Irma Floodwaters Could Shut Down Part Of I-75

Irma Floodwaters Could Shut Down Part Of I-75

Irma Floodwaters Could Shut Down Part Of I-75

This comes after FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced there was a risk for I-75 closing due to the river's flooding.

However, US 41 and US 27 remain closed as of midday on Thursday because of high water levels, according to FDOT. The agency is monitoring, and it's possible a portion of I-75 from south of Interstate 10 and north of Alachua County can completely shut down. The river has risen to 15 feet and officials are expecting it to rise even more, which would cause the roadway to flood over.

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In addition, they should monitor river levels and flood forecasts online or by calling 1-800-604-2272 or 386-362-6626, he added.

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Mirti said he's unsure of how long I-75 near the bridge would be closed if the water does rise to a threatening level. FDOT will keep the public updated on closures and travelers can consult with for up-to-date road information and closures.

The small bridge is located on the northern border of Alachua County and spans the Santa Fe River. Eastbound traffic will flow through Jacksonville to I-95 or I-295.

US 27 northbound traffic to Lake City is being rerouted in High Springs and USA 27 southbound traffic to Gainesville is detouring on State Road 47 in Fort White.

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