U.S. Highway 41 South - Collier County

U.S. 41 South
This view of southbound U.S. 41 after the intersection with Collier County 896 (Pine Ridge Road) presents an error: The "Florida 41" shield should be a "U.S. 41" shield. This would be accurate if the Florida shield were for Florida 90 (since this shield is located southeast of downtown Naples, the western terminus of Florida 90 and southern terminus of Florida 45). Photo taken 12/99.
Departing downtown Naples, U.S. 41 approaches Florida 84, which is the primary route to eastbound Interstate 75, the Alligator Alley. Use Interstate 75 east (south) to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, and Miami. Of these cities, Interstate 75 only serves Hialeah directly. To Miami, use Florida 826 and Florida 836; to West Palm Beach, use Florida 869 and Interstate 95; and to Fort Lauderdale, use Interstate 595. Photo taken 12/26/03.
The left two lanes of U.S. 41 turn left (east) onto Florida 84 (Davis Boulevard) east to Interstate 75, while the right three lanes continue south on U.S. 41 to Marco Island, Everglades City, Ochopee, and the northern edge of Everglades National Park. Photo taken 12/26/03.
South of Naples, U.S. 41 approaches an intersection with Florida 951 south and Collier County 951 north. Use four-lane Florida 951 south to reach Marco Island and four-lane Collier County 951 north to reach Interstate 75 and Florida 84. Collier County 951 is partially signed as an alternate to U.S. 41, allowing traffic from northbound U.S. 41 to follow Collier County 951 north to Interstate 75. These particular signs found along southbound were placed in 2003 to allow for further clarity of the 41/951 intersection. Photos taken 12/26/04.
Now only four lanes and southeast of Naples and Marco Island, southbound U.S. 41 approaches Collier County 92/San Marco Road. Photo taken 12/99.
The next major intersection on southbound U.S. 41 (Florida 90) is Florida 29 and Collier County 29. Florida 29 travels north from U.S. 41 to Interstate 75/Alligator Alley and U.S. 27 at Palmdale. Collier County 29 heads south from here, serving Everglades City and Chokoloskee. Photo taken 12/26/03.
These trailblazer shields for Florida 29, Interstate 75, and Collier County 29 are posted along southbound U.S. 41 at the intersection with Florida 29. Photo taken 12/26/03.

At a rest area in the southeastern quadrant of the U.S. 41/Florida 29 intersection is this historical plaque describing the history of the construction of the Tamiami Trail, which was especially treacherous through the Everglades. The highway, which is today's U.S. 41, was opened to traffic in 1928 through this swamp. Photo taken 12/26/03.
Collier County 841 departs north from U.S. 41 near Ochopee via Corts 841, and it ends at Collier County 837 (Beroon Road). Collier County 837 travels east to Collier County 839, which serves access points in Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo taken 12/28/03.
U.S. 41 southbound (eastbound) enters Big Cypress National Preserve after passing the Florida 29 intersection. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The smallest post office in the country is located in Ochopee, which is situated along U.S. 41 on a small turn off on the south side of the highway just after the Collier County 837 intersection. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Several campgrounds are located within Big Cypress National Preserve, including Burns Lake Campground. Photo taken 12/28/03.
Southeastbound U.S. 41/Florida 90 approaches unsigned Collier County 94, which offers an unpaved, scenic route into Big Cypress National Preserve. This road passes through Monroe County before rejoining U.S. 41 in Miami-Dade County near Miccosukee Indian Village. Photo taken 12/28/03.
The official National Park Service font is used for the signage to point the way to the Visitors Center in Big Cypress National Preserve. The center is on the left (north) side of U.S. 41. Photo taken 12/28/03.

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