Florida State Road 820

State Road 820 (SR 820), locally known as Pines Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, is a 19.956-mile-long (32.116 km) divided east–west highway serving southern Broward County, Florida. Its western terminus is an intersection with U.S. Highway 27 (US 27 or State Road 25) in Pembroke Pines, Florida; and its eastern terminus is a trumpet interchange with State Road A1A in Hollywood, Florida. SR 820 is the southernmost of three roads in Broward County that connects US 27 and A1A, the others being Sheridan Street and Griffin Road. SR 820 also serves as the latitudinal baseline for the street grid that incorporates Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, West Park, and Pembroke Park.[2]

State Road 820 marker

State Road 820

Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length19.939 mi[1] (32.089 km)
Major junctions
West end US 27 in Pembroke Pines
Major intersections
East end SR A1A in Hollywood
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 818 SR 821

Route description edit

Pines Boulevard begins at an intersection with Okeechobee Road near the western fringes of Broward County development and the Everglades. State Road 820 follows Pines Boulevard east, as the first several miles of the road are newer residential developments, with some schools and grocery shops dotted on the road before an interchange with Interstate 75 (I-75). East of I-75, it passes through some more residential developments before becoming commercial at the intersection of Flamingo Road. CB Smith Park and Pembroke Lakes Mall are located there, which in 2001 was considered "most dangerous intersection in the United States" by State Farm Insurance.[3] Continuing east, the road is mostly commercial dotted with some residential areas until it reaches University Drive, where Pines Boulevard becomes the northern boundary of North Perry Airport. At this point, the road to the north becomes mostly residential, and at SW 60th Avenue, Pines Boulevard becomes Hollywood Boulevard, and the road begins to form the southern border of Hollywood. Residential developments then dot both sides of the road, with Broward College south campus appearing to the north just west of the interchange with Florida's Turnpike, where SR 820 leaves Pembroke Pines and enters Hollywood, where it stays for the rest of the route.

A sign on Hollywood Boulevard where it approaches downtown east of the Florida East Coast railway.
SR 820 intersects Interstate 95 just east of the Hollywood Train Station

East of the Turnpike, SR 820 becomes commercial again, as it quickly intersects with US 441/SR 7, with the defunct Hollywood Fashion Center on the southeast corner of the intersection. East of the old shopping center, the road again becomes residential, with multi level buildings now lining the main street along with single story houses. It then hits the Presidential Circle, the first of three large traffic circles in the Historic District of downtown Hollywood, with the center currently housing a high rise commercial building. Commercial development dots Hollywood Boulevard for a few more blocks before a few blocks of residential development, where SR 820 hits the interchange with Interstate 95. Commercial development continues east, with the road hitting the City Hall Circle, the second of the three large circles. The road then hits Dixie Highway, entering the Hollywood Boulevard Historic Business District, followed by an intersection with US 1/SR 5 which contains Young Circle, the last of the three circles and exiting the Historic District. From here to the eastern terminus, the road is residential, as it crosses the drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, then ending at a trumpet interchange with SR A1A, providing access to the Atlantic Ocean beaches along State Road A1A.[4][5]

History edit

State Road 820 was formed in 1945 with its current route, and was State Road 518 prior to 1945. The newly designated SR 820 would continue to be known as Hollywood Boulevard for its entire length until its western section, past Seventy-Second Avenue, was renamed Pines Boulevard after the city of Pembroke Pines was founded in 1960.

"The Most Dangerous Intersection in America" edit

In 2001, State Farm Insurance ranked the intersection of Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines, "The Most Dangerous Intersection in America". Using data from over a two-year period, the company found that 357 vehicular accidents happened during their study at the intersection, which is where C. B. Smith Park, Pembroke Lakes Mall, a hospital, and two shopping centers are located. This prompted the city to make drastic changes to the intersection, which included lengthening the turning lanes and adding red light cameras. The number of accidents have since dropped significantly at the intersection.[3]

Major intersections edit

The entire route is in Broward County.

Pembroke Pines0.0000.000  US 27Unsigned SR 25
5.739.22  I-75 – Naples, MiamiExits 9A-B on I-75 (unsigned SR 93)
SR 823 (Flamingo Road) to Florida's Turnpike Extension
Named "Most Dangerous Intersection in America" by State Farm Insurance in 2001[3]
SR 817 (University Drive) to I-595
Hollywood13.6822.02  Florida's Turnpike – Orlando, MiamiExit 49 on Florida's Turnpike (unsigned SR 91)
13.99022.515  US 441 (SR 7)
16.6026.72  I-95 – West Palm Beach, MiamiExit 20 on I-95 (unsigned SR 9)
16.82627.07928th AvenueEast end of state maintenance
18.1529.21  US 1 (Federal Highway) – Fort Lauderdale, MiamiYoung Circle (traffic circle); west end of state maintenance
Intracoastal Waterway bridge
19.93932.089  SR A1AInterchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References edit

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ Google (25 February 2013). "State Road 820" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Borges, Vanessa (23 July 2012). "Is A Broward Intersection Still The Worst In The Nation?". WFOR-CBS Channel 4 Miami. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ Map of State Road 820 (Map). MapQuest, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  5. ^ Municipal Boundaries 2009 (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Broward County GIS. Broward County, Florida. 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2010.

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