State Road 682 - Pinellas Bayway

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State Road 682 comprises a 3.72-mile route from SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard) at St. Pete Beach to an interchange with Interstate 275 and U.S. 19 at 34th Street South in south St. Petersburg. The route follows the tolled Pinellas Bayway, a causeway and series of bridges linking the barrier island with Isla Del Sol, Bayway Isles and the Eckerd College area. Tolls are levied in the westbound direction ahead of the Boca Ciega Bay Channel bridge and eastbound ahead of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) originally reduced to two lanes across the Intracoastal Waterway along a draw bridge. The 1962-built span was replaced with a fixed high-level bridge as part of a $41-million project starting in 2011.1 The new span opened initially for eastbound traffic in March 2013, with westbound shifting over by mid-April 2013. Demolition of the old bridge commenced afterwards, followed by work on the second half of the crossing.2 Opened on October 17, 2014, the new Pinellas Bayway carries four overall lanes with full outside shoulders and a pedestrian/bicycle walkway along the eastbound side.1

The Pinellas Bayway was originally designated as part of SR A19A, a loop west from U.S. 19 between south St. Petersburg and Largo. SR A1A used all of the Bayway, Gulf Boulevard (SR 699) north from Pass-a-Grille Beach to St. Pete Beach, Corey Causeway and Pasadena Avenue (SR 693) to South Pasadena, and 66th Street (SR 693) north through west St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park and U.S. 19 north of Ulmerton Road (SR 688). The designation was retired by the late 1970s.

This 1971 map excerpt shows the Pinellas Bayway as part of the southern leg of SR A19A, a loop joining St. Petersburg with St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena to the west.
Florida State Road 682 East
Looking at the eastbound beginning of SR 682 along 35th Avenue as it leaves SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard) next to the Don Cesar Resort. The median landscaping was removed and street lights were changed to decorative posts by 2014. Photo taken 01/06/06.
An eastbound toll plaza lies next to the Granada Street turn-off of SR 682 (35th Street) east. Photo taken 01/01/06.
SR 682 (35th Street) transitions into the Pinellas Bayway, a toll facility joining St. Pete Beach with St. Petersburg. Tolls are charged only along eastbound here; westbound drivers pay ahead of the Boca Ciega Bay Channel bridge. Photo taken 01/01/06.
Entering a three-lane toll plaza along SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) east at Granada Street. The number one lane was converted to a Sunpass Only lane to coincide with the replacement of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in 2014. Photo taken 01/01/06.
Meeting the Pinellas Bayway on Isle Del Sol is SR 679, the south branch of the Pinellas Bayway. SR 679 joins the island with the community of Tierra Verde to the south. Photo taken 01/01/06.
SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) overall joins SR 682 with Fort DeSoto County Park. Fort DeSoto resides on Mullet Key in extreme southern Pinellas County. Drivers heading to the beaches there, which are consistently ranked as some of the country's best, are charged a toll at the south end of Tierre Verde. Photo taken 01/01/06.
Advancing east from SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South), SR 682 intersects Escondida Boulevard South and La Puerta Del Sol Boulevard South to adjacent Boca Ciega Bay condominium complexes. Absent here is a reassurance marker for SR 682 east. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Spanning the inlet between Isle Del Sol and Bayway Isles on SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) east. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Leeland Street and Bacopa Lane South intersect SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) on the north island of the Bayway Isles community. Photo taken 04/03/14.
SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) spans Boca Ciega Bay Channel to the Pinellas County mainland by Dolphin Cay. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Just east of Ciega Bay Channel crossing, SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) passes by the westbound toll plaza. Trailblazers partition motorists to the forthcoming ramp split to Interstate 275. Photo taken 04/03/14.
A traffic light was added to the entrance of Eckerd College along SR 682 (54th Avenue South) after 2011. Photo taken 04/03/14.
SR 682 (54th Avenue South) approaches the two-lane on-ramp to Interstate 275 north. I-275 winds northward to Downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa. Motorists bound for Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 south onto the Sunshine Skyway Bridge remain along 54th Avenue South to 34th Street South. Photo taken 04/03/14.
A high-speed ramp departs for Interstate 275 north as SR 682 (54th Avenue South) nears the intersection with U.S. 19 (34th Street South). U.S. 19 north splits with I-275 north via a wye interchange nearby. Photo taken 04/03/14.
The roadways of Interstate 275 invert through the interchange with SR 682 and U.S. 19 (34th Street South). SR 682 ends at U.S. 19, which merges southward onto the Sunshine Skyway Bridge approach toward Palmetto and Bradenton. 34th Street North comprises a six-lane commercial arterial leading north to Lealman and Pinellas Park. Photo taken 04/03/14.
54th Avenue S east
Interstate 275 south passes over 54th Avenue South ahead of its northbound on-ramp to the freeway. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Eastbound 54th Avenue South at the northbound ramp to Interstate 275 for Downtown St. Petersburg. 54th Avenue South continues east through south St. Petersburg and 4th Street South. Photo taken 07/30/06.
54th Avenue S west
54th Avenue South passes under the southbound mainline of I-275, the northbound mainline and then ramps associated with Exit 17 in succession. U.S. 19 (34th Street South) parallels I-275 just to the west to merge with the freeway southbound ahead of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the next intersection. Photo taken 08/30/14.
Westbound 54th Avenue S at the beginning of SR 682, a state road that carries 54th Avenue S onto the Pinellas Bayway at Eckerd College. U.S. 19 follows 34th Street northward through St. Petersburg to Pinellas Park and Interstate 275 south to Palmetto. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Florida State Road 682 West
The first westbound reassurance shield for SR 682 (54th Avenue South), posted after the intersection with U.S. 19 (34th Street South). Photo taken 03/11/15.
Westbound mileage sign listing the distances to St. Pete Beach, the west end of SR 682, and Ft. Desoto Park, the south end of SR 679. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Avenue of States Drive stems south from SR 682 (54th Avenue South) to Eckerd College. Eckerd College occupies coastal land between 54th Avenue South and Maximo Channel. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Drivers continuing west of Dolphin Cay Lane South and Harbor Way North are charged a toll for the Pinellas Bayway, a series of bridges linking the islands of Boca Ciega Bay with St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Spanning Boca Ciega Bay Channel on SR 682 west beyond the main line toll plaza. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Leeland Street and Bacopa Lane South intersect SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) at the Bayway Isles community. Photo taken 04/03/14.
SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) spans an inlet between Bayway Isles and the Isle Del Sol community. Photo taken 03/25/07.
La Puerta Del Sol Boulevard South and Escondida Boulevard South intersect SR 682 just east of the signalized intersection with SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) and Sun Boulevard north to Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club. Photo taken 04/03/14.
SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) spurs southward from SR 682 to the entrance to Fort DeSoto County Park. The state road totals 4.82 miles. Photo taken 03/11/15.
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SR 679 joins Isle Del Sol with Tierra Verde and its associated islands north of Fort DeSoto. The state road sees a toll booth just prior to crossing the bridge from Cunningham Key to Madelaine Key. Upon entering the park and reaching Mullet Key, SR 679 becomes unsigned Pinellas County Road 679 and splits into two branches: one to East Point and the other to North Beach. Photos taken 03/11/15.
SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) travels initially with four lanes, but quickly reduces to two lanes ahead of Palm Del Mar Boulevard and the causeway south to Tierra Verde. The state road again expands to a four-lane divided boulevard on Tierra Verde. Photo taken 04/03/14.
Continuing west along SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway), the Isla Del Sol Golf Course surrounds both sides of the highway. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) rises to cross the Intracoastal Waterway on an 80-foot high fixed span. This bridge replaced a much lower two-lane drawbridge. It was completed on October 17, 2014 and rededicated as the Medal of Honor Bridge on March 28, 2015 in honor of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell, a Vietnam War veteran from St. Pete Beach.3 Photo taken 03/11/15.
The Intracoastal Waterway links the open waters of Boca Ciega Bay both north and south of Isle Del Sol and east of the Pinellas barrier islands. Photo taken 03/11/15.
The Don Ce Sar Resort rises prominently as SR 682 westbound lowers into St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 03/11/15.
The eastbound toll plaza comes into view as SR 682 turns northward along McPherson Bayou. Photo taken 03/11/15.
Pass-A-Grille Beach lies south from the ending SR 682 along Gulf Boulevard and Pass-A-Grille Way. Gulf Boulevard doubles as SR 699 northward to Treasure Island. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 699 runs 16.49 miles north from Pinellas Bayway along the Pinellas barrier islands to SR 688 at Indian Rocks Beach. Photo taken 03/11/15.
SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) intersects Casablanca Avenue one block ahead of SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard). Photo taken 03/11/15.
Pass-a-Grille Point is a 1.9 mile drive to the south. SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard) north reaches the city of Treasure Island in 3.7 miles at the Blind Pass bridge. Photo taken 03/11/15.

Sources:

  1. "New Pinellas Bayway grand opening Friday" WTSP (Tampa Bay), October 17, 2014.
  2. "Pinellas Bayway bridge demolition to start soon." Tampa Bay Times, March 30, 2013.
  3. "Bayway Bridge to be rededicated in honor of local military hero." Bay News 9 (Tampa), March 28, 2015.


Photo Credits:

  • 01/01/06 by AARoads.
  • 01/06/06 by AARoads.
  • 07/30/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 03/25/07 by AARoads.
  • 04/03/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/30/14 by AARoads.
  • 03/11/15 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 05/25/19 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 275
U.S. 19
State Road 679 - Pinellas Bayway South
State Road 699 - Gulf Boulevard

Page Updated 06-11-2019.