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Page Two:  Exit 40A (Westshore Blvd), Exit 40B (Lois Avenue) and Exits 41A/41B (Dale Mabry Highway (US 92)) and Exit 41C (Himes Avenue)

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Introduction

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exit 40A

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exit 40A

Interstate 275 Northbound at Exit 40B

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exit 40B

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exit 40B

Interstate 275 Northbound at Exits 41A and 41B

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exits 41C, 41B and 41A

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exits 41A and 41B

 

Introduction

Continuing northbound on Interstate 275 through Tampa we pass through three different exits, Westshore Blvd., Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway.  When this stretch of Interstate 275 was constructed in 1962 originally as a westward extension of Interstate 4, it used to be a 4-lane highway featuring full service entrance and exit at the above three locations.  Evidence of the segment being a 4-lane highway is apparent by looking at the overpass pile caps at Westshore Blvd. and Lois Avenue.  In the mid-1970ís this segment was widened to 6 lanes as part of a widening and modernization project to enhance capacity during the morning and evening commute.  In the mid- to late 1980ís the interchange at Westshore Blvd. was reduced from a full diamond to a half diamond to make room for capacity enhancements at Exit 39.

Around 1995 a northbound entrance and southbound exit for Himes Avenue was constructed.  Its primary purpose is to provide for expedited traffic flow for events taking place at Raymond James Stadium which was under construction at the time.  Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are so popular with one Super Bowl victory to their credit; on any Buccaneers game day traffic gets congested not only on Interstate 275 but on Himes Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway leading towards the stadium.

MOTORIST CONFUSION ALERT:  Although you may see US 92 East and West on the signage for Dale Mabry Highway, Dale Mabry is actually a north-south highway from US 41 south of Land O' Lakes to the main gate of MacDill AFB and Dale Mabry assumes several route numbers along the way.  The section of Dale Mabry Highway carrying US 92 (an east-west cross Florida highway from 4 St N and 5 Av N in downtown St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach that pretty much predates Interstate 4) runs from Hillsborough Avenue to Gandy Boulevard.

Improvements are now underway to expand Interstate 275 from its 4 and 6 lanes to 8 lanes from Memorial Highway to the Ashley/Tampa Street complex next to downtown.  The current 6 lane segment mentioned here is proposed to be expanded to 8 lanes as part of the proposed improvements.  Tampa Bay Interstates (the Florida DOT site for Interstate construction in the Tampa Bay area) has more information on these improvements including graphics and photos; itís worth a look!

Except where noted, the photos shown here are Westshore Blvd., Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway at Interstate 275 before construction began in 2012.

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exit 40A

Advance mileage sign for Westshore Blvd.

Westshore Blvd. is just ahead while Exit 39 (the exit for westbound FL 60 and Tampa International Airport) is one mile away.

Advance signage for Westshore Blvd.

Remain in the right lane as Westshore Blvd. is just around the corner.

Final opportunity for Westshore Blvd.

Notice the advance signage for FL 60 west to Tampa International Airport and Clearwater.

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exit 40A

Interstate 275 at Westshore Blvd. looking north

This is looking north on Westshore Blvd. and you can see the office buildings and hotels in the background. After all, the portion of Westshore Blvd. from Kennedy Blvd. to Spruce Street is considered part of Tampa's Westshore Business District, a semi-downtown in its own right.

Interstate 275 at Westshore Blvd. looking south

As you will notice, there is only northbound access to Interstate 275 from Westshore Blvd. In order to go south on Interstate 275 simply head south on Westshore Blvd. to Kennedy Blvd. (FL 60). West on Kennedy Blvd. and follow the signs to Interstate 275 south. It's simple as that. If you're headed to Westshore Plaza, it's on your right as you go under Interstate 275.

Interstate 275 Northbound at Exit 40B

Lois Avenue coming up in 1/2 mile

This was taken just before we cross Westshore Blvd.

Lois Avenue is just around the corner

Notice the dedicated exit only lane, which was formed from the Westshore Blvd. entrance ramp.

Final opportunity for Lois Avenue

Lois Avenue provides an alternative route to Raymond James Stadium (via Columbus Drive) as well as direct access to International Plaza, the upscale shopping mall.

Mileage sign for the next three exits

Lois Avenue is 1/4 mile ahead while the two Dale Mabry Highway exits - Exits 41A and 41B - are 3/4 and one mile respectively.

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exit 40B

Mileage sign for Lois Avenue

Westshore Blvd. as well as FL 60 west to Tampa International Airport are also shown.

Final opportunity for Lois Avenue

Notice the yellow overhead advisory sign warning motorists to check their fuel tanks before crossing the Howard Frankland Bridge, as it is indeed a long bridge. That sign is a holdover from the days when the Howard Frankland was a single 4-lane bridge and traffic tie-ups were common. Even today, you do not want to run out of gas on the Howard Frankland Bridge!

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exit 40B

Interstate 275 crossing Cypress Street

This is looking east on Cypress Street just as you go under Interstate 275. You'll notice that it used to be two overpass bridges back in 1962 when Interstate 275 was built but it was made into one huge overpass bridge when widening improvements to Interstate 275 were done in the mid-1970's.

Lois Avenue looking south

Here we are at Lois Avenue as it goes under Interstate 275. Notice again that it used to be two overpass bridges when Interstaste 275 was originally built but it was made into one when the widening improvements took place in the mid-1970's. Lois Avenue is four lanes to Kennedy Blvd.; south of Kennedy Blvd. Lois Avenue transitions into a residential two-lane street.

Lois Avenue looking north

Here we are at Lois Avenue as it goes under Interstate 275. From here Lois Avenue is four lanes all the way to Spruce Street (FL 616) and International Plaza. Lois Avenue is an alternate route to Raymond James Stadium (via Spruce Street and Columbus Drive eastbound to Dale Mabry) on game days.

Interstate 275 Northbound at Exits 41A and 41B

Advance signage for Dale Mabry Highway (US 92)

This is seen as we cross Lois Avenue.

Signage for southbound Dale Mabry Highway coming up in 2/10 mile

Actually, after reducing the fraction it comes out to 1/5 mile. No matter how you look at it.

Signage for MacDill AFB and Hillsborough Community College

Use Exit 41A (Dale Mabry southbound) for MacDill AFB and Exit 41B (Dale Mabry northbound) to reach the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College. Coincidentally, the HCC Dale Mabry campus is located right across the street from Raymond James Stadium.

Final opportunity for southbound Dale Mabry Highway

Northbound Dale Mabry Highway is just around the corner.

Final opportunity for northbound Dale Mabry Highway

Use this exit to reach Raymond James Stadium and the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College. Remember to reduce speed to 20 mph as this ramp is a circular loop ramp much like Gandy Blvd. and 54 Av N in St. Petersburg.

Mileage sign for both Dale Mabry Highway exits

The next exit, Armenia and Howard Avenues, is represented.

How to reach Raymond James Stadium and Legends Field

Use either Exit 40B (Lois Avenue) or Exit 41B (northbound Dale Mabry Highway) to get there.

Same sign as the previous photo

However, Legends Field is now George Steinbrenner Field, named after the owner of the New York Yankees. After all, it is the New York Yankees that train every spring in Tampa.

Interstate 275 Southbound at Exits 41C, 41B and 41A

Advance signage for Himes Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway

Himes Avenue is 1/2 mile ahead while Dale Mabry Highway is 3/4 mile away.

Advance mileage signage for Himes Avenue and the Dale Mabry Highway exits

This was taken crossing Howard Avenue on southbound Interstate 275.

Headed to Raymond James Stadium or George Steinbrenner (formerly Legends) Field?

Himes Avenue is your exit from southbound Interstate 275 if you are headed to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game or a New York Yankees spring training game at these venues. The ramps to and from Himes Avenue were constructed in 1995 in order to better expedite traffic flow to these two sporting venues.

Final opportunity for Himes Avenue

Himes Avenue - Exit 41C - is a northbound entrance and southbound exit only ramp, much like 28 St S (Exit 21) in St. Petersburg.

Final opportunity for northbound Dale Mabry Highway

Use this exit for the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College as well as Raymond James Stadium in case you missed Exit 41C, the Himes Avenue exit. Southbound Dale Mabry Highway is just around the corner.

Final opportunity for southbound Dale Mabry Highway

Use southbound Dale Mabry Highway to reach MacDill AFB. You can also use southbound Dale Mabry Highway as US 92 to reach Gandy Blvd. and St. Petersburg via the Gandy Bridge if in the event there is a major incident on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

How to reach MacDill AFB and International Plaza

Use Exit 41A (southbound Dale Mabry Highway) for MacDill AFB and Exit 40B (Lois Avenue) for International Plaza, the upscale shopping mall.

Perspective of Interstate 275 at Exits 41A and 41B

Signage for Interstates 275 and 4

This is signage on northbound Dale Mabry Highway showing motorists how to reach Ocala (via Interstates 275 and 75) and Orlando (via Interstate 4).

A view of the overpass carrying Interstate 275 over Dale Mabry Highway

This overpass is expected to be replaced as part of the upcoming Interstate 275 reconstruction and widening project.

Signage on southbound Dale Mabry Highway

Motorists headed to St. Petersburg should use Interstate 275 south while motorists headed to Ocala or Orlando should use Interstates 275/75 or Interstate 4 respectively.

Proceed northbound on Interstate 275 to Page Three

Proceed southbound on Interstate 275 to Page One

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