55 feet high and rising? I-75 bridge could be in trouble - Florida Politics

55 feet high and rising? I-75 bridge could be in trouble

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 bridge is at mile marker 408 on the northern edge of Alachua County.

The river “is expected to crest at historic and unprecedented levels, presenting a potential threat to the safety of travel on this bridge,” the department warned in a press release.

The river level was last reported at 55 feet, below the danger zone. “However, if the river were to rise to an unsafe level, the bridge would become impassable both northbound and southbound, and would be closed immediately.”

In that case, traffic would be diverted to U.S. 19, U.S. 301 and Interstate 95. “Any Floridian planning on traveling to Central or Southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95,” the release said.

As always, use www.FL511.com to get up-to-date information on this and other road closures.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.
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