Courtney Campbell Causeway Scenic Highway & Trail

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Courtney Campbell Causeway Scenic Highway and Trail

The Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway and Trail are symbols of the collaboration of local, regional and state governmental agencies, public- and private-sector partners. Hundreds daily enjoy the beaches, boat launch, vistas and fishing opportunities along this 9.5-mile causeway across Old Tampa Bay. Over 50,000 cars per day traverse the causeway, and the newly opened Trail is a fantastic recreational opportunity for walkers, bicyclists, runners, bird-watchers and all who want to enjoy the peaceful water and wildlife views of Tampa Bay.

When the Courtney Campbell Causeway was constructed, it was one of the longest over-water fill causeways in the  country. The water quality in the waters north of the Causeway have long been a concern due to the decreased circulation. In 2018, the Department of Transportation finished construction of a 230 foot section of bridge, allowing a direct tidal connection to this section of Old Tampa Bay for the first time in more than 80 years.

The Courtney Campbell Trail

The Courtney Campbell Trail is a 8′ to 12′-wide paved path that will allow pedestrian and bicycle access along the entire southern side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, from the Veterans Expressway in Tampa to Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater, as well as connecting to recreational trails on both sides of the Bay. The 5.5-mile portion in Tampa / Hillsborough County, including a 45′-high bridge, was completed in Fall 2013. The remaining 4-mile section in Clearwater / Pinellas County was completed in June 2015.

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Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Corridor Advisory Committee

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) is the Corridor Management Entity for the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway. The Council is composed of 24 members of governmental jurisdictions, 4 ex‐officio members of government entities and 13 Gubernatorial Appointees. Together they represent the whole of the region and see the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway as a component of what makes this region complete.

The TBRPC has delegated the programmatic initiatives for the causeway to a Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) with representatives from all local government and planning agencies that touch the highway. While the TBRPC provides staff support to the CAC, this assistance is limited to administrative support. The work of the CAC is primarily done via its alliance of volunteers representing businesses, government groups, and citizens.

Contact

For additional information regarding the Courtney Campbell Causeway Scenic Highway Program please contact:

Clearwater Parks & Recreation

Phone: 727 562-4800

Tampa Parks & Recreation

Phone: 813 274-5749

To report any law violations, please contact the police in Clearwater or Tampa at the following phone numbers:

Clearwater: 727 562-4242

Tampa: 813 354-6600