Interstate 75 south
Interstate 75 south enters Alachua County on the south side of the Santa Fe river. The river stretches 75 miles eastward from the Suwannee River and at one point disappears underground for approximately 3 miles. Alachua County was created in 1824 with the city of Gainesville becoming the county seat in 1854 after the railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key bypassed the former county seat of Newnansville. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Junction Alachua County 236 and Exit 404 approaches in 1 mile. The county route services High Springs to the southwest and Lake Butler, situated in Union County, to the northeast. Photo taken 07/02/11.
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High Springs lies 4 miles to the southwest of the parclo interchange with Interstate 75. Originally, High Springs was known as Orion until 1888 when the local post office changed it to its current name. Incorporated in 1892, High Springs is the crossroads of U.S. 27, U.S. 41 and U.S. 441. Alachua County 236 west ends at U.S. 41 and U.S. 441 at the north end of downtown. Lake Butler can be reached via Alachua County 236 east and Florida 121 north. Photos taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 continues south from Exit 404 another 4.5 miles to U.S. 441 at Exit 399. Photo taken 07/02/11.
U.S. 441 departs for High Springs and Alachua. Interstate 75 meanders between the two Alachua County cities on its trek southward to Gainesville, Ocala and Tampa. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A folded-diamond interchange connects I-75 with U.S. 441 at Exit 399. Downtown High Springs lies 5.3 miles to the northwest while Downtown Alachua is 1.8 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists depart for U.S. 441 and Exit 399. Commercial businesses line up the U.S. highway between Alachua and High Springs. Use U.S. 441 south as an alternate route to Gainesville and the University of Florida, which lies 16.8 miles from Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 inches closer to the outer reaches of Gainesville, now only a 15 minute drive away. The wye split with Interstate 75 and the city of Tampa are still over a two hour drive. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Commercial trucks are prohibited from traveling along Florida 24 and Florida 26 through Gainesville proper. Instead, they are siphoned onto Interstate 75 between Florida 222 (NW 39th Avenue) at Exit 390 and Florida 121 (Williston Road) at Exit 382. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The first of four interchanges for Gainesville, Interstate 75 approaches Florida 222 and Exit 390. The interchange was modified in the early 2000's to allow Florida 222 westbound traffic to loop onto I-75 south via a collector ramp as traffic volumes increased at the interchange. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 222 (NW 39th Avenue) stretches 14 miles east from Exit 390 skirting the north reaches of Gainesville. The state route intersects U.S. 441 (NW 13th Street) and Florida 24 (Waldo Road) before terminating at Florida 26 northeast of Gainesville proper. It also serves as an access to Gainesville Regional Airport. Alachua County 222 continues west from Interstate 75 another 2.9 miles ending at Alachua County 241. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Approaching the first of two exits serving the University of Florida, Interstate 75 continues to Florida 26 (Newberry Road) at Exit 387. 62 miles in length, Florida 26 begins at U.S. 19 in Fanning Springs in Levy County, and ends in Putnam County at Florida 100 in Putnam Hall. The east-west route passes through Trenton, Newberry, and Gainesville along the way. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists depart for Florida 26 (Newberry Road) and Exit 387. As Florida 26 east nears the University of Florida campus, it becomes known as University Avenue, bordering the university to the north. It is concurrent with Florida 20 and Florida 24 for 1.7 miles through downtown Gainesville before Florida 24 turns northeast toward Waldo while Florida 20 splits one block later to the southeast toward Hawthorne. Florida 26 west continues toward the town of Newberry, a bedroom community of Gainesville, and points beyond. Due to traffic congestion, ramp modifications (complete 2012) are taking place along Interstate 75 at Exit 387. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 24 approaches Gainesville from the southwest and also serves the University of Florida (UF) before sharing a brief overlap with U.S. 441. A 4.0 mile spur (Florida 24A) coincides with the entire stretch of Florida 226 (SW 16th Avenue) and a portion of Florida 331 (Williston Road). The branch route offers an alternate for Florida 24 around the main portion of UF and Downtown Gainesville. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 24 encompasses 71.9 miles of pavement between Cedar Key along the Gulf of Mexico and Waldo, along the U.S. 301 corridor, northeast of Gainesville. The state route approaches Interstate 75 and Exit 384 from the town of Archer, lying 9.7 miles southwest of the diamond interchange. The portion of Florida 24 east between I-75 and Florida 121 is locally referred to as "restaurant row" for the large quantity of restaurants situated in the short 0.9 mile stretch. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Only about three-quarters of a mile separate Florida 24 (Exit 384) and Florida 121 (Exit 382). Florida 121 (Williston Road) is the only multi-state route (MSR), traveling through Florida and Georgia before ending in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The route begins at U.S. 19 and U.S. 98 at Lebanon Junction in Levy County and makes a beeline for Williston, where it hooks up briefly with U.S. 27 and U.S. 41 before spoking northeast toward Interstate 75 and Gainesville. Exit 382 is also where commercial truckers can leave the interstate to circumvent downtown Gainesville. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Immediately east of the folded-diamond interchange with Exit 382, Florida 121 turns north along SW 34th Avenue while Florida 331 continues east along Williston Road. Florida 121 pierces through the west part of Gainesville as it continues north toward the towns of Worthington Springs, Lake Butler and points further north. Florida 331 is a 3.4 mile divided route providing a southeastern bypass of the Gainesville area, ending at an intersection with the triplex of Florida 20, Florida 24, and Florida 26. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Another rest area prepares to greet motorists along Interstate 75 south in one-half mile. The rest area overlooks Paynes Prairie, a state park on the south peripherals of Gainesville. As I-75 continues south toward Ocala it crosses a portion of the prairie. From 1871 to 1886 the drainage became so blocked in the prairie that a lake formed (aptly referred to as Alachua Lake) and steamboats ferried across either end. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Micanopy lies south of Paynes Prairie along the U.S. 441 corridor to the east of I-75. The next major area Interstate 75 encounters is Ocala in neighboring Marion County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches junction Alachua County 234 (Exit 374). Micanopy has a rich history, being settled after Spain ceded from Florida in 1821 and staging grounds during the Second Seminole War (1835-1843). Many antique stores line the historic district of the small community. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Exit 374 departs I-75 south for Alachua County 234 east to nearby Micanopy and U.S. 441. The county road continues north from U.S. 441 through the community of Rochelle along Florida 20 and ends at Florida 26 midway between Florida 222 and U.S. 301 in Orange Heights. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 prepares to enter Marion County one mile south of Exit 374. Marion County 318 crosses the interstate west of Orange Lake at Exit 368, also along the U.S. 441 corridor. The split with Interstate 275 is now approaching 100 miles. Photo taken 07/02/11.


 


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07/02/11 by AARoads

Page Updated 10-22-2011.