Veterans Expressway & Suncoast Parkway
Florida 589 is the Veterans Expressway in the metropolitan Tampa area, and it was extended in 2001 to connect to the Suncoast Parkway. Now Florida 589 connects Interstate 275 near the Tampa International Airport with U.S. 98 near Brooksville in a continuous limited access segment.
The map of the Suncoast Parkway section shows plans to extend the highway to U.S. 19 in Inverness. Due to protests over environmental concerns, the road was terminated at-grade at U.S. 98, close to the Hernando/Citrus County line. The project is now complete, and there will be no further extension into Citrus County at this time.
Also, like most (if not all) Florida toll roads, Florida 589 uses the SunPass electronic toll collection system. All three mainline tolls on the Suncoast Parkway section also use dedicated full-speed lanes for SunPass users, taking them completely around the toll booths to collect their toll at 70mph. The approaches are marked up to one and one-half miles in advance. (Information courtesy of Jason Triolo.)