Interstate 275 North - Manatee & Pinellas Counties

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Interstate 275 North
Interstate 275 initially travels west along its 60-mile course through the St. Petersburg-Tampa metropolitan area in northern Manatee County. Photo taken 01/16/14.
36th Avenue East (Ellenton-Gillette Road) crosses overhead on the 0.5 mile approach to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Photo taken 10/16/16.
The upcoming diamond interchange (Exit 2) with U.S. 41 is the final departure point before the I-275 merge with U.S. 19 north across the tolled Sunshine Skyway bridge system. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Exit 2 departs I-275 south to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Palmetto (5.3 miles) and Bradenton (7.2 miles) both lie south along U.S. 41 and its business counterpart. U.S. 41 north leads to Port Manatee and across the Hillsborough County line toward Ruskin. Photo taken 10/16/16.
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Interstate 275 passes over Bayshore Road, a former alignment of U.S. 41, west of Exit 2 and 15 miles south of St. Petersburg. Photos taken 10/16/16.
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Interstate 275 spans the Terra Ceia River over a 0.3-mile long viaduct. Photo taken 10/16/16. Second photo taken 01/16/14.
The forthcoming toll plaza for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge follows the wye interchange bringing U.S. 19 northbound onto I-275 from Memphis. Photo taken 10/16/16.
The first of two rest area facilities along I-275 and the Skyway South Fishing Pier lies two miles ahead. Photo taken 10/16/16.
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U.S. 19 merges onto I-275 north just ahead of the Sunshine Skyway bridge main line toll plaza. The two routes overlap 12 miles northward to South St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/16/16. Second photo taken 10/16/16. Third photo taken 01/16/14.
Interstate 275 U.S. 19 North
A weaving traffic pattern ensues along I-275 & U.S. 19 north leading into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge toll plaza. A single Sunpass lane operates to the left, with cash collection and Sunpass options at the remaining toll booths. Photo taken 01/16/14.
Toll schedules for 2-axle passenger vehicles crossing the Skyway increased to $1.50 in 2017. Sunpass users pay a reduced rate per crossing. Photo taken 01/16/14.
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Continuing from the mainline toll plaza Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 north reach the departure ramp for the Skyway South Fishing Pier and rest area. The fee-based fishing pier uses the southbound lanes of the previous Skyway span and stretches 1.6 miles into Tampa Bay. Photos taken 01/16/14.
Confirming markers for I-275 & U.S. 19 north stand beyond the entrance ramp from the south Skyway rest area. Photo taken 10/16/16.
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Motorists reach the southern beginning of the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge 4.5 miles out from the northside rest area facility. A former U.S. Senator and Florida governor, Graham was instrumental in choosing the current cable-stay design of the Skyway as the replacement of the former cantilever spans. Photo taken 01/16/14. Second photo taken 10/16/16.
The Sunshine Skyway overall travels 4.1 miles across Tampa Bay with the main span rising nearly 200 feet above the main shipping channel. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 north enter a 3.2 mile wedge of Hillsborough County across the main span of the Skyway. Photo taken 10/08/16.
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The 42 steel cables used to support the main span over the shipping channel are anchored into two 435 foot high towers. A lighting system is in place along the cable section. Photo taken 10/16/16. Second photo taken 11/05/13. Third photo taken 10/16/16.
A crisis phone lies at the apex of the Sunshine Skyway. Photo taken 10/08/16.
The North Skyway Fishing Pier, a remnant of the original Skyway crossing, appears along the west side of I-275. Photo taken 01/16/14.
I-275 & U.S. 19 north enter Pinellas County near the north end of the Skyway bridge. Photo taken 01/16/14.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 north of the Sunshine Skyway with the North Skyway Fishing Pier. Like its counterpart, the north pier is also fee-based. Photo taken 10/16/16.
A rest area lies along the southbound side of Interstate 275 & U.S. 19 north of the North Skyway Fishing Pier. The exit is also the site of Blackthorn Memorial Park, a monument commemorating the largest peacetime loss of life in United States Coast Guard History, the January 1980 collision of the CGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) with the oil tanker S.S. Capricorn. Photo taken 10/16/16.
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Interstate 275 doubles as the St. Petersburg Parkway and the William C. Cramer Memorial Highway. Signs were installed in 2006 in both directions at the freeways entrance point into St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/08/16. Second photo taken 07/10/11.
A northbound vista point overlooking Tampa Bay lies opposite the southbound toll plaza along Interstate 275 & U.S. 19. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Northbound mileage sign posting the next three destinations beyond St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/16/16.
The first of many St. Petersburg interchanges joins Interstate 275 with Skyway Lane and Pinellas Point Drive at Exit 16. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Connecting the Sunshine Skyway causeway with the Pinellas County mainline, the Dick Misener Bridge spans the Main Channel south of Maximo Point. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Exit 16 leaves Interstate 275 north for adjacent Skyway Lane, a spur leading south from Pinellas Point Drive South to a number of condos on the Skyway peninsula. Pinellas Point Drive meanders east from the freeway to Pinellas Point in South St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Interchange sequence signs are posted along Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg for Gulf beach destinations. South Beach destinations include St. Pete Beach via SR 682 west, Treasure Island via Central Avenue and Madeira Beach via 38th Avenue N. Photo taken 10/08/16.
38th Avenue N (CR 138) west and SR 694 (Park Boulevard) lead west from I-275 to Redington Beach and Indian Shores respectively. Photo taken 10/16/16.
U.S. 19 parts ways with Interstate 275 north for 34th Street N, a six lane commercial arterial leading north through St. Petersburg to Lealman. U.S. 19 joins 34th Street N at SR 682 (54th Avenue S). Photo taken 10/08/16.
Diagrammatic overhead posted ahead of Left Exit 17 for U.S. 19 (34th Street S) north. The roadways for Interstate 275 invert as they cross over 54th Avenue S. The configuration was the result of a compromise made to reduce the footprint of the freeway on adjacent land occupied by Eckerd College. Photo taken 10/08/16.
State Road 682 follows 54th Avenue S west from U.S. 19 and I-275 to Eckerd College and the tolled Pinellas Bayway across Boca Ciega Bay to St. Pete Beach. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Northbound at the split of Interstate 275 and U.S. 19 at 54th Avenue S in South St. Petersburg. U.S. 19 runs through the 34th Street Business district northward by the Childs Park and Central Oak Park neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas Bayway leads SR 682 west to Isla Del Sol, where it connects with SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway South) to Tierra Verde and Fort DeSoto Park. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 275 North
Interstate 275 southbound passes over I-275 northbound at Exit 17. The roadways switch sides again south of the 47th Avenue S pedestrian under crossing. Photo taken 07/06/13.
A directional ramp carries drivers from SR 682 and the Pinellas Bayway onto the left side of Interstate 275 north at the 54th Avenue South underpass. Photo taken 10/16/16.
A split diamond interchange joins I-275 with 26th Avenue S from northbound and 22nd Avenue S from southbound at Exit 18. 26th Avenue S connects with parallel U.S. 19 (34th Street S) to the west and 31st Street S to the east. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Confirming marker posted beyond the 54th Avenue South entrance ramp from South St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/16/16.
Exit 18 leaves I-275 (St. Petersburg Parkway) for 26th Avenue S to the Highland Oaks and Perry Bayview neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/16/16.
31st St S links the northbound off-ramp from I-275 at Exit 18 with nearby 22nd Avenue S east to Lake Maggiore Shores in St. Petersburg. 22nd Avenue S (County Road 138) west travels across the city of Gulfport to SR 693 (Pasadena Avenue) at South Pasadena. Photo taken 10/16/16.
A pair of on-ramps join Interstate 275 north from 22nd Avenue S ahead of Left Exit 20 to 31st Street S. 31st Street S parallels the freeway north from the Highland Oaks neighborhood to a wye interchange by Gibbs High School. Photo taken 10/08/16.
31st St S leads north from upcoming Exit 20 through the Palmetto Park neighborhood to Central Avenue (CR 150) and the Central Avenue Business District. CR 150 extends west to SR 693 (Pasadena Avenue S) and Treasure Island Causeway to the Gulf Beaches. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Reassurance marker posted north of the 18th Avenue S underpass and east of the Childs Park neighborhood. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Two lanes open along the left side of I-275 north ahead of Exit 20. The expanded roadway was constructed in anticipation of the proposed St. Petersburg-Clearwater Expressway. Canceled on May 12, 1978, the unbuilt freeway would have branched northwest from St. Petersburg to the exchange joining U.S. 19 Alternate with SR 666 at Bay Pines and turn north from there to the Pinellas County seat. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Left Exit 20 departs I-275 north with two lanes for the connector to 31st St S. Photo taken 10/08/16.
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Curving northeast toward St. Petersburg central business district, Interstate 275 next meets I-175 (South Bay Drive), a short freeway leading east to the University of South Florida (USF) - St. Petersburg and the Downtown Waterfront. Photos taken 10/08/16.
I-175 and companion I-375 (North Bay Drive) provide high speed routes to the Downtown waterfront and area attractions including the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater, the Dali Museum, and Al Lang Stadium. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 175 runs along the south side of Tropicana Field to the immediate east of Exit 22. Home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, the domed stadium lies north of I-175 and west of 8th Street S. Photo taken 10/08/16.
The lone 175 entry within the Interstate system spurs east from a three-wye interchange (Exit 22) with I-275 to SR 687 (4th Street S) and SR 594 (5th Avenue S) by USF St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 375 (North Bay Drive) east follows from Exit 23 between the Historic Uptown and Methodist Town neighborhoods northwest of Downtown St. Petersburg. The Pier, St. Petersburg's municipal slip into Tampa Bay, extends out from 2nd Avenue NE. Closed in June 2013 due to structural deterioration,1 the Pier was subsequently demolished to make way for a new structure. Photo taken 10/08/16.
I-275 passes over the St. Petersburg street grid west of Tropicana Field on a pair of elevated roadways between I-175 and I-375. The three-wye interchange (Exit 23) with North Bay Drive passes over U.S. 19 Alternate & SR 595 (5th Avenue North) by the Historic Kenwood neighborhood. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 375 (North Bay Drive) runs between the couplet of 4th and 5th Avenue N (U.S. 19 Alternate & SR 59) east to the St. Petersburg Coliseum. 4th Avenue N connects the freeway end with SR 687 (4th Street S) and the east beginning of U.S. 92 near Historic Old Northeast. Photo taken 04/17/16.
I-275 (St. Petersburg Parkway) advances 0.75 miles north from I-375 to 22nd Avenue N (Exit 24). The flyover pictured here was damaged by a tanker explosion on March 27, 2007. The accident resulted in a several week closure for repair work. Photo taken 10/08/16.
I-275 navigates through an S-curve across a CSX Railroad line leading into the diamond interchange (Exit 24) with 22nd Avenue N. 22nd Ave N (CR 690) joins the freeway with the Ponce DeLeon, Woodlawn and Euclid neighborhoods nearby. Sunken Gardens, a large collection of tropical plants in a botanical garden, lies 1.5 miles to the east on 4th Street N (U.S. 92/SR 687). Photo taken 10/08/16.
22nd Avenue S (CR 690) west leads along the North Kenwood neighborhood to U.S. 19 (34th Street N), and through Disston Heights to U.S. 19 Alternate and SR 693 (66th Street N) at Tyrone Square Mall. Photo taken 10/08/16.
22nd Street North east travels between the Crescent Lake and Crescent Heights neighborhoods to intersect U.S. 92 (4th Street North) at Historic Old Northeast. This stretch was formerly Florida Secondary 690. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Making another S-curve, northbound Interstate 275 next meets 38th Avenue N at the Oakwood Gardens and St. Petersburg Heights neighborhoods. Photo taken 10/08/16.
A 1974-built pedestrian bridge across Interstate 275 from 27th Avenue N precedes the diamond interchange (Exit 25) with 38th Avenue N. Photo taken 10/08/16.
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I-275 crosses over 30th Avenue N a quarter mile ahead of Exit 25. A wide freeway median at 38th Avenue N alludes to an unbuilt freeway loop planned southwest to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Expressway. Photos taken 10/08/16.
Exit 25 departs Interstate 275 north for 38th Avenue N (CR 184). 38th Avenue N comprises a four lane boulevard east to U.S. 92/SR 687 (4th Street N) and west through Disston Heights to U.S. 19 Alternate (Tyrone Boulevard). Photo taken 10/08/16.
38th Avenue N (CR 184) provides a direct route to the gulf beach cities of Madeira Beach, Redington Beach and Redington Shores via U.S. 19 Alternate (Tyrone Boulevard) north and SR 666 (Tom Stuart Causeway) west from Bay Pines. Photo taken 05/27/05.
38th Avenue N east heads through the Allendale Terrace neighborhood to intersect U.S. 92 (4th Street N) at North East Park. Westward CR 138 parallels the St. Petersburg city line two blocks to the south en route to U.S. 19 (34th Street N) between unincorporated Lealman and the Station View neighborhood. Photo taken 03/24/07.
Shifting slightly to the west along the St. Petersburg city line, I-275 continues north one mile to a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 26) with 54th Avenue N (CR 202). Photo taken 10/08/16.
The entrance ramp from 38th Avenue N at Harris Park adds an auxiliary lane northbound to Exit 26B with 54th Avenue N (CR 202) westbound into Lealman. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Crossing over Haines Road (CR 689), Exit 26A partitions from I-275 north for 54th Avenue N eastbound to the Euclid Heights and Edgemoor neighborhoods in north St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Exit 26B loops onto 54th Avenue N (CR 202) westbound to Lealman, Kenneth City and Park Street N (CR 1) at the city of Seminole. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Interstate 275 briefly leaves the St. Petersburg city limits ahead of the 62nd Avenue N underpass. The freeway curves eastward between Sawgrass Lake Park and the Meadowlawn neighborhood on the ensuing stretch. Photo taken 10/08/16.
SR 694 (Gandy Boulevard) angles northeast from U.S. 19 and Park Boulevard in the city of Pinellas Park to cross under I-275 at Exit 28. Measuring 6.2 miles in length, SR 694 follows Park Boulevard west to SR 693 (66th Street N). Photo taken 10/08/16.
A nine mile exit less stretch lies 2.25 miles north of this advisory sign for the Howard Frankland Bridge. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Entering the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 28) with SR 694 (Gandy Boulevard) on I-275 northbound. Photo taken 10/08/16.
SR 694 concludes 1.9 miles to the east at U.S. 92 by Derby Lane in the Gateway area of north St. Petersburg. Downtown Tampa lies 15 miles to the northeast via the Gandy Bridge, U.S. 92 and the LeRoy Selmon Expressway (SR 618). Photo taken 10/08/16.
West from Exit 28, SR 694 crosses the Pinellas Park city line ahead of Grand Avenue to 28th Street N. Seminole and Indian Shores lie beyond the state maintained portion of Park Boulevard along CR 694 at eight and 12 miles respectively. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Construction from February 20142 to March 2018 upgraded SR 694 east to U.S. 92/SR 687 (4th Street N) into an elevated six-lane expressway with companion frontage roads. U.S. 92 overtakes Gandy Boulevard east to the Gandy Bridge and South Tampa. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Progressing north from SR 694, I-275 converges with both CR 296 (118th Avenue N) east and SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) at the last Pinellas County exit. SR 686 angles northwest from SR 694 (Gandy Boulevard) and the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to connect with SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) at Feather Sound. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Auxiliary lanes expand Interstate 275 to eight overall lanes between Exits 28 and 30. Photo taken 07/06/13.
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) lies just north of the SR 686/688 separation along the continuation of Roosevelt Boulevard west to the Bayside Bridge. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Prior to February 2011 there was no direct access from I-275 north to CR 296 (118th Avenue N) west. CR 296 west follows 118th Avenue N to the U.S. 19 freeway, where it transitions to Bryan Dairy Road en route to Seminole. The Gateway Expressway project, started on August 21, 2017, upgrades 118th Avenue N into an elevated toll road (SR 690).3 Photo taken 07/06/13.
Two lanes depart at Exit 30 for CR 296 west into Pinellas Park, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) west to Highpoint and Largo and SR 686 east into north St. Petersburg. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Flyovers for CR 296 overlay the diamond interchange joining I-275 with SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard). The Gateway Expressway project realigns SR 686 onto an elevated toll road extending north from 118th Avenue N (SR 690) to PIE Airport and the Bayside Bridge (CR 611). Construction on the $580 million project runs though Summer 2022.3 Photo taken 07/06/13.
Succeeding wye interchanges tie in SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) east, CR 803 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St N) north and SR 687 (4th Street N) north ahead of the Howard Frankland Bridge over Old Tampa Bay. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The subsequent exit along I-275 north is with SR 60 (Memorial Highway) west at George Bean Parkway north into Tampa International Airport (TPA). This mileage sign posted 11 miles from Downtown Tampa references Lakeland from when Interstate 4 previously extended west into St. Petersburg. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The Tampa skyline appears to the east from the causeway leading onto the Howard Frankland Bridge. The span across Old Tampa Bay is one of three bridges joining Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Photo taken 07/06/13.
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The Howard Frankland Bridge consists of a four-lane northbound span dating to 1960 and a four lane southbound span built in 1991. A design build project scheduled for construction in 2020 will construct a new southbound bridge, shift northbound traffic onto the 1991-span and demolish the 1960 crossing.4 Photos taken 07/06/13.
Interstate 275 crosses the Hillsborough County line northbound at the Howard Frankland Bridge hump. Daily traffic congestion from the bottleneck at the Memorial Interchange often extends this far south. Photo taken 07/06/13.


 

Sources:

  1. The St. Petersburg Pier, City of St. Petersburg (web site)
  2. "Construction begins on major Gandy Boulevard road project." WTSP (St. Petersburg, FL), February 20, 2014.
  3. Gateway Expressway - 433880-1-52-01. Florida Department of Transprotation, project web site.
  4. I-275 (Howard Frankland Bridge) New southbound bridge between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties - 422904-2-52-01. Florida Department of Transprotation, project web site.


Photo Credits:

05/27/05, 07/30/06, 03/24/07, 07/10/11, 07/06/13, 11/05/13, 01/16/14, 04/17/16, 10/08/16, 10/16/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 175 - South Bay Drive
Interstate 375 - North Bay Drive
U.S. 19
U.S. 41
Florida 686 - East Bay Drive / Roosevelt Boulevard
Florida 694 / Pinellas County 694
Pinellas County 184 - 38th Avenue North

Page Updated 05-20-2019.