Interstate 75 south
Ramps carry both the mainline of I-275 north and its flyover for SR 56 above I-75 at this southbound reassurance marker. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 75 angles southeast into the city limits of Tampa. Meeting the freeway next is Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) at New Tampa in three miles. Temple Terrace, an incorporated city lying between Tampa and I-75, follows in ten miles at SR 582 (Exit 265). Naples (172 miles) represents the turning point of I-75 east from Southwest Florida toward the greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami area. Photo taken 05/15/16.
New Tampa Boulevard crosses over Interstate 75 as the second route joining western and eastern expanses of New Tampa. Located 1.1 mile north of Exit 270, the overpass was built in 2011. Photo taken 03/01/13.
Despite the overhead reading 1.25 miles, I-75 south is one mile north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (Hillsborough County Road 581). CR 581 overlays Bruce B. Downs Boulevard as the main arterial route through New Tampa. Extending north, CR 581 becomes SR 581 through Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard continues southwest from Interstate 75 to reach Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A), the University of South Florida (USF) campus and Busch Gardens in Tampa. Heading northeast the eight-lane arterial serves a bevy of subdivisions making up the New Tampa area. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Tremendous commercial and residential growth transformed CR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) into a multi-lane suburban arterial from Exit 270 to the Pasco County line. Mostly unsigned, the county road totals 12.55 miles from SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) north to SR 56.
$24.7 million in construction between October 2016 and late 2018 completes eight lane expansion of the arterial northward to County Line Road.1 Photo taken 05/15/16.
A flyover ramp was constructed from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard southbound to Interstate 75 south to alleviate growing traffic problems at the diamond interchange. Part of a $42 million project started on March 7, 2007, the new ramp opened to traffic on December 13, 2008.2 Photo taken 07/02/11.
Continuing southeast, Interstate 75 runs along the Tampa city limits and the west boundary of Hillsborough Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The succeeding southbound exit joins Interstate 75 winds with Fletcher Avenue in three miles. Unincorporated Brandon follows via SR 60 in 15 miles. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Fletcher Avenue constitutes an east-west suburban arterial connecting Interstate 75 with the north side of Temple Terrace, Lettuce Lake Park and USF in Tampa. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Crossing the Hillsborough River 0.75 miles ahead of Exit 266. Lettuce Lake Park is a 240 acre county park situated along the Hillsborough River north of Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A) and west of I-75. The park opened to patrons in 1982. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A parclo interchange (Exit 266) connects I-75 with Fletcher Avenue west and Morris Bridge Road east in one half mile. Morris Bridge Road continues Fletcher Avenue east as unmarked CR 579 through a conservation areas including Morris Bridge Wilderness Park and Hillsborough River State Park. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Motorists depart Interstate 75 south for both Fletcher Avenue (CR 582A) west and Morris Bridge Road (CR 579) north. CR 582A constitutes an unsigned route 6.03 miles west to U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) at SR 579. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Just a third of a mile separates the entrance ramp from Fletcher Avenue and the directional-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 265) with SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). SR 582 overlays Fowler Avenue 7.83 miles west from U.S. 301 to U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) beyond I-275. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The auxiliary lane from Exit 266 quickly leaves Interstate 75 south for SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). SR 582 bisects Temple Terrace west through to SR 583 (North 56th Street) and the USF campus.
Busch Gardens theme park is also reached via SR 582 as the most direct route from Interstate 75. Opened in March 1959, Busch Gardens features gardens, attractions and thrill rides, including SheiKra (with a near 200 foot vertical drop), Cheetah Hunt, Montu, Kumba, and the Scorpion. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Exit 265 partitions into separate ramps for Florida 582 west to Temple Terrace and east to U.S. 301 and Thonotosassa. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 transitions into a concrete freeway ahead of the U.S. 301 under crossing and the bridge spanning the Tampa Bypass Canal. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Mileage for Brandon (via SR 60) and Port Tampa Bay (via SR 618 west) appears at seven and eight miles out respectively. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 75 passes the east side of Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) and next meets the turbine interchange (Exit 261) with Interstate 4. A $15.5 million project from September 2018 to Summer 2020 will expand the forthcoming ramp for I-4 to two lanes. Photo taken 04/30/16.
One mile north of Interstate 4 (Exit 261) on I-75 south. I-4 west leads west to Downtown Tampa, connecting with I-275 ahead of Westshore and the Howard Frankland Bridge. Prior to 1971, I-4 extended southwest across Old Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg. Photo taken 05/15/16.
All traffic bound for Interstate 4 departs in unison at Exit 261. I-4 stretches 132.4 miles across the Florida peninsula, connecting the greater Tampa and St. Petersburg area with Orlando and Daytona Beach. Photo taken 04/30/16.
The ramp for I-4 spans Sligh Avenue just ahead of its separation. Interstate 4 doubles as a commuter freeway east 14 miles to Plant City. Lakeland lies just beyond the Polk County line, with Downtown located 26 miles away where U.S. 92 and U.S. 98 converge. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 west concludes in Tampa at the Downtown Interchange with I-275 in nine miles. Orlando is a 72 mile drive to the northeast. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Crossing over Interstate 4, I-75 advances one mile south to Exit 260 with Florida 574 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Photo taken 04/30/16.
Florida 574 travels 23.04 miles between U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) at Drew Park in Tampa and U.S. 92 (Thonotosassa Road) in Plant City. Photo taken 04/30/16.
A parclo interchange (Exit 260) currently joins Interstate 75 and SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Construction anticipated for 2022 will redesign the exchange into a DDI. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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The off-ramp to Florida 574 expands to four lanes ahead of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The unincorporated area of Mango spreads to the east along Florida 574. Westward along MLK Boulevard, the six-lane arterial intersects U.S. 301 south of the Florida State Fairgrounds in 1.9 miles. Photos taken 09/20/17.
Continuing south across Broadway Avenue (CR 574) and a CSX Railroad line, Interstate 75 enters the Brandon area. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) crosses Interstate 75 in one mile at Exit 257. Another trans-peninsular state road, Florida 60 extends west across Tampa to Clearwater Beach and east through Brandon to Bartow and Vero Beach at Florida A1A. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Heavily used by commuter traffic headed east into Brandon, a $14.2 million project lengthened and expanded the off-ramp to SR 60. Work ran from April 12, 2013 to November 24, 2014.3 Photo taken 05/31/16.
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SR 60 (Adamo Drive) comprises an industrial route west from the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 257) with I-75 to Port Tampa Bay and YBor City in Tampa. With up to eight lanes, SR 60 east takes a commercialized route from Westfield Brandon mall through the heart of Brandon. Photos taken 05/31/16.
The tolled LeRoy Selmon Crosstown Expressway leads west from Brandon Parkway and Interstate 75 to Port Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa from the ensuing exit. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Entrance ramps from SR 60 form a southbound collector distributor roadway extending three miles. Succeeding slip ramps join the roadway ahead of SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) and U.S. 301 at Riverview. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Southbound at Exit 256 for Florida 618 (Selmon Expressway) west. Previouslu named the Crosstown Expressway, the toll road extends 14.1 miles west through Downtown Tampa and south to U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) at South Tampa and near MacDill Air Force Base. Photo taken 04/30/16.
The slip ramp for U.S. 301 joins the southbound c/d roadway just ahead of the trumpet interchange with Florida 618 (Selmon Expressway) westbound. U.S. 301 previously passed under I-75 at Temple Terrace, having looped west through to Exit 254. Photo taken 04/30/16.
The ramp for SR 618 departs from the southbound c/d roaday. Since 2010, all transactions along the Selmon Expressway are collected electronically via SunPass or Toll-by-plate.
The Crosstown Expressway was part of a larger limited-access network planned for the Tampa area in the 1970's, but local opposition and finances canceled the majority of this. The first segment of SR 618 opened in 1976 between U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) and Florida Avenue. The final segment opened in 1987 between Falkenburg Road and I-75. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Passing underneath Causeway Boulevard (CR 676), the c/d roadway and Interstate 75 continue south toward the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 254) with U.S. 301. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A confirming marker for I-75 south stands between the southbound mainline and c/d roadway beyond Causeway Boulevard. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The c/d roadway separates for return access to I-75 south and Exit 254 to U.S. 301. U.S. 301 north heads back toward Tampa while southbound comprises a six-lane arterial southeast through unincorporated Riverview. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Exit 254 splits into ramps for U.S. 301 north and south. U.S. 301 parallels Interstate 75 south from Citra and Ocala. The two come together again at Ellenton. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Interstate 75 south next meets Gibsonton Drive at Exit 250. The east-west arterial connects with U.S. 41 at Gibsonton and with nearby U.S. 301 at Riverview. Photo taken 03/01/13.
I-75 crosses the Alafia River just ahead of Exit 250. The river begins in central Hillsborough County and meanders 25 miles westward before depositing into Tampa Bay west of U.S. 41 at Gibsonton. Both bridge decks were repaired between February 6 and March 3, 2016 at a cost of $378,109.4 Photo taken 07/06/13.
Southbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 250) with Gibsonton Drive. Gibsonton Drive becomes Boyette Road east of U.S. 301 en route to the suburban communities of Bloomingdale and Fishhawk. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Interstate 75 reduces to six overall lanes south of Gibsonton Drive. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Elevating to pass over Symmes Road, drivers see a mileage sign posted seven miles ahead of unincorporated Apollo Beach and 13 miles from Ruskin. The city of Naples is still nearly a two hour drive away. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Hillsborough County Road 672 (Big Bend Road) runs east-west and connects Interstate 75 with Apollo Beach via U.S. 41 to the southwest. The coastal community lies midway between Tampa and Bradenton. During its history, Apollo Beach was previously named Tampa Beach and also La Vida Beach. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Interstate 75 crosses over both Old Big Bend Road and Big Bend Road at the folded-diamond interchange (Exit 246) with CR 672. Big Bend Road intersects U.S. 41, 1.8 miles to the west and stretches 5.5 miles east to end at the Triple Creek development. CR 672 overlays Big Bend Road for 4.02 miles between the Manatee Viewing Center on Big Bend and U.S. 301. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Shifting more to the west, Interstate 75 passes by the Bullfrog Creek Scrub Preserve on the six mile drive to Sun City Center. An age-restricted community, Sun City Center lies east of forthcoming Exit 240 along Florida 674. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Approaching the six-ramp parclo interchange with Florida 674 (Exits 240AB). Beyond Exit 240 is the longest exit less stretch of I-75 between White Springs (12 miles) and Alligator Alley (21 miles) at 11 miles. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Exit 240B takes motorists to westbound SR 674 (College Avenue) into Ruskin. The 25.51-mile route of SR 674 concludes at U.S. 41. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Exit 240A loops away from I-75 south onto Florida 674 (Sun City Boulevard) east toward Sun City Center and Fort Lonesome. The retirement community is large enough to have its own hospital, as well as its own zip code.
Florida 674 continues 22.4 miles east of Interstate 75 to end at Florida 37 in adjoining Polk County. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Turning more southwesterly, Interstate 75 leaves City City Center for a rural stretch preceding the Little Manatee River. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Interstate 275 reconvenes with I-75 in 11 miles at Exit 228. Though omitted, the succeeding exit is with Mocassin-Wallow Road. Bradenton appears for the first time on I-75 signs at 25 miles out. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Travelers on I-75 south reach the Hillsborough County rest area in one mile. The southbound side rest area was not added until the early 2000's, while its northbound counterpart was constructed with the freeway in the mid-1980's. Photo taken 07/15/15.
The Ruskin Rest Area is sandwiched between a tree and shrub line and adjacent suburbia. The next I-75 rest area facility lies east of Lee County Road 876 (Exit 131) 108 miles to the south. Road work anticipated to start in 2020 will reconstruct the rest area here and expand the truck parking area. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Sarasota and Fort Myers debut on Interstate 75 signage posted ahead of Valroy Road. Sarasota lies south of Bradenton along U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 near the Gulf Coast. Fort Myers is the regional center of Southwest Florida, located along the Caloosahatchee River on U.S. 41 in Lee County. Photo taken 03/01/13.
South from the Ruskin Rest Area, I-75 passes through Little Manatee River Preserve through to the bridges across the Little Manatee River. Photo taken 07/15/15.
Paralleling Curiosity Creek in a rural area, Interstate 75 angles southwest into Manatee County west of Sundance. Founded in 1855, the county is named after the official marine mammal of Florida. Photo taken 07/15/15.


 

Sources:

  1. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Widening (Segment D). Hillsborough County, Florida project web page.
  2. Interstate 75 at County Road 581 (Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) Flyover Bridge (completed December 2008) 408460-1 & 408460-3. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=73&RoadID=4 Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 project web site.
  3. Southbound I-75 Exit Ramp Extension & Widening at SR 60 (completed November 2014) 419194-1. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=205&RoadID=4 Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 project web site.
  4. I-75 Bridge Deck Repair over the Alafia River (completed March 2016) 432271-1. http://mytbi.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=218&RoadID=4 Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 project web site.


Photo Credits:

07/02/11, 03/01/13, 07/06/13, 07/15/15, 02/27/16, 04/30/16, 05/15/16, 05/31/16, 09/20/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
Interstate 275
U.S. 301
Florida 60
Florida 574
Florida 582 - Fowler Avenue
Florida 674
County Road 581

Page Updated 08-08-2018.