SR 693 forms an arterial route from SR 699 (Blind Pass Road / 75th Avenue) in St. Pete Beach to the U.S. 19 freeway in Largo. The state road crosses the Intracoastal Waterway along Corey Causeway into the city of South Pasadena. Pasadena Avenue extends SR 693 north into western reaches of St. Petersburg to 66th Street N. 66th Street N carries the remainder of the route to Kenneth City, Pinellas Park and Largo.
Historically, State Road 693 was assigned as SR A19A. Designated in 1969, SR A19A acted as a branch of U.S. 19 Alternate to connect the parent route with the beach communities of south Pinellas County. 66th Street N was widened from Central Avenue (CR 150) in St. Petersburg to U.S. 19 at Pinellas Park during construction from late 1963 to May 23, 1969. The $4.439 million project originated in 1956. The six lane expansion from Central Avenue to Tyrone Boulevard (U.S. 19 Alternate) was finished in late 1964 and from there to Park Boulevard in November 1966. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the St. Petersburg Welcome Station at U.S. 19 and 66th Street N, marking completion of the four lane stretch from Park Boulevard (SR 694) to U.S. 19. The celebration also formally acknowledged the renumbering of 66th Street as part of SR A19A, which was touted as both an alternate route for U.S. 19 and U.S. 19 Alternate, and a conduit for bringing more traffic to the tolled Pinellas Bayway.1
||Confirming marker for SR 693 south posted after Park Boulevard and ahead of 70th Avenue North. Photo taken 11/07/15. |
||70th Avenue North stems east from 71st Street to U.S. 19 (34th Street North) through southern reaches of Pinellas Park. Photo taken 11/07/15. |
||62nd Avenue follows at the subsequent southbound traffic light from 66th Street North. The east-west arterial doubles as Pinellas County Road 216 as it straddles the Pinellas Park city line east to U.S. 19. Photo taken 11/07/15. |
||54th Avenue crosses paths with SR 693 (66th Street North) as County Road 202. CR 202 originates at CR 1 (Park Street) off of Cross Bayou to the west. The arterial route heads east through Kenneth City and unincorporated Lealman before meeting Interstate 275 at the St. Pete city line. Photo taken 11/07/15. |