Florida Department of Transportation

District ONE




Welcome to the web site for the SR 70 projects in Okeechobee County.  The SR 70 projects are located east of the City of Okeechobee beginning at NE 34th Avenue and extending to the St. Lucie County line, a distance of approximately 8.1 miles.  This web site contains information on the design of the project, the project schedule, public involvement opportunities, completed Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study, and information on how to contact members of the project team.


The purpose of the project is to widen SR 70 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway.  This project is being designed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One.   You can visit the FDOT web site by clicking on the FDOT logo at the top of this page or going to the links page on this website.


Please visit the project contact page to provide your comments on this web site or if you have specific questions regarding this project.


Need for the Project


There are several factors that support the need to widen SR 70 through the project limits:


Recent history in the State of Florida has shown the need for emergency evacuation routes is critical.  Even with early preparation and early warnings, which are more often heeded as Floridians become experienced storm survivors, Florida's roadways are still clogged with traffic congestion during these events.  With SR 70 as the only major east-west hurricane evacuation route for miles in either direction, it is a critical link for those escaping the major storms.


As Florida’s population grows and development spreads to historically rural areas, traffic demands require improvements to highways such as SR 70, which have gone essentially unchanged for many years.  Population growth is spreading from the adjacent St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties.


SR 70 is also the only continuous east-west corridor in South Florida and Okeechobee County serving long range trips and truck traffic.  The vast majority of Okeechobee County is agricultural land use resulting in high truck traffic.



Public INFORMATION Meeting


A public information meeting will be held on  was held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the South Florida Water Management District Field Station, 1000 NE 40th Avenue in Okeechobee.


Select this link to view the notification.  Public Meeting Information




Updated March 4, 2010







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