Hurricane Ian Response: I-75 in Florida closes and cuts off key supply route

Florida’s Interstate 75 remains largely impassable Saturday afternoon after a closure due to flooding.

The Florida Department of Transportation said in a release late Friday that I-75 was no longer safe for motorists due to the rising waters of the Myakka River.

“Due to the rising waters, I-75 in both directions is now closed from mile marker 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd) to mile marker 191 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd),” it explained.

Those traveling on I-75 to Southwest Florida were asked to seek an alternate route or follow a list of detours.

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Motorists were advised to avoid I-75 between mile markers 179 and 193.

An electronic highway sign lies overturned on a highway information sign that points the way to Interstate 75, in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian.

An electronic highway sign lies overturned on a highway information sign that points the way to Interstate 75, in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian.
(AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

Saturday, FDOT said the interstate was closed southbound at Exit 193 and northbound at Exit 179 only.

The department said it and the Florida Highway Patrol would continue to monitor the river and bridge.

FDOT is also in contact with WAZE, Google and Apple Maps.

Vehicles sit in floodwaters on the side of Interstate 75 in North Port, Fla., after Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Vehicles sit in floodwaters on the side of Interstate 75 in North Port, Fla., after Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Floridians were asked to visit www.FL511.com or download the app for updated information

Heavy delays were expected in the area and motorists were urged to plan accordingly.

"Florida Highway Patrol working 24/7 with @MyFDOT & partners to respond to bridge & road closures," tweeted the agency.

“Florida Highway Patrol is working around the clock with @MyFDOT and partners to respond to bridge and road closures,” the agency tweeted.
(Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Highway Patrol via Twitter)

“The detours are expected to be in place until the water recedes. Please drive with caution through the area as other flooding is being experienced in the area,” FDOT wrote.

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Pictures showed cars in gridlock earlier this morning – some of which were carrying emergency supplies.

Fox Weather’s Max Gorden said the shutdown had thrown a “big wrench” into those operations, with the Cajun Navy worried it didn’t have enough supplies to provide to those in need after Hurricane Ian.

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