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).
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 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 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.
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.
Florida 666 is a 1.52-mile long connector that follows the Tom Stuart Causeway between Florida 699 in Madeira Beach and the semi-directional interchange with Alternate U.S. 19/Florida 595 (Bay Pines Boulevard/Seminole Bridge and 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.
Florida 682 is a 3.72-mile route that follows the Pinellas Bayway from Florida 699 in St. Petersburg Beach east to Interstate 275 and U.S. 19 in St. Petersburg near the northern approach to the Sunshine Skyway. The portion of the Bayway that crosses water is tolled, including the connection to Florida 679. The eastern portion of Florida 682 is known as 54th Avenue South.
Florida 686 is a 10.93-mile route that begins at the intersection of Alternate U.S. 19 (Florida 595)/Seminole Boulevard southbound; Alternate U.S. 19 (Florida 595)/West Bay Drive westbound; and Florida 651 (Missouri Avenue) northbound in the city of Largo. From here, Florida 686 travels east on East Bay Drive, changing into Roosevelt Boulevard at the U.S. 19 junction. From there, Florida 686 angles southeast, connecting U.S. 19 to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Florida 688 east to Interstate 275 to Tampa, Interstate 275 south to St. Petersburg, and finally U.S. 92. At the U.S. 92 junction, travelers may opt for U.S. 92 east to Tampa or U.S. 92/Florida 687 south to St. Petersburg.
Portions of Florida 686, especially between U.S. 19 and U.S. 92, have expressway and even freeway features, but none of it is up to Interstate standards. The eastern end of the state road is a massive intersection that marks the eastern terminus of Florida 694, Gandy Boulevard and the western terminus of secret Florida 600, which follows U.S. 92 east along Gandy Boulevard toward the Gandy Bridge. 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.
Florida 687 runs parallel to Interstate 275 through downtown St. Petersburg, generally following 4th Street (with a portion of northbound Florida 687 aligned on 3rd Street through downtown, where most streets are one-way). The road is 9.75 miles long, and is generally considered to begin near the intersections with ramps that connect the state road to Interstate 175 just south of downtown. However, some maps seem to imply incorrectly that Florida 687 extends further south, perhaps to rejoin Interstate 275 at Exit 16. A portion of the route is silently merged with U.S. 92 (north of downtown). U.S. 92 follows Florida 687 between 5th Avenue North (Florida 595) and the intersection with U.S. 92/secret Florida 600, Florida 686, and Florida 694.
|Approaching Florida 687|
|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.|
|Northbound Florida 687|
|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|
|Northbound Florida 687 (after U.S. 92)|
|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.|
|Southbound Florida 687|
|Florida 687 continues solo along 4th Street North southbound through western reaches of downtown St. Petersburg. Photo taken 04/15/07.|
|Interstate 175's westbound beginning departs from 4th Street North south of downtown St. Petersburg. Known as South Bay Drive and hidden Florida 594, the freeway spur provides a high-speed route to Interstate 275 in the shadow of Tropicana Field. Florida 687 ends silently here as well. Photo taken 04/15/07.|
Florida 688 is a 13.33-mile long state road that begins in Indian Rocks Beach at the northern terminus of Florida 699 (Gulf Boulevard) and extends east to Interstate 275 at Exit 31B. 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 allows Florida 688 to turn briefly northeast, but Florida 688 then continues due east along Ulmerton Road until its end at Interstate 275.
Portions of Florida 688, especially between U.S. 19 and Interstate 275, have expressway and even freeway features, but none of it is up to Interstate standards. Florida 688 was considered in the early 1970s for an upgrade into 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.
Florida 694 is a 6.04-mile state road that begins at Florida 693 (66th Street North) and ends at the intersection between Florida 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard), U.S. 92/Florida 687 (4th Street North), and U.S. 92/Florida 600 (Gandy Bridge). The state road follows Park Boulevard (74th Avenue North) east through Pinellas Park to U.S. 19. At U.S. 19, Florida 694 turns northeast to follow Gandy Boulevard past Interstate 275 before ending at U.S. 92 and Florida 600-686-687.
To the west of Florida 693 is Pinellas County Route 694, which begins at Florida 699/Gulf Boulevard between Remington Shores and Indian Shores. The county road crosses the Park Boulevard Bridge (78th Avenue Bridge), intersecting Alternate U.S. 19/Florida 595 in Seminole. At Florida 693, the county road changes into a state road.
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.
Florida 699 is a 16.49-mile state road that follows the Gulf of Mexico barrier island in Pinellas County from St. Petersburg Beach north to Indian Rocks Beach. It is generally known as Gulf Boulevard, which an occasional exception. County maintained sections extend from St. Petersburg Beach to Pass-A-Grille Beach and from Indian Rocks Beach north to Clearwater Beach.
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 June 27, 2008.