Florida 685 - Henderson Boulevard

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South Tampa - 1975

State Road 685 travels over 14 miles mostly as the unsigned counterpart to U.S. 41 Business between Downtown Tampa and Lutz. A 0.98-mile segment of Florida 685 is fully signed along Henderson Boulevard between U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) and Florida 60 (Kennedy Boulevard). The state road originally ran south along Dale Mabry Highway to MacDill Air Force Base while Henderson Boulevard southwest from U.S. 92 to Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Avenue south to Gandy Boulevard (U.S. 92) was State Road 600A.

This 1975 map of Tampa shows State Road 685 routed along Dale Mabry Highway south of U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) to Interbay Boulevard. This is now State Road 573.
Also of note are both Secondary 600A along Manhattan Avenue and Henderson Boulevard and Secondary 685A leading west from Dale Mabry Highway to Port Tampa and Picnic Island Boulevard. Both of these routes are no longer designated.

Florida 685 north
Henderson Boulevard angles northeast from Bay To Bay Boulevard to Dale Mabry Highway (U.S. 92) where it becomes a part of State Road 685. The lone northbound shield follows. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Swann Avenue heads east from the Beach Park neighborhood to intersect Florida 685 (Henderson Boulevard) at Himes Avenue. Himes Avenue travels north from South Tampa to Oakford Park. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Azeele Street parallels Swann Avenue three blocks to the north en route east to Hyde Park. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Florida 685 turns east onto Florida 60 in an unsigned overlap to Downtown Tampa. Florida 60 represents a cross-peninsula route originating at Clearwater Beach that links Tampa with Brandon and Bartow to the east. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Henderson Boulevard ends as traffic defaults onto Kennedy Boulevard east ahead of MacDill Avenue. SR 60 constitutes a four-lane commercial boulevard between Westshore and Downtown. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Florida 685 south
Florida 685 branches southwest along Henderson Boulevard from Florida 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) through the Gray Gables neighborhood. A lone reassurance marker appears for the state road. Photo taken 03/07/14.
A mileage sign references the distance to Downtown St. Petersburg. This sign is a likely remnant from when Henderson Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue south from Dale Mabry Highway was designed as Florida 600A. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Azeele Street intersects Florida 685 (Henderson Boulevard) south at this traffic light. Azeele Street leads east to Hyde Park. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Three blocks further south, Florida 685 (Henderson Boulevard) enters a six-point intersection with north-south Himes Avenue and east-west Swann Avenue. Himes connects with South Tampa while Swann leads west to Beach Park. Photo taken 03/07/14.
Florida 685 south intersects Sterling Avenue before ending at U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway). Photo taken 03/07/14.
U.S. 92 (unsigned SR 600) travels Dale Mabry south to Gandy Boulevard west and north to Hillsborough Avenue east. Dale Mabry Highway overall runs south to MacDill AFB as SR 573 and to Wesley Chapel in Pasco County as SR 597. Photo taken 03/07/14.

Photo Credits:

03/07/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 92
Florida 60

Page Updated 08-13-2015.