Florida State Road 401

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State Road 401 marker

State Road 401
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length2.200 mi[2] (3.541 km)
ExistedJune 1956[1]–present
Major junctions
South end SR A1A / SR 528 near Cape Canaveral
North endCape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location
CountiesBrevard
Highway system
SR 400SR 404

One of the shortest signed roads in the State of Florida, State Road 401 (SR 401) is a four-lane highway extending from a southern terminus at a trumpet interchange with the Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway (formerly the Bee Line Expressway) and SR A1A to a northern terminus of the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station near Cape Canaveral. The route designation was established in June 1956.

Route description[edit]

SR 401 near Cruise Docking Ports

While the highway continues beyond the station gate (as Samuel C. Phillips Parkway) to the launch pads of the Kennedy Space Center, the state designation no longer does, as civilians and most military personnel not assigned to the station are generally not permitted beyond the gate.

History[edit]

Before the construction of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral AFS, the current SR 401 was a segment of SR A1A that extended from Fort Pierce to Playalinda Beach; afterwards, but before the completion of the Bee Line, SR A1A continued northward along Atlantic Avenue into Cape Canaveral, then turning westward onto George King Boulevard and then northward onto (present-day) Samuel C. Phillips Parkway and ending at the station's gate; when the Bee Line's eastern extension was opened to traffic in June 1956, SR A1A was shifted over to Astronaut Boulevard and the new toll road, and the former alignment was given the SR 401 designation (with SR 401 having its northern terminus at an intersection with SR 405 and the then-SR 402 in Cape Canaveral AFS).[1] The section of SR 401 passing through the City of Cape Canaveral eventually lost its route signs and designation (becoming County Road 401 in the process), resulting in the current, much-shortened configuration of SR 401.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Brevard County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000 SR A1A / SR 528 west to I-95 – International Airport, Orlando, Port Canaveral B Cruise Terminals / South Cargo Piers, Cocoa BeachTrumpet interchange
0.320.51State Road 401 Bridge over Canaveral Barge Canal
Port Canaveral0.871.40Port Canaveral A Cruise Terminals 8 & 10 (Disney, Royal Caribbean)interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.2512.013Charles M. Rowland Drive - Port Canaveral A Cruise Terminals 5 & 6 (Carnival, Norwegian)
1.6472.651Grouper Road - Port Canaveral North Cargo Piers
2.2003.541Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Naval Ordnance Test Unit
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Highways Get New Route Designations". The Orlando Sentinel. June 6, 1956. p. 13. Retrieved December 5, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014