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Florida 44.svg
State Road 44
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 115.246 mi[1] (185.470 km)
Formed: 1945 renumbering (definition)
West end: US 19 / US 98 / SR 55 in Crystal River
Major
junctions:
I-75 / SR 93 near Wildwood
US 441 / SR 500 from Leesburg to near Mount Dora
I-4 / SR 400 near DeLand
I-95 / SR 9 in New Smyrna Beach
East end: US 1 / SR A1A / SR 5 in New Smyrna Beach
Florida State and County Roads
< SR 43 SR 45 >

State Road 44 (SR 44) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of Florida. It runs from Crystal River on the Gulf of Mexico east to New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, passing through Inverness, Wildwood, Leesburg and DeLand.

A section in Lake County, between eastern Leesburg and a point north of Mount Dora, is concurrent with U.S. Highway 441 (SR 500).[1] This concurrency is not signed; signs on US 441 mark it as TO SR 44. The former alignment of SR 44 in that area is now mostly County Road 44, which runs north of Lake Eustis, on the other side as US 441 and current SR 44.

A former western extension of SR 44 from Crystal River to the Gulf of Mexico is now Citrus County Road 44. In some locations, it is signed as County Road 44W.

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Route description

History

In Lake County, SR 44 originally passed through downtown Leesburg on Main Street, merging with US 441 east of downtown. It then split to the north on current County Road 44, passing north of Lake Eustis. North of Eustis, it turned southeast on present County Road 452, merging with State Road 19 into downtown Eustis, where it turned east on Orange Avenue to rejoin current SR 44 east of Eustis.[2]

The current alignment around the south side of Leesburg was taken over ca. 1986.[3] It had previously been State Road 486 from the west end to U.S. Highway 27 (SR 25) and State Road 33 from roughly Canal Street east to Main Street,[2] but was given to the county by the early 1980s.[3]

At some point, SR 44 from US 441 east of Leesburg to State Road 19 north of Eustis was given to the county and numbered County Road 44; the route via US 441 and SR 19 south of Lake Eustis became SR 44. CR 44 has since been realigned to bypass Eustis to the north.

SR 44 was realigned around downtown Eustis in 2005,[3] taking over what had been County Road 44B between US 441 and SR 44 east of Eustis. The Florida Department of Transportation gave SR 44 west of CR 44B to Lake County. CR 44B had been marked from US 441 as a bypass to SR 44 east and from SR 44 as a bypass to US 441 south, as part of a longer bypass of Eustis also including County Road 44 north and west to SR 19.

Major intersections

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Citrus Crystal River US 19 / US 98 / SR 55 Western terminus
CR 486 (West Norvelle Bryant Highway)
SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway) – Tampa future
Lecanto CR 491 (Lecanto Highway)
US 41 Concurrency in Inverness
Sumter Wildwood I-75 / SR 93Tampa, Ocala Exit 329
US 301
Lake Leesburg US 27 (14th Street)
US 441 / SR 500 Concurrency between Leesburg and Silver Lake
Eustis SR 19
Crows Bluff CR 42
Volusia DeLand US 17 / US 92 (Woodland Boulevard)
Lake Helen I-4 / SR 400Daytona Beach, Orlando Exit 118
SR 415
CR 4009 future
New Smyrna Beach I-95 / SR 9Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach Exit 249, Northbound; Exits 249A and 249B Southbound
US 1 / SR A1A / SR 5 Eastern terminus

Florida State Road 44 Business

Business plate.svg
Florida 44.svg

Business 44 was a state route in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The latest GIS data has it listed as SR 44 even though there are two signs which have "business" tabs on them. Business 44 was the old alignment of SR 44 through downtown New Smyrna Beach.

Citrus County Road 44W

Citrus County Road 44W FL.svg

Citrus County Road 44W exists as the western tip of old State Road 44, south of Crystal River. The suffix, "W", was most likely added to not confuse this section with State Road 44, to the north, and to show its location by being west of US 19 and US 98(SR 55). As with the majority of these type of 'coastal spur' routes, in West Central Florida, it is county maintained.

Lake County Road 44B

Lake County Road 44B FL.svg

Lake County Road 44B used to be a short north/south county route in the Mount Dora area. In 2004, CR 44B was turned over to State Road 44 when SR 44 was re-routed out of downtown Eustis. Thus, SR 44 is a complete eastern and southern bypass of Eustis. The remaining portion of SR 44 through Eustis was reverted back to CR 44, and remains unsigned to this day.

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