Interstate 75 Widening Project Begins
Sumter County – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) scheduled expansion of Interstate 75 in Central Florida is now officially underway. Among the first major items to be completed is milling and resurfacing of the existing lanes, tentatively set to start in the next few weeks.
This is a $76.9 million Design-Build project that is estimated to complete in late 2016. The Middlesex Corporation is the prime contractor. The design firm working in partnership with Middlesex is Wantman Group, Inc. The project limits extend on I-75 from the Hernando/Sumter County Line to south of CR 470 in Lake Panasoffkee, a distance of 13.08 miles.
Other improvements under this contract consist of:
- Widening the road to six lanes from the current four lanes
- Reconstructing the interchange at exit 314 – State Road (SR) 48/County Road (CR) 48
- Adding safety features to the ramps at exit 309 – CR 476B/CR 673
- Upgrading the Intelligent Transportation Systems (cameras and traffic monitoring technology) along the corridor
- New drainage ponds
- Adjusting deceleration and acceleration lanes at the rest areas
- Changing guardrail, as well as new signing and pavement markings throughout
- Highway lighting at the interchanges
- New signalization along SR 48/CR 48 in Bushnell
Travelers on I-75 should be on the lookout for mostly nighttime (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.) maneuvers but construction equipment and personnel may be present at any time. Motorists should expect lane closures during active work periods.
Note also that during the upcoming milling and resurfacing operations in the southern portion of the project corridor, the contractor will be closing nighttime access to the northbound and southbound rest areas south of exit 309 (CR 476B/CR 673). Closure dates are tentatively scheduled but will be included on message boards along the route.
Up to date information about road blockages and/or detours will also be posted to the Central Florida FDOT web site at www.cflroads.com.
Weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances could alter work schedules.
The Florida Department of Transportation strives for safe construction zones. Please be alert for working personnel and equipment and don’t text and drive.