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I-75 between Ocala and Gainesville

No overnight lane closure needed


Reddick/Marion County -  Good news for commuters using northbound Interstate 75 between Ocala and Gainesville. Late this afternoon, the contractor making emergency repairs to a damaged bridge now says a planned lane closure tonight and into tomorrow morning will not be necessary. Crews are planning to pour concrete for a new bridge deck in the area damaged last week at County Road (CR) 329. It appears the work will now occur sometime during the day on Saturday, and will occurred behind a temporary barrier wall that has been installed, which means the two northbound lanes currently open, will stay open.   

A little more than a week ago—the day before Thanksgiving—a roll-off container dump truck traveling on CR 329 in Marion County struck the northbound I-75 bridge over CR 329. According to law enforcement authorities, the truck’s boom was in an upright position and too high to clear the bridge. Damage to the bridge was severe; compromising two, 61 foot long beams that support the roadway. The shoulder and the far right travel lane on the bridge have been closed ever since. The cost to repair the bridge is estimated at $450,000;  a cost initially being borne by the maintenance contractor hired by the Florida Department of Transportation to maintain I-75 in this region. The contractor has the option to pursue damage recovery from the party deemed responsible.

During this week, crews making emergency repairs marked exceptional progress, with demolition of the damaged sections, and placement of new bridge beams. The pouring of the concrete deck is the latest step. Once complete, the concrete decking will need time to cure. No firm date is set to reopen the 3rd travel lane and shoulder.

Please drive carefully in construction zones. Don’t text and drive. Buckle up. It’s the law.