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Drivers Should Expect Detours at I-75 and State Road 200 Nightly Next Week

Ocala, Fla. – As construction work continues at Interstate 75 (I-75) and State Road (S.R.) 200, the traveling public should be aware of nightly closures with detours involving two I-75 ramps next week.


The first ramp to close will be the northbound I-75 off ramp to S.R. 200, which will close at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, and open by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. Then, it will close again at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night and open by 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Signs will route traffic north on I-75 to S.R. 40 (Exit 352) where drivers can get on southbound I-75 from S.R. 40 and return to S.R. 200 (Exit 350).


At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, the second ramp will close, which is the southbound I-75 on ramp from S.R. 200. It will open by 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Then, it will close again at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and open by 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Signs will route traffic to the northbound I-75 on ramp where drivers will continue north to S.R. 40 (Exit 352) and get on southbound I-75 from S.R. 40.


Along with the two ramp closures, drivers should be alerted to alternating lane closures on S.R. 200 between the southbound I-75 on ramp to SW 36th Avenue, just east of the interchange. These will occur nightly beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, and then again at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. No detour will be required for these lane closures as at least one lane will remain open.


All closures are needed to install large drainage pipes as well as traffic light mast arms as part of a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project to widen and add turn lanes along S.R. 200 at the I-75 interchange area from just east of Southwest 38th Court to west of Southwest 36th Avenue.


Please note that construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances. Electronic message boards will be used to alert drivers to the closure.


Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT Communications Office at FDOT-D5COMM@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 386-943-5479. Project information is also available online at www.CFLRoads.com.


FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.