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Interstate 75 South - Sumter County

Interstate 75 south
Interstate 75 south enters Sumter County 6.4 miles north of Florida 44 (Exit 329). The county was formed in 1853 and named for Thomas Sumter, a general of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Photo taken 07/02/11.
Approaching Florida 44 and Exit 329, Interstate also prepares for the split with the tolled Florida's Turnpike (hidden Florida 91). Downtown Wildwood is situated 4.4 miles east of Interstate 75 and is reached via Florida 44 east and U.S. 301 north. Inverness and U.S. 41 lie 15 miles west of the interstate near the shores of Henderson Lake in Citrus County. The route shares a brief concurrency with the U.S. highway before turning toward Crystal River and its western terminus at U.S. 19 and U.S. 98. Motorists wishing to continue south on Interstate 75 must use the right two through lanes as the left lane will depart with the upcoming Turnpike. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 44 measures 115.2 miles in length as it crosses the peninsula. Beginning in Crystal River, the route stretches east traveling through Lecanto and Inverness before reaching Sumter County and Interstate 75. East of the interstate, Florida 44 continues toward Leesburg, where it shares a silent multiplex with U.S. 441 through Tavares and Eustis, before emerging and departing northeast for DeLand. Florida 44 eventually ends at U.S. 1 in downtown New Smyrna Beach near the Atlantic Ocean. The left-lane exit for Florida's Turnpike is now within a mile. Photo taken 01/18/04. Second photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists reach the dual-lane off-ramp for Florida 44. Use fuel services at Exit 329 before entering Florida's Turnpike, as these services are limited to eight service plazas strategically placed along the tolled facility. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches the wye interchange with Florida's Turnpike (hidden Florida 91) south (TOLL ROAD). Use Florida's Turnpike south for a direct route to the Orlando area (including its theme parks) and to South Florida (including West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Homestead). Use Interstate 75 south for a direct route to the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area and to Southwest Florida (including Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples). Florida's Turnpike uses the SunPass electronic toll collection for the entire routing from the split with Interstate 75 to its southern terminus with U.S. 1 near Homestead. Photo taken 01/18/04. Second photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida's Turnpike prepares to begin its trek toward Orlando and points southeast. Interstate 75 continues south toward the Tampa area 71 miles ahead. Due to the short distance between Florida 44 (Exit 329) and Florida's Turnpike (Exit 328) weaving is a constant issue because of motorists entering from Exit 329 wishing to depart directly to the Turnpike. Plans are in place to modify the interchange allowing direct movement from Florida 44 to the Turnpike without having to deal with I-75 traffic. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2015. Signage has been replaced over time and is evident especially at the split with the Turnpike. A rare reversed colored Turnpike shield once existed but was replaced after 2004. Photo taken 01/18/04. Second photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists prepare to depart for Florida's Turnpike south at Exit 328. Two lanes exit onto the Turnpike while two lanes continue south for Interstate 75. Orlando lies 53 miles ahead along the Turnpike with downtown Orlando and most major theme parks being reached via Interstate 4. Interstate 275 lies 54 miles ahead along Interstate 75 at the Hillsborough county line. Photo taken 01/18/04. Second photo taken 07/02/11.

South of the split with Florida's Turnpike (Exit 328), Interstate 75 continues toward the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. St. Petersburg is reached via Interstate 275 and the Howard Franklin Bridge. The interstate forms a 60 mile city loop, providing direct access to the downtowns of both Tampa and St. Petersburg before crossing the Sunshine Skyway along with U.S. 19 into Manatee County, where Interstate 275 meets back up with Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Two mile guide sign for Sumter County 470. The county route serves the nearby Sumterville along the U.S. 301 corridor and the community of Lake Panasoffkee which lies northwest of the upcoming interchange. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south prepares to cross over the swamp and marsh areas surrounding Lake Panasoffkee as it gets closer to Sumter County 470 and Exit 321. Due to frequent accidents that caused long delays on this portion of I-75, the viaduct over the swamp was modified in the late 1990's from twin narrow bridges (with no shoulders) to interstate grade, complete with emergency shoulders and with the provision of an additional lane in each direction. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The interstate reaches the off-ramp for Sumter County 470 and Exit 321. Sumterville lies 2.9 miles to the east and is connected via Sumter County 470 east and U.S. 301 south. Lake Panasoffkee is situated on the west side of its namesake lake 2.9 miles northwest of the diamond interchange. Sumter County 475 stems south from Sumter County 470 at the interchange ending 6 miles later at Florida 48 in Bushnell. The county route parallels a rail line for the entire stretch between CR 470 and Bushnell. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 48 (Exit 314) lies ahead as Interstate 75 makes its way south through central Sumter County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south will encounter Florida 48 (Exit 314) in one mile. The state route exists between the interstate and U.S. 301 in Bushnell with Sumter County 48 stemming west 12.2 miles to end at U.S. 41 in Floral City. The route ultimately ends 27.4 miles east of the interstate at Florida 19 in the community of Howey-In-The-Hills, situated along Little Lake Harris in Lake County. As it treks east and northeast, Florida 48 passes through Center Hill and Okahumpka en route to Florida 19. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The diamond interchange with Florida 48 (Exit 314) has seen commercial growth over the last decade as Bushnell, the county seat of Sumter County, is slowly spreading west toward the interstate and beyond. Use Florida 48 west to reach U.S. 41 and use Florida 48 east to connect with U.S. 301, U.S. 27 and Florida 19. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Leading away from Bushnell, motorists along Interstate 75 reach the lone Hernando County exit with U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) in 11 miles. The split with I-275 south follows in 39 miles. Photo taken 03/01/13. Second photo taken 09/02/13.
5.8 miles separate Florida 48 from Sumter County 476B and Sumter County 673 at Exit 309. Signage for the exit indicates CR 476 but this is in error as the county road passes over the interstate 0.9 miles south of Florida 48 (Exit 314). Photo taken 09/02/13.
Another rest area is situated one mile south of the CR 476B and CR 673 interchange near mile marker 308 and the Hernando county line. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Though not signed along Interstate 75 south, the western terminus for Sumter County 673 occurs at Exit 309. The county road indirectly connects Interstate 75 with the community of Webster, lying 9.5 miles east along Florida 471. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Motorists use Sumter County 673 east, U.S. 301 north, and Sumter County 478 east to reach Webster. Webster Westside Flea Market is located at the intersection of Florida 471 and Sumter County 478 and is one of the largest flea markets around the state. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Sumter County 476B stems north from I-75 and Exit 309 to meet CR 476 approximately 3.2 miles from the interchange. CR 476B signage at its northern terminus indicates a junction with Sumter County 476W, reflecting nomenclature used from the official Sumter County website on a project along CR 476 completed in 2010. A trailblazer near the end of the off-ramp indicates to follow Sumter County 476B north to reach CR 476. Photo taken 09/02/13.
South from Exit 309, Interstate 75 enters the Croom Wildlife Management Area of Withlacoochee State Forest. Rest areas line both sides of the freeway along this stretch. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Motorists depart for the Sumter County rest area. Interstate 75 south encounters another rest area between Pasco County 54 (Exit 279) and Florida 56 (Exit 275) 29.4 miles ahead. Photo taken 09/02/13.
Interstate 75 south enters Hernando County between the 306 and 307 mile marker as it crosses over the northern end of Silver Lake. The lake is part of the Withlacoochee River system, which meanders 141 miles from the Green Swamp east of Polk City northwest to the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown. Photo taken 09/02/13.



Photo Credits:
  • 2004-01-18 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 2011-07-02 by AARoads.
  • 2013-03-01 by AARoads.
  • 2013-09-02 by AARoads.

Page Updated 04-09-2014.

 
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