State Road 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy - AARoads - Florida (2022)

State Road 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy - AARoads - Florida (1)

State Road 589 - Veterans Expwy / Suncoast Pkwy - AARoads - Florida (2)

State Road 589 follows the Veterans Expressway north from SR 60 (Memorial Highway) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) through Hillsborough County to Lutz. The Suncoast Parkway extends SR 589 north from the Veterans Expressway spur (SR 568) to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597), through Pasco and Hernando Counties to SR 44 (Gulf to Lake Highway) east of Crystal River. Operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, both the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkways use all electronic toll (AET) collection.

Expanded to six general purpose lanes with two Express Toll lanes, the 17 mile long Veterans Expressway generally serves commuter traffic between Tampa, Westchase, Carrollwood, Northdale and Lutz. It seamlessly transitions to the Suncoast Parkway south of Van Dyke Road (CR 685A), which continues SR 589 north to Land O' Lakes and Odessa. Beyond SR 52 in Pasco County, commuter traffic tapers off, with the Parkway north to Spring Hill and Brooksville more lightly traveled. The Suncoast Parkway connects with U.S. 98 northwest of Brooksville, then continues into Citrus County ahead of Sugarmill Woods. Passing east of Homosassa Springs, the toll road ties into SR 44 west of Inverness.

(Video) 4K SR 589 South. Suncoast Parkway ASMR

Florida State Road 589 Guides

North

  • Veterans Expressway - Tampa to Lutz
  • Suncoast Parkway - Lutz to Brooksville
  • Suncoast Parkway - Sugarmill Woods to Lecanto
  • Archive North

South

  • Suncoast Parkway - Lecanto to Sugarmill Woods
  • Suncoast Parkway - Brooksville to Lutz
  • Veterans Expressway - Lutz to Tampa
  • Archive South

Years in planning, the Veterans Parkway was the result of a long proposed freeway corridor northwest of Tampa. Following community outreach and design changes, the alignment for the limited access road was decided in January 1987. Other alignments considered for the expressway included utilizing Dale Mabry Highway, which would have been prohibitively expensive. Constructed between August 1992 and September 1994, the toll road runs from north from SR 60 (Memorial Highway) to SR 597 (Dale Mabry Highway) in Lutz.

The Suncoast Parkway extends State Road 589 northward through Pasco County to Brooksville and U.S. 98 near the Citrus County line. Work commenced on a two phase $507 million project in Summer 1998. The first phase was finished in February 2001 between the Veterans Expressway and SR 50 between Weeki Wachee and Brooksville. Completion followed in August 2001 to U.S. 98.1

Tolls charged on the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkway increased by 25% on June 24, 2012 alongside hikes on other Florida's Turnpike Enterprise roadways. The toll addition funded improvements including additional lanes in congested areas, conversion of outdated toll plazas to all electronic toll collection and system wide interchange improvements.3

(Video) 4k SR 589 North. Suncoast Parkway Extension Opened on 02/28/2022

Cash toll collection ended on the Veterans Expressway in mid-2014. The Suncoast Parkway was converted to all electronic toll collection on February 1, 2020.9

A $380 million project finished in Spring 2018 upgraded an 11 mile section of the Veterans Expressway. Work rebuilt the entire toll road, with widening of the expressway from four to eight lanes between SR 60 (Memorial Highway) and CR 587 (Gunn Highway), and provisions to expand the road north from Gunn Highway to Van Dyke Road (CR 685A) to eight lanes.6 The lane additions include a Thru Lane, with limited ingress and egress points, along each direction of SR 589. The Thru Lanes were previously Express Lanes with expected higher toll rates vary depending upon traffic flow on the general travel lanes. No additional charges are levied for using the Thru Lanes.

Additionally, the two main line toll plazas were removed and replaced with AET gantries. The wye interchange with Anderson Road was also reconfigured to eliminate left exit ramps. Overall 38 bridges were reconstructed and three new bridges added.6 Partitioned into 11 separate projects, the three phase improvement project was as follows:4

  • Phase I - SR 60 to Gunn Highway (Exit 9) Completion in 2015 and 2016
  • Phase II - Gunn Highway (Exit 9) to Sugarwood Toll Plaza Funding in Fiscal Year 2014
  • Phase III - Sugarwood Toll Plaza to Van Dyke Road (Exit 14) Funding in Fiscal Year 2015

The Veterans Expressway Thru Lanes run northbound from SR 580 (Hillsborough Avenue) to SR 568 (Dale Mabry Highway connector) and southbound from SR 568 to Memorial Highway (CR 576). An ingress and egress point is located between Wilsky Boulevard (Exit 8) and Gunn Highway (Exit 9). The first phase of the Thru Lanes opened to traffic on December 9, 2017 between Hillsborough Avenue and Gunn Highway. The second phase, extending north three miles to SR 568, opened in Spring 2018.

Suncoast Parkway 2

Previously thought to start in Spring 2016 and finish in 2019,2 construction to lengthen the Suncoast Parkway north from U.S. 98 to State Road 44 east of Crystal River got underway on February 12, 2018. The $134.6 million project added 13 miles of the planned 27 mile Suncoast 2 extension. As part of the parkway expansion, full interchanges were constructed at U.S. 98 and Cardinal Street with a half diamond interchange built at State Road 44. The multi use Suncoast Trail was also extended, with completion expected in April 2022.10 Work was schedule through March 3, 2022.5 Suncoast Parkway opened north to SR 44 following a ribbon cutting held near the exchange with SR 44 on February 28, 2022.10

(Video) Florida’s Most Empty Toll Road “Suncoast Parkway”

The second phase of the Suncoast 2 extension, from SR 44 three miles to County Road 486 moved forward with $86.6 million in funding for FDOT District 7's five year plan in December 2018. The bulk of right of way needed for the roadway is already reserved based upon late 1990s plans for extending the parkway to U.S. 19/98 north of Crystal River. The five year plan outlined $3 million in 2020 for planning, engineering and additional right of way acquisition, plus potential design to continue the roadway north to U.S. 19/98. Allocation of $18.2 million in 2022 covers added right of way and utility relocation costs, and $65 million in 2024 funds construction.8 A boost in funding accelerates construction, which is slated to begin in early 2023.10

Suncoast Parkway 2, Phase 3 further lengthens SR 589 north by another ten miles from CR 486 to U.S. 19. Interchanges will be built at CR 486, CR 495 and U.S. 19, along with two all electronic tolling (AET) locations. Phase 3A, from CR 486 to CR 495 is under design while Phase 3B, from CR 495 to U.S. 19 is not yet funded for construction.

The entrance ramp from Eisenhower Boulevard north onto the Veterans Expressway. The irregular SR 589 trailblazer here was replaced by 2011. 03/25/07

Sources:

  1. Florida's Turnpike - System Description, accessed March 6, 2014.
  2. Suncoast Parkway 2, accessed November 17, 2015.
  3. "Florida tolls to rise June 24." Tampa Bay Times, June 16, 2012.
  4. Florida's Turnpike - Current Construction Projects, accessed February 6, 2014.
  5. "Parkway work starts Feb. 12." Citrus County Chronicle (Crystal River, FL), January 15, 2018.
  6. Veterans Expressway Widening And Conversion To All-electronic Tolling (Mileposts 3-14). http://www.floridasturnpike.com/ construction.html Construction - Florida's Turnpike web site. access February 17, 2018.
  7. "Express lanes set to open on Veterans. They’re free -- for now." Tampa Bay Times (FL), December 8, 2017.
  8. "State plans $86.6 million parkway extension to CR 486." Citrus County Chronicle (Crystal River, FL), December 11, 2018.
  9. "Cash toll booths close Friday on the Suncoast Parkway." Tampa Bay Times (FL), January 29, 2020.
  10. "Suncoast Parkway opens to fanfare." Citrus County Chronicle (Crystal River, FL), February 28, 2022.
(Video) Suncoast Parkway now open: Here's where it cuts through the Tampa Bay area

Photo Credits:

03/25/07 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 98
State Road 44
State Road 50
State Road 52
State Road 54
State Road 60
State Road 580
State Road 568 - Veterans Expressway
Pasco County Road 524 - Ridge Road
Hernando County Road 574 - Spring Hill Drive
County Road 576 - Memorial Highway
Hernando County Road 578 - County Line Road
County Road 582
County Road 584 - Waters Avenue
County Road 587 - Gunn Highway
Hillsborough County Road 685A - Van Dyke Road

Page Updated 03-03-2022.

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FAQs

Is Suncoast Parkway the same as veterans? ›

State Road 589 (SR 589), also known as the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkway, is a north–south toll road near the Florida Gulf Coast. Maintained and operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, this 68-mile (109 km) transportation corridor extends from State Road 60 in Tampa, north to State Road 44 near Lecanto.

Is the Suncoast Parkway Extension open? ›

The Suncoast Parkway 2 is open to traffic. It is a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98 to SR 44 in Lecanto.

Where does the Suncoast Parkway end? ›

Now the four-lane highway continues north into Citrus County and ends at State Road 44 in Crystal River.

How long is the Suncoast highway? ›

How much does it cost to use the Suncoast Parkway? ›

The toll cost to travel the entire length of the parkway is $1.87.

Can you pay cash on Suncoast Parkway? ›

The following transponders are accepted in AET lanes: SunPass, E-PASS, LeeWay, Peach Pass and NC Quick Pass. Cash is not accepted at these locations. You will be billed by TOLL-BY-PLATE.

How do I pay my tolls in Florida? ›

By phone using a credit/debit card: 1-800-353-7277 or 407-823-7277. In person using cash or credit/debit card at the E-PASS Customer Service Center.

Where does the Suncoast Parkway start and end? ›

The Suncoast Parkway extends SR 589 north from the Veterans Expressway spur (SR 568) to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597), through Pasco and Hernando Counties to SR 44 (Gulf to Lake Highway) east of Crystal River.

What number is Suncoast highway? ›

OVERVIEW. Linking established and emerging areas of development in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties, the four-lane, limited-access Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) has maintained its unique aesthetic design, developed to ensure a memorable overall scenic experience.

How do I pay a toll without a SunPass in Florida? ›

TOLL-BY-PLATE is a payment option for customers who do not have SunPass or any other Florida accepted transponder on all-electronic toll roads or cash on toll roads that accept cash.

How much is each SunPass toll? ›

How much are Tolls on the Florida Turnpike
Vehicle TypeSunPass Toll Rate (USD)Toll by Plate Toll Rate (USD)
Car, Taxi, Motorcycle$3.21$4.02
Electric car$3.21$4.02
RV$9.40$12.51
2-axles truck$9.40$12.51
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Does SunPass charge a monthly fee? ›

The toll sticker for SunPass, on the other hand, costs $4.99. There are no monthly charges for E-Pass holders and the account never expires. The E-Pass Uni replaced the E-Pass Portable within its suite of products and now costs $14.95. The SunPass Portable transponder devices, on the other hand, costs $19.99.

What happens if you don't pay a toll in Florida? ›

With TOLL-BY-PLATE, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a Toll Enforcement Invoice in the mail with a $2.50 administrative charge. Failure to pay for using a toll facility in Florida may result in a referral to a collections agency or imposition of a Vehicle Registration Stop.

How do you check if I owe tolls in Florida? ›

To check if you owe toll in Florida, visit the SunPass website. On their Invoice Inquiry page, there is an option to look up due tolls using the plate number and zip code of the registered vehicle.

Are Florida toll roads free right now? ›

Yay. So, you're actually free to drive all up and down the state and blaze through tolls… as long as you begin and end your trip in Orlando. And as long as your trip is 90 days or less.

Can I pay cash on Florida toll roads? ›

Customers can pay for tolls with cash (U.S. currency) on some of Florida's Turnpike facilities. Please refer to the “Cash” toll rates posted on signs before entering the toll plazas to determine your toll rate.

How much is TOLL-BY-PLATE in Florida? ›

What it is: Toll-By-Plate is a tolling system that works by taking a picture of a vehicle's license plate as it passes under a tolling station. The vehicle's owner is invoiced for tolls every 30 days, plus a $2.50 administrative charge.

Are all toll roads in Florida cashless? ›

Florida Turnpike - Mainline: There are currently five all electronic (cashless) toll booths on the southern end of the Florida turnpike in the Miami area. Sawgrass Expressway: This expressway west of Ft. Lauderdale has two cashless gantries, one located at each end.

Where does the Suncoast Parkway begin and end? ›

The Suncoast Parkway extends SR 589 north from the Veterans Expressway spur (SR 568) to Dale Mabry Highway (SR 597), through Pasco and Hernando Counties to SR 44 (Gulf to Lake Highway) east of Crystal River.

How do I pay my tolls in Florida? ›

By phone using a credit/debit card: 1-800-353-7277 or 407-823-7277. In person using cash or credit/debit card at the E-PASS Customer Service Center.

What number is Suncoast highway? ›

OVERVIEW. Linking established and emerging areas of development in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties, the four-lane, limited-access Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) has maintained its unique aesthetic design, developed to ensure a memorable overall scenic experience.

How do I check if I owe tolls in Florida? ›

To check if you owe toll in Florida, visit the SunPass website. On their Invoice Inquiry page, there is an option to look up due tolls using the plate number and zip code of the registered vehicle.

What happens if you don't pay a toll in Florida? ›

With TOLL-BY-PLATE, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a Toll Enforcement Invoice in the mail with a $2.50 administrative charge. Failure to pay for using a toll facility in Florida may result in a referral to a collections agency or imposition of a Vehicle Registration Stop.

How do I pay a toll without a SunPass in Florida? ›

TOLL-BY-PLATE is a payment option for customers who do not have SunPass or any other Florida accepted transponder on all-electronic toll roads or cash on toll roads that accept cash.

Videos

1. Suncoast Parkway (FL 589 Exits 1 to 6) northbound
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2. Suncoast Parkway cash toll booths to close Friday evening
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3. Suncoast Parkway 2 Public Meeting Presentation Video Jan. 2020
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4. Suncoast Parkway (FL 589 Exits 3 to 1) southbound
(freewaywix)
5. Planned Florida toll road expansion could spur growth but hurt the environment | 10News WTSP
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6. Video for Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Suncoast Parkway 2, Phase 2, Design Public Hearing
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