Interstate 275 North - Hillsborough County

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Interstate 275 North
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The northbound Howard Frankland Bridge opened in August 1960 as a four-lane crossing for Interstate 4. The higher southbound span was added in August 1991. Photo taken 08/22/15. Second photo taken 07/06/13.
Lowering from the hump across the Howard Frankland Bridge during heavy peak hour traffic. The $814 million Howard Frankland Bridge project will expand I-275 with four tolled Express lanes in addition to the eight general travel lanes. Anticipated completion is late 2024. Photo taken 01/13/17.
Continuing to the Westshore area of Tampa, Interstate 275 lines a lengthy causeway east to a dual lane ramp (Exit 39) for SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard). Photo taken 08/22/15.
$6.6-million in construction combined the two gore points at the Memorial Interchange (Exit 39) to one departing further west from I-275 northbound. The project ran from August 16, 2009 to November 24, 2010.1 Photo taken 07/06/13.
Westshore Plaza mall lies just east of the Memorial Interchange (Exit 39) along Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60) while International Plaza mall is located north from Exit 40B at Lois Avenue and SR 616 (Spruce Street). Photo taken 08/22/15.
SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) turns east from Exit 39 to Beach Park. SR 60 west follows Memorial Highway, a freeway connecting I-275 with Tampa International Airport (TPA) and SR 589 (Veterans Expressway) north to the suburbs of Carrollwood, Citrus Park and Lutz. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The first of two lane drops along I-275 north from the Howard Frankland Bridge occurs at Exit 39. SR 60 traverses northern reaches of Old Tampa Bay west from Memorial Highway across Courtney Campbell to Rocky Point and Clearwater. SR 589 is a toll road extending north along the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkway to Pasco County and Brooksville. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Exit 39 expands to three lanes ahead of the wye interchange with SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) east to Westshore Boulevard. A single lane ramp stays to the left for SR 60 (Memorial Highway) west at Spruce Street (SR 616) and George J. Bean Parkway north into TPA Airport. Photo taken 09/09/13.
Exit 39 separates with the ramp for Kennedy Boulevard east to Westshore Boulevard. An often congested commuter route along the Interbay Peninsula of Tampa, Westshore Boulevard (CR 587) leads south from International Plaza Mall to Sun Bay South, U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) and Port Tampa City. Photo taken 01/12/14.
The freeway winds eastward by the Carver City / Lincoln Gardens neighborhood over the next 2.25 miles to a modified diamond interchange (Exit 40B) with Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway (U.S. 92). Photo taken 07/06/13.
A lane drop reduces the northbound mainline of I-275 to two lanes through the Memorial Interchange. Road work started in March 2019 adds a lane along both directions of the freeway and expands ramps with SR 60. Costing $31 million, the I-275 Operational Improvements project extends to late 2020. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and George Steinbrenner Field, spring training site of the New York Yankees, are both located along Dale Mabry Highway north of Tampa Bay Boulevard. Forthcoming Lois Avenue (Exit 40B) provides an alternate route to the venues while U.S. 92 is the most direct route. Photo taken 08/22/15.
One half mile ahead of Exit 40B for Lois Avenue to the Westshore Palms and North Bon Air neighborhoods. A diamond interchange (Exit 41A) follows with U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) at Macfarlane Park. Photo taken 03/22/16.
A two lane loop ramp brings commuters from SR 60 (Memorial Highway) eastbound onto I-275 north ahead of the Westshore Boulevard underpass. An eastbound off-ramp to Westshore Boulevard here was removed by 1995. Photo taken 08/22/15.
2019-20 widening of I-275 results in an auxiliary lane northbound from the Westshore Boulevard entrance ramp to Exit 40B with Lois Avenue. U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) parallels Lois Avenue to the east from Exit 41A and Oakford Park south to Virginia Park. Photo taken 03/04/16.
A fourth through lane will be added to I-275 across Westshore Boulevard during the I-275 Operational Improvements project. The wide grassy median east is reserved for future tolled Express Lanes. Photo taken 03/22/16.
Exit 40B leaves I-275 north for Lois Avenue. Lois Avenue connects the freeway with parallel Cypress Street west to Cypress Point. Photo taken 03/04/16.
Lois Avenue travels north to SR 616 (Boy Scout Boulevard) at International Plaza mall and south to Palma Ceia West. Photo taken 03/04/16.
U.S. 92 follows Dale Mabry Highway north from Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa to Hillsborough Avenue at Drew Park. The commuter route comprises a busy commercial arterial linking MacDill Air Force Base to the south with Land O' Lakes in Pasco County to the north. Photo taken 03/22/16.
Prior to the widening of I-275, Exits 41A/B consisted of a six-ramp parclo interchange. Separate ramps for U.S. 92 were consolidated into a single ramp (Exit 41A). Dale Mabry Highway runs north from the gate to MacDill AFB through South Tampa to Carrollwood, Northdale and Lutz. The arterial carries multiple designations from south to north: SR 573, U.S. 92 & SR 600, SR 580 and SR 597. Photo taken 03/22/16.
Decorative columns and sails were added to bridges over U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) in March 2016 as part of the decorative "hardscaping" in the I-275 expansion through West Tampa. Photo taken 03/22/16.
An interchange sequence sign references Interstate 4 for the first time on I-275 north at 3.25 miles out. Photo taken 03/04/16.
Interstate 275 runs along the Macfarlane Park neighborhood to Exit 42 with the couplet of Armenia Avenue south and Howard Avenue north. Photo taken 05/25/19.
The Himes Avenue entrance ramp adds a fifth northbound lane to the split diamond interchange (Exit 42) with Armenia Avenue south to North Hyde Park and Howard Avenue north to Old West Tampa.
The Downtown Interchange with Interstate 4 east follows in 2.5 miles. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Confirming shields line both sides of Interstate 275 north at the MacDill Avenue underpass near Macfarlane Park. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Two lanes leave I-275 north for Green Street east at Armenia and Howard Avenues. The couplet runs from Swann Avenue at the Courier City community to Tampa Bay Boulevard at West Riverside Heights. Armenia Avenue extends north from there with two-way traffic to Carrollwood, part of which was formerly Florida Secondary 587A. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Northbound travelers along Interstate 275 next approach the Ashley Drive connector (Exit 44) and the eastbound beginning of Interstate 4 (Exit 45B). Photo taken 03/22/16.
Exit 44 serves all interests to Downtown Tampa via separate ramps signed as East and West. The West interchange links with Ashley Drive and Tampa Street south toward the Convention Center and Performing Arts Center. Photo taken 05/25/19.
A pair of shields follow the on-ramp from Howard Avenue at the Rome Avenue underpass. Photo taken 05/25/19.
The Downtown East component of Exit 44 leads motorists onto adjacent Scott Street to Orange Avenue south. Orange Avenue heads south to Pierce Street through Downtown, leading motorists to Amalie Arena (home of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning) and Channelside, home of both the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa cruise terminals. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Exit 45B departs in 1.25 miles for Interstate 4 east to Historic Ybor City, Plant City and Lakeland. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Painted shields advise motorists of the lane allocation for the upcoming Downtown Interchange with Interstate 4 east. Photo taken 05/25/19.
Spanning the Hillsborough River, Interstate 275 splits with the two-lane off-ramp for Downtown Tampa. Ashley Drive stems south from the freeway as multi-lane boulevard to Brorein Street by the Selmon Expressway (SR 618) and Tampa Convention Center. Tampa Street parallels one block to the east. Photo taken 05/25/19.
High rises from the Tampa central business district rise to the east of the Hillsborough River. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The Downtown East off-ramp drops onto Scott Street east at U.S. 41 Business (Tampa Street south / Florida Avenue north). U.S. 41 Business parallels I-275 north from Downtown to Lutz. Photo taken 07/06/13.
The Ashley Street connector provides an uninterrupted route south from a trumpet interchange with I-275 to Tyler Street. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Many variable message signs (VMS) were installed in 2007 throughout the Tampa Bay Interstate system. VMS were often posted alongside supplemental signs, such as this assembly for the I-4 connections to Ybor City (Exit 1) and the Port Tampa Bay (Exit 3). Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 elevates along a viaduct east from the Hillsborough River to the ramps with Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street. Photo taken 02/23/20.
Downtown Tampa from I-275 as it passes over over U.S. 41 Business. Photo taken 07/06/13.
Curving northeast, I-275 north expands to five lanes ahead of the three-wye interchange (Exit 45B) with Interstate 4 east above SR 45 (Nebraska Avenue). Photo taken 07/06/13.
Ramps join both sides of I-275 north from Orange Avenue north ahead of the Downtown Interchange. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 turns north with three lanes through north Tampa. Interstate 4 commences a 132.3-mile long course to Lakeland, Orlando and I-95 at Daytona Beach. Photo taken 03/04/16.
A lane drop quickly occurs along the northbound mainline of I-275 under the flyovers with I-4. Photo taken 05/25/19.
The congested Downtown Interchange at I-4/275 was reconstructed between October 2002 and December 2006 at a cost of $81 million.2 Photo taken 05/25/19.
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A pair of confirming markers stand along Interstate 275 beyond the Columbus Drive underpass by the VY Ybor neighborhood. Photo taken 05/25/19. Second photo taken 10/08/16.
A lane drop occurs along I-275 northbound at Exit 46B for SR 574 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), a multi lane boulevard connecting the Tampa Heights and East Tampa communities. Photo taken 10/08/16.
State Road 574 follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (former Buffalo Avenue) from U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) near Drew Park in Tampa east to Orient Park, Mango, Seffner, Dover and Plant City. The state road historically followed East 7th Avenue (CR 574) through Historic Ybor City and Broadway at Mango. Photo taken 10/08/16.
The on-ramp from Floribraska Avenue forms an auxiliary lane north to the diamond interchange (Exit 46B) with SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Photo taken 08/22/15.
Exit 46B consists of a slip ramp onto adjacent Taliaferro Avenue at Ybor Heights ahead of SR 574. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard comprises a four-lane commercial boulevard west to Wellswood and the Stadium Area and east to adjacent South Seminole Heights. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Continuing north by the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood on Interstate 275. Photo taken 08/22/15.
A $30-million project expanded bridges and shoulders along Interstate 275 between Floribraska Avenue and Yukon Street. The work underway between June 11, 2012 and April 13, 2015 included the installation of new monotube based sign bridges as the median was reduced to a concrete barrier.3 Photo taken 08/22/15.
I-275 passes over Osborne Avenue just ahead of the parclo interchange (Exits 47A/B) with U.S. 92 at Old Seminole Heights. U.S. 92 lines Hillsborough Avenue east from Dale Mabry Highway at Drew Park to the Northeast Community in north Tampa. Photo taken 08/22/15.
The ramp at Exit 47A overtakes Taliaferro Avenue north to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) east. U.S. 92 combines with U.S. 41 at adjacent SR 45 (Nebraska Avenue) for a 2.25-mile overlap to 40th Street N at East Tampa. Beyond there, U.S. 92 parallels I-4 through Mango, Seffner and Plant City. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Exit 47B loops onto U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) west to Riverbend and Wellswood. Hillsborough Avenue is part of a longer route joining Tampa with Town 'n' Country, Oldsmar and Dunedin in Pinellas County via SR 580. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 winds north from U.S. 92 through Old Seminole Heights. Photo taken 08/22/15.
A diamond interchange (Exit 48) joins Interstate 275 with Sligh Avenue in one half mile. Photo taken 10/08/16.
Sligh Avenue connects I-275 with Old Seminole Heights and Rivergrove to the east. West across the Hillsborough River, the four lane boulevard advances to Lowry Park and the unincorporated Egypt-Lake Leto community. Lambright Street extends the road west to Dale Mabry Highway as former Florida Secondary 598. Photo taken 08/22/15.
This interchange sequence sign omits Exit 49 in favor of Exits 50, 51 and 52, all interchanges joining Interstate 275 with arterial-based roads between Carrollwood and north Tampa. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Reassurance shield assembly posted at the Broad Street underpass. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Bird Street connects Interstate 275 with parallel U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) via a half diamond interchange near the former Tampa Greyhound Track and Sulphur Springs Park. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Service Roads link the Bird Street ramps at Exit 49 with Waters Avenue, an east-west arterial between Rowlett Park and Town 'n' Country. Photo taken 08/22/15.
The subsequent northbound exit joins I-275 with SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) to Busch Gardens, a theme park located to the east by the Terrace Park section of the city.
Busch Gardens opened in March 1959, originally as a beer and bird garden adjacent to the former Anheuser-Busch brewery. Between the mid 1960s and 1980s, Anheuser-Busch expanded Busch Gardens into a full-fledged theme park. The company later owned other parks including Sea World in nearby Orlando. The A-B theme parks changed hands in 2008 with the purchase of the brewery by Inbev. Today, Busch Gardens and its sibling parks are owned by the SeaWorld Entertainment company. Photo taken 08/22/15.
A fourth lane opens northbound leading into the folded diamond interchange (Exit 50) with SR 580 (Busch Boulevard). SR 580 forms a 28.78-mile route west to U.S. 19 Alternate in Dunedin and east to SR 583 (N 56th Street) just across the Temple Terrace city line. CR 580 extends east from the end of SR 580 along Bullard Parkway. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Exit 50 loops away from I-275 north to SR 580 (Busch Boulevard) at the North Tampa Community. Busch Boulevard parallels a CSX Railroad line west to Forest Hills in Tampa and the Carrollwood community. Beyond there, SR 580 turns south onto Dale Mabry Highway to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). Photo taken 10/08/16.
A linear stretch of I-275 advances north 0.75 miles to Exit 51 with SR 582 (Fowler Avenue). SR 582 begins at U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and Country Club Drive to the immediate west. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 runs between East Forest Hills and the North Tampa Community to the city line just north of Fowler Avenue. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Exit 51 leaves I-275 north for SR 582 (Fowler Avenue) with two lanes. The state road travels 7.83 miles east to the University of South Florida (USF), the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Temple Terrace and U.S. 301 at Thonotosassa. Photo taken 08/22/15.
A $1.9-million project expanded the northbound off-ramp (Exit 51) to two lanes at the gore point while adding three turn lanes onto SR 582 east toward USF and New Tampa (via Bruce B. Downs Boulevard north). Work occurred between November 13, 2011 and September 11, 2012.4 Photo taken 03/04/16.
A diamond interchange (Exit 52) joins I-275 with Fletcher Avenue (SR 579) in 0.75 miles. SR 579 is the half mile section of Fletcher Avenue between U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue). East from Nebraska Avenue, Fletcher Avenue is CR 582A, a vastly unposted route, to I-75 where it changes into CR 579 (Morris Bridge Road). Morris Bridge Road extends north east into Pasco County west of Zephyrhills. Photo taken 08/22/15.
This northbound shield assembly for I-275 stands beside the East 127th Avenue overpass. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Fletcher Avenue provides a second route to New Tampa from I-275 via Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) north. The arterial east serves James Haley Veterans Hospital and the Moffitt Cancer Center at USF as well. Photo taken 08/22/15.
West from Exit 52, Fletcher Avenue travels through Carrollwood to the south of Lake Magdalene en route to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597) at South Village Drive. Photo taken 04/25/16.
Interstate 275 continues north to a diamond interchange (Exit 53) with Bearss Avenue (SR 678). Like SR 579 at Exit 52, SR 678 comprises a half mile connector between Florida and Nebraska Avenues. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 maintains six overall lanes between Fletcher and Bearss Avenues. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Bearss Avenue west connects I-275 with Ehrlich Road at SR 597 by Northdale. Eastward, the arterial winds south to overtake Skipper Road en route to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 581), the gateway to New Tampa. Photo taken 08/22/15.
An extra lane opens along northbound preceding the Exit 53 gore point for Bearss Avenue (SR 678). This is the final exit along I-275 north before the merge with I-75 in 7.3 miles. Photo taken 08/22/15.
I-275 north at Exit 53 for Bearss Avenue (SR 678). Adjacent U.S. 41 Business (Florida Avenue) and U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) combine 1.6 miles to the north at Chapman. U.S. 41 progresses north from the apex through Lutz to Land O' Lakes in Pasco County. Photo taken 08/22/15.
Interstate 275 arcs east to cross over both U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue) and a parallel CSX Railroad line at Chapman. Photo taken 10/22/15.
State Road 56 lies eight miles ahead at the first of two exits along I-75 for Wesley Chapel. Ocala debuts on mileage signs at 85 miles out.
This sign referenced Ocala at 80 miles away in 2012. Photo taken 10/22/15.
Livingston Road spans Interstate 275 north from Bearss Avenue to Lutz. This is the last bridge across I-275 as the remainder of the freeway travels through wetland areas and portions of Cypress Creek Preserve. Photo taken 04/25/16.
Interstate 275 briefly reenters the Tampa city limits beyond Thirteen Mile Run and ahead of Cypress Creek Preserve. A reassurance marker follows near milepost 57.5. Photo taken 10/22/15.
The north end of Interstate 275 was expanded to include access to the I-75 exit for SR 56. The $32.7-million project affected 2.3 miles of roadway during work between October 17, 2009 and September 17, 2012. Prior to this upgrade, a weaving traffic pattern existed between the I-275 merge and the adjacent diamond interchange (Exit 256) with SR 56 at Wesley Chapel. Photo taken 04/25/16.
SR 56 connects Interstate 75 with adjacent SR 54 west to Land O' Lakes and east to SR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard). The state road was built to alleviate traffic on SR 54, but now is a traffic generator of its own with rampant development including the October 2015-opened Tampa Premium Outlets retail center adjacent to Exit 59. Photo taken 04/25/16.
Interstate 275 north defaults onto Interstate 75 north toward Ocala while Exit 59 joins a 2.3-mile long ramp from the I-75 mainline to SR 56. Photo taken 05/27/17.
A lane drop quickly follows beyond the Exit 59 gore point. Construction completed in spring 2016 expanded I-75 to six and eight lanes through northern Hillsborough County. Photo taken 05/27/17.
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County Line Road spans both roadways of Interstates 75 and 275 across the wye interchange joining the two freeways. Photo taken 10/22/15. Second photo taken 04/25/16.
An end sign stands at the merge with Interstate 75 north. Travelers continuing north bypass SR 56 to a rest area and Exit 279 with CR 54. Photo taken 10/22/15.


Photo Credits:

07/06/13, 09/09/13, 01/12/14, 08/22/15, 10/22/15, 03/04/16, 03/22/16, 04/25/16, 10/08/16, 01/13/17, 05/27/17, 05/25/19, 02/23/20 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
Interstate 75
U.S. 92
State Road 60
State Road 574
State Road 579 / County Road 582A - Fletcher Avenue
State Road 580
State Road 582 - Fowler Avenue
State Road 678 - Bearss Avenue

Page Updated 03-02-2020.