Interstate 75 south
Crossing the Santa Fe River, I-75 enters Alachua County. 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.
County Road 236 meets I-75 at Exit 404 in one mile. The county road services High Springs to the southwest and Lake Butler, situated in Union County, to the northeast. Photo taken 07/02/11.
High Springs lies four miles to the southwest of the parclo interchange (Exit 404) with Interstate 75. 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 located at the crossroads of U.S. 27, 41 and 441. Photo taken 10/13/16.
Alachua County Road 236 west ends at U.S. 41 & 441 at the north end of High Springs. CR 236 east to Florida 121 north connects with Lake Butler. Photo 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 crosses paths with I-75 between High Springs and Alachua in four miles. Both routes continue south 20 miles to Gainesville. 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 I-75 for U.S. 441 and Exit 399. Commercial frontage lines the U.S. highway between Alachua and High Springs. U.S. 441 south provides an alternate route to Gainesville and the University of Florida (UF), which lies 16.8 miles from this exchange. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 progresses closer to the outer reaches of Gainesville. The wye split with I-275 to the city of Tampa is still over a two hour drive away. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Commercial trucks are restricted from traveling along SR 24 and SR 26 through Gainesville. Instead, drivers are directed onto Interstate 75 between SR 222 (NW 39th Avenue) at Exit 390 and SR 121 (Williston Road) at Exit 382. Photo taken 07/02/11.
SR 222 meets I-75 at the first of four exits to Gainesville. The diamond interchange at Exit 390 was modified in the early 2000's with the addition of a loop ramp from SR 222 west to a collector roadway for I-75 south. Photo taken 07/02/11.
SR 222 (NW 39th Avenue) stretches 14 miles east from Exit 390 across northern reaches of Gainesville to SR 26. The state road connects with U.S. 441 (NW 13th Street) and SR 24 (Waldo Road) near Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). CR 222 extends 2.9 miles west from Interstate 75 to CR 241. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Continuing south from SR 222 and Gainesville, I-75 splits with Orlando's Turnpike in 62 miles and I-275 at Wesley Chapel in 115 miles. Photo taken 12/03/10.
Approaching the first of two exits serving the University of Florida, Interstate 75 meets Florida 26 (Newberry Road) in one mile. 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 state road passes through Trenton, Newberry and Gainesville along the way. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Exit 387 leaves I-75 south to SR 26 (Newberry Road). Heading east into Gainesville, SR 26 follows University Avenue along the north side of the UF campus. It runs concurrent with SR 20 and SR 24 for 1.7 miles through Downtown Gainesville. East from the city, SR 24 angles northeast to with Waldo while SR 20 heads southeast toward Hawthorne. SR 26 west continues toward the city of Newberry, a bedroom community for Gainesville. Due to traffic congestion, ramp modifications were completed in 2012 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 totals 71.9 miles between Cedar Key along the Gulf of Mexico and Waldo, along the U.S. 301 corridor northeast of Gainesville. The state road approaches Interstate 75 from the city of Archer, lying 9.7 miles southwest of the diamond interchange at Exit 384. 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 lining the 0.9 mile stretch. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Only about three-quarters of a mile separate the entrance ramp from SR 24 and the off-ramp (Exit 382) to SR 121 on I-75 south. SR 121 (Williston Road) is one of a few multi-state routes (MSR) extending north from Florida into Georga. MSR 121 concludes at Rock Hill, South Carolina to the north and at U.S. 19 & U.S. 98 at Lebanon Junction in Levy County to the southwest. Exit 382 also represents the departure point for truckers circumventing 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 Williston Road east. Florida 121 runs across the west side of Gainesville. Providing part of a southeastern bypass around Gainesville, Florida 331 is a 3.4 mile long divided boulevard to Florida 20, 24 and 26. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A rest area lies along Interstate 75 south in one-half mile. The rest area overlooks Paynes Prairie, a state park on the southern periphery 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 rural freeway travels south 34 miles to Ocala in neighboring Marion County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches Alachua County Road 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 crosses into Marion County six miles ahead of Exit 368 with CR 318 west of Orange Lake. The split with Interstate 275 at Wesley Chapel lies 94 miles further south. Photo taken 07/02/11.


 


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12/03/10, 07/02/11, 10/13/16 by AARoads

Page Updated 10-22-2011.