Florida State Road 694

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State Road 694 and County Road 694

Park Boulevard
Gandy Boulevard
SR 694 in red, CR 694 in blue
Route information
Length6.023 mi[1] (9.693 km)
CR 694: 6.991 mi (11.251 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 693 in Pinellas Park
Major intersections
East end US 92 / SR 687 in St. Petersburg
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 693 SR 699

State Road 694 (SR 694) is an east–west route in Pinellas County, running from SR 693 (66th Street N) in Pinellas Park to U.S. Route 92 (US 92 and unsigned SR 600) in St. Petersburg.

Route description

Looking west toward The Gulf of Mexico and Indian Shores, Florida from bridge over Intracoastal Waterway
Looking north on County Road 694 from bridge over Intracoastal Waterway; Indian Shores, Florida on left, mangroves on right

State Road 694 starts at State Road 693 in Pinellas Park, where SR 694 heads east as Park Boulevard. At the intersection with US 19 in southeastern Pinellas Park, SR 694 becomes known as Gandy Boulevard and turns northeast into northeastern St. Petersburg, heading towards the interchange with Interstate 275 (I-275). It continues northeast, intersecting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, before heading towards its eastern terminus at the intersection with 4th Street N, Roosevelt Boulevard, and US 92 (unsigned SR 600). East of SR 694's eastern terminus, Gandy Boulevard continues signed as US 92/SR 600 and crosses the Gandy Bridge into Tampa.

State Road 694 previously began at State Road 699 in Indian Shores, running through Seminole and to the SR 693 intersection in Pinellas Park. The former road to the west is now known as County Road 694 (CR 694).


State Road 694 was originally visioned as a multilane freeway, running from SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard) east to the Gandy Bridge, known as the Gandy Freeway. However, the plan was nixed in the 1970s due to an increasing business population. The remnants of this planned freeway are the US 19 interchange in Pinellas Park, the configuration of the I-275 interchange, and the wide median between MLK Jr St N and 4th St N.

Gandy Freeway

The Gandy Freeway is a limited access freeway that is located in Pinellas County, Florida. The freeway portion runs from just east of 4th Street to just west of the I-275 interchange. Construction of the freeway began in February 2014 and completed in late 2017. The project was projected to cost $83 million, and was due for completion in 2017.[2] The Gandy Freeway east of US 19 was reconsidered due to increasing congestion and right-of-way already prepared for overpasses at 4th St N/Roosevelt Blvd and 9th St N/MLK St N.[3]

Original aspirations

The Gandy Freeway has been in planning books for decades, with a roughly 12.6 miles (20.3 km) stretch between a proposed connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, and US 19 (or somewhere westward). Due to the low likelihood of the Hillsborough County portion being constructed, and increasing urbanization of Pinellas Park, the freeway was ultimately shelved (with portions west of US 19 being cancelled). Remains of the original freeway can be seen in the Gandy Boulevard interchange at I-275 (which lacks several ramps that were originally planned to be built), the separated grade diamond interchange at US 19 with Gandy Boulevard as limited access, and the very wide right-of-way preserved along Gandy Boulevard east of I-275.

Section between I-275 and 4th Street

Looking at the Gandy Freeway overpasses at 4th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL

After being shelved for decades, largely due to a lack of funding, the Gandy Freeway section from just east of 4th Street N to the I-275 interchange was finally built at a cost of $83 million. This project comprised a four to six-lane elevated highway, with overpasses at 4th Street N/Roosevelt Boulevard, 9th Street N (also known as MLK Street N), and 94th Avenue N. A four lane frontage road system (two lanes in each direction) would parallel the elevated structures.[4] In recent years, the Florida Department of Transportation has seen this particular project as an increasing priority for relieving congestion along the corridor, which is why the project was fast-tracked for construction in recent years.[5]

On December 14, 2016, the new eastbound elevated lanes opened over 94th Avenue N, with the westbound direction opening on February 12, 2017. The new westbound elevated lanes over MLK Street N, Roosevelt Boulevard, and 4th Street N opened on June 18, 2017, with the eastbound direction opening on June 23, 2017. As of February 1, 2018, both frontage roads were completed and fully operational.

I-275 interchange

The Gandy Boulevard interchange with I-275 is technically incomplete, lacking a free-flowing flyover from northbound I-275 to westbound Gandy. Originally, the interchange was also without a ramp from eastbound Gandy to southbound I-275 (this ramp was constructed in 1981). It is currently unclear if a free-flowing ramp will be constructed from northbound I-275 to westbound Gandy and there is speculation that this component of the project has been rolled into the controversial toll lane project formerly known as Tampa Bay Express.

Section between US 19 and I-275

Plans were also in the works to build an overpass at the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Grand Ave, but those plans were cancelled due to community opposition.[6]

January 2015 Tanker Incident

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, a fuel tanker traveling westbound on Gandy Boulevard collided with a utility truck traveling southbound on Roosevelt Boulevard. Fuel from the tanker leaked and ignited, causing a huge fireball of flames to erupt. Fire crews from multiple departments; including Pinellas Park, Largo, Seminole, St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg-Cleawater International Airport, responded to the incident, and it took well over an hour for the fire to be extinguished. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals; with the driver of the tanker truck suffering second and third-degree burns throughout most of his body. The driver of the utility truck suffered lacerations and fractures.

The severity of the incident has caused environmental concerns, as fuel seeped about four feet into the ground around and beneath the damaged roadway. Flames from the fire also charred the retaining wall that now carries westbound traffic over 4th Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation evaluated the condition of the wall and determined that the affected section would need to be partially rebuilt. The work was able to be completed without significantly delaying the overall project.[7][8][9]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Pinellas County.

Indian Shores0.0000.000 SR 699 (Gulf Boulevard) – Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira BeachWestern terminus
0.2[11]0.32Park Boulevard Bridge over The Narrows (Gulf Intracoastal Waterway)
0.8071.299Oakhurst Road (CR 233 north)
Seminole2.8[11]4.5 CR 321 (113th Street North) – Walsingham County Park
US 19 Alt. (Seminole Boulevard / SR 595)
4.9[11]7.9 CR 1 (Starkey Road / Park Street)
Pinellas Park6.5[11]10.5Belcher Road (CR 501)
6.99111.251 SR 693 (66th Street) – Clearwater, South Pasadena, St. Petersburg CollegeWest end of state maintenance; CR 694 becomes SR 694
8.74114.067 CR 611 (49th Street)
9.71915.641 US 19 (SR 55) – Clearwater, St. PetersburgInterchange
St. Petersburg11.2518.11 I-275 (SR 93) – Tampa, St. PetersburgI-275 exit 28; no access from SR 694 west to I-275 north or I-275 south to SR 694 east
To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North / 9th Street North (CR 803) north / I-275
SR 686 west (Roosevelt Boulevard)
No left turn eastbound
13.01420.944 US 92 / SR 687 (4th Street North / Gandy Boulevard / SR 600 east) / to Selmon Expressway (SR 618) – TampaEastern terminus; Gandy Boulevard continues onto US 92 (SR 600)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ "Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg will be reconstructed as elevated, six-lane roadway - Story | abcactionnews.com | Tampa Bay News, Weather, Sports, Things to do | WFTS-TV". Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-28. ABC Action News - 2014 Feb 20, Retrieved 2014 Feb 28
  3. ^ Connecting dots to uncork traffic, St. Petersburg Times March 2, 2003
  4. ^ Censullo, Meredyth (February 20, 2014). "Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg Will Be Reconstructed as Elevated, Six-Lane Roadway: $83 Million Project to Reconstruct Gandy Begins". Tampa, FL: WFTS-TV. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Bursch, Kathryn (March 2, 2012). "Major Changes Planned for Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg". St. Petersburg, FL: WTSP-TV. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Lindberg, Anne (June 21, 2013). "Elevating Gandy Boulevard near the Wawa Draws Anger". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, FL. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  7. ^ O'Reilly, Sean (January 8, 2015). "RAW VIDEO: Tanker driver seriously burned in fuel leak fire accident in St. Petersburg". Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Driver burned in Gandy Boulevard. crash, tanker explosion".
  9. ^ "Tanker crash could delay Gandy construction; driver remains critical".
  10. ^ FDOT GIS data Archived 2008-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 2014
  11. ^ a b c d e Google Maps distance