Veterans Expressway north end in 2005

State Road 568 represents the northern extent of the 1994-opened Veterans Expressway between the Suncoast Parkway near Lake Carlton and Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597) at Lutz. SR 568 totals 3.04 miles without any exits. This portion of the Veterans Expressway was designated as SR 589 until 2001, when the Suncoast Parkway opened northward to Brooksville.

The SR 568 section of the Veterans Expressway hooked the toll road east to a stub end at SR 597. The terminus alluded to the canceled Lutz Expressway. First proposed in 1964 as part of a greater Hillsborough County freeway network, the Lutz Expressway was to provide an east-west route between western Hillsborough and Interstate 75. The segment was dropped from plans for the Northwest Expressway, the predecessor to the Veterans Expressway, due to fiscal concerns in 1984.1

County officials however maintained plans for the Lutz Expressway and held a series of public meetings on it in November 1988. The proposed route however was met with local resistance, and a citizens group, LAND (Lutz Against Non-Essential Development) was formed in opposition. The expressway concept eventually shifted to FDOT in 1990, but never progressed any further.1


Florida 568 east
A lone reassurance marker references Florida 568 eastbound at the wye interchange with Florida 589 north. The designation is not marked at the split with the Suncoast Parkway otherwise. Photo taken 01/26/08.
The first in a series of signs for the Veterans Expressway end at Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597) appears at the Lakeshore Road underpass. Photo taken 10/05/15.
SR 568 (Veterans Expressway) shifts to the north of parallel Van Dyke Road (CR 685A) on the one mile approach to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597). Photo taken 11/15/16.
Passing by Van Dyke Lake, the Veterans Expressway kinks east southeast to the partially built diamond interchange with Florida 597. Photo taken 10/05/15.
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Changes to the east end of SR 568 made in 2015-16 eliminated the stubs from the unconstructed Lutz Expressway, and rebuilt the roadway that was intended to be an off-ramp for Dale Mabry Highway to a minimum of lanes. Photo taken 10/05/15. Second photo taken 11/15/16.
Dale Mabry Highway runs north through Lutz and south to Tampa as a busy arterial route. Photo taken 11/15/16.
Florida 597 lines Dale Mabry Highway north from Florida 580 (Busch Boulevard) in Carrollwood to U.S. 41 at Land O' Lakes in Pasco County. Photo taken 10/05/15.
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The Promenade at Lake Park development broke ground in 2015 to the east of the Veterans Expressway end at Dale Mabry Highway. Resulting work reconfigured the SR 568 intersection with SR 597 to tie into the subdivision entrance at Atmore Grove Drive. Photo taken 10/05/15. Second photo taken 11/15/16.
Florida 568 west
Milepost 3 for SR 568 stands along the ramp connecting SR 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) south with the Veterans Expressway west. Photo taken 05/24/17.
Motorists from SR 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) north and Atmore Grove Drive utilize a single lane built in place of the previous wooded area and stubs remaining from the unbuilt Lutz Expressway plans. Photo taken 05/24/17.
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Traffic previously combined into a single lane ahead of the former roadway stub for the westbound lanes of SR 568. Photo taken 09/07/14. Second photo taken 08/15/15.
Passing over Calusa Trace Boulevard, a sign honors Leroy Collins, Jr (1934-2010). Collins, Jr. was a Rear Admiral (RADM) in the U.S. Navy and the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Photo taken 08/15/15.
A reassurance marker for Florida 568 west appears within the median as the Veterans Expressway passes to the north of Van Dyke Lake. Photo taken 02/02/18.
The Veterans Expressway swings southward to pass over Van Dyke Road (CR 685A). CR 685A parallels SR 568 west from SR 597 to SR 589. Photo taken 08/15/15.
Motorists along SR 568 west default onto SR 589 south ahead of the Hutchinson Road off-ramp (Exit 12) in two miles. Hutchinson Road provides a local route west to Cosme from Ehrlich Road and the Northdale vicinity. Photo taken 02/02/18.
A wye interchange merges Florida 568 west with Florida 589 south of the Suncoast Parkway interchange with Van Dyke Road (CR 685A). Photo taken 08/15/15.
An end SR 568 shield precedes the merge with the concluding Suncoast Parkway along the Veterans Parkway southbound. Photo taken 02/02/18.

Sources:

  1. "Veterans Expressway." Bayciti - Tampa Bay Urban Blog. Cozart, Justin, October 28, 2004. August 24, 2015.


Photo Credits:

01/26/08, 09/07/14, 08/15/15, 10/05/15, 11/15/16, 05/24/17, 02/02/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Florida 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy
Florida 597 - Dale Mabry Highway

Page Updated 04-10-2018.