Interstate 75 south
Four miles into Hernando County, Interstate 75 south crosses paths with U.S. 98 & SR 50. U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) overlap for 11.2 miles, joining the county seat of Brooksville with Ridge Manor to the east.
SR 50 stretches across Hernando County east to Groveland, Clermont and Orlando. Part of the Weeki Wachee River, Weeki Wachee Springs is located at the west terminus 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 09/02/13.
Construction started in July 2016 reconfigures the exchange with U.S. 98 & SR 50 into a single point interchange. The $95 million project also widens a portion of Cortez Boulevard to six lanes. Work runs through fall 2019.1
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 11/21/16.
Interstate 75 veers southwest from Exit 301 across a mixture of forest and ranch land through to the Pasco County line at McClendon and Mud Lakes. Photo taken 03/01/13.
Interstate 75 presses seven miles southward toward Pasco County Road 41 (Exit 293) and 26 miles to the split with Interstate 275 (Exit 274). Photo taken 09/02/13.
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 Pasco 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 County Road 41 south and east to Dade City, the seat of Pasco County. Otherwise 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 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 along side 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 Interstate 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 Florida 52 (Exit 285) in one mile. The east-west 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 05/30/16.
$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 01/15/18.
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.
SR 52 east connects with San Antonio, home of Saint Leo University, and ends at U.S. 98 beyond Downtown Dade City. Photo taken 01/15/18.
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.
Exit 279 joins I-75 south with County Road 54 (Wesley Chapel Boulevard) in one mile. When nearby SR 56 opened to traffic in March 2002, SR 54 northeast through Wesley Chapel was downgraded to CR 54 northeast to SR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard). Signage for this interchange indicates both state and county maintained roads to avoid any confusion for motorists. 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.
One mile south of the rest area, Interstate 75 meets SR 56 at a diamond interchange (Exit 275). The 6.73-mile long divided highway initially opened in March 2002 along a 2.9 mile segment between SR 54 and SR 581.
SR 56 constitutes a six-lane commercial arterial across Wesley Chapel west to SR 54 and Land O' Lakes and east to the Meadow Pointe development. 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 3.8 mile segment of SR 56 opened to traffic in July 2010, extending the state road to its current end at Meadow Pointe Boulevard. Construction through 2019 will further lengthen the arterial another 6.77 miles east to U.S. 301 outside Zephyrhills. Photo taken 08/13/18.
Vacating the rest area, southbound I-75 gains an auxiliary lane through to 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.
Florida 54 overtakes the arterial from Florida 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. FDOT Project 430573-1-52-01, anticipated for construction by late 2018 or early 2019, will convert the diamond interchange with SR 56 into a DDI. Photos taken 08/13/18.
Motorists along I-75 south advance 1.4 miles south from the SR 56 over crossing to the southbound beginning of Interstate 275. I-275 navigates 60 miles around the west side of Tampa Bay by the urban centers of both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Before reconnecting with Interstate 75 in Manatee County (Exit 228), the route crosses the Sunshine Skyway over Tampa Bay. Interstate 275 also provides access 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 the split with I-275. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Southbound Interstate 75 spans Cypress Creek with six overall lanes one half mile ahead of the Exit 274 separation with Interstate 275 south. I-275 heads 16 miles south to the Downtown Interchange with Interstate 4 in Tampa. Connections with SR 60 (Memorial Highway) in 21 miles lead travelers west to Clearwater. Photo taken 05/05/16.
The wye interchange (Exit 274) partitioning traffic between Interstates 75 and 275 south is locally known as the Apex. Three lanes depart for I-275 and Tampa while Interstate 75 shifts eastward toward Brandon. 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 05/15/16.
A lane drop occurs along I-75 southbound as County Line Road spans both Interstates 75 and 275 as motorists enter Hillsborough County. Photo taken 05/31/16.


 

Sources:

  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. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=209&RoadID=4 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. http://www.mytbi.com:80/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=208&RoadID=4 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. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=179&RoadID=4 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. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=186&RoadID=4 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 project web page.


Photo Credits:

03/01/13, 09/02/13, 12/14/15, 05/05/16, 05/15/16, 05/30/16, 05/31/16, 11/21/16, 01/15/18, 08/13/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 98
Florida 50
Florida 52
County Road 41 & 541

Page Updated 08-14-2018.