The Tampa Bay area has five main highways, four east to west main roads, and two north to south main roads. Here’s a guide explaining all of the roads and where to find them in Tampa.
The Five Main Highways of Tampa Bay
- I-275: Runs right through the center and downtown Tampa.
- I-4: Comes from the east and stretches across South Tampa into St. Petersburg.
- Veteran’s Expressway (FL 589): This is a Toll Expressway. This highway runs north to south and stretches along West Tampa. Tampa International Airport is around this highway; so expect that area of the highway to be in constant traffic.
- Leroy Semon Cross Expressway (FL 618): This is another Toll Expressway. This expressway runs across South Tampa. The University of Tampa and downtown Tampa crosses this highway, so keep a look out for traffic around those areas.
- I-75: This north-south expressway runs across East Tampa. I-75 is connected with I-4 and I-275 and helps you leave the Tampa Bay area altogether.
The Four Main East-West Roads:
- Kennedy Boulevard (State Road 60): Connects with I-75 and Leroy Semon Cross Expressway. It runs along South Tampa, more north than Gandy Boulevard, and connects itself with St. Petersburg.
- Gandy Boulevard (US 92): Connects with Leroy Semon Cross Expressway and Gandy Bridge. It runs along South Tampa and St. Petersburg.
- Hillsborough Avenue (State Road 580): Connects with Veteran’s Expressway, I-275, and I-4. It runs along Central Tampa.
- Fowler Avenue (State Road 582): Connects with I-275. It runs along Northeast Tampa, specifically around the area of the University of South Florida.
The Two Main North-South Roads:
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- Dale Mabry Highway (US 92): Connects with Leroy Semon Cross Expressway and I-4. It runs along West Tampa.
- Florida/Nebraska Avenue (US 41): Connects with Leroy Semon Cross Expressway and I-4. It runs along East Tampa.