State Road 60 East - Clearwater Beach to Tampa

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Florida State Road 60 East
Exiting the roundabout with Coronado Drive, Mandalay Avenue and Poinsettia Avenue, Causeway Boulevard stems east to become SR 60 beyond the Mandalay Channel bridge. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Causeway Boulevard carries two lanes per direction by Clearwater Municipal Marina to Mandalay Channel. The westbound direction is often congested due to heavy traffic at the adjacent roundabout. Photo taken 03/11/15.
A low level four-lane bridge carries Causeway Boulevard across Mandalay Channel to Memorial Causeway. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 60 veers southeast along a man-made island from Mandalay Channel to the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo taken 03/11/15.
The first reassurance marker for SR 60 appears just east of the Mandalay Channel bridge. Memorial Causeway expands to include a landscaped median along this stretch. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Forthcoming Island Way stems north from SR 60 (Memorial Causeway) onto Harbor Island. The island chain is home to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which lines the waterside just to the north. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Island Way provides the sole connection to a series of finger like residential islands between Clearwater Harbor and Mandalay Channel. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 60 next rises onto the Memorial Causeway Bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway into Downtown Clearwater. Photo taken 03/11/15.
The Memorial Causeway Bridge was constructed from December 2002 to August 2005. The 2,340-foot long bridge cost $69.3-million.1 Photo taken 03/11/15.
The Memorial Causeway Bridge includes bicycle/pedestrian walkways on each side of the span while four lanes with full shoulders are provided for motorists. Photo taken 03/11/15.
High rises from Downtown Clearwater appear prominently to the east of SR 60 as the Memorial Causeway Bridge turns south to Chestnut and Court Streets. Photo taken 03/11/15.
The old Memorial Causeway Bridge tied into Cleveland Street just to the east of this scene as a low rise draw bridge. It was dismantled by the end of 2006, with its debris taken to a reef 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.2 Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 60 transitions from Memorial Causeway onto Chestnut Street through Downtown Clearwater. Westbound traffic utilizes Court Street one block to the north. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 60 (Chestnut Street) east quickly encounters a traffic light with Oak Avenue, a local street leading south from Court Street to Druid Road. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Fort Harrison Avenue crosses paths with SR 60 (Chestnut Street) east at the subsequent traffic signal. The north-south boulevard was formerly a part of U.S. 19 Alternate until 2007, when it was realigned eastward to Missouri Avenue. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Approaching U.S. 19 Alternate (Myrtle Avenue), SR 60 crosses a CSX Railroad line that runs down the middle of East Avenue. Photo taken 03/11/15.
U.S. 19 Alternate follows Myrtle Avenue north from SR 60 to overtake Fort Harrison Avenue north to Edgewater Drive through Dunedin. This alignment was made in 2007, when the route shifted east to overlap with SR 60 between here and Missouri Avenue. Photo taken 03/11/15.
U.S. 19 Alternate South Florida State Road 60 East
U.S. 19 Alternate & SR 60 combine east along Chestnut Street for one half mile. This alignment allows U.S. 19 Alt to bypass Downtown Clearwater. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Florida State Road 60 East
SR 60 (Gulf to Bay Boulevard) east at Lake Drive. Lake Drive travels north by Crest Lake Park to SR 590 (Drew Street) and south as unsigned Pinellas County Road 385 to McMullen Road in Largo. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted ahead of Pinellas County Road 1 (Keene Road). Keene Road constitutes a six-lane arterial route leading north to Dunedin and south to Largo. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Continuing east along SR 60 toward the intersection with Hercules Avenue. Hercules Avenue leads south to a subdivision beyond Lakeview Road in Clearwater and north to Greenbriar Boulevard and Belcher Road within unincorporated Pinellas County. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Nearing the single point urban interchange with U.S. 19. U.S. 19 constitutes an urban freeway north to Evans Road at Countryside and south to Pinellas County Road 611 (49th Street) in Pinellas Park. The former arterial was upgraded in stages from the mid 2000s to 2015. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Frontage roads carry drivers to the U.S. 19 freeway from SR 60 (Gulf to Bay Boulevard). U.S. 19 leads south into east Largo and east Pinellas Park.
Road construction underway in 2011-15 rebuilt the U.S. 19 overpasses and added turn lanes from Gulf to Bay Boulevard to the freeway frontage roads. Photo taken 01/02/06.
U.S. 19 extends north from Countryside to Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and New Port Richey. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Leaving the interchange with U.S. 19, SR 60 passes by Clearwater Mall in east Clearwater. Photo taken 10/01/16.
The first mileage sign for SR 60 east appears by Clearwater Mall 20 miles from Downtown Tampa and 61 miles from the Polk County seat of Bartow. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Park Place Boulevard stems north from the main entrance to Clearwater Mall as a local boulevard connecting an adjacent office park with Drew Street. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Sky Harbor Drive ties into Gulf to Bay Boulevard at the east entrance to Clearwater Mall retail center. Formerly an enclosed shopping mall, Clearwater Mall was demolished by the early 2000s. The site is now a big box store power center. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Hampton Road follows at the ensuing eastbound signal, leading north from SR 60 to Drew Street at an elementary school. Photo taken 10/01/16.
SR 60 enters an exchange with CR 611 just prior to Courtney Campbell Causeway across Old Tampa Bay. A supplememtal sign highlights the connections with Ruth Excerd Hall, Clearwater's performing arts center, and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), Pinellas County's main airport. Photo taken 10/01/16.
County Road 611 is a major route that extends north to Safety Harbor and East Lake and south via the Bayside Bridge to Pinellas Park. A single point urban interchange joins the north end of the Bayside Bridge freeway with SR 60 here. Photo taken 10/01/16.
SR 60 confirming marker posted after the SPUI with CR 611 and ahead of the traffic light with Bayshore Boulevard north. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Bayshore Boulevard straddles the marshy areas of Coopers Bayou and Alligator Lake leading north to Downtown Safety Harbor. Photo taken 10/01/16.
SR 60 begins its course across Old Tampa Bay via Courtney Campbell Causeway ahead of the traffic light with Damascus Road. Photo taken 10/01/16.
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Back to back traffic lights operate along SR 60 east at a beach access point and Damascus Road north to Clearwater Christian College. Photos taken 10/01/16.
SR 60 narrows to four lanes along the Courtney Campbell Causeway (also referred to sometimes as Courtney Campbell Parkway). The four-lane roadway acts as an expressway with a handful of beach access points along its eight-mile course. Photo taken 10/01/16.
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Narrow frontage roads originally lined both directions of the causeway, providing access to the water for fishing, picnicking, or swimming at Ben T. Davis Municipal Beach. The south side frontage road was replaced with Courtney Campbell Trail, a multi-use path spanning Old Tampa Bay. Photos taken 10/01/16.
The barrier median separates traffic and allows drivers to use Courtney Campbell Causeway at higher speeds. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Midway across Old Tampa Bay is the Hillsborough County line. Photo taken 10/01/16.
A handful of buildings rise along the eastern horizon from Rocky Point, an area of land jutting southward from Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. Photo taken 10/01/16.
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SR 60 ascends over the channel crossing of Old Tampa Bay at milepost 4.5. Photos taken 10/01/16.
A traffic light provides permissive turns into the Davis Municipal Beach parking areas adjacent to SR 60. A boat ramp, picnic pavilions and sandy beaches are available to the general public here. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Dedicated in 2013, Courtney Campbell Trail parallels the south side of SR 60 to Rocky Point. Photo taken 10/01/16.
SR 60 continues east along a narrow strip of land toward Rocky Point. Photo taken 10/01/16.
A second signalized intersection lies at the east end of Ben T. Davis Municipal Beach. Photo taken 0000.
Bay Harbor Drive stems south from SR 60 (Courtney Campbell Causeway) to a hotel and restaurant. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Reassurance marker for SR 60 east posted at Rocky Point.
Much of the land at Rocky Point was developed by George Steinbrenner, who was the owner of the New York Yankees baseball club. Photo taken 10/20/13.
Rocky Point Drive crosses SR 60 at the second Rocky Point traffic light. This signal can cause significant traffic delays during the evening peak hours of traffic. Photo taken 0000.
SR 60 expands to six overall lanes from Rocky Point to Memorial Highway. A folded diamond interchange is next with Bayport Drive, a local road to Bayport Plaza Business Complex. Photo taken 10/01/16.
Construction upgraded the east end of Courtney Campbell Causeway in conjunction with the $230-million Tampa Airport Interchanges project. The expansive work took place between August 15, 2005 and March 31, 2010.2 It removed at-grade intersections at both Bayport Drive and Memorial Highway where SR 60 meets the south end of Veterans Expressway (SR 589). Photo taken 0000.
SR 60 was shifted northward to bypass the previous at-grade intersection with Bayport Drive. Now a freeway, the state road approaches a directional T interchange with SR 589 (Veterans Expressway) north at Eisenhower Boulevard. Eisenhower Boulevard forms a frontage road system to the Veterans Expressway north from Memorial Highway (CR 576) to Hillsborough Avenue (SR 580). Photo taken 06/26/15.
Reassurance marker posted ahead of the lane split for SR 589 north to Carrollwood, Northdale and Pasco County and the continuation of SR 60 east onto the Memorial Highway freeway by TPA Airport. Photo taken 06/26/15.
A left exit joins a collector distributor roadway to Eisenhower Boulevard north and SR 589 north. The Veterans Expressway begins here and winds northward through unincorporated suburban areas to SR 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) at Lutz. Connections with SR 580 (Hillsborough Avenue) east lead motorists to the air cargo facilities of TPA Airport. Photo taken 06/26/15.
The SR 60 eastbound mainline separates into single lane ramps for the Memorial Highway freeway south to I-275 at Westshore in Tampa and the nearby ramps for both SR 616 (Spruce Street) east and George J. Bean Parkway north to Tampa International Airport (TPA). Photo taken 06/26/15.


 

Sources:

  1. "New span done; old one to be torn down." St. Petersburg Times, August 20, 2005.
  2. Tampa Airport Interchanges -- SR 60 (completed March 2010). http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=72&RoadID=11.


Photo Credits:

  • 01/02/06 by AARoads.
  • 10/20/13 by AARoads.
  • 03/11/15 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 06/26/15 by AARoads.
  • 10/01/16 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 19
U.S. 19 Alternate
State Road 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy
State Road 616
County Road 611

Page Updated 04-16-2018.