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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-75 Construction in Florida Next Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that lane and ramp closures and detours are scheduled for I-75 construction and maintenance activities in the Tampa Bay area next week:

Night lane closures on northbound I-75 between I-4 and Fowler Avenue

  • Tampa – The right lane may be closed on northbound I-75 from north of I-4 (Exit 261) to the Tampa Bypass Canal (about 2 miles north of I-4 and south of Fowler Avenue/Exit 265) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday (October 9 – 12) nights.

Lane closures on Sligh Avenue under I-75

  • Tampa – One lane may be closed and controlled by flagging operations on Sligh Avenue under the I-4/I-75 interchange area any time of the day or night Friday and Saturday (October 6 and 7) and Monday through Saturday (October 9 – 14).

Night lane closures on I-75 in central Pasco County

  • Wesley Chapel/San Antonio – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 anywhere from north of County Road 54 (Exit 279) to north of SR 52 (Exit 285) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Friday night, October 6 and Sunday through Friday (October 8 – 13) nights.

Night lane closures on State Road 52 in the I-75 area

  • San Antonio – There may be lane closures on State Road 52 between Old Pasco Road and McKendree Road between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Friday night, October 6 and Sunday through Friday (October 8 – 13) nights. Watch for flaggers directing traffic.

Westbound SR 52 entrance to southbound I-75 to be closed Friday night

  • San Antonio – The westbound SR 52 “loop” entrance ramp onto southbound I-75 may be closed between 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 6 and 6:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7. The eastbound SR 52 entrance ramp will be open, but it is not accessible from westbound SR 52.
    DETOUR: Continue west on SR 52 past the entrance ramp. Turn left at the traffic signal and go south on Old Pasco Road. Turn left onto County Road 54 and go east to the southbound I-75 entrance ramp at that interchange.

State Road 50 to be closed at I-75 Wednesday and Thursday nights

  • Brooksville – State Road 50 will be closed at I-75 between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday (October 11 and 12) nights. All ramps will be open, but no traffic will be able to cross under I-75 on SR 50. Traffic will be detoured onto the interstate to the next interchange and then back onto the interstate in the other direction to exit at SR 50 and continue in the original travel direction. Here are the specific detour directions:
    EASTBOUND SR 50 DETOUR: Eastbound SR 50 traffic will be detoured onto southbound I-75 and use Exit 293 to CR 41. Drivers will turn right at the end of the ramp onto CR 41, cross over I-75, then turn left and enter northbound I-75 and use the northbound Exit 301 to SR 50.
    WESTBOUND SR 50 DETOUR: Westbound SR 50 traffic will be detoured onto northbound I-75 and use Exit 309 (CR 476). Drivers will turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto CR 476, cross over I-75, then turn left and enter southbound I-75 and use the southbound Exit 301 to SR 50.

Night lane closures on I-75 in northern Hernando County

  • Brooksville – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from south of SR 50 (Exit 301) to the Hernando/Sumter counties line between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday (October 8 – 10) nights.

Changed exit point for northbound I-75 exit to US 98/SR 50

  • Brooksville – A new ramp for the northbound I-75 exit to US98/SR 50 (Exit 301) opened early Thursday morning, October 5. The new exit point from northbound I-75 is about one mile south of the former exit point, meaning drivers need to be very alert that they now exit much sooner than for the previous exit. Signs are in place to guide motorists to the new exit point.

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Lane Closures for I-75 Construction in Tampa Bay Area Next Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following short-term I-75 construction activities that may impact your travel:

Lane to be closed at night on I-75, just south of I-4

  • Tampa – The left lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 just south of I-4 (Exit 261) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (October 8 – 12) nights.

Night lane closure on westbound I-4 ramp to I-75

  • Tampa – The right lane may be closed on the westbound I-4 ramp to I-75 (Exit 9) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (October 8 – 12) nights.

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Florida DOT: I-75 Will Remain Open

Today, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River.

As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe.

On Wednesday, FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that due to unprecedented flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close for motorist safety.

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


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I-75 Santa Fe River Detour in Florida

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. In the event that I-75 closes, please see the detour map below. Click to enlarge.

I-75 Santa Fe Bridge Detour Map | I-75 Exit Guide
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Additional bridges that may be impacted include: U.S. 27, U.S. 41, S.R. 47 and possibly U.S. 121. Additional maps and detour information will be forthcoming.

FDOT and FLHSMV have staff monitoring the bridges that may be impacted by the flooding 24/7. If the river rises to an unsafe level, the bridge will be impassable both northbound and southbound, and would be closed immediately. Floridians that are traveling should avoid the area if possible.

If required to be in the area, the Florida Department of Transportation is actively working with WAZE, Google Maps, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transportation
industry partners to communicate the potential reroutes to the public.


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Gas Availability for Travelers Returning to Florida Via I-75

If you are returning to Florida and points south via I-75, be aware that heavy traffic and finding gas may be an issue.

I-75 travelers in southern Georgia heading into Florida are finding heavy traffic and limited gas supplies along the way.

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.

For more information and to download the app, click here.

For real-time traffic updates for locations along the route, click here.


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Hurricane Irma Continues Northward, Travel Remains Hazardous

Tropical Storm Irma, Continues to Slowly Weaken while moving through Southwestern Georgia…Hurricane Jose does Not Pose a Threat to Florida.

Windy conditions across the state with chances of heavy rainfall throughout the eastern and northern counties as Tropical Storm Irma moves North through the state.

Tropical Storm Irma has maximum sustained winds of 50mph. At 5pm EDT, Irma was located about 10 miles east of Albany, Georgia and about 150 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia and is moving north-northwest at 17 mph. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River, and North of Clearwater Beach to Aucilla River. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River. Tropical Storm conditions continuing across North Florida into Georgia throughout the Night.

Elsewhere, at 5pm EDT, Hurricane Jose is a Category 2 hurricane and was located about 360 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving north at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It continues to weaken as it moves north. It is too early to tell if Jose will have any direct impact on Florida.


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Hurricane Irma Update – Sunday, September 10, 2017

As of Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, a good portion of Florida now appears in the forecast cone for Hurricane Irma.

The storm is currently impacting South Florida, and is forecasted to move up the west coast of the state over the next 24 to 48 hours.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton county line and from north of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet and from North Miami Beach southward around the Fliorida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River, as well as for the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay.

Travelers are encouraged to continue to monitor the storm path using the official source links below and to heed any evacuation orders or notices issued, which can be found at floridadisaster.org.


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Limited Emergency Shoulder Use for I-75 Irma Evacuation in Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), working with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), has implemented a limited Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) plan for Hurricane Irma evacuations on I-75 at Wildwood to the Georgia state line. Motorists should only use the left shoulder when directed by law enforcement and highway signs.

  • There is no contraflow or one-way operation in use on Florida state roadways
  • No other state roadways are currently approved for shoulder use
  • Although there are heavy pockets of evacuation traffic in some areas; traffic is flowing on this section of roadway
  • Law enforcement urges motorists to use caution when driving on the shoulder – right shoulder use is prohibited
  • FDOT has 13 Traffic Management Centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7 to ensure traffic flows continue and evacuations proceed without interruption.

NOTE: Contraflow blocks essential southbound lanes needed to bring supplies to shelters and families in the southern part of the state. Contraflow also inhibits emergency vehicles from reaching people in need, and removes law enforcement from critical life safety tasks.


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Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Fuel Availability and Gas Station Outages

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane Irma.

The app includes a gas-availability tracking system. This includes in-app features and an online tracker to provide information notifying users of gas stations with no fuel or power.

Find gas stations across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina currently without fuel due to Hurricane Irma.

For more information and to download the app, click here.


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Florida Governor Scott: We’re Working Aggressively to Get More Fuel to Gas Stations

Today, Florida Governor Scott made the following statement outlining the steps that are being taken to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations.

Governor Scott said, “We are aggressively working around the clock to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations. I have held calls with the federal government, fuel retailers and oil companies to find ways to address this issue. During these calls, I made it clear to retailers and oil companies that I must know exactly what they need so we can work to get fuel to Floridians fast. We have asked fuel companies to identify ships that are in route to our ports so we can arrange military escorts to get them here faster. To further expedite fuel delivery, I have directed state police to escort fuel trucks to gas stations along evacuation routes. For gas stations in evacuation zones: we need you to stay open as long as possible so people can get out. We will arrange police escorts for your employees so they can get out safely. We need your gas stations to stay open as long as possible.

“All Florida ports are operational and able to accept fuel shipments. Currently, there is a fuel ship in route from a refinery in Mississippi to the Port of Tampa for resupply. I have directed the State Emergency Response Team to arrange a military escort into the port. This is in addition to a ship currently in Tampa that is unloading more than 300,000 barrels of fuel to resupply gas stations in the evacuation zones. Our focus will continue to be getting fuel to Floridians quickly.

“I have also waived restrictions and regulations to expedite the ability of fuel trucks to deliver to stations. Also, at my request, the same restrictions have been waived in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

“To all Floridians – if you know you are going to shelter in your county, please take only the fuel you need. You don’t need to fill your tank to the brim to stay in your county. This will help ensure all Floridians will have access to gas.”

Governor Scott has taken the following action to expedite fuel delivery:

  • Governor Scott has directed state police to escort fuel delivery trucks so they can quickly deliver fuel to gas stations along evacuation routes. This includes the Florida Keys, where police evacuation escorts have been offered to identified gas station employees so gas stations can stay open as long as possible.
  • Governor Scott has rescinded all weight and driver restrictions for highways so water, food, fuel and emergency supplies can be quickly brought to Florida.
  • Following a request from Governor Scott, the same restrictions have been waived in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.
  • Governor Scott has spoken with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, FEMA administrator Brock Long, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about waiving rules and regulations to get gas into Florida quickly.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver at the Governor’s request which will allow more fuel to quickly enter the state.
  • All Florida ports are operational and are prioritizing fuel shipments.

Fuel Updates

  • The state has worked with fuel suppliers to identify excess fuel in the Western Panhandle to potentially arrange escorts to ensure that there is fuel supply where needed for evacuations.
  • Emergency fuel contractors have secured 1.5 million gallons of fuel for initial delivery and confirmed that additional fuel supply is on standby for future deliveries.
  • The state is working to identify other fuel ships that can be diverted to Florida ports for fuel supply.
  • There is currently a fuel ship in route from a refinery in Mississippi to the Port of Tampa for resupply. The Governor has directed the State Emergency Response Team to arrange a military escort into the port. This is in addition to a ship currently in Tampa that is unloading more than 300,000 barrels of fuel to resupply gas stations in the evacuation zones.

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