State Road 579 / County Road 582A - Fletcher Avenue

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A half mile portion of Fletcher Avenue between U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) north of Tampa is state maintained and signed as Florida State Road 579. This section of Fletcher Avenue includes a diamond interchange with Interstate 275.

Fletcher Avenue east of Nebraska Avenue (U.S. 41) is Hillsborough County Road 582A. West from U.S. 41 Business to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597), Fletcher Avenue is mostly an undesignated arterial, with the exception of a 0.51 mile segment attributed to CR 582A between N Armenia Avenue and Rome Avenue.

Though poorly signed, CR 582A lines Fletcher Avenue 6.02 miles east from U.S. 41 to the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park and Interstate 75. There unsigned CR 582A ends and CR 579 begins. CR 579 follows Morris Bridge Road north 9.92 miles into Pasco County. It is unclear if SR 579 and CR 579 were ever connected.

A $1.2 million project repaved State Road 579 (Fletcher Avenue) from August 2019 to early 2020. The work added a raised median from east of I-275 to Summit Avenue and included sign replacements.1

Fletcher Avenue - East
Fletcher Avenue intersects Orange Grove Drive just east of the commercialized stretch from SR 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) and S Vilage Drive). Photo taken 01/18/14.
Lake Magdalene Boulevard ties into Fletcher Avenue across from Tifton Drive. Lake Magdalene Boulevard was formerly part of CR 587A, a loop north and east to U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue). Photo taken 01/18/14.
Armenia Avenue heads south from Lake Magdalaene into the city of Tampa. It was also formerly a part of CR 587A. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Rome Avenue heads north from Forest Hills in Tampa to Fletcher Avenue at Lake Magdalene. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Florida State Road 579 East
Fletcher Avenue leaves the Carrollwood area and intersects U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue). SR 579 begins here. Photo taken 03/23/14.
SR 579 shields are posted in each direction of Fletcher Avenue between U.S. 41 Business and U.S. 41. Photo taken 11/21/19.
Like Bearss Avenue to the north, businesses line both sides of Fletcher Avenue leading into and away from its diamond interchange with Interstate 275. Photo taken 03/23/14.
Nearing the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 275 through the city of Tampa. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Interstate 275 travels south six miles to the Downtown Interchange with I-4 where it turns west toward the Howard Frankland Bridge and St. Petersburg. Photo taken 04/29/15.
The southbound ramps with I-275 tie into parallel Central Avenue for access to and from SR 579 (Fletcher Avenue). Photo taken 03/23/14.
Passing under I-275, motorists turn left from SR 579 (Fletcher Avenue) east onto the freeway north to Pasco County and the connection with I-75 to Ocala. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Interstate 275 north sees one additional Hillsborough County exit before ending at I-75 north and the long off-ramp to SR 56 for Wesley Chapel. Photo taken 04/29/15.
A mileage sign directs motorists two miles east along Fletcher Avenue to the University of South Florida campus. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Fletcher Avenue becomes vastly unsigned County Road 582A beyond forthcoming U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue). The commercial boulevard enters the Tampa city limits at North 46th Street in 2.75 miles. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Nebraska Avenue carries U.S. 41 north to Chapman and the merge with U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) at Lutz. Southward, U.S. 41 takes the four-lane boulevard to Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights and U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). Photo taken 04/29/15.
County Road 582A Fletcher Avenue - East
Eastbound Fletcher Avenue expands to three lanes ahead of Morris Bridge Road and Interstate 75. Photo taken 11/10/07.
Forming a frontage road for I-75, Morris Bridge Road serves an array of businesses and apartments to the south. Photo taken 11/28/19.
Entering the parclo interchange with Interstate 75 on Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A) east. Photo taken 11/28/19.
Interstate 75 bypasses Tampa to the east southward to Brandon and Riverview. Photo taken 11/28/19.
I-75 continues north from Fletcher Avenue through New Tampa to Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Photo taken 11/10/07.
The left turn for I-75 north from Fletcher Avenue was signalized in 2014. Photo taken 11/10/07.
CR 582A transitions into CR 579 (Morris Bridge Road) north from Interstate 75. The ensuing confirming marker however references CR 582A. Photo taken 11/10/07.
County Road 582A West - Fletcher Avenue
CR 579 (Morris Bridge Road) south transitions into CR 582A along Fletcher Avenue at the parclo interchange with Interstate 75. Photo taken 05/22/20.
The left turn for Interstate 75 south to East Tampa, Brandon and Riverview from Fletcher Avenue westbound is not signalized. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Morris Bridge Road north and Hidden River Parkway south come together at the first traffic light along Fletcher Avenue west. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Fletcher Avenue is unmarked as CR 582A westbound. The ensuing signal is with Lettuce Lake Parkway north and Telecom Parkway south. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Telecom Drive loops south and east from Fletcher Avenue to Telecom Parkway. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Fletcher Avenue spans the Hillsborough River from Lettuce Lake Park. Photo taken 05/22/20.
N 56th Street is unsigned CR 583 south 1.01 miles to SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) and SR 583 in the city of Temple Terrace. Photo taken 05/22/20.
N 50th Street runs along the east side of the University of South Florida (USF) campus between Fletcher Avenue and SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). This section of 50th Street was formerly CR 582B. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Fletcher Avenue advances west to Laurel Drive south into USF and N 46th Street to The Claw at USF golf course and Skipper Road west at New Tampa. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Back to back traffic lights operate along Fletcher Avenue at USF Palm Drive south into the university campus and N 42nd Street to an array of apartments. Photo taken 05/20/18.
USF Magnolia Drive stems south from Fletcher Avenue ahead of the Advent Health medical complex. Photo taken 05/20/18.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) meets Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A) at the north end of a medical district adjacent to USF. Sparsely signed south of New Tampa, CR 581 is an 12.55 mile long route north from SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) at Busch Gardens to SR 56/581 in Wesley Chapel. Photo taken 05/20/18.
Passing between big box retail centers, Fletcher Avenue continues west to Livingston Avenue. This section of Livingston Avenue is discontinuous with the road leading north from Bearss Avenue to Lutz and SR 54 at Land O' Lakes. Photo taken 01/30/15.
The sixth and last in a series of crosswalks across westbound Fletcher Avenue. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Fletcher Avenue meets U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) just west of an at-grade crossing with the CSX Railroad. U.S. 41 parallels I-275 north to Lutz and south to North Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Seminole Heights within the city of Tampa. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Florida State Road 579 West
Hillsborough County Road 582A transitions to SR 579 west of U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue). Photo taken 04/29/15.
A diamond interchange lies west of Summit Avenue between Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 275. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Interstate 275 travels north from SR 579, 1.25 miles to SR 678 (Bearss Avenue) and eight miles to the SR 56 off-ramp of I-75 north. Photo taken 04/29/15.
A painted shield directs motorists in the left turn lane toward Interstate 275 south. The freeway enters the Tampa city limits in 1.1 miles. Photo taken 04/29/15.
Six lanes squeeze underneath Interstate 275 as SR 579 (Fletcher Avenue) west intersects Central Avenue south to I-275 south. Photo taken 04/29/15.
A short distance west of I-275, SR 579 ends at U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue). Photo taken 04/29/15.
U.S. 41 Business lines Florida Avenue north to merge with U.S. 41 ahead of Lutz. The route replaced U.S. 541 through Tampa in 1951. Photo taken 03/23/14.
Fletcher Avenue continues west beyond U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) through the Lake Magdalene and Carrollwood communities. The boulevard ends at Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597) opposite South Village Drive north to Northdale. Photo taken 04/29/15.

Sources:
  1. SR 579 (Fletcher Avenue) Repaving from Florida Avenue to east of Nebraska Avenue 436481-1-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), project web page.


Photo Credits:

11/10/07, 01/18/14, 03/23/14, 01/30/15, 04/29/15, 05/20/18, 11/21/19, 11/28/19, 05/22/20 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 275
U.S. 41
U.S. 41 Business - Tampa
State Road 581 / County Road 581 - Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
State Road 597 - Dale Mabry Highway
County Road 579

Page Updated 06-01-2020.

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