State Road 688 West

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Florida State Road 688 West
State Road 688 west begins from the Interstate 275 southbound off-ramp at Exit 31. There is no access to Ulmerton Road from I-275 north or adjacent CR 803 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Street). Photo taken 03/06/19.
SR 688 leads west ten miles to central Largo and 12 miles to Indian Rocks Beach. Photo taken 03/06/19.
A southbound trailblazer for return access to I-275 directs motorists west toward Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686 east). Photo taken 03/06/19.
A second I-275 trailblazer appears at the left turn for Franklin Templeton. A U-turn takes drivers back to I-275. Photo taken 05/29/15.
Feather Sound Drive loops northward from SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) west to encircle Feather Sound Country Club by a number of neighborhood streets and condominiums. Photo taken 03/06/19.
Feather Sound Square Shopping Center lines the north side of Ulmerton Road to Egret Boulevard. Carillon Parkway West ties into the signal with Egret Lane from the sprawling Carillon Business Complex to the south. Photo taken 03/06/19.
A guide sign installed in 2015 directs travelers along SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) to move left for SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) east back into St. Petersburg. Photo taken 03/06/19.
Construction from 2013 to early 2015 replaced the 1975-built overpass carrying SR 686 west onto SR 688 west as part of an overall widening project along Ulmerton Road west from Feather Sound. A bypass lane circumvents merging traffic from Roosevelt Boulevard north along SR 688 west to Evergreen Avenue and 34th Street N. Photo taken 03/06/19.
SR 686 & 688 combine for less than a mile to the south of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Photo taken 03/06/19.
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The bypass ramp for 34th Street N combines with the 2015-completed flyover bringing SR 686 west onto SR 688 (Ulmerton Road). Photo taken 03/06/19.
SR 686 splits with SR 688 beyond 38th Street North to resume along Roosevelt Boulevard northwest by St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Photo taken 03/05/19.
38th Street N and Stoneybrook Drive tie into Ulmerton Road from the Marwood Centre II office complex and other adjacent businesses. Photo taken 03/05/19.
Reassurance marker for SR 688 west posted west of 38th Street N and south of the PIE Airport runway approach. Photo taken 04/21/18.
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SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) turns northward to the PIE Airport, High Point, and Largo while SR 688 continues along Ulmerton Road west through south Largo en route to Indian Rocks Beach. Photo taken 04/21/18.
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Construction through late 2021 builds an elevated roadway for the Gateway Expressway (future SR 686) across Ulmerton Road (SR 688) at the separation with Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) west. The toll road will run north from 118th Avenue N (CR 296) to PIE Airport and the Bayside Bridge (CR 611). Photo taken 03/06/19.
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SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) turns northward to the PIE Airport, High Point, and Largo while SR 688 continues along Ulmerton Road west through south Largo en route to Indian Rocks Beach. Photo taken 04/21/18.
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Construction through late 2021 builds an elevated roadway for the Gateway Expressway (future SR 686) across Ulmerton Road (SR 688) at the separation with Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) west. The toll road will run north from 118th Avenue N (CR 296) to PIE Airport and the Bayside Bridge (CR 611). Photo taken 03/06/19.
Florida State Road 688 West
One quarter mile west of the ramps with Roosevelt Boulevard north is the signalized intersection with 49th Street N. Designated as CR 611, 49th Street N forms a four to six lane boulevard leading north to the Bayside Bridge to east Clearwater and south through Pinellas Park to Lealman, Lake Sheffield in St. Petersburg and CR 138 (22nd Avenue S) at the Gulfport city line. Photo taken 05/29/15.
Westbound reassurance marker posted after CR 611 (49th Street N). The eight lane arterial passes through an area of industrial parks to Cross Bayou Canal. Photo taken 06/26/15.
SR 688 straddles the Largo city line west from SR 686 to 60th Street before fully entering the city. This leaves Indian Rocks Beach as the lone destination of the state road westbound in nine miles. Photo taken 06/26/15.
58th Street N serves a mobile home park to the south. Northward the street provides the main roadway through the ICOT Business Center to High Point and SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard). Photo taken 05/12/14.
Another shield for SR 688 west stands after 58th Avenue N, south of the Clearwater Ice Arena. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Next along Ulmerton Road west is the single point urban interchange (SPUI) with U.S. 19. Photo taken 05/12/14.
U.S. 19 travels north from 49th Street N (CR 611) at Pinellas Park to Evans Road near Dunedin as a full freeway. The route was upgraded from a surface boulevard in stages between 2006-15, with the old route converted to service roads. Motorists turning north for U.S. 19 to Clearwater first travel the frontage road before taking a slip ramp onto the six-lane freeway. Photo taken 05/12/14.
SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) west continues one third of a mile to SR 693 (66th Street N). Photo taken 06/26/15.
State Road 693 lines 66th Street N to end at U.S. 19 nearby. Photo taken 06/26/15.
Southward from SR 688, the 11.63-mile route of SR 693 extends to Kenneth City, west St. Petersburg, South Pasadena and SR 699 (Blind Pass Road) in St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 06/26/15.
SR 693 carries four to six lanes overall mostly as a commercial arterial between St. Petersburg and U.S. 19 in Largo. Historically the route was a part of State Road A19A, a loop south from U.S. 19 to St. Pete Beach and east along the Pinellas Bayway. Photo taken 06/26/15.
A number of apartment complexes and manufactured homes communities line Ulmerton Road on the mile leading west from 66th Street N (SR 693). Photo taken 05/12/14.
Belcher Road, a six-lane arterial, intersects SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) west at the ensuing traffic light. Belcher Road heads south to CR 694 (Park Boulevard) through Pinellas Park and north through Largo and Clearwater as CR 501. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Tall Pines Drive intersects SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) south of the Light House Executive Center and north of American Business Center. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Starkey Road (Pinellas County Road 1) runs north to become Keene Road through Clearwater and south through Pinellas Park to become Park Street North in St. Petersburg. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Lake Avenue SE stems north from Ulmerton Road to an industrial area east of the CSX Railroad. The road was formerly County Road 375. Photo taken 05/12/14.
101st Street follows as the next signal to connect Ulmerton Road with two large manufactured home communities. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Approaching the commercialized intersection with U.S. 19 Alternate (Seminole Boulevard) along SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) west by Largo Mall. Photo taken 05/12/14.
U.S. 19 Alternate (Seminole Boulevard) ventures north from Largo onto Missouri Avenue to SR 60 west into Downtown Clearwater. Photo taken 05/12/14.
South from SR 688, U.S. 19 Alternate leads two miles south into the city limits of Seminole. The route overall travels 37.11 miles from Holiday in Pasco County southward to U.S. 92 (4th Street N) outside Downtown St. Petersburg. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Ulmerton Road carries SR 688 west one mile before curving southward around Ridgecrest County Park. Photo taken 05/12/14.
113th Street N and Ridge Road south come together at SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) next. Collectively the four lane boulevard joins Seminole with Largo while paralleling U.S. 19 Alternate (Seminole Boulevard). Photo taken 05/12/14.
State Road 688 (Ulmerton Road) west leaves the Largo city limits beyond 113th Street N but reenters them again at 131st Street N. Photo taken 05/12/14.
A pedestrian bridge carries the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail across SR 688 at the Largo city line. The 38-mile long rail trail runs northward to Tarpon Springs and south into St. Petersburg. Photo taken 05/12/14.
119th Street intersects SR 688 west as Ulmerton Road turns south. Photo taken 05/12/14.
The southern turn of Ulmerton Road leads State Road 688 west onto Walsingham Road for the final push toward Indian Rocks Beach. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Westbound at the traffic light with Vonn Road north into Largo and 131st Street south to unincorporated Pinellas County. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Walsingham Road maintains six overall lanes west of Vonn Road. Photo taken 05/12/14.
137th Street comprises a residential through road north and south of SR 688 at Anona. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Additional retail lines SR 688 (Walsingham Road) west of 137th Street. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Pinellas County Road 233 follows Indian Rocks Road northeast to the city of Belleair Bluffs and the town of Belleair. This guide sign alludes to the previous designation of CR 233 to the north as Florida Secondary 697 and to the south as Florida Secondary 694. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Oakhurst Road extends CR 233 south to CR 694 (Park Boulevard) at Oakhurst to the west of Seminole. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Walsingham Road reduces to four overall lanes west of County Road 233. Photo taken 05/12/14.
SR 688 curves northward from the intersection with Hamlin Road and 146th Street N. Hamlin Boulevard heads south one mile to 102nd Avenue, the west end of CR 296. Photo taken 05/12/14.
SR 688 (Indian Rocks Causeway) spans The Narrows onto Sand Key. Photo taken 05/12/14.
The Narrows doubles as part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway running south to Boca Ciega Bay and north to Clearwater Harbor. The waterway also marks the Indian Rocks Beach city limits across SR 688. Photo taken 05/12/14.
Turning back to the west, SR 688 lines 5th Avenue to SR 699 south and County Road 183 north. Photo taken 05/12/14.
County Road 183 extends Gulf Boulevard north to Belleair Shore, Belleair Beach and Clearwater Beach. Photo taken 05/12/14.
State Road 699 runs south along Gulf Boulevard form Indian Rocks Beach to Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 05/12/14.
State Road 699 totals 14.60 miles overall between SR 688 and SR 682 (Pinellas Bayway) near Pass-a-Grille. The road mostly follows Gulf Boulevard, with an exception through St. Pete Beach where it takes Blind Pass Road and 75th Avenue. Photo taken 05/12/14.



Photo Credits:

05/12/14, 05/29/15, 06/26/15, 04/21/18, 03/05/19, 03/06/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 19
U.S. 19 Alternate
State Road 686 - East Bay Drive / Roosevelt Boulevard
State Road 693
State Road 699 - Gulf Boulevard

Page Updated 05-06-2019.