Interstate 75 north
Interstate 75 passes over the West Fork of Cooper Creek, a tributary of the Braden River, just north of University Parkway (Exit 213). This confirming marker was removed during construction associated with the University Parkway DDI after May 2016. 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 U.S. 41 and U.S. 301, lies 14 miles ahead while traffic is now 50 miles out from Tampa. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Advancing north from the Braden River, Interstate 75 converges with Florida 70 at the first Manatee County interchange (Exit 217) in one mile. A trans-peninsular route, Florida 70 stretches east from U.S. 41 at Oneco across the state to U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Exit 217A takes motorists along SR 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. Arcadia is the next populous area along SR 70 before it heads due east toward Okeechobee. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Widening 6.75 miles of Interstate 75 north from University Park to a point south of SR 64 is slated to begin in September 2018. The $119 million, 30-month project includes reconstructing the exchange with SR 70 by eliminating the loop ramp from SR 70 west to I-75 south and replacing other entrance and exit ramps.1,2 Photo taken 10/16/16.
Exit 217B loops onto SR 70 (East 53rd Avenue) west. A six-lane urban arterial traveling by a mixture of mobile home resorts, golf course subdivisions and shopping centers, SR 70 connects with U.S. 41 north to Bradenton and SR 684 (Cortez Road) west to Bradenton Beach. Photo taken 10/16/16.
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.
Florida 64 crosses paths with Interstate 75 on the east side of Bradenton in 2.2 miles. The subsequent exit is with U.S. 301 along the north shores of the Manatee River at Ellenton in seven miles. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Curving northwest near the Manatee County Landfill, Interstate 75 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 10/16/16.
SR 64 heads six miles east from Downtown 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 sulfur smell in the water. Wauchula is the county seat of Hardee County and was incorporated in 1902. Photo taken 10/16/16.
A $39.1 million redesign of the six-ramp parclo interchange got underway at Exit 220 on June 9, 2017. Work eliminated the loop ramp (Exit 220B) for SR 64 west and expands I-75 to accommodate future tolled Express lanes. Work runs through late 2019.2
Exit 220A was rebuilt and expanded to serve both directions of SR 64. State Road 64 travels west from Bradenton to Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island and east eight miles to Lake Manatee State Park. Beyond the park, SR 64 is primarily a two-lane rural route as it continues to U.S. 27 and U.S. 98 in Avon Park. Photo taken 07/09/17.
Interstate 75 curves to the northwest by Manatee River Bayou and a number of waterside subdivisions toward U.S. 301 and Ellenton in four miles. Just short of 1100 miles, U.S. 301 stretches from Downtown Sarasota (U.S. 41) to Glasgow, Delaware (U.S. 40). Tampa is now 43 miles away. Photo taken 10/16/16.
The first guide sign for U.S. 301 (Exit 224) appears at two miles out as Interstate 75 bends 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 10/16/16.
Coupled with increased commuter usage, traffic to the adjacent Ellenton Premium Outlets often back ups along from loop ramp to U.S. 301 onto the J.D. Young Bridge spanning the Manatee River. A congestion sign was installed here by FDOT in 2016.
Future construction to redesign of the exchange with U.S. 301 is anticipated to start in 2020.2 Estimated to cost $170 million, the project includes widening 3.95 miles of I-75 north from SR 64 to U.S. 301. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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.
The I-75 / US 301 Interchange Design project will add new bridges over the Manatee River for the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp. The current folded diamond interchange will be reconfigured into a tight diamond, and I-75 will be expanded to accommodate future Express toll lanes.3 Photo taken 07/09/17.
The Manatee River measures 36 miles in length, beginning near the northeast corner of the county and flowing westward into the Gulf of Mexico beyond Bradenton. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Exit 224 loops away from I-75 north to U.S. 301. Adjacent Ellenton 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. The city of Palmetto lies four miles to the west, where U.S. 301 joins U.S. 41 south on the Desoto Bridge 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 10/16/16.
The three-wye interchange (Exit 228) with Interstate 275 lies just over two miles ahead. The 60-mile freeway loop passes through the St. Petersburg-Tampa urban area between north Manatee County and I-75 at the Hillsborough-Pasco County line (mile marker 274). Photo taken 10/16/16.
Interstate 275 overlaps with U.S. 19 across the famous Sunshine Skyway bridge spanning Tampa Bay. Connections with U.S. 41 nearby lead drivers north to Port Manatee. Currently the closest deep water seaport to the Panama Canal, the port represents an important transportation link for Florida's shipping industry, moving about 9 million tons of cargo annually. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Home to the Rays Major League Baseball team and the Grand Prix, which utilizes several downtown streets as a road course each year, the city of St. Petersburg lies 16 miles to the northwest along I-275. Fort DeSoto County Park may be reached via the Sunshine Skyway and the Pinellas Bayway (SR 682). Tampa is still about a 30 minute drive from the upcoming exchange. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Exit 228 comprises a two-lane flyover onto Interstate 275 northbound. Historically, the route of I-275 through St. Petersburg and Tampa was slated to be I-75, while the course of I-75 around the east side of Tampa Bay was planned as Interstate 75E. However with the elimination of suffixed routes in 1976, the alignments changed to their current configuration. Photo taken 10/16/16.
The systems interchange between Interstates 75 and 275 was completed in 1981. An $8 million, 10-month long project started in July 29, 2018 redecks the flyover linking I-275 south with I-75 north.4 Photo taken 12/26/11.
Interstate 75 veers away from coastal areas and next meets Manatee County 683 Road (Moccasin Wallow Road) in one mile. Moccasin Wallow Road leads east 4.8 miles to U.S. 301 at Parrish. Photo taken 06/29/13.
An unsigned route, CR 683 parallels I-75 north from Ellenton along 36th Avenue East to Moccasin Wallow Road. Moccasin Wallow Road doubles as the eastern leg of CR 683, from 36th Avenue East at Gillette to U.S. 301. Little Manatee River State Park lies northeast of the county line along U.S. 301. Photo taken 12/26/11.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 229) with Moccasin Wallow Road on I-75 north. The bulk of the remaining rural lands along CR 683 are slated for suburban development.
Original bridge stamps here identify Moccasin Wallow Road as SR 675, alluding to a previous extension of CR 675 (Rutland Road) west from Parrish to U.S. 41. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Moccasin Wallow Road connects U.S. 41 to the west with U.S. 301 and Parrish to the east. Little Manatee River State Park is a 10-mile drive via U.S. 301 north. Photo taken 08/30/14.
The westernmost 0.75 miles of Moccasin Wallow Road, between 36th Avenue East and U.S. 41 at Gillette is an unmarked segment of County Road 675. Photo taken 08/30/14.
Angling northeast from Exit 229, I-75 traverses rural areas northeast 4.4 miles to the Hillsborough County line. Photo taken 09/28/13.
The succeeding northbound interchange on I-75 is with Florida 674 (Exit 240) in nine miles. Ruskin lies just west of the freeway along U.S. 41 in thirteen miles while Tampa is still a half-hour away. Photo taken 06/29/13.
A forested median separates the Interstate 75 roadways as the freeway winds eastward across the Hillsborough County line west of Sundance. Photo taken 09/28/13.


 

Sources:

  1. Interstate 75 from North of University Parkway to South of SR 64, Manatee County. FDOT District 1, project web page.
  2. "Work will begin on this Manatee County interchange Friday." Bradenton Herald (FL), June 8, 2017.
  3. I-75 / US 301 Interchange Design - About the Project. FDOT District 1, project web page.
  4. I-275 Southbound to I-75 Northbound Bridge Deck Replacement in Manatee County. Florida Department of Transportation, July 2018.


Photo Credits:

12/26/11, 11/25/12, 06/29/13, 09/26/13, 09/28/13, 08/30/14, 10/16/16, 07/09/17, 10/01/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 08-07-2018.