Santa Fe River could cause road closures

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

A small bridge on I-75 could have a huge impact on Florida evacuees desperately trying to go home.

We have attached a detour map in case I-75 does flood.

FDOT and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are continuing to monitor the water levels and the safety of the affected bridges.

FDOT says 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. They include those along U.S. Routes 27, 41 and 121, and State Routes 27, 47 and 129 - any or all of which could see detours or closings.

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That would be bad news for Florida residents trying to head back to the Sunshine State since it's one of the primary north-south corridors in the Georgia. "Any Floridian planning on traveling to Central or Southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95", the release said.

As of Wednesday morning, the river was safe, but it is expected to crest at historic and unprecedented levels in the coming days as water levels from upstream move southward down the river, according to FDOT.

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

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