State Route 60 or State Road 60 (SR-60) is a state route in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the peninsula, from Clearwater on the west coast through Tampa to Vero Beach on the east coast. State Route 60 is 160 miles long.
The Clearwater Memorial Causeway.
According to topschoolsintheusa, State Route 60 begins at Clearwater Beach and crosses the lagoon with a high bridge to Clearwater, where it intersects US 19. Clearwater is one of the subcenters in the Tampa Bay region. The road here is called Gulf to Bay Boulevard and is a busy urban arterial with 2×3 lanes. The Courtney Campbell Causeway crosses north from Tampa Bay to the city of Tampa. This causeway largely consists of a dike body with a few small bridges. One then reaches the city of Tampa at the Tampa International Airport. In western Tampa, State Route 60 then forms Kennedy Boulevard, a major 2×3 lane arterial. This road enters downtown Tampa, after which the road leads through Downtown Tampa through the grid. East of downtown Tampa, the road has 2×2 lanes and passes through an industrial corridor. State Route 618 (Selmon Expressway) runs parallel to State Route 60. In the eastern suburbs of Tampa there is a connection to Interstate 75, after which the road continues through the somewhat larger suburb of Brandon.
State Route 60 then forms a 2×2 divided highway through central Florida. This area is less densely populated, but passes through an area of scattered settlement just south of Lakeland. Two major north-south roads cross this area, first US 17 in Bartow and then US 27 in Lake Wales. The road then has 2×2 lanes to Indian Lake Estates and to the east of it is a long section of single lane. This route passes through a sparsely populated region of Florida, with few places over 100 miles.
The road passes through Yeehaw Junction, known for its name, as well as a road intersection, such as a connection with Florida’s Turnpike and US 441. East of Yeehaw Junction, the road has 2×2 lanes again as it connects the Atlantic coast to Florida’s Turnpike, although it will take another 25 miles to get back into populated areas. At the edge of the coastal region there is a connection to Interstate 95, after which State Route 60 is again an urban arterial through the suburbs around Vero Beach. This section has 2×3 lanes until US 1 in Vero Beach, where the road ends.
SR-60 at Brandon.
A bridge was built between Clearwater Beach and Clearwater in the 1920s, which was replaced by a bascule bridge in the 1950s. This was in turn replaced in 2005 by the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, a large fixed concrete bridge.
To reduce the distance between Clearwater and Tampa, the Courtney Campbell Causeway was constructed, largely a body of embankment through Old Tampa Bay, so that traffic did not have to make the detour around the bay. The Courtney Campbell Causeway opened to traffic on June 28, 1934. This was originally a toll road, but it was scrapped in 1944 when the state of Florida purchased the toll road.
State Route 60 has not been replaced by a highway except in Tampa, where State Route 618 (Selmon Expressway) was built in the 1970s-80s paralleling State Route 60 to I-75 at Brandon. Elsewhere, State Route 60 is therefore on most of the route to a 2×2 divided highwaywidened. The section up to Brandon was widened to 2×2 lanes as early as the 1950s. During the 1960s, a long stretch of approximately 75 kilometers between Brandon and Lake Wales was widened to 2×2 lanes. Also during that period, the easternmost section between the then new I-95 and Vero Beach was widened to 2×2 lanes. During the 1990s, the double-lane section from Lake Wales was extended about 20 kilometers eastwards to open up an unfinished site.
In the period 2005-2008, the stretch from Yeehaw Junction to I-95 at Vero Beach was widened to 2×2 lanes. This was necessary for road safety reasons, as there is a lot of long-haul traffic traveling from the coastal region of Florida’s Turnpike at Yeehaw Junction. As a result, only the 45-kilometer section from Indian Lake Estates to Yeehaw Junction was single-lane. In 2010, the existing double-lane section between I-95 and Vero Beach was widened from 2×2 to 2×3 lanes.