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

Rising River Could Close I-75 Near Gainesville

If the river floods, it will require the full closure of I-75 south of I-10 and north of US 441.

The bridge crosses the Sante Fe River on the northern border of Alachua County and soon become an issue.

The Florida Department of Transportation is closely monitoring water levels near a small bridge over I-75 that they say could flood and close the roadway. "Any Floridian planning on traveling to Central or Southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95", the release said.

According to officials, the Santa Fe River has risen 15 feet in the past 36 hours due to heavy rain fall.

The river will likely crest at historic levels, Florida Department of Transportation officials said.

The river level is now safe at 55 feet but if it rises to an unsafe level it would be shut down in both directions, officials said.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working with WAZE, Google Maps and the Georgia Department of Transportation to alert the public about the potential route changes.

In the event that I-75 closes, drivers can either take U.S. Highway 19 heading toward Ocala and Gainesville, or Interstate 95 along the east coast of Florida.

They also warn that river overflow could also impact traffic on U.S. 27, U.S 41, (Florida) State Route 47 and possibly USA 121.

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