IRMA: Nearby flooding won't close I-75, FDOT says

Last Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:41 AM EDT

UPDATE: Thursday morning, Sept. 14

State transportation officials said Thursday that Interstate 75 will remain open as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River.

As of Thursday morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists don't think the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. 

A day earlier, officials said that because of flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close.

Because of high water levels of the Santa Fe River, U.S. 41 and U.S. 27 remain closed. After these highways are safe, they will be reopened to motorists.

 


ORIGINAL REPORT: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Residents who evacuated Florida before Hurricane Irma are facing challenges getting back home.

The Santa Fe River under Interstate 75, just northeast of Gainesville, rapidly rose 15 feet in 36 hours because of heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma.

Other bridges that may be impacted include: U.S. 27, U.S. 41, State Road 47 and possibly U.S. 121.

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are monitoring the bridges that may be impacted by the flooding.

If the river rises to an unsafe level, the bridge will be impassable both northbound and southbound, and will be closed immediately.