Citrus County

Citrus County

Citrus County, I Love US 19 FL
Citrus County was created in 1887 and was formerly part of Hernando County. It was named for the county’s citrus trees. The rich historical culture and variety of shops, water recreation, golfing, and dining experiences, make Citrus County one of the most enjoyable places on the west coast.

Across the Hernando-Citrus County Line, US 19 continues its pattern of having a limited number of left-turn lanes in the center-median. Recent development in the area may lead to the addition of such turn lanes. US 98 joins US 19 in Chassahowitzka, where State Road 700 ends. County Road 480 also shares this intersection, and overlaps US 98 before branching out on its own towards Floral City. The first developed neighborhood encountered along US 19-98 is Sugarmill Woods.

Within Homossassa Springs, the division temporarily ends as it overlaps County Road 490. CR 490A terminates at the three-route concurrency with US 19-98-CR 490. Less than 1/2 mile north of end of the CR 490 concurrency, the road becomes divided again. North of Homossassa Springs US 19-98 serves as the location of a series of car dealerships, local garages, a Moose Lodge, churches and the intersection of Ozello Trail (CR 494).
As the road approaches Crystal River Airport, one truly begins to feel that he or she has entered the City of Crystal River, since the Airport serves as the unofficial southern border. At the intersection of County Road 44W, US 19-98 becomes a six-lane divided boulevard. The division of this highway ends again, just south of the intersection of State Road 44, where the road curves west as it approaches County Road 495 (North Citrus Avenue).

US 19-98 curves back north and becomes a divided highway once again as it approaches Crystal River Mall. Other former sections exist between Crystal River and Red Level, while the current US 19-98 passes by sparsely located hotels, bars, houses, cluster developments and signs advertising locally prepared peanuts. It also passes by the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center just south of the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant and then County Road 488 in Red Level. A field where American Civil War re-enactments are staged lies just north of the back entrance to a local quarry.

The Cross Florida Barge Canal was the last section of US 19 that is two lanes wide in Citrus County. A new four-lane divided bridge was completed by FDOT in the early-2010s,[11]which was originally planned in conjunction with the proposed Suncoast Parkway extension to Red Level. A smaller four-lane bridge carries US 19-98 across the Withlacoochee River as it crosses the Citrus-Levy County Line.