End of US highway 98

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Photo credits: Justin Cozart; Andy Field; Brent Ivy; Karin and Martin Karner; Alex Nitzman; me
Additional research: Chuck Dent; Steven Nelson

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1934-1952 Apalachicola, FL Pensacola, FL
1952-1955 Palm Beach, FL Pensacola, FL
1955-1999 Palm Beach, FL Natchez, MS
1999-2008 Palm Beach, FL Washington, MS*
2008-present Palm Beach, FL Bude, MS
Note: although US 98 is signed east-west at both of its endpoints, it is signed north-south through much of peninsular Florida.
*US 98 was officially truncated to Bude in 1999, but it was signed to Washington until 2008.

US 98 was commissioned in 1934. At the time its east end was in Apalachicola FL, and its west terminus was in Pensacola. In 1955 the west end was extended to Natchez MS. You can view photos from each of those places and get more info on this page.


In 1952 the east end of US 98 was extended to its present terminus in Palm Beach FL... or maybe West Palm Beach: signage in the area is ambiguous. The photo below is in West Palm Beach, looking north on Dixie Highway (US 1) at Southern Boulevard:

me, Oct. 2003

Seems pretty clear that FL hwy. 80 goes both ways, but that US 98 only goes left. Pretty much the same thing heading the opposite direction:

me, Oct. 2003

That's southbound on US 1. Here too US 98 is described as going only west; note however that here they're still using one of the old "Kodachrome" style shields.

(Note also that Dixie runs both ways. Some recent maps indicate it's one-way southbound, while the next block to the east [Olive Avenue] is the northbound counterpart. It may well have been that way in the past, but it wasn't when I was there - Olive had its own designation: FL hwy. 5.)

Anyway, perhaps US 98 does end here at US 1 - if so, then maybe there's an "End" sign on eastbound Southern...

me, Oct. 2003

...nope. But neither does this assembly indicate that US 98 continues ahead. So let's see what the confirming assembly says, past US 1:

me, Oct. 2003

Hmm, no more US 98. Continuing eastbound, there's a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, and in about one mile is a junction with FL hwy. A1A in Palm Beach (I didn't observe any US 98 markers on that stretch). At FL A1A there's a rotary:

Field/Nitzman, Feb. 2008

The signs in that shot are shown close-up below:

Field/Nitzman, Feb. 2008 (both)

Southbound A1A simply makes a right turn, while northbound traffic goes halfway around the circle and then continues east for a block or so (on the same alignment as Southern) before curving to the north. Now: despite the signage back at US 1, there's a lot of evidence suggesting that rotary is the true east end of US 98. For example, check out the signage heading north on FL A1A...

Field/Nitzman, Feb. 2008

...and along the north side of the rotary, there's this...

Field/Nitzman, Feb. 2008

...and if you continue west on Southern, there's a US 98 confirming marker:

Field/Nitzman, Feb. 2008

Chuck reports that historically there was also a "JCT US 98" sign heading south on A1A (but it was gone as of 2008). He says there are also "JCT US 98" signs on both nb and sb Olive (Google Maps Street View confirms the southbound sign in 2008). So, despite the misleading signage at US 1, it seems pretty clear that the US 98 designation still extends a bit east of US 1, and ends at its junction with A1A. Jim Pernikoff reports that the historic terminus was at A1A, and that it wasn't until about the mid-1990s that the DoT started messing with things. Why would they do that? Just a guess: I wonder if Palm Beach residents requested that eastbound US 98 signage would end at US 1, in the hopes that it would reduce traffic in their area.


In 1999 the west end of US 98 was officially truncated to its junction with US 84 at Bude MS. However, initially US 98 was still signed through Bude to its junction with US 61 in Washington MS (a few miles east of Natchez). You can view this page to view photos and get info about the former signed end of US 98 there. As of 2008, US 98 is no longer co-signed along any segment of US 84 (or, more accurately, any US 98 signs still on eastbound US 84 now say "TO US 98"). At the exit from modern US 84 to Bude is the first eastbound mention of standalone US 98:

Ivy/Nitzman, Jan. 2009

The exit ahead leads to old US 84, which also serves as a short segment of US 98. The shot below shows signage heading the opposite direction (west on US 84), after taking the offramp to the beginning of US 98:

Ivy/Nitzman, Jan. 2009

If you go left there, you'll soon encounter the first eastbound marker:

Karners, Jan. 2010

Heading the opposite direction (west on US 98), the last westbound marker is shown below:

Karners, Jan. 2010

About two miles ahead, there's no signage to mark the endpoint, other than the standard junction signs at the US 84 interchange:

Ivy/Nitzman, Jan. 2009