Florida State Road 681

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State Road 681

Venice Connector / US 41 Connector
SR 681 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length4.142 mi[2] (6.666 km)
Major junctions
South end US 41 in Nokomis
North end I-75 near Sarasota
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 679SR 681 SR 682

State Road 681 (SR 681), also known as the Venice Connector,[2] is a four-mile-long (6.4 km) spur of Interstate 75 (SR 93) near Nokomis, Florida. The road operated as the southern terminus of the expressway in the early 1980s before Interstate 75 extended south to Naples.[1]

Route description

SR 681 begins at an interchange with US 41/SR 45 in Nokomis, heading north as a four-lane freeway. The road passes through developments, coming to a bridge over the Legacy Trail, a rail trail. The freeway heads northeast coming to an at-grade signalized intersection with Honore Avenue. A short distance later, SR 681 merges onto the northbound direction of I-75/SR 93 at an interchange.[2][3]


State Road 681 opened to traffic in 1980 when segments of Interstate 75 between Tampa and Naples were still under construction. At the time, it served as the southern terminus of Interstate 75. An access management plan, coordinated between Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Sarasota County, for SR 681 was adopted in December 2005 to establish access points along the limited-access road, reclassifying the road as a "modified limited access" road. The access management plan established the planned locations of at-grade intersections along SR 681 for future growth adjacent to the highway.[4]

In April 2016, the final phase of Sarasota County's Honore Avenue extension was completed. The project extended Honore Avenue from SR 681 to Laurel Road, providing signalized intersections at both limits. This also made Honore Avenue the first contiguous road to run from Venice north to the Sarasota County line since 1982 when State Road 681 was constructed. Previously, US 41 and I-75 were the only continuous north-south thoroughfares linking Venice and Sarasota.[5]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Sarasota County.

Nokomis0.0000.000 US 41 (SR 45) – Osprey, Venice, Gulf Beachesinterchange
Legacy Trail underpass
2.7094.360Honore Avenue
I-75 north (SR 93) – Tampa
I-75 exit 200
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Sword, Doug (June 8, 2007). "Proposed village project for Sarasota passes crucial planning vote". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Straight Line Diagram of Road Inventory". Florida Department of Transportation. November 15, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Google (September 11, 2018). "Overview of State Road 681" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Sword, Doug (November 30, 2005). "Road plan could clog State Road 681". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Kimel, Earle (April 22, 2016). "Honore Avenue extension opens to traffic". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved September 4, 2021.