Interstate 75 north
Two miles into Hillsborough county, Interstate 75 north approaches the first rest area since the facility in Charlotte County (Exit 161), 78 miles previous. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Just north of the Valroy Road overpass is the Interstate 75 crossing over the Little Manatee River. The river winds nearly 40 miles from its head waters near Fort Lonesome to dump out into Tampa Bay west of Ruskin. Both Little Manatee River and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Parks reside along the river. Photo taken 12/26/11.
Travelers reach the rest area beyond Little Manatee River Preserve. The next facility resides in Pasco County. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Interstate 75 north comes to within one mile of Florida 674 (Exit 240) just past the 24th Street SE overpass. 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.
Exit 240 prepares to depart Interstate 75 for Florida 674. The state road stretches 25.51 miles from U.S. 41 in Ruskin to Florida 37 in west Polk County. Photo taken 06/29/13.
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I-75 bisects Florida 674 three miles to the east of U.S. 41 and three miles to the west of U.S. 301. SR 674 serves the unincorporated communities of Sun City Center and Wimauma over the next five miles east. Photos taken 11/24/07.
Interstate 75 turns north by the Cypress Creek golf course community before kinking eastward again at the 19th Avenue NE overpass. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Continuing north from Florida 674 (Exit 240) I-75 north is now within 24 miles of Tampa. Hillsborough County 672 connects the freeway with Apollo Beach (8 miles) while Exit 250 reaches Gibsonton (12 miles). Both forthcoming towns lie along the U.S. 41 corridor. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Skirting the Bullfrog Creek Wildlife and Environmental Area to the west, Interstate 75 next approaches Hillsborough County 672 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 246) in one mile. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Motorists leave for Exit 246 and Hillsborough County 672 (Big Bend Road). The county road provides I-75 with another connection to both U.S. 41 and U.S. 301. Apollo Beach can be reached via CR 672 west and U.S. 41 south while CR 672 east connects with U.S. 301 near the outlying areas of Riverview. Hillsborough County 672 continues east from U.S. 301 south along Balm Road to the community of Balm and CR 39. 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.
Passing over Symmes Road, I-75 north comes to within one mile of Gibsonton Drive (Exit 250). The arterial connects the interstate with the nearby community of Gibsonton and the more suburban area of Riverview. Photo taken 11/23/13.
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.
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.
Entering the Riverview area, Interstate 75 will meet U.S. 301 at Exit 254 in one mile. A major north-south corridor in the Southeast, U.S. 301 links Sarasota, Florida with Glasgow, Delaware while avoiding the major metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Interstate 75 north carries five lanes on a concrete surface as it passes under Progress Boulevard (CR 676A) ahead of the six-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 254) with U.S. 301.
Florida 618 (Selmon Expressway) leaves the interstate in one mile to reach Port Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Exit 254 partitions with separate ramps for U.S. 301. The US highway ventures southeast to serve Riverview. U.S. 301 in general bypasses Tampa en route north and east toward Ocala and beyond. Interstate 75 will cross over the route once more prior to Florida 582 (Exit 265). Photo taken 09/28/13.
Passing over U.S. 301, Interstate 75 next prepares to encounter SR 618 (Exit 256) and Florida 60 (Exit 257). Two lanes peel off for SR 618 west following U.S. 301 while a slip ramp provides access to a collector/distributor roadway servicing SR 60.
Originally referred to as the Southern Crosstown Expressway, the limited-access toll facility 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 ramp for the Crosstown west. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Exit 256 parts ways from I-75 north for SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) west. Florida 618 constitutes a major east-west route with connections to the Port Tampa Bay, the Central Business District, MacDill Air Force Base, and the Westshore area.
Reversible express lanes (hidden SR 618A) opened in 2006 running 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. Photo taken 09/02/13.
The aforementioned slip ramp from U.S. 301 north to SR 618 leaves the c/d roadway preceding SR 60.
Originally, SR 618 did not connect to the Tampa freeway system, but it was extended in 1986 to connect with a newly opened Interstate 75. Other freeway connections were planned but cancelled, sans the Interstate 4/Selmon Expressway Connector, which opened in January 2014. Photo taken 09/28/13.
U.S. 301 traffic descends onto the collector/distributor roadway as the departure ramp for Florida 60 (Exit 257) occurs in one half mile. Interstate 75 reduces back to three travel lanes north of the split for Exit 256. The major state route extends across the peninsula from Clearwater Beach to Vero Beach. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Exit 257 leaves the I-75 mainline 1.6 miles to the south of the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Florida 60. Florida 60 (Brandon Boulevard) east of the interchange is heavily immersed with commercial centers, including Brandon Town Center mall, as it navigates through the unincorporated area of Brandon. Westward, Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) provides an alternate route to the CBD of Tampa. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Passing within the original trumpet interchange at SR 618, traffic from the U.S. 301 and Crosstown c/d roadway prepares to split for Interstate 75 north or Florida 60. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Within the greater Tampa Bay area, Florida 60 originates at a roundabout in Clearwater Beach, near Pier 60. From there, it extends east through Clearwater and across Old Tampa Bay via the Courtney Campbell Causeway, connecting with Toll Florida 589 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.
Reassurance marker stands along I-75 beyond the merge from SR 60 (Exit 257). Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 will encounter an interchange with Interstate 4 in three miles, beyond Florida 574 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at Exit 260AB. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Mango and Temple Terrace, two suburbs of the Tampa area, lie three and ten miles ahead, respectively. Ocala makes its debut at 97 miles out. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Florida 574 (Exit 260AB) follows Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, connecting I-75 with Orient Park, Tampa and Drew Park to the west and Mango, Seffner, Dover and Plant City to the east. Some locals still refer the state road to its former name, Buffalo Avenue. 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.
A loop ramp provides movement between I-75 north and Florida 574 west (Exit 260B). To the west SR 574 (MLK Jr. Boulevard) consists of a six-lane arterial connecting the freeway with U.S. 301 and Interstate 4 near Orient Park. The state road skirts north of downtown Tampa to end at U.S. 92 near Drew Park north of Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team. Photo taken 09/02/15.
An auxiliary lane joins I-75 north between SR 574 and the approaching Exit 261 with Interstate 4. Traffic weaving is a constistant problem between the two interchanges due to their close proximity. Photo taken 09/02/15.
An in-state freeway, Interstate 4 travels 132.4 miles between I-275 near Downtown Tampa to I-95 on the outskirts of Daytona Beach, connecting I-75 with Plant City, Lakeland and the greater Orlando metro area. Originally I-4 extended further west into Pinellas County but was pulled back to its current end when I-75, then I-275 took over the alignment. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 passes over U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) as traffic departs for Interstate 4. A heavily traveled corridor, I-4 is the primary link for drivers bound for Orlando and its tourist-based offerings, as well as the only freeway connecting Tampa with the Space Coast of Florida. The freeway doubles as SR 400, which remains hidden until emerging east of I-95 to U.S. 1 in South Daytona. Photo taken 09/02/15.
A series of painted shields aid in the separation of traffic for Interstate 4 west and east as Exit 261 departs I-75 north and passes over U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). 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.
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Interstate 4 continues west another nine miles before ending at I-275 directly north of the central business district of Tampa. Eastbound parallels U.S. 92 to the north of Seffner, Dover and Plant City through to the Polk County line. Photo taken 11/24/07. Second photo taken 09/28/13.
Interstate 75 curves northwest by Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) through a rural swath west of Thonotosassa. Photo taken 11/23/13.
Temple Terrace is reached via Florida 582 west (Fowler Avenue) while Zephyrhills debuts at 30 miles. The Marion County seat is still a 1.5 hour drive from this point. Photo taken 09/02/15.
One mile guide sign for Exit 265 and Florida 582 (Fowler Avenue). The east-west arterial provides travelers an indirect connection to the Busch Gardens/Adventure Island theme parks via SR 582 west and McKinley Drive south. Photo taken 09/02/15.
I-75 crosses over U.S. 301 one final time on the one-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. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 turns back north as it reaches the ramp for Florida 582 (Folwer Avenue). The freeway previously reduced to two lanes northbound but now extends with a minimum of three lanes through to Pasco County 54 (Exit 279). Otherwise, SR 582 tallies 7.83 miles between U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 301. Photo taken 09/02/15.
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). Photo taken 11/23/13.
Motorists come to within one mile of Hillsborough County 582A (Exit 266) as the freeway spans State Road 582 (Folwer Avenue). I-75 carries four general purpose lanes through to Hillsborough County 581 (Exit 270). Photo taken 09/02/15.
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 Carrollwood. Fletcher Avenue ends at State Road 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) while Village Drive continues westward into the Carrollwood area. Photo taken 09/02/15.
An arrow-per-lane (APL) assembly spans northbound traffic as I-75 north 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 the I-275 interchange before CR 582A resumes westward beyond U.S. 41 Business. Photo taken 09/02/15.
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. Previous signage for Exit 266 omitted Morris Bridge Road. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 recurves northwest as it spans the Hillsborough River and skirts the western boundary of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. The preserve is one of the largest recreational areas within Hillsborough County. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 north will meet Hillsborough County 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 the miles chip away for Ocala, 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 Florida 582 (Fowler Avenue) through to Florida 56 in Wesley Chapel. Florida 581 continues north from that point along Bruce B. Downs to its end at SR 54. Photo taken 09/02/15.
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 09/02/15.
A reassurance shield stands on 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 Florida 56 near the merge from I-275 north at the Hillsborough/Pasco County line. A 20-mile drive still awaits drivers to the central Pasco County city of Zephyrhills via SR 54 east (Exit 279). Photo taken 09/02/15.
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 between 2009 and 2012 to handle the influx of commuter traffic that uses the upcoming diamond interchange. Photo taken 09/02/15.
State Road 56 provides Interstate 75 a direct link to State Road 54 west to Land O' Lakes and Tarpon Springs. To the east, SR 56 continues 5.8 miles to Meadow Pointe Boulevard. Plans call for extending the state road further east an additional six miles to U.S. 301 south of Zephyrhills. Photo taken 09/02/15.
A ramp leaves for Florida 56 (Exit 275) as I-75 prepares to merge with I-275 north traffic at the wye interchange ahead. Tarpon Springs lies 29.2 miles to the west along the U.S. 19 corridor. Also use SR 56 & 54 west to reach New Port Richey. Photo taken 09/02/15.
Interstate 75 passes under the northbound mainline of Interstate 275 and its adjoining ramp to SR 56 as it curves northeast. Photo taken 12/26/11.
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County Line Road spans the mainlines of I-75 and I-275 as the freeway formally enters Pasco County. I-75 north will meet Pasco County 54 (Exit 279) in five miles. Photo taken 12/26/11. Second photo taken 09/02/15.


Photo Credits:

11/24/07, 12/26/11, 06/29/13, 09/02/13, 09/28/13, 11/23/13, 09/02/15 by AARoads

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Interstate 4
Interstate 275
U.S. 301
Florida 60
Florida 574
Florida 582 - Fowler Avenue

Page Updated 09-10-2015.