Interstate 75 south
Travelers exit the corner of DeSoto County after a mere 0.214 miles and enter Charlotte County. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Kings Highway (former CR 769) ventures south from Exit 170 to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Charlotte Harbor. East of I-75, Kings Highway crosses into DeSoto County, becoming CR 769 en route to SR 72. Arcadia can be reached via CR 769 north, SR 72 east, and SR 70 east. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Motorists reach the off-ramp (Exit 170) for Kings Highway. After opening in the early 1980's, the area surrounding the diamond interchange saw growth in the form of commercial centers, restaurants, and hotel out parcels. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Kings Gate golf course community abuts the west side of Interstate 75 as the freeway travels through Deep Creek. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Harborview Road crosses paths with I-75 at Exit 167 in two miles. Punta Gorda (7 miles) is located southwest of the interstate along the banks of the Peace River. Photo taken 04/05/14.
1.25 miles ahead of Exit 167 for Haborview Road. The county-maintained road travels between U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Charlotte Harbor and the unincorporated community of Harbour Heights. Edgewater Drive extends west from CR 776 through southern reaches of Port Charlotte. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Locally known as Harborview Road, Charlotte County Road 776 travels 3.4 miles southwest from Exit 167 to Harborview and U.S. 41 at Charlotte Harbor. Harbour Heights lies one mile to the east along the banks of the Peace River. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Interstate 75 enters the diamond interchange (Exit 167) with Charlotte County Road 776 (Haborview Road). CR 776 totals 4.46 miles overall between U.S. 41 and Harbor Heights. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Curving southward, Interstate 75 crosses the Peach River to the east of Harborview. U.S. 17, located just south of the Peace River at Solana, joins I-75 with Downtown Punta Gorda and Arcadia in two miles. Photo taken 04/05/14.
I-75 crosses over the Peace River between mile markers 167 and 165. The river originates northeast of Bartow and parallels U.S. 17 for most of its 106 mile course into Charlotte Harbor. Photo taken 04/05/14.
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An improvement project completed in 2003 modified the original twin spans crossing the Peace River. A new southbound span was constructed between the original spans, with the older southbound span subsequently demolished. The overall construction resulted in the addition of a lane in each direction between Exit 167 and Exit 164. Photo taken 04/05/14. Second photo taken 03/04/14.
Interstate 75 south approaches the folded diamond interchange (Exit 164) with U.S. 17. The 1,189 mile long U.S. highway concludes in nearby Punta Gorda to the west while heading northeast toward Arcadia in adjacent DeSoto County. U.S. 17 travels across five states, ending to the north at Winchester, Virginia. Photo taken 04/05/14.
The third southbound lane drops at Exit 164 for U.S. 17. This changes with the $28.7 million widening of I-75 south from U.S. 17 to North Jones Loop Road, in progress between November 2017 and early 2019.1. Photo taken 04/05/14.
U.S. 17 (Duncan Road) south splits into a one-way couplet 0.7 miles west from Exit 164. U.S. 17 south follows Marion Avenue to its terminus at U.S. 41 south (Cross Street) in Downtown Punta Gorda. U.S. 17 north constitutes a four-lane divided highway through to Arcadia. Photo taken 04/05/14.
Fort Myers is now 28 miles to the south, followed by Naples in less than an hour. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 passes along an industrial park associated with nearby Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) on the 1.25 mile approach to Charlotte County Road 768. CR 768 follows along North Jones Loop Road at Exit 161. Photo taken 12/26/16.
CR 768 (Jones Loop Road) navigates along a 6.8-mile elongated loop, originating at CR 765A (Taylor Road) and Acline Road east of CR 765 (Burnt Store Road) to the south. North Jones Loop Road extends CR 768 west from Exit 161 to U.S. 41 and CR 765 (Burnt Store Road) south. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A diamond interchange joins I-75 with CR 768 (North Jones Loop Road) at Exit 161. Several food, fuel, and lodging services populate the western quadrants of the exchange. A rest area formerly operated at the southeast quadrant. It was closed in April 2015 due to lack of use and safety concerns. The subsequent rest area lies 30 miles to the south, off the freeway along Daniels Parkway at Exit 131. Photo taken 12/26/16.
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The ramp leading to CR 768 expands to four lanes, with two departing west for CR 765A (Taylor Road) north to Florida Southwestern (FSW) State College and U.S. 41 into Punta Gorda The left two lanes connect with CR 768 east for Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). Photos taken 12/26/16.
CR 768 west leads directly to CR 765 (Burnt Store Road) south. Burnt Store Road provides an alternate route south into Cape Coral, with portions of the 17.9-mile highway four-laned. Photo taken 11/24/16.
The final southbound weigh station for Interstate 75 is located one mile beyond the crossing over South Fork Alligator Creek. Photo taken 04/01/14.
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Leaving the Punta Gorda area, I-75 plies southward across areas of Fred C Babcock-Cecil M. Webb State Wildlife Management Area toward the Fort Myers and Naples areas. Lehigh Acres, reached in 33 miles, is an unincorporated pre-platted subdivision east of I-75 and Fort Myers along County Road 884. Photos taken 04/01/14.
South Jones Loop Road (CR 768) passes over I-75 to the immediate north of weigh stations lining both sides of the freeway. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The final Charlotte County interchange joins I-75 next with Tuckers Grade (former CR 762) in 1.25 miles. Tuckers Grade provides the quickest and most direct route to access North Fort Myers and Cape Coral, both located in north and west Lee County respectively, via U.S. 41 south. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Tuckers Grade is a one mile connector between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 at the community of Tropical Gulf Acres. Exit 158 represents the closest encounter between I-75 and U.S. 41 in Florida, other than when the two previously met directly at Exit 414 in Columbia County. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Traffic departs I-75 south for Tuckers Grade (Exit 161). Tuckers Grade east ends at a gate to the Fred C Babcock-Cecil M. Webb State Wildlife Management Area. This wildlife management area covers 65,758 acres and is home to hunting, fishing, and camping. Photo taken 04/01/14.
Interstate 75 traverses areas of Fred C Babcock-Cecil M. Webb State Wildlife Management Area through to the Oil Well Road overpass. A CSX Railroad line parallels to the west. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Thirteen miles separate Tuckers Grade (Exit 158) from Florida 78 (Exit 143). Interstate 75 reaches the Lee County seat of Fort Myers in 21 miles. Photo taken 03/04/14.
The 11 mile stretch of I-75 south from North Jones Road to the county line was widened to six lanes during road work from 2015 to 2017. Photo taken 01/02/06.
The 22.01-mile drive on I-75 through Charlotte County concludes as travelers enter Lee County between mile markers 150 and 149. Photo taken 03/04/14.


 

Sources:

  1. I-75 from south of N. Jones Loop Road north of US 17. FDOT District 1, project web site.


Photo Credits:

  • 01/02/06 by AARoads.
  • 07/02/11 by AARoads.
  • 03/04/14 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 04/01/14 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 04/05/14 by AARoads.
  • 11/24/16 by AARoads.
  • 12/26/16 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-09-2018.