Interstate 4 East - Hillsborough County

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Interstate 4 East
Departing from Interstate 275 north at the Downtown Interchange (Exit 45B), the first shield for Interstate 4 east appears on the ramp traveling above SR 45 (Nebraska Avenue).
A split diamond interchange (Exit 1) follows with the one-way couplet of 21st and 22nd Streets (former SR 585) at Ybor City. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Traveling the high flyover from Interstate 275 south (Exit 45B) onto Interstate 4 east. Drivers taking this ramp are also advised of the forthcoming Exit 1 to Ybor City. Sign changes made after the January 2014 opening of the Selmon Connector reflect the removal of SR 585 and now reference the cruise terminal at Channelside. Photo taken 06/01/14.
The Downtown Tampa skyline unfolds to the south as the flyover for I-4 east passes above the I-275 mainline. Photo taken 06/01/14.
Beyond Exit 1 to Ybor City is a high-speed stack interchange (Exit 2) with the Selmon Expressway Connector. The toll facility opened on January 6, 2014, joining I-4 east with SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) east and Port Tampa Bay. Photo taken 01/18/14.
One quarter mile ahead of Exit 1 to former State Road 585. SR 585 followed a one-way street couplet (22nd Street north / 21st Street south) through Ybor City. The state road was turned over to the city in an effort to shift truck traffic to the parallel Selmon Connector. Photo taken 06/01/14.
Interstate 4 passes over the couplet of Avenida Republica De Cuba and 15th Street ahead of Exit 1 to Ybor City. 21st Street south lines the east side of Ybor City to U.S. 41 Business and SR 60 (Adamo Drive). 22nd Street north leads motorists to the College Hill and Seminole Heights neighborhoods. SR 585 followed 22nd Street north to U.S. 41 & 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). Photo taken 06/01/14.
The ramp from Exit 1 combines with East 13th Avenue ahead of 21st Street south. Ybor City, once an independent city of Tampa, is a historic district and neighborhood in east Tampa. Centered around 7th Avenue (CR 574), the community was once the "Cigar Capital of the World ". Surrounding a wide array of restaurants, bars, and the Ybor Centro retail complex, night life abounds on the 7th Avenue corridor. Photo taken 07/06/13.
All trucks bound for Port Tampa Bay are directed southward on the Selmon Connector versus the former alignment of SR 585 through Ybor City. The Connector uses all electronic tolling (AET). Photo taken 01/18/14.
A diagrammatic sign precedes the left side ramp (Exit 2) for the Selmon Connector. The elevated toll road provides access to SR 618 (Leroy Selmon Expressway) east to Brandon. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Ramps for the Selmon Connector tie into the inside lanes of Interstate 4. This may change in the future to outside ramps if Express Lanes are built for I-4. Stubs are already in place along the outside lanes for the potential ramps. Photo taken 06/01/14.
Interstate 4 passes over a CSX Railroad line through the directional T interchange with the Selmon Connector. Before Interstate 4 was expanded to its current configuration by 2006, Exit 2 consisted of a diamond interchange with SR 569 (North 40th Street) to the east. Those ramps were removed in 2005 and access to SR 569 is made by Columbus Drive west from Exit 3. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Next in line for eastbound motorists is the split diamond interchange (Exit 3) with Columbus Drive and U.S. 41 (50th Street). Despite the expansion project of Interstate 4, a left ramp remains in use at Exit 3 due to space limitations. Columbus Drive was realigned southward onto an S-curve to 50th Street, with a service road added from Exit 3 east to U.S. 41.1 Photo taken 08/25/18.
Traveling over North 34th Street, motorists along Interstate 4 are advised to take Exit 3 to U.S. 41 north for the Busch Gardens theme park. Photo taken 01/19/14.
One half mile out from the off-ramp (Exit 3) to U.S. 41 (50th Street) and Columbus Drive. U.S. 41 travels north from Palm River and industrial southeast Tampa to meet Interstate 4 at Columbus Drive. Columbus Drive constitutes an urban arterial paralleling I-4 east from Ybor City to Broadway (CR 574). Photo taken 08/25/18.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 4 posted ahead of the SR 569 (North 40th Street) under crossing. Adjacent Columbus Drive was relocated to go around the forthcoming exchange to the south during the mid-2000s reconstruction of I-4. Photo taken 08/25/18.
A two-lane ramp (Exit 3) departs Interstate 4 eastbound for Columbus Drive to Orient Park and U.S. 41 (50th Street) to Grant Park and Palm River. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Exit 3 initially intersects Columbus Drive, which parallels I-4 from YBor City to U.S. 41 at 50th Street. Columbus Drive leads west back to SR 569 (40th Street), which used to meet Interstate 4 at a diamond interchange. Photo taken 04/27/15.
Proceeding east from Columbus Drive, the ramp from Exit 3 extends to intersect U.S. 41 (50th Street). U.S. 41 curves west onto Melbourne Boulevard nearby to overtake North 40th Street en route to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). SR 583 extends 50th Street north to Grant Park and 56th Street to Temple Terrace. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Interstate 4 continues northeast to meet SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) at Exit 5. SR 574 follows the east-west arterial through the nearby neighborhoods of Grant Park and Orient Park. Photo taken 08/25/18.
One half mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 5) with SR 574. SR 574 follows MLk Boulevard east from U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) in Tampa to Plant City. Photo taken 08/25/18.
An on-ramp joins I-4 east from U.S. 41 (North 50th Street) as the freeway exits the Tampa city limits. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Interstate 4 leaves the 2006-widened freeway for an older six-lane stretch of highway at Exit 5. SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) continues east from here to U.S. 301 near the Florida State Fairgrounds and Interstate 75 at Mango. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Taking Exit 5 to SR 574 from I-4 east. State Road 574 totals 23.04 miles from U.S. 92 by Raymond James Stadium to U.S. 92 in Plant City. Photo taken 01/19/14.
A half diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 with Orient Road at Exit 6. Orient Road stems north from SR 60 (Adamo Drive) to Sligh Avenue. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Eastbound I-4 at the Orient Road off-ramp (Exit 6). Orient Road intersects U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) nearby on the 1.5-mile drive north to Sligh Avenue outside of Temple Terrace. Orient Road serves Orient Park and industrial southeast Tampa south of Exit 6. Photo taken 08/21/18.
U.S. 92 and Interstate 4 converge at Exit 7 adjacent to the Florida State Fairgrounds. The US highway follows Hillsborough Avenue eastward from Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa to a wye interchange with I-4.
U.S. 92 utilizes the parallel collector distributor roadways through a cloverleaf-interchange with U.S. 301. Photo taken 08/25/18.
The c/d roadway for Exit 7 leaves the Interstate 4 mainline ahead of the merge with U.S. 92. U.S. 301 crosses paths with I-4 and U.S. 92 ahead on a northerly route that skirts eastern reaches of Temple Terrace near Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) en route to Zephyrhills in Pasco County. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Traveling the Exit 7 c/d roadway, drivers first encounter the southbound off-ramp to U.S. 301 for the Fairgrounds, South Tampa, and western Brandon. U.S. 301 parallels Interstate 75 southward to Riverview, Sun City Center, and Palmetto.
The panel on the left originally included a shield for U.S. 92 east. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Motorists along the Interstate 4 mainline next approach the turbine interchange (Exit 9) with Interstate 75. I-75 services the eastern Tampa suburbs from New Tampa southward to Temple Terrace, Brandon, Riverview, Gibsonton and Ruskin. Photo taken 08/21/18.
U.S. 92 merges onto the c/d roadway beyond the southbound off-ramp to U.S. 301. Motorists originating from Hillsborough Avenue east can access both U.S. 301 south and the upcoming loop ramp for U.S. 301 north. Photo taken 01/18/14.
U.S. 301 continues northeast from Temple Terrace to Hillsborough River State Park and eastern Pasco County. Zephyrhills and Dade City lie along the corridor in the adjacent county. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Access to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) west or Interstate 4 west from U.S. 92 east utilizes the U.S. 301 loop ramps for the westbound c/d roadway along I-4. Hillsborough Avenue continues in name along U.S. 92 east of Exit 7 toward Mango and Plant City. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Eastbound on the c/d roadway at the loop ramp to U.S. 301 north. U.S. 301 totals 266 miles in Florida from Sarasota to Hilliard and nearly 1,100 miles to Glasgow, Delaware. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Nearing the split of U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) east from the Interstate 4 c/d roadway. U.S. 92 parallels Interstate 4 closely through Seffner, Dover and Plant City. Photo taken 08/18/18.
Ramps to Interstate 75 (Exit 9) depart in one mile from I-4 east. I-75 provides the main route to Georgia and points north from the west coast of Florida. Control cities include Ocala, north of where Interstate 75 merges with Florida's Turnpike at Wildwood, and Naples, where Interstate 75 turns eastward onto Alligator Alley toward Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Photo taken 08/21/18.
U.S. 92 resumes along Hillsborough Avenue east from a second wye interchange with Interstate 4 over the Tampa Bypass Canal. Photo taken 08/17/18.
Interstate 4 veers away from U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) to the north of Mango. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Four lanes of I-4 east reach Interstate 75 in one half mile. I-75 heads four miles south to Brandon and 150 miles to Naples. Photo taken 08/21/18.
All traffic bound for Interstate 75 departs Interstate 4 eastbound in unison at the turbine interchange. A similar exchange was built between Interstates 85 and 485 in northeast Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo taken 01/18/14.
Following Exit 9 to its partition to Interstate 75 south and north. Interstate 75 north serves Temple Terrace via Exit 265 (SR 582) in four miles. Ocala lies another 85 miles north of there. Photo taken 08/21/18.
Traffic originating from I-75 forms an auxiliary lane from the Williams Road overpass to Exit 10 with Mango Road (CR 579). A six mile route, Hillsborough County Road 579 travels north to U.S. 301 and south to SR 574. Photo taken 05/15/16.
County Road 579 (Mango Road) extends north from Exit 10 to the community of Thonotosassa and U.S. 301 to Hillsborough River State Park.
A left-lane truck restriction applies to Interstate 4 from Exit 10 to Exit 67. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 10) with County Road 579 (Mango Road) on I-4 east. Mango Road leads south through the unincorporated community of Mango to SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Parallel U.S. 92 leads east from CR 579 to Seffner. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 4 between Exits 10 and 14. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Mileage sign posted along Interstate 4 east, three miles ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 14) with McIntosh Road. I-4 continues 23 miles to Lakeland and 73 miles to Downtown Orlando. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The weigh stations along Interstate 4 by Seffner replaced an older set of stations just west of Exit 19. The new facilities were constructed as part of a $36.7-million project between June 2007 and November 2009.2 Photo taken 05/15/16.
McIntosh Road crosses Interstate 4 between Antioch and Seffner at Exit 14. Photo taken 08/25/18.
One half mile west of Exit 14 to McIntosh Road. McIntosh Road continues north of Antioch and CR 580 to U.S. 301 (Fort King Highway) near Hillsborough River State Park. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Interstate 4 eastbound at McIntosh Road. South from Exit 14, McIntosh Road intersects State Road 574 in two miles. SR 574 proceeds east from there to Dover. Photo taken 08/25/18.
A rare state-named shield for Interstate 4 was installed after Exit 14 by 2013. Strawberry Crest High School fronts the south side of the freeway by this assembly. Photo taken 06/15/13.
Eastbound mileage sign outlining the distance to Plant City, Lakeland and Orlando. Plant City is the only incorporated city in eastern Hillsborough County. Lakeland represents the largest city in adjoining Polk County. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Continuing east, the succeeding exit on Interstate 4 is with Branch Forbes Road. Branch Forbes Road travels through rural areas between Dover and Plant City. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Branch Forbes Road heads 1.5 miles north from the diamond interchange 9Exit 17) with I-4 to CR 580 (Thonotosassa Road west / Sam Allen Road east) and south four miles to Trapnell Road. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Confirming marker posted east of the Branch Forbes Road entrance ramp. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Four interchanges serve Plant City along Interstate 4 eastbound: Exits 19 (SR 566 / Thonotosassa Road), 21 (SR 39 / Paul Buchman Highway and SR 39A), and 22 (SR 553 / Park Road). Photo taken 05/15/16.
Forthcoming SR 566 (Thonotosassa Road) is a short state road linking Interstate 4 (Exit 19) with U.S. 92 (Baker Street) in west Plant City. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A two-lane off-ramp serves SR 566 (Thonotosassa Road) from Interstate 4 eastbound. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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Thonotosassa Road continues west of SR 566 and Exit 19 toward Cork and Branch Forbes Road. SR 566 to U.S. 92 also provides a direct route to the Florida Strawberry Festival. Photos taken 05/15/16.
Entering Plant City, I-4 advances east to Exit 21 for both SR 39 (Alexander Street) and SR 39A (Paul Buchman Highway). Alexander Street (SR 39) encircles central Plant City from Exit 21 south to James L. Redman Parkway, which extends SR 39 south to SR 60 at Hopewell. Photo taken 11/14/17.
A sound wall separates Interstate 4 east from an adjacent apartment complex by this reassurance marker posted after SR 566. Photo taken 10/01/15.
Exit 21 departs for SR 39 (Alexander Street) and an eastbound service road to SR 39A (Paul Buchman Highway) north. Photo taken 11/14/17.
SR 39 follows Alexander Street along the west side of Plant City while Wheeler Street leads south from Buchman Highway (SR 39A) to Downtown along the former alignment of SR 39. Photo taken 08/29/14.
SR 39 was relocated westward from Wheeler Street and Buchman Highway when Alexander Street was extended north from I-4 on December 23, 2013. The realignment replaced what was SR 39A south from I-4. Photo taken 10/26/19.
SR 39 takes Paul Buchman Highway from the north end of SR 39A to Shiloh, Knights, Moriczville, Cone, and Zephyrhills in Pasco County. Photo taken 09/10/19.
Prior to 2017, when Buchman Highway was established as State Road 39A, signs along I-4 referenced the roadway leading north from Plant City as County Road 39. Photo taken 09/10/19.
Park Road, like Alexander Street, encircles Plant City north from SR 39 (James L. Redman Parkway) to CR 580 (Sam Allen Road). SR 553 follows the arterial between Exit 22 and U.S. 92 (Baker Street). Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 turns more easterly through Plant City as Frontage Roads accompany the six-lane freeway to the county line. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Park Road leads south to both the Plant City campus of Hillsborough County College and Plant City Stadium, a 6,700-seat venue. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 (Exit 22) with Plant Road (SR 553 south). Plant Road becomes unsigned CR 574 south of U.S. 92 to Coronet Road and ends at Sam Allen Road one half mile north. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Leaving Plant City, I-4 advances two miles east to County Line Road (Exit 25), nine miles to Lakeland and 61 miles to Orlando. Adjacent development along this stretch included a new apartment complex constructed on the south side here in 2015. Photo taken 05/15/16.
County Line Road straddles the boundary between Hillsborough and Polk Counties roughly between Exit 25 and SR 60 (Hopewell Road). Construction of the nearby Polk Parkway in the mid-1990s included redesigning the standard diamond interchange with the north-south arterial into a folded diamond. Photo taken 08/29/14.
One half mile west of Exit 25 to County Line Road. County Line Road ends at the North Frontage Road / Swindell Road nearby. U.S. 92 (New Tampa Highway) intersects County Line Road just south at Youmans. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 east reaches Exit 25 to County Line Road. County Line Road serves industrial areas of east Plant City and interests to the Florida Air Museum. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) begins just east of the Hillsborough County line at Exit 27. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) arcs three miles southeast from Interstate 4 to SR 572 and Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL). Photo taken 10/26/19.
Crossing the Polk County line along Interstate 4 east. Named after U.S. President James Polk and founded on February 8, 1861, Polk County totals 2,011 square miles and is home to well over 600,000 residents. Photo taken 08/29/14.


 
Sources:
  1. Stephen, email: "AARoads feedback: I-4 commentary," April 16, 2008.
  2. MyTBI - Construction Projects - I-4 Weigh-In-Motion Stations between County Road 579 and McIntosh Road (completed November 2009). http://tbinterstates.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=154&RoadID=3


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  • 06/15/13 by AARoads.
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  • 06/01/14 by AARoads.
  • 08/29/14 by AARoads.
  • 04/27/15 by AARoads.
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  • 05/15/16 by AARoads.
  • 11/14/17 by AARoads.
  • 08/17/18 by AARoads.
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Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 275
U.S. 41
U.S. 92
U.S. 301
Former State Road 585
State Road 618 - Lee Roy Selmon Expressway
County Road 579

Page Updated 11-20-2019.