Interstate I-75 might close due to flooding, detour map available

Rising waters could prompt I-75 closure

Rising waters could prompt I-75 closure

The Florida Highway Patrol is warning drivers I-75 could flood.

Rain from Hurricane Irma has engorged the Santa Fe River, imperiling an Interstate 75 bridge that traverses the waterway, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said.

The small bridge is located on the northern border of Alachua County and spans the Santa Fe River.

State transportation officials are monitoring the river's flood stage to see if it impacts bridges along the interstate as well as on nearby state roads. "It'll be hard, so everybody that's coming back to the state that travels I-75 in that area of the state (will have to) follow that".

If the river rises to an unsafe level, the bridge will be impassable both northbound and southbound and would be closed immediately, transportation officials said.

Still, for Floridians stuck in Atlanta, it will mean they will need to go out of their way to make the trip home. The latter of these is a recommended route for traveling to central of southern Florida.

The flooding would also cause closures and extensive rerouting of traffic on USA 27, US 41, S.R. 47 and possibly US 121 as the routes would be considered impassable. Additional maps and detour information will be forthcoming.

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