Interstate 75 north
Seven miles into Charlotte County, Interstate 75 north meets Tuckers Grade (Exit 158). CR 762 follows Tuckers Grade west to nearby U.S. 41. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Tuckers Grade is a 1.18-mile connector between I-75 and U.S. 41 near Tropical Gulf Acres. The four-lane link represents the closest connection between the two highways in southwest Florida. U.S. 41 and I-75 formally cross north of High Springs (Exit 414). Photo taken 04/05/15.
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 04/05/15.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 75 to the east of South Punta Gorda Heights. The scales here are the first for I-75 northbound overall. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Meeting I-75 at Exit 161 in 1.25 miles is the northern component of Charlotte County 768 (N. Jones Loop Road). 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). 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). North Jones Loop Road returns CR 768 west to I-75 at Exit 161. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 161) with CR 768 (North Jones Loop Road) on I-75 north. An off freeway rest area was located to the southeast. It permanently closed 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 exchange with CR 768. Punta Gorda (former Charlotte County) Airport (PGD) sits northeast of Exit 161 via CR 768 east and Piper Road north. Photo taken 11/22/12.
North Jones Loop Road west extends 1.4 miles from I-75 to U.S. 41 at the north end of Burnt Store Road (CR 765). CR 765 leads south back to Cape Coral. Photo taken 03/26/06.
I-75 bends westward from CR 768 along an industrial park west of Punta Gorda Airport. The last four-lane section of I-75 extends north from Exit 158 to U.S. 17 ahead of the Peace River. Widening of this segment got underway at the end of November 2017. The $28.7 million project wraps up in early 2019.1 Photo taken 11/26/17.
The succeeding two interchanges join Interstate 75 north with the city of Port Charlotte. Port Charlotte centers along the U.S. 41 corridor north of the Peace River. The city of Tampa lies just over 100 miles away. Photo taken 11/26/17.
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 12/26/16.
U.S. 17 (Duncan Road) west of Interstate 75 splits into a one-way couplet 0.7 miles from Exit 164. U.S. 17 south follows Marion Avenue to its terminus at U.S. 41 south (Cross Street) in Downtown Punta Gorda while U.S. 17 north follows Olympia Avenue. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 164) joins I-75 with U.S. 17 south of the Seminole Gulf Railway and Marion Avenue / Riverside Drive (old U.S. 17). Photo taken 11/26/17.
North from Exit 164, U.S. 17 constitutes a four-lane, divided highway 23 miles to the city of Arcadia, seat of DeSoto County. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Shifting eastward along side Broad Creek, I-75 continues toward 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 (Harborview Boulevard) converges with I-75 to the immediate north of the Peace River. A lane drop occurred at Exit 182 prior to completion of six lane expansion from Exit 167 northwest to Sumter Boulevard (Exit 182). Photo taken 11/27/16.
Interstate 75 north brushes the Sarasota area in 40 miles. Downtown Sarasota lies to the west of I-75 along SR 780 (Fruitville Road) at U.S. 41 and U.S. 301. Photo taken 07/10/11.
The Peace River originates northeast of Bartow and parallels U.S. 17 for the majority of its 106-mile course into Charlotte Harbor. Photo taken 07/10/11.
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 combined with the existing northbound span. The overall construction also included an additional lane in each direction. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Turning northwest, I-75 reaches the north shore of the Peace River one quarter mile ahead of Charlotte County Road 776 (Harborview Road). Harborview Road leads to U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor and east to the community of Harbour Heights. Photo taken 11/27/16.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 75 with Haborview Road at Exit 167. The $73 million widening of I-75 northwest to Sumter Boulevard ran from January 2016 to the end of 2017. The 15.6-mile long project added a 12 foot travel lane per direction and 10 foot inside shoulders to both roadways.2 Photo taken 11/27/16.
A wider median separates the I-75 roadways northward from Harborview Boulevard. 55,000 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded by FDOT on the ensuing stretch in 2017. 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.
Rampart Boulevard spans Interstate 75 a mile and a quarter southeast of Kings Highway (Exit 170). Rampart Boulevard connects Kings Highway with Rio De Janeiro Avenue in the Deep Creek subdivision 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 rural highway enters DeSoto County, becoming CR 769. CR 769 extends northward 13.37 miles to Florida 72, approximately 7 miles west of Arcadia. Photo taken 07/10/11.
Exit 170 parts ways with Interstate 75 north for Kings Highway (former CR 769). Following the opening of the the diamond interchange in the early 1980's, subsequent growth took place in the form of retail centers, restaurant, and hotel out parcels. Exit 170 is the first of three routes leading from I-74 toward Arcadia; SR 72 east and SR 70 east are the others. 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.


 

Sources:

  1. I-75 from south of N. Jones Loop Road north of US 17. FDOT District 1, project web site.
  2. I-75 Six-Lane Project from Harborview Road to Sumter Boulevard. FDOT District 1 fact sheet, December 2015.


Photo Credits:

  • 03/26/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/10/11 by AARoads.
  • 11/22/12 by AARoads.
  • 04/05/15 by AARoads.
  • 11/27/16 by AARoads.
  • 12/26/16 by AARoads.
  • 10/01/17 by AARoads.
  • 11/26/17 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-06-2018.