Exclusively referred to by its street names, Hillsborough County 581 follows 30th Street for 1.51 miles from Florida 580 (Busch Boulevard) to Florida 582 (Fowler Avenue) and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard for 10.04 miles north from Fowler Avenue to County Line Road. The unsigned section on 30th Street serves the Busch Gardens theme park and the University Square neighborhood in Tampa. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard constitutes a major arterial route from there with up to eight lanes by the University of South Florida (USF) and through a medical district anchored by Florida Hospital Tampa and the James A Haley Veterans Hospital.

Bruce B. Downs Boulevard curves northeast from the busy intersection with Bearss Avenue west as the lone route through New Tampa. The often congested arterial crosses paths with Interstate 75 midway between Bearss avenue and the Pasco County line. A $55.758 million county project expands approximately 3.5 miles of the roadway to eight overall lanes through New Tampa. Among other improvements, work includes the replacement of span wire based signal assemblies with mast arms, installation of new storm water and wastewater pipes and the addition of 24,600 linear feet of sidewalk. Construction runs from early 2015 to spring 2017.

The suburban arterial crosses the county line from New Tampa to Wesley Chapel, where it becomes Pasco County 581. Still named Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, CR 581 extends 1.004 miles north to SR 56 and another 3.51 miles as SR 581 to SR 54. The state road portion bridges the gap created by the relinquishment of SR 54 to the west as SR 56 east to Zephyrhills remains incomplete.

There are three additional sections of County Road 581 posted in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties as well. These rural routes connect Brooksville and Inverness with outlying areas.


County Road 581 (30th Street) north
30th Street expands from a residential street into a four-lane roadway north of Florida 580 (Busch Boulevard). The divided arterial runs along the west side of Busch Gardens to Linebaugh Avenue on this stretch. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Annie Street stems west from the Busch Gardens employee entrance to residential areas to North Tampa. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Bougainvillea Avenue runs east to the Terrace Park neighborhood and west through University Square to U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) at North Tampa. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Entering the congested intersection with Fowler Avenue, 30th Street becomes Bruce B. Downs Boulevard north by the University of South Florida (USF). Fowler Avenue doubles as Florida 582 east by USF to Thonotosassa and west to U.S. 41 Business at East Forest Hills. Photo taken 09/13/16.
County Road 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) north
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard straddles the Tampa city line north from SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) to Fletcher Avenue. The subsequent northbound signal joins the arterial with USF Pine Drive east to the campus and Shriner's Hospital for Children. University Square Drive ties into the signal from adjacent retail and apartment complexes to the west. Photo taken 09/13/16.
131st Avenue and Holly Drive intersect Bruce B. Downs Boulevard by the VA Hospital, the USF College of Medicine and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Signs appear for Hillsborough County 582A as Bruce B. Downs Boulevard next intersects Fletcher Avenue. Fletcher Avenue constitutes one of two routes joining USF with Interstates 75 and 275. The arterial is CR 582A west to U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) at SR 579 and CR 582A east to I-75 at CR 579 (Morris Bridge Road). Photo taken 09/13/16.
The CR 582A shields posted on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard are some of the few that acknowledge the six mile route. Fletcher Avenue is otherwise never referred to by its numbered designation as it connects northern areas of Temple Terrace with unincorporated areas outside the Tampa city limits. Beyond the state maintained portion at I-275, Fletcher Avenue extends west to Lake Magdalene and Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597) at Carrollwood. Photo taken 09/13/16.
A sun bleached shield posted after Fletcher Avenue is the first acknowledgment of County Road 581 posted on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard north. Photo taken 09/13/16.
138th Avenue east connects Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with a number of office parks and apartments in addition to Florida Hospital Tampa. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard veers east as Bearss Avenue spurs west as the main route linking New Tampa with Interstate 275. Bearss Avenue forms the eastern half of an arterial route with Ehrlich Road west to Carrollwood and Citrus Park. A portion of the route is SR 678 and formerly CR 678. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard crosses into Pasco County between a shopping center and wetland area. Photo taken 05/05/15.
A reassurance marker for County Road 581 north follows. Pasco County generally signs county roads thoroughly. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Northward, Bruce B. Downs Boulevard bisects the unincorporated community of Wesley Chapel. The suburban area stretches west to beyond I-75 and east along County Line Road. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Aronwood Boulevard arcs west as a cutoff from County Line Road to Pasco County 581. Crescent Lake Drive ties in from The Lakes community and the adjacent shopping center to the west. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Williamsburg Drive spurs east from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard by the Shoppes of New Tampa retail area to the Williamsburg subdivision. Sky Lake Circle links the arterial with a subdivision (The Lakes). Photo taken 05/05/15.
Retail occupies all four quadrants of the forthcoming junction between CR 581 north, SR 581 south and SR 56. An end shield marks the transition of Pasco County 581 north to Florida 581 north. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 56 winds west to Interstate 75 and Florida 54 as the main arterial linking Wesley Chapel with Tampa. The state road continues east another 3.8 miles to end at Meadow Point Boulevard. A conduit for development, long range plans call for SR 56 to extend further east toward Zephyrhills. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) north
Florida 581 takes over for County Road 581 north along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard through additional suburban areas. Photo taken 05/05/15.
A trailblazer for SR 54 directs motorists northward on SR 581 as Bruce B. Downs Boulevard passes by the Shops at Wiregrass retail complex. SR 581 provides connectivity between SR 54 and SR 56 due to the relinquishment of Wesley Chapel Road (CR 54) to Pasco County. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Legacy Boulevard loops southeast from Florida 581 to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and the Shops at Wiregrass. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Another SR 54 shield precedes the traffic light between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Chancey Road. SR 54 along Wesley Chapel Road was transferred by FDOT following the completion of SR 56 in 2002. Those actions included redesignating CR 581 as SR 581 along this stretch. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Mystic Oak Boulevard provides the main entrance to the Seven Oaks community to the west of Florida 581. Chancey Road serves a bevy of newer subdivisions to the east. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard shifts eastward away from the section line for the final approach to Florida 54. Open land in this scene is slated for future development. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 581 approaches Pasco County 54 (Wesley Chapel Road) west and Florida 54 east. Big box retail, fast food restaurants and car dealerships surround the junction. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Where Florida 581 ends, Florida 54 resumes along Wesley Chapel Boulevard east to the county seat of Zephyrhills. A diamond interchange connects the county road section with Interstate 75 to the immediate west. Photo taken 05/05/15.
County Road 54 arcs southwest from I-75 to become SR 54 west from SR 56 at Wesley Chapel. The western section of Florida 54 is a major route connecting Interstate 75 with Land 'O Lakes, Odessa and New Port Richey. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) south
Heading away from Florida 54 and County Road 54, Bruce B. Downs Boulevard starts with six overall lanes. The first marker for SR 581 stands next to the Village Market shopping center just south of Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Photo taken 05/05/15.
A second shield for Florida 581 quickly appears as Bruce B. Downs Boulevard enters a rural stretch south of Eagleston Boulevard. This area will eventually be developed. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Trailblazers direct drivers along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard south to Florida 56 for the continuation of Florida 54 west to New Port Richey. SR 581 links the disconnected sections of SR 54 via SR 56 west. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Chancey Road west and Mystic Oak Boulevard east come together at the first southbound traffic light on Florida 581. Chancey Boulevard spurs east to a number of newer developments while Mystic Oak Boulevard winds west to the Seven Oaks community. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) passes by Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel ahead of the signal with Legacy Boulevard east and Vanguard Street west. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Florida 581 proceeds due south from Vanguard Street to end at Florida 56 and County Road 581 in Wesley Chapel. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Pasco County 581 takes over along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard south to New Tampa in Hillsborough County while Florida 56 runs west to Interstate 75. Photo taken 05/05/15.
West of Interstate 75, SR 56 ends at Wesley Chapel Boulevard (CR 54). SR 54 resumes there along a six to eight lane arterial joining Land O's Lakes with the Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) and U.S. 19 corridor at Elfers. Photo taken 05/05/15.
County Road 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) south
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard continues south as Pasco County 581 for one mile to the Hillsborough County line. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Williamsburg Drive and Sky Lake Circle tie into Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from Williamsburg and The Lakes subdivisions. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Crescent Lake Drive connects CR 581 with another section of The Lakes to the west while Aronwood Boulevard east arcs to County Line Road. Photo taken 05/05/15.
County Line Road comprises an east-west arterial across Wesley Chapel between Mansfield Boulevard and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The road reduces to two lanes westward en route to Livingston Avenue and Land O' Lakes. Photo taken 05/05/15.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard curves southward through the busy intersection with Bearss Avenue west. Bearss Avenue forms part of a commuter route for New Tampa as it leads west and north to Interstate 275. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Reassurance marker for County Road 581 posted after Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A). Bruce B. Downs Boulevard travels between the University of South Florida (USF) campus and the James A. Haley V.A. Hospital over the next mile. Photo taken 08/05/14.
131st Avenue heads west beyond the adjacent VA Hospital by a series of apartment complexes to U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue). Holly Drive extends the road east to the USF College of Medicine and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Photo taken 08/05/14.
USF Pine Drive connects Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with the USF campus across from University Square Drive west to University Mall. Photo taken 08/05/14.
The lone shield posted for the junction of County Road 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) and State Road 582 (Fowler Avenue) is this assembly. Photo taken 08/05/14.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard straddles the Tampa city limits south from Fletcher Avenue to Fowler Avenue before wholly entering the "City of Champions." Photo taken 08/05/14.
Fowler Avenue constitutes a six to eight lane commercial arterial west from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to Interstate 275 and U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and east to USF, Temple Terrace, I-75 and U.S. 301 at Thonotosassa. Photo taken 08/05/14.
County Road 581 (30th Street) south
Unsigned CR 581 follows 30th Street south from SR 582. The four-lane arterial travels between the University Square neighborhood and the Yuengling Brewery to Bougainvillea Avenue. Photo taken 08/05/14.
An unmarked intersection concludes CR 581 (30th Street) at SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) east of Sulphur Springs and west of Temple Terrace. 30th Street continues south as a local street into the Temple Crest neighborhood. Photo taken 08/05/14.



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08/05/14, 05/05/15, 09/13/16 by AARoads

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Interstate 75
Florida 54
Florida 56
Florida 580
Florida 582 - Fowler Avenue

Page Updated 09-13-2016.