Heading to the beach for Memorial Day weekend? Congestion is always a problem on these routes to popular bay area beaches:
- Gulf to Bay Blvd. (SR-60) to Clearwater Beach
- Corey Causeway and the Pinellas Bayway to St. Pete Beach
- SR-64 (Manatee Ave.) to Anna Maria Island
Here are some alternate routes you can use to avoid big delays:
- Use Ulmerton Rd./Walsingham to get to Indian Rocks Beach, then head north on Gulf Blvd. to access Clearwater Beach. You will get to experience the spectacular views from the Sand Key Bridge on your way, and you'll avoid the congestion approaching Clearwater Memorial Causeway. Be mindful: the speed limit on Gulf Blvd. alternates between 30 and 35 mph between IRB and Clearwater Beach, so keep an eye on your speed.
- To access St. Pete Beach without sitting still on the Bayway or the Corey Causeway, take Central Ave. (becomes 107th Ave.) to Treasure Island then head south on Gulf Blvd. to Blind Pass Rd. (you will take that back to Gulf Blvd. along St. Pete Beach)
- Anna Maria Island is such a popular holiday weekend spot, there really is no quick way to get there. However, SR-64 is the slowest route, so you can cut a little time of your journey by heading south to SR-684 (Cortez Rd.) and crossing over to Bradenton Beach, then go north. Keep speeds low along the curvy beach roads.
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Road rage incidents also historically increase on holiday weekends, so remember 10 News President and General Manager Elliott Wiser's tips based on bird-watching - call out the name of the driver's annoying habit, then let it go.
Seeing drivers doing crazy things on Tampa Bay roads is so frustrating. I know you feel my pain.