Returning evacuees beware: I-75 could close near Gainesville

Returning evacuees beware: I-75 could close near Gainesville”

The bridge crosses the Sante Fe River on the northern border of Alachua County and soon become an issue.

The Florida Department of Transportation is closely monitoring water levels near a small bridge over I-75 that they say could flood and close the roadway.

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.

Scott said a geological survey is being done Wednesday, and it should be known within 30 hours whether the river is cresting too high and the interstate needs to be closed in both directions. With the uncertainty along I-75, FDOT officials are encouraging any Floridians returning home to the central or south part of the state to consider using I-95.

Other bridges that could be affected include USA 27, US 41, State Road 47 and USA 121, according to a release from FHP.

The Santa Fe's floodwater peak is expected sometime Thursday, but the river has already risen 15 feet over the past day and half from Irma rains, according to FDOT. They should also remove items of value, including trailers and other heavy items because they could be swept away.

Watch News 6 for updates.

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