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A good solution to relieve I-75 in FL between Wildwood and SR-326?

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btl1016:
For years there have been multiple discussions in the state on what to do to relieve the ever growing congested I-75 corridor between Wildwood and SR-326. FDOTs main solution is to just extend the Suncoast Parkway all the way to I-10 but in my opinion this wonít do much to solve the growing congestion issues at all. From what Iíve noticed, traffic drastically improves once you pass 326 north of Ocala as a good portion of traffic gets off at 326 to cross over to US-301 to head towards Jacksonville (which the Suncoast Parkway wonít do anything to relieve). It seems like it would make more sense for the state to do these 2 two things. First widen I-75 from 6 to 8 lanes between the Turnpike and SR-326 and ďurbanizeĒ the Ocala interchanges with auxiliary merging lanes. This will allow room for another passing lane for cars to combat the ever growing semi traffic and help the merging bottleneck in the Ocala area. Second they should build the long needed bypass around Ocala to relief traffic off I-75 in Ocala and provide a solution for Jacksonville bound traffic to exit the interstate sooner. A Ocala bypass was actually initially planned in the original 1960s I-75 master-plan but it was never built and in my opinion, would do much more to combat the traffic issues than the useless Suncoast Parkway expansion. Thoughts?

formulanone:
Traffic counts and population has steadily risen over the last 25 years since I-75 was widened to three lanes from Wildwood to I-10, but without too much increase in lane count. The trip from South Florida to Gainesville (or points north) wasn't too bad, except on days around and during holiday weekends. Now, it seems like that's every day...

I've dealt with too many delays on I-75 in that corridor that I usually avoid it altogether, but that's not feasible for everyone (usually I'm vacation down there once a year or on business, so it gives me excuses to choose new roads or revisit uncommon routes).

btl1016:

--- Quote from: formulanone on October 10, 2021, 12:40:50 PM ---Traffic counts and population has steadily risen over the last 25 years since I-75 was widened to three lanes from Wildwood to I-10, but without too much increase in lane count. The trip from South Florida to Gainesville (or points north) wasn't too bad, except on days around and during holiday weekends. Now, it seems like that's every day...

I've dealt with too many delays on I-75 in that corridor that I usually avoid it altogether, but that's not feasible for everyone (usually I'm vacation down there once a year or on business, so it gives me excuses to choose new roads or revisit uncommon routes).

--- End quote ---

North of 326 to I-10 itís usually not too bad unless thereís a accident. The worst section causing so much congestion is the Ocala exits. Why auxiliary lanes where not put in between Exit 350 and 352 and 352 and 354 is dumbfounding. A 4th main lane between 326 and the Turnpike is also badly needed. Too often than not, there are too many semis in the right 2 lanes that ends up clogging the left 3rd passing lane for cars. Having an extra lane would be beneficial in helping the musical break lights that happens all the time from too many cars clogging the left passing lane to pass slower moving semis in the right 2 lanes.

NE2:
Eminent domain through the middle of The Villages. Moving this thread to fictional will give enough money to buy out all the bigoted buttjokers.

formulanone:

--- Quote from: btl1016 on October 10, 2021, 12:53:22 PM ---
--- Quote from: formulanone on October 10, 2021, 12:40:50 PM ---Traffic counts and population has steadily risen over the last 25 years since I-75 was widened to three lanes from Wildwood to I-10, but without too much increase in lane count. The trip from South Florida to Gainesville (or points north) wasn't too bad, except on days around and during holiday weekends. Now, it seems like that's every day...

I've dealt with too many delays on I-75 in that corridor that I usually avoid it altogether, but that's not feasible for everyone (usually I'm vacation down there once a year or on business, so it gives me excuses to choose new roads or revisit uncommon routes).

--- End quote ---

North of 326 to I-10 itís usually not too bad unless thereís a accident. The worst section causing so much congestion is the Ocala exits. Why auxiliary lanes where not put in between Exit 350 and 352 and 352 and 354 is dumbfounding. A 4th main lane between 326 and the Turnpike is also badly needed. Too often than not, there are too many semis in the right 2 lanes that ends up clogging the left 3rd passing lane for cars. Having an extra lane would be beneficial in helping the musical break lights that happens all the time from too many cars clogging the left passing lane to pass slower moving semis in the right 2 lanes.

--- End quote ---

Having 3-4 exits tightly-spaced together in Ocala doesn't really help. It would take a lot of work; tying two exits together with C/D ramps would work, but there's a bunch of businesses and a few residential areas right up against the needed ROW.

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