State Road 582 - Fowler Avenue

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A 7.83-mile route across north Tampa and the city of Temple Terrace, State Road 582 (Fowler Avenue) joins the University of South Florida (USF) with I-275 and U.S. 41 to the west and I-75 and U.S. 301 to the east. The heavily traveled route consists of a four to eight lane arterial for its entirety.

Florida State Road 582 East
Country Club Drive emerges as a local route from the Forest hills and Babe Zaharias Golf Course area to become Fowler Avenue and SR 582 at Florida Avenue (U.S. 41 Business). Photo taken 06/01/14.
The first shield for SR 582 appears as Fowler Avenue leaves Florida Avenue by a pair of car dealerships. Photo taken 06/01/14.
A diamond interchange with Interstate 275 lies one quarter mile east of the SR 582 beginning on Fowler Avenue. Photo taken 06/01/14.
The southbound on-ramp toward Downtown Tampa departs from SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) east next. Photo taken 06/01/14.
Since SR 582 is already within the city of Tampa, the control city for I-275 south is St. Petersburg. St. Pete is a 28-mile drive to the south, though traffic congestion can make that an hour drive. Photo taken 06/01/14.
Interstate 275 leads north to Fletcher Avenue (SR 579) and Bearss Avenue (SR 678) before defaulting onto I-275 ahead of Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Photo taken 10/07/15.
Fowler Avenue expands into a six lane arterial east of I-275 and to eight lanes beyond forthcoming U.S. 41. Photo taken 10/07/15.
U.S. 41 lines Nebraska Avenue on a parallel alignment to I-275 south from the Lutz vicinity to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) at Old Seminole Heights in Tampa. Photo taken 09/13/16.
U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) carries at least six overall lanes as a commercial boulevard north to unincorporated areas to Lutz and south through North Tampa and Sulphur Springs. Photo taken 09/13/16.
SR 582 advances east from U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) to cross a set of CSX Railroad tracks. Photo taken 09/13/16.
Beyond the CSX Railroad, SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) enters a signalized intersection with North 15th Street. 15th Street provides a through street south to University Square and North Tampa and north by a number of apartment complexes to Fletcher Avenue.
Mast arms here replaced span wire based signals by January 2016. Photo taken 09/13/16.
North 22nd Street heads south from the main entrance to University Mall to bisect the University Square neighborhood to SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) at Sulphur Springs. Photo taken 09/09/16.
The succeeding signal operates at The University Collection shopping center and a hotel. The traffic light proceeds the major crossroads with Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (County Road 581). Although unmarked on SR 582, CR 581 runs south to SR 580 and north into Pasco County. Photo taken 09/09/16.
Bruce B. Downs travels north from SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) through a medical district along the west side of the University of South Florida (USF) campus to New Tampa. 30th Street extends the arterial south to the Yuengling brewery, Busch Gardens and SR 580 (Busch Boulevard). Photo taken 09/13/16.
Green space appears along the SR 582 right of way as Fowler Avenue reaches the USF campus. Photo taken 09/13/16.
McKinley Drive north and Spectrum Boulevard south come together at the ensuing eastbound signal on Fowler Avenue. Spectrum Boulevard is the first of three entrances to USF from SR 582. McKinley Drive (CR 585A) heads due south to FDOT District 7, Busch Gardens and SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) at North 40th Street. Photo taken 09/09/16.
50th street lines the east side of the USF campus between Fowler Avenue and Fletcher Avenue. South of SR 582, the street continues to the Greco Softball Complex within the Terrace Park neighborhood of Tampa. Photo taken 09/13/16.
SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) east enters the city of Temple Terrace at 52nd Street. The state road meets the north end of SR 583 (56th Street) at the succeeding signal. A 6.01-mile route, SR 583 follows 56th Street south as the main commercial strip through Temple Terrace to U.S. 41 at Grant Park. Photo taken 09/13/16.
An Interstate 75 trailblazer directs motorists along SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) east away from the intersection with SR 583 (North 56th Street). Photo taken 03/15/14.
Fowler Avenue gains a landscaped median from Raintree Boulevard east to the Hillsborough River. Raintree Boulevard comprises a local street connecting SR 582 with an assortment of apartments and the Raintree subdivision. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Gillette Avenue follows at the next eastbound signal by Greco Middle School. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Riverhills Drive parallels the Hillsborough River east from Brightwater Boulevard to intersect SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). The road continues south along the river to the Temple Terrace Golf Course community near Florida College. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Beyond the Hillsborough River, SR 582 east prepares to split with a two-lane ramp for Interstate 75 south toward Brandon around the east side of Tampa. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Morris Bridge Road acts as a west side frontage road to I-75 south from SR 582 to U.S. 301 and north to Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A). Photo taken 03/15/14.
Eastbound SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) at the southbound on-ramp for Interstate 75. I-75 connects Tampa with Southwest Florida including the cities of Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples. Photo taken 03/15/14.
Florida State Road 582 West
A confirming marker lines SR 582 as the divided highway leads west from U.S. 301. A 55-mph posted speed limit is maintained along the portion between U.S. 301 and Riverhills Drive west of I-75. Photo taken 06/28/16.
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State Road 582 leads motorists toward the Temple Terrace city center (four miles) and five miles to the University of South Florida (USF) main campus. A mileage sign replacement by November 2015 added the Busch Gardens theme park (six miles) located along McKinley Drive south (CR 585A). Photo taken 05/31/15. Second photo taken 06/28/16.
Jefferson Road intersects SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) by a middle school and Big Top Flea Market at this traffic light. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Crossing the Tampa Bypass Canal, drivers along SR 582 west next approach Interstate 75. Photo taken 05/31/15.
A directional cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 75 with SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) on the outskirts of Temple Terrace. Photo taken 06/28/16.
Interstate 75 runs north from SR 582 to New Tampa and Pasco County en route to Ocala. Photo taken 06/28/16.
A series of four bridges pass over SR 582 as Fowler Avenue nears the left turn for Interstate 75 south toward Brandon. Naples is the southbound control city for I-75 in the Tampa area, referencing the former end point of the route. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Interstate 75 constitutes a busy commuter route south from Pasco County to Brandon and the Port Tampa Bay area. The freeway proceeds south from there to Riverview, Ruskin and Bradenton. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Morris Bridge Road forms a west side frontage road to I-75 south to Harney Road and north to Fletcher Avenue. A wide intersection between the road and SR 582 lies east of the Hillsborough River. Photo taken 05/31/16.
SR 582 and Fowler Avenue span the Hillsborough River west of Morris Bridge Road. The river flows 59 miles from Green Swamp in Pasco County southward to Tampa Bay. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Now within the city of Temple Terrace, SR 582 intersects Riverhills Drive, a north-south road paralleling the Hillsborough River south to Glen Arven Avenue at Florida College. Photo taken 05/31/16.
A mileage sign posted after Riverhills Drive along Fowler Avenue west highlights several points of interest including the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), the University of South Florida campus and Busch Gardens (via CR 585A south). Photo taken 04/27/15.
Gillette Avenue forms a residential road southward from River Hills Drive to Druid Hills Drive and the Temple Terrace Golf Course. The intersection is signalized due to adjacent Greco Middle School. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Raintree Boulevard provides the main entrance to the Raintree subdivision and a number of apartment complexes north of SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). Photo taken 05/31/15.
SR 582 next approaches the commercialized junction with SR 583 (North 56th Street) south and unmarked County Road 583 north. Photo taken 05/31/15.
State Road 583 lines 56th Street south through the heart of Temple Terrace to Harney and Lake Avenue in unincorporated Hillsborough County. The 6.01-mile arterial route takes Lake Avenue and North 50th Street to end at U.S. 41 (Melbourne Boulevard) near Grant Park in Tampa. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Westbound reassurance marker for State Road 582 posted after SR 583 south and CR 583 north. Photo taken 05/31/15.
North 50th Street lines the east side of the University of South Florida campus north from Fowler Avenue to Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A). The route was formerly CR 582B. Photo taken 05/31/15.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) lies across from the USF campus on SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). Photo taken 05/31/15.
Bull Run Drive stems north from the entrance to MOSI to the USF Sun Dome and a number of other sports facilities. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Leroy Collins Boulevard forms the main drive into the USF campus from Fowler Avenue. The tree lined parkway connects SR 582 with the USF Welcome Center, the campus information center and the library. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Malcolm McKinley Drive stems south from SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) west next to both Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. The two theme parks lie 0.75 miles to the south along the four-lane boulevard. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Spectrum Boulevard ties into the intersection of SR 582 and CR 585A (Malcolm McKinley Drive) from the southwest side of the USF Campus. County Road 585A meanwhile runs 1.5 miles south to SR 580 as a mostly unsigned route. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Motorists next enter the busy intersection with Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (County Road 581) on SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) west. The north-south county road originates at SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) along North 30th Street by Busch Gardens. Following Bruce B. Downs Boulevard beyond SR 582, CR 581 angles northeast as the lone route through New Tampa between Bearss Avenue and I-75. Photo taken 05/31/15.
Leaving the unmarked intersection with County Road 581, SR 582 bisects a retail corridor anchored by University Mall. Photo taken 09/09/16.
Opened in 1974, University Mall lines the north side of Fowler Avenue at North 22nd Street. Photo taken 09/09/16.
Continuing west beyond the mall, SR 582 remains commercialized to North 15th Street. 15th Street forms a local through route south to the University Square area and north by a number of apartment complexes to Fletcher Avenue in north Tampa. Photo taken 09/09/16.
West of the at-grade crossing with the CSX Railroad, SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) nears the junction with U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue). Photo taken 09/09/16.
U.S. 41 travels Nebraska Avenue north to merge with U.S. 41 Business at Lutz and south to Sulphur Springs and Seminole Heights, where it turns east along U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). Photo taken 09/09/16.
Three lanes of SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) west advance to a diamond interchange with Interstate 275. Photo taken 05/31/15.
The left lanes become turn lanes for Interstate 275 south while the right lane provides access to both I-275 north and the remainder of Fowler Avenue west to U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue). Photo taken 05/31/15.
Interstate 275 sees two additional exits in the north Tampa area before traveling to the merge with Interstate 75 in Pasco County. Ocala is an 87-mile drive to the north. Photo taken 05/31/15.
The bulk of commuters from the USF area and New Tampa turn off Fowler Avenue west onto Interstate 275 south toward Downtown Tampa. St. Petersburg lies 28 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 05/31/15.
An end shield precedes the SR 582 intersection with U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and Country Club Drive west. Country Club Drive extends west from the state road end to the Forest Hills neighborhood at Lake Eckles. Photo taken 05/31/15.
U.S. 41 Business mirrors the course of Interstate 275 north toward Lutz and south to Tampa Heights and Downtown. Photo taken 05/31/15.

Photo Credits:

03/15/14, 06/01/14, 04/27/15, 05/31/15, 10/07/15, 05/31/16, 06/28/16, 09/09/16, 09/13/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 275
U.S. 41
U.S. 41 Business - Tampa
U.S. 301
State Road 583

Page Updated 09-13-2016.