Officials say I-75 will remain open as flood waters recede

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - September 18, 2017

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Department of Transportation says flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River and Interstate 75 will subsequently remain open.

On Wednesday, FDOT and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced the possibility of a closure of a sizable stretch of I-75 due to the unprecedented flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The river's water levels forced the closure of portions of US 41, US 27, and SR 47. Monday, the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management announced that the roads have since reopened.

The closure of I-75 would have resulted in lengthy detours for thousands of hurricane evacuees returning home to South Florida.


By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 13, 2017

LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Department of Transportation says rising river waters could force the closure of a large portion of Interstate 75, north of the Gainesville area.

FDOT says the Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly risen 15 feet within the past 36 hours due to the heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma.

Officials have closed US-27, US-41 and CR-18 near the area of the Santa Fe River due to flooding.

Officials say, if the river rises to an unsafe level, bridges will be impassable for both northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 and the interstate would be closed immediately.

Should the interstate close, drivers would have to detour to I-295 / I-95 or US-19 / US-98 / US-27. Click HERE to view the detour map.

The closure would impact thousands of evacuees who are now returning home to central and south Florida following Hurricane Irma.

FDOT and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are continuing to monitor the water levels and the safety of the affected bridges.

Stay with WCTV.tv for the latest on this developing story.



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