Columbus Drive - Tampa

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Columbus Drive connects the MacFarlane Park, Ridgewood Park and Tampa Heights neighborhoods between U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) / SR 616 and U.S. 41 Business (Tampa Street / Florida Avenue). Passing below the Downtown Interchange joining Interstates 4 and 275, Columbus Drive extends east into VM Ybor, paralleling I-4 to Jackson Heights. Through the North Ybor community, Columbus Drive flows eastbound with one-way traffic. A combination of 19th Avenue, 18th Avenue, 29th Place and 17th Avenue carries westbound traffic to the north.

Construction to expand I-4 to six lanes in the early 2000s included realigning Columbus Drive at U.S. 41 (North 50th Street) to accommodate the wider foot print of the freeway. Columbus Drive loops south through the exchange, before resuming eastward to merge with Broadway Avenue (CR 574) south of Orient Park.

Columbus Drive east
Columbus Drive eastbound at Tampa Street (U.S. 41 Business south) in Tampa Heights. Tampa Street provides a direct route to Downtown. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Florida Avenue carries U.S. 41 Business north from Downtown through Tampa Heights and ultimately to Lutz. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Passing under Interstate 275 at the north edge of the Downtown Interchange with I-4 along Columbus Drive east. There is no direct access to the freeway network here. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Now within the VM Ybor neighborhood, Columbus Drive emerges from below I-275 to intersect Nebraska Avenue. Nebraska Avenue doubles as SR 45 south to Downtown and north to Hillsborough Avenue at Southeast Seminole Heights. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Columbus Drive forms a couplet with the combination of 17th, 18th and 19th Avenues and North 29th Place west through East Tampa and the Ybor City vicinity. The split occurs eastbound at North 14th Street here. Photo taken 03/15/14.
North 15th Street forms a through street couplet with 14th Street from Ybor City northward to Ybor Heights. Photo taken 03/15/14.
21st and 22nd Streets comprise a one-way pair through Historic Ybor City to the south and to East 22nd Avenue to the north. The through streets are a part of SR 585. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Columbus Drive veers southward to meet ramps with Interstate 4. The roadway originally remained due east. Construction to modernize and widen the freeway resulted on the relocation of Columbus Drive onto a new four-lane boulevard to the south. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Interstate 4 leads back west to Ybor City and the Downtown Interchange with Interstate 275. Photo taken 01/18/14.
A left side ramp from I-4 eastbound forms a service road east from Columbus Drive to both U.S. 41 (North 50th Street) and the return ramp for Lakeland and Orlando. Photo taken 01/18/14.
U.S. 41 (North 50th Street) travels southward from Melbourne Boulevard and the Highland Pines community of Tampa as an industrial arterial to Palm River. Photo taken 04/27/15.
Columbus Drive west
Vintage signals formerly used along Columbus Drive west at Ridgewood Avenue. Ridgewood Avenue angles southeast to Ridgewood Park and northwest to Kinyon Avenue in Riverside Heights. Photo taken 05/08/06.
Columbus Drive spans the Hillsborough River across this draw bridge to the Bowman Heights community. Photo taken 05/08/06.
A pony truss lines the 103 foot long bobtail swing section of the Hillsborough River bridge on Columbus Drive. This span was constructed in 1926 and rebuilt in 2011. Photo taken 05/08/06.

Photo Credits:

  • 05/08/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 01/18/14 by AARoads.
  • 03/15/14 by AARoads.
  • 04/27/15 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 41
U.S. 92
U.S. 41 Business - Tampa
State Road 45
State Road 569
Former State Road 585
State Road 616
Hillsborough County Road 574

Page Updated 08-21-2018.