George J Bean Parkway comprises a limited access route linking Florida 60 (Memorial Highway) and Florida 616 (Spruce Street) with the passenger terminal of Tampa International Airport (TPA). The parkway also serves facilities along the south side of the airport including a post office. It was constructed when the new terminal was built in 1971.

$230 million in construction between August 15, 2005 and March 31, 2010 upgraded the substandard parclo interchange between SR 60 (Memorial Highway) and George J. Bean Parkway into a high-speed stack interchange. The work coincided with upgrades to both SR 616 (Spruce Street) to the east and SR 60 to north at SR 589 (Veterans Expressway). Collector distributor roadways added to the Memorial Highway freeway separated movements to the airport, Courtney Campbell Causeway and SR 589 north while eliminating weaving traffic patterns. Additional work added an interchange to SR 60 just west of SR 589 while separating movements to I-275 south from George J. Bean Parkway.1


George J Bean Parkway north
Welcome signage for Tampa International Airport greets motorists taking George J. Bean Parkway from Florida 60 (Memorial Highway) westbound. The Tampa Airport Interchange was reconstructed between 2005 and 2010. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The flyovers from SR 60 east and SR 616 west come together to the right of the George J. Bean Parkway northbound mainline ahead of respective ramps for Bessie Coleman Boulevard. Photo taken 01/12/14.
A left side ramp departs in this scene for Bessie Coleman Boulevard east to the economy parking lot, post office, and cell phone waiting area. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The ramp from SR 60 east and SR 616 west joins two-lane roadway from SR 60 west over Bessie Coleman Boulevard. Drivers progressing north see the first in a series of signs showing the various airlines served by the Red terminal. Photo taken 01/12/14.
Two lanes pass over a service road to Bessie Coleman Boulevard by the adjacent US Post Office. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The on-ramp from Bessie Coleman Boulevard adds a lane to the parking garage exit. Blue terminal signs follow showing airlines served by the south terminal. Photo taken 01/12/14.
A portion of the runway system spans George J. Bean Parkway on the south side of the passenger terminal area. Photo taken 01/12/14.
Motorists destined for the short and long term parking garages part ways with George J. Bean Parkway to the left while the roadway circles around to the terminal entrances. Photo taken 01/12/14.
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Northbound at the separation of traffic for the parking garages and terminal access road. Photos taken 01/12/14.
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Flyovers carries traffic from George J. Bean Parkway south back to north as the parking garage ramp separates into the long and short term garages. Photos taken 01/12/14.
A slip ramp provides return access to the George J. Bean Parkway terminal road for vehicles exceeding 7 foot 10 inches. Photo taken 01/12/14.
George J. Bean Parkway south
Leaving the passenger terminal, three lanes of George J. Bean Parkway reach the left side ramp for Bessie Coleman Boulevard and the U.S. Post Office. An on-ramp nearby provides return access to the terminal. Photo taken 01/12/14.
An auxiliary lane from Bessie Coleman Boulevard expands the parkway to four southbound lanes ahead of the four-level stack interchange with Florida 60 (Memorial Highway) and Florida 616 (Spruce Street) east. Photo taken 01/12/14.
Two lanes depart for Florida 60 (Memorial Parkway) west as the mainline defaults onto Florida 60 east. Florida 60 splits with the Veterans Expressway (Florida 589) just to the north while the freeway south ends at Interstate 275 in the Westshore area. Photo taken 01/12/14.
Remaining along George J. Bean Parkway south, drivers soar onto high flyovers and partition into two-lane ramps. The southbound ramp for I-275 travels separate from the Memorial Highway mainline to the Howard Frankland Bridge approach to St. Petersburg. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The Florida 60 eastbound ramp loops onto Memorial Highway ahead of the parclo interchange with I-275. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The loop ramp for SR 60 east includes additional exit points for both Cypress Street and the eastbound beginning of SR 616 (Spruce Street). Photo taken 01/19/14.
The Cypress Street ramp connects with the eastbound off-ramp from SR 60 to Cypress Street at Bay West Commerce Park. Photo taken 01/19/14.
A slip ramp joins the Cypress Street ramp to Spruce Street for Florida 616 east to International Plaza Mall and Boy Scout Boulevard. SR 616 travels 1.79 miles between SR 60 and U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway). Photo taken 01/19/14.

George J. Bean Parkway - Archive

George J. Bean Parkway north
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Traveling north along George J. Bean Parkway from Florida 60 west during construction to upgrade the then directional cloverleaf interchange between the two roads. Photos taken 07/04/08.
George J. Bean Parkway south
An outline shield for SR 616 adorned this sign posted ahead of the former loop ramp directly onto Spruce Street east. This ramp was located where the SR 60 westbound mainline travels now. Photo taken 12/28/06.
A temporary sign directed motorists toward Florida 60 west for Clearwater. This style of outline sign has appeared both for the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) in South Florida and for SR 368 in Panama City. Photo taken 08/10/06.
George J. Bean Parkway southbound at the Bessie Coleman Boulevard on-ramp. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Approaching the Tampa Airport Interchange during early construction. Photo taken 08/10/06.
The original off-ramp for Florida 60 west to Florida 589 north was closed by 2006 for redesign. A temporary ramp was added from the departing loop ramp for Florida 616 east for Memorial Highway north. Photo taken 08/10/06.
More permanent signage was added for the temporary connection to SR 60 west from the soon to be removed loop ramp for SR 616 west by late 2006. Photo taken 12/28/06.
Another ramp shift by 2008 took travelers to the left on a temporary connection to SR 60 west as the new flyovers took shape. Photo taken 07/04/08.
The eventual ramp for the c/d roadway built for Florida 60 west initially defaulted onto the Veterans Expressway north at Eisenhower Boulevard until the SR 60/589 interchange was completed. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Passing below the original Florida 616 (Spruce Street) overpasses, George J. Bean Parkway separated into ramps for SR 60. Photo taken 08/10/06.
A look at ramp separation on the loop from George J. Bean Parkway south to SR 616 (Spruce Street) east. Photo taken 08/10/06.

Sources:

  1. Tampa Airport Interchanges -- SR 60 (completed March 2010), mytbi web site.


Photo Credits:

08/10/06, 12/28/06, 07/04/08, 01/12/14, 01/19/14 by AARoads

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Page Updated 10-13-2015.