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Interstate 75 North - Charlotte and DeSoto Counties

Interstate 75 north
Having traveled seven miles from the Lee/Charlotte County line, Interstate 75 approaches Tuckers Grade (former CR 762) and Exit 158. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Tuckers Grade is a 1.18-mile connector between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 near the community of Tropical Gulf Acres. It is at Exit 158 that the interstate and U.S. highway are at their closest connection in the state, other than when U.S. 41 (along with U.S. 441) and I-75 meet directly at Exit 414 in Columbia County. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Tuckers Grade continues east of the diamond interchange (Exit 158) with I-75 into the Fred C Babcock-Cecil M. Webb State Wildlife Management Area. This wildlife management area covers 65,758 acres and is home to hunting, fishing, and camping. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 75 to the east of South Punta Gorda Heights. The scales here are the first encountered for I-75 northbound overall. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Interstate 75 prepares to meet the northern component of Charlotte County 768 (N. Jones Loop Road) and Exit 161. Photo taken 11/25/12.
CR 768 follows South Jones Loop Road east from Acline Road and CR 765A (Taylor Road) to cross over Interstate 75 north of Exit 158 (Tuckers Grade) before looping north and west to Exit 161 as North Jones Loop Road. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Motorists depart for Charlotte County 768 (N. Jones Loop Road) and Exit 161. A rest area for travelers is situated immediately to the east of the interchange. The next rest area along the interstate occurs in 78 miles in Hillsborough County south of Florida 674 (Exit 240). Photo taken 11/25/12.

Food, gas, and lodging services populate the western quadrants of the diamond interchange while Charlotte County Airport (PGD) lies north of Exit 161 via Piper Road. Photo taken 11/25/12.
North Jones Loop Road west takes motorists to U.S. 41, 1.4 miles from Interstate 75 at the north end of Burnt Store Road (CR 765). Photo taken 03/26/06.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 north past Charlotte County 768 (Jones Loop Road) and Exit 161. The freeway passes by Charlotte County Airport to the west as it makes its way northward toward U.S. 17 and beyond. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Port Charlotte lies north of the Peace River along the U.S. 41 corridor and can be reached via Charlotte County 776 (Exit 167) and Kings Highway (Exit 170). The city of Tampa lies just over 100 miles away. Photo taken 07/10/11.
A rare button copy sign identifies Airport Road on its overpass above Interstate 75. This is likely the last remaining button copy sign posted on all of I-75 in Florida. Photo taken 11/25/12.
Interstate 75 approaches junction U.S. 17 and Exit 164. The U.S. highway serves nearby Punta Gorda to the west while heading northeast from the folded-diamond interchange serves Arcadia in adjacent DeSoto County. Photo taken 07/10/11.
U.S. 17 (Duncan Road) west of Interstate 75 splits into one-way couplets 0.7 miles from Exit 164. U.S. 17 south follows Marion Avenue to its terminus at U.S. 41 south (Cross Street) west of downtown Punta Gorda while U.S. 17 north follows Olympia Avenue. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Motorists prepare to depart for U.S. 17 (Exit 164). U.S. 17 north is a four-lane divided highway up to the DeSoto County line where it regains two-lane status. The town of Arcadia, county seat of DeSoto County, lies 23 miles northeast of Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Now north of U.S. 17 and Exit 164, Interstate 75 north prepares to cross over the Peace River. Highway advisory warning signs were erected after the brutal 2004 hurricane season to warn motorists of delays or other traffic advisories. This particular area was devastated by hurricane Charley which roared ashore on August 13, 2004 with 145 mph winds. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Junction Charlotte County 776 occurs immediately after crossing the Peace River. Extensive damage occurred after hurricane Charley came through Punta Gorda in August 2004. The original sign bridge for this gantry was almost completely torn from its foundation. Sign damage was more extensive just to the south of this location, with no signage whatsoever remaining at U.S. 17 and Exit 164. Photo taken 08/15/04. Second photo taken 07/10/11.
Interstate 75 north will brush the Sarasota area in 40 miles. Downtown Sarasota lies to the west of I-75 along the U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 corridors. Photo taken 07/10/11.
The interstate crosses over the Peace River between the 165 and 167 mile posts. The river originates northeast of Bartow and parallels U.S. 17 for most of its 106 mile journey into Charlotte Harbor. The original twin span bridges crossing the river were modified in the early 2000' as part of an improvement project, with a new southbound span constructed between the existing spans and the removal of the original southbound span. The overall construction saw the addition of a lane in each direction between Exit 164 and Exit 167. Photos taken 07/10/11.
Having just crossed the Peace River, Interstate 75 meets Charlotte County 776 (Harborview Road) and Exit 167. The county road travels between U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor and the small community of Harbour Heights. Photo taken 07/10/11.
The extra lane gained north of Exit 164 (U.S. 17) departs for Charlotte County 776. Locally known as Harborview Road, Charlotte County 776 west travels 3.4 miles southwest to meet U.S. 41 at Charlotte Harbor along the north banks of the Peace River. Harbour Heights lies one mile to the east of Interstate 75 also along the Peace River. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Continuing north, Interstate 75 encounters Kings Highway (former CR 769) in less than three miles. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Toledo Blade Boulevard, located in adjacent Sarasota County, services the city of North Port. The north-south arterial shares an interchange with Interstate 75 at Exit 179. Tampa is now within 100 miles. Photo taken 07/10/11.
With the Rampart Boulevard overpass in the background, Interstate 75 prepares to meet Kings Highway and Exit 170 in 1.25 miles. The east-west Rampart Boulevard connects Kings Highway with Rio De Janeiro Avenue in the Deep Creek subdivision lying east of I-75. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Kings Highway begins at U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor and makes its way north and northeast toward Interstate 75 and beyond. East of I-75, the surface highway enters DeSoto County, becoming CR 769. DeSoto County 769 extends northward 13.37 miles to Florida 72, approximately 7 miles west of Arcadia. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Interstate 75 reaches the Exit 170 off-ramp to Kings Highway (former CR 769). After opening in the early 1980's, the area surrounding the diamond interchange has seen growth in the form of commercial centers, restaurant, and hotel out parcels. The next interchange with services occurs at Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard) in the Venice area. Arcadia can be reached via Kings Highway and DeSoto County 769 north, Florida 72 east, and Florida 70 east. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 north of Kings Highway (Exit 170). The interstate continues northwestward toward Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton, all along the southwest Florida coast. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Interstate 75 briefly enters the southwest corner of DeSoto County. Arcadia, the county seat and only incorporated town within the county, lies 21.1 miles to the east. Photo taken 07/10/11.
The freeway will next encounter Toledo Blade Boulevard along its west-east component as it makes its way toward the Sarasota area. Downtown Sarasota is still 44 miles ahead. Photo taken 07/10/11.
After nipping the corner of DeSoto County, Interstate 75 enters both Sarasota County and the city of North Port. Photo taken 07/10/11.



Photo Credits:
  • 2004-08-15 by AARoads.
  • 2006-03-26 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 2011-07-10 by AARoads.
  • 2012-11-25 by AARoads.
  • 2014-03-04 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.

Page Updated 03-27-2014.

 
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