Hernando County 550 - Cortez Boulevard

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County Road 550 is a 6.53 mile spur of Cortez Boulevard west from U.S. 19 (Commercial Way) and State Road 50 in the city of Weeki Wachee. The coastal road travels through Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area to North Bayport, where CR 495 spurs north to Pine Island and CR 550 turns south to Bayport and Bayport Park.

County Road 550 East
Exiting Bayport Park, motorists immediately see the first shield for Hernando County Road 550 east along Cortez Boulevard. Photo taken 02/15/14.
1.4 miles further north is the south end of Hernando County Road 495 (Pine Island Drive). Photo taken 02/15/14.
Pine Island Drive spurs 2.45 miles to the north and west onto Pine Island as County Road 495. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Cortez Boulevard takes a causeway east from North Bayport to the Hernando County mainland. Photo taken 02/15/14.
2.9 miles east from Bayport, Cortez Boulevard approaches the north end of County Road 597 (Shoal Line Boulevard). Photo taken 02/15/14.
Shoal Line Boulevard ventures south 7.26 miles through the coastal communities of Weeki Wachee Gardens and Hernando Beach to end at County Road 595 north of Aripeka. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Like the westbound direction, eastbound motorists are not provided with a reassurance marker for CR 550 beyond CR 597. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Cortez Boulevard passes through Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area and the Weeki Wachee Hills community to enter the city of Weeki Wachee. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Hernando County Road 550 ends at the intersection with U.S. 19 (Commercial Way) north to Homosassa Springs and south to Hudson. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Cortez Boulevard continues east from U.S. 19 (Commercial Way) as SR 50 to the Suncoast Parkway (SR 589), Brooksville and Ridge Manor. Photo taken 02/15/14.
U.S. 19 angles southwest as a busy commercial arterial through Spring Hill. Northward the US highway becomes more rural leading to Citrus County and Crystal River. SR 50 commences a cross-peninsula route, ending on the Space Coast at Titusville. Photo taken 02/15/14.
County Road 550 West
CR 550 (Cortez Boulevard) begins and travels west from the city of Weeki Wachee six miles to Bayport. Pine Island and Hernando Beach lie one mile further via CR 495 north and CR 597 south respectively. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Cortez Boulevard traverses areas of Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area northwest of Weeki Wachee. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Motorists on CR 550 west next reach the small community of Weeki Wachee River Estates. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Approaching the north end of CR 597 (Shoal Line Road) on CR 550 (Cortez Boulevard) west. CR 597 connects with CR 595 (Osowaw Boulevard) south to the community of Aripeka off the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Shoal Line Roads (CR 597) straddles coastal areas south from Weeki Wachee Gardens nearby to Hernando Beach along a 7.3-mile long course. Photo taken 03/26/18.
There is no reassurance marker posted as CR 550 continues west from Shoal Line Boulevard (CR 597) south to Palm Grove Colony. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Cortez Boulevard reaches the marshes of Rock Island Bay and the south end of Hernando County Road 495 (Pine Island Drive). Photo taken 02/15/14.
County Road 495 progresses north and then west 2.45 miles onto Pine Island, ending at Alfred A. McKethan / Pine Island Park. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Westbound travelers continue through the intersection with County Road 495 (Pine Island Drive) uninterrupted. CR 495 lines a causeway immediately to the north, with Bayou Drive tying in nearby ahead of the no outlet sign. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Only 1.6 miles of roadway remain, but this mileage sign rounds up the distance to Bayport. Photo taken 02/15/14.
A County Road 550 westbound shield follows as Cortez Boulevard turns south by a small network of streets. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Cortez Boulevard narrows with dense vegetation through Bayport as County Road 550 approaches the entrance to Bayport Park. Photo taken 02/15/14.
CR 550 ends as the entrance road to Bayport Park turns right. The park offers visitors boat ramps, picnic tables and a fishing pier. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Looking at the open Gulf of Mexico waters from the mouth of the Weekiwachee River. Photo taken 02/15/14.
River Point juts out to the west between the Weekiwachee River and adjacent Jenkins Creek. Photo taken 02/15/14.
Waters from the Weekiwachee River flow around Bayport and into Bayport Channel to the northwest. Photo taken 02/15/14.

Photo Credits:

02/15/14, 03/26/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 19
State Road 50
County Road 495
Hernando County Road 597 - Shoal Line Boulevard

Page Updated 04-10-2018.

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