State Road 618 - Selmon Expressway East

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SR 618 east
A loop ramp forms the northbound beginning of the Selmon Expressway from U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) eastbound. The fledgling toll road crosses over U.S. 92 for a second time at Dale Mabry Highway. Photo taken 05/11/07.
A second on-ramp adds traffic from Dale Mabry Highway north. Dale Mabry Highway originates at the main gate to MacDill Air Force Base as SR 573. U.S. 92 lines the arterial north from Gandy Boulevard to Hillsborough Avenue. Photo taken 05/11/07.
The third in a series of eastbound on-ramps joins SR 618 eastbound from Euclid Avenue. This reassurance marker follows ahead of the Bay to Bay Boulevard underpass. Photo taken 04/22/15.
A fourth on-ramp joins SR 618 east from Bay to Bay Boulevard. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Advancing northeast, the Selmon Expressway passes between the Bayshore Gardens and Palma Ceia neighborhoods. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Crossing over Howard Avenue, motorists see an auxiliary sign for the Downtown West interchange serving the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Photo taken 04/22/15.
SR 618 veers east from Historic Hyde Park to meet Willow Avenue at a diamond interchange (Exit 4) in one half mile. Photo taken 04/22/15.
The upcoming Downtown East interchange provides access to Amalie Arena, home of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Aquarium and the Channelside cruise terminals. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Exit 4 departs SR 618 as the Selmon Expressway turns east toward Downtown. Willow Avenue runs south to Bayshore Boulevard and north to North Hyde Park and West Riverfront. The eastbound off-ramp ties into Platt Street, which provides a direct route to Hyde Park Avenue south to Davis Islands. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Spanning Platt Street, the first glimpse of Downtown Tampa appears. Photo taken 04/22/15.
An on-ramp joins SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) east from parallel Platt Street. The toll road crosses over South Boulevard through the Hyde Park-Spanishtown Creek area next. Photo taken 04/22/15.
This empty sign bridge is left over from the former main line toll plaza positioned west of the Hillsborough River. It directed motorists with Sunpass transponders to the left. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Exit 6A loops onto Florida Avenue north through the heart of the central business district. Florida Avenue becomes a part of U.S. 41 Business north of SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard).
Exit 6B angles east onto Channelside Drive at Amalie Arena. Photo taken 04/22/15.
A wide grassy area between South Boulevard and Hyde Park Avenue alludes to the former toll booths by this reassurance marker. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Crossing over the one-way couplet of Hyde Park Avenue south and Plant Avenue north on SR 618 east. Photo taken 11/07/15.
A half diamond interchange joins SR 618 with Plant Avenue as motorists approach the toll collection point. Photo taken 11/07/15.
AET gantries collect tolls from both the Selmon Expressway mainline and the adjacent ramps here. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Crossing over the Hillsborough River, SR 618 east reaches the two-lane off-ramp (Exits 6A/B) for Florida Avenue north and Channelside Drive east at Morgan Street. Tampa Convention Center rises along the south side of the expressway here. Photo taken 04/22/15.
Exits 6A/B form the same off-ramp from SR 618 east. Channelside Drive extends Platt Street east from the convention center to the Channelside entertainment district before turning north along side the Selmon Expressway to Port Tampa Bay. Photo taken 04/22/15.
The Selmon Expressway winds northward between the central business district and Channelside along a pair of viaducts. On-ramps join the toll road east from Jefferson Street and SR 45 (Nebraska Avenue). Photo taken 11/07/15.
SR 618 makes a gradual turn east toward Port Tampa Bay and YBor City. The succeeding exit serves both in one mile. Photo taken 11/07/15.
The elevated express lanes rise from Meridian Avenue north in Channelside as SR 618 approaches the off-ramp for 22nd Street north into Ybor City. Photo taken 11/07/15.
One half mile ahead of the parclo interchange with U.S. 41 Business (20th / 22nd Streets). Exit 10 follows for the Selmon Connector linking SR 618 with I-4 east toward I-75 at Mango. Photo taken 11/07/15.
Confirming marker for SR 618 east, posted after the on-ramp from SR 45 (Nebraska Avenue) north. SR 618 parallels U.S. 41 Business & SR 60 (Adamo Drive) closely along the ensuing stretch. Photo taken 11/07/15.
U.S. 41 Business & SR 60 combine from Channelside north to Adamo Drive east and Ybor City. The bannered route follows 20th Street south to Port Tampa Bay and the 22nd Street causeway across McKay Bay. Photo taken 11/07/15.
Exit 9 departs from the Selmon Expressway east to U.S. 41 Business (22nd Street). The adjacent directional T interchange with the Selmon Connector opened to traffic on January 6, 2014. Photo taken 11/07/15.
22nd Street separates into a one-way couplet with 21st Street between SR 618 and SR 60 (Adamo Drive). 21st and 22nd Streets were formerly SR 585 north through YBor City to U.S. 41 & 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). Photo taken 11/07/15.
A slip ramp provides access to the Express Lanes (SR 618A) from the SR 618 eastbound mainline after the on-ramp from U.S. 41 Business (22th Street). Drivers otherwise can access the reversible roadway from Downtown on-ramps. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Motorists joining the Express Lanes travel uninterrupted to Interstate 75 and the unincorporated suburb of Brandon. Variable Message Signs indicate whether or not the road is open to eastbound travelers. Photo taken 10/28/06.
The ingress ramp for the Selmon Expressway Express lanes departs adjacent to the Selmon Connector on-ramp. The Express Lanes lower to grade level for a short stretch between Exits 9 and 11.
Exit 10 to 39th Street North was removed due to construction of the Express Lanes and the relocation of the eastbound roadway over the former off-ramp. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Motorists merging onto the SR 618 east from the Selmon Connector south add an auxiliary lane to the diamond interchange (Exit 11) with U.S. 41 (50th Street). Photo taken 11/24/16.
Exit 11 departs SR 618 eastbound for U.S. 41 (50th Street North). U.S. 41 was vastly replaced by Interstate 75 as the through route from Tampa south to Gibsonton. The arterial serves industrial areas south through Palm River and areas of Port Tampa Bay to the south and east Tampa and to I-4 at Highland Pines to the north. Photo taken 11/24/16.
Tolls are collected from motorists taking the Exit 11 off-ramp to U.S. 41 (50th Street). Photo taken 01/18/14.
U.S. 41 follows 50th Street north to Melbourne Boulevard, where it turns west toward 40th Street and East Tampa. South of the Palm River, U.S. 41 combines with U.S. 41 Business at Causeway Boulevard (SR 676). Photo taken 01/18/14.
Selmon Expressway reassurance marker posted after the CSX Railroad underpass by U.S. 41. Photo taken 11/24/16.
Straddling the Palm River, SR 618 next approaches Exit 12 with 78th Street (CR 573). Photo taken 11/24/16.
The second and final mainline AET gantry resides east of the Maydell Drive under crossing. The wide grassy median alludes to the former toll plaza. Photo taken 11/24/16.
The Express Lanes shift back to the middle of the Selmon Expressway ahead of the bridges across the Palm River. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Exit 12 loops away from SR 618 east to 78th Street. The five-lane boulevard doubles as County Road 573 north to adjacent SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and south to Clair-Mel, Progress Village and Riverview. Photo taken 11/24/16.
A slip ramp adds traffic from the Express Lanes onto the Selmon Expressway mainline 0.75 miles ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with U.S. 301. Photo taken 10/09/15.
An ingress point to the Express Lanes (SR 618A) provides a final access point east to Brandon. The Express Lanes continue uninterrupted to Brandon Parkway (SR 628) at Town Center Boulevard. Photo taken 10/09/15.
U.S. 301 crosses paths with the Selmon Expressway between its intersections with SR 676 (Causeway Boulevard) and Palm River Road. The six lane arterial serves an array of business and commerce parks south to Riverview and north to the Florida State Fairgrounds. Photo taken 10/09/15.
SR 618 passes over U.S. 301 one half mile ahead of the half diamond interchange (Exit 14) with Falkenburg Road. Falkenburg Road travels north-south between U.S. 301 south of Causeway Boulevard (SR 676) and U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) at Mango. Photo taken 10/09/15.
Exit 14 leaves the Selmon Expressway westbound for Falkenburg Road as SR 618 approaches the trumpet interchange (Exits 15A/B) with Interstate 75. I-75 bypasses the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg through suburban areas of Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Riverview and Gibsonton. Photo taken 11/24/16.
Until March 1999, Falkenburg Road existed in two segments. The south section connected the Crosstown Expressway with parallel Causeway Boulevard (CR 676). The north section ran north from Palm River Road near SR 60 and beyond. A developer funded the $3-million, 4,200 foot long link between the two portions for the Crosstown Center, a 258-acres business park between Falkenburg Road and U.S. 301.1 The arterial opened after six months of delay.2 Photo taken 11/24/16.
Two lanes default onto Interstate 75 south toward Gibsonton, Ruskin, Bradenton and Fort Myers via Exit 15A. Photo taken 10/09/15.
Exit 15B loops onto a collector distributor roadway of I-75 north though to adjacent SR 60. I-75 joins the Tampa area with Ocala, Gainesville and Lake City to the north. Photo taken 11/24/16.

Sources:
  1. "Falkenburg extension to attract commerce." The Tampa Tribune, October 10, 1998.
  2. "Falkenburg Road extension opens after 6-month delay." The Tampa Tribune, March 11, 1999.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/28/06 by AARoads.
  • 05/11/07 by AARoads and Corey Dukes.
  • 07/06/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/18/14 by AARoads.
  • 04/22/15 by AARoads.
  • 10/09/15 by AARoads.
  • 11/07/15 by AARoads.
  • 11/24/16 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 75
U.S. 41
U.S. 301
U.S. 41 Business - Tampa
State Road 60

Page Updated 03-12-2018.