Pinellas County Highways

Pinellas County was formed in 1912, when it separated from Hillsborough County. A popular beach destination, magazines routinely rate Pinellas County beaches among the best in the entire country. However, with only 280 square miles and a booming population of 916,542 as of the 2010 Census, Pinellas County is perhaps the most densely populated county in Florida. Even Miami-Dade County, with its dense urban atmosphere near the coast has a significant amount of undeveloped land in the Everglades. No similar amount of undeveloped land is found in Pinellas County, with the exception of the Brooker Creek Preserve north of Oldsmar.

This page covers the system of state and county roads in Pinellas County, excluding Interstates, U.S. Highways, and Florida 60. Not all state and county roads in Pinellas County are profiled here.

Unconstructed Pinellas Belt Expressway

There are several freeways that were planned but were canceled and not constructed. One of these was the Pinellas Belt Expressway, which was touted as a beltway that would connect with the Interstate 275 and Interstate 175 interchange at its southeastern end. It was then planned to follow today's Alternate U.S. 19/Florida 595 west to Seminole Boulevard and then aim north, connecting with the unconstructed Ulmerton Road Freeway (Florida 688, which is no longer slated to be upgraded to a freeway) and then merging with the canceled St. Petersburg-Clearwater Expressway, a diagonal route from Interstate 275 north of the Interstate 275/375 interchange and angling northwest to Largo near the Alternate U.S. 19 and Florida 686 (East Bay Drive) intersection.

The Pinellas Belt Expressway was actually budgeted for construction in 1974, but local opposition prevented the freeway from progressing. This freeway would have taken via eminent domain a good deal of commercial areas, including retail outlets, but several homes would also have to be condemned and removed. This was unacceptable to residents, so the freeway was canceled by the late 1970s. However, certain segments were built, including the full freeway interchange between Alternate U.S. 19 and Florida 666 in Bay Pines/Seminole.

Pinellas County Route 1 follows Park Street from Central Avenue in South Pasadena north to Pinellas County Route 694 (Park Boulevard); Starkey Road from there north to Florida 686 (East Bay Drive), and Keene Road from there north to Florida 60 (Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard).

Pinellas County 1
Pinellas County 1 shield posted along Keene Road north of junction Florida 580 (Main Street) in Dunedin. Pinellas County 1 is not designated between Pinellas County 632 (Virginia Street) and Florida 580, though the route overall is only sporadically signed. Photo taken 01/02/06.

Portions of 54th Avenue North through the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County are a part of Pinellas County 202, a sporadically signed designation.

Pinellas County 202
54th Avenue North (Pinellas County 202) eastbound on the approach to U.S. 19 (34th Street North). The two cross paths within the unincorporated Lealman community. Photo taken 01/02/06.
34th Street North constitutes a busy commercial arterial from St. Petersburg north into Pinellas Park. U.S. 19 bends northwest from Haines Road toward east Largo and Clearwater to the north and continues along 34th Street southward to Interstate 275 and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Pinellas County 202 continues east along 54th Avenue North to 2nd Street North near the Placido community of St. Pete. Photo taken 01/02/06.

Pinellas County 296 is fairly well signed along Bryan Dairy Road and 118th Avenue North within the Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg area. The highway begins as a freeway spur leading west from Interstate 275 to 31st Court North at 118th Avenue North. The freeway is planned to extend west to U.S. 19.

Pinellas County 296 East
Approaching the Pinellas County 296 eastbound turn onto the freeway connector at 31st Court North. The freeway acts a glorified on-ramp to Interstate 275 presently. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Bryan Dairy Road becomes 118th Avenue North east of the St. Petersburg city line, connecting Pinellas County 296 with 28th Street North, an industrial corridor leading north to Florida 686 and south to Florida 694. Pinellas County 296 turns right onto the freeway at a signalized intersection. Photo taken 07/30/06.
A wide grassy median and ramp stubs await the Pinellas County 296 freeway extension west to the Roosevelt Boulevard extension and junction U.S. 19. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Pinellas County 296 passes over 28th Street North without direct access. Photos taken 07/30/06.
Directional ramps join Pinellas County 296's east end with both directions of Interstate 275. Additionally a ramp is proposed from Florida 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) east onto Pinellas County 296 west. Photos taken 07/30/06.
Pinellas County 296 West
Pinellas County 296 starts as a freeway spur from the interchange of Interstate 275 and Florida 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard). This scene looks at the freeway beginning from the southbound off-ramp. Photo taken 07/30/06.
A freeway style guide sign advises motorists of the forthcoming junction with 118th Street North. Pinellas County 296 passes over 28th Street North ahead of the freeway end. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Ramp stubs are in place at the west end of the Pinellas County 296 freeway, awaiting an extension west to the planned Roosevelt Boulevard extension south from Florida 686 and 688. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Pinellas County 296 travels along 118th Avenue North (Bryan Dairy Road) west through Pinellas Park and Seminole. Connections with U.S. 19 lead drivers northwest to Largo. Plans remain on the books to upgrade Pinellas County 296 to a full freeway between Interstate 275 and U.S. 19. Photo taken 07/30/06.
A traffic light governs the turning movement from the Pinellas County 296 freeway end onto 118th Avenue North. 118th Avenue North becomes Bryan Dairy Road in name west of the St. Petersburg city line. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Bryan Dairy Road widens to accommodate the future freeway travel lanes between 31st Court North and 43rd Street North. Much of the land surrounding the county road is utilized for industrial purposes. Photo taken 07/30/06.

Pinellas County Route 501 follows Belcher Road from Park Boulevard (Pinellas County Route 694) north to Pinellas County Route 816 in Palm Harbor. The Belcher Expressway was proposed in 1965 along 10.6 miles of Belcher Road through Pinellas Park and Largo as an alternative to U.S. 19, but it was canceled in 1978.

Florida 590 is an east-west route in northern Pinellas County. It is locally maintained through downtown Safety Harbor, along 10th Avenue, Main Street, and Philippe Parkway south/west of Enterprise Road.

Eastbound Florida 590
Florida 590 (Philippe Parkway) reaches its terminus at Florida 580 (Main Street) in Pinellas County, northeast of Clearwater. Note the unusual use of an END shield for Florida 590. Photo taken 11/26/03.

Florida 595 is a long, 37.31-mile route that begins in downtown St. Petersburg at the intersection between Florida 595, Florida 687, and U.S. 92. It travels west from downtown on Fifth Avenue North, then becomes the secret designation for Alternate U.S. 19 west of 34th Street. Turning northwest, Alternate U.S. 19 and Florida 595 travel together through Seminole, Largo, Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs. Florida 595 (and Alternate U.S. 19) ends in Pasco County.

For more on Alternate U.S. 19, visit U.S. 19 Florida.

Eastbound Florida 595
Florida 595 has a short section that is not shared with U.S. 19 Alternate along 5th Avenue North. This image looks at the first eastbound reassurance marker beyond U.S. 19 (34th Street North). Photo taken 03/24/07.
Eastbound Florida 595 (5th Avenue North) at the intersection with 31st Street North. 31st Street provides a through street southward to Exit 20 of Interstate 275 and northward to 13th Avenue North. Photo taken 03/24/07.
28th Street North provides another principle north-south street, leading south to Palmetto Park and Jordan Park and north to Pelham Manor and 62nd Avenue North. Photo taken 03/24/07.
Continuing east beyond 28th Street North, drivers encounter the next Florida 595 shield on 5th Avenue North. Photo taken 03/24/07.
Florida 595 draws near the stack interchange of Interstates 275 and 375. A direct ramp leads northward onto Interstate 275 in the shadows of the flyovers. Photo taken 03/24/07.
Exit 23B of Interstate 275 southbound descends from the viaduct to form the beginning of 20th Street North at Florida 595 (5th Avenue North). 20th Street North leads southward to Central Avenue (Pinellas County 150) and 5th Avenue South, parallel to the nearby freeway. Photo taken 03/24/07.
The northbound ramp to Interstate 275 begins from 20th Avenue North and crosses paths with Florida 595 (5th Avenue North) before joining the freeway. Interstate 275 continues north through St. Petersburg toward Pinellas Park, Largo, and Tampa. Photo taken 03/24/07.
Florida 595 (4th Avenue North) traffic combines with drivers from Interstate 375 ahead of 5th Street North near the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Next in line for Florida 595 (4th Avenue North) east is junction Florida 687, a one-way street couplet using 4th Street North (south) and 3rd Street North (north). Photo taken 07/30/06.
Florida 687 continues south from U.S. 92's end at 5th Avenue North to junction Interstate 175 west (5th Avenue South). Photo taken 07/30/06.
3rd Street North represents the east end of Florida 595; Florida 687 travels the street north one block to 5th Avenue North west. U.S. 92 east and Florida 595 west begin at the Florida 687 turn onto 4th Street North. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Westbound Florida 595
Westbound Florida 595 (Fifth Avenue) approaches the left ramp entrance to Interstate 375. This is the eastern terminus of this short Interstate highway. Photo taken 11/26/03.
Here is a close-up of the shield in the previous photobox. Interstate 375 is signed as North Bay Drive on some of the overhead signs through here, but few residents actually call the freeway by this name. Florida 595 continues west toward its junction with U.S. 19, where it becomes Alternate U.S. 19. Photo taken 11/26/03.

Pinellas County Route 611 is a fairly long county road that starts near Bay Pines, at its intersection with Pinellas County Route 1 and Alternate U.S. 19/Florida 595. From south to north, the county road follows 46th Avenue North from Park Street to Florida 693/66th Street; Florida 693 from there to 54th Avenue North; 54th Avenue North east to 49th Street North; 49th Street North from there north to the Bayside Bridge; McMullen Road north of the bridge; and East Lake Road north of Florida 584. Upon crossing the county line, Pinellas County Route 611 changes into Pasco County Route 77 en route to Port Richey, where it joins U.S. 19/Florida 55.

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East / West

Tom Stuart Causeway

Florida 666 is a 1.39-mile long connector that follows 150th Avenue and Tom Stuart Causeway between Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) in Madeira Beach and the three-wye interchange with U.S. 19 Alternate / Florida 595 (Bay Pines Boulevard / Seminole Boulevard) in Seminole.

The interchange between Florida 666 and Alternate U.S. 19 is a remnant of a freeway that was once proposed for the Florida 595 and Alternate U.S. 19 corridor between Interstate 275 and Largo via Seminole. Known as the Pinellas Belt Expressway, this freeway was proposed in 1974 for construction by 1979, but it was removed from plans as a result of community opposition.

East / West

Pinellas Bayway

Florida 682 is a 3.72-mile route that follows the Pinellas Bayway from Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) in St. Pete Beach east to Interstate 275 and U.S. 19 (34th Street South) near Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. The Bayway is tolled in the eastbound direction over the Intracoastal Waterway and the westbound direction over Boca Ciega Bay Channel. The eastern portion of Florida 682 is follows 54th Avenue South.


East Bay Drive / Roosevelt Boulevard

Florida 686 is a 10.82-mile route that begins at the intersection of U.S. 19 Alternate (Seminole Boulevard / Missouri Avenue) and West Bay Drive in the city of Largo. Eastward, SR 686 travels east on East Bay Drive, changing into Roosevelt Boulevard at the diamond interchange with U.S. 19. 1.25 miles from there, Roosevelt Boulevard angles the state road southeast to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and a merge with Florida 688 along Ulmerton Road.

The brief overlap with Florida 688 takes the route between two wye interchanges by Feather Sound. Ulmerton Road extends east to end at Interstate 275 north while Roosevelt Boulevard resumes a southeasterly heading to Carillon, Interstate 275 south and finally U.S. 92 in north St. Petersburg.

A portion of Florida 686 that is concurrent with Florida 688 near the airport was considered in the early 1970s for the Ulmerton Expressway, which would have followed all of Florida 688 from Largo east to Interstate 275. That freeway was canceled by the mid-1970s. The eastern end of the state road ties into a massive intersection that also marks the eastern terminus of Florida 694 (Gandy Boulevard) and the western terminus of unsigned Florida 600, the companion of U.S. 92 along Gandy Boulevard east toward the Gandy Bridge. This area is presently being upgraded as part of a three-year $83-million project running through spring 2017. Construction involves converting 2.5 miles of Gandy Boulevard to freeway standards with overpasses including one above Roosevelt Boulevard.


4th Street North

Florida 687 runs parallel to Interstate 275 from Downtown St. Petersburg north to the Howard Frankland Bridge approach at Big Island. The state road runs almost entirely along 4th Street, with the exception of the one-way couplet through Downtown where northbound utilizes 3rd Street and one block of 5th Avenue North. SR 687 doubles as U.S. 92 between 5th Avenue North (U.S. 19 Alternate / SR 595) and Gandy Boulevard (SR 600 / 694). This overlap is fully signed.

Historically Florida 687 continued south from its end at Interstate 175 and Florida 594 (5th Avenue South) through south St. Petersburg to Pinellas Point. This alignment utilized 4th Street South to Big Bayou and 6th Street South from there to 45th Avenue South and 4th Street South again to Pinellas Point Drive. Some maps show an east-west branch of SR 687 routed along Pinellas Point Drive, Royhanna Drive and 62nd Avenue South between U.S. 19 and 4th Street South.

Florida 687 scenes
6th Avenue South eastbound at 3rd Street South, two blocks south of the Florida 687 northbound beginning. 6th Avenue South ends at 1st Street South at Albert Whitted Municipal Airport. Photo taken 11/04/07.
Florida 687 north
The first Florida 687 shield appears along 3rd Street South northbound ahead of 4th Avenue South. Photo taken 11/04/07.
Drivers bound for Interstate 175 west from Florida 687 (3rd Street South) are directed onto 4th Avenue South to 4th Street South (Florida 687 south) for the freeway beginning. Interstate 175 (South Bay Drive) meets Interstate 275 next to Tropicana Field. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Florida 687 (3rd Street South) north at 1st Avenue South east, a four-lane road leading east to Demens Landing. Photo taken 10/28/06.
5th Avenue South continues west from the Florida 687 turn onto 4th Street North four blocks to Interstate 375's westbound beginning. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Florida 687 (3rd Street North) on the approach to 5th Avenue North and junction U.S. 92. Overheads here include U.S. 19 Alternate, which used to begin at the forthcoming intersection of 4th Street North and 5th Avenue North. U.S. 19 Alternate was truncated westward to U.S. 19 (34th Street North) at 5th Avenue North. Photo taken 07/30/06.
3rd Street North continues as a two-way brick street into the quaint Old Northeast neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Florida 687 turns west one block along 5th Avenue North between 3rd and 4th Streets. U.S. 92 begins at the intersection with 4th Street North and follows Florida 687 to Gandy Boulevard and the Gateway section of the city. Florida 595 also begins here. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Through downtown St. Petersburg, Florida 687 follows a one-way couplet of 3rd Street (northbound) and 4th Street (southbound). At 5th Avenue North, Florida 687 northbound leaves 3rd Street North and travels one block west on 5th Avenue North to join 4th Street North. North of 5th Avenue, 4th Street is a dual-direction roadway, so the couplet is no longer needed. This photo shows westbound 5th Avenue North between 3rd Street north and 4th Street North. Although not signed here, Florida 687 turns north onto 4th Street North, along with U.S. 92. Florida 595 begins its northwesterly journey toward Seminole and Clearwater from this intersection. Additionally, one could turn left (south) on 4th Street North to make a U-turn south on Florida 687. Photo taken 07/30/06.
U.S. 92 begins its northeasterly journey toward Tampa, Plant City, Lakeland, Kissimmee, Orlando, Sanford, DeLand, and ultimately Daytona Beach. Unusual in that U.S. 92 does not connect to either an Interstate or another U.S. route at its western end, this shield assembly constitutes the first signage for U.S. 92 eastbound. In fact, U.S. 92 travels due north (along with Florida 687) on 4th Street North toward the Gandy Bridge approach into Tampa. Photo taken 07/30/06.
Overlap with U.S. 92
Florida 687 north
A second set of U.S. 92 and Tampa Crosstown Expressway shields posted at the Gandy Boulevard turn-off of U.S. 92 east from Florida 687 (4th Street North). Photo taken 10/28/06.
Florida 687 next meets Florida 694 (Gandy Boulevard) west and Florida 688 (Roosevelt Boulevard) north at junction U.S. 92 (Gandy Boulevard) west. Photo taken 10/28/06.
A large five-way intersection joins four state roads (unsigned Florida 600 enters and ends from the east under U.S. 92) between U.S. 92, Florida 686, 687, and 694. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Florida 687 crosses paths with Gandy Boulevard at a busy intersection that was originally slated for an interchange. Florida 694 begins here and continues Gandy Boulevard southwest to Pinellas Park. Florida 686 also begins and follows Roosevelt Boulevard northwest to Largo and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Photo taken 10/28/06.


Ulmerton Road

Florida 688 comprises a 13.33-mile long state road between Indian Rocks Beach at the northern terminus of Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) and Interstate 275 at Exit 31B in north St. Petersburg. Florida 688 follows 5th Avenue through Indian Rocks Beach, crosses the Intracoastal Waterway, then enters the vicinity of Largo via Walsingham Road. A direct connection from Walsingham Road to Ulmerton Road curves SR 688 northeast around Ridgecrest County Park to a due east heading to Largo Mall, northern reaches of Pinellas Park and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

Interchanges along Florida 688 (Ulmerton Road) handle the movements between the ends of the short overlap with Florida 686 by PIE Airport. Upgrades were considered in the early 1970s for SR 688 as part of the once-proposed Ulmerton Expressway, a freeway that would have connected Largo with Interstate 275. That freeway was canceled due to local opposition by the mid-1970s.

Pinellas County Route 689 follows 9th Street North from Florida 595 (5th Avenue) to 84th Avenue North, where it transitions onto Haines Road northwest to U.S. 19.

Florida 693 begins in St. Petersburg Beach at its intersection with Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard), then continues over the Intracoastal Waterway into South Pasadena and St. Petersburg. Skirting the western edge of Pinellas Park, Florida 693 travels 66th Street North until merging with U.S. 19/Florida 55 at the eastern edge of the city of Largo. The entire route is 11.96 miles long.

Northbound Florida 693
Northbound Florida 693/75th Avenue/Corey Drive reaches Boca Ciega Drive just a few blocks after the Florida 699 intersection. Photo taken 11/26/03.
In South Pasadena, northbound Florida 693 transitions from Pasadena Avenue onto 66th Street North between Burlington Avenue and 3rd Avenue North. Photo taken 11/26/03.
Northbound Florida 693/66th Street North meets Alternate U.S. 19/Florida 595. Photo taken 11/26/03.

East / West

Park Boulevard / Gandy Boulevard

Collectively Park Boulevard to the west and Gandy Boulevard to the east, the combination of County and State Road 694 travels across Pinellas County between Indian Shores and St. Petersburg. The county road portion originates at Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) along the Park Boulevard Bridge (78th Avenue Bridge) spanning the Intracoastal Waterway east to Oakhurst. The arterial route proceeds across the city of Seminole into Pinellas Park, where it becomes State Road 694 at 66th Street North (SR 693).

Florida 694 extends 6.04 miles east initially as a commercial boulevard to The Shoppes at Park Place Mall and a SPUI with U.S. 19 and northeast as a controlled access expressway from Grand Avenue to the five-way intersection with 4th Street North (U.S. 92 and SR 687) and Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) in St. Petersburg.

The Gandy Freeway was proposed as a 12.6-mile freeway that would have connected directly to the Gandy Bridge (and to the Leroy Selmon Crosstown Expressway in Hillsborough County). It was first considered in the 1960s but was canceled by 1979. A subsequent project started in 2014 upgrades Gandy Boulevard from I-275 east to 4th Street North to a freeway, with bridges over Dr. Martin Luther King Street (CR 803), SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and SR 687. Construction runs through spring 2017.


Gulf Boulevard

Following the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands in southwest Pinellas County, State Road 699 travels 16.49 miles north from St. Pete Beach to Indian Rocks Beach. The route is more popularly known as Gulf Boulevard, which it follows for its entirely except between 75th Avenue and Blind Pass on Sand Key.

Florida 699 used to continue further south and north from its current end points. The southern extension took it along Pass-a-Grill Way between Pinellas Bayway and Pass-a-Grille Point. North from Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 699 continued along Gulf Boulevard through to the then tolled Clearwater Pass Bridge linking Long Key with Clearwater Beach Island. Additionally an east-west branch was signed along Madeira Beach Causeway. This is now Florida 666. Some historical maps, including the USGS Quadrangle map, also show Corey Causeway (Florida 693) as another east-west branch of Florida 699.

St. Petersburg Street Scenes

1st Street South approaching 5th Avenue South; 5th Avenue South leads east from Interstate 175 to Mahaffey Theatre and Bayshore Drive. New condo towers rise in the background. Photo taken 11/04/07.
1st Street South northbound after 4th Avenue South in downtown St. Petersburg. Progress Energy Park (Al Lang Field) resides to the right. The venue is the Spring Training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Interstate 275 northbound trailblazer posted on 26th Avenue South east at 31st Street South. A half-diamond interchange joins the freeway with 26th Avenue South from the south; a second partial interchange lies nearby with 22nd Avenue South. Photo taken 10/28/06.
22nd Avenue South
22nd Avenue South eastbound at 22nd Street South in the Lakeview section of the city. Photo taken 10/28/06.
16th Street South leads north to Midtown and Tropicana Field from 22nd Avenue South. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street (9th Street South) crosses paths with 22nd Avenue South eastbound at the Harbordale community. MLK Jr. Street constitutes the main route south to Pinellas Point from downtown. Photo taken 10/28/06.
22nd Avenue South eastbound at 4th Street South, the main route into downtown St. Petersburg from Tropical Shores and Harbordale. Photo taken 10/28/06.
4th Street South
9th Avenue South leads east from Bayfront Medical Center to 4th Street South. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Approaching the intersection of 6th Avenue South on 4th Street South northbound. Drivers bound for Interstate 175 west are advised to take 6th Avenue South to the half-diamond interchange at 6th Street South. Photo taken 10/28/06.
Miscellaneous Street Scenes
In St. Petersburg, 4th Avenue South approaches Florida 687, which is signed to Interstate 175. Photo taken 10/28/03.
Westbound 22nd Avenue North reaches Florida 693 (66th Street) in St. Petersburg. Photo taken 10/28/03.

Page Updated August 21, 2015.

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