State Road 50 West - Sumter & Hernando Counties

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Florida State Road 50 West
SR 50 plies west across Withlacoochee State Forest and Richloam Wildlife Management Area through eastern reaches of Hernando County. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Meeting SR 50 next is the north end of Hernando County Road 575 (Burwell Road).
This shield assembly was removed by 2015. Photo taken 10/18/08.
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County Road 575 (Burwell Road) provides a back route into Lacoochee and Trilby in Pasco County from SR 50 west. Photos taken 03/26/18.
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SR 50 continues 15 miles west to Brooksville and 27 miles to Weeki Wachee. Photos taken 03/26/18.
Ridge Manor represents a wide spread area of rural streets mainly north of SR 50 and west of U.S. 301. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 301 (Treiman Boulevard) enters Ridge Manor from the Sumter County seat of Bushnell to the north. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Ocala and Dade City are the control points of U.S. 301, a route that mainly parallels Interstate 75 between Tampa and Marion County. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 west at the intersection with U.S. 301. U.S. 301 continues south a short distance to its merge with U.S. 98 at Lacoochee; from there the tandem continue to Dade City, the Pasco County seat. Photo taken 03/26/18.
An Interstate 75 trailblazer joins SR 50 west in this shield assembly posted after U.S. 301. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Brooksville is now 14 miles away via SRa 50 west and U.S. 98 north. Spring Hill, which lies south of SR 50 and east of U.S. 19, was added to a mileage sign replacement made after 2008. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 (McKethan Road) angles northwest from its split with U.S. 301 at Lacoochee to merge with SR 50 at Ridge Manor. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Traveling 671 miles through the Sunshine State, U.S. 98 originates in Palm Beach and exits the state by way of the Panhandle, west of Pensacola at Paradise Beach. The route travels generally north-south between Fort Meade and Perry. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 heads south from Ridge Manor to Dade City, Lakeland and Bartow. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Olancha Road ties into U.S. 98 & SR 50 from Ridge Manor Boulevard to the north. U.S. 98 (McKethan Road) south travels through Riverdale on the 3.86-mile drive to U.S. 301. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 Florida State Road 50 West
U.S. 98 turns west from McKethan Road to combine with SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) for an 11.22 miles overlap to Brooksville. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Perry, the long distance destination of U.S. 98 north with U.S. 19 and 27 Alternate, appears on this mileage sign at 152 miles out. U.S. 98 travels through Brooksville, Homosassa Springs, Crystal River, Chiefland and other cities along the way. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) veer northwest to exit Ridge Manor and approach the Withlacoochee State Trail. Photo taken 03/26/18.
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Spanning the Withlacoochee River, U.S. 98 north & SR 50 near the Withlacoochee State Trail overpass. The rail trail stretches 46 miles north from Trilby in Pasco County to Crystal River, paralleling the river through Hernando County. Photo taken 02/09/14. Second photo taken 03/26/18.
Croom Rital Road leads north from U.S. 98 & SR 50 at Kettering Road to Withlacoochee State Forest and the Croom Wildlife Management Area. A parking area for the State Trail lies nearby. Photo taken 03/26/18.
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Approaching Interstate 75, Cortez Boulevard enters an area of commercial development just south of the Sherman Hills golf course community. Photos taken 03/26/18.
Windmere Road south and Bronson Boulevard north come together at a traffic light preceding I-75. Constructed started in July 2016 replaced both overpasses for the freeway across Cortez Boulevard with two 300 foot long steel bridges.1 Photo taken 03/26/18.
Traffic to I-75 north for Ocala, Gainesville, Lake City and Atlanta, Georgia depart Cortez Boulevard west. Construction through fall 2019 upgrades the diamond interchange with Interstate 75 into a single point urban interchange (SPUI). Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) pass under Interstate 75 ahead of the southbound on-ramp to Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Heading south from SR 50, I-75 traverses mostly rural areas in Hernando County before entering increasing suburbia through Pasco County. Photo taken 03/26/18.
The $95 million expansion project for I-75 includes widening U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) to six lanes from Windmere Road west to La Rose Road.1 Photo taken 03/26/18.
Forest Road 11 (LaRose Road) ties into U.S. 98 & SR 50 on the west side of I-75. The road connects Cortez Boulevard with the Croom Motorcycle Area of Withlacoochee State Forest. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 98 & SR 50 continue ten miles from I-75 as a four-lane divided highway to their split at Brooksville. SR 50 travels west from there another 12 miles to Weeki Wachee and U.S. 19 north of Spring Hill. Photo taken 02/09/14.
County Roads 541 north and 484 south come together at U.S. 98 & SR 50 by the Hill 'N Dale community, four miles west of I-75. Photo taken 03/26/18.
County Road 541 follows Spring Lake Highway south to become Pasco County Road 41 en route to Dade City. The community of Spring Lake lies 2.25 miles to the south at CR 572 west. Photo taken 03/26/18.
CR 484 extends 2.25 miles north from U.S. 98 & SR 50 along Mondoon Hill Road through ranch land to a westerly turn toward the city of Brooksville. Photo taken 03/26/18.
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U.S. 98 north & SR 50 west (Cortez Boulevard) trend northward between wetland areas west of CR 484 and 541 on the six-mile approach to Downtown Brooksville. Photos taken 03/26/18.
Several signs precede the SR 50 split with SR 50A (Jefferson Street) directing through truck traffic bound for U.S. 98 north to Citrus County away from Brooksville. Photo taken 02/09/14.
U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) west intersect Griffin Road a half mile east of their split. The truck route for U.S. 98 takes SR 50 west to County Road 485 north. Photo taken 02/09/14.
The first sign for SR 50A appears after Griffin Road. SR 50A overlaps with U.S. 98 (and hidden SR 700) to Downtown Brooksville. Photo taken 02/09/14.
SR 50 remains along Cortez Boulevard west for the final 13.73 miles to U.S. 19 at the city of Weeki Wachee. Photo taken 02/09/14.
U.S. 98 north & SR 50A follow Jefferson Street 1.41 miles to U.S. 41 (Broad Street), where they combine with the US highway for 0.8 miles through Downtown. Photo taken 02/09/14.
U.S. 98 north (Jefferson Street) and SR 50 west (Cortez Boulevard) part ways as Jasmine Drive, an east side bypass route of Brooksville, ties in from the north. U.S. 98 travels northward from Brooksville to Crystal River while SR 50 and 50A converge again 3.86 miles to the west. Photo taken 02/09/14.
A $4.7 million project underway from September 2017 to late Summer 2018 replaced asphalt at the intersection of U.S. 98, SR 50 and SR 50A to better accommodate heavy truck traffic. Sidewalks were added to both sides of the roadway as well.2 Photo taken 03/26/18.
Florida State Road 50 West
The Brooksville bypass is initially rural, with development increasing as SR 50 progresses westward. Photo taken 02/09/14.
The city of Weeki Wachee is now 14 miles away while Spring Hill is 16 miles via connecting roads leading south. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Hernando County Road 581 (Emerson Road) crosses paths with State Road 50 one half mile to the south of its beginning at U.S. 98 & SR 50A (Jefferson Street) in Brooksville. Photo taken 02/09/14.
County Road 581 stems southward from Brooksville along a rural drive to Darby and SR 50 in Pasco County. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Westbound reassurance marker posted for SR 50 after CR 581. The Brooksville bypass is consistently signed as a truck route for U.S. 98. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Just west of a CSX Railroad crossing is the south end of Hernando County Road 445 (Main Street). A month plus long closure of SR 50 upgraded this crossing on February 12, 2018. Work replaced approximately 800 feet of roadway on each side of the railroad with new concrete, made turning radius improvements and added sidewalks.3 Photo taken 02/09/14.
Signed only at its end points, County Road 445 bisects Brooksville along a 3.15-mile route following Main Street north to Downtown and Howell Avenue to U.S. 41 (Broad Street) on the north side of town. Photo taken 02/09/14.
SR 50 enters the Brooksville city limits beyond CR 445 (Main Street) north and Mitchell Road south. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Cortez Boulevard becomes more commercial on the approach to U.S. 41 (Broad Street). A junction shield for U.S. 98 / Truck Route appears here erroneously. Photo taken 02/09/14.
U.S. 41, signed as Broad Street throughout its 18.88-mile course in Hernando County, joins Downtown Brooksville with Masaryktown to the south. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Suncoast Parkway trailblazers direct drivers to remain on SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) west from Brooksville for its interchange with SR 589. Photo taken 02/09/14.
Broad Street carries six lanes across SR 50 with retail lining both sides. The route narrows to two lanes ahead of Masaryktown en route to Gowers Corner and Land O' Lakes. Photo taken 02/09/14.
U.S. 41 north to SR 700 (Ponce De Leon Boulevard) leads motorists to U.S. 98 north to Citrus County. U.S. 41 & 98 combine along a one-way couplet through Downtown otherwise. Photo taken 02/09/14.
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Buck Hope Road ties into SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) between two shopping centers just west of U.S. 41. Photos taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 curves more northwest to encircle the west side of Brooksville to SR 50A (Jefferson Street) east and CR 485 (Cobb Road) north. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 turns west again to Weeki Wachee at the joint termini of SR 50A and CR 485. Cobb Road extends the Brooksville bypass north to U.S. 98. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Additional SR 589 trailblazers reference SR 50 west. Photo taken 02/09/14.
SR 50A lines Jefferson Street east directly to Downtown Brooksville, via U.S. 98 south and 41 north. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Hernando County Road 485 (Cobb Road) continues the Truck bypass route for U.S. 98 north. The county road ends at U.S. 98 in 4.45 miles. Photo taken 03/26/18.
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A brief reprieve of development ensues along SR 50 west as it leaves Brooksville for the final approach to both Weeki Wachee and Spring Hill. Photos taken 03/26/18.
Hernando County Road 583 (California Street) heads north from Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) to end at SR 50 near Wiscon. Photo taken 03/26/18.
CR 583 travels 4.19 miles between SR 50 and Spring Hill Drive (CR 574) by BKV Airport. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Fort Dade Avenue (Hernando County Road 484) leads west from Downtown Brooksville to pass by the Cemex mining site at CR 491 (Citrus Way). The county road turns southwest from there to cross paths with SR 50. Photo taken 03/26/18.
CR 484 (Fort Dade Avenue) extends a half mile south from SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) to end at parallel CR 570 (Wiscon Road). Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 west curves southwest from Wiscon to overtake CR 570 (Wiscon Road) ahead of the Suncoast Parkway. Photo taken 03/26/18.
County Road 570 branches east from SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) through Wiscon at the succeeding westbound signal. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Wiscon Road leads County Road 570 east 4.9 miles to U.S. 41 (Broad Street) in south Brooksville. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Cortez Boulevard shifts westward again ahead of the diamond interchange with SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway). Photo taken 03/26/18.
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The Suncoast Parkway heads 10.7 miles north to U.S. 98 near the Citrus County line. Construction of the Suncoast Parkway 2, underway in February 2018, will extend the toll road north to SR 44 at Lecanto. Photos taken 03/26/18.
SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway) heads south along the east side of Spring Hill to Land O' Lakes in Pasco County and Lutz in Hillsborough County. SR 589 follows the Veterans Expressway south to SR 60 (Memorial Highway) in Tampa. Photo taken 03/26/18.
State Road 50 passes under Suncoast Trail, a multi-use path paralleling the Suncoast Parkway throughout Hernando and Pasco Counties, just west of SR 589. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 runs along the north side of the Spring Hill area and next approaches County Road 585 (Barclay Avenue) south. Photo taken 03/26/18.
CR 585 travels 7.09 miles south from SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) at Brookridge Central Boulevard to CR 578 (County Line Road). The suburban route through east Spring Hill follows a combination of Barclay Avenue and Anderson Snow Road. Photo taken 03/26/18.
The remainder of SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) west through Spring Hill constitutes a six-lane commercial arterial. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 meets CR 493 (Sunshine Grove Road) a half mile west of CR 585. CR 493 stems north beside the Brookridge Community to Central High School. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Sunshine Grove Road doubles as CR 493 north 5.8 miles from Cortez Boulevard to the rural Gulf Florida Highlands community and CR 476 (Centralia Road) Photo taken 03/26/18.
The signalized intersection with Coastal Boulevard serves big box retail along both sides of SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard). Photo taken 03/26/18.
Reassurance marker posted westbound after Coastal Boulevard. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Mariner Way (County Road 587) ties into SR 50 across from Western Way Shopping Center at the succeeding westbound traffic light. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Mostly as a five-lane boulevard, CR 587 winds 7.87 miles southwest from SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) through central Spring Hill to County Line Road. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Six laning of SR 50 west from SR 589 to U.S. 19 was completed over a three year period in October 2015. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Mileage sign for Weeki Wachee (4 miles) and Spring Hill (6 miles) posted after Mariner Boulevard on SR 50 west. Installed during the six-lane expansion project, Homosassa Springs was added on this assembly for the upcoming connection with U.S. 19 north. Photo taken 03/26/18.
High Point Boulevard connects SR 50 with the High Point Golf Club community to the north. Kadri Boulevard ties in from a medical park to the south. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Continuing west along Cortez Boulevard from Highpoint and Kadri Boulevards. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Beginning to curve southwest, SR 50 next intersects the entrance road for Oak Hill Hospital. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Sand Hill Scout Reservation spreads to the south of SR 50 beyond Oak Hill Hospital. Wooded areas north of Cortez Boulevard are slated for development. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 turns more southward between Spring Hill and the Royal Highlands community to this traffic light with Nightwalker Road north and July Avenue south. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 west reassurance marker posted after Nightwalker Road and July Avenue. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Approaching the north end of County Road 589 (Deltona Boulevard) on SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) westbound. Photo taken 03/26/18.
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Deltona Boulevard (County Road 589) takes a winding course southward from SR 50 by Weekiwachee Prairie Lake. CR 589 travels 5.31 miles through Spring Hill to end at CR 574 (Spring Hill Drive). Photo taken 03/26/18. Second photo taken 02/15/14.
The final shield for SR 50 west stands just beyond CR 589 (Deltona Boulevard) south. Photo taken 03/26/18.
SR 50 concludes its 114-mile route at U.S. 19 (Commercial Way) and CR 550 (Cortez Boulevard) in the city of Weeki Wachee. Photo taken 03/26/18.
U.S. 19 is appropriately named Commercial Way through Spring Hill and Weeki Wachee. The six-lane commercial arterial is a heavily traveled route leading southwest to Hudson, Bayonet Point and New Port Richey in Pasco County. Photo taken 03/26/18.
Northward from Weeki Wachee, U.S. 19 becomes more rural ahead of Homosassa Springs in Citrus County. Photo taken 03/26/18.
County Road 550 continues Cortez Boulevard west to CR 597 at Palm Grove Colony and Bayport off the Gulf of Mexico Photo taken 03/26/18.

Sources:
  1. I-75 Widening from south of US 98/SR 50 (Cortez Blvd.) to Sumter County 411011-4-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), project web site.
  2. US 98/SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) Repaving from east of SR 50A to west of Live Oak Drive 432697-1-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), project web site.
  3. "Railroad crossing replacements require temporary road closures and detours." Hernando Sun (FL), February 9, 2018.


Photo Credits:

10/18/08, 02/09/14, 02/15/14, 03/26/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 75
U.S. 41
U.S. 98
U.S. 301
State Road 575 / County Road 575
State Road 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy
Hernando County 550 - Cortez Boulevard
County Road 581
Hernando County Road 583 - California Street
Hernando County Road 587 - Mariner Boulevard
Hernando County 589 - Deltona Boulevard

Page Updated 03-27-2018.