I-75 Traffic in Florida

Interstate 75 Florida Live Traffic, Construction and Accident Report

Interstate 75 in Florida


Interstate 75 in Florida is the longest freeway near 471 miles in the Miami area down to the Georgia border. It starts from the SR 826, Palmetto Expressway down to the first 19 miles in the north travel at I-75, west I-595 and Naples, SR 869, Sawgrass Expressway. Also known as I-75 Freeway, it stretches all over the state via Everglades through Alligator Alley. It curves to the north axis of Southwest Florida, through Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Bradenton, and Sarasota eastward. The freeway also bends to the east of the Tampa area before making a turn in the Northeast to connect with Wildwood Turnpike. One more crimp northwest takes Ocala, Gainesville, and Lake City’s expressway before entering Georgia close to Jennings’ town.

Brief History

It was initially authorized in the 1956 Federal H9ghway Act when the interstate was agitated to end the shy Downtown Tampa to interchange with Interstate 4. However, in the mid-60s, major cities in the southwest of Florida demanded a link to the Interstate System. They used the past West Coast Turnpike as a footprint in demand, I-75 extension southward from Tampa to Miami came into fruition. In July 1968, the expansion was incorporated as a feature of the Interstate organization for Florida. The 252-mile construction became official on December 13, 1968. There were some changes, and after 25 years, the southern part of Interstate 75 was finished between Pasco County and Hialeah.

Georgia State Line Connection to Tampa

The 212-mile Interstate 75 road opened to deal with sections somewhere in 1963 and 1968 from the Florida/Georgia line south to Tampa. A slight change happened in 1961 to bring I-75 closer to Ocala and Wildwood to get together with an expansion of Florida’s Turnpike.

List of Interstate 75 that came into fruition:

July 1963 – SR 6, Exit 460 to Georgia state line

November 1963 – U.S 90, Exit 427 connecting SR 6 Exit 460

1964 – Alachua to U.S 90, Exit 427

July 1964 – Florida’s Turnpike, Exit 328 was linked to Alachua

August 1966 – Bears Avenue, Exit 53, I-275 to SR 52, Exit 285

Blemish 1968 – SR 582, Exit 51 – I-275 to Bearss Avenue, Exit 53, I-275

September 1968 – Sligh Avenue, Exit 48, I-275 to SR 582, Exit 51, I-275

Work has continued to enlarge Interstate 75 through Pasco, Hernando, and Sumter provinces. Extension work through Pasco County was conducted in March 2018, while further development in the north proceeds through 2019.

Tampa Link to Naples Extension

Tampa to Naples Extension Plans for the southern extension of Interstate 75 from Tampa to Miami date back as far as 1964, during which time a west coast turnpike was also proposed to link Tampa with Naples. Local opposition across Southwest Florida grew over the proposed toll road and by 1968 was dropped in favor of a toll-free I-75 extension.

1972 Map of Tampa Bay, FL the initial proposed I-75 extension would pass through St. Petersburg, on the other hand, Tampa way would carry Interstate 275 eastward of the bay area. Interstate 4 to the Downtown interchange was halted and replaced with I-75 toward Pinellas County and St. Petersburg as a part of the extension.

Interstate 75 augmentation consummation:

1979 – Exit 123 Corkscrew Road linked to SR 78, Exit 143

January 1980 – Exit 143, SR 78 was also linked to Exit 158, Tuckers Grade 

July 1981 – 846 Collier County, Exit 111 was connected to Corkscrew Road, Exit 123

May 1981 – Exit 191, River Road, to U.S 301, Exit 224 was also done

December 1981 – Green Gulf Boulevard, Tuckers Grade, Exit 158 to River Road, Exit 191

Blemish 1982 – U.S 301, Exit 224 to Hillsborough County 672, Exit 247

1983 – Exit 247, Hillsborough County 672 was connected to U.S. 301 Exit 254

April 1984 – Hillsborough County 582A, Exit 266 was interlinked with I-275 North, Exit 274

July 1985 – Interstate 4, Exit 261 was linked to Hillsborough County 582A, Exit 266

July 1986 – U.S 301, Exit 249 was connected to Interstate 4, Exit 261

There was an idea to use the Tampa bypass for an Interstate 75E. Due to a 1973 based AASHTO rule that suffixed routes are to be renumbered to reduce motorist confusion, the AASHTO rule stopped the designation. An I-75, a Task Force that came into existence in 1975 successfully made moves to get funds to build the I-75 through Southwest Florida quicker than initially scheduled.

Furthermore, a task force was formed by civic leaders, politicians, and people in business to speedily complete the Interstate 75 through Southwest Florida after there were suggestions that the Tampa-Miami freeway may not be finished on time until after the year 2000. The Tampa bypass portion of Interstate 75 construction started in mid-July 1979 and would take a duration of seven years to complete.

Extension of Alligator Alley and Southeast Florida

A proposal for Interstate 75 southeast parallel to U.S. 41 through the Everglades, then connecting it with SR 836 for the remainder to Miami. Another suggestion also aided the freeway across the two-lane Alligator Alley between Naples, and Andytown, then, it southerly to reach Miami. The 78-mile Alligator Alley’s transition to Interstate 75 was completed by November 1992 and was also the last segment in meeting the Sault Ste.

The leftover 23 miles of Interstate 75 from U.S. 27 to SR 826 construction began in 1980, with a 4.1-mile section starting between SR 818 and SR 820 by August 1984. Later on, 10 Express Lanes were also constructed along 19 miles of Interstate 75 in Broward11 and Miami-Dade12 counties between SR 826 and the I-595/SR 869 exchange.

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