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Interstate 4 Eastbound - Hillsborough County

Interstate 4 East
The eastbound beginning of Interstate 4 from the perspective of the Interstate 275 northbound ramp (Exit 45B). Advance notice is given to drivers of the Exit 1 split-diamond interchange with Florida 585 (21st & 22nd Street). A right-tab was added during the Interstate 4 reconstruction as eastbound traffic drove on the old westbound lanes, resulting in a temporary left-hand exit, as the on-ramp entered from the left.1 The tab was removed by fall 2007. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Traveling from Interstate 275 south onto Interstate 4 east with the one-mile overhead for Florida 585 (Exit 1). Photo taken 10/16/07.
The southbound ramp from Interstate 275 to Interstate 4 east represents the highest level of the stack interchange between the two freeways. Photo taken 10/16/07.
Both ramps from Interstate 275 combine and Interstate 4 eastbound is born. Pictured here is the 0.25-mile overhead for Florida 585. Florida 585 partitions into a one-way street couplet through YBor City. Northbound follows 22nd Street; southbound follows 21st Street. The split-alignment exists between Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) at the Crosstown Expressway northward to 23rd Avenue. Photo taken 11/10/07.
YBor City, once an independent city of Tampa, exists as a historic district and neighborhood in east Tampa. Centered around the 22nd Street intersection with 7th Avenue (Hillsborough County 574), the community was once the "Cigar Capital of the World". YBor City retains a rich Latin culture to go along with its origins in the cigar industry. Night life abounds on the 7th Avenue corridor that retains a wide array of restaurants, bars, and the Ybor Centro shopping complex. Interests to the Port of Tampa should use 21st Street south. Photo taken 11/10/07.
Interstate 4 passes over 15th Street and Avenida Republica De Cuba ahead of the Exit 1 ramp departure to Florida 585 (21st & 22nd Streets). Florida 585 comprises a relatively short state highway between Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) and U.S. 41 & 92 (Hillsborough Avenue). The state highway serves the College Hill and Seminole Heights neighborhoods north of parallel Columbus Drive. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Historical looks at Interstate 4 east on the approach to Exit 1 (Florida 585). Photos taken 05/27/05

Originally a diamond interchange joined Interstate 4 with Florida 569 (40th Street South) at Exit 2. Expanding Interstate 4 required that this interchange be removed due to the close proximity of the revised Exit 3 (U.S. 41). Photo taken 05/27/05.
What was the eastbound ramp departure of Exit 2 to Florida 569 (40th Street South). Florida 569 travels south to Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) at Exit 10 of the Crosstown Expressway and north to U.S. 41 (Melburne Boulevard) for a total distance of 1.33 miles. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Ramp stubs were built in conjunction with the Interstate 4 expansion/modernization project of the mid 2000s. These stubs await completion of the Crosstown Expressway Connector, a limited-access viaduct linking Interstate 4 with Florida 618 Toll (LeRoy Selmon Crosstown Expressway) and the Port of Tampa directly. Upon completion, a tri-level stack interchange will rise above Interstate 4 north of 31st Street. A second high-speed interchange will join the Connector with Florida 618 Toll and truck-only ramps to the Port of Tampa. Photo taken 11/05/06.
The first Interstate 4 shield actually resides along the Interstate 275 northbound off-ramp. This shield resides at the future Crosstown Expressway Connector southbound off-ramp. One mile west of U.S. 41 (Exit 3) is the site of the original Exit 2 diamond interchange with Florida 569 (40th Street). The interchange was removed during the expansion project. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Next in line for eastbound motorists is the Exit 3 modified-diamond interchange with U.S. 41 (50th Street). Despite the modernization project of Interstate 4, a left-hand off-ramp remains in use for U.S. 41 and Columbus Drive. There was simply not enough room available to accommodate a right-hand off-ramp to 50th Street, so thus a left-hand ramp remains. Stephen adds: "Exit 3 used to be a right hand exit and was moved over to the left when Columbus Dr. was re-made to the south and when the interstate was re-done. When you exit off you can only turn left or right on Columbus Drive. Left/west goes to 40th Street and right/east goes to N 50th St/US 41. Then at the next signal is where you can turn left on 50th St/US 41 to go back under I-4 to get to Melbourne Blvd (which is US 41), Temple Terrace, etc."1 Photo taken 08/25/07.
Ramp stub for the future eastbound Crosstown Expressway Connector on-ramp to Interstate 4 east. The Connector will travel alongside 31st Street and the CSX Railroad between the two freeways. Photo taken 11/05/06.
One half mile out from the Exit 3 off-ramp to U.S. 41 (50th Street) and Columbus Drive. U.S. 41 travels north from Palm River and industrial southeast Tampa to meet Interstate 4 at Columbus Drive. Columbus Drive constitutes an east-west arterial parallel to Interstate 4 from Ybor City to Broadway (Hillsborough COunty 574). Photo taken 11/05/06.
A look at the original U.S. 41 (Exit 3) sign bridge along Interstate 4 east. Photo taken 01/02/06.
A two-lane ramp departs Interstate 4 eastbound for U.S. 41 (50th Street), midway between its intersection with Columbus Drive and the turn onto Melbourne Boulevard. Columbus Drive was relocated to go around the Exit 3 interchange to the south. Motorists bound for Florida 569 (40th Street) should use U.S. 41 south to Columbus Drive west. U.S. 41 north otherwise splits with 50th Street (Florida 583) via Melbourne Boulevard to make the connection to 40th Street. Following 40th Street north, U.S. 41 joins U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) at the Northeast neighborhood. 40th Street meanwhile becomes Lake Avenue north of Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at the Grant Park neighborhood. Florida 583 continues along Lake Avenue north to 56th Street and Temple Terrace. Photo taken 08/25/07.
U.S. 41's interchange with Interstate 4 originally consisted of a diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Interstate 4 continues northeast to meet Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at Exit 5. Florida 574 follows the east-west arterial through the nearby neighborhoods of Grant Park and Orient Park. Photo taken 11/10/07.
An older sign for Florida 574 (Exit 5), posted one half mile west of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard diamond interchange. Florida 574 follows King Boulevard east from U.S. 92 (Dale Mabry Highway) in Tampa eastward to Plant City. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Newer overhead for Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), one half mile west of the Exit 5 interchange. Florida 574 travels one mile west to junction Florida 583 (50th Street) and one half mile east to Orient Road. Photo taken 11/05/06
Interstate 4 leaves the 2006-widened freeway for an older six-lane stretch of highway at Exit 5. Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) continues east from here to junction U.S. 301 near the Florida State Fairgrounds and junction Interstate 75 at Mango. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Florida 574 shields posted at the end of the Exit 5 eastbound off-ramp. An unsigned alignment of Hillsborough County 574 exists to the south that represents the original state road path. Photo taken 11/10/07.
A half-diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 with Orient Road at Exit 6. Orient Road stems north from Florida 60 (Adamo Drive) to Sligh Avenue. Photo taken 03/12/06.
Eastbound at the Orient Road off-ramp (Exit 6) on Interstate 4. Orient Road intersects U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) nearby on the 1.5-mile drive north to Sligh Avenue outside of Temple Terrace. Orient Road serves Orient Park and industrial southeast Tampa south of Exit 6. Photo taken 03/18/06.
U.S. 92 and Interstate 4 converge at Exit 7 adjacent to the Florida State Fairgrounds. The federal highway follows Hillsborough Avenue eastward from Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa to a partial "Y" interchange with Interstate 4. U.S. 92 never actually joins the Interstate 4 mainline, but instead utilizes the parallel c/d roadways for the Exit 7 cloverleaf-interchange with U.S. 301. Photo taken 01/02/06.
Exit 7's collector/distributor roadway leaves the Interstate 4 mainline ahead of the partial "Y" interchange merge with U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) east. U.S. 301 crosses paths with Interstate 4 & U.S. 92 ahead. The north-south highway skirts eastern reaches of Temple Terrace near Vandenburg Airport (VDF) before departing the area to Hillsborough River State Park and Zephyrhills in Pasco County. Photo taken 03/12/06.
Traveling the Exit 7 c/d roadway, drivers first encounter the southbound off-ramp to U.S. 301 for the Fairgrounds, South Tampa, and western Brandon. U.S. 301 parallels Interstate 75 southward to Riverview, Sun City Center, and Palmetto. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Interstate 4 mainline travelers next approach the directional interchange with Interstate 75 (Exit 7). Interstate 75 skirts the eastern Tampa suburbs throughout Hillsborough County. Commuters bound for Temple Terrace and Brandon often use Interstate 4 or Florida 618 Toll to Interstate 75. Photo taken 03/18/06.
U.S. 92 merges onto the c/d roadway beyond the U.S. 301 southbound off-ramp from Interstate 4 east. A slip ramp provides for the movement to U.S. 301 south and U.S. 92 otherwise merges onto the c/d roadway ahead of the U.S. 301 northbound loop ramp. Photo taken 03/18/06.
U.S. 301 continues northeast from Temple Terrace to rural Hillsborough County into eastern Pasco County. Zephyrhills and Dade City lie along the corridor in the adjacent county. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Access to U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) west or Interstate 4 west from U.S. 92 east can use the U.S. 301 loop ramps to access the westbound c/d roadway ahead of its split with Hillsborough Avenue. Hillsborough Avenue continues in name along U.S. 92 east of Exit 7 toward Mango and Plant City. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Eastbound on the c/d roadway at the U.S. 301 northbound loop ramp. U.S. 301 meets East Sligh Avenue north of the Interstate 4 interchange for access to Vandenburg Airport and Eureka Springs. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Nearing the split of U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) east from the Interstate 4 c/d roadway. U.S. 92 parallels Interstate 4 closely throughout eastern Hillsborough County to Plant City. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Junction Interstate 75 lies a mile east of the split with U.S. 92. Interstate 75 provides the main route to Georgia and points north from the west coast of Florida. Control cities include Ocala, north of where Interstate 75 merges with Florida's Turnpike at Wildwood, and Naples, where Interstate 75 turns eastward onto Alligator Alley toward Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Photo taken 12/29/05.
U.S. 92 departs Interstate 4 eastbound for the resumption of Hillsborough Avenue. Falkenburg Road, a north-south arterial, ties into U.S. 92 within one mile. U.S. 92 otherwise skims northern reaches of Mango beyond the Interstate 75 over crossing. Photo taken 03/18/06.
One-half mile west of the ramps to Interstate 75 (Exit 9) on Interstate 4 east. Interstate 75 heads four miles south to Brandon and 150 miles to Naples. Photo taken 01/02/06.
All traffic bound for Interstate 75 departs Interstate 4 eastbound in unison. Ramps spiral between the two freeways, which some dub a "Catherine Wheel". Photo taken 03/18/06.
Following the Exit 9 off-ramp to its partition to Interstate 75 south and north. Interstate 75 north serves Temple Terrace via Exit 265 (Florida 582) in four miles. Ocala lies another 85 miles north of there. Photo taken 03/12/06.
Leaving the Interstate 75 interchange, Interstate 4 next encounters Hillsborough County 579 (Exit 10). Hillsborough County 579 (Mango Road) travels north-south between Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) and U.S. 301. Williams Road passes over the freeway in this scene. A left-lane truck restriction is applied to Interstate 4 through to Exit 67, a distance of 61 miles. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Hillsborough County 579 serves interests to Thonotosassa and Hillsborough River State Park north of Interstate 4. A two-lane off-ramp claims the right-hand lane gained from the Interstate 75 on-ramps. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Eastbound at the Exit 10 ramp departure to Hillsborough County 579 (Mango Road). Mango Road intersects U.S. 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) just south of the diamond interchange with Interstate 4. Florida 574 continues west from Mango Road's south end to Mango and east to Seffner. Photo taken 12/16/03.
Mileage sign posted along Interstate 4 eastbound ahead of the McIntosh Road diamond interchange (Exit 14). Interstate 4 continues 23 miles to Lakeland and 73 miles to downtown Orlando. Photo taken 05/29/05.
McIntosh Road crosses Interstate 4 between Antioch and Seffner at Exit 14. The highway's connection with Florida 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) eastbound serves the Dover vicinity. Photo taken 12/29/05.
One half mile west of the Exit 14 off-ramp to McIntosh Road. McIntosh Road continues north of Antioch (junction Hillsborough County 580) to U.S. 301 (Fort King Highway) near Hillsborough River State Park. Photo taken 12/29/05.
Interstate 4 eastbound at McIntosh Road. McIntosh Road southbound intersects Florida 574 in two miles. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Several signs in eastern Hillsborough font feature Arial font. This particular sign highlights the distance to Plant city, Lakeland, and Orlando. Plant City is the only incorporated city in eastern Hillsborough County. Lakeland represents the largest city in adjoining Polk County. Photo taken 12/29/05.
Continuing east, Interstate 4 next intersects Branch Forbes Road at Exit 17. Branch Forbes Road travels north-south east of Dover and west of Plant City. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Branch Forbes Road travels north 1.5 miles to junction Hillsborough County 580 (Thonotosassa Road west / Sam Allen Road east) and south four miles to Trapnell Road. A diamond interchange facilitates the movements between the road and Interstate 4 at Exit 17. Photo taken 12/29/05.
Four interchanges serve Plant City along Interstate 4 eastbound. Exits 19 (Florida 566), 21 (Alexander Street & Florida 39), and 22 (Park Road). This upcoming exits sign lists the exits ahead of the truck weigh station. Photo taken 03/18/06.
A truck weigh station operates on both directions of Interstate 4 on the outskirts of Plant City. Interstate 4 maintains six overall through lanes here. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Florida 566 represents a short state road linking Interstate 4 (Exit 19) with U.S. 92 in west Plant City. The state highway follows Thonotosassa Road east to its merge with U.S. 92 (Baker Street). Photo taken 05/29/05.
A two-lane off-ramp serves Florida 566 (Thonotosassa Road) from Interstate 4 eastbound. Thonotosassa Road continues west of Florida 566 and Exit 19 toward Cork and Branch Forbes Road. Exit 19 is the best route for the Florida Strawberry Festival. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Eastbound at the Exit 19 diamond interchange with Florida 566 east and Thonotosassa Road. Thonotosassa Road merges with U.S. 92 (Baker Street) prior to its one-way street couplet through downtown Plant City. U.S. 92 east follows Reynolds Street east of Alexander Street and Florida 574; westbound utilizes Baker Street. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Now in Plant City, Interstate 4 pushes toward the Exit 21 ramp departure to both Alexander Street and junction Florida 39 (Paul Buchman Highway). There is no Exit 20 as both movements are handled by the same off-ramp, though there are two separate interchanges from the freeway. Alexander Street encircles central Plant City from Exit 21 south to Florida 39 (James L. Redman Parkway) south to Florida 60 at Hopewell. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Exit 21 carries drivers off the freeway to Alexander Street. Travelers bound for Florida 39 (Paul Buchman Highway) must cross an intersection with Alexander Street and utilizes the adjacent off-ramp to Florida 39. Florida 39 follows Wheeler Street south into downtown Plant City and Paul Buchman Highway northward to Shiloh, Knights, Moriczville, Cone, and Zephyrhills in Pasco County. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Park Road, like Alexander Street, encircles central Plant City between Florida 39 (James L. Redman Parkway) and Hillsborough County 580 (Sam Allen Road). Florida 553 follows the north-south arterial between Exit 22 and U.S. 92 (Baker Street). Photo taken 03/18/06.
Florida 583 (Park Road) south is lined by Hillsborough County College's Plant City campus and Plant City Stadium. Both facilities lie east of Park Road between Interstate 4 and Cherry Street. Florida 583 otherwise ends at U.S. 92 in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 05/29/05
A diamond interchange carries drivers between Interstate 4 (Exit 22) and Plant Road (Florida 583 south). Plant Road becomes Hillsborough County 574 south of U.S. 92 to Coronet Road and ends at Sam Allen Road one half mile north. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Leaving Plant City, drivers are provided with a mileage sign listing the distance to County Line Road (Exit 25), Lakeland, and Orlando. Photo taken 03/18/06.
County Line Road straddles the Hillsborough and Polk County line roughly between Exit 25 and Florida 60 (Hopewell Road). A diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 with the north-south road. Photo taken 03/18/06.
One half mile west of the Exit 25 ramp to County Line Road. County Line Road ends at the North Frontage Road / Swindell Road nearby. U.S. 92 (New Tampa Highway) intersects County Line Road just south at Youmans. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Interstate 4 splits with the Exit 25 off-ramp and nears the Polk County line. County Line Road serves industrial areas of east Plant City and interests to the Sun N' Fun Air Museum. Photo taken 03/18/06.
Just east of the Hillsborough County line is the west end of Florida 570 Toll (Polk Parkway). Florida 570 Toll constitutes a 25-mile toll road that encircles the city of Lakeland and skirts western reaches of Auburndale. Pictured here is the one-mile overhead for Exit 27 with the toll road. Photo taken 03/18/06.

Sources:

  1. Stephen, email: "AARoads feedback: I-4 commentary," April 16, 2008.

Page Updated December 16, 2008.