I-75 to remain open as Hurricane Irma floodwaters recede

Flooding closes US 27, US 41

By Associated Press , ClickOrlando.com staff
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One of the main highways connecting Florida to the rest of the country will remain open after flooding concerns created by Hurricane Irma.

The Santa Fe River, which runs under Interstate 75 in north-central Florida, had quickly risen 15 feet within the past few days, according to Florida transportation officials. The water, however, receded overnight, prompting the Florida Department of Transportation to announce on Thursday that I-75 will remain open.

"FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe (as of Thursday morning) that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe," officials said.

U.S. 27 and U.S. 41 remain closed.

"Once these highways are safe, they will be reopened to motorists," officials said.

Northbound traffic on U.S. 27 to Lake City will take a detour at NW 9th Street in High Springs and southbound traffic to Gainesville will encounter a detour at SR 47 in Fort White.

Northbound U.S. 41 traffic to Lake City should take a detour at Winn Dixie in High Springs. Southbound drivers to Gainesville will take a detour at County Road 778.

 

State Road 47 and possibly U.S. 121 could be impacted by the flooding as well. 

Travelers are advised to avoid those areas and stay informed about detours that could be put into place.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working with WAZE, Google Maps, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other industry partners to communicate detours with the public, should they be put into place.

All road closures and travel tours will be posted on FL511.com. You can also click here to see a map of the South Florida Water Management District's flood-control efforts.

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