Interstate 75 South - Hernando / Pasco Counties

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Interstate 75 South
Four miles into Hernando County, Interstate 75 south crosses paths with U.S. 98/SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) at Exit 301. Part of the Weeki Wachee River, Weeki Wachee Springs is located at the west end of SR 50 at U.S. 19 and CR 550. With depths of nearly 300 feet, Weeki Wachee Springs are the deepest natural springs found in the U.S. Photo taken 01/20/20.
U.S. 98/SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) overlap for 11.2 miles, joining the county seat of Brooksville with Ridge Manor to the east. Photo taken 09/17/19.
U.S. 98 travels north from Brooksville to combine with U.S. 19 to Homosassa Springs. South from SR 50 and Ridge Manor, U.S. 98 merges with U.S. 301 to Dade City. Photo taken 09/17/19.
Two lanes depart from I-75 south for U.S. 98/SR 50. SR 50 stretches across Hernando County east en route to Groveland, Clermont and Orlando. Photo taken 09/17/19.
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Construction started in July 2016 reconfigured the exchange with U.S. 98/SR 50 into a single point interchange. The $95 million project also widened a portion of Cortez Boulevard to six lanes. Work wrapped up in Fall 2019.1 Photos taken 01/20/20.
Interstate 75 shifts southwest from Exit 301 across a mixture of forest and ranch land to the Pasco County line at McClendon and Mud Lakes. Photo taken 11/11/19.
Interstate 75 presses seven miles southward toward County Road 41 (Exit 293) and 26 miles to the split with I-275 (Exit 274). Photo taken 11/11/19.
Crossing the Pasco County line along I-75 south. Pasco was established in 1887 from the southern third of Hernando County. The county primarily serves as a bedroom community for the greater Tampa metro area, with heavily developed suburban areas including Land O' Lakes and Wesley Chapel. Photo taken 09/02/13.
I-75 continues southwesterly on the one mile approach to County Road 41. CR 41 (Blanton Road) connects the freeway with U.S. 98/301 and Dade City to the southeast. Photo taken 05/30/16.
Blanton Road leads CR 41 south and east to Dade City, the seat of Pasco County. CR 41 continues west 0.8 miles to CR 577 (Lake Iola Road) and north into Hernando County, becoming CR 541 south of Spring Lake. Photo taken 05/30/16.
A loop ramp directs motorists to Exit 293 and Pasco County Road 41. High mast and street level lighting was added to the interchange when I-75 was widened from four to six lanes. Photo taken 05/30/16.
This confirming marker stands alongside Interstate 75 south of the entrance ramp from CR 41. A $47 million project from April 14, 2014 to Summer 2016 expanded 7.8-miles of I-75 south from the Hernando County line to a point just north of SR 52.2 Photo taken 05/30/16.
Three interchanges (SR 52, CR 54, SR 56) remain in Pasco County over the 18 miles preceding the wye interchange with Interstate 275 south. Downtown Tampa lies 33 miles away. Photo taken 05/30/16.
Interstate 75 meets SR 52 (Exit 285) in one mile. The state road runs 33.3 miles between Bayonet Point and New Port Richey on the Gulf Coast, and San Antonio and Dade City in east-central Pasco County. Photo taken 11/11/19.
$72 million expansion of I-75 south from SR 52 to north of SR 54 took place from May 29, 2014 into early 2018. Construction included redesigning the exchange at Exit 285 with a new loop ramp from SR 52 west to I-75 south and widening a portion of the state road to six lanes.3 Photo taken 11/11/19.
Exit 285 parts ways with I-75 south for SR 52 near Pasco. The state road travels 11 miles west to U.S. 41 (Gowers Corner) and 14 miles to SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway). The stretch between SR 589 and U.S. 19 at Bayonet Point is a six-lane urban arterial. Photo taken 11/11/19.
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SR 52 east connects with San Antonio, home of Saint Leo University, and ends at U.S. 98 beyond Downtown Dade City. Photos taken 11/11/19.
Interstate 75 lines the east side of the Tampa Bay Golf & Tennis Club community over the next two miles. Photo taken 08/13/18.
County Road 54, shown as SR 54 here, connects Interstate 75 with nearby Wesley Chapel and Land O' Lakes in four miles. Established in 2002, SR 56 follows at Exit 275, just north of the split with Interstate 275 south in nine miles. Photo taken 08/13/18.
I-75 south meets CR 54 (Wesley Chapel Boulevard) in one mile. When nearby SR 56 opened to traffic in March 2002, SR 54 northeast to SR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) in Wesley Chapel was relinquished from state control. Both SR 54 and CR 54 are referenced at Exit 279 to alleviate motorist confusion. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Wesley Chapel Boulevard arcs southwest to the west end of SR 56, where SR 54 resumes westward through Land O' Lakes. SR 54 takes over along Wesley Chapel Boulevard east of nearby SR 581 en route to Zephyrhills. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 279) with CR 54 (Wesley Chapel Boulevard) on I-75 southbound. A second branch of CR 54 extends north from SR 54 along Eiland Boulevard to U.S. 301 north of Downtown Zephyrhills. Photo taken 08/13/18.
A number of subdivisions abut the west side of the Interstate 75 right of way south of this reassurance marker including Saddle Creek Manor and Santa Fe at Westbrooke. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Rest areas are located along both directions of I-75 east of Cabbage Swamp. Photo taken 08/13/18.
A diamond interchange (Exit 275) joins I-75 with SR 56 one mile south of the rest area. SR 56 constitutes a four to six lane arterial across Wesley Chapel west to nearby SR 54 and Land O' Lakes and east to the Meadow Pointe development and Zephyrhills. Photo taken 08/13/18.
The Pasco County rest areas were reconstructed during a $25.1 million project between July 2010 and March 2012.4 Widening of I-75 south from CR 54 to SR 56 was completed in 2013. Photo taken 08/13/18.
A 12.85 mile long route, SR 56 initially opened 2.9 miles between SR 54 and SR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) in March 2002. The state road was extended 3.8 miles east to Meadow Pointe Boulevard in July 2010 and another 6.77 to U.S. 301 near Zephyrhills on July 10, 2019. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Vacating the rest area, southbound I-75 gains an auxiliary lane to the partition with Interstate 275 at Exit 274. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Exit 275 departs I-75 south to SR 56. Heavy commercial development anchored by the Tampa Premium Outlets lines the six-lane arterial in both directions. Photo taken 08/13/18.
SR 54 overtakes the arterial from SR 56 west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard (CR 54) to Land O' Lakes, Odessa, Seven Springs and U.S. 19 at Elfers. Tarpon Springs lies south of Holiday along U.S. 19 and New Port Richey to the north. Photo taken 08/13/18.
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Shields for SR 56 posted along the off-ramp at Exit 275. Started in January 2019, FDOT Project 430573-1-52-01 converts the diamond interchange with SR 56 into a DDI. Work runs through late 2021 Summer 2022. Photos taken 08/13/18.
I-75 south advances 1.4 miles south from the SR 56 overpass to the split with I-275. I-275 navigates 60 miles around the west side of Tampa Bay by both Downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg. Returning to I-75 in Manatee County (Exit 228), the freeway crosses the Sunshine Skyway over Tampa Bay. I-275 also connects to Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Photo taken 12/14/15.
Port Tampa Bay (formerly the Port of Tampa) traffic is encouraged to continue south on Interstate 75 to divert commercial and hazardous cargo traffic from entering Ybor City's historic district. The port can be reached via I-75 south, I-4 west and the tolled Selmon Connector, which opened in January 2014. Photo taken 05/05/16.
With heavy commuter traffic entering from SR 56, a weaving traffic pattern unfolds south to I-275. Future work will add a distributor roadway from SR 56 to the I-75/275 split. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Southbound Interstate 75 spans Cypress Creek with six overall lanes one half mile ahead of Exit 274. I-275 heads 16 miles to the Downtown Interchange with I-4 in Tampa. Connections with SR 60 (Memorial Highway) in 21 miles lead travelers west to Clearwater. Photo taken 07/02/19.
The wye interchange (Exit 274) where I-75/275 split is locally known as the Apex. Three lanes depart for Interstate 275 into Tampa while I-75 shifts eastward toward Brandon. Photo taken 07/02/19.
A lane drop occurs along I-75 southbound at the County Line Road overpass and Hillsborough County border. I-75 south from SR 56 to SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) was widened to six or eight lanes during a $96.6 million project between October 14, 2011 and Summer 2016.5 Photo taken 05/31/16.

  1. I-75 Widening from south of US 98/SR 50 (Cortez Blvd.) to Sumter County 411011-4-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.
  2. I-75 Widening from north of State Road 52 to the Pasco/Hernando counties line 411014-2. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.
  3. I-75 Widening from north of County Road 54 to north of State Road 52 258736-2-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.
  4. I-75 Rest Area Reconstruction (completed March 2012) 407944-1-52-01 & 407944-2-52-01. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.
  5. I-75 Widening from Fowler Avenue to State Road 56 408459-2, 408459-3, 405492-8. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.

Photo Credits:

09/02/13, 12/14/15, 05/05/16, 05/15/16, 05/30/16, 05/31/16, 08/13/18, 07/02/19, 09/17/19, 11/11/19, 01/20/20 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 98
State Road 50
State Road 52
State Road 54
State Road 56
County Road 41/541

Page Updated 06-11-2020.