I-75 Will Remain Open

posted by Alan McBride - 

Flooding from Irma has forced the closure of two bridges along the Santa Fe River, but it looks like a third and major route is in the clear.

Interstate 75, where it crosses the Santa Fe River, had been in danger of being closed as the river continued flooding.

Such a closure would have forced a lengthy detour for first-responders heading south along the route. 

As it turned out, the waters began receding early Thursday, and the Florida Department of Transportation declared that the road would remain open.

Two other area bridges, however, are going to stay closed for the time being.

Wednesday night, transportation safety officials said that flooding had caused a bridge closure at the Santa Fe River on U.S. 27 near High Springs.

Northbound U.S. 27 traffic to Lake City was being detoured at NW 9th Street in High Springs.

Southbound U.S. 27 traffic to Gainesville was being detoured at S.R. 47 in Fort White, in Columbia County.

There was an additional bridge closure at U.S. 41, at the Santa Fe River, officials noted.

In that case Northbound U.S. 41 traffic to Lake City was being detoured at the Winn Dixie in High Springs.

Southbound U.S. 41 traffic to Gainesville was being detoured at CR 778.


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