United States 27, US 41/441 bridges close; I-75 being monitored

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The Florida Department of Transportation says rising river waters could force the closure of a large portion of Interstate 75, north of the Gainesville area.

This comes after FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced there was a risk for I-75 closing due to the river's flooding.

A rapidly rising river - caused by the historic flooding that Jacksonville saw Monday - threatens to force 36 miles of Interstate 75 to completely shut down in north-central Florida, from Interstate 10 in Lake City south to US 441 in Alachua. The river had risen about 15 feet in 36 hours following Hurricane Irma, threatening to close the busy road. The river level is now safe at 55 feet.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working with WAZE, Google Maps and the Georgia Department of Transportation to alert the public about the potential route changes.

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FHP says you can detour off USA 41 to County Route 778 to go south towards Gainesville.

The bridge of concern - a small one at mile marker 408 at the Alachua-Columbia county line - is being monitored around the clock by FDOT to make sure it's still safe to drive over. Travelers should be prepared for significant delays from tomorrow evening through Saturday.

On U.S. 41, southbound traffic to Gainesville is detouring at County Road 778 while northbound traffic is being detoured at the Winn-Dixie in High Springs.

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