Interstate 75 north
Seven miles into Charlotte County, Interstate 75 north approaches Tuckers Grade (Exit 158) in 1.25 miles. CR 762 follows Tuckers Grade west to nearby U.S. 41. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Tuckers Grade is a 1.18-mile connector between I-75 and U.S. 41 near Tropical Gulf Acres, and represents the closest connection between the two in southwest Florida. U.S. 41 and I-75 formally cross north of High Springs (Exit 414). Photo taken 03/04/14.
Drivers depart for Tuckers Grade (Exit 158) from I-75 north. Tuckers Grade continues a short distance east into the Fred C Babcock-Cecil M. Webb State Wildlife Management Area. The 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 11/22/12.
I-75 prepares to encounter the northern component of Charlotte County 768 (N. Jones Loop Road) in 1.25 miles. Jones Loop Road forms an elongated east-west loop between CR 765A (Taylor Road) near Alligator Creek and U.S. 41 and CR 765 (Burnt Store Road), meeting I-75 at Exit 161. Photo taken 11/22/12.
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 11/22/12.
Motorists depart for CR 768 (North Jones Loop Road) at Exit 161. A rest area formerly existed immediately east of the interchange but closed permanently in April 2015. The next rest area along I-75 north is in 78 miles in Hillsborough County, south of SR 674 (Exit 240). Photo taken 11/22/12.
Several commercial services populate the western quadrants of the diamond interchange along CR 768, otherwise the Punta Gorda (former Charlotte County) Airport (PGD) sits northeast of Exit 161 and is reached via CR 768 east and Piper Road north. Photo taken 11/22/12.
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.
Confirming marker posted for I-75 north as the freeway bends north from CR 768 (Jones Loop Road). The corridor otherwise passes between pastures en route to U.S. 17 and the Peace River. 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 along the overpass above Interstate 75. Photo taken 11/22/12.
I-75 north next approaches U.S. 17 (Exit 164) one and one-quarter mile ahead. U.S. 17 connects I-75 with nearby Punta Gorda and 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.
CR 776 converges with I-75 to the immediate north of the Peace River. Extensive damage occurred after hurricane Charley came through Punta Gorda in August 2004, including the destruction of several guide signs along I-75 along this stretch. 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.
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The freeway crosses over the Peace River between mileposts 165 and 167 on a single span structure. The original twin span bridges crossing the river were modified in the early 2000s, with a new southbound span constructed and attached to the existing northbound span. The overall construction also included an additional lane in each direction. Otherwise, the Peace River originates northeast of Bartow and parallels U.S. 17 for the majority of its 106-mile journey into Charlotte Harbor. Photos taken 07/10/11.
One-quarter mile separate I-75 and Charlotte County 776 (Harborview Road) in this scene. The county road follows Harborview Road west and east, connecting with U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor and Harbour Heights. Photo taken 07/10/11.
I-75 north reaches the egress point for Exit 167 to CR 776 (Harborview Road). CR 776 travels along Harborview Road 3.4 miles southwest to U.S. 41 at Charlotte Harbor near the north banks of the Peace River. Otherwise, Harbour Heights lies one mile to the east. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Drivers continue northward along Interstate 75 to meet 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 Exit 170 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 is Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard) in the Venice area. Arcadia can be reached via Kings Highway and CR 769 north, SR 72 east, and SR 70 east. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 north of Kings Highway (Exit 170). The freeway advances northwestward toward the coastal cities of Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton. Photo taken 10/01/17.
Interstate 75 briefly enters the southwest corner of DeSoto County. Arcadia, the seat and lone incorporated city within the county, lies 21.1 miles to the east. Photo taken 10/01/17.
The succeeding exit along I-75 lies eight miles ahead with Toledo Blade Boulevard. Downtown Sarasota is 44 miles to the northwest. Photo taken 10/01/17.
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:

  • 03/26/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/10/11 by AARoads.
  • 11/22/12 by AARoads.
  • 03/04/14 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 10/01/17 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 05-20-2018.