Interstate 75 north
Leading away from University Parkway (Exit 213), Interstate 75 passes over the West Fork of Cooper Creek, a tributary of the Braden River, which will cross under the freeway in 1.1 miles. Photo taken 09/26/13.
Interstate 75 meets Florida 70 at a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exits 217A/B) in two miles. Palmetto, which lies north of Bradenton along the U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 corridors, lies 14 miles ahead while Tampa is now 50 miles out. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Turning more north, Interstate 75 and Florida 70 come together at the first Manatee County interchange (Exit 217) in one mile. A trans-peninsular route, Florida 70 stretches east from U.S. 41, south of Bradenton, across the state to U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. Photo taken 09/26/13.
Exit 217A takes motorists along Florida 70 east through the upscale Lakewood Ranch community en route to Arcadia. Arcadia, seat of DeSoto County, lies 41 miles to the east of Interstate 75, and is the next populous area along SR 70 before it heads due east toward Okeechobee and Fort Pierce. Photo taken 09/26/13.
Interstate 75 reaches the departure ramp for Florida 70 east (Exit 217A). Florida 70 west (Exit 217B) will lead motorists to the southern reaches of Bradenton, U.S. 301 and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Photo taken 09/26/13.
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A loop ramp provides movement to Florida 70 (Exit 217B) west. SR 70 (East 53rd Avenue) west of I-75 consists of a six-lane urban arterial through a mixture of mobile home resorts, golf course subdivisions and shopping centers. Connections with U.S. 41 lead motorists north to Bradenton and SR 684 (Cortez Road) west to Bradenton Beach. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 09/26/13.
Interstate 75 passes between the Creekwood community and an industrial park before curving westward through a semi rural area east of the Braden River. Photo taken 09/26/13.
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Florida 64 (Exits 220A/B) occurs next along I-75 in 2.2 miles. U.S. 301 serves Ellenton northeast of Bradenton along the north shores of the Manatee River. A sign replacement between 2006 and 2011 yielded the removal of mileage to U.S. 301 (Exit 224) in favor of mileage to Ellenton. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 09/26/13.
Curving northwest to rendezvous with Florida 64 (Exits 220A/B), the freeway comes to within nine miles of Interstate 275 (Exit 228) to St. Petersburg and 42 miles of Interstate 4 (Exit 261) to Tampa and Orlando. Photo taken 09/26/13.
SR 64 heads east from the heart of Bradenton to meet Interstate 75 at Exit 220 in one mile. SR 64 extends east from I-75 to Zolfo Springs and Wauchula, both of which lie along the U.S. 17 corridor.
Zolfo Springs was named by Italian phosphate dredgers for the strong sulphur smell in the water. Wauchula is the county seat of Hardee County and was incorporated in 1902. Photo taken 09/27/13.
Road work through 2019 reconfigures Exit 220 from a six-ramp parclo to a conventional diamond interchange. The redesign accommodates future Express lane expansion of I-75. SR 64 otherwise takes motorists toward Lake Manatee State Recreational Area, which lies about eight miles east of I-75. East of Lake Manatee State Park, SR 64 is primarily a two-lane rural route as it treks toward its terminus at U.S. 27 and U.S. 98 in Avon Park. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Motorists depart for Exit 220B and Florida 64 west to Downtown Bradenton. The six-lane arterial diverges into one-way pairs east of downtown at 14th Street East. Westbound traffic follows Manatee Avenue while eastbound traffic uses 6th Avenue. The one-way pairs reconvene at 15th Street West, where the state road beelines west through the unincorporated area of West Bradenton, ending at Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island. Photo taken 09/26/13.
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Interstate 75 curves to the northwest by Manatee River Bayou and a number of waterside subdivisions toward U.S. 301 (Exit 224) in four miles. Just short of 1100 miles, U.S. 301 stretches from Downtown Sarasota (U.S. 41) to Glasgow, Delaware (U.S. 40). Ellenton is one mile west of the forthcoming folded-diamond interchange while Tampa is now 43 miles away. Another sign modification saw the replacement of Ellenton with Palmetto. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 07/10/11.
The first guide sign for U.S. 301 (Exit 224) appears at two miles out as Interstate 75 kinks back to the north at Branches Hammock. For travelers visiting the area, a tourist information center is located adjacent to the interchange at the Ellenton Prime Outlets retail center. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Interstate 75 crosses the Manatee River on the one mile approach to U.S. 301. U.S. 301 parallels the river west through Ellenton to Palmetto. Photo taken 11/25/12.
The Manatee River measures 36 miles in length, beginning near the northeast corner of the county, flowing westward to an end at the Gulf of Mexico west of Bradenton. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Exit 224 loops away from I-75 north to U.S. 301. Ellenton is situated one mile west and is home to Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, a one time site of an extensive sugar plantation and the only surviving plantation house in south Florida. Palmetto lies three miles further and is where U.S. 301 joins U.S. 41 south for a brief stint across the Manatee River into Downtown Bradenton. Traveling east and north along U.S. 301 takes motorists toward Parrish and Sun City Center. Photo taken 11/25/12.
The high-speed interchange with Interstate 275 (Exit 228) lies just over two miles ahead. The 60-mile interstate loop passes through the St. Petersburg-Tampa urban area before reconnecting with Interstate 75 at the Hillsborough-Pasco County line (mile marker 274). Photo taken 12/26/11.
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A diagrammatic sign indicates movement from Interstate 75 north to Interstate 275 north. Interstate 275 overlaps with U.S. 19 across the famous Sunshine Skyway bridge across Tampa Bay. An important port along Tampa Bay, Port Manatee, may be reached via Interstate 275 and U.S. 41. The port is fast becoming an important transportation link for Florida's shipping industry, moving about 9 million tons of cargo annually, and is currently the closest deep water seaport to the Panama Canal. A current study is also underway for a possible connector road between the port and Interstate 75, either at a modified or new interchange. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 11/25/12.
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The city of St. Petersburg lies 16 miles to the northwest along I-275, and is home to the Rays Major League Baseball team and the Grand Prix, which utilizes several downtown streets as a road course each year. Fort DeSoto County Park may be reached via the Sunshine Skyway and the Pinellas Bayway (Florida 682). Tampa is still about a 30 minute drive from the upcoming interchange. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 11/25/12.
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Motorists prepare to depart onto northbound Interstate 275. Historically, the current route of Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg and Tampa was slated to be Interstate 75, while the current routing of the interstate around the east side of Tampa Bay was to be Interstate 75E. With the elimination of suffixed routes in the mid-1970's however, the routing changed to its current alignment. Because of this change in route designations, the two downtown serviced interstates, Interstate 175 and 375, exist detached from their parent route.
Warning signs for the possible closure of the Sunshine Skyway are present along all approaches to the structure, and are usually activated during times of high winds (because of the high vertical clearance of the bridge), accident, or other event. Photo taken 03/26/06. Second photo taken 09/28/13.
Flyovers shuttle drivers from I-75 north to I-275 north and from I-275 south to I-75 north at the three-wye interchange between the two freeways. Photo taken 12/26/11.
Passing under the carriageway for Interstate 275 northbound, Interstate 75 prepares to cross Manatee County 683 (Moccasin Wallow Road) in one mile. Parrish lies 5.2 miles to the east along U.S. 301 and Florida 62. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Moccasin Wallow Road doubles as unsigned CR 683 east from 36th Avenue East at Gillette to U.S. 301. The westernmost portion of road is designated CR 683, which is a leftover from when the county road linked with U.S. 41 from Ellenton. Photo taken 12/26/11.
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Exit 229 (Moccasin Wallow Road) connects U.S. 41 to the west with U.S. 301 and Parrish to the east. Once signed along I-75 as Manatee County 6, guide signs were updated in the late 2000's to Manatee County 683. Original stamping identifies the local route as SR 675, a supposed extension of current CR 675 west from Parrish to U.S. 41. Photo taken 11/24/07. Second photo taken 06/29/13.
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Approaching Moccasin Wallow Road on the Exit 229 off-ramp. Parrish lies five miles to the east along U.S. 301 while Little Manatee River State Park is a 10-mile drive via U.S. 301 south to Manatee County 675 east. Trailblazers to both U.S. 41 & 301 are used in lieu of any CR 683 signage at the interchange and along Moccasin Wallow Road. Photos taken 08/30/14.
Reassurance marker north of the diamond interchange with Moccasin Wallow Road. A rural swath takes the freeway northeast 4.4 miles to the Hillsborough County line. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Next in line for northbound travelers on I-75 is Florida 674 (Exit 240) in nine miles. Ruskin lies along U.S. 41 thirteen miles ahead while Tampa is still a half-hour away. Photo taken 06/29/13.
A forested median ensues as Interstate 75 winds eastward to cross the Hillsborough County line west of Sundance. Photo taken 09/28/13.


Photo Credits:

  • 03/26/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 11/24/07 by AARoads.
  • 07/10/11 by AARoads.
  • 12/26/11 by AARoads.
  • 11/25/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/29/13 by AARoads.
  • 09/26/13 by AARoads.
  • 09/27/13 by AARoads.
  • 09/28/13 by AARoads.
  • 08/30/14 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-30-2014.