Interstate 75 to remain open in North Florida as flooding recedes

Doctors were forced to talk a Florida woman through delivering her baby at home while Hurricane Irma’s outer bands lashed Miami

FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. That would force the closure of both the north and southbound lanes, hampering evacuees returning home who fled the area due to Hurricane Irma.

US 41 and USA 27 were closed late Wednesday afternoon near the Santa Fe River, also due to heavy flooding, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

"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 said in a statement.

The bridge that crosses the river is just north of Gainesville at mile marker 408.

The river rose 15 feet on Wednesday, to a height of 57 feet.

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As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, I-75 remained open.

Other bridges that could be affected include US 41, State Road 47 and USA 121, according to a release from FHP.

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. There was also some evening rush-hour traffic through Fort Pierce and Broward County.

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

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