Interstate 75 north
The Wildwood weigh station awaits commercial truckers one mile ahead along Interstate 75 in southern Marion County. This is the second of three weigh stations along the freeway in Florida. Photo taken 03/02/13.
I-75 reaches the weigh station as it passes to the east of the Summer Glen subdivision. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Interstate 75 approaches the diamond interchange with Marion County 484 (Exit 341). CR 484 connects the interstate with Dunnellon to the west and Belleview to the east. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Motorists depart the freeway for Marion County 484 and Exit 341. Heading east, CR 484 is multi-lane divided until SE 132nd Street Road (Belleview Bypass), where the county road turns north toward Belleview. West of I-75, CR 484 travels through Marion Oaks en route to Florida 200 and Dunnellon. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Curving northwest from CR 484 (Exit 341) I-75 is now within 14 miles of downtown Ocala. Downtown Gainesville still lies 52 miles ahead in central Alachua County. Photo taken 05/28/05.
Interstate 75 passes under the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway as it continues toward Ocala. The Cross Florida Greenway is a nature trail stretching 110 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River, occupying lands once set for the Cross-Florida canal. Photo taken 01/29/06.
Two mile advance guide sign for the next rest area along I-75 as the freeway continues northwest. Photo taken 03/02/13.
A ramp leaves for the rest area as Interstate 75 travels due north for the upcoming Ocala exits. Travelers will see another rest area in 37 miles, just south of Florida 121 (Exit 384) in Alachua County. Photo taken 03/02/13.
The first of three Ocala interchanges occur in 1.5 miles at Florida 200 (Exit 350). SR 40 will meet I-75 at Exit 352 in three miles while U.S. 27 (Exit 354) will interact with the freeway in five miles. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Florida 200 (SW College Road) enters the Ocala area from the southwest and will meet Interstate 75 in one mile. Overall, the state road travels 155.8 miles, emanating from U.S. 41 in Hernando (Citrus County) and ending in Fernandina Beach (Nassau County) at Florida A1A. From Ocala to Callahan, SR 200 secretly runs tandem with U.S. 301. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Drivers leave the freeway for Florida 200 (SW College Road) and Exit 350. SW College Road between SW 60th Avenue and Florida 464 (SW 17th Street) is fairly inundated with commercial retail centers and restaurant establishments, often causing significant traffic congestion. Silver Springs lies east of Ocala along Florida 40 and can be reached via both Exits 350 and 352. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Reassurance shield for travelers along I-75 north as it leaves Florida 200 (Exit 350). Photo taken 05/28/05.
Passing over SW 20th Street, the freeway will meet Florida 40 (Silver Springs Boulevard) in one mile. SR 40 constitutes the main east-west corridor through downtown Ocala. Spanning 91.8 miles, the state road links I-75 with U.S. 41 north of Dunnellon, Silver Springs, and ultimately Ormond Beach along the Atlantic coast. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Use Florida 40 east to reach downtown Ocala and Silver Springs. The unincorporated area is situated around a group of natural springs whose headspring forms the Silver River, flowing eastward from the springs. Photo taken 03/02/13.
The central business district of Ocala lies three miles from the diamond interchange with I-75 (Exit 350). Silver Springs is found nine miles to the east with the Silver River State Park following immediately after the springs. Florida 40 also traverses the Ocala National Forest en route to Ormond Beach. Photo taken 12/07/07.
Another reassurance shield greets motorists entering the freeway from SR 40 (Exit 352). Photo taken 05/28/05.
On the 0.5 mile approach to U.S. 27 (NW Blitchton Road) and Exit 354. The U.S. highway spokes northwest from downtown Ocala toward Williston and Perry. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Motorists depart for U.S. 27 (Exit 354). U.S. 27 stems southeast from Interstate 75 along NW Blitchton Road and NW 10th Street to meet U.S. 301 & 441 (North Pine Avenue) north of downtown Ocala. NW Blitchton Road continues U.S. 27 northwest to Blitchton (CR 326) and Williston (Alachua County). Photo taken 03/02/13.
Bonnie Heath Boulevard is an alternative name used for U.S. 27 along this stretch and is done so in honor of a pioneer who helped establish the thoroughbred horse farm industry in the Ocala area. Motorists leaving for U.S. 27 north are also directed to use the highway to reach Tallahassee (168 miles) as an alternative to the freeway system. Photo taken 01/29/06.
Interstate 75 leaves the Ocala area for rural northern Marion County. The freeway will encounter Florida 326 (Exit 358) in three miles while Gainesville is now a 40-mile drive away. Photo taken 03/02/13.
On the one mile approach to SR 326 (Exit 358). The state road provides a northern bypass of Ocala, connecting with Florida 40 east of Silver Springs. Use Exit 358 to reach the Florida State Fire College. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Vehicles depart for Florida 326 and Exit 358. A busy travelers stop, SR 326 connects I-75 with nearby U.S. 301 & 441 before continuing east and south toward SR 40. Heading west, SR 326 transitions into Marion County 326 for U.S. 27 and Morristown. Photo taken 03/02/13.
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Interstate 75 enters the gently rolling hills of northern Marion County, meeting Marion County 318 (Exit 368) nine miles ahead. Gainesville is now just over a 30-minute drive. County road markers like the one shown here, get replaced every few years due to fading and general wear. Photo taken 05/28/05. Second photo taken 03/02/13.
One mile guide sign for Marion County 318 (Exit 368). Irvine is a small unincorporated area situated around the diamond interchange while community of Orange Lake lies along U.S. 441 north. Photo taken 03/02/13.
A ramp leaves for CR 318 and Exit 368. The town of McIntosh is also reached via CR 318 east to U.S. 441 north, and lies on the northwest banks of Orange Lake. Photo taken 03/02/13.
The final reassurance shield for I-75 north in Marion County is seen after the exit for CR 318. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Curving more northwest the freeway edges closer to Gainesville (25 miles). Micanopy (5 miles) lies just north of the Marion County line between Alachua County 234 and U.S. 441. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Interstate 75 approaches the first Alachua County interchange (CR 234) in one mile. A placard alerts drivers of a 10-mile exit less stretch as the freeway slices through Paynes Prairie State Preserve on the final approach to Gainesville. Photo taken 03/02/13.
Still 0.5 miles out from CR 234 (Exit 374) Interstate 75 officially enters Alachua County. Paynes Prairie State Preserve is access via Alachua County 234 east to U.S. 441 north. Photo taken 03/02/13.


 


Photo Credits:

05/28/05, 01/29/06, 12/07/07, 03/02/13 by AARoads

Page Updated 03-28-2014.