast 167th Court)|
|Williston||20.224||32.547||US 41 south (SR 45) / CR 316 east (Northeast 30th Street) – Morriston, Dunnellon, Tampa||south end of US 41 / SR 45 overlap|
US 27 Alt. north (SR 500) – Bronson
|south end of US 27 Alt. / SR 500 overlap|
|21.559||34.696||US 27 south (Noble Avenue / SR 500) – Ocala||north end of US 27 Alt. / SR 500 overlap; south end of US 27 overlap|
|21.979||35.372||US 27 north / US 41 north (North Main Street / SR 45) – Archer||north end of US 27 / US 41 / SR 45 overlap|
|22.914||36.877||CR 318A (Mixson Road / Northeast 50th Street)|
|||23.885||38.439||CR 331A south (Northeast 205th Street)|
|||26.018||41.872||CR 335 (Northeast 75th Street)|
|||28.284||45.519||CR 320 east|
|Alachua||||30.205||48.610||CR 346 west|
|||32.231||51.871||CR 346A west (Southwest 137th Avenue)|
|Gainesville||32.98||53.08||I-75 (SR 93) – Lake City, Tampa, truck route to SR 24 west / SR 26 west||I-75 exit 382|
SR 331 north (Williston Road) to US 441 / US 301 – Gainesville, truck route to SR 121 north / SR 24 east / SR 26 east
SR 24 (Archer Road) to I-75 – Archer, Waldo
|41.369||66.577||SR 26A (Southwest 2nd Avenue)|
|41.489||66.770||SR 26 (West University Avenue)|
SR 222 (Northwest 39th Avenue) to I-75 – Orange Heights
|45.290||72.887||CR 232 (Northwest 53rd Avenue)|
|46.200||74.352||US 441 (SR 20 / SR 25) – Alachua, Gainesville, truck route to SR 121 south|
|49.303||79.345||CR 231 north|
|LaCrosse||55.922||89.998||SR 235 south – Alachua||south end of SR 235 overlap|
|56.176||90.407||SR 235 north – Brooker||north end of SR 235 overlap|
|56.513||90.949||CR 1493 north|
|Santa Fe||59.281||95.404|| |
CR 236 west to I-75 – High Springs
|||61.620||99.168||CR 239 south|
|Union||Worthington Springs||62.703||100.911||SR 18 east – Brooker|
|63.726||102.557||CR 18 west – Fort White|
|Dukes||65.622||105.608||CR 18A east / CR 239A west|
|||66.908||107.678||CR 231A east / CR 796 west (Southwest 76th Street)|
|Lake Butler||70.913||114.123||SR 231 (Dr. M.L. King Jr. Avenue)|
|72.307||116.367||SR 100 – Lake City, Starke|
|Johnstown||76.748||123.514||CR 237 south|
SR 16 east to I-95 – State Prison, Starke, St. Augustine
|||83.245||133.970||CR 125 south|
|Baker||||89.612||144.217||CR 125 north – Glen St. Mary|
|||91.524||147.294||CR 130 west (Mud Lake Road)|
|Macclenny||94.532||152.135||CR 23A west (Woodlawn Road)|
I-10 (SR 8) to I-95 – Lake City, Tallahassee, Jacksonville
|I-10 exit 335|
|95.600||153.853||CR 23A (Lowder Street)|
|96.259||154.914||US 90 (Macclenny Avenue / SR 10) – Glen St. Mary, Baldwin|
|97.449||156.829||CR 23B west / CR 228 east – Baker County Fair Grounds|
|||99.829||160.659||CR 23C (Steel Bridge Road)|
|||101.380||163.155||CR 23D west|
|||101.867||163.939||SR 23 north / SR 121 north – St. George, Folkston||Continuation to Georgia; Southern terminus of SR 23; Georgia state line (St. Marys River bridge)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Gainesville State Road 121 TruckEdit
Florida State Truck Route 121 in Gainesville, Florida was formed in the mid-1970s in order to divert trucks form the congested downtown areas of Gainesville. The route begins at the intersection of State Road 121, Florida State Road 331 and Alachua County Road 23, removing the concurrencies with the SR 24 and 26 Truck Routes. At the intersection with U.S. Route 441, the routes are joined by a truck route of that route as well. The four truck routes run northeast along SR 331 and then curve to the north. SR 331 terminates at the east end of the overlap of SRs 20, 24, and 26, which also serves as the terminus of Florida Truck Routes 24 and 26. However US 441 Truck and Florida Truck Route 121 continue to the northeast until the intersection with Florida State Road 222. At this point, the truck routes turn west overlapping SR 222 and intersection Florida State Road 20. US Truck Route 441 terminates at the intersection of SR 222 and US 441, while Florida Truck Route 121 makes a right turn and follows US 441 northbound until the intersection with its parent route.
County Road 121AEdit
County Road 121A is the sole suffixed alternate of SR 121 that exists within the State of Florida. It is a former segment of SR 121 that exists entirely in LaCrosse. The route is unmarked, and runs along the east side of SR 121 south of downtown to halfway between the SR 121/235 overlap across from the LaCrosse Post Office.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Florida State Road 121.|
- FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 2014
- [www.florida-backroads-travel.com/support-files/floridastatemap1959front.pdf Official State Road Map of Florida - 1959]
- An Open Letter to Governor Graham," by Sydney Knight (Gainesville Sun; September 10, 1985)