Interstate 75 north
Two miles into Hillsborough county, Interstate 75 north approaches the first rest area since the shuttered facility in Charlotte County, located 78 miles previous. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Heading north from the Valroy Road overpass, I-75 crosses over the Little Manatee River. The river winds nearly 40 miles from its head waters near Fort Lonesome into Tampa Bay west of Ruskin. Both Little Manatee River and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Parks line the river. Photo taken 12/26/11.
The rest area for northbound is located beyond Little Manatee River Preserve. The next facility lies in Pasco County.
FDOT project 437638-1-52-01 replaces the existing facility, including the building, parking lots and ramps with Interstate 75. The design build project commences in 2019. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Progressing northeast beyond the 24th Street SE overpass, I-75 comes to within one mile of Exit 240 with Florida 674. Florida 674 (College Avenue / Sun City Center Boulevard) links the freeway with Ruskin to the west and Sun City Center to the east. Photo taken 06/29/13.
A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 240) joins I-75 with SR 674 at Ruskin and Sun City Center. The state road stretches 25.51 miles overall between U.S. 41 and SR 37 in Polk County. Photo taken 06/29/13.
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I-75 crosses over SR 674 midway between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301. SR 674 east serves unincorporated Sun City Center and Wimauma over the ensuing five miles. Photos taken 11/24/07.
Interstate 75 turns 1.25 miles north by the Cypress Creek golf course community before shifting eastward again beyond the 19th Avenue NE overpass. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Advancing from Exit 240 (SR 674), I-75 next connects with Apollo Beach and Gibsonton. Both unincorporated areas line U.S. 41 south of the Alafia River. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Motorists skirt Bullfrog Creek Wildlife Environmental area on the one mile drive to a folded diamond interchange (Exit 246) with CR 672 (Big Bend Road). Photo taken 11/23/13.
Mostly unsigned, CR 672 follows Big Bend Road between U.S. 41 near Apollo Beach and U.S. 301 near Riverview. CR 672 continues east along Balm Road from U.S. 301 south to CR 39 in east Hillsborough County.
Improvements at Exit 246 anticipated for 2022 will widen Big Bend Road to six lanes between Covington Garden Drive and Simmons Loop. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Interstate 75 presses northward by the Golden Aster Scrub Preserve over the next two miles. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Riverview (5 miles) and Brandon (12 miles) are ever growing suburbs of Tampa, which lies 19 miles to the northwest from Exit 246. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Exit 250 joins I-75 with Gibonston Drive one mile north of the Symmes Road underpass. The arterial connects the freeway with the nearby community of Gibsonton and the more suburban area of Riverview. Photo taken 11/23/13.
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Travelers leave for Exit 250 and Gibsonton Drive. The diamond interchange serves both Gibsonton and Riverview, which lie along the Alafia River. Photo taken 11/23/13. Second photo taken 03/02/14.
The Alafia River meanders 25 miles from near Lithia to Hillsborough Bay at Gibsonton. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Interstate 75 expands to eight overall lanes from Exit 250 northward to Brandon. Photo taken 12/26/11.
Advancing north through the Riverview area, the succeeding exit along Interstate 75 is with U.S. 301. U.S. 301 serves a bevy of suburban development from Sun City Center northward, with very little rural frontage left. Photo taken 09/02/13.
With five northbound lanes on a concrete surface, Interstate 75 passes under Progress Boulevard (CR 676A) ahead of the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 254) with U.S. 301.
A distributor roadway (Exit 256) follows within the exchange for Florida 618 (Selmon Expressway) west to Port Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Exit 254 partitions with separate ramps for U.S. 301 at Riverview. U.S. 301 generally stays east of the Tampa city limits through a mixture of industrial and office parks north to the outskirts of Temple Terrace. The arterial route switches sides with Interstate 75 once more prior to Florida 582 (Exit 265). Photo taken 09/28/13.
The two-lane distributor roadway for SR 618 separates from the northbound mainline next. A c/d roadway follows in one mile, linking the U.S. 301 entrance ramp with I-75 north and SR 60 at Brandon.
Originally referred to as the Southern Crosstown Expressway, SR 618 was renamed in 1999 to the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway (Selmon Expressway for short) in honor of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end. Photo taken 09/02/13.
The on-ramp from U.S. 301 to I-75 north forms the initial c/d roadway for Florida 60 at Brandon. A slip ramp provides access to the adjacent Exit 256 distributor roadway for the tolled Selmon Expressway west. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Exit 256 parts ways from I-75 north for SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) west. SR 618 constitutes a major east-west route with connections to the Port Tampa Bay, the Tampa Central Business District, MacDill Air Force Base, and the Westshore area.
Reversible express lanes (SR 618A) run in tandem with the expressway from east of I-75 to near Nebraska Avenue (Exit 8), with the portion between Exit 12 and 8 being elevated. These opened to traffic in 2006. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Traffic from U.S. 301 and Riverview bound for SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) west splits from the c/d roadway preceding SR 60.
SR 618 did not connect to the Tampa freeway system until 1986, when it was extended to Interstate 75. A westward extension is under construction through fall 2020, from South Tampa to the Gandy Bridge (U.S. 92). Photo taken 09/28/13.
The c/d roadway from U.S. 301 continues north a half mile through the trumpet interchange with the Selmon Expressway to SR 60 (Exit 257). The major state road extends 162 miles across the Florida Peninsula from Clearwater Beach to Vero Beach. Photo taken 09/02/13.
A slip ramp leaves the I-75 mainline 1.6 miles south of the upcoming parclo interchange (Exit 257) with SR 60. Numerous commercial centers line SR 60 (Brandon Boulevard) east of I-75 into the center of Brandon and Valrico. Traveling west, SR 60 (Adamo Drive) provides an alternative route into downtown Tampa. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Passing below the Selmon Expressway, the Exit 257 c/d roadway advances north toward the separation for I-75 and SR 60. $52.3 million in Interchange improvements underway at SR 60 between September 2018 and summer 2022 rebuilds the loop ramp from SR 60 east to I-75 north and lengthens the entrance ramp from SR 60 west to I-75 north. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Within the greater Tampa Bay area, SR 60 originates at a roundabout in Clearwater Beach, near Pier 60. East from there, it extends through Clearwater and across Old Tampa Bay via the Courtney Campbell Causeway, connecting with SR 589 (Veterans Expressway) west of Tampa International Airport (TPA). The arterial crosses Tampa along John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Adamo Drive before continuing east to Brandon and Bartow. Photo taken 09/28/13.
This reassurance marker stands along I-75 north between the CSX Railroad and Woodberry Road underpasses. Photo taken 09/02/15.
The upcoming exchange with Interstate 4 follows a parclo interchange (Exits 260AB) with Florida 574 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Photo taken 09/02/15.
Motorists pass west of the Woodbury Estates subdivision en route to SR 574 (Exit 260A) and Mango. Ocala, seat of Marion County, debuts along I-75 north at 97 miles out. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Florida 574 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) connects I-75 with Orient Park, Tampa and Drew Park to the west and Mango, Seffner, Dover and Plant City to the east. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Exit 260A leads motorists to SR 574 east to the nearby bedroom communities of Mango and Seffner. Within Plant City, State Road 574 (Reynolds Street) passes by the grounds for the annual Florida Strawberry festival, typically held in late February or early March. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Exit 260B loops away from I-75 north to SR 574 (MLK Jr. Boulevard) west. The six-lane arterial leads west to U.S. 301 and Interstate 4 near Orient Park. This ramp will be eliminated during future construction converting Exit 260 into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). Photo taken 09/02/15.
An auxiliary lane joins I-75 north between SR 574 and the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 261) to Interstate 4. Traffic weaving is a consistent problem between the two interchanges due to their close proximity. Work anticipated for 2022 will add a two-lane c/d roadway northbound from the DDI at SR 574 to I-4. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 4 travels 132.4 miles between I-275 at Downtown Tampa and I-95 at Daytona Beach. A heavily traveled corridor, I-4 connects I-75 with Plant City, Lakeland. Future plans for I-4 call for the addition of tolled Express lanes in Hillsborough County. Photo taken 09/02/15.
I-75 passes over U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) as traffic departs for Interstate 4. I-4 is the primary link for drivers headed to Orlando and its tourist-based offerings, as well as the only freeway connecting Tampa with the Space Coast. The freeway doubles as SR 400, which remains hidden until it emerges east from I-95 to U.S. 1 at South Daytona. Photo taken 09/02/15.
A series of painted shields aid in the separation of traffic for Interstate 4 west and east at Exit 261. $26.9 million in repaving work along I-4 between fall 2018 and summer 2020 includes modifying the ramp from I-75 north to Interstate 4 eastbound. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Plant City and Lakeland lie 14 and 26 miles respectively to the east along I-4 east. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Interstate 4 continues west nine miles to the Downtown Interchange with I-275. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Interstate 75 curves northwest by Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) through a rural swath west of Thonotosassa. Photo taken 08/21/18.
Temple Terrace is reached via Florida 582 west (Fowler Avenue) while Land O' Lakes debuts at 18 miles. The Marion County seat is still a 1.5 hour drive from this point. Photo taken 08/21/18.
One mile guide sign for Exit 265 and SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). The east-west arterial provides travelers with an indirect connection to the Busch Gardens/Adventure Island theme parks via Fowler Avenue west and McKinley Drive (CR 585A) south. Photo taken 05/20/18.
I-75 crosses over U.S. 301 one final time on the half mile approach to Florida 582 (Exit 265). Folwer Avenue represents a primary east-west commercial arterial linking I-75 with Temple Terrace, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), and the University of South Florida (USF). Photo taken 05/20/18.
Interstate 75 bends back to the north as it reaches the ramp for SR 582 (Folwer Avenue). The freeway previously reduced to two lanes northbound but now extends with a minimum of three lanes through to Hernando County. Otherwise, SR 582 totals 7.83 miles between U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 301. Photo taken 05/20/18.
A directional ramp carries motorists to Florida 582 west and Temple Terrace while merging onto Florida 582 east takes motorists quickly to its eastern terminus at U.S. 301 (Fort King Highway) near Thonotosassa. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Spanning Fowler Avenue (SR 582), I-75 advances one mile north to the exchange (Exit 266) with Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A) west and Morris Bridge Road (CR 579) east. The freeway carries four general purpose lanes northbound through to CR 581 (Exit 270). Photo taken 08/17/18.
I-75 gains an auxiliary lane on the approach to CR 582A (Fletcher Avenue). Like Fowler Avenue, Fletcher Avenue represents an important east-west thoroughfare connecting the freeway to north Tampa and Lake Magdalene. Fletcher Avenue ends at State Road 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) while Village Drive continues westward into the Carrollwood area. Photo taken 08/17/18.
An arrow-per-lane (APL) assembly spans northbound traffic as I-75 passes over East 127th Avenue. Fletcher Avenue carries CR 582A west from the freeway through to U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) while lining both Lettuce Lake Park and the University of Florida campus. State Road 579 briefly follows Fletcher Avenue through its interchange with I-275 before CR 582A resumes westward beyond U.S. 41 Business. Photo taken 02/27/16.
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Two lanes leave for Fletcher Avenue and Morris Bridge Road at the loop ramp to Exit 266. Morris Bridge Road takes CR 579 (unsigned) east and northward to Pasco County and Zephyrhills. Previous signage for Exit 266 omitted Morris Bridge Road. Photos taken 02/27/16.
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Interstate 75 recurves northwest as it crosses the Hillsborough River and skirts the western boundary of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. The preserve is one of the largest park areas within Hillsborough County. Photo taken 08/17/18. Second photo taken 06/28/16.
Interstate 75 north will meet Hillsborough County Road 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) to New Tampa in the next two miles. Land O' Lakes lies in Pasco County 14 miles ahead at the crossroads of U.S. 41 and Florida 54, while Ocala is now at 88 miles out. Photo taken 09/02/15.
The freeway prepares to meet CR 581 (Exit 270) in one mile. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard is a primary north-south thoroughfare linking north Tampa with the New Tampa area and southern Pasco County. The road was named in honor of a former Hillsborough County deputy public works administrator who was instrumental for improving the local infrastructure during the early 1980s. Photo taken 09/02/15.
CR 581 follows Bruce B. Downs its entire length from SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) through to SR 56 in Wesley Chapel. SR 581 continues north from that point along Bruce B. Downs to its end at SR 54. Photo taken 08/17/18.
Two lanes depart for County Road 581 as I-75 north reduces to three overall lanes. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard constitutes an often congested arterial lined with several big box commercial centers between Exit 270 and State Road 56. Photo taken 08/17/18.
County Road 581 shields posted along the off-ramp (Exit 270) from I-75 north to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. County Road 581 was expanded to eight overall lanes through New Tampa during construction through 2018. Photo taken 09/04/17.
A reassurance shield stands by the shoulder of Interstate 75 north beyond the on-ramp from CR 581 (Exit 270). Photo taken 09/02/15.
I-75 will next meet SR 56 near the merge from I-275 north at the Hillsborough/Pasco County line. A 20-mile drive still awaits travelers headed to the central Pasco County city of Zephyrhills via SR 54 east (Exit 279). Photo taken 08/17/18.
New Tampa Boulevard spans I-75 near mile 271.5. Opened in 2013, the route provides a connection between Commerce Park Boulevard and CR 581. New Tampa Boulevard is part of the once planned East-West road that would have linked Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with Interstate 275. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Traffic will depart for Florida 56 (Exit 275) in one mile. The ramp was extended by 2.1 miles during a $32.7 million project from October 17, 2009 to September 17, 2012 to handle the influx of commuter traffic that uses the upcoming diamond interchange. The new ramp opened on August 16, 2011.1 Photo taken 08/17/18.
State Road 56 provides Interstate 75 a direct link to State Road 54 west to Land O' Lakes and Tarpon Springs. Eastward, SR 56 continues 5.8 miles to Meadow Pointe Boulevard. Construction through late 2019 extends the state road further east an additional six miles to U.S. 301 south of Zephyrhills. Photo taken 09/02/15.
The ramp for SR 56 (Exit 275) leaves I-75 just ahead of the wye interchange merge with Interstate 275. Heavy commuter traffic often leads to congestion along this ramp, with back ups even stretching this far south from SR 56. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 passes under the northbound mainline of Interstate 275 and then County Line Road. Photo taken 08/17/18.
The off-ramps from both I-75 and I-275 north to SR 56 converge ahead of the County Line Road overpass. A separate Pasco County entrance sign stands along this connection. Photo taken 09/02/15.


 

Sources:

  1. New northbound I-75/I-275 Exit Ramps to State Road 56 (completed September 2012) 421831-1. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=172&RoadID=4 Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 project web site.


Photo Credits:

11/24/07, 12/26/11, 06/29/13, 09/02/13, 09/28/13, 11/23/13, 03/02/14, 09/02/15, 02/27/16, 06/28/16, 09/07/16, 09/04/17, 05/20/18, 08/17/18, 08/21/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
Interstate 275
U.S. 301
Florida 60
Florida 574
Florida 582 - Fowler Avenue
Florida 618 - Lee Roy Selmon Expressway

Page Updated 09-08-2018.