Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) crosses Johns Pass on a 875 foot long four-leaf bascule bridge at a height of 27 feet above the inlet. The $77-million bridge replaced a 35-year old structure when it opened fully to traffic in September 2010. The span was dedicated on December 11, 2010.1

Florida 699 is a coastal route joining the communities of St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, Redington Beach and Indian Rocks Beach among others in Pinellas County. SR 699 connects the a chain of islands from Long Key and Florida 682 (Pinellas Bayway) northward to Treasure Island and Florida 688 on Sand Key. Two bridges along the route span inlets, Blind and Johns Passes, linking the Gulf of Mexico with Boca Ciega Bay.

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The southern terminus of SR 699 was originally located at Pass-a-Grille Point at the south end of Long Key. The route north from the Pinellas Bayway to Corey Causeway was later cosigned with State Road A19A. During the 1980s, Florida 699 saw extension north from Indian Rocks Beach to then tolled Clearwater Pass Bridge. It was later truncated back to the west end of SR 688. Additionally an east-west branch was signed on Madeira Beach Causeway between Madeira Beach and U.S. 19 Alternate at Bay Pines. This was eventually renumbered to SR 666.

Discussion in 2013 arose involving turning over the entire length of State Road 699 over from FDOT maintenance to Pinellas County maintenance, or to the individual municipalities that line the route. The rational for the possible switch involves a high number of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes along Gulf Boulevard and the potential easier implementation of safety enhancements if under country control. FDOT however has added Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons at several crosswalks along SR 699 in the intervening time.2

Florida 699 traveling northward along the length of Sand Key. 1989 Florida Official Highway Map

Florida 699 scenes
Corey Avenue crosses Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) here into the heart of Downtown St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 03/11/15.

Sources:

  1. "FDOT may give Gulf Boulevard to county." TBNWeekly.com, September 26, 2013.


Photo Credits:

03/11/15 by AARoads and Chris Kalina

Connect with:
Florida 666 - Tom Stuart Causeway / 150th Avenue
Florida 682 - Pinellas Bayway
Florida 688 - Ulmerton Road
Florida 693
Florida 694 / Pinellas County 694

Page Updated 08-20-2015.