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Old 02-02-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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Good afternoon you beautiful people!

I had a question. My g/f and I are most likely relocating to the Clearwater/Tampa area.

My g/f will be working in Tampa most likely, and I will be working in High Point.
Can someone give me an idea on how the morning and evening commuters are on 275 from High Point to Tampa and vice versa? Also, are there tolls on this highway?

This information is going to largely determine if we live on the Clearwater side or the Tampa side, so please be as detailed as possible.

We live in Fort Myers/Cape Coral right now and the traffic is horrendous for my g/f coming from Cape Coral to Fort Myers everyday at night. She hates it and we've noticed that the Tampa area is laid out a lot better for traffic.

Thank you in advance for your responses.........we're counting on them.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:20 PM
 
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Tampa area is laid out a lot better for traffic.
No it's really not... there are NOT enough bridges from pinellas to hillsborough and the traffic is just murder! What part of Tampa is she going to be working in?
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Old 02-03-2007, 08:12 AM
 
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No it's really not... there are NOT enough bridges from pinellas to hillsborough and the traffic is just murder! What part of Tampa is she going to be working in?
I can't ditto this enough! Whoever ends up depending on the bridges for a commute will be screwed. I would never do it.
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Old 02-03-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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I agree, the commute between Pinellas and Hillsborough is awful. There are no tolls on 275 in that area, though. The only one that I'm aware of is the one for the Skyway Bridge.
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:36 PM
 
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Another Tampon agrees. You really want to avoid the bridges during rush hour. Heck, even the Veterans and Crosstown Expressways (both toll roads) have heavy traffic. The best thing to do to avoid traffic is to leave early like around 6:00ish.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:03 PM
 
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Ok, thanks for all your responses.

My new question is......is it worse one particular way? For example, if I worked in High Point and my g/f in Tampa, would it be better to live in Tampa or in Clearwater/Largo?

I figure more people commute to Tampa than from Tampa, so maybe it would be better to live IN Tampa.

Any new thoughts? THanks!
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Old 02-04-2007, 01:16 PM
 
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Ok, thanks for all your responses.

My new question is......is it worse one particular way? For example, if I worked in High Point and my g/f in Tampa, would it be better to live in Tampa or in Clearwater/Largo?

I figure more people commute to Tampa than from Tampa, so maybe it would be better to live IN Tampa.

Any new thoughts? THanks!
Yes, I think I would agree that more people would probably be commuting INTO Tampa - so you might be better off to live there and commute the other way.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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If you're talking about communting at the peak of rush hour, then pick your poison. Going from High Point into Tampa will be backed up onto the bridge (275) starting usually aound 4. If you take 60 into Tampa, the construction near the airport will slow you down considerably.
I'd probably rather live in Clearwater/Largo, then commute to Tampa.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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I come thru there (Tampa 60 -> Clearwwater) at 4:50 everyday and the traffic is fine going into Clearwater from Eisenhauer (coming in from the north). No backup at all & smoooooth sailing .

But the traffic going OUT (Clearwater -> Tampa via 60) is backed up a long ways. Also the Bayside Bridge (in Clearwater) heading north is at a standstill for the most part as I pass under it.


Can't say how it is heading into Tampa across 60 in the mornings though, I run behind the rush in the morning. I would avoid 275 at all costs. Been there, done it.... NOT doing THAT anymore! Scarey drivers and mega traffic headaches.

Hope that helps give you an idea...


Alot will depend on where in Tampa she is working. If she is north of the airport or directly east of it, Or an area north where she has easy access to Eisenhouer, she will be golden. From St. Joes Hospital to Clearwater Mall is ~30 min. (using Hillsborough -> Eisenhauer) with little backups.

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Old 02-06-2007, 12:11 PM
 
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Living in NE St. Pete might be a good idea. The commute over Gandy to the Crosstown is lighter. And it's not a bad drive to the High Point area either.
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