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 Repairs Scheduled at CR 329 Tuesday Dec. 1

I-75 northbound traffic down to one lane for a few hours

Marion County/Reddick – Major emergency repair work to the I-75 bridge over County Road (CR) 329 is getting underway Tuesday night, December 1, with the placement of barrier wall—which will establish a safe zone from where work occurs to the damaged structure.

The bridge was damaged the evening prior to Thanksgiving when a roller-container dump truck struck the structure from below, damaging two 61-foot long bridge beams that support the bridge deck and I-75 traffic above. The truck operator, according to authorities, did not have the boom on the truck lowered enough to clear the I-75 bridge. Initially, only one northbound lane was open for traffic on I-75. Later that night, two lanes were opened.

The placing of the barrier wall means traffic is once again narrowed—for a few hours—to one lane northbound, at CR 329. Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday night at 9 p.m. and last until early morning—estimated time around 5 a.m. Wednesday, when two lanes will be restored. Two travel lanes will remain open during peak periods.

Plans call for crews to soon begin demolition of the damaged beams and bridge decking. Two new beams will be installed, and new bridge decking installed. Crews are working to have the repairs made, and all lanes opened (3 northbound lanes total), in time for Christmas holiday travel—that is the current goal. However, weather and unforeseen conditions could impact the construction timetable.

If congestion occurs, a recommended alternate route may be to exit at any of the Ocala exits, go to US 441 northbound, take it to CR 318 westbound, and get back on northbound I-75 from there. This is the alternate route GPS mapping services were recommending the night of the original incident.

Drivers are urged to use caution in this construction area, and in other construction zones as well. Please buckle up. It’s the law.