Flooding from Hurricane Irma could close I-75

16 September, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Rising waters could force stretch of I-75 to close

As of Thursday morning, FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol were confident that I-75 would not need to be closed.

In the event of road flooding on I-75 at the Sante Fe River, FDOT will reroute traffic to USA 19, US 301 and I-95.

Both north and southbound lanes of the interstate at the State Fe River would be closed. However, the Santa Fe River is rapidly rising and has gone up 15 feet in the past 36 hours. FDOT considering shutting down the bridge just north of Gainesville if the river reached an unsafe level. The river level is now safe at 55 feet. Floridians should consult www.FL511.com for up-to-date information on road closures and travel routes.

The bridge of concern - a small one at mile marker 408 at the Alachua-Columbia county line - is being monitored around the clock by FDOT to make sure it's still safe to drive over.

Other bridges could also be impacted by the floodwaters, officials said.

Travelers should be prepared for "significant delays", FDOT wrote Tuesday afternoon.

USA 301 - which crosses the state on a path southwest from Jacksonville to Tampa - was not recommended as a detour route, because it's used as a supply road to ferry fuel and other necessities into the state, Lewis said. Anyone planning on traveling to central or southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95, the release states.

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