Rising river waters could prompt I-75 closure

Rising waters could prompt I-75 closure

Rising River Could Close I-75 Near Gainesville

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.

But the Florida Department of Transportation is recommending drivers already start avoiding, if they can, the impacted section of I-75.

"If the river were to rise to an unsafe level, the bridge would become impassable both northbound and southbound, and would be closed immediately".

FDOT is suggesting two major detour routes using U.S. Route 19 to the west and Interstate 95 to the east - the latter of which is for those traveling to Central or South Florida.

As if Hurricane Irma evacuees didn't have enough troubles getting back to the bay area, now there's the threat of flooding that could shut down I-75.

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.

Rising floodwaters in the Santa Fe River threaten to close Interstate 75 north of Gainesville, the Florida Department of Transportation said. There's also a chance US 121 could be impacted.

An additional rise is expected within the coming days as water levels from upstream move southward down the river.

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