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WaterEngineer
10-24-2012, 07:44 AM
Jennifer has a street painting gig on Clearwater Beach, starting Friday.

We will be cruising over through the greater Tampa world mid-morning on Friday.

What is the best way from I-75 to Clearwater Beach?

Both Toogle and MapQuest are confused, they want to send me about four different ways.

Thanks.

Billy No Mates
10-24-2012, 08:14 AM
275 South, take Courtney Cambell Causeway exit accross the bay. It will turn into
Gulf to Bay on the other side which takes you straight to the beach.

In mapquest type in going from Tampa to Clearwater and it gives you this route. Once in clearwater just go over the bridge to the beach.

Mackeral Snatcher
10-24-2012, 08:21 AM
Craig, I'm guessing it's telling you 75 to 275 to whatever exit and then on to 19 north to 60 west into clearwater.
19 sucks but there's not a lot of options other then going farther north on 275 and getting off on ulmerton road and heading west.

I'm gonna pm you my cell and that way if you get hung up just give me a call and I'll walk you thru it, I've been here 30+ years and am better then a GPS:grin

nuclearfishn
10-24-2012, 08:33 AM
Take a boat to cleatwater beach. It has to be faster than traveling by car!

WaterEngineer
10-24-2012, 08:44 AM
Nuke:

I agree. Everytime I go to the greater Tampa world I am SOOOOOOO happy I do not live there. Traffic sucks. It reminds me of Atlanta.

To all:

Thanks for the replies.

Yes, "the" routes seems to be a) 275-19-60 or b) 275-causeway. Both look like they suck when you look at the drive times. Which route is more reliable for speed?

pupraiser
10-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Avoid rush hour and it's not "too" bad.

I'd take 275 to Gandy Blvd Exit, west to US19, North on 19 to Highway 60.

Polar
10-24-2012, 09:03 AM
they named a street after gandy?

nuclearfishn
10-24-2012, 09:18 AM
Avoid rush hour and it's not "too" bad.

I'd take 275 to Gandy Blvd Exit, west to US19, North on 19 to Highway 60.
On the rare occasions I'm up there, thats the route I take. So glad I don't live in Tampa anymore!

pupraiser
10-24-2012, 09:34 AM
they named a street after gandy?

They also named one after you...Belcher Road. :driver:

Buccanr1
10-24-2012, 09:46 AM
They also named one after you...Belcher Road. :driver:
I claim that road with my last name. I also grew up in Clearwater/Ozona/Tampa.

AlexKintner
10-24-2012, 09:47 AM
Yes, "the" routes seems to be a) 275-19-60 or b) 275-causeway. Both look like they suck when you look at the drive times. Which route is more reliable for speed?

Definitely option b. It's part of my daily commute. Trust me... you want no part of US19 right now (until 2015 when they complete the new overpasses).

paranoid.android
10-24-2012, 10:02 AM
Why not avoid Tampa altogether and take the Skyway from I75?

Old E.
10-24-2012, 10:05 AM
Terrible traffic is the reason I never leave South Tampa.

Old E.
10-24-2012, 10:06 AM
Why not avoid Tampa altogether and take the Skyway from I75?

This only works if you are heading North on 275, but if that's the case, then do this.

Austins26
10-24-2012, 10:26 AM
get one traffic redirects alerts lifetime map updates you'll wondered how you lived without one
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drkptt
10-24-2012, 10:50 AM
Avoid rush hour and it's not "too" bad.

I'd take 275 to Gandy Blvd Exit, west to US19, North on 19 to Highway 60.

You're joking, right?

275 to 60 to the Courtney Campbell would be best.

If you've got to take 275 across the Howard Franklin Bridge, take Ulmerton exit, right on Roosevelt, pass St. Pete/Clearwater airport, north across the Bayside Bridge to Gulf-to-Bay.

Fish Haid
10-24-2012, 10:56 AM
Why? Are you going to be in a hurry? Just slow down and take the scenic route.

Mackeral Snatcher
10-24-2012, 11:02 AM
You're joking, right?

275 to 60 to the Courtney Campbell would be best.

If you've got to take 275 across the Howard Franklin Bridge, take Ulmerton exit, right on Roosevelt, pass St. Pete/Clearwater airport, north across the Bayside Bridge to Gulf-to-Bay.


He is traveling from South to North and West.

Mango Man
10-24-2012, 11:03 AM
Why? Are you going to be in a hurry? Just slow down and take the scenic route.
If you like traffic jams and cars. :grin

WE, where will you be coming from on 75?

275 to Courtney Campbell, it turns into 60 and will dump you right into Clearwater Beach. I was just there a few nights ago.

captinmitch
10-24-2012, 11:08 AM
If you have the chance - and the budget - a worthwhile detour one night would be to Bern's. Make sure you do the Dessert Room upstairs after dinner.

pupraiser
10-24-2012, 11:09 AM
He is coming from the South. The drive over the Skyway is pretty nice

Polar
10-24-2012, 11:12 AM
whens he going home?

WaterEngineer
10-24-2012, 11:53 AM
Yes, in a hurry to get there on Friday. Jennifer has to get chalkin'. Not so much on the way back, Sunday.

The two routes I am looking at are here - highway 70 in Okeechobee to Sarasota the up the beach.

Or, Turnkpike to highway 60 crossing I-75 into the god foresaken world known as the Greater Tampa.

Thoughts?

AlexKintner
10-24-2012, 12:11 PM
Sorry... didn't realize you were coming from the south. Here's your best route:

1. I-275 N over the Skyway
2. Take exit 30 for FL-686 W/​Roosevelt Blvd
3. Follow signs for Florida 686 W/​Roosevelt Boulevard/​Largo/​Clearwater and merge onto FL-686 W/​Roosevelt Blvd N
4. Continue to follow signs for FL-686 for about 10 miles (road will become Ulmerton, then East Bay, then West Bay)
5. Continue onto Belleair Bluffs/​S Belleair Causeway (it's the nice new bridge going over the ICW)
6. Turn right onto ​Gulf Blvd

About 3 more miles to the bridge to Clearwater Beach. If you want to stop at a much nicer (and much less crowded) beach before proceeding to hell, take the last left before the bridge into Sand Key County Park.

Mango Man
10-24-2012, 12:38 PM
E Bay/W Bay is not Ulmerton Rd, they run parallel to each other. If he takes E Bay/W Bay he should turn onto Seminole Blvd/S Missouri Ave and go N (right) till he hits Court St (60) and go west (left). That will dump him into Clearwater Beach. Going out to Gulf Blvd is waaaaaayyyyyy out of his way and then will have to fight the traffic (one lane in each direction) on Gulf Blvd.

drkptt
10-24-2012, 12:47 PM
4. Continue to follow signs for FL-686 for about 10 miles (road will become Ulmerton, then Roosevelt again, then East Bay, then West Bay)



Fixed it for you.

drkptt
10-24-2012, 12:51 PM
Yes, in a hurry to get there on Friday. Jennifer has to get chalkin'. Not so much on the way back, Sunday.

The two routes I am looking at are here - highway 70 in Okeechobee to Sarasota the up the beach.

Or, Turnkpike to highway 60 crossing I-75 into the god foresaken world known as the Greater Tampa.

Thoughts?

How'd you get to St. Pete last month?

Mackeral Snatcher
10-24-2012, 12:52 PM
Just a thought but how far north of 75 are you starting out?
Might be worth 15-20 minute south drive to pick it up and go across the alley and do an almost all 75MPH drive.

Billy No Mates
10-24-2012, 01:12 PM
Sorry... didn't realize you were coming from the south.



Me either.

AlexKintner
10-24-2012, 01:42 PM
Going out to Gulf Blvd is waaaaaayyyyyy out of his way and then will have to fight the traffic (one lane in each direction) on Gulf Blvd.

Not really...

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/ttassinaro/map_zps8f3eef0e.jpg

There is no ideal way to get to the beach. 686 is no picnic, but it beats the hell out of US19 and Gulf-to-Bay (60). The 3-mile stretch on Gulf Blvd is a piece of cake, and much better than going through downtown Clearwater.

Besides... we wouldn't want WE or Jennifer to get converted to Scientology on their way to the beach.

pupraiser
10-24-2012, 01:45 PM
E Bay/W Bay is not Ulmerton Rd, they run parallel to each other. If he takes E Bay/W Bay he should turn onto Seminole Blvd/S Missouri Ave and go N (right) till he hits Court St (60) and go west (left). That will dump him into Clearwater Beach. Going out to Gulf Blvd is waaaaaayyyyyy out of his way and then will have to fight the traffic (one lane in each direction) on Gulf Blvd.

agreed.


WE, where are you starting?


There are some messed up directions on here. :grin

srqmynatt
10-24-2012, 01:45 PM
I work the greater Tampa area as a road warrior so take it for what it is.


Coming from the south. I-275 over the SkyWay, Get off at Roosevelt to US19N. Take a left on Gulf To Bay all the way to the beach.


From North or East. Take I4/I-275 West, Exit at the Air Port towards The veterans Express way. Stay to the left and merge north on the Veterans. Get off at the Courtney Campbell and take that across the bay and it will turn into Gulf to Bay.

You can't miss the giant signs CLEAR WATER on the veterans. It's a Left Exit.

pupraiser
10-24-2012, 01:47 PM
I work the greater Tampa area as a road warrior so take it for what it is.


Coming from the south. I-275 over the SkyWay, Get off at Roosevelt to US19N. Take a left on Gulf To Bay all the way to the beach.


From North or East. Take I4/I-275 West, Exit at the Air Port towards The veterans Express way. Stay to the left and merge north on the Veterans. Get off at the Courtney Campbell and take that across the bay and it will turn into Gulf to Bay.

You can't miss the giant signs CLEAR WATER on the veterans. It's a Left Exit.

I vote for this one.

drkptt
10-24-2012, 04:33 PM
Coming from the south. I-275 over the SkyWay, Get off at Roosevelt to US19N. Take a left on Gulf To Bay all the way to the beach.


From North or East. Take I4/I-275 West, Exit at the Air Port towards The veterans Express way. Stay to the left and merge north on the Veterans. Get off at the Courtney Campbell and take that across the bay and it will turn into Gulf to Bay.

You can't miss the giant signs CLEAR WATER on the veterans. It's a Left Exit.

From Roosevelt take a right on 49th Street/McMullen Booth over the Bayside Bridge and you skip that section of US 19.

The signs are hard to miss to go to Clearwater, but you exit to the CC before the Veteran's Expressway starts and it's a right exit.
http://goo.gl/maps/GM7tn

WaterEngineer
10-24-2012, 05:22 PM
agreed.


WE, where are you starting?


There are some messed up directions on here. :grin

PB/Martin County line.

hatcity
10-24-2012, 05:28 PM
70 across the stae. Grab 75 N and follow others to 275/ skyway bridge.

Question-what is the weather supposed to be on the west coast?
Reason I ask is that they shut the bridge at a certain wind speed.

Mackeral Snatcher
10-24-2012, 05:31 PM
Sailflow says 19-22, so that means 25-30.
They shut the bridge down at 40.

Mango Man
10-24-2012, 05:37 PM
Not really...

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/ttassinaro/map_zps8f3eef0e.jpg

There is no ideal way to get to the beach. 686 is no picnic, but it beats the hell out of US19 and Gulf-to-Bay (60). The 3-mile stretch on Gulf Blvd is a piece of cake, and much better than going through downtown Clearwater.

Besides... we wouldn't want WE or Jennifer to get converted to Scientology on their way to the beach.
Yes, really. I live just south of there and traveled those roads for 10 years going back and forth to work. Running out to the beach and then going up Gulf Blvd is a PITA. Gulf Blvd in that section is 30MPH and is strictly enforced, one lane only, lights, people turning, tourists and your traveling a greater distance. You can blink and be through downtown Clearwater though hitting a few Scientologists is always a possibility.

He could always pass Seminole Blvd and turn at Clearwater Largo Rd, then turn N and hit the cigar shop 3 blocks from 60, they have some good stogies. There's a Publix there too.

Cane Pole
10-24-2012, 06:09 PM
I always take the Turnpike north, then get off on 60.

Take 60 most of the way, but go north on County Line Road up to I-4 (to avoid all the crazy Brandon traffic), then I-4 all the way to where it merges into I-275 in downtown. Exit Veterans Expressway, take that to Gulf to Bay Blvd (60) and cross the bay.

About 3 hours from Stuart to downtown Tampa.

T Top
10-24-2012, 07:56 PM
Holy CRAP!!! Remind me to never ask you guys how to get around the Tampa Area.

After reading all of this I'm afraid I am going to get lost tomorrow and I have been driving around here for 30+years.

Noeettica
10-24-2012, 08:30 PM
Highway 50 to 301 south to highway 54 west to trinity south on east lake west on Curlew south on route 1 to 60 then onward to the Beach ...

This is my favorite route ...

Mango Man
10-24-2012, 08:43 PM
Holy CRAP!!! Remind me to never ask you guys how to get around the Tampa Area.

After reading all of this I'm afraid I am going to get lost tomorrow and I have been driving around here for 30+years.
Maybe they should just parachute in. :grin

T Top
10-24-2012, 10:17 PM
Highway 50 to 301 south to highway 54 west to trinity south on east lake west on Curlew south on route 1 to 60 then onward to the Beach ...

This is my favorite route ...
:Spittingcoffee

T Top
10-24-2012, 10:18 PM
Maybe they should just parachute in. :grin

Troo, would be much easier, logistically speaking.

Angler719
10-24-2012, 10:32 PM
Yes, in a hurry to get there on Friday. Jennifer has to get chalkin'. Not so much on the way back, Sunday.

The two routes I am looking at are here - highway 70 in Okeechobee to Sarasota the up the beach.

Or, Turnkpike to highway 60 crossing I-75 into the god foresaken world known as the Greater Tampa.
Thoughts?

From an ex trucker, take 70 , way to many traffic lights taking 60.

cracker4112
10-24-2012, 11:11 PM
From an ex trucker, take 70 , way to many traffic lights taking 60.

And take the Martin County grade to get to 70 in Okeechobee.