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U.S. Highways in Florida

In Florida, 18 U.S. highways serve the state. Between 1956 and 1993, a specific color was assigned to each route to aid in motorist navigation. The theory was that each color would be unique and would provide a common theme to the signed route for its entire length, even when its alignment is shared with other routes. This was evidenced in the 1964 Official Florida Map, which had the following table denoting the color scheme for U.S. routes in Florida:

The concept was that route numbers grouped by color would not intersect. For instance, red U.S. 1 does not meet red U.S. 19 or red U.S. 29 anywhere along its route. As is typical, there is one exception: green U.S. 27 and green U.S. 192 intersect near Walt Disney World, and it can be said that this is accidental due to the extension of U.S. 192 west from U.S. 17-92 to U.S. 27 in 1972.

In the early 1990s, in order to achieve compliance with federal signing standards (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - MUTCD), the colored U.S. routes of Florida were replaced with the national standard black and white shields. As a result, most of the colored U.S. route shields that used to grace the highways of the Sunshine State are now gone, but a few still remain, especially on secondary and county roads. For a good deal more information, visit Florida U.S. Highways by Robert V. Droz.

U.S. 1
These signs in New Symrna Beach point the way to Florida 44 and U.S. 1 via northbound Florida A1A. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 07/00.
Alternate U.S. 1 and Alternate U.S. 90 merge near Jacksonville. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1978.
Pompano Beach after crossing Sample Rd. (then Fla S-834). Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1974.
U.S. 17
U.S. 17-92 follow a combined routing along Florida 500 and Florida 15 between Lake Alfred in Polk County and DeLand in Volusia County. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 12/03.
U.S. 17-92-441 shields posted near Kissimmee. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1983).
U.S. 19
Like U.S. 1, U.S. 19 shields were also red, such as these shields in St. Petersburg. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1976.
Levy County 326 westbound approaching U.S. 19 & 98 at Gulf Hammock. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/12/06).
Levy County 320 westbound at U.S. 19-98-27 Alternate in Chiefland. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/12/06).
Junction U.S. 19 Alternate and Florida 595 shield assembly posted for 5th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1975).
U.S. 23
U.S. 1, U.S. 301, and U.S. 23 multiplex in Nassau County near Callahan. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1968.
U.S. 27
At one time, U.S. 27 and Florida 27 used to intersect here, northwest of Hialeah. In 1987, Florida 27 was renumbered as Florida 997 and Florida 9336 to alleviate confusion. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1978.
U.S. 27, U.S. 441, and Alachua County Route 236 converge in High Springs at the northern terminus of Florida 45. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1984.
Nearing Clewiston, an older style with the cardinal direction under the shield. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1982).
Formerly, U.S. 27 had an alternate route that followed today's Florida 17 through Haines City, with a brief overlap with U.S. 17-92. That route was decommissioned in 1998. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1983.
Junction U.S. 27 Alternate shield assembly posted on Levy County 321 northbound. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/12/06).
Looking south from the junction of U.S. 27-301-441 at Bellview. U.S. 441 Alternate was never signed alone and was always cosigned with U.S. 27 Alternate. The alignment in Bellview represented the old U.S. 27 & 441 and is now signed simply as Florida 25. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1974).
U.S. 29
This old red shield used to be found on Escambia County Route 4 eastbound at U.S. 29 in Century. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman, 12/07/99.
Northbound U.S. 29 just prior to its intersection with Interstate 10 in Pensacola. Note the hurricane evacuation route sign. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1989.
Junction U.S. 29 assembly posted on the the road that would later become Florida 97 northbound. Florida 97 begins at Escambia County 95A, signed at this time as Florida S-97, and travels a short distance to the four-lane U.S. 29. At the time of this photo, the stretch of roadway was signed simply as "To Florida 97". Photo taken by Michael Summa (1978).
U.S. 41
This U.S. 41 shield is located on eastbound Collier County Route 92/San Marco Road as it approaches U.S. 41 east of Marco Island and southeast of Naples. Photo taken by Andy Field, 01/04.
In the vicinity of Sarasota, these overhead orange U.S. 41 shields are located near U.S. 301. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 12/03.
U.S. 41 is signed east west in Miami-Dade County, and it was signed that way in the 1970s. Here, U.S. 41 west is used as a trailblazer to Interstate 95 near the southern terminus of the freeway. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1975.
U.S. 41 & 441 shields at the west end of Florida 238 at Ellisville. The familiar thin black outline around the white 41 numerals on the standard 24" marker were removed by this time. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1989).
U.S. 41 overheads on 7th Street West eastbound in Palmetto. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman / Justin Cozart (10/28/06).
U.S. 41 Business shield posted along U.S. 92 in Tampa. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1975).
U.S. 41 Business assembly in Ft. Myers with the "post-1977" style of reverse color shields, with the old arrow too! Photo taken by Michael Summa (1982).
U.S. 90
The red, blue, and white of these U.S. 1 and U.S. 90 shields comes through in Jacksonville. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 07/00.
The last remaining blue U.S. 90 shield within Escambia County was posted on Millview Road northbound between Florida 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) and U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway). Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (12/21/03).
Blue junction U.S. 90 shield found on 17th Avenue northbound at Cerventes Street in Pensacola. This sign was the last left in Pensacola and saw replacement by 2001. Photo taken b Alex Nitzman (08/27/99).
Gadsden County 269A southbound at junction U.S. 90 east of Chattahoochee. Gadsden County 269A links U.S. 90 with Georgia 97. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (06/12/06).
U.S. 92
U.S. 92, which along with U.S. 192 are the only two intra-state U.S. highways, was signed with blue shields. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 04/98.
U.S. 17-92-441 shields posted near Kissimmee. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1983).
U.S. 92 Business in Lakeland, taken with a detour in place which explains the arrow being turned upside down to point right at the time. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1978).
U.S. 98
This faded U.S. 98 shield is found in the Panhandle. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 2004.
Southbound U.S. 221 reaches its southern terminus at U.S. 19-27A-98 in Chiefland. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1978.
Junction U.S. 98 black shield posted along Shoreline Drive eastbound in Gulf Breeze. The sign was still there as of Summer 2004 although shrouded in a foliage. Photo taken by AARoads (06/23/01).
Approaching U.S. 98 on U.S. 231 northbound in Panama City. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (07/31/06).
Business U.S. 98 serves downtown Panama City; U.S. 231 reaches its southern terminus at Business U.S. 98. During the era of colored shields, business and alternate routes were shown in the reverse pattern as the regular shield. For instance, here the Business U.S. 98 is black printed on white rather than U.S. 98, which is white printed on black. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 12/03.
U.S. 301 and an older style U.S. 98 Business shield assembly posted in Dade City. The Dade City business loop was decommissioned in October 2006. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1984).
U.S. 129
Levy County 320 eastbound at junction U.S. 129 east of Chiefland. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (08/12/06).
Northbound reassurance marker, likely posted beyond Interstate 10. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1983).
U.S. 192
Location uncertain. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1974).
U.S. 221
Old borderless style found in Perry. U.S. 221 begins straight ahead here at the JCT of U.S. 19/98/27 Alternate. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1989).
U.S. 231
U.S. 231 shield at the end of the exit ramp of westbound Interstate 10. Photo taken by Michael summa (1989).
Westbound Business U.S. 98 approaches U.S. 231 in Panama City. These overheads were replaced by 2006 with standard green/white signs. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 12/03.
Overhead for the U.S. 98 eastbound junction with U.S. 231 at Panama City. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (06/12/06).
U.S. 301
In Dade City, these shields were found on eastbound Lock Street. As of October 2006, these shields were replaced with standard black and white assemblies. Photo taken by Justin Cozart, 12/03.
U.S. 301 & 441 reassurance shields posted north of Ocala. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1974).
Oddly shaped U.S. 301 assembly posted along Pasco County 54 westbound. Photo taken 10/15/06.
U.S. 301 and an older style U.S. 98 Business shield assembly posted in Dade City. The Dade City business loop was decommissioned in October 2006. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1984).
U.S. 319
U.S. 90 east of Tallahassee. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1978).
U.S. 331
U.S. 331 shield that was posted at its southern terminus with U.S. 98 (looking west). Photo taken by Michael Summa (1978).
U.S. 441
U.S. 441 travels the state from Miami north to Lake City via Broward County, Palm Beach County, Orlando, and Ocala. Here it is routed with U.S. 17-92 on the Orange Blossom Trail. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 07/97.
Westbound Florida 60 reaches U.S. 441 at Yeehaw Junction. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1975.
U.S. 27, U.S. 441, and Alachua County Route 236 converge in High Springs at the northern terminus of Florida 45. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1984.
U.S. 301 & 441 reassurance shields posted north of Ocala. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1974).
U.S. 41 & 441 shields at the west end of Florida 238 at Ellisville. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1989).
U.S. 17-92-441 shields posted near Kissimmee. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1983).
Old U.S. 441 shields posted within the Mount Dora vicinity. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1984).
Looking south from the junction of U.S. 27-301-441 at Bellview. U.S. 441 Alternate was never signed alone and was always cosigned with U.S. 27 Alternate. The alignment in Bellview represented the old U.S. 27 & 441 and is now signed simply as Florida 25. Photo taken by Michael Summa (1974).

Page Updated November 18, 2006.